Free Fiction Monday: Un-Familiar

Winston’s familiar Ruby, a small black cat, avoids dogs whenever possible. So when Winston finds her in cahoots with a toy poodle-Chihuahua mix, he wants to know why.

Ruby, usually so vocal, says nothing. Her silence, that dog, and a storm in the Oregon Coast community of Seavy Village all combine into one of the most memorable days of Winston’s life.

“Un-Familiar,” 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: Ghosting

Cudahay tracks ghosts. Not the ethereal kind. The regret-dating-you-so-they-disappear kind. He makes a business out of it with his partner, Serena. She deals with the losers and their sob stories, he tracks down the rather-not-be-found to provide proof of life so the losers can move on.

When a real ghost from Cudahay’s past turns the tables and tracks him, however, Cudahay must decide just how seriously to take the threat. Cudahay doesn’t scare easily. But he soon discovers that perhaps he should.

“Ghosting,” 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: Combat Medic

Berkeley, May, 1969—When former Army nurse Captain June “Eagle” Eagleton returned from Vietnam, she thought she left the war zone behind. But when the familiar sound of a helicopter wakes Eagle from sleep, she realizes she has awoken in a very different kind of war zone: one filled with tear gas, and kids, and the National Guard.

As Eagle fights her way to help her friend Pammy at A Gym of Her Own, she finds herself in the middle of a very difficult situation—one where saving lives might prove harder than she thought possible.

“Combat Medic,” by Edgar and Shamus award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Becalmed, Part Two

Mae, chief linguist on the Ivoire, heads a diplomatic mission to Ukhanda. Her handling of relations with the Quurzod lead to a battle that causes the Ivoire’s anacapa drive to malfunction, stranding the ship in foldspace. Mae can’t remember what she did wrong on the mission: all she knows is that she’s one of the few survivors. If she doesn’t recall it, she won’t be able to prevent another disaster when the Ivoire escapes foldspace. If the Ivoire escapes foldspace. Because what no one talks about—and everyone fears—is that the Ivoire is becalmed…forever.

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

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Free Fiction Monday: Little Miracles

As a homicide detective, Frank deals with violent death every day. And his reaction to those deaths kills him by inches. Until his most recent case forces him to take a long, hard look at his emotional state. The murder scene’s only survivor might hold the clues Frank needs to solve the case. It might even hold the key to Frank’s very salvation.

“Little Miracles,” 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: Incident at Lonely Rocks

Oscar cleans portable toilets for a living. He loves the job—it takes him to beautiful isolated places, like the Lonely Rocks Wayside on the Oregon Coast. Nothing really grosses him out either—until he discovers the body, slashed to death, with a knife still in the chest. Then he sees a break in the guardrail above the ocean, a second car, a ruined bicycle, and Oscar realizes his troubles have just begun.

“Incident at Lonely Rocks,” 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: SeniorSource

For seniors who need a comfortable place to live, SeniorSource fits the bill. Zero-g, medical care, even a work exchange program for those who can’t afford it otherwise.

For one former NYPD detective, SeniorSource provides a lifeline. But if he fails to solve his latest case—the murder of a young boy on the Moon—in 24 hours, he might find himself downgraded, or worse, back on Earth. In other words, dead.

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

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Recommended Reading List: August, 2017

I read a lot in August. I’m line editing two Fiction Rivers, so I got to revisit some excellent stories. I’ll point them out when they get published. Right now, though, you should pick up the current Fiction River, Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. I line edited that in the spring. Excellent unforgettable stories in there, especially those by Travis Heermann, Debbie […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Parking Space Vigilantes

Stacy calls herself a Parking Space Vigilante. As a member of the city’s program to ticket able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped spaces, Stacy believes she serves as protector for her small corner of the world from the insensitive, the stupid, and the just plain ignorant.

But when she discovers her nemesis, the driver of a Suburban who insists on parking illegally every time he comes to her neighborhood, Stacy vows to stop him…if he doesn’t stop her first.

“Parking Space Vigilantes,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Recommended Reading: July 2017

Unlike June, which started so slowly I couldn’t even start the reading list until the middle of the month, July started off with a bang. I enjoyed almost everything I read, and I was reading a lot. One day per week, I started accompanying Dean on his trips to find stuff to stock the stores. He’d head off to a Goodwill or a charity shop, […]

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