I bet you like horse books.
Two short stories with excellent reviews, priced at just 99 cents. (Helpful hint: they’re TOGETHER for 99 cents at Barnes & Noble!)
Horse-Famous revolves around an obsessive farm owner as she awaits a white-glove site inspection by an equestrian society. If you’ve ever worked at a British Horse Society-approved stable (or any stable where you’ve had to polish the brass halter hooks and dust the bars of the stalls) then you’ll recognize the inspiration for the English Equestrian Council!
Reviews for Horse-Famous
“The experience of reading this story is somewhat akin to the dread fascination of submerging into quicksand. Degree by relentless degree, the protagonist, Holly Blakely (nee Healy) reveals the course of her life during an English Equestrian Council inspection–a life from which, at last it becomes clear, she has found it impossible to escape.” – Bernard Fancher
“Horse-Famous explores an obsessive response to the thematic question of whether or not the main character can live without horses. Where The Head and Not the Heart may be considered uplifting in so far as the characters progress, this short story glimpses the resignation of the main character to her passion for equines and the highly ritualized English school of horsemanship. Reinert creates a scarred, sympathetic character with skeletons in her barn.” – Emily Greene
Expendable is a quick short from the viewpoint of an exercise rider riding for a less-than-honest trainer. It’s an inside look at life on the backside, where everyone can be replaced. It was originally published by Bushwick Daily.
Reviews: “Well-executed short. Natalie Reinert displays a rare knack for providing a ton of insider’s info with grit, yet at an effortless pace.” – Bernard Fancher
“Natalie Reinert truly brings her writing talent to bear in this short, almost minimalist piece that takes place in the Aqueduct backstretch. Strong feeling went into this story and the reader is made to feel strong emotion about the glimpse of backstretch life at a notoriously tough track (any track that races during those winters has to be tough). No extra word stayed in this story. It gets to the point and remains just as vivid as necessary. As in her other writing, readers witness the good and the ugly of keeping horses. In this story the reader meets those who honor the domestication contract and those who do not.” – Emily Greene