**** Interesting Place to Pause and Refresh            Review by Rox Burkey

Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa delivers an exciting twist in stopping in a diner for a quick meal.  Janie, or as the short-order cook refers to her, Juanita, has her hands full serving the diverse customers. The diner is a world of its own—in-between.

The author creates believable characters with distinctive personalities. Janie’s point of view and empathy toward her diners is evident from the beginning. The following section highlights the situational dialogue.

A weathered, black Stetson sits next to him on the seat. I’d love to see him with it on. Out of a force of habit, I move one of my dark curls to hide the scar on my forehead. “Your steak is served, sir.” “You don’t have to hide that, you know. You’re beautiful either way. Besides, it gives you character,” he says. I put a sassy hand on my hip. “Well, then, I’ve got enough character for the two of us.” I hide my other hand, the scarred one, behind my back. This scar had been intentional, a mark given to me to indicate the gang I had once belonged to,…”

Crossroads Diner is a quick short story that will allow you to consider the possibilities. Under the right circumstances, one might enjoy receiving a decent meal during their somewhere journey. Teens and young people will enjoy the creative side of this story. Though this is my first foray into the writing of Pamela, I look forward to sampling her other works. I recommend you check it out.

About the Author

By day, Pamela teaches Middle School English. By night, she travels to other worlds and times, placing herself in the persona of her characters, all while sitting in her favorite chair. She has enjoyed writing for various reasons ever since childhood, when she realized writing and making up stories would provide entertainment for long trips and keep her company.

Her tendency toward fantastic stories was reflected in tales of discovering modern day dinosaurs and talking horses that would give her advice. The writing of poetry provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The Made for Me series is Pamela’s first published fiction series. She released her first full-length novel, Detours in Time, in the summer of 2017 and the sequel in 2018. Pamela currently juggles her day job with writing further novels in the Detours in Time world while cooking up more ideas for the character of Norrie from her Made for Me series.

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