Saturday, December 29, 2018

Haste Ye Back by R. Quincy Cameron – Warmest Wishes

The situation seems ideal: a month off work and a sweet deal to extend his stay in an unexpected paradise. Needless to say, Aaron is thrilled to snag an extra few days in Scotland after his work conference to soak up the magic of the country.

However, his plans to tourist his way around Edinburgh before his January 1st flight home are thwarted by a strange influx of people into the capital. Add in trains that don't run on New Year's, fireworks, first-footing, and running into the same gorgeous stranger as he exits every other shop, and Aaron really should have googled what “Hogmanay” was before he found himself whisked into the whirlwind of Scottish revelry and the impossible draw of that sexy stranger who tastes like scotch and, impossibly, already feels like the beginnings of home.

Advent Calendar Day 29

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This short story happens in Edinburgh at the turn of the year; a place which celebrates the arrival of the new year with style.

Aaron is finding out just how loud and wild it can get, and then gets this strange feeling that he keeps bumping into the same person for a reason. Connor is an unexpected bonus to his trip and one who may just change his life forever. We have to imagine how it ends, although the poem gives us a strong clue; I would have welcomed an epilogue.

R. Quincy Cameron writes languid sentences that tend to move more like poetry than prose, and that aim to grip the heart as much as make it race. A serial relocator, always moving north and east, she currently lives on an island—to her great surprise—and loves to watch the sea.

After winning the creative writing competition at the state fair once upon a time (she was hoping to raise cows—but alas), she began a torrid love affair with the written word. It is almost certainly the best relationship she’s ever had.

By day, she (hopefully) helps to shape the great minds of the future in very old lecture halls; she indulges frequently in a cuppa or a pint with friends and colleagues by afternoon, marks exam scripts by evening, and enjoys a wee dram every night before swapping sleep for writing. As you do.

This routine generally requires four to ten cups of coffee a day—depending on the day. Her baristas love her enough to know her order and warn when the blend changes. Her cafetière likely does not love her, because she’s broken the glass on it from overuse about ten times.

She primarily publishes essays and poetry, which have won awards nationally and internationally. She has been told throughout the years that she’s trying to beat James Joyce on account of sentence length, and that she strings said sentences together like a “postmodern female Alan Ginsberg”. That questionable online “I Write Like” generator tells her she writes like Margaret Atwood and Ernest Hemingway.

You can be the judge if any of them were even remotely accurate.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Warmest Wishes: Haste Ye Back by R. Quincy Cameron to read and review.

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