Free Fiction Monday: Scars

Rena lost everything when her husband and son died in a fiery car accident. Now she has only her daily swim at the rec center, where she hopes no one pays attention to her horrible burn scars.

But someone noticed—the same someone who murders a lifeguard while Rena does her laps.

Only Rena can identify the killer, but the identification might prove more difficult than it seems…

“Scars,” by bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Really Cool Award News

The readers of Asimov’s SF Magazine have given me a great honor. Three pieces of my fiction have made the final reader’s award ballot. The two novellas, “Joyride,” and “The Rescue of the Renegat,” are part of my upcoming new Diving novel, The Renegat, which will appear in September. “Lieutenant Tightass,” which is up for best novelette, is part of the recently released Searching For […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Name-calling

LizBet wants to accept Van’s marriage proposal, but she can’t say yes until she figures out what to do about her last name. Should she take his? Should she keep hers? Such a simple thing. How come it feels so hard?

“Name-calling,” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Without End

When Dylan’s wife, Geneva, dies, Dylan refuses to believe it. Not because he believes in ghosts, but because he believes in science. Geneva, a physicist, believed humans could overcome the perception of linear time. If her theories hold true, Dylan can change his perceptions and Geneva will live again. He has nothing to lose, and Geneva to gain.

“Without End,” by Hugo Award Winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Love and Justice

The Princess—once named Cinder Ella—murdered. The Prince missing. The King demanding justice. Only the sheriff knows that justice means destroying the kingdom. Can he do it? Can he convince the King to go along?

“Love and Justice,” by World Fantasy Award Winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Skin Deep

When Cullaene learns the colonists want to question him about a murder, he fears for his life. But he must also think about the daughter of the people who took him in.

She appears sick, and Cullaene soon realizes only he can help her. But helping her might mean sacrificing his own life.

One of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s first published stories, “Skin Deep” appeared on the preliminary Nebula Ballot and on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 1988 as well as two of the year’s best collections. It is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Still Life 1931

Years ago, Lurleen helped the NAACP investigate lynchings. She stopped when she met her husband, but never forgot the work…or the caution it required. After his death, Lurleen finds herself struggling to find purpose.

She travels to New York without a plan. But what she finds there might help her face her past—and finally chart her future.

A powerful story about justice, courage, and facing one’s true self.  

Originally written for the anthology In Sunlight or in Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block, and inspired by the painting “Hotel Room (1931)” by Edward Hopper, “Still Life 1931” by Edgar Award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Local Knowledge

When Detective Webster Coninck arrives at the murder scene outside Tups Tavern, he quickly identifies the body: Tom Johanssen. Former classmate, full of charisma, and a man with enough enemies to line up interviews into next week.

Webb finds himself off the case because of his personal history with Johanssen, but Webb believes his local knowledge holds the key to solving the case. But only if he can face his own painful history.

Chosen as one of the best American mystery stories of 2011, “Local Knowledge” 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: 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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