Recommended Reading List: April, 2018

So much fantastic reading in April, and no time to write it all up. That’s why this is a few days later than usual. First, I line-edited an issue of Fiction River, Spies, which is just marvelous. I had forgotten how good those stories are. You’ll see them next year, but for now, you can read a Fiction River that I edited, Justice. The stories in that […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Strange Creatures

When the storm of the century hits Whale Rock, Sheriff Dan Retsler does everything he can to prevent hundreds of deaths. Everything except the thing that could have prevented the storm in the first place. He should have listened to the beautiful woman who came to his office before the storm hit.

He should have believed in her magic. But he didn’t. And now he must face himself—and the horrible results of a storm he could have prevented.

“Strange Creatures” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Waltzing On A Dancer’s Grave

When Greta arrives at Grayson Place with her ballet company, her memories haunt her. Karl Grayson died there twenty years earlier, but she returns to the mansion for the company’s fiftieth-anniversary gala anyway, just as he wished.

Karl’s death freed her once. Or did it?

“Waltzing On A Dancer’s Grave” is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Ghosting

Cudahay tracks ghosts. Not the ethereal kind. The regret-dating-you-so-they-disappear kind. He makes a business out of it with his partner, Serena. She deals with the losers and their sob stories, he tracks down the rather-not-be-found to provide proof of life so the losers can move on.

When a real ghost from Cudahay’s past turns the tables and tracks him, however, Cudahay must decide just how seriously to take the threat. Cudahay doesn’t scare easily. But he soon discovers that perhaps he should.

“Ghosting,” 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: Blind

As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.

When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.

“Blind,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Dread Unlocks

In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways.

First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the creeping uncontrollable dread in modern life, a dread Lovecraft himself might find too horrible to contemplate.

“Dread Unlocks,” 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: Kindred Souls

In Seavy Village, she calls herself Linda. She has gone by many names. She travels from nursing home to nursing home, fixing problems, helping others, in her own way. Until she meets Eloise Mortimer. Rich, famous Eloise Mortimer. Dying Eloise Mortimer, who fancies herself a latter-day Miss Marple, but who might prove much more dangerous—and much more destructive. “Kindred Souls,” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Phantom

Stabbings mar the Dixon Theater’s reputation. No one knows who committed them or why. And they only happen on nights where soloists play classical music. Nights when the piano won’t tune. Nights when victims and witnesses see shadows in every corner. Martin owned the theater when the Phantom spilled the first victim’s blood across the stage. Now, he plans to unmask the killer once and […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Children

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.

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Free Fiction Monday: “Glass Walls”

Beth pays for crimes she committed as a child while under alien influence. Languishing in indentured servitude, her employers use her to satisfy the needs of their alien guests. To cope, she withdraws. But when Beth meets an alien who endures the same loneliness Beth suffers, her actions surprise even her.

“Glass Walls” appears in a different form in the novel Alien Influences, which was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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