#Review: Once, by @imaquirkybird

Once Staci HartTitle: Once
Author: Staci Hart
Rating: 4/5 stars

“** 2500 word Halloween short **

I was beautiful once. He loved me once. But our love slowly died, fading like old wallpaper, curling and peeling away from the wall, begging to be ripped and shredded, to be wiped clean.

‘Pull-you-close-and-throw-you-off-a-cliff good.’ ~ J.M. Miller”(description from Goodreads)


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This was a quick short story, but it was well worth taking a little break from the day to read.

While in the description it says it’s a Halloween short, I don’t feel that’s accurate here. The story may contain a ghostly element, but it’s a far more literary tale that this label brought to my mind at first. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

I saw where the story was going early on, but was drawn deeper into the story as I read on. Hart’s writing grabbed me and didn’t let go until the end. I can only imagine what she can do in a longer form. For a just a short tease of her writing, I’m pleased with what I read.

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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