Two 5-star Reviews for Within the Sacred Circle

I haven’t been posting much because I’m not writing or promoting my books, and haven’t been for about a year. I’ve been discouraged because I have purchased and read so many books and given reviews within two groups where reciprocating was expected. I got few return reviews.
I think part of the problem, if it could be called a problem, is there are so many independent writers at this time, and promoting one’s own book make us appear very egocentric and self-absorbed. I don’t want to appear that way.
I have continued to have a few books sell now and again, and occasionally check for new reviews. Not many are posted by readers who purchase, but recently two were posted for Within the Sacred Circle.  One is by an Amazon reviewer rated in the top 500 reviewers.  It has helped me tremendously enticing me to re-read the book myself.  I hope you try it.
By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 11, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
“Within the Sacred Circle” by Judith Victoria Douglas is a beautiful selection of ten short stories about a historical Lakhota tribe. Going back some 300 years in time and using a very authentic Native American voice the stories present a believable picture and great insight into the culture.
As European I’m not overly familiar with Native American history and customs and I found myself engrossed in the setting and characters. The book is well written and cast quite a spell on me.
Although the stories are not connected as such, there fit together and present a unique whole.
Moving and impressive.


Enjoyable read.
By Kindle Customer on February 10, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I very much enjoyed reading each of the short stories presented here. It is apparent Judith Douglas has done her research.


Another 5-Star Review for “Within the Sacred Circle”

Once again a reader has found value in something I’ve written.  These stories appear, somewhat scattered, throughout the first two books of my series, Where the Horses Run.  The prequel, Realms of the Earth, also includes a story, but that book is not yet published and I’m having second thoughts about completing it, or book III of the series due to lack of interest.  If this book stimulates interests I will reconsider, though both will be hard work to complete.

This collection of the “Indian” stories was published separately at the suggestion of a friend who thought they were so good they deserved a separate book.  Its good to know others are finally taking the chance of reading and finding it worthy.  I appreciate all my readers and reviewers.  Check on picture for the Amazon connection.Within_the_Sacred_Ci_Cover_for_Kindle

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk into the Sacred Circle, August 24, 2014
By Jada Ryker “Author of the ‘Takes a Dare’ Series”
Verified Purchase
This review is from: Within the Sacred Circle: A Native American Connection (From Where the Horses Run Series) (Kindle Edition)
Within the Sacred Circle: A Native American Connection, part of the From Where the Horses Run series, is a beautifully written collection of stories. The stories are taken from the series in which they first appeared. The collection includes ten stories, each noteworthy in its own way.

My personal favorite was All My Relations. Silent Elk is a Watcher. He possesses many powers.

“His heart truly ached as he used up his energy to change from anger to sadness, then back to anger again. He didn’t like this pain and confusion of mourning. He’d yelled it from the Watch Crest in the depths of a blizzard when he felt it with the loss of his Whispering Wind. Now he’d have to yell it to the Old Standing Ones and the stonewall circle with its intersecting blade wall to find relief. Or maybe he would climb the steps to the Watch Nest and yell it from there. His heart ached so deeply the tears he held back around his kin were now let loose, flowing with his great sobs choking him. He pushed himself on struggling to carry this heavy weight now landing on his shoulders.”

For me, the story was about righting wrongs. Silent Elk moved heaven and earth in his determination to fix what he had broken. It’s about personal accountability and not blaming others for our mistakes. On another level, it’s about love and friendship.

With beautiful and meaningful words and phrases, Judith Victoria Douglas crafts each story. The themes and meanings are likely a product of each reader’s experiences and thoughts.

Ms. Douglas’ author profile is interesting. If you like her stories, you’ll enjoy learning more about her.