Nelscott Nominated!

I am honored to announce that my novel, Street Justice, written under my Kris Nelscott pen name has been nominated for a Shamus award given by the Private Eye Writers of America. I found out when I woke up yesterday on a rare day off, and it was the perfect way to start a perfect day. I’m completely thrilled and more than a little gobsmacked. For […]

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Two New Short Stories, a Goofy Video, And An Opportunity

It must be urban fantasy detective week or something. I wrote a lot of short stories in the past year, and only two of them were about non-human or magical detectives. Both of those stories appeared this week. The first is in a project that Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon edited through Alliteration Ink. They Kickstarted the anthology, Streets of Shadows, and this weekend, they will have […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Guarding Lacey

Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey. So he pretends he’s Smokey, and follows her, learning secrets […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair: A Smokey Dalton Story

Smokey Dalton gets a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. When Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their problems. Chosen as one […]

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The Business Rusch: Murder Most Foul

 Here’s what they don’t tell you when you start out as a writer: 1. You need to learn business. 2. You need to learn copyright because that’s what you sell. 3. You need to learn how to hire people because the wrong people could destroy your life and career. 4. Your traditional publisher doesn’t give a crap about you, unless you become a blockbuster, and […]

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The Business Rusch: Habits

On Tuesday, around 10 pm, I finished the first draft of my next Smokey Dalton novel. I would have finished on Monday, but Dean and I have been dealing with some serious business matters for the past ten days, and on Monday, we had to do real-life business things that involved people, not computers or mentally time-traveling back to 1970. And we certainly couldn’t make […]

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The Business Rusch: Book As Event

I finished my second novel (as an adult) on the day my best friend from high school gave birth to her second child. My friend called me from the hospital to tell me the great news and then, because she was a sweet woman and because she was from the upper Midwest, she reflexively asked how things were going for me. Even though I am […]

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The Business Rusch: Ghosts of Writers Future

Earlier this week, I sat down with the pile of estate planning books I’d bought to prepare for this series of blog posts I’ll be doing on estate planning for writers. My plan is this: I’ll blog about this topic about once a month as I research it and as I determine how to improve the wills that Dean and I already have. I wrote […]

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The Business Rusch: No Reader Left Behind

From 1991 to 2009, my entire career was about the failure to get my books to the readers who wanted them. Every week, I’d get a letter or an e-mail from a fan: Dear Ms. Rusch, Did you know that the fourth book of your Fey series is impossible to find? Do you have an extra copy you can send me? I’d happily pay for […]

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Monthly Novel Excerpt: Smoke-Filled Rooms

Once a month,  I’ll publish an excerpt of one of my novels, and I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to buy the rest of the book.  I began this practice in February of 2011. Initially, I called this the Mid-Month Novel Excerpt, but I’m doing too many things in the middle of the month on this website. Now, I’ll do my best to get the excerpts up […]

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