Free Fiction Monday: Dragon Slayer

Fifteen dragons have died in less than a century. Rumaad, a different kind of dragon, collects information about the killings the way some dragons collect jewels. Perfectly suited to see the differences in the latest crime scene, he investigates the murder of a dragon he knows all too well. What he sees convinces him something has changed in his world—and not for the best.

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

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Free Fiction Monday: Christopher’s Crummy Christmas

Eleven-year-old Christopher always spends Christmas alone. This year, he plans to change that. This year, he’ll find a way to make his parents stay home. Everyone tells him he’ll ruin Christmas, but he doesn’t care. He wants a good Christmas, and he’ll do anything to get it.

A classic Christmas story that first appeared in Boys’ Life Magazine.

“Christopher’s Crummy Christmas” 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 Last Christmas Letter

Joanne makes her home the perfect place for Christmas so her grandchildren will always remember the holiday. She even puts her Christmas cards on the banister.

But this year, she faces a dilemma. Her father has been in a coma since Thanksgiving, but a Christmas card from him arrived in mid-December. Even stranger, the letter inside gets longer every time she looks at it.

Her father always made up fantasy worlds, but now Joanne feels like she’s living inside one—and she wants to leave.

“The Last Christmas Letter,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Three Wishes Before a Fire

On Christmas Eve, Rob finds himself drawn to the set of his TV show. Jaded and disenchanted, Rob hopes to find something, anything, to bring a bit of joy back into his existence. What he discovers that lonely Christmas Eve will change his life—again.

An inspiring story about the magic of make-believe and the power of healing.

“Three Wishes Before a Fire,” 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 Women of Whale Rock

Whale Rock’s sheriff, Dan Retsler, considers himself a practical man. But he has no explanation for the horrible deaths that take place on his beach.  Nor does he know why so many locals fear the sea. 

The answer lies in legends of mermaids—not the pretty kind, but the kind that lure sailors to their deaths. Retsler doesn’t believe in them, but nothing quite explains the women he sees, near the beach when he investigates a friend’s sudden and tragic death.

“The Women of Whale Rock,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Oathbreaker

Nils wants nothing to do with his family or their magic. He hopes for nothing more than to live a normal life. Kasey offers him that life, but more importantly, she offers him love.

When Nils’ father warns him against marriage, Nils refuses to listen.

He vows to fight his destiny and win. But at what cost?

“Oathbreaker,” 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: Say Hello to My Little Friend

A handsome man walks into a bar…and can’t pick up women. Sounds like a joke. Or a bar bet. Or maybe, just maybe, a bit of magic follows him everywhere. A short, somewhat malicious bit of magic, with a fondness for Piña Coladas.

“Say Hello to My Little Friend,” 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 Best Defense

John Lundgren loves the challenge of defending his clients. As a public defender in the great city of Chicago, he defends them all: the guilty, the not-so-guilty, and the bug-eyed crazy.

But when he gets assigned Richard Palmer, a highly intelligent man accused of an impossible arson and horrific mass murder, he soon discovers this case will challenge him like no other—just not in any way he ever expected. 

“The Best Defense,” by World Fantasy 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: Helmie

When Helmie—a pampered Persian cat worth millions—goes missing, the estate hires not one but two investigators to find him.

Kelsie uses magic to track down lost animals. But in this case, even she wonders if she can find Helmie.

Travis normally uses his investigation skills to track down people, not lost pets. And he works alone.

But when the pair find themselves on the same trail to Helmie’s whereabouts, they realize finding Helmie will prove only the beginning. Rescuing him might just take more magic than either of them realize.

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

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