Free Fiction Monday: Game Testing

When Jen DeAngelo picked up and moved for the umpteenth time, she didn’t know where she would end up, as per usual. But when she finds herself in a place with family history—her family history—she decides to stay and investigate her roots. But she might just find more than she bargained for in this unusual town full of strange gamers, weird rumors and maybe even […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Courting Rites

When Silas loses his banjo, he seeks help from a P.I. She takes the job to fill her pockets and the never-ending loneliness of her days. But this job might prove much harder than she thought. Because Silas reminds her of moments in her past—and she needs to figure out why. With “Courting Rites,” New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers another haunting […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Monuments to the Dead

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 […]

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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? Part of Warlocks, an Uncollected Anthology. “Oathbreaker” by […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Salem Week

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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Cosmic Balances Inc.

Grint’s uneventful life results in an uneventful afterlife, working as a minion, making sure the cosmic balance remains balanced. Birth day curses get balanced with birth day blessings. And no one gets into Heaven or Hell unless they deserve to go. But what happens when a particularly bad guy lines up in front of the Pearly Gates? A guy who definitely belongs in Hell. A […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Poop Thief

Portia Meadows runs one of the few pet stores that sells familiars to the magical. Familiars—delicate, moody creatures—keep magic clean and pure. To lose a familiar means losing magic. And on a bright afternoon, Portia’s assistant discovers that something essential has disappeared, threatening not just the magical within the store, but throughout the world. “The Poop Thief,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dread Unlocks

In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. This horror arrives in a van, along with cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways. First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Flower Fairies

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 […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Japanese Sword

Wedding photos capture a lot of things they shouldn’t. Including Susan’s husband Russell necking with one of his colleagues. Susan goes ahead with her plans for Russell’s birthday, plans that include a Japanese sword he’s always wanted. Only this sword possesses something extra—a talent for revenge. “A compelling story of female honour, and a housewife dealing the humiliating revelation of her husband’s infidelity, samurai-style.” —Not […]

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