Inspired with permission by Janis Ian’s song, “Play like a Girl” weaves Ian’s lyrics into a story of empowerment. Haunted by her mother’s ghost, a musician needs to vanquish not only the ghost but her own history, as well. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Play like a Girl,” originally written for the bestselling anthology Stars, lingers in the mind forever. “Play Like a Girl,” by New York […]
When Alzheimer’s takes Stacey’s mother, Stacey gives up everything—her career, her music—to take care of her. Until one lonely night, when caretaking becomes too much, Stacy sits at the piano and plays Bach. She hopes to escape into the comfort of classical music. But what she discovers in the music—about her mother, her family, herself—proves far more enlightening than she ever imagined. “Elegy for Piano […]
Coney Island in 1907, known for its freaks and spectacles. But for Rose, Coney Island becomes a place of wonder, a place that makes memories. A place that saves lives… A moving story that offers a glimpse at the Coney Island of old through an unexpected lens. “Rose in Dreamland” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. […]
Bethanne Dupree runs a computer dating service and pretends she doesn’t need it, too. She manages to separate her personal life from her business life until Ray Greco comes to the office of the dating service to make a video. The handsome Greco distracts her staff, and his video crashes her server. In fact, he crashes a lot of things. Including Bethanne. “Geeks Bearing Gifts” […]
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 […]
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 it seems…
“Scars,” by bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
My annual recommendation of the best holiday stories I’ve read in the last ten years.
Alas and alack, October did not start well. The traditionally published novel I read first was disappointing. Sadly, it wasn’t the author’s fault. Her stupid traditional publisher ruined everything. Let me explain without naming the book. The book had three reversal/surprises built into the narrative. The first, nearly halfway through, is that a character we thought was dead turns out to be alive. That should […]
Mickey never imagined her life would turn out this way. But she learned the hard way that life holds many surprises. Seeking solace on the skating rink, she discovers that life’s changes hold hope for new beginnings—if only she knows where to look.
“Skating in Time,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
I’d like to say I had no time for leisure reading this month, and while that’s mostly true, it doesn’t feel true. I spent most of the month reading for the anthology workshop. 1.2 million words of really great fiction, some of which will appear in upcoming Fiction Rivers. I mentioned the Justice issue of Fiction River last month. This month, I line-edited another Fiction […]