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Free Fiction Monday: The Japanese Sword

Wedding photos capture a lot of things they shouldn’t. Including Susan’s husband Russell necking with one of his colleagues. Susan goes ahead with her plans for Russell’s birthday, plans that include a Japanese sword he’s always wanted. Only this sword possesses something extra—a talent for revenge. “The Japanese Sword” 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: The One That Got Away

The regulars at Spirit Winds’ Thursday night blackjack tournament never call attention to themselves. Some are retired, some are a little shady, some have seen too much. But none of them believed in UFOs. Until that night when the lights went out in the middle of the tournament…and something very, very strange happened. Something eerie. Something…alien. “The One That Got Away” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Really Big Ka-Boom

Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade thought he would be spending Christmas Eve alone—until a strange call from Paladin changes his plans. And just when he thinks the evening can’t get any stranger, a huge blast sends his world into chaos, along with that of Paladin and Casper.
And what the trio learn next might prove even more explosive.

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Free Fiction Monday: Christmas Eve at the Exit

As Rachel decides on a place to spend Christmas Eve, she can’t shake the feeling of being tracked. She knows well how hard they will search for her and Anne-Marie. Rachel knows they will never stop. But Rachel also knows she needs to focus on the plan, and on making sure Anne-Marie knows Santa will […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Midnight Trains

An American in Paris, Alex faces Christmas alone—alone and lonely. Hopelessly lonely. He wanders the streets and train stations searching—for something, for someone, for hope. Until Christmas Eve, when he meets a strange woman in an abandoned Metro station. A woman seemingly out of time. She both unnerves him and compels him. And if he […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dark Corners

Solae keeps his family alive during the horrible years of Paris’s occupation by hiding in the catacombs. The Germans murdered Solae’s father, who had a gift for glamour, in the first days of the occupation, as the lights went dim in the City of Light. Solae possesses the power to make light out of nothing. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Pudgygate

Imagine a dinner party in an English country manor with an American cook named Bubba making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, waiters from Cal Tech, British royalty among the guests, a cat named Pudgy, and a thief. Honestly, what could go wrong? “Pudgygate” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Stomping Mad

When a dead body turns up at the first ever Dinocon, Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade knows just who might be behind it all: Lucinda Danielle Stanhope who calls herself the Martha Stewart of Science Fiction. Now he just has to prove it. “Stomping Mad” marks the first appearance of Spade, who […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Judgment

Tyrone has come home, if home still exists. Once upon a time, he was part of the People, the faerie people that hide in plain sight throughout Europe. He grew up in Nuremberg, only to leave centuries ago to live with the humans. Now he returns to photograph a human trial, one guaranteed to bring justice to a world without justice. And he hopes to find his People, one last time. “Judgment” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only….

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Free Fiction Monday: Rats

Nic hunts rats. The kind of rats no one else can find. But while hunting his latest target, he finds more than he bargains for. And these rats might prove the sneakiest vermin Nic has hunted yet. “Rats” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also […]

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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."

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A New Science Fiction Story!

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

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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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16 Free Stories

ASFMARCH2015_finalistAsimov's Science Fiction has posted 16 of its Readers Choice Award finalists for free on their website, including my own "The First Step" and "Inhuman Garbage." For a short time only.

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Warrior Women!

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My Diving story, "The Application of Hope," is reprinted here along with lots of other great stories of strong women. Pick up the paperback at your favorite bookstore, download the ebook on various sites, or click here to get your copy.

A New Anthology And A New Short Story

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I'm proud of this anthology of strong crime stories. The volume includes one of my Kris Nelscott stories, but buy it for the great read. Click on the words below to get your copy or pick it up at your favorite retailer.

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