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Cameron D. Garriepy

Self-described author, unabashed romantic, and shenaniganist, Cameron is a native of Leicester, Massachusetts. She writes from the Metro Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and two poorly behaved dogs. In the eighth grade, she wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and her publishing goals have included a BA in Music, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry. In addition to her published fiction, Cameron blogs at and is a managing editor at

Story: Left of Paradise


Lisa Rose

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The only problem as I see it with this story, is that it is not long enough. You didn't get to tell the whole story and had to stop before it was finished. What a shame. Sam and Will are very likeable characters and I would love to get to know them better. I enjoyed reading the dialogue, that is something most of the other stories in this contest have too little of. The part I liked the best? "He had a hand around my throat, squeezing, screaming at me about how he'd given me everything; his parents had sacrifice their time, their money, their connections. I was ungrateful. I was nothing. It was Lilith who pulled him off me. She'd come by unannounced to drop something off. I slid down the wall, huddled there whimpering. She sat her son down without even looking at me and said, 'If you kill her, not even your father will be able to clean up after you.'" This told me that Craig's family knew what he was capable of and blissfully continued to wipe the slate clean for him. Good story. If you have the time please read my story Drift Away and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.


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I hated this


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Thanks, Cameron!

Rose Burke

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Not usually a fan of rommance, but I still enjoyed this piece. Both characters Sam and Will are believable and easy to relate to. Overall a great read! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender, thanks!

Kris from Pretty All True

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I have long been a fan of Cameron's writing, and this piece is stellar. Cameron's use of imagery, sensual language, and intriguing dialogue exchanges make her stories truly special. I especially appreciate the way Cameron makes use of the silences between her characters; one can feel the empty spaces through which fingers reach for reassurance, for love, for safety. A brilliant story amazingly told.


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Good solid tale of love lost and long-lost love found.

Lisa H.

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"Detours only take you where you were going all along." It's true, and I'm glad I took enough of a detour to click on Cameron's story this morning. There's a lot going on here, and I agree that it might be a bit too much for a story of this length, but it's impossible to miss the talent behind the words. The writing is strong.

Idiosyncratic Eye

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Believable characters in real situations, you really captured the magical vastness of the open space in that first scene especially. :)

Andra Watkins

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Will and Sam are among my favorite characters on earth, and this new story only makes it more so. I love how Cam wove emotional power into this piece. A must-read.


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Great! I'm so engaged by this!

Alyce Wilson

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Despite a promising start, with plenty of detail to set the scene and draw the reader in, the story soon descended into expository dialogue. The sweetness of the romance -- and the obstacles in their way -- could have been better portrayed through the sort of moments that made up the initial scene.

Cheryl R.

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Love the descriptions, love the tension and chemistry between the two. Love the words.

quiet unlooker

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This seemed like an unfinished piece. I enjoyed reading it, but it felt like a preview for a book more then a fully developed short story. The author has talent but needs to spend more time developing the plot line and characters.


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I found this piece full of a refreshing authenticity. Cameron really excels at creating natural, believable dialog, especially between her two main characters. Her setting is equally genuine. She manages to paint a picture without lurid prose or overuse of description. It was clear that she has more in store for these characters, and there were a few rough spots where extended exposition took the place of the actual backstory. This took something away from the natural flow of the conversation, in my opinion, but I have hopes that given more time and space for background, the exposition could be shortened or eliminated. I don't read much romance, but I could definitely see the potential in this piece.


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I can feel the tension between Sam and Will in my bones as I read and am left wanting more.


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This story has potential. Nowhere close to being there yet, but with work could be good.


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The writing is fantastic. I really like the characters and want to read more!


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Cam's characters capture you from the onset and develop as the story continues. Life is complicated and characters need to be also. This would work well as a full novel.


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Cam has a wonderful way of capturing her characters. The dialogue is so real. I would love to see this expanded to a full-length novel.

Frances Bell

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Obviously, this writer is experienced in the Romance Genre. Like others, I had trouble with the jumps between 'scenes' and particularly, the beginning seemed muddled to me. I also understand this is a 'teaser' for the new novel. Unfortunately the chopping about disrupted too much.

Ta Ta

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Sorry, Im just not a fan of this story


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Loved it! It was over too soon. Please write more!


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This was a typical romance short story. One that I have read 100 times. I wish you would have written something original.


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I love Sam & Will. These characters are alive in my head and it's clear that they are very alive to Cameron also. This begs to be a novel.


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A bit predictable. More development needed to make it work as a novel. I did not enjoy reading this.

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