Dragonhunt, a short story, was chosen as Book of the Day by OnlineBookClub.org. I am participating in an activity on that site which leads me to read and comment on their choice. This is the second day a Garon Whited story has been chosen and I decided to go to his author page on Amazon to see what else he has written. He has written long novels and several short stories. For the short stories, they are either completely free on Amazon or they are available through Kindle Unlimited. For today’s review, I will look at three of the short stories. All were available to me at no cost through either KU or as a free download.

An Arabian Night: Nazin’s Dream by Garon Whited is a very short (17 pages) story which was selected by OnlineBookClub as its Book of the Day for 29 January 2017. It is a free download for everyone from Amazon, no Kindle Unlimited subscription required.

Nazin was a poet and suffered what may be a poet’s disease, he was in love. The love of his life, Jezira Shadda, was also in love but her great love was gold. When Nazin had it, she loved Nazin; when he didn’t, she moved on to other clientele. Nazin had never really had any gold of his own, it all came from moneylenders. When demands for repayment came, Nazin had no way to repay them. His day job as a beggar wasn’t going to pay the bills. He could do nothing else but beg due to his ceaseless pining for Jezira.

Warning: This review is not graphic, the novel is.

Making Her His by Lucy Leroux is a novel I would put in the romance/erotica genre. It was a Book of the Day Selection from OnlineBookClub.org and I was to read a few sample pages and submit a comment in order to enter a book raffle. The price of the novel from Amazon is free, as in USD 0.00. This is not from Kindle Unlimited; it is a free download. Comments I submitted as a result of reading about 20% of the novel are not in sync with this review. My opinion changed a lot as I read the complete book.

Twisted Fate by Terina McIlvaine is a 72-page Kindle short story available as a free download through Kindle Unlimited (KU). It is probably a mystery in that you do not know what is going to happen. You are led to believe that a crime will be committed. There is a surprise ending but most of this short novel, approximately through 85% of it, is a long, slow, tease. That can be good or bad depending on your reading preference. The writing is good but heavy on emotional descriptions.

As the story opens we find Cindy tearing up papers, pictures, and documents reminiscent of her married life. Matt had not been gone that long, just four weeks, but he had left without a word and there had been no communication with him. Where was he and why had he left? Cindy was determined to find out. But first, she needed coffee. So, off to her favorite coffeehouse to formulate a plan.

Fighting to Win by Nicole Flockton was selected by OnlineBookClub.org as its Book of the Day on 24 January 2017. It is a short 95-page novel available free on Amazon for anyone. You don’t need a Kindle unlimited subscription. It will be of interest to those interested in romance, the Olympics, sports in general, and competitive swimming.

Readers are probably generally familiar with the idea that big names in sports, including the names attached to Olympic athletes who get medals, get money from sponsors in return for endorsement of their products. Julia and Mitch were both popular with sponsors, Julia for competitive diving, Mitch for competitive swimming. It probably didn’t hurt the image of the sponsors that Julia and Mitch were in love. Julia and Mitch had an add-on effect as a couple for their sponsors. But this was not necessarily a good thing.

There are ten selections of poetry in Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror (Volume Two) edited by James Ward Kirk. I downloaded the book for the flash fiction (2 selections) and the 22 short stories. I don’t feel comfortable commenting on poetry but will make comments on other works in the collection.

I found only one of the following stories had mechanical errors annoying enough to comment on. In general, this is a selection of reading snacks to fill in the time when you can’t seriously attack a longer work on your TBR list.

Joseph Paul Franklin: The True Story of The Racist Killer by Jack Rosewood & Dwayne Walker is as the title says, a non-fiction crime account. It is available as a free book from Amazon, not through Kindle Unlimited (although you could download it that way) but at a price of USD 0.00. As an ex-law enforcement type, I am drawn to non-fiction crime novels because I like to compare police procedures from different States and Municipalities.

And this is what the teaser (elsewhere on this page) leads to. I haven’t read Society yet but will read…

Breakfast Is Severed by TyCobbsTeeth is a short story which serves as a prequel teaser for Society for Supper. I know that because it is so stated on the first page I opened. I am happy. It is so annoying to read something that is billed as a short story, which I take to mean a complete short story with a conclusion, and then find out I actually only read a teaser. I’ll probably buy Society for Supper for that reason alone.

The Compulsive Move by Phillip Cornell looks and reads like a writer’s first attempt at publication. There is a good idea for the story. The organization of the presentation is well done. Background stories characters supply are credible and show the author’s familiarity with his character’s background information. What remains are a few problems that are easy to fix but are distracting to a reader.