Free Fiction Monday: Frank’s Corner Bar

Frank’s Corner Bar boasts a long history. And traditions. Especially Christmas traditions. But this year, Christmas might just hold a few surprises for everyone. “Frank’s Corner Bar,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. It was first published as part of the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2020. To learn more […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Un-familiar

Winston’s familiar Ruby, a small black cat, avoids dogs whenever possible. So when Winston sees her talking quietly with a toy poodle-Chihuahua mix, he wants to know why. Ruby, usually so vocal, says nothing. Her silence, that dog, and a storm in the Oregon Coast community of Seavy Village all combine into one of the most memorable days of Winston’s life. “Un-familiar,” by New York Times bestselling […]

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Free Fiction Monday: G-Men

The acclaimed short story that inspired the award-winning novel, The Enemy Within. February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson. O’Reilly teams up with […]

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Recommended Reading List: October 2022

Even more Spanish academic article reading this month, some of which were fascinating, particularly one on proposed changes in the methodology of anthropology. But never fear, I’m not going to recommend any of it. I also (for my sins) had to read The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov for the 100th time. God, I loathe that play. So not all of my reading was pleasant. Then […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Rats

Nic hunts rats. The kind of rats no one else can find. But while hunting his latest target, he finds more than he bargains for. And these rats might prove the sneakiest vermin Nic has hunted yet. This engrossing detective tale by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a rats-eye view of New York City’s unique pest problem. “Rats,” by New York […]

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Free Fiction Monday: DNF

Runners do not finish races for a lot of reasons. But when a runner does not finish at the first Night Frights Run in Las Vegas, Warren worries that the Halloween-themed race might prove far more pulse-pounding than anyone intends. With just the right mix of the mysterious and the terrifying, “DNF” demonstrates Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s mastery of the crime short story. “DNF,” by New York […]

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Free Fiction: Bring Me the Head of Anne Boleyn

Elizabeth Tudor: her mother’s daughter, flirtatious and bright; her father’s daughter, ruthless and cold. Which part of her will win? Before her twenty-fifth year, she bore the titles of princess and prisoner, royal daughter and daughter of a traitor. Now, Elizabeth Tudor rules England as its queen and, in her private moments, she cannot quite believe she survived. To figure out how to rule, Elizabeth […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Overworked

When Detective Mick Hanrahan finds himself subpoenaed back to Seavy County, Oregon, for a homicide case involving his former job, he dreads every minute of it. But Mick quickly discovers the case, which he thought a slam-dunk, involves angles he never expected. In a small county with understaffed legal and law enforcement departments, Mick might hold the key to preventing any further injustice. “Overworked,” by New […]

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Free Fiction Monday: My Real Cousin Ruby

For as long as she can remember, she has had two cousins named Ruby. Her so-called cousin, who lives in this world and whom she can’t stand, and the cousin she meets in her dreams—her Real Cousin Ruby. Her siblings all dream about Real Cousin Ruby, too. But why? In “My Real Cousin Ruby,” World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch challenges the border between […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Elvis at the White House

Psychic investigator Chelsea LaFronde’s secret vice? The handsome young Elvis of the 1968 comeback special—Chelsea’s idea of a Real Man. So when a handsome Elvis impersonator—the young Elvis, not the old, fat Elvis—shows up at her door talking about a murder, she listens. Even though the impersonator tells her that Elvis knows whodunnit. Chelsea will deal with a bit of crazy, for Elvis. Even a […]

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