Free Fiction Monday: When Thomas Jefferson Dined Alone

When Living History Professor Kimber Lawson’s least favorite student brings her a report of Mary Todd Lincoln conducting séances in the White House, Kimber brushes it off.

But then more reports come to her attention—of historical figures hearing voices, seeing ghosts and holding séances that had never before been reported—she knows she must investigate.

And what she finds might change everything she thought she knew about time travel.

“When Thomas Jefferson Dined Alone,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Museum of Modern Warfare

This was so popular last year on Memorial Day that I decided to repeat it this year. Thinking of all who are no longer with us.

When the Ambassador to the Dylft System—a veteran of the Dylft Wars—receives orders to lead a diplomatic mission to Craznaust, she wonders at the wisdom of accepting the assignment.

Still, when she arrives at the controversial Museum of Modern Warfare, she believes herself prepared to face the past and address whatever diplomatic issue she might find there.

But nothing could prepare her for what she finds deep within the museum. Something long buried. Something that could change everything she thought she knew about the war.

Winner of the 2015 Analog Anlab Award for Best Short Story, “The Museum of Modern Warfare,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Strangeness of the Day

Nora Barr’s struggling law practice gets a boost when she meets a tall, dark, and handsome stranger who has a snake wrapped around his arm and a short sidekick with a mean mouth.  

The stranger claims to have custody of Sleeping Beauty, and he needs Nora’s help to protect her. Against her better judgment, Nora agrees—and her life changes forever.  The inspiration for Rusch’s novel, Utterly Charming, written under her pen name Kristine Grayson, this fractured fairy tale won France’s prestigious fantasy award, Le Prix Imaginales.

“The Strangeness of the Day,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Ghosts

He calls himself Ben…sometimes. Mostly he avoids thinking of his name so other people won’t remember him.  

He kills people for a living, but he has standards. He uses astrology to help him follow the right path.  

But when someone targets him, Ben realizes his methods might just get the astrologers who have been helping him killed.

“Ghosts,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Matilda

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: G-Men

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: Artistic Photographs

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: Knowing Jack

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: Snow Day

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Most Recent Madame Fortuna

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 […]

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