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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Business Musings: The People in Our Offices

I’m tired. Emotionally tired. My world is changing, and personally, I wasn’t prepared for it. That my world is changing while the greater world—the real world—is also changing is just serendipity, I guess. I’ve blogged about the larger changes, just a bit, talking about how to write in dark times, but some of that post is also about writing while bad things are happening to […]

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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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Business Musings: The Indie And The Bestseller

The letter from the indie writer encapsulated a lot of things that are happening in the field right now, and I thought I’d analyze those. I also figured it was timely, considering this indie writer wasn’t the only writer in the past month who had sent me email about recommendations on their prose from other “more successful” writers.

I don’t know what it is about the beginning of the year that brings out these insecurities. Maybe it’s the fact that many of us use the end of the year for reflection and then try to plan the upcoming year.

What struck me about this indie writer, and the reason I’m using her as an example, is that this incident is ramped up from the usual incidents.

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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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Recommended Reading List: January, 2017

I spent the first part of January line editing a Fiction River volume, watching disaster movies, and reading romance novels. I cannot explain any of this, except that I enjoyed all of it.

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Business Musings: Writing in Difficult Times

Sometimes, art provides a different perspective, a new way of thinking about important things. And sometimes, we just hang out with a little boy wizard fighting a big powerful evil because it entertains us.

This is not light stuff. It is not unimportant. It is extremely important.

As I said, I wrote about this in October. But I didn’t tell you how to keep practicing your art in difficult times. So let me add that.

So…how do we do our jobs when our world is on fire?

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Free Fiction Monday: Watching the Music Dance

Suze loves her music. She hides in it when her parents fight.

But when the fights end in divorce, the divorce brings an end to the music—obtained illegally by Suze’s mother.

Now Nils, Suze’s father, must quickly find a way to save his daughter’s music—and her sanity—without breaking the law.

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

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Business Musings: The Data Divide

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at the Digital Book World Conference last week as Data Guy made his presentation. He brings data to a world still stuck in the 19th century. As I read reports of the reaction to his presentation, I saw continual insistence that publishing is about “gut instinct” and the ways that data undermines the art […]

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