Recommended Reading List: January, 2022

Even though school started and I am now doing a lot of legal reading, I am managing to find time to get some leisure reading done. That might be due to the brain space that’s freeing up as my pandemic terror levels are decreasing. It might also be the emotional exhaustion from the past two years; my brain needs something to help it relax. The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Streets Where We Live

When Portia receives a call from an old friend she hasn’t talked to in years, she knows something terrible has happened. But when Portia realizes just how terrible—fifty kids missing from a Chicago theater with millions of dollars in damage left behind—she knows she’ll need backup from her magical sisters. Nothing about this latest case makes sense, magically or otherwise. And when she finally starts […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Purity Test

At the Keep, women serve one purpose: pawns for greater power. Power belonging to Micheline’s father. He uses magic to achieve that goal, but that magic serves another purpose, as well. It tests a woman’s purity. And what Micheline learns about this test will change her forever. “Purity Test,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. he story’s […]

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Free Fiction Monday: And a Cup of Good Cheer

Gail looks forward to her annual Christmas shopping trip to the high-end specialty foods store. Until her phone keeps interrupting with news alerts and a barrage of texts from her husband, Ron. Ron never texts her, and the messages grow increasingly weird. He wants a figgy pudding and he wants one right now! Gail soon realizes her family needs her—and her Christmas spirit—to save the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Midnight Trains

An American in Paris, Alex faces Christmas alone—alone and lonely. Hopelessly lonely. He wanders the streets and train stations searching—for something, for someone, for hope. Until Christmas Eve, when he meets a strange woman in an abandoned Metro station. A woman seemingly out of time. She both unnerves him and compels him. And if he decides to trust her, they might just succeed in freeing […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Saving Face

When a beautiful but scared woman tries to hire Winston Karpathian, he wonders why. Winston possesses only small magic, nothing spectacular, and certainly nothing helpful for a woman like that. But when she turns up dead, Winston must work with a detective who doesn’t believe in magic to find the woman’s killer. Because Winston believes that the woman’s request for a spell might have more […]

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A Quick Note and Reminder

The Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter has 48 hours left. We’ve hit 4 stretch goals, which include 3 pop-up writing workshops and lots of holiday reading. In fact the entire Spectacular is about holiday reading. This is, essentially, an advent calendar of stories, and you’ll get one story per day for 38 days. If you buy now, you can give it as an early gift to the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: After the Fall

Peter enjoys his solitary life in the Montana countryside. Higher mathematics, greater thought, sustain him more than companionship. But after a solitary walk along his isolated property’s borders results in a potentially deadly fall, he fights like hell to survive, knowing no one will come to rescue him. So, when he starts seeing things—a creature he knows can’t exist—he grasps at his one chance for […]

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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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Renn and the Little Men

In the Wild West, gunslingers populate the legend of many a dime novel. And Renn knows her way around a gun—and a book—better than most of them, including her famous brother, who can credit his skills to Renn. So, when the strange little men show up looking to hire her missing-in-action brother, Renn takes the job. And she soon realizes she’ll need every bit of […]

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