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2016-17 Reader Views Literary Awards, Short Stories, Winner

5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards, Short Stories - Winner

10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, Short Stories - Finalist

There is a solution to life's every problem, we need only to be a little more creative, a little more aware. Ten stories blur the line between reality and fantasy as protagonists struggle to come to terms with their rose-colored expectations for life and the current nightmares they face. What truly lies behind the magic door of our imaginations? Everything we've ever dreamed...or our worst fears?

"You've created something bigger than you, in a lot of ways. It's made up of pieces of you, all of these different voices and narratives, in different times and spaces, having conversations with each other."

- Thiahera Nurse


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Book Reviews

Ultimately they are all a study of the human condition – our faults and foibles, how they affect our behaviour and our decisions and the impact this has on others. Each story speaks to the reader’s ‘inner dreamer’: where the story ends, the imagination has to take over. I did find myself wondering about the fate of some of the characters after the story itself had ended, which is what should happen with a well-crafted short story. I should also mention here that each tale has its own character illustration at the outset, by artist Donahue Johnson, which brings them to life and lends a nice feel to the book.

- Sam Lacey, The Book Reviewers (full review)



When I read Hunter's book, I felt as if I were sitting on a porch somewhere listening to an older person tell me fables. Hunter is such a story teller. I recommend this book to a broad range of readers, young adult to adults, and parents can share the one story with their children. I give H.D. Hunter a standing ovation and five stars. Bravo, H.D. Hunter. Thank you for A Magic Door and A Lost Kingdom of Peace in which I got to know such wonderful new characters.

- Tara Bishop, Reader's Favorite (full review)



H. D. Hunter is a young writer with an old soul. His first book reflects not only amazing skill, but thoughts deep as the ocean and wise as the oldest man alive. If I must mention favorites I will choose ‘Southern District,’ ‘Hatari Forest,’ And ‘Gridlock,’ not because I think the other ones are any less, but because these brought back an old aspect of myself that was long lost and buried within. When a young writer can do this to a well-read, traveled, older lady from a totally different background, and who happens to be an author and editor, you know this young writer has immeasurable skill, intellect, and heart. 

 - Susan Violante, Reader Views (full review)