S Shane Thomas has fond childhood memories of creeping out of bed to watch anime until the sun came up. He has fond adult memories of creeping out of bed to write the Anki Legacies Adventures until the sun came up. He road trips, hikes, and hangs with his wife and sons after the sun comes up.
No Distance To Run
on Jan. 08, 2017
Sammi is a single thirtysomething woman happily working in an ad agency in South Africa. She digs nineties pop, practices energy healing, and meditates. I think she’d get along great with Phoebe from Friends, but Sammie would be the brains of the outfit.
Her friend and psychic advisor Mary throws a singles retreat and Sammi prepares to spend her weekend flirting it up. Instead, she stumbles into a mysterious number on a slip and the killer who wants it back. Can Sammi, Jay, and Inspector Grierson uncover why this number is worth taking lives? Well, I already know, but don’t want to spoil the surprise. Read it yourself, it’s great!
I found out about this story because Leenna and I workshopped one another’s writing on Critters.org. I thought about that story a lot over the following months. You know it’s a good one when you find yourself thinking about while listing to music or while at the gym. She wrote a short story about were-marsupials in the Australian outback that I still think about from time to time. Then I read another novel of hers, currently seeking a publisher, and I became a Naidoo fan.
It was fun as an American reader to explore the vocabulary and culture of South Africa, of which I know very little. I’ve now got a dozen factoids to spout to people I know but don’t share a ton in common with- like “some places spell it tyre instead of tire and they call the bathroom a water closet!”
The adventure spans an unfamiliar countryside as Sammi and company try to stay one step ahead of the gun toting thugs. I love a traveling story. There’s something about the open road that fires my imagination. I currently drive about forty thousand miles a year for work and listen to audiobooks all the while, except for that torrid affair with podcasts! I think the sense of adventure inherent to travel and the receipt of a narrative like some sort of grown up bed time has turned the monotony of travel into a mythical experience. It was nice covering some new countryside and Naidoo delivered the countryside and coastline of her faraway place in vivid detail. Thanks for roadtrip, Leenna!
Here Be Monsters
on March 27, 2017
Angie wants to keep her marriage and love life going strong, so she treks with her hubby Keiron to his job on Mars. In this near future science fiction novelette, a two week ride in a shuttle brings you to the red planet. Angie takes note that her forty something brother and all the permanent Mars colonists look like they are in their twenties. And that something about them just isn’t right…
Naidoo is selling her strange tale on Smashwords and for anyone who isn’t already a fan from No Distance to Run, it’s a great chance to try out her awesome writing style.
What’s in the juice? I won’t tell. When you read on and find out, I’m sure you’ll agree that Naidoo created something truly unique in the realm of first contact stories. Every time the kiddies have a playdate now, and I pull out the juice boxes I’m going to wonder if it the juice that’s turning my little dudes into monsters, too.
on May 10, 2018
I’m the first fan of this story! I swear. I had the privilege of giving notes on this in a critique group a million years ago and the story stuck in my head. I loved the edge of the Australian outback, where the story plays out. The POV shifts and the big surprise were carefully crafted! I really enjoyed being in on the secret and feeling like I was peeking behind the curtain on my second go through.
Have you picked up your ebook reader and sighed, bored by the same old shifter romance YA stuff? Of course you have! Were-marsupials. BAM! You have been rejuvenated.
Don’t hesitate. This short read rocks and I would totally be a happy ‘roo. If you liked Tank Girl more than Twilight, read Walpole Were.