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Free Fiction Monday: The Amazing Quizmo

At night, Darren dons his secret identity. He becomes the Amazing Quizmo, the Great God of Answers. He presides over bar trivia contests and no one can beat him. Until a girl appears. A pretty girl. A very pretty girl who just might be smarter than Darren. And for Darren, that just won’t do. “The Amazing Quizmo” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

Free Fiction Monday: Commute

She spends each day as two people: herself and Mr. Haworth’s secretary. Home, work, home, work. Then, a man on the subway train confides in her that he lost his job months ago and kept it from his wife. And somehow, that seemingly random conversation will change everything she thought she knew about her commute, […]

Free Fiction Monday: Play Like a Girl

Inspired with permission by Janis Ian’s song, “Play like a Girl” weaves Ian’s lyrics into a story of empowerment. Haunted by her mother’s ghost, a musician needs to vanquish not only the ghost but her own history, as well. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Play like a Girl,” originally written for the bestselling anthology Stars, lingers in the […]

Free Fiction Monday: Roger, At Sunset

September, 1963: Roger knows the future. Life in 1960s, the same as in the 1950s, certainly better than the 1940s. Roger’s future looks exactly like his present: the job of his dreams, the wife of his dreams, everything perfect and in a row. Roger, representative of his privileged generation. Roger, who sits down to watch […]

Recommended Reading: February 2013

Most of what I read in February was for the Fiction River anthologies and for the various workshops I did. Most of that will receive recommendations from me—or you can just consider Fiction River its own recommendation. But for the rest of February, I researched a new novel and read some stuff that mostly did […]

Novel Excerpt: Bleed Through

I’m extremely pleased to share Bleed Through with you. When I started writing Bleed Through, I thought it was a short story. It shares a lot of features with the shorter mysteries I write. They’re often crime fiction, not cozies or straight noir. To my surprise, Bleed Through became what’s known of as women’s fiction (but don’t let […]

Free Fiction Monday: Hitchhiking Across An Ancient Sea

Denny and Nikki share a similar history. Or so it seems to Denny when Nikki shows up, bruised and withdrawn, in the quiet Oregon Coast town he now calls home. But history creates a powerful pull on the psyche. Sometimes in good ways. Sometimes in bad. And sometimes, the end of a journey actually marks […]

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 […]

Free Fiction Monday: Canopy

A justice of the peace, a pregnant bride, reluctant witnesses, no real family. What hope does this couple have? They’re eighteen at the most, marrying on Christmas Eve Day. Who will believe in them? Who will care? Maybe they’ll find someone, an unexpected someone, someone who understands “Canopy,” by USA Today bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch is available […]

A New Story!


My story, "The Night of The Dancing Champions" just appeared in one of my favorite issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Recycled Pulp by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp

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

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