Free Fiction Monday: The Case of the Vanishing Boy

Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective Spade gets a strange request: A tiny woman with pointed ears asks him to help her with a case at FleshCon, a California science fiction convention.

The tiny woman turns out to be the infamous Paladin, whom Spade thought was only a rumor. Paladin needs help finding a teenage boy whom she says vanishes whenever she approaches him.

Spade knows that disappearing teenagers only live in (ahem) science fiction novels, so he vows to do everything he can to find the missing boy—and to impress the impressive Paladin.

“The Case of the Vanishing Boy,” 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 Last Vampire

Ever wonder what happened to the scary vampire? The icky, white-faced creature of the night? The kind of vampire that vants to suck your blooood, not the kind that wants to kiss you silly?

Well, only one such vampire remains, huddled in his New York apartment. He has one last chance to save his race. One last chance—and a foolproof plan. Or so he thinks…

“The Last Vampire,” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Clay Feet

After a decade of trying to get a statue of Mercury for her museum’s antiquities department, Harper finally succeeds. But then the statue arrives—broken—and a spectacular forgery. Her boss—impressed—calls the statue the ultimate forgery.

Harper wonders if she, too, should appreciate the forgery—until the statue starts talking.

“Clay Feet,” 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: Cosmic Balances Inc.

Grint’s uneventful life results in an uneventful afterlife, working as a minion, making sure the cosmic balance remains balanced. Birth day curses get balanced with birth day blessings. And no one gets into Heaven or Hell unless they deserve to go.

But what happens when a particularly bad guy lines up in front of the Pearly Gates? A guy who definitely belongs in Hell. A guy who somehow managed to game the system—during Grint’s shift.

What’s a relatively powerless minion like Grint supposed to do now?

“Cosmic Balances Inc.,” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: A Helping Hand

Jamal knows his father has struggled to support the family since Jamal’s mom died. So, when eleven-year-old Jamal finds something shiny in the snow on his way to school, he wonders if he can ease his dad’s burden.

But his discovery could put the family at even greater risk. Or it could finally restore hope for them all.

“A Helping Hand,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Kuchen

Lawyer F. Reed Hamlin has everything—money, success, a small amount of fame. But no close relationships, and no family. Until he hears on the news that police have caught a Vietnam protester who bombed a munitions site. An anti-war radical who has hidden for twenty years. An anti-war radical also known as Reed’s mother.

“Kuchen,” 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: Fashion and the Snarkmeisters

Caro, once considered the most beautiful woman in the world, had a daughter with a relatively ugly magician. Caro’s daughter, unfortunately, inherited her father’s looks—and his magic. She uses that magic to help protect her beautiful mother, and famous women like her, from the snarkmeisters on red carpets everywhere.

But when a darker evil comes to light, Caro’s daughter fears her limited power might prove insufficient.

Can she stop the danger lurking in the shadows? Or will she find herself falling victim to its pull?

“Fashion and the Snarkmeisters,” 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: After the Wedding

When Keisha married Ruben, she planned the perfect wedding—and the perfect wedding cake. But when an uninvited guest ruins the reception, it unravels not only Keisha and Ruben’s perfect day, but everything about their relationship.

Keisha’s mother always said Keisha led a cursed life, but she never believed in magic. So, when an unexpected event brings Keisha and Ruben back together again, Keisha must make a choice: hold on to her beliefs or place her trust in Ruben once and for all.

“After the Wedding,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is part of the Happily Ever Afters Uncollected Anthology and is free on this website for one week only.

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day, Cats And Romance And Snow!

  A few months ago, one of my favorite people and one of my favorite editors, Denise Little, contacted me to let me know she’s editing a brand new romance magazine. She wondered if I, or more specifically, Kristine Grayson, could contribute a story. Now, sadly, Grayson’s stories require me to be in a goofy mood, and last fall I was anything but goofy. (I’m […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Perfect Man

Paige Racette envisioned the perfect man over and over in her romance novels.

But when Josiah Wells starts using those novels as a blueprint for the way to romance her, she finds the attention creepy, not attractive.

When Wells escalates, adding violence to his role-playing, Paige realizes she must escape the perfect man. But she might find help from someone unexpected—someone a little more flawed, a little less perfect.

“The Perfect Man,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, was chosen as one of the best short stories of 2003 and is free on this website for one week only.

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