Special Holiday Recommended Reading List

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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Free Fiction: Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn

Elizabeth Tudor: her mother’s daughter, flirtatious and bright; her father’s daughter, ruthless and cold. Which part of her will win? Before her twenty-fifth year, she bore the titles of princess and prisoner, royal daughter and daughter of a traitor. Now, Elizabeth Tudor rules England as its queen and, in her private moments, she cannot quite believe she survived. To figure out how to rule, Elizabeth […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Unknown Baby Girl

A former LAPD homicide detective, Carolyn moved to Oregon to escape crime. Yet when she takes a job making houses energy efficient, she discovers a baby’s skeleton in a crawl space. She can’t ignore the forgotten bones; they speak to her. So, she uses her old skills to track down shocking family secrets, still reverberating from long, long ago. Gritty and powerful, “Unknown Baby Girl” […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Roger, at Sunset

September, 1963: Roger knows the future. Life in the 1960s, the same as in the 1950s, certainly better than the 1940s. Roger’s future looks exactly like his present: the job of his dreams, the wife of his dreams, everything perfect and in a row. Roger, representative of his privileged generation. Roger, who sits down to watch the news every night…in a golden twilight of a […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Night of the Dancing Champions

Gertie lived by her dancing. The contests earned her a living in those dark days of the Great Depression and acclaim in the days leading up to World War II. But the competitions took their toll—in haunting ways. Now, decades later, Gertie finds herself facing those ghosts—whether she wants to or not. “Night of the Dancing Champions,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Blitz Experience

Tenesha McGuire misses her Grand immensely. She wishes she could visit her great-grandmother more often, but Grand lives in London and Tenesha in Chicago. So, when an opportunity to chaperone a school trip to London allows her to spend time with Grand, she jumps at the chance. But a visit to the Imperial War Museum’s Blitz Experience will bring Tenesha even closer to her Grand […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dark Corners

Solae keeps his family alive during the horrible years of Paris’s occupation by hiding in the catacombs. The Germans murdered Solae’s father, who had a gift for glamour, in the first days of the occupation, as the lights went dim in the City of Light. Solae possesses the power to make light out of nothing. His father called that a useless talent, but it keeps […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton receives a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. But when Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crossing the River Styx

Edith never wanted to visit the caves. But Frank insisted. Now, Frank lay in a pool of blood in those caves, and Edith wants to know why. When Albert sees Edith emerge from the caves covered in blood, he has no idea what to think. He barely recognizes the wealthy newlywed who arrived just days before in the brand-new 1926 Chevrolet Phaeton he so admired. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Sob Sisters

Madison, Wisconsin, 1972—When Detective Hank Kaplan calls Valentina Wilson to a crime scene, she wonders why. She soon finds more questions than answers in a secret room belonging to a wealthy female philanthropist, whose brutal murder the police hastily cover up. Val’s search for the truth will take her from the rape hotline she runs to the shocking realization that the woman’s murder anchors a […]

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