Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Free Fiction Monday: Knowing Jack

Roz knows that men distrust women in any profession. But when the men from Wells Fargo need a photograph of the man who tried to rob their stage coach, Roz becomes their only choice.

She agrees to photograph the prisoner, but only on her terms—and her terms prove unique, indeed.

“Knowing Jack” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Grayson is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: The Indie Publishing Lesson (2017 in Review)

The biggest lesson for indies in 2017 is…

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Free Fiction Monday: Strange Creatures

When the storm of the century hits Whale Rock, Sheriff Dan Retsler does everything he can to prevent hundreds of deaths. Everything except the thing that could have prevented the storm in the first place. He should have listened to the beautiful woman who came to his office before the storm hit.

He should have believed in her magic. But he didn’t. And now he must face himself—and the horrible results of a storm he could have prevented.

“Strange Creatures” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Bookstores (2017 in Review)

It is no longer possible for an independent bookseller in the United States to remain in business based on in-store book sales alone. Okay, maybe a handful are doing it in high traffic areas with low rents, but not many at all. The old way is no longer the new way, and unless the bookseller understands that, the bookstore goes out of business.

But readers do want their paper books. And readers love browsing bookshelves. Sometimes readers “window,” meaning they look at books on the shelves, then order them online. Readers recognize that they will discover books that are new to them in person more often than they’ll discover them while shopping online. So book people venture into any place with books.

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Free Fiction Monday: Overworked

When Detective Mick Hanrahan finds himself subpoenaed back to Seavy County, Oregon, for a homicide case involving his former job, he dreads every minute of it.

But Mick quickly discovers the case, which he thought a slam-dunk, involves angles he never expected.

In a small county with understaffed legal and law enforcement departments, Mick might hold the key to preventing any further injustice.

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

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A New Diving Novella!

Asimov’s Science Fiction just published “The Rescue of The Renegat,” a new novella in the Diving Universe. The novella’s only been out for a few days, but I’ve already gotten a lot of comments from readers. They’re all using the word “exciting.” Since the characters in this tale are all new, it’s a good entry point into the universe. If you haven’t read Diving before, […]

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Business Musings: The Small Traditional Publishers (2017 in Review) 2

Once I separated out the Big Five from all of the other traditional publishers in the U.S., I came to a happy realization. There are a lot of good publishers doing the kind of work we readers want publishers to do—curating books with a voice and an attitude, so that we know what to expect from the company, marketing those books to the best of their ability, and making the books available in all formats.

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Waltzing On A Dancer’s Grave

When Greta arrives at Grayson Place with her ballet company, her memories haunt her. Karl Grayson died there twenty years earlier, but she returns to the mansion for the company’s fiftieth-anniversary gala anyway, just as he wished.

Karl’s death freed her once. Or did it?

“Waltzing On A Dancer’s Grave” is free on this website for one week only.

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Recommended Reading List: December 2017

My special holiday reading continued until December 18 when, to my surprise, I found I couldn’t read yet another story about any holiday ever, thank you very much. I even switched to very bloody mystery stories (with a holiday theme) and that didn’t even work. So I wandered around, lost, for a day or so, and then decided I could stop reading holiday stories and […]

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Business Musings: The Big Five (2017 in Review)

This post is for the hybrid writers, the ones who want to be part indie and part traditional.

What will you get if you go with the Big Five? Not money. Your book might become a Netflix series. You might become a household word. And you’ll probably still need your day job.

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