Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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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Under Construction–Again

Yeah, since the Evolve theme blew up on me, I’ve been experimenting with new themes. That means I have to customize everything–again. It’ll take some time because I have deadlines. So please, bear with me. Sorry for the mess!

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Free Fiction Monday: Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-One

War correspondents and soldiers possess one thing in common: They only see pieces of the war—even a magical war.

Everything rests on a single magical weapon, dispatched by Pixie Air, which the soldiers believe will solve everything.

One war correspondent questions how. But for the first time, she finds herself on the battlefront, hoping that her people succeed in this last attempt at saving their corner of the world.

“Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-One,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Website Struggles

I’m using the Evolve WordPress theme, which I updated this week. The update broke almost everything in the theme. They have since issued 2 more updates, none of which have fixed the problems the first update introduced. This is not the first time these people have broken their theme, so I won’t be using the theme any longer. However, it’ll take me a week or […]

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Business Musings: 2016 Disappointments

As I write this in early January, fourth quarter numbers for all big businesses are just starting to trickle in. The whining about 2016 has commenced, some of it justified, some of it not.

The numbers aren’t just in for the major publishers; the numbers are in for indie writers as well. And the writers who crunch numbers are having varied reactions, often depending on years of business expertise.

I have a hunch that when all of the numbers arrive toward the end of this month or so, we’ll find out that 2016 was truly a mixed bag….

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Free Fiction Monday: Twenty Years Later, By Separation Peak

From early on, Devin Culhane navigates the political world like a pro. When President Milan handpicks Devin as an intern, he comes to idolize Milan as a sort of demigod.

Until Devin finds himself confronted with Milan’s past. Devin’s response to that information could change the course of history—but sometimes change brings consequences too harsh to bear.

“Twenty Years Later, By Separation Peak,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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