Devi follows orders, even if she hates them. Like her orders for this mission: pilot a single ship—The Matilda—on a fact-finding mission in the middle of a war zone.
Despite Matilda’s apparent fondness for Devi, Devi feels the opposite about working with the sentient ship.
But as pilot and ship approach their target—a large CeaWayLaV warship—the pair discovers their inability to function as a bonded team threatens not only their mission but also the entire war with the CeaWayLaV.
Chosen by the readers of Asimov’s SF Magazine as one of the best stories of the year.
“Matilda,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson.
O’Reilly teams up with FBI agent Frank Bryce to solve the high-level assassination before the murders unleash even greater consequences.
In our world, Hoover kept his secrets until long after his death. In Seamus O’Reilly’s world, Hoover’s secrets get him killed.
The acclaimed short story that inspired the award-winning novel, The Enemy Within.
“G-Men,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Roz trusts her husband, Jack. So when she catches him in her photography studio with a naked young woman, she knows the situation offers more than meets the eye. Turns out the young woman wants to pose for “artistic photographs”—the euphemism given to naked daguerreotypes sold to soldiers on the western frontier.
But the young woman does not fit the usual naked-photograph type. Roz vows to discover what the young woman really wants…and what she wants with Jack.
“Artistic Photographs” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson is free on this website for one week only.
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.
When Gabriella finds herself stranded at O’Hare airport because of an epic snowstorm, she hopes she will still make it to Thanksgiving dinner with her family.
But as the storm rages on, she begins to look for new ways to entertain herself. Until the moment when one word from a handsome man at a nearby gate will make her question a pivotal decision from long ago—and might just offer the key to a happy ending.
A heartwarming story of self-discovery and second chances.
“Snow Day,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Carol grew up with the carnival and its attractions. Like the fortune teller: Madame Fortuna. Now Carol runs carnivals and their employees, including Madame Fortuna. When the screaming begins, Carol doesn’t need a fortune teller to predict trouble. She can do that all on her own. Fixing the problem, however, might take a magic touch. “The Most Recent Madame Fortuna,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine […]
Andersonville. The name strikes horror in the memory even now. But before Lieutenant Nathaniel Garrison lost two years of his life to that place, he fell in love with a beautiful Confederate—and married her at the exact wrong moment.
Even fifty years later, he hears her voice.
Then, on the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, he sees something he shouldn’t, something that brings back everything: the war, the loss. The woman herself.
“The Dead Line,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. Wicked, the aptly named baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law.
Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control.
“The Disappearance of Wicked,” by New York Times author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.
Ruby had the idea—help the magic users in New Orleans survive Hurricane Katrina. Pretty charitable for a tiny cat. Winston thought he knew why. The southeast Asia tsunami scared her, made her realize her home on the Oregon Coast was vulnerable to natural disaster, too.
But when her offer of help turns into a rescue, Ruby watches helplessly as other familiars move into her little house. And Winston expects her to rebel, because she is, after all, a cat…
“Disaster Relief,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
When Alzheimer’s takes Stacey’s mother, Stacey gives up everything—her career, her music—to take care of her. Until one lonely night, when caretaking becomes too much, Stacy sits at the piano and plays Bach.
She hopes to escape into the comfort of classical music. But what she discovers in the music—about her mother, her family, herself—proves far more enlightening than she ever imagined.
“Elegy for Piano and Three Voices,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.