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Free Fiction Monday: Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn

She’s her mother’s daughter, flirtatious and bright. She’s her father’s daughter, ruthless and cold. Which part of her will win?

Before her twenty-fifth year, she bore the titles of princess and prisoner, royal daughter and daughter of a traitor. Now, Elizabeth Tudor rules England as its queen and, in her private moments, cannot quite believe she survived.

To figure out how to rule, she first needs to reclaim her past, and to do that, she must find the last thing her mother ever gave her—a ruby ring in the shape of a falcon.

“Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The First Step

Harvey DeLeo spent most of his long career working on one thing: a time machine. Now, he fears he might run out of time to use it. And if that happens, all of his work, all of the time spent will prove meaningless. Because his whole life comes down to one moment—and he might only get one second chance.

“The First Step” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch was a finalist for the Asimov’s Readers Choice Award and is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Tribute

Lt. Kenyon serves his country and the war effort by censoring the crew’s letters home, even if his shipmates hate him for it. But when the crew begin writing about a ghostly vision—a vision impossible to believe but inadvisable to ignore—he must address the danger facing the ship. And he must make a difficult choice that will affect every last man on board.

“Tribute” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Burial Detail

The battle ended ten months ago, the war ended two weeks ago, and still the battleground remains a dangerous place—at least for one man. A man who sees everything, and can say nothing. A man no one else notices. A man who must bury the dead in order to remain among the living.

“Burial Detail” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Mr. Alibi

No-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet, the only person in Los Angeles who wants no part in fame, avoids cases that bring her attention. Until she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife.

When the cops arrest him but then let him go, Sweet needs to know why. She’s lived in LA long enough to recognize an actor when she sees one. And she refuses to stop until she uncovers the real story—even if fame inevitably follows.

“Mr. Alibi” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Night of the Dancing Champions

Gertie lived by her dancing. The contests earned her a living in those dark days of the Great Depression and acclaim in the days leading up to World War II. But the competitions took their toll—in haunting ways.

Now, decades later, Gertie finds herself facing those ghosts—whether she wants to or not.

“Night of the Dancing Champions” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Familiar Territory

Buster’s final wish—a Viking funeral. Although Winston, a small magician with a small talent, wants to give his familiar his ideal funeral, he can’t imagine how he’ll manage burning boat at sea. Still, a Viking funeral seems a small price to pay for years of companionship.

But the funeral might cost Winston more than he realizes. He must break all kinds of laws—magical and otherwise—to give his beloved cat the proper goodbye.

“Familiar Territory” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Jackie-O

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators? Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders, “Jackie-O” explores the murder at the center of the former first lady’s existence, the murder of her husband, Jack. “Jackie-O” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Sing

Dirk wants to learn how to sing like the natives, but they have no word for singing nor a concept of it. Until Dirk tries to show a young child her people’s beautiful music. Intrigued, she offers to help—only to discover that teaching Dirk to sing could cost her everything. “Sing” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Earth Day

Albert Suttles’ mother championed Earth Day and its environmental causes. The cause became her first priority, almost an obsession. And Albert’s obsession? His mother. In her honor, he will Save The Earth. In this powerful little tale, Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes a common story trope and adds a clever, fresh twist. “Earth Day” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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A New Story! (With Goo)

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My idea of a science fiction sports story involves a library. Of course. Order "Petra and The Blue Goo," by clicking this sentence.

 

The Unexpected!

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Includes my story "Earth Day" as well as some of my favorites from Fiction River. Click on this sentence to order.

 

A New Science Fiction Story!

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Asimov's has just published my first sentient ship story, "Matilda."

Read an excerpt here.

A New Urban Fantasy Story!

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I love taking part in the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Every quarter, we put out individual stories on the same theme (hence "anthology" and "uncollected"). This time, Dayle Dermatis, Leah Cutter, Ron Collins, Leslie Claire Walker, Rebecca Senese, and Annie Reed, have joined me in the Out of the Woods "anthology."

Find out how to order all of these stories by clicking on this sentence.

A New Fantasy Story!

FR Sparks ebook cover webThe latest Fiction River is out. Edited by Rebecca Moesta, the volume includes a fantasy story from me called "Salem Week."

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