Recommended Reading: January, 2019

I finished my first piece to recommend on January 3. Usually it takes me a week or more. So the start of the month pleased me greatly and bodes well for the rest of the year. However, as the month progressed, I got little traditional reading done (as opposed to reading for workshops or editing projects). I read the remaining anthologies for the series workshop […]

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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: 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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Recommended Reading List: December 2018

Fortunately, December started better than November in regards to the reading. Good nonfiction and fiction, some of which is listed below. (Some is just too…I don’t know. It doesn’t inspire me to share.) I also line edited a Fiction River and started line editing another, since I’m workshop heavy in my reading in January and February. Speaking of Fiction River, I failed to call attention […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Moorhead House

Dusty’s Cleaning specializes in cleaning houses where horrible things happen. Suicides, murders, Dusty’s seen them all. But she can’t forget the scene at the Moorhead House.

So, when Dusty receives an invitation to a Christmas Party being held at the Moorhead House, she gets to revisit a horrible crime—and figure out what exactly went wrong.

Chosen as one of the top ten stories of the year by the readers of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

“The Moorhead House,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2018

My annual recommendation of the best holiday stories I’ve read in the last ten years.

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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 offers a veritable buffet of intriguing characters.

“Pudgygate,” 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: 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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