Recommended Reading List: November 2020

For years now, I’ve kept up the reading list throughout the month, but that proved impossible in November. So I’m writing this introduction—heck, the whole list—on November 30, because I had zero time to do it otherwise. I did manage to get a lot of reading in, more than I expected given the fact that Dean and I were glued (almost literally) to the TV […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2020

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 Monday: The Thanksgiving After

Note: This week’s free fiction story was originally published in 2019 as part of the first WMG Publishing Holiday Spectacular Calendar of Stories (you can learn more about that project here). What follows is an excerpt of the introduction that accompanied the story when it was first published last year.   Thanksgiving, for those of you who don’t celebrate it annually, is my favorite American […]

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Recommended Reading List: October, 2020

What a month of distractions. The election, weather weirdness, an actual run!, and so much more. It’s been tough to find the time to read at times, just because the days are so full. Still, I managed. I tried very hard to read a book by a writer whose work I adore. The book had what we call anti-reader cookies for me. A plethora of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Updates

Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored radio station. Marisa, the news director, has no time for anything, certainly not for the death threats that some idiot insists on calling into the station. She finds them an annoyance, nothing more—until one of the crew goes missing. “Updates” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Phantom

Stabbings mar the Dixon Theater’s reputation. No one knows who committed them or why. And they only happen on nights where soloists play classical music. Nights when the piano won’t tune. Nights when victims and witnesses see shadows in every corner. Martin owned the theater when the Phantom spilled the first victim’s blood across the stage. Now, he plans to unmask the killer once and […]

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Recommended Reading List: September, 2020

I read a lot in September, but some of it was in manuscript for the fantasy study-along. I am putting all of this up late, because I got behind making note of things. I also started two different novels and quit. One was just plain boring. I kept forgetting what was happening. Another was offensive from the second chapter forward, and I decided to stop […]

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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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