Recommended Reading List: August, 2020

Finished up lots of editing because I have a busy fall, and my time will be limited. So my reading time was limited to about an hour a day, plus what I could grab out of the slower moments. I read too much news, as well, which didn’t do me a lot of favors. I think I superstitiously believe that if I consume enough news, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: One Small Step

Nyalou Templeton serves on the council for Tranquility Base to give some meaning to her life. Liz Borra, on the other hand, wants to control council. So when meek little Nyalou stands up to Liz over the preservation of the Arrival Monument and its footprint, Liz figures she can intimidate the council like she always does. But Liz might have underestimated Nyalou. And Nyalou might […]

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Free Fiction Monday: What the Monster Saw

Everyone thinks of Kyle as the good-for-nothing only son of Jackson Worthington. But Kyle keeps his real nature hidden: from his father, from his classmates, from everyone. Until he discovers a body in an alley on the way home from school. The police can’t solve the crime, but Kyle can—unless his very wealthy and very powerful father stops him. “What the Monster Saw” by New […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Sweet Young Things

Fala wants revenge. Revenge against Preston for ruining her life. Revenge for ruining so many other lives in the process. Preston thought she was just a sweet young thing. But Fala is not sweet. And Preston needs to learn that—the hard way. “Sweet Young Things” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as […]

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Recommended Reading List: April 2020

I assigned 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories for the Short Story Workshop in April. I don’t recommend the book, although I have several stories on the list from it. The book has some lovely features, including a history of the Best American Short Story volumes. Those of you who persist in thinking publishing has always (and continues) to discriminate against women might […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Secret Lives of Cats

Homer Ziff wanted to know how his outdoor cats spent their days, so he attached a tiny digital camera to their collars—and discovered a mystery in his own backyard. Winner of the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award for 2008, this Anthony-nominated story was one of the most talked about stories of the year. “The Secret Lives of Cats” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine […]

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Recommended Reading List: February, 2020

As I mentioned in the January recommended reading list, the post auto-posted, which I’ve set them up to do. So many of you get annoyed when I don’t finish and delay the list. Good thing that did auto-post, because I never did get around to updating anything in February. I’m writing all of this on the last day of the month and the first few […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Trendy Bar Side of Life

When the newcomer walks into D’s bar, she wonders why. Strangers don’t walk into D’s bar often. But something about this stranger seems familiar. Reminds her of her past. And just might threaten her future. “The Trendy Bar Side of Life” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Scrawny Pete

Crime reporter Atkins discovered Scrawny Pete at the scene of a murder-suicide. The hard-bitten reporter took to the cat, and the cat took to him. Together they travel through the city on the police beat—until the day they come across another crime, one that Scrawny Pete understands. “Scrawny Pete,” 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: Scheduling Conflict

The woman who calls Police Detective Riley Scott possesses a voice he finds incredibly sexy. He wants to keep her talking. She wants to set up an appointment so that he can arrest her for robbing the National Bank and Trust. Just one problem: No one has robbed that bank in more than a decade. Detective Scott writes it off as a crank call until […]

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