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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Demise of Snot Rocket

All serious runners know about snot rockets. At least in pre-pandemic times, they did. But one particularly talented runner relishes snot rockets more than others. When he turns up dead, the list of potential murderers runs longer than the list of medals he collected over the years. But when an investigative journalist sees the true crime potential of the case, what she uncovers surprises even […]

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Conundrums, Kickstarter, Bundles and an Anniversary

Here’s something fun. Deliberately fun. I wrote a novel in the deepest darkest time of 2020, the horrid winter where everything seemed bleak. I wanted to escape, so I wrote about old friends and good times at a 1990s-style sf convention…with some crime on the side. You see, my characters Spade and Paladin solve crimes at sf conventions. Until now, Spade and Paladin only appeared […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Parking Space Vigilantes

Stacy calls herself a Parking Space Vigilante. As a member of the city’s program to ticket able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped spaces, Stacy believes she serves as protector for her small corner of the world from the insensitive, the stupid, and the just plain ignorant. But when she discovers her nemesis, the driver of a Suburban who insists on parking illegally every time he […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Heading West

She heads west to escape. The old-timers watch her coming as the full moon fills the Montana skies. Strange things happen to women here during the full moon. And everyone here knows that but her. “Heading West,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here.   Heading West Kristine Kathryn Rusch The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Jury Duty

Pamela Jackson’s secrets forced her to change her identity and move to the Oregon Coast. When Pamela finds herself called to jury duty—and worse, selected for the jury on a murder trial—she fears she must see it through to keep up appearances as an upstanding citizen. But Pamela might know a little too much about murder to pull it off. “Jury Duty,” by New York […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Disappearance of Wicked

The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. Wicked, the aptly named baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped his bastard son-in-law. Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control. “The Disappearance of Wicked,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Songbirds

Prince Tadeo has his heart set on a Songbird for the coronation. He sends Reynaldo, the best magic hunter in the business, after it. Once upon a time, Songbirds served the king. Now Reynaldo must convince one Songbird to return. Just one. Or he will use devastating magic to make sure she never sings from her heart again. “Songbirds,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Paperwork to Come

The closing hangar doors haunt Alaina. They represent failure. But Alaina refuses to fail again. Not on this mission. Not with the fate of a child on the line. For a decade, SYT launched missions to rescue women. But this new organization—with a slightly different mission and much higher stakes—demands its volunteers risk their own freedom to right wrongs committed by the highest levels of […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Family Affair

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton receives a call from an old friend to help transport a battered woman and her young daughter from Madison, Wisconsin, to a shelter in Chicago. But when Smokey and Marvella Walker show up at the drop site, they learn that the woman is both white and a racist. She refuses to leave with them. And that’s only the beginning of their […]

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