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Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Hinting at Shadows,” by Author, @SarahBrentyn

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From the Author:

No One Escapes Life Unscathed 

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there. 

A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.

Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath. 

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less. 


I love flash fiction – and not because it is quick or easy to read. Much like syllabic poetry, I’ve found this abbreviated fiction form is rich in meaning. In fact, the brevity of words deepens the message.

Between the pages of this book, you will find a collection of flash fiction which delves deep into the human condition exploring perceptions, reactions, thoughts, and emotions.  

The author split the book into four parts: Mindscapes, Connections, Lifelines, and Microbursts, which are stories under fifty words, including a few modified Haiku. 

I found there was a certain edge or shadow that meandered through the pages conveying a wide range of emotions in my soul. We all have a place of darkness inside us, and Brentyn excels at finding and revealing even the darkest of human truths in her writing. She bares it all!

I’ve read this book numerous times, especially when I need to reconnect to some of my own dark truths. It was no surprise that one of my favorite sections were the Microbursts. In only six words, a story is born.

Her voice was music and madness.”

Brentyn, Sarah. Hinting at Shadows (p. 92). Kindle Edition. 

Brentyn is a master storyteller of the macabre and the mundane as she weaves her stories into feelings that will make you embrace your own darkness… if you dare!


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Author, Sarah Brentyn

About the Author

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.

She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.

When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

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How to Connect with the Author

Blog: Sarah Brentyn ~ Lemon Shark

Twitter: @SarahBrentyn


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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. I loved this review Colleen. Whatever you do on your blog is loved by me❤️

  2. I also enjoyed this one, Colleen. Awesome review – congrats to Sarah!

  3. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book, Colleen, and agree with your review 100%. It’s an awesome read. Congrats to Sarah on the beautiful review. <3

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  6. Thank you for a very mouthwatering review, Colleen! Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

  7. Lovely review, Colleen!

  8. This book sounds like a must-read!! I’ll be adding it to my Kindle! Thank you for sharing, Colleen!

  9. Fab review Sis. I loved this book – makes ya think 🙂 <3

  10. This sounds fantastic Colleen. 🙂

  11. Love the selection you picked out- wow! Congrats to Sarah on a wonderful review!

  12. Lovely review Colleen. I have read and reviewed this excellent book, it is sheer poetry in the garb of flash fiction. The emotions flow spontaneously and so succinctly convey the hurt, the guilt, the fear, the regret and a myriad other emotions that each story leaves a room for imagination, yearning for more!

  13. A wonderful review, Colleen. I must add Sarah’s book to my TBR.

  14. This sounds like something I would enjoy. The season for these darker works is nearly here, too.

  15. What a lovely surprise to find this Friday morning! This is an amazing review. I’m humbled and grateful for your thoughts on Hinting at Shadows.
    Thank you, Colleen! ❤️❤️❤️

  16. Terrific review Colleen.. Sarah must be delighted ♥

  17. Definintely one to put on my list. I do love flash and short stories for those moments when you just want some easy reading!

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