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Free Fiction Monday: Crossing The River Styx

Edith never wanted to visit the caves. But Frank insisted. Now, Frank lay in a pool of blood in those caves, and Edith wants to know why. When Albert sees Edith emerge from the caves covered in blood, he has no idea what to think. He barely recognizes the wealthy newlywed who arrived just days before […]

Free Fiction Monday: “Asset Protection”

Carla uses her thieving past for good. Hired by retailers to test the effectiveness of their security systems, she makes a good living, despite her felony conviction. But when she runs into the detective who busted her years ago, and finds out he, too, works in the loss prevention business, she does some digging. What she finds could dredge up her past and threaten her future.

Free Fiction Monday: “FoL”

Jonathan Alexander Nicholas Ashworth the Fourth—called Nico—fears nothing. He lives a life of power, prestige, money. He makes his own way, but when that fails, he uses fixers, the best money can buy. Until FoL begins targeting him. Against FoL, fixers can’t help him. Can he help himself? Or will FoL win?

A powerful story about truth and consequences.

Free Fiction Monday: “The Silence”

Homicide Detective Spencer Gray knows he should feel grateful for the lack of work due to The Silence—two weeks without a murder in Manhattan. But he misses the action. More, something feels off. When one of his colleagues suggests a wager to see who can close the strangest case on his or her desk, he knows just the one. But solving this case might mean uncovering answers he’ll wish he hadn’t found.

Free Fiction Monday: “Eating It Too”

Sophie pours love into her cooking. For years, she shared her gift with her husband. Now, she will infuse her baking with every feeling she possesses—one final act as payment for everything Harold plans for their future.

A compelling piece of flash fiction from USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Free Fiction Monday: “Trial”

A man stands trial for brutally killing a 12-year-old girl. But does a trial bring actual justice? And what can a father do to deal with the horror?

A heart-wrenching story about those left behind to cope with the aftermath.

Free Fiction Monday: “The Young Shall See Visions and the Old Dream Dreams”

Nell’s determination drives her throughout her life. It allowed her to play baseball when only “tomboys” played. It allowed her to walk again when doctors said she never would. And now, even in old age, it will allow her to find answers to questions plaguing her for her entire life. But the answers she seeks solve one mystery and pose another.

Free Fiction Monday: Flitting Away

When a vicious attacker leaves Nicole Walker for dead, she fights against the odds to survive. And to succeed, she must remember—the attack, the attacker, even her own desire to live. Her mind wants to flit away and escape the horrors of the attack. Flitting away means death. But remembering might mean an even worse […]

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

A New Uncollected Anthology Story!

The Midbury Lake Incident UA cover reduced

The Midbury Lake Incident has just appeared in the August Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries. Well, "in" probably isn't the right word. Get this story and all the other magic library stories by clicking the words below.

The Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries

A New Military Science Fiction Story!

FR14 Valor ebook cover web

My latest military science fiction story, "Embedded," has just appeared in one of the best issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Valor by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Valor

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