Free Fiction Monday: Jackie-O

Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis—former first lady, editor, mother, grandmother—lives a life of mystery. But she wants to solve a mystery of her own: who changed the world on November 22, 1963? Oswald? A group of conspirators? Originally written for a mystery anthology titled The First Lady Murders, “Jackie-O” explores the murder at the center of the former first lady’s existence, the murder of her husband, Jack. “Jackie-O” 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: Well-Chosen Words

Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope as he traveled to the battlefield to dedicate a cemetery. But the legend belies Lincoln’s struggle to carefully choose the right words. Words that must soothe a fractured nation, inspire change and chart the course for the nation’s future. Because his speech in Gettysburg will change history, but not necessarily in the way he hopes. “Well-Chosen Words” by Sidewise Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Death on D Street

D Street—the closest thing Hope’s Pass has to a red light district. Three whorehouses and a few independents to service the miners who survived the mines outside of town. When someone murders a prostitute, Will, the mayor, must fill in for the drunken sheriff and investigate the crime. Only the crime has deep roots—roots that will touch Will’s entire family and make him question everything he has ever known. “Death on D Street” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Recommended Reading List: April, 2015

Nearly missed getting this up in May. What a busy spring. Unexpectedly busy. I did a lot of reading in April, even though it doesn’t look like it from the list below. Much of my reading was for the Fantasy workshop. Those writers did an amazing job. Unfortunately, I was not editing an anthology around this particular workshop, so I couldn’t pick up any of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Monster in Our Midst

When a disturbing postcard arrives at his Atlanta office, Emerson knows he must report it to the NAACP. The postcard, sent by the mysterious Lureen from Abbotts Creek, Arkansas, depicts yet another lynching. Emerson agrees to travel to Abbotts Creek to investigate, but he knows doing so poses great risk. Emerson only passes as white, and this Lureen knows his face. Emerson knows one day […]

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Past Crime

I’m proud of everything I edit, but I’m particularly proud of this anthology….Both editions are different–not just because there are four extra stories in the Kobo Special Edition, but also because the story order has changed (except for the opening story and the ending story).

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Free Fiction Monday: Snapshots

Cleavon saw his first murder victim at his friend Emmett Till’s funeral. Cleavon fled Chicago to raise his family, but the violence followed him. Now, he worries that his grandson Ty will die as horribly as Emmett, and for no good reason. Cleavon wants his family out of Chicago, but Ty wants to repair the city—and he just might do it.  Part historical fiction, part […]

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Short Stories, Discoverability, and More

This was the post I had planned to make last week, and ended up putting up the kitten video instead. If you haven’t seen the video, click here. In sixty seconds, it’ll teach you how to edit an anthology. Seriously. Honestly. Really. Go look. Now, here’s some of what I planned to tell you. The rest will apparently have to wait until next week (even […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Guarding Lacey

Private detective Smokey Dalton does his best to protect his adopted family, from his 11-year-old son Jimmy to his friends, the Grimshaws. But Smokey can’t see everything. Jimmy notices that Lacey Grimshaw—“thirteen going on trouble,” Smokey says—skips school to hang out with an adult man. Jimmy doesn’t want to tattle, but he’s worried about Lacey. So he pretends he’s Smokey, and follows her, learning secrets […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Clinic

The party on Haight-Ashbury Street in San Francisco ended two years before and now only a handful of people remain to clean up the mess. One of them, the receptionist at the Free Clinic, studies medicine with the hope of becoming a doctor, but everyone—from her professors to the staff at San Francisco General—tell her she can’t because of her gender. She’s not sure she […]

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