Free Fiction Monday: Songbirds

Prince Tadeo has his heart set on a Songbird for the coronation. He sends Reynaldo, the best magic hunter in the business, after it. Once upon a time, Songbirds served the king. Now Reynaldo must convince one Songbird to return. Just one. Or he will use devastating magic to make sure she never sings from her heart again. “Songbirds,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Paperwork to Come

The closing hangar doors haunt Alaina. They represent failure. But Alaina refuses to fail again. Not on this mission. Not with the fate of a child on the line. For a decade, SYT launched missions to rescue women. But this new organization—with a slightly different mission and much higher stakes—demands its volunteers risk their own freedom to right wrongs committed by the highest levels of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton receives a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. But when Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Last Surviving Gondola Widow

In an alternate post-Civil War Chicago, the citizens still remember the day the Gondolas sent by the South died and the city burned—again. Lou, a Pinkerton detective, uses magic to hunt down the Gondola pilots, now called Gondola widows. She thought she caught them all. But when evidence comes to light that one last widow hides in the most public of places, Lou must find […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Elites

Rowena runs the House, a place for homeless Sky veterans. The House, open only to the women who compose the Elite Squad, has only a few rules: No names, no details, no weapons. The problem? Anything can become a weapon—even a toilet bowl scrubber. Even a word. Especially a word. A word that could destroy both Rowena and her House. “Elites” by Hugo Award-winning author […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long

When Devon discovers Rachel Long’s music for the first time, it changes him. Her music inspires people. It draws crowds to her, no matter where she performs. But it draws something else, as well. A longing. A compulsion. A need. And for Devon, Rachel’s music creates an inevitability that he can’t escape, no matter how hard he tries. “The Life and Deaths of Rachel Long,” […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Red Letter Day

Graduation Day at Barack Obama High School. The day the Red Letters arrive. The day that students get a glimpse into their own future. But a handful never get a letter, and no one knows why. One teacher comes up with an idea though: a teacher who never got a Red Letter herself, a teacher finally finds the answers to her own fate. Called “a […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Story Child

In the years after the Abandonment, the event’s survivors face yet another devastating struggle. Michael does his best to treat the persistent illness, but he secretly wonders if it marks the end of them all. Until the child appears. A child who seems to offer hope. But hope might prove the biggest challenge of all. “Story Child” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Familiar Territory

Buster’s final wish—a Viking funeral. Although Winston, a small magician with a small talent, wants to give his familiar his ideal funeral, Winston finds it hard to imagine how to burn a boat at sea. Still, a Viking funeral seems a small price to pay for years of companionship. But the funeral might cost Winston more than he realizes. He must break all kinds of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Watch

The justice system fails many. So, sometimes victims take matters into their own hands. But the quest for justice sometimes hinges on the smallest detail—and a great deal of patience. A riveting story from Edgar Award-nominated author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, “The Watch” offers a different look at an all-too-common crime. “The Watch,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one […]

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