Free Fiction Monday: Love and Justice

The Princess—once named Cinder Ella—murdered. The Prince missing. The King demanding justice. Only the sheriff knows that justice means destroying the kingdom. Can he do it? Can he convince the King to go along?

“Love and Justice,” by World Fantasy Award Winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Skin Deep

When Cullaene learns the colonists want to question him about a murder, he fears for his life. But he must also think about the daughter of the people who took him in.

She appears sick, and Cullaene soon realizes only he can help her. But helping her might mean sacrificing his own life.

One of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s first published stories, “Skin Deep” appeared on the preliminary Nebula Ballot and on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 1988 as well as two of the year’s best collections. It is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Still Life 1931

Years ago, Lurleen helped the NAACP investigate lynchings. She stopped when she met her husband, but never forgot the work…or the caution it required. After his death, Lurleen finds herself struggling to find purpose.

She travels to New York without a plan. But what she finds there might help her face her past—and finally chart her future.

A powerful story about justice, courage, and facing one’s true self.  

Originally written for the anthology In Sunlight or in Shadow, edited by Lawrence Block, and inspired by the painting “Hotel Room (1931)” by Edward Hopper, “Still Life 1931” by Edgar Award-nominated author Kris Nelscott, is free on this website for one week only.

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Free Fiction Monday: Local Knowledge

When Detective Webster Coninck arrives at the murder scene outside Tups Tavern, he quickly identifies the body: Tom Johanssen. Former classmate, full of charisma, and a man with enough enemies to line up interviews into next week.

Webb finds himself off the case because of his personal history with Johanssen, but Webb believes his local knowledge holds the key to solving the case. But only if he can face his own painful history.

Chosen as one of the best American mystery stories of 2011, “Local Knowledge” 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: 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: The Moorhead House

Dusty’s Cleaning specializes in cleaning houses where horrible things happen. Suicides, murders, Dusty’s seen them all. But she can’t forget the scene at the Moorhead House.

So, when Dusty receives an invitation to a Christmas Party being held at the Moorhead House, she gets to revisit a horrible crime—and figure out what exactly went wrong.

Chosen as one of the top ten stories of the year by the readers of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

“The Moorhead House,” 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: Pudgygate

Imagine a dinner party in an English country manor with an American cook named Bubba making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, waiters from Cal Tech, British royalty among the guests, a cat named Pudgy, and a thief. Honestly, what could go wrong?

This delightful holiday mystery offers a veritable buffet of intriguing characters.

“Pudgygate,” 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: Coolhunting

Steffie makes her living as a coolhunter—someone who discovers an interesting look and makes it fashion, often overnight. She managed to escape her stifling upbringing, but her sister KD—genetically altered to remain a child—remains trapped.

Steffie left KD behind once. But when KD asks Steffie to help her run away from home, Steffie must decide whether to help or to abandon her sister for a second time.

A Locus Award finalist, and winner of the Science Fiction Age Reader’s Choice Award.

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

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Free Fiction Monday: Children

McIntyre tries everything he can think of to escape his family legacy. Regardless of his efforts, the end remains the same: death. 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.

“Children,” 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: Fumes

Ernie wants to forget. His short life marred by pain he struggles to understand, he hopes the sirens will blast the thoughts of his mother, his father, of life and death from his brain. Thoughts too serious for someone so young. Thoughts that can scar deeper than flames.  

A searing short story about family, betrayal, and murder.

“Fumes,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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