October Book Reviews! Part 2 Shorts @FizaPathan @ChristinaWinds @KarensStories @stacitroilo @JoanHallWrites @MaeClair1 @Virgilante @harmony_kent @janmorrill @DowntonCooks @growwithstacy @Chelepie




Mountain Justice

by Karen Black

“Mountain Justice” is a short story that’s about more than a horse; it tackles a difficult subject spousal abuse. Anne is in a horrible situation with a cruel husband, George. The abuse scenes are graphic and realistic, and you can’t help but feel for her and root for her well-being.  Even as grim as Anne’s situation gets her relationship with Rob and her horse, Czar adds hope and heart to this story. Fortunately, this was a short read because I would not put it down until I knew what happened. I highly recommend this read.


by Christina Winds

Having come from a background where monsters lurked, I could connect to this metaphorical short story. There’s some insight into why things aren’t always what they seem in households. It offers some hope with a glance back at what was in a broken family. Sometimes you have to move on. This is a quick read for those from verbally abusive situations as a child or even an adult.

Caste Metal: Short Story

By Fiza Pathan

“Caste Metal” is a well-written short story based on the Hindu Caste System in 1877. A young genius untouchable, Cacchar, teaches himself to read. The penalty for this is brutal and cruel. The details are very graphic, and I felt the pain of his entire family. Not only the injustice of Cacchar’s place in society, but the dark side of humanity is portrayed skillfully. This is a story that evoked many emotions from me and one I highly recommend.

Macabre Sanctuary

by Staci Troilo, Joan Hall, Mae Clair, Jan Morrill, Pamela Foster, Stacy Claflin, Harmony Kent, Michele Jones, C.S. Boyack, and  E.J. Lane

“Macabre Sanctuary” is a great collection to read at Halloween or any time of the year. Penned by ten different authors, I was already familiar with the work of five of them, but it was nice to be introduced to new writers. The stories were diverse but had that touch of creepy I enjoy. Each story is a terrific length for a quick read, but you have the option to keep reading, which I enjoy about anthologies.  A couple of the stories will stay with me for a while in a good way, but they all entertained me. If you like a bit of horror in your short stories, this collection is for you!


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Embrace your inner child by reading a good short story! D. L. Finn

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  1. Wishing you a great vacation, Denise! It was great to see Macabre Sanctuary included here with so many excellent books. Thank you! I admit that I shy away from anything that is graphic these day, especially when it comes to abuse, but I wish all of the authors much success with their stories,

    1. Thank you, Mae:) Macabre Sanctuary was the perfect Halloween read. I understand about graphic and abuse stories, they do haunt me after.

    1. Thanks, Harmony, I am having fun. Just got back with trip with my daughter and now on to part 2 with husband and older grandkids. I enjoyed the anthology! It was perfect for Halloween;)

  2. Nice reviews Denise and have a wonderful break. I have read Caste metal, a gripping short story and Mountain Justice seems to be one of the stories from Long Stories Short, I enjoyed that one too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, Balroop, I agree Caste is gripping in many ways. I haven’t read Long Story Short but its on my TBR list!

    1. It is horrible to realize how people were treated, Robbie. I’m sure you will enjoy the anthology.

  3. This is a good way to share reviews, DL. I’m so haphazard and all over the place. I’ll have to start sharing them by month… once I catch up. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations.

    1. Thanks, Diana. I used to post reviews as I went and found once a month helped me keep track. I hear you about catching up that’s never ending:)

  4. Very dark stories. Having lived a lifetime of abuse, I don’t enjoy reading about it. The collection would be more my cup of tea. I appreciate your mindful reviews, Denise. I hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday! Hugs on the wing.

    1. Dark stories aren’t my usual read either, Teagan. I tend to prefer less reality, but they were good so I’m glad I read them. Yes, the anthology is a fun read.

  5. Mountain Justice caught my eye as I love horses and then I read the review… abuse is just so sad, isn’t it?
    How did I miss hearing about Macabre Justice? I’m so behind on my reading! lol

    1. It is horrible, but a reality Jacquie:( The horse caught my eyes, too. Macabre Justice is a great Halloween read:)

  6. ACk! Even the review got me scared. That’s a good review, and good books for those who like dark and creepy. I’ll admit, I’m a light-weight when it comes to horror or scary books/movies. ;-0 🙂

  7. Hi, Denise! Another great collection of books and authors! Thanks for sharing your reviews, and for being such a big supporter of indie authors! <3 xo

    1. It was another great month of reading, Vashti. Glad I can be of some support and enjoy my time doing so:) Happy Halloween.

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