Hinting at Shadows ~ Published #NewRelease



So. It has come to this.

Yes! It really has. It’s here!

Hinting at Shadows is now available in both eBook and paperback.

After some minor bumps and bruises with the ever-delightful formatting process, I am finally able to release my book into the world.

This is a collection of short fiction. Flash, micro, sudden, postcard, hint… Whatever you label it, it’s fiction. And it’s short.

I hope to entertain but, really, it’s awesome if I can spark your imagination or get you thinking about possibilities.

As most of you know, when I write fiction, I turn to the dark side. (I am this close to a Star Wars reference…)

This book is a mixture of darkness and softness. I skip the gore and go straight for the heart, allowing words to whisper dark, suggestive snapshots of the psyche. I’m fascinated by human nature. These are stories that hint at the things in the shadows.

Thanks to all you tweeps, blogging friends, and writer buddies who supported, encouraged, and, quite frankly, kept me going with your excitement for this project. You are all awesome. A special thanks to Sacha Black, Rachael Ritchey, and Loni Townsend for all their help.


Blurb for Hinting at Shadows:



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.


Available to buy:



If you decide to grab a copy, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating shadows with flash.


88 thoughts on “Hinting at Shadows ~ Published #NewRelease

  1. Reblogged this on TanGental and commented:
    When I first started writing flash and microfiction back in 2014 I came across Sarah at the Carrot Ranch. She blew me away with her skill at creating a world and filling it with compelling characters in 100 words. Well now she’s created a book with all sorts of juicy stuff. Do give it a whirl; you won’t be disappointed.

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  2. Two characters stand at opposing sides of the screen. One a woman, looking somewhat ragged but still standing. The other a rectangular manuscript beast. The beast wobbles, stunned. The screen flashes. FINISH IT! The woman’s hands come together creating the publishing it button pulse.


    The screen flashes again. VICTORY SARAH.

    Congratulations. Now on to round 2. FIGHT!

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    • I’m not going to type the three-letter…thing, but I’m laughing out loud. That’s awesome. Yup, I’m still standing (barely) but am ready for round two. And I have mad skills. Rectangular beasts beware! Thanks so much, Allie.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!!!!! 🙂 I’ve got a huge smile on my face. I got my copy!!
    So very proud of you for doing this! You are a great writer and I’m glad others will have an opportunity to read your work! 🙂


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  4. Yay! Congratulations, Sarah! This is awesome! I’ve been waiting for your book to be published. You know I love reading the stories you publish on your blog. I’m sure I will enjoy these just as much. I have already downloaded my copy and am looking forward to reading them. Well done! (Will be mentioning your book in my next post Books are the #1 best gift to be published on Tuesday.)

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    • Thank you! ❤
      I know, my sweet friend, you've been so supportive (and patient). 🙂 I'm so happy you've gotten yourself a copy. They are a bit dark… Even the ones I rewrote from the Reef have a different twist/angle and are bit darker than they were before. Hope you still like them. That is true about being the best gift (books are always my favorite gift) and I look forward to your post! Thanks, Norah!

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      • I was going to treat myself to the first story last night but I clicked the wrong link when I bought it and it wouldn’t download on my iPad (I bought the Android copy. I’ve never had trouble before. That’s dark!) I’ll have to try again tonight. If not I’ll just have to read it on my phone. Pity the print is so small; or if it’s large, it’s only a few words at a time! I guess that’s okay for short stories! I’m looking forward to them. 🙂 Have I told you that I enjoy dark short stories. I love Poe, Dahl, and O’Henry. You’re in good company.

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  7. I am so far behind with blog posts (I’ve deleted a lot of them because I’ll never get round to reading them, but the special ones have been saved!). Afraid I was ill a lot in December (nothing serious, just inconvenient), so a lot of things have fallen behind and I’m gradually catching up.
    So, although I didn’t entirely miss the book launch, I did miss this post. Sorry.
    Great to know you’ve pushed the buttons and it’s out there. I do have a copy, and I have started reading. More importantly, I think you’ve got the formatting right – none of the irritating glitches I’ve moaned about in the past are there. I can only speak for the eBook, but I think you’ve cracked it, Sarah!

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    • I hope you’re feeling better. That’s a super fun way to spend the holidays.

      I am SO far behind in the blogosphere and I wound up deleting posts, too. I couldn’t keep up. I was drowning. Don’t ever apologize for being behind on reading/commenting. It’s not that I don’t love seeing you here (love the new avi, BTW!) but I never want anyone to feel stressed on my watch. We’re busy. We have lives. Please don’t ever feel badly for missing posts.

      I’m so happy you have the book! 😊 I hope you enjoy it. The ebook…well… I love the paperback but I feel the ebook didn’t format as well. I don’t think I messed it up, it’s just the nature of the digital beast. The stories are short so if someone makes the text larger (or smaller) the endings or beginnings wind up on different pages. The paperback is cleaner because I have control over the layout. Ah, well. If you think it looks alright, I trust you. I really do hope you like it. Thanks, Graeme! 🙂

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      • Much better, thanks, Sarah.
        It is easy to fall behind with blogs, and every once in a while I have to go back and cull my inbox. We do have lives as well – or so I’m told.
        Glad you like the avi. Had some photos taken last year for my new website (which is not still quite ready, but is shaping up). Thought it was time to upload one to my other sites (it’s all about branding!).
        As for your book, how could I not get a copy? Bearing in mind the conversations we’ve had on the subject, I had to see what the finished product looked like. As you’ve said, changing text sizes does alter the page layout, but for Kindle converts like me that doesn’t pose a problem, as long as we don’t suddenly find blank pages where there shouldn’t be one.
        I’ll be in touch.

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      • Bleh. Branding. I know. I’m just awful at the whole branding thing. But, yes, I really do love the avi. It’s a fantastic picture of you. I’m looking forward to seeing the new site.

        I know. And thank you so much for your input and advice (and awesome series of posts on self-publishing). Much appreciated on all accounts. I’m so happy you have the book in hand. I’ve been dying to ask someone about the ebook but was too chicken. And, yet, here I am in public doing just that. I suppose, if you’re used to reading on an ereader, it wouldn’t be odd. I read ebooks but prefer print. Yes, do let me know. That would be good. 🙂 Thank you!


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