Free Fiction Monday: The Island of Lost Priests

The Catholic Church saved him. At the moment he needed someone most, Father Joe offered him salvation. And he spent his life, and career, trying to live by the rules and order of Catholicism.

But when he returns to Brooklyn to work for the Church after years as a Chicago detective, he finds himself investigating those he thought beyond reproach. And the deeper he digs, the more questions he finds—about his past, about himself, and about the future of the very faith he once considered his salvation.

This alternate history story originally written for the Vatican Vaults anthology takes place in a world where Pope John Paul (I) does not die a month after his accession in 1978 but instead reforms the Church and opens up the most secret parts of the Vatican Library to scholars. New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch explores what might have happened if some Church secrets came to light years earlier than they have in our own reality.

“The Island of Lost Priests,” by Sidewise Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Elvis at the White House

Psychic investigator Chelsea LaFronde’s secret vice? The handsome young Elvis of the 1968 comeback special—Chelsea’s idea of a Real Man.

So when a handsome Elvis impersonator—the young Elvis, not the old, fat Elvis—shows up at her door talking about a murder, she listens. Even though the impersonator tells her that Elvis knows whodunnit.

Chelsea will deal with a bit of crazy, for Elvis. Even a fake Elvis.

“Elvis at the White House,” 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: Patriotic Gestures

Crime scene investigator Pamela Kinney hears the bad guys outside her house and smells smoke, but only realizes the next morning the crime they committed—burning the flag that had covered her daughter’s casket. Her police colleagues call it a small crime, but she disagrees. She must solve it, and she must solve it now. Chosen as one of the best mystery stories of 2009, “Patriotic Gestures” explores the fine lines that run through American culture, and sometimes through Americans themselves. “Patriotic Gestures,” 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: What Fluffy Knew

Fluffy leads the perfect life. Her cat bed, her kibble, a human to wait on her. Until they come. And they will change everything—unless she finds a way to stop them. “What Fluffy Knew,” one of Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most popular stories, is free on this website for one week only.

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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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