Kristine Kathryn Rusch

A New Kris Nelscott Novel! Finally!

Written By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch - Mar• 18•14

Street Justice eboo#14C5CF9I’m celebrating, because I thought this day would never arrive. After nearly eight years, I have finally published a new Smokey Dalton novel.

I never gave up on Smokey, although my traditional publisher did. From the start, in fact. Only my wonderful editor believed in the series. The rest of the company was very confused by my Smokey Dalton series, and screwed it up in a variety of ways. By the time I finally left after an insulting offer, I had missed the opportunity to sell the series to another publisher. (I had opted to stay with the first publisher in 2003–a stupid move on my part.) Other publishers told me they wouldn’t take the series with so many previous books at another publisher.

Then WMG Publishing came along. I decided I wouldn’t write the next Smokey Dalton book until I knew for certain that WMG could do a better job than any New York publisher ever could. It took three years of work with WMG before I felt comfortable enough to write Street Justice. I finished the book last year, and WMG began the kind of promotion that New York publishers reserve for their bigger titles. We have no hope of getting on lists. What WMG (and I) hope for is that the book finally gets into the markets where it belongs–from mystery bookshops to African-American bookstores. (I’ve put up Amazon links to the trade, ebook, and audio book because it’s easiest for me, but you can find the novel in bookstores worldwide.)

The promotion on this first Smokey novel in eight years is focused on letting people know that the series even exists.

I know many of you have only heard of my award-winning critically acclaimed Kris Nelscott pen name. I also know a lot of you tried to buy the Kris Nelscott books back in the day and were unable to because the first publisher didn’t distribute the books to most parts of the country.

For those of you who weren’t able to find the books back then,  you can find them now, thanks to WMG and Audible. All the previous novels are available in trade paper, ebook, and audio book worldwide. (Oh, that pleases me like you will not believe.) A Dangerous Road eb#14C5A26Start with A Dangerous Road, if you want to start at the beginning which–honestly–is probably the best place to start.

Street Justice does stand alone. All of the Nelscott books do. But it’s a richer read if you know Smokey’s history–and not his publication history. His fictional life story. I’m so glad his story is back in print.

Smokey is making inroads in a variety of places. A Dangerous Road is in development in Hollywood right now, and I’m getting other nibbles on different Smokey-related projects. Because WMG is doing this right–and getting the word out. I hope you pick up one of the Nelscott books–be it the first, A Dangerous Road, or the latest, Street Justice. And I hope you enjoy reading those books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. They truly are, as the romance novelists say, books of my heart.

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Free Fiction Monday: Guarding Lacey

Written By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch - Mar• 17•14

Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey. So he pretends he’s Smokey, Guarding Lacey ebook cover weband follows her, learning secrets that will change him—and Lacey—forever.

“Guarding Lacey” by Edgar-award nominee Kris Nelscott is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Omnilit, Smashwords and other ebookstores. If you want to find out how Smokey Dalton does next, pick up Street Justice, which releases in trade paper, audio, and ebook on Tuesday, March 18.

 Guarding Lacey

 Kris Nelscott

The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. There’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Recommended Reading List: February 2014

Written By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch - Mar• 15•14

FR-Past-Crime-ebook-cover-web-194x300I read 250 manuscripts by professional writers this month. All of the stories were good. Some fit anthologies better than others. We held a writing workshop where six of us edited for Fiction River. You will see some tremendous upcoming stories, not just in FR, but in other magazines as well. Because once the editing left my control (I was editing a volume called Past Crimes) the editors let some—in my humble opinion—brilliant stories escape. I’m sure other editors will pick those up.FR-Pulse-Pounders-ebook-cover-web-194x300

Needless to say, all that reading got in the way of my leisure reading. So I’m thin on that right now. But you’ll see what we chose, starting with my Past Crimes volume in October, followed by Kevin J. Anderson’s Pulse Pounders in December, and Dean’s Risk Takers in February. Three more will follow in 2015, from John Helfers, Kerrie L. Hughes, and Rebecca Moesta. I’ve read all of the volumes (minus one or two as-yet-unwritten stories) and they’re wonderful.

FR-Risk-Takers-ebook-cover-194x300Okay, shameless plug over. Although it wasn’t really a shameless plug in that those stories were what I read in February. Along with the two items listed below. (Yes, I read a lot more than that, and no, none of it was worth pointing out.) Here’s the best of the non-manuscripts:


February, 2014


9781402254499_p0_v1_s260x420Wendell, Sarah, Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels, Sourcebooks, 2011. A fun little book with a very important center message—how reading empowers and enlightens. Wendell has a great non-fiction voice, so the text just flows. Occasionally, I laughed aloud at some of her witticisms. If you’re a romance fan, do yourself a favor and pick this up. If you’re not, why not? :-)

Williams, Kimber, “The Art of War,” Oregon Quarterly, Winter, 2013. Absolutely fascinating story about Gordon Gilkey, one of the men who worked in the Monuments project in World War 2 (y’know. One of the Monuments Men.) He  was a well known artist in his own right and he had an art collection that he received mostly in trade for his work that is so spectacular, the Portland Art Museum (where he donated it) can’t display it all at once. Fascinating man, fascinating time, and some great photos here—not just of the World War 2 parts of things, but of Gilkey’s own drawings, particularly of the 1939 World’s Fair.


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