Free Fiction Monday: Politicians, Lost Causers, and Abigail Lockwood

1912—In a world where President Andrew Johnson’s conviction at his impeachment trial guaranteed that Reconstruction not only had teeth but also continued into the 20th century, South Carolina stands out as a leader in change, a pioneer of laws that change the balance of power. This new United States, this new South, sees blacks and women rise to their rightful places of power alongside whites. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Stille Nacht

Christmas: a time of family, tradition, togetherness—until your family shatters. With no grandparents to spoil her daughters, one single mom faces the holiday alone. Her daughters worry that Santa, like Daddy, won’t show up. She worries, too: What if she can’t give them—or herself—the magic of Christmas? But maybe, just maybe, she’ll find that magic on Christmas morning, under the tree, like all the other […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Nutball Season

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. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Christmas Eve at the Exit

As Rachel decides on a place to spend Christmas Eve, she can’t shake the feeling of being tracked. She knows well how hard they will search for her and Anne-Marie. Rachel knows they will never stop. But Rachel also knows she needs to focus on the plan, and on making sure Anne-Marie knows Santa will still find her wherever they go. Because every child needs […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Boz

Boz got his job on the colony ship The Beautiful Dreamer because of his skills as a competent introvert. He enjoys spending years completely alone, monitoring the passengers passing the time in cold sleep. So, when he wakes up one morning to Christmas carols, he gets scared. Very scared. Who has joined him on the ship? And why torture him with Christmas cookies and mugs […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Thrill of the Hunt

Her family called her Hilda, before the war, before the Great Wulf murdered them all with his mind. Now the war has ended, leaving Europe in ruin, and the remaining Nazis have scattered. Hilda hunts them, but really, she hunts him. And thanks to an old friend, she has tracked him to Argentina. She should kill him, but she has doubts. She won’t know if […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Updates

Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored radio station. Marisa, the news director, has no time for anything, certainly not for the death threats that some idiot insists on calling into the station. She finds them an annoyance, nothing more—until one of the crew goes missing. “Updates” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Phantom

Stabbings mar the Dixon Theater’s reputation. No one knows who committed them or why. And they only happen on nights where soloists play classical music. Nights when the piano won’t tune. Nights when victims and witnesses see shadows in every corner. Martin owned the theater when the Phantom spilled the first victim’s blood across the stage. Now, he plans to unmask the killer once and […]

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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: September at Wall and Broad

September 1920, New York City: Phillipa D’Arco makes a living investigating the past for the United States Government. Bloodless, they call her, making her one of the best operatives. So, when Phillipa fails to return back to 2057 to report her findings, Assistant Attorney General Preston Lane needs to make a decision: send in yet another investigator or lose a valuable asset. Whatever Lane decides, […]

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