The Perfect Mix

I love detective fiction. I love fantasy fiction. And I looooove it when they combine to form their own off-beat genre. Which is why I’m so happy to be part of the Fantasy Detectives Storybundle. Dean Wesley Smith assembled the bundle using our Fiction River edition, Fantastic Detectives, as his template. The anthology is in this bundle. I happen to love that edition of Fiction […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dragon Slayer

Fifteen dragons have died in less than a century. Rumaad, a different kind of dragon, collects information about the killings the way some dragons collect jewels. Perfectly suited to see the differences in the latest crime scene, he investigates the murder of a dragon he knows all too well. What he sees convinces him something has changed in his world—and not for the best.

“Dragon Slayer,” 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: Christopher’s Crummy Christmas

Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he plans to change that. This year, he’ll find a way to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it.

A classic Christmas story that first appeared in Boys’ Life Magazine.

“Christopher’s Crummy Christmas” 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: The Last Christmas Letter

Joanne makes her home the perfect place for Christmas so her grandchildren will always remember the holiday. She even puts her Christmas cards on the banister.

But this year, she faces a dilemma. Her father has been in a coma since Thanksgiving, but a Christmas card from him arrived in mid-December. Even stranger, the letter inside gets longer every time she looks at it.

Her father always made up fantasy worlds, but now Joanne feels like she’s living inside one—and she wants to leave.

“The Last Christmas Letter,” 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: Three Wishes Before a Fire

On Christmas Eve, Rob finds himself drawn to the set of his TV show. Jaded and disenchanted, Rob hopes to find something, anything, to bring a bit of joy back into his existence. What he discovers that lonely Christmas Eve will change his life—again.

An inspiring story about the magic of make-believe and the power of healing.

“Three Wishes Before a Fire,” 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: The Space Between Hope and Dreams

Before he left to fight in World War II, Jack promised Myrtle he’d be home for Christmas. But Myrtle begged Jack not to make a promise he couldn’t keep.

Christmas after Christmas, decade after decade, Myrtle thinks of Jack and his promise, of the life they might have had were it not for the war.

Until Myrtle finally understands that somehow, someday, Jack will find his way home for Christmas.

A story about love, loss, and possibilities that takes us all to the space between hopes and dreams.

“The Space Between Hope and Dreams,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2018

My annual recommendation of the best holiday stories I’ve read in the last ten years.

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2018

Lots of reading this month. I am gearing up on various projects so I had to increase my reading time (oh, how sad). I also line edited a Fiction River, which was really enjoyable. Plus, I seem to be getting my magazines in order—finally! So I have some articles to recommend as well. By the middle of the month, some of the goodness in my […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Women of Whale Rock

Whale Rock’s sheriff, Dan Retsler, considers himself a practical man. But he has no explanation for the horrible deaths that take place on his beach.  Nor does he know why so many locals fear the sea. 

The answer lies in legends of mermaids—not the pretty kind, but the kind that lure sailors to their deaths. Retsler doesn’t believe in them, but nothing quite explains the women he sees, near the beach when he investigates a friend’s sudden and tragic death.

“The Women of Whale Rock,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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A New Edition of FantasyLife And A Cool Way To Get It

Allyson Longueira of WMG Publishing finally talked me into doing the Author Preferred Edition of FantasyLife that I have been threatening to do for some years now. The edition is an omnibus, which also has three short stories related to the novel and an introduction to the book itself. I’ve been having a heck of a time getting the English language rights reverted by Simon […]

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