The Gift of Stories

35 stories in 35 days! The gift that keeps on giving, whether you get it for yourself, your best reading buddy, or both of you to share over the holiday season. Years ago, I wondered what it would take to give a holiday story per day to readers. After all, in the holiday season, animated calendars give everything from music to games to those who […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Jackie-O

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators? Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders, “Jackie-O” explores the murder at the center of the former first lady’s existence, the murder of her husband, Jack. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Hook

Urban legends draw inspiration from real events. Some people know that better than others. That story about the hook teenagers tell each other at parties? Turns out the story holds more truth than legend—just not in the way you’d expect. “The Hook” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.  […]

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Free Fiction Monday: FOL

Jonathan Alexander Nicholas Ashworth the Fourth—called Nico—fears nothing. He lives a life of power, prestige, money. He makes his own way, but when that fails, he uses fixers, the best money can buy. Until FoL begins targeting him. Against FoL, fixers can’t help him. Can he help himself? Or will FoL win? A powerful story about truth and consequences. “FOL” by New York Times bestselling author […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Flower Man

Talia and Max seldom work together at a crime scene, but on this one they must, not just because of the lives lost or the way they died, but because of the memories the crime brings up. Now, Talia must employ her best forensics skills to solve the murder—and salvage her own memories in the process. “The Flower Man” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine […]

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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: Patriotic Gestures

Crime scene investigator Pamela Kinney hears the bad guys outside her house and smells smoke, but only realizes the next morning the crime they committed—burning the flag that had covered her daughter’s casket. Her police colleagues call it a small crime, but she disagrees. She must solve it, and she must solve it now. Chosen as one of the best mystery stories of 2009, “Patriotic […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Young Shall See Visions and the Old Dream Dreams

Nell’s determination drives her throughout her life. It allowed her to play baseball when only “tomboys” played. It allowed her to walk again when doctors said she never would. And now, even in old age, it will allow her to find answers to questions plaguing her for her entire life. But the answers she seeks solve one mystery and pose another. “The Young Shall See […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Mr. Alibi

No-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet, the only person in Los Angeles who wants no part in fame, avoids cases that bring her attention. Until she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife. When the cops arrest him but then let him go, Sweet needs to know why. She’s lived in LA long […]

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