I was born in St. Paul, but once out of the hospital I've lived my entire life in Minneapolis. During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds singing, I'm perfectly content to sit in my office, with blinds drawn, typing away at my computer. My favorite day of the year is the first day I pull a flannel shirt out of the closet. After 24 years of working in the court system, I walked away to write full time. "Edging past Reality" is my first book of short stories.
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Smashwords book reviews by David Fingerman
on June 21, 2010
At nineteen years young, April is going through changes that even she can't explain. It's not until she meets her twin sister (a sister she never knew existed) that April realizes she is a shifter, humans that can transform into animals, and that are being hunted into extinction. Knowing what she now is, April is torn between Robert, a human, and Arken, a shifter from her clan. While battling her inner feelings, April now has to fight for her life and the lives of her new family against the Rogue Militia, a propaganda producing war machine vowed to extinguish each and every shifter.
Ami Blackwelder takes us fifty years into the future where other than fancier gadgets, the world is still full of hate, ignorance and hope. The story is told in the first person, and I must admit I was rather torn. It made for a much stronger insight and brought out April's feelings, but it also narrowed the focus. Maybe it's a guy thing, but I would've loved to have gotten inside the militia and the inner workings in much more detail. Still, Blackwelder's writing is solid. It's a pleasure to read from an author that writes using all of the senses. She made me feel the cold and taste the blood. The Hunted of 2060 is a quick read. The chase and fight scenes are top-notch and kept me turning pages. She also weaves in the environment, tolerance, and social acceptance without getting preachy. For fast paced action and a temporary escape, this is definitely a book well worth reading.