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 […]
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 […]
In 1970, a group of Weathermen bombed a statue of Rodin’s The Thinker, where it sat outside the Cleveland Art Museum. The perpetrators were never caught.
In 2016, the museum celebrates its 100th anniversary. When Erika begins her internship at the museum, she finds herself assigned to the celebration preparations. As she researches the museum’s history, she can’t stop thinking about The Thinker and its bomb-damaged legs.
But when she comes face to face with history, she discovers that the past proves difficult to understand and even harder to explain.
“Thinkers,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
Steffie makes her living as a coolhunter—someone who discovers an interesting look and makes it fashion, often overnight. She managed to escape her stifling upbringing, but her sister KD—genetically altered to remain a child—remains trapped.
Steffie left KD behind once. But when KD asks Steffie to help her run away from home, Steffie must decide whether to help or to abandon her sister for a second time.
A Locus Award finalist, and winner of the Science Fiction Age Reader’s Choice Award.
“Coolhunting,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
McIntyre tries everything he can think of to escape his family legacy. Regardless of his efforts, the end remains the same: death. McIntyre learned to deal with death long ago, but when the same legacy threatens his son, McIntyre knows he must find a new way to fight or he’ll lose everything.
“Children,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Ernie wants to forget. His short life marred by pain he struggles to understand, he hopes the sirens will blast the thoughts of his mother, his father, of life and death from his brain. Thoughts too serious for someone so young. Thoughts that can scar deeper than flames.
A searing short story about family, betrayal, and murder.
“Fumes,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Whale Rock’s sheriff, Dan Retsler, considers himself a practical man. But he has no explanation for the horrible deaths that take place on his beach. Nor does he know why so many locals fear the sea.
The answer lies in legends of mermaids—not the pretty kind, but the kind that lure sailors to their deaths. Retsler doesn’t believe in them, but nothing quite explains the women he sees, near the beach when he investigates a friend’s sudden and tragic death.
“The Women of Whale Rock,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Starbase Kappa. The Room of Lost Souls. An abandoned space station with different names but one certainty: People die there. Still, a soldier can’t argue with orders, no matter how bad a place’s reputation. Enterran Empire Operations Commander Elissa Trekov’s most famous relative died in the Room, so she thinks she knows it better than the rest of her team. But when strangers turn up on the so-called abandoned station—strangers who seem to know a lot more about its function than they pretend—she realizes the Room’s legendary history only scratches the surface of the dangers lurking within.
“Strangers at the Room of Lost Souls,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
This week’s Free Fiction Monday is a little different. It’s a way to sample my new Diving novel, Searching for the Fleet, before its publication day on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The novella “Dix,” which was first published in the March/April issue of Asimov’s, follows Yash Zarlengo, an engineer aboard the ship Ivoire, as she tries to cope with the fallout of the accident that caused the Ivoire to be propelled five thousand years in the future. When First Officer Dix does something that shocks Yash to her core, she must put her own life on the line to uncover a threat that could mean the end to everything she knows.
“Dix,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
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?
“Oathbreaker,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.