According to Officer Nick Mantino, Nutball Season runs from Halloween to Christmas. This Christmas season, he sees more than his usual number of nutballs. Like the geezer who thinks he has been cast in Miracle on 34th Street. And Mrs. Billings, who tells everyone she will shoot Santa if he lands on her roof. Mrs. Billings’ threats scare the local children, so Nick must investigate. […]
Sheriff Dan Retsler finally believes in magic. His experiences in Whale Rock make magic impossible to ignore. But Retsler never signed up for magic, so he plans to leave Whale Rock. His successor arrives just as the ghosts return to the lighthouse. Now, he must train a newcomer in the dark side of Whale Rock, while making sure the terror entombed in the lighthouse won’t […]
When Mount Rushmore suddenly disappears—no more presidents gracing its face—The American Observer sends Emelia Sunlake to give the California perspective. Emelia wants to put “a white, middle-class, female California perspective” on the experience. But she soon discovers that everyone—white, black, Native and non-Native—sees this strange phenomenon differently. Chosen as one of the best stories of 1994, “Monuments to the Dead” shows Kristine Kathryn Rusch at […]
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? Part of Warlocks, an Uncollected Anthology. “Oathbreaker” by […]
Shanika never wanted to pursue a career in magic. Her mother dreamed that up for her. So, when she makes it to the finals of the American Magic reality show, she figures she’ll do it for her mother—and the money. But her talent might just garner her unwanted attention, and a choice she never expected. “Salem Week” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free […]
Silas has worked for Death in Nevada for 150 years. He gets Christmas and Christmas Eve off. Only this year, his substitute finds him in a Las Vegas casino. His substitute, who is little more than a boy, a boy whose task terrifies him. If the boy finishes the task, he’ll have a permanent job. If he doesn’t, a dozen kids will live in agony. […]
Imperia Encanto, the oldest daughter of Prince Charming and Cinderella, can’t stop the girls at her exclusive private school from picking on her sister Grace. In her home Kingdom, Princess Imperia merely frowns to make everyone do her bidding. But in Beverly Hills, no one believes in fairy tales. Too young to have magic, unable to charm like her father does, Imperia relies on something […]
Funeral directors deal with many unexpected things at a funeral, but only a select few know how to handle an influx of flower fairies. Flower fairies often prove unpredictable…except when they get angry. And then they become terrifying. So, when a flower fairy child shows up alone with a bouquet for someone who requested no ceremony, the funeral director knows to address her carefully. Because […]
Kaylee uses her magic to help her boss, Nia, keep the balance when Nia needs someone with Kaylee’s particular talents. But when Kaylee returns to work shortly after her fiancé dies, the assignment Nia proposes leaves Kaylee puzzled. Nia wants Kaylee to investigate a new love potion. Kaylee wants to use her magical strength to get over her grief. This assignment might help Kaylee move […]
Kessa possesses only small magic. But her skills allow her to help those who wield bigger magic.
Her latest job takes her deep into the bowels of New York City’s subway system, hunting for bits of history long since forgotten.
And what she finds deep down in the dark will both threaten her life and change it forever.
“Track 61,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is part of the Uncollected Anthology Heartspells and is free on this website for one week only.