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: Petra and the Blue Goo

Petra loves books. And she loves her job at Nuovo Italiano Rare Books Library. So when a group of Bathybobles threatens to destroy those precious books—and to win a game, no less—Petra must stop them. Once she gets the slime out of her eyes, of course. “Petra and the Blue Goo,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Bonding

Marisa relishes her undercover work—it suits her loner nature. But when an assignment meant to bust a ring of Ce’nark poachers goes sideways, Marisa finds herself in a position she never wanted—caring for another life form. Even worse, returning the creature to its family proves more complicated than she imagined. And the truth she uncovers might have lasting ramifications throughout the system. “Bonding,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Present

Mason Evers’ thirtieth birthday depresses him, so his wife Roxy decides to give him a present he will never forget. Only the present malfunctions. Should Mason and Roxy fix the present? Or should they simply enjoy it? “Present,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook through various online retailers here and is […]

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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: Rehabilitation

The man who calls himself Matt Sturtz only connects with other human beings at Christmas. He takes a job as a mall Santa, and marvels that no one checks his résumé, or his identification for that matter. But this year, something goes wrong. Something he will not stand for. Something he must stop. No matter how much it costs him. No matter what goes wrong. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Taste of Miracles

Hayes loves the Earth to the Moon route on Christmas Eve. It pays triple. But Trish, his companion on this Christmas Eve flight, offers a perspective that mixes history and the future and the meaning of Christmas all into one. “The Taste of Miracles,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers […]

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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: Pudgygate

Imagine a dinner party in an English country manor with an American cook named Bubba making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, waiters from Cal Tech, British royalty among the guests, a cat named Pudgy, and a thief. Honestly, what could go wrong? This delightful holiday mystery by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a veritable buffet of intriguing characters. “Pudgygate,” by New York Times bestselling […]

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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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