Free Fiction Monday: Night of the Dancing Champions

Gertie lived by her dancing. The contests earned her a living in those dark days of the Great Depression and acclaim in the days leading up to World War II. But the competitions took their toll—in haunting ways. Now, decades later, Gertie finds herself facing those ghosts—whether she wants to or not. “Night of the Dancing Champions,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dark Corners

Solae keeps his family alive during the horrible years of Paris’s occupation by hiding in the catacombs. The Germans murdered Solae’s father, who had a gift for glamour, in the first days of the occupation, as the lights went dim in the City of Light. Solae possesses the power to make light out of nothing. His father called that a useless talent, but it keeps […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Streets Where We Live

When Portia receives a call from an old friend she hasn’t talked to in years, she knows something terrible has happened. But when Portia realizes just how terrible—fifty kids missing from a Chicago theater with millions of dollars in damage left behind—she knows she’ll need backup from her magical sisters. Nothing about this latest case makes sense, magically or otherwise. And when she finally starts […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Midnight Trains

An American in Paris, Alex faces Christmas alone—alone and lonely. Hopelessly lonely. He wanders the streets and train stations searching—for something, for someone, for hope. Until Christmas Eve, when he meets a strange woman in an abandoned Metro station. A woman seemingly out of time. She both unnerves him and compels him. And if he decides to trust her, they might just succeed in freeing […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Assassin’s Dagger

Tara, a trouble-shooter for Abracadabra Incorporated, shuts down black magic all over the world. When a dagger with dangerous magic leads her to a small French shop, in business for 900 years, she finds something has corrupted the shop. Something dark and evil. Something stronger than Tara. Something she must face alone… “The Assassin’s Dagger,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Puckish Behavior

When Noah Whitestone approaches Portia with a problem, she considers it with skepticism. Portia solves theatrical problems with her two sisters. Magical theatrical problems. But the Whitestones’ problem proves particularly tricky. To solve it, Portia and her sisters must risk not only themselves but also a lot of innocent lives. Originally written for the Fiction River anthology Superstitious, “Puckish Behavior” continues the Wyrd Sisters’ adventures […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Changeling

Gift first saw the lights as a baby. The faerie lights promised him a different life from the one he would know in the castle. But he couldn’t resist the pull of the mortal world. And that curiosity might change the course of not one, but two, kingdoms forever. An unforgettable story about magic, choices and love, which inspired part of World Fantasy Award winner […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Play Like a Girl

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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crossing the River Styx

Edith never wanted to visit the caves. But Frank insisted. Now, Frank lay in a pool of blood in those caves, and Edith wants to know why. When Albert sees Edith emerge from the caves covered in blood, he has no idea what to think. He barely recognizes the wealthy newlywed who arrived just days before in the brand-new 1926 Chevrolet Phaeton he so admired. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Handfast

When Ry gave her the gun, she thought it the most romantic gift she’d ever received. But after his death she had to put the magic gun in her past or risk losing her future. Until the day she can no longer keep the gun at bay. It demands answers. Answers only she can find. Answers that involve a ceremony she never fully understood. Until […]

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