Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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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Business Musings: Bestseller Lists and Other Dreams

In March, Marie Force announced she would no longer chase the bestseller lists when she released her latest book title. She wrote a great, honest, and direct blog about her thinking, and I urge you to read it all. In the blog, she describes a trajectory of obsession and disillusionment that is very familiar to me. I’ve gone through that range of emotions several times […]

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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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Business Musings: Data Diving

Writers obsess about how many people they have on their newsletter, whether those names are “good” names, what kind of marketing they should do for those people, what kind of writing they should do because of the newsletter, whether the last marketing campaign brought in “good” names that converted to real dollars, whether five impressions with click-throughs and buys are better than fifty impressions with click-throughs and no buys yet.

If we end up obsessing too much…

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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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Business Musings: Control, Control, Control

I am fully aware of the fact that the problems I’m having are problems I would have traded up for thirty years ago. I’m also fully aware that these problems aren’t really problems at all.

They’re opportunities.

I’m hardwired to jump at opportunities. One of my biggest complaints about my agents, back in the days when I had agents, was how many opportunities those folks failed to jump at. Or screwed up. Or ignored completely.

And yet…

I’m a writer first, and as a writer first, anything that puts me behind on getting to my fictional worlds irritates the hell out of me.

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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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Business Musings: The Second 2017 Process Blog

  We finished the annual anthology workshop on Saturday. Forty professional (or professional quality) writers, gathering for a weeklong discussion of the fiction they wrote, and networking, and all kinds of fun things. Lots of great discussions on what makes good fiction. Lots of great discussions of craft and art and short fiction in general. Lots of great discussions on the changes that are looming […]

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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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Recommended Reading List: February, 2017

Lots of reading this month for the anthology workshop at the end of the month, plus some line editing. I still managed to find time for some other reading, but it was a push. I got a new mystery from one of my favorites, started it, and immediately stopped. Turns out our newly retired hero has just been diagnosed with COPD. Having dealt with death—and […]

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