Free Fiction Monday: Jury Duty

Pamela Jackson’s secrets forced her to change her identity and move to the Oregon Coast. When Pamela finds herself called to jury duty—and worse, selected for the jury on a murder trial—she fears she must see it through to keep up appearances as an upstanding citizen. But Pamela might know a little too much about murder to pull it off. “Jury Duty,” by New York […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Disappearance of Wicked

The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. Wicked, the aptly named baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law. Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control. “The Disappearance of Wicked,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Paperwork to Come

The closing hangar doors haunt Alaina. They represent failure. But Alaina refuses to fail again. Not on this mission. Not with the fate of a child on the line. For a decade, SYT launched missions to rescue women. But this new organization—with a slightly different mission and much higher stakes—demands its volunteers risk their own freedom to right wrongs committed by the highest levels of […]

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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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Recommended Reading List: May, 2021

I had a lot of unfinished, unsuccessful reads this month. I moved some of my books around and found a romance novel I’d bought by a favorite writer. I’d picked the book up more than a decade ago, when I was getting everything she wrote. This one was her first novel, I think, and ooooh, it showed. The things that make her wonderful were there, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Watch

The justice system fails many. So, sometimes victims take matters into their own hands. But the quest for justice sometimes hinges on the smallest detail—and a great deal of patience. A riveting story from Edgar Award-nominated author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, “The Watch” offers a different look at an all-too-common crime. “The Watch,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one […]

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2021

Got more reading in during April than expected. Thank heavens. March was a bit parched. I started the month with The Best American Mystery Stories 2021, and was greatly disappointed. Most of the stories, while very good, could have been published in 1970 or 1950. They were noirish or hardboiled, almost always about the man, even when they were from a woman’s point of view. […]

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One Day Deals, Storybundle, and a Maelstrom

We’re down to 24 or so hours on the Return of The Fey Kickstarter. I asked the Fey readers to give me a kick in the butt, by joining the Kickstarter to give me a real deadline on a new Fey novella. Usually I try to have work done before I do a Kickstarter, but in this case, I needed a real kick start. It […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Little Miracles

As a homicide detective, Frank deals with violent death every day. And his reaction to those deaths kills him by inches. Until his most recent case forces him to take a long, hard look at his emotional state. The murder scene’s only survivor might hold the clues Frank needs to solve the case. It might even hold the key to Frank’s very salvation. “Little Miracles,” […]

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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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