Free Fiction Monday: Fumes

Ernie wants to forget. His short life marred by pain he struggles to understand, he hopes the sirens will blast the thoughts of his mother, his father, of life and death from his brain. Thoughts too serious for someone so young. Thoughts that can scar deeper than flames.  

A searing short story about family, betrayal, and murder.

“Fumes,” 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: Trick or Treat

The teenage girl wrapped in a sheet calls herself Casper (as in “The Friendly Ghost”). But Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade doesn’t find her friendly—or ghost-like.

Still, Paladin demands that Spade babysit Casper, and Spade never says no to Paladin. Even when it comes to babysitting on Halloween weekend, while Spade runs the second most important convention of the year.

Because Paladin doesn’t ask favors; she solves crimes. And apparently, she—and Casper—need help only Spade can provide.

“Trick or Treat,” 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: At Witt’s End

When legendary science fiction fan Brendan Witt dies, Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade finds himself planning a memorial charity auction to honor Witt’s final wishes.

But when some very rare and highly collectible fanzines go missing, Spade and Paladin must race to find them before anyone notices.

Just one problem: Why they went missing might just prove the biggest mystery of all.

“At Witt’s End,” 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 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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Free Fiction Monday: Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls

Starbase Kappa. The Room of Lost Souls. An abandoned space station with different names but one certainty: People die there. Still, a soldier can’t argue with orders, no matter how bad a place’s reputation. Enterran Empire Operations Commander Elissa Trekov’s most famous relative died in the Room, so she thinks she knows it better than the rest of her team. But when strangers turn up on the so-called abandoned station—strangers who seem to know a lot more about its function than they pretend—she realizes the Room’s legendary history only scratches the surface of the dangers lurking within.

“Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Searching For The Fleet Published!

The latest Diving novel, Searching For The Fleet, hit print today. You can get the ebook, trade paper, and audio book. Click here to find the various outlets for the books. Searching For The Fleet tells the story of Coop and Yash as they try to find the modern version of the Fleet. They have hints that it exists, even though they’ve traveled 5,000 years […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dix

This week’s Free Fiction Monday is a little different. It’s a way to sample my new Diving novel, Searching for the Fleet, before its publication day on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The novella “Dix,” which was first published in the March/April issue of Asimov’s, follows Yash Zarlengo, an engineer aboard the ship Ivoire, as she tries to cope with the fallout of the accident that caused the Ivoire to be propelled five thousand years in the future. When First Officer Dix does something that shocks Yash to her core, she must put her own life on the line to uncover a threat that could mean the end to everything she knows. 

“Dix,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Oathbreaker

Nils wants nothing to do with his family or their magic. He hopes for nothing more than to live a normal life. Kasey offers him that life, but more importantly, she offers him love.

When Nils’ father warns him against marriage, Nils refuses to listen.

He vows to fight his destiny and win. But at what cost?

“Oathbreaker,” 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 Tower

So many mysteries in the past. So many opportunities as well. As Portals, Inc. uses historians to test its time travel devices, historians use Portals to test their theories.

Neyla believes the 17th century discovery of the dead Princes near the Bloody Tower will tell her who murdered the boys centuries before.

Thomas Ayliffe believes he can pull off the crime of the century—any century.

All three agendas collide in a story about crimes and criminals, past, present, and future.

“The Tower,” 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: My Real Cousin Ruby

For as long as she can remember, she has had two cousins named Ruby. Her so-called cousin, who lives in this world and whom she can’t stand, and the cousin she meets in her dreams—her Real Cousin Ruby.

Her siblings all dream about Real Cousin Ruby, too. But why?

In “My Real Cousin Ruby,” World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch challenges the border between reality and the land of dreams. And what crosses that border leaves serious consequences behind on both sides.

“My Real Cousin Ruby,” by World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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