Free Fiction Monday: Stille Nacht

Christmas: a time of family, tradition, togetherness—until your family shatters. With no grandparents to spoil her daughters, one single mom faces the holiday alone. Her daughters worry that Santa, like Daddy, won’t show up. She worries, too: What if she can’t give them—or herself—the magic of Christmas?

But maybe, just maybe, she’ll find that magic on Christmas morning, under the tree, like all the other gifts of the season.

“Stille Nacht,” 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: Canopy

He expected a joyous wedding on Christmas Eve. But when the justice of the peace arrives, he finds a pregnant bride, no congratulatory family, and reluctant witnesses.

What joy can the future hold for this young couple? Unless they can find someone, an unexpected someone, someone who understands.

“Canopy,” 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: Boz

Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep.

So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs of hot cocoa?

He needs to find out—and soon.

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

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Free Fiction Monday: Fate

She calls herself his luck, but Grif Petrie doesn’t feel particularly lucky. Alone on Christmas Eve, he haunts a casino like he always does.

Then he meets Alli, and even though she tells him she has come to Vegas for someone else, he spends time with her—and wins at craps, which never happens.

Her presence creates a weird lucky magic. And magic always comes with a price.

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

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2016

I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season. (Please note: the stories might have shown up in other collections. I haven’t gone searching, but you might want to.)

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Free Fiction Monday: Blind

As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.

When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.

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

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Free Fiction Monday: Searching for the Familiar

When Winston discovers Ruby has vanished, his heart breaks.

But he quickly learns that familiars all over the Northwest have gone missing under mysterious circumstances.

Winston pledges to find Ruby at any cost. Or he might lose her, his only family, forever.

“Searching for the Familiar,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. To read more in the Winston & Ruby series, check out the Fabulous Familiars Uncollected Anthology, featuring “Un-Familiar.”

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Free Fiction Monday: Updates

Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored radio station. Marisa, the news director, has no time for anything, certainly not for the death threats that some idiot insists on calling into the station.

She finds them an annoyance, nothing more—until one of the crew goes missing.

“Updates,” 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: Victims

Reese Catton manages campaigns. The dirty side of campaigns. And he has dirt suggesting that his candidate’s opponent serves as a vampire’s slave.

But in politics—as in life—nothing ends up as it seems. Not even the relationship between vampires and politicians…

“Victims,” 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: Dread Unlocks

In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways.

First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the creeping uncontrollable dread in modern life, a dread Lovecraft himself might find too horrible to contemplate.

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

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