Recommended Reading List: December, 2016

Found lots of great reading in December. Here’s what I really loved.

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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: 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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Free Fiction Monday: The Really Big Ka-Boom

Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade thought he would be spending Christmas Eve alone—until a strange call from Paladin changes his plans. And just when he thinks the evening can’t get any stranger, a huge blast sends his world into chaos, along with that of Paladin and Casper.
And what the trio learn next might prove even more explosive.

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Free Fiction Monday: Christmas Eve at the Exit

As Rachel decides on a place to spend Christmas Eve, she can’t shake the feeling of being tracked. She knows well how hard they will search for her and Anne-Marie. Rachel knows they will never stop. But Rachel also knows she needs to focus on the plan, and on making sure Anne-Marie knows Santa will still find her wherever they go. Because every child needs […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2015

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.

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Recommended Reading List: December, 2014

Not quite as many books, articles, or stories to recommend from my December reading as I found in my November reading, but I read just as much. One of my favorite novelists disappointed me greatly with the ending of his latest novel. He badly telegraphed a “twist,” and it came—I’m not kidding—on the very last page of the novel. The end. The abrupt ending left […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Chains

Roth McKendrick hates his fame. That, and the ghost that haunts his dressing room at the Broadway theater where he stars in A Christmas Carol. So, when a lost teenage girl finds her way to that very same dressing room, Jaime assumes she’s a ghost, too. Until she pleas for help. Erika Brandis thought leading a tour group of teenage girls would be easy. Easier than a […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2014

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.  I’m also going to mention, by way of shameless self […]

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