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.
When Alzheimer’s takes Stacey’s mother, Stacey gives up everything—her career, her music—to take care of her. Until one lonely night, when caretaking becomes too much, Stacy sits at the piano and plays Bach.
She hopes to escape into the comfort of classical music. But what she discovers in the music—about her mother, her family, herself—proves far more enlightening than she ever imagined.
“Elegy for Piano and Three Voices,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
I love Taylor Swift, and I’m not afraid to admit it. It’s not just because her song “Shake It Off” accompanied me on my daily run during those tough days earlier this year when my world got infiltrated by haters. (Swift wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback as a response to the criticism she constantly receives.) “Shake It Off” reminded me that I’m better off writing than I am worrying about people who aren’t worth my time.
Katie’s world revolved around Matthew: her love, her music, her telecollaboration inventions, all focused on him. Even gone, Matthew still dominates Katie’s world. Her memories hold the key to his masterwork, he says. But memories sometimes play tricks. And sometimes, they hold the secret to truths long buried. “Theme And Variations” by USA Today bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. […]
Because of touring schedules, I’m in two bundles this week. Not my tours–music tours. I’m so fortunate to be part of a Storybundle that includes six bands and five fiction writers. (I had to choose my words carefully here, since the musicians write as well.) This new bundle, called The Fantasy Music Bundle, is the brainchild of Peter J. Wacks. Now, pay attention, because you might end […]
Yes, it’s Tuesday. Yes, the Business Rusch usually appears on Thursday. And that’s the point. I caught you off-guard. I broke the regular weekly schedule, and made some of you take notice. The rest of you, who will discover this on Thursday or on the weekend, won’t be as surprised. Or maybe you will, wondering what the heck I’m doing, messing with the schedule of […]
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 mind forever. “Play like a Girl” by USA Today bestselling writer […]
Andrew has problems fitting in. But for a change, he’d like to stand out for something he does well. If only the adults in his life will let him. “A Little Night Music” by USA Today bestseller Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Omnilit, Smashwords and in other e-bookstores. […]
Emily Trencheon lives life as a prodigy—and a successful experiment. She provides a shining example for the Academy of Universal Languages to continue its program with the Miaslan. But she alone knows the truth. And she fears her final act of communication—a piano composition meant to be played in total darkness—will be forever lost in the shadows of misinterpretation. “Solo For Concert Grand” by Hugo-award […]
Again, I did a lot of Fiction River reading this month, which took up some of my fiction reading. So you’ll see my recommendations in the upcoming issues. It’s so fun to be editing again—and it’s fun to be doing it part time. I got stuck in two novels in the middle of the month. One was from a favorite author whose work I adore. […]