Free Fiction Monday: The Midbury Lake Incident

Mary Beth Wilkins knows she made a mistake the moment she sees her beloved library burn. She also knows what she must do next to protect herself and her secret. And although she failed to save this library, she has a more important purpose to fulfill—a magical purpose. If she acts fast.

“The Midbury Lake Incident” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is part of Magical Libraries, an Uncollected Anthology and is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook on Amazon, KoboiBooks, Barnes & Noble, and from other online retailers. Kris also has a story in the latest Uncollected Anthology: Happily Ever Afters, called “After the Wedding.”

The Midbury Lake Incident

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


The free story will be available for one week only. If you missed this one, click on the links above. There’s another free story lurking somewhere around the site. Track the story down, read, and enjoy!


7 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: The Midbury Lake Incident”

  1. Pat Connor says:

    I hope this isn’t inappropriate but I wanted to ask you a question about your books written under the name Kris Nelscott. I tried to contact you on Goodreads but kept getting an error message.
    I would love to read your Smokey Dalton series but can’t find them for my iPad. Is there any chance that Amazon or Barnes and Noble or any vendor will offer these books for download?
    I appreciate any information you might have and I apologize ahead of time if this is not how I would contact you for this information.
    Pat Connor

    • This isn’t inappropriate at all, Pat. The books should be available on all platforms, so I’m not sure why you can’t locate them. Let me know how you searched for them, and maybe we can figure this out (and correct it).

      All of the Smokey Dalton books are on Kindle, Nook, and in the iBookstore. Here are the links for the first book: iBooks:; Barnes & Noble:; Amazon: Click on the name “Kris Nelscott” to find the rest or go here:

      • Pat Connor says:

        Thank you so much for your answer. It worked! Your link led me right to the first Smokey book. As soon as I finish this note, I’m going to Amazon to get the Kindle/Audible combo.
        You probably already know this, but in case you don’t – you have a big fan on Goodreads. Her username is Carol (I think she might be a librarian). I always like to read her updates because she writes concise, informative reviews. Anyway, she is a HUGE fan of yours and you can thank her if you notice a recent upturn in the sales of your Smokey Dalton series.
        If you feel up to answering questions that spring from idle curiosity I would love to know your motivation for writing under so many pseudonyms or nom de plumes. Another of my favorite writers (CS Harris) writes under at least two other names and I have wondered the same thing about her. I know that Stephen King also wrote under the name Richard Bachman. He explained in his book “On Writing” that (basically) his reason was that he was so prolific. He was writing more than one book a year and his publisher didn’t want to release more than one book a year for reasons related to sales (what else?). King says that this is no longer standard operating procedure for publishers. Of course, now everyone knows about the Bachman books. In fact, I think they are sometimes marketed as “The Bachman Collection” or something similar.
        I don’t expect an answer from you about this – for one reason it’s none of my business. But also I think it was super nice of you to respond to my earlier query and I don’t want to take advantage of your good nature. ?
        So thanks again. I wish you continued, and ever increasing success in your writing career.
        P.S. I apologize for this delayed response to your response. I forgot that I had asked you for help :-# …well I also had surgery – that’s a better reason than dementia. LOL

        • Thanks, Pat. I ended up writing under many pen names because of the marketing aspects of the publishing world in the previous century. Now, that no longer applies, but many of my pen names were very successful, so I felt that it was better to leave them alone. And frankly, I think the Smokey books do better with a different name on them. 🙂

          I appreciate hearing about Goodreads–and thanks for your note!

  2. savantefolle says:

    A lovely story that resonates with all book lovers – and library goers.

    I don’t know if I can suggest a link but I do like this kickass librarian character: Rex Libris, drawn by my esteemed comic creator James Turner. Enjoy!

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