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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Free Fiction Monday: Unity Con

When Paladin calls Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade and asks him to come to a new con he swore he’d never attend, he agrees. Because he can’t say no to Paladin. But what Spade finds when he arrives at the con makes him immediately regret the decision. A dead writer. Missing money. Organizers at each other’s throats. Spade wonders if saving 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: The Demise of Snot Rocket

All serious runners know about snot rockets. At least in pre-pandemic times, they did. But one particularly talented runner relishes snot rockets more than others. When he turns up dead, the list of potential murderers runs longer than the list of medals he collected over the years. But when an investigative journalist sees the true crime potential of the case, what she uncovers surprises even […]

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Free Fiction Monday: What Fluffy Knew

Fluffy leads the perfect life. Her cat bed, her kibble, a human to wait on her. Until they come. And they will change everything—unless she finds a way to stop them. One of award-winning writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most popular stories. “What Fluffy Knew,” 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 […]

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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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