Author: Amy Clare Fontaine
Word Count: 15,858
Page Count: 90
Size: 4" x 6"
Cover Artist: Julian Norwood
Publication Date: May 2019
This title was original published in-part in "Exploring New Places".
Straggletail is the lowest-ranking female hyena in the Eastern Plain Clan, the punching bag. Glossycoat is the clan’s princess, destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become the matriarch.
When the two hyenas form an unexpected alliance, they set off on a perilous journey in search of the place where the sun goes at night. They meet strange creatures, brave the forces of nature, and grapple with their own worst fears.
Will they find the sun, or will they find something more?
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This title is the third of our "Pocket Shots", which are 4" x 6" novelettes under 15k words—small enough to possibly fit in the pocket of your pants!
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Beyond Acacia Ridge was a wholesome adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I feel like I learned a good deal about hyena behavior from Amy’s descriptions and her knowledge and expertise definitely shines through. Straggletail is a protagonist that echoes feelings of inadequacy and seeing her grow during the arcs of the story was lovely. My biggest complaint is that the ending conflict didn’t feel quite natural with the pacing of the story up to that point. Would recommend to people who love hyenas or some soft lesbian romance!