Free Fiction Monday: Nutball Season

According to Officer Nick Mantino, Nutball Season runs from Halloween to Christmas.  This Christmas season, he sees more than his usual number of nutballs. Like the geezer who thinks he has been cast in Miracle on 34th Street. And Mrs. Billings, who tells everyone she will shoot Santa if he lands on her roof. Mrs. Billings’ threats scare the local children, so Nick must investigate. […]

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A Reader’s Holiday

As I write this, we have a little under 2 days left on the WMG Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter for 2020. I really do think that this Spectacular will help all of its subscribers get through the stay-at-home Zoom holiday season that’s coming up. We have three Calendars of Stories in the Spectacular. The one I focus on is the winter holidays section, because it is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Thrill of the Hunt

Her family called her Hilda, before the war, before the Great Wulf murdered them all with his mind. Now the war has ended, leaving Europe in ruin, and the remaining Nazis have scattered. Hilda hunts them, but really, she hunts him. And thanks to an old friend, she has tracked him to Argentina. She should kill him, but she has doubts. She won’t know if […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Phantom

Stabbings mar the Dixon Theater’s reputation. No one knows who committed them or why. And they only happen on nights where soloists play classical music. Nights when the piano won’t tune. Nights when victims and witnesses see shadows in every corner. Martin owned the theater when the Phantom spilled the first victim’s blood across the stage. Now, he plans to unmask the killer once and […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Harvest

The almanac determines traditions in Kerry’s family. Only her granddaughter Amanda doesn’t want to follow the almanac. And if Amanda resists, then the power, hidden inside those traditions, might destroy her—and everyone she loves. Chosen as one of the best stories of the year, “Harvest” evokes the powerful force of family legacy. “Harvest” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Monuments to the Dead

When Mount Rushmore suddenly disappears—no more presidents gracing its face—The American Observer sends Emelia Sunlake to give the California perspective. Emelia wants to put “a white, middle-class, female California perspective” on the experience. But she soon discovers that everyone—white, black, Native and non-Native—sees this strange phenomenon differently. Chosen as one of the best stories of 1994, “Monuments to the Dead” shows Kristine Kathryn Rusch at […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Geeks Bearing Gifts

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” […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Oathbreaker

Nils wants nothing to do with his family or their magic. He hopes for nothing more than to live a normal life. Kasey offers him that life, but more importantly, she offers him love. When Nils’ father warns him against marriage, Nils refuses to listen. He vows to fight his destiny and win. But at what cost? Part of Warlocks, an Uncollected Anthology. “Oathbreaker” by […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Salem Week

Shanika never wanted to pursue a career in magic. Her mother dreamed that up for her. So, when she makes it to the finals of the American Magic reality show, she figures she’ll do it for her mother—and the money. But her talent might just garner her unwanted attention, and a choice she never expected. “Salem Week” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Cosmic Balances Inc.

Grint’s uneventful life results in an uneventful afterlife, working as a minion, making sure the cosmic balance remains balanced. Birth day curses get balanced with birth day blessings. And no one gets into Heaven or Hell unless they deserve to go. But what happens when a particularly bad guy lines up in front of the Pearly Gates? A guy who definitely belongs in Hell. A […]

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