Free Fiction Monday: After the Wedding

When Keisha married Ruben, she planned the perfect wedding—and the perfect wedding cake. But when an uninvited guest ruins the reception, it unravels not only Keisha and Ruben’s perfect day, but everything about their relationship.

Keisha’s mother always said Keisha led a cursed life, but she never believed in magic. So, when an unexpected event brings Keisha and Ruben back together again, Keisha must make a choice: hold on to her beliefs or place her trust in Ruben once and for all.

“After the Wedding,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is part of the Happily Ever Afters Uncollected Anthology and is free on this website for one week only.

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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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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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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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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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Free Fiction Monday: The Front Porch

The Front Porch: the place, literal or figurative, where Americans watch the world go by.

Journalists help expand America’s front porch to a worldwide stage. They put on a pretty face and soften the blow of ugly news. They must hold the line between “need to know” and “too much information.”

But when the horrors of the world become just another day at the office, what cost will delivering the news exact on those at its heart?

“The Front Porch,” 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: 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: Canopy

He expected a joyous wedding on Christmas Eve. But when the justice of the peace arrives, he finds a pregnant bride, no congratulatory family, and reluctant witnesses.

What joy can the future hold for this young couple? Unless they can find someone, an unexpected someone, someone who understands.

“Canopy,” 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: 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: Blind

As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.

When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.

“Blind,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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