Free Fiction Monday: Heroics

Maxwell Scobel writes about heroes for a living. He studies them, imagines them, imagines being them. But when a routine drive turns into a fight for his life—and the life of his soon-to-be-adopted three-year-old daughter—he must rise to the occasion. Or lose everything he never knew he held dear. Voted one of the top ten stories of the year by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine readers. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Perfect Man

Paige Racette envisioned the perfect man over and over in her romance novels. But when Josiah Wells starts using those novels as a blueprint for the way to romance her, she finds the attention creepy, not attractive. When Wells escalates, adding violence to his role-playing, Paige realizes she must escape the perfect man. But she might find help from someone unexpected—someone a little more flawed, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crunchers, Inc.

Edith works for Number Crunchers Incorporated. Her job? Determine the monetary worth of each human being. But her corporation faces a nemesis—the EISHies. The ridiculously sentimental organization sabotages Crunchers, Inc. and other places just like it. Edith must discover how the EISHies infiltrated her business—and then figure out what to do about it, without succumbing to the EISHies’ subversive message: Everyone Is Someone’s Hero. “Crunchers, […]

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Racing The Clock

I think all Storybundles should be called Racing The Clock, because that’s what we’re doing. The bundles exist for only a few weeks, and then they vanish. This bundle is particularly fun. Dean Wesley Smith curated it, and consists of ten science fiction and fantasy ebooks, all of which are also thrillers. In other words, you will find yourself racing breathlessly through each volume, hoping […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Scars

Rena lost everything when her husband and son died in a fiery car accident. Now she has only her daily swim at the rec center, where she hopes no one pays attention to her horrible burn scars. But someone noticed—the same someone who murders a lifeguard while Rena does her laps. Only Rena can identify the killer, but the identification might prove more difficult than […]

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Summer Sizzles

I don’t have to tell most Americans that, after the week they just had. The hottest heat index in some cases ever over more than half the country. What can you do besides sit in some shade and read? Not much, unless you have air conditioning. Thank heavens we have it here in Las Vegas, or I couldn’t live here at all. But I remember […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Remodeling

When Ada’s neighbor angrily bangs on her door one morning, she assumes he wants to yell at her husband, again. Rick’s sensitivity to neighborhood noise drives them out of home after home to appease his quest for a peaceful life. But once again, her husband’s intolerance for their neighbors shatters any chance for peace. How far will he go to teach his loud neighbors a […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Wedding Ring

  When Serena meets Dylan in a casino hallway, she embraces the fairy tale. Whirlwind romance, Vegas wedding, all of it. But when the fairy tale ends abruptly, she vows to find out why. And what she discovers proves more shocking than winning big in Vegas. Named one of the best short mysteries of the year for 2018 by SleuthSayers. “There’s a lot of thoughtful […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Improvements

As a Medieval woman, Maude knows her place. But her husband’s death shortly after the birth of their son means she must fulfill his duties until their son comes of age. But when a woman appears on her doorstep bloodied and broken, Maude must decide how far she will go to protect her son’s estate. Will she follow the dictates of her time, or will […]

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Recommended Reading List: June 2019

The month started with the Licensing Expo. 12 hour days, with no time to relax. I didn’t get much time to read then, but the rest of the month eased. Lots of good reading, more than I thought I could cover here, which is why this is a bit late. I’m also still cogitating about whether or not to post a novel I read through […]

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