“A Bloody Day in Destiny” is a collection of four short stories from an author new to writing Westerns, Russ Towne. While Russ has written quite a few books over the past few years, this is his first foray into our genre, and it’s a good one.
The book’s namesake story, “A Bloody Day in Destiny,” starts the book off with a bang. Towne enjoys twists in his stories, with a little lesson learned for all of us, and that’s what this one brings, along with the fun of a surprising ending.
“I Hate Snakes” is a good story, but I imagine it’s a tough read if you really do hate snakes.
“Mail Order Bride” is my personal favorite of Towne’s stories, with a satisfying ending that was fun enough that I read it twice.
“Peace,” which is a great name for this story, is a bit sentimental and very enjoyable to read.
I’ve gotten to know Russ because we both write children’s books, and Russ helped me navigate through my first one. As he shifted over and added Westerns to his repertoire, I was honored to do some beta reading and make a few minor suggestions. It’s great to see his work in this book, and I’m looking forward to him stretching his talents and publishing his first Western novel.
I hope you give it a try, and I’d love to hear your feedback.
Thank you, and enjoy!