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Free Fiction Monday: Handfast

When Ry gave her the gun, she thought it the most romantic gift she’d ever received. But after his death she had to put the magic gun in her past or risk losing her future. Until the day she can no longer keep the gun at bay. It demands answers. Answers only she can find. Answers that involve a ceremony she never fully understood. Until now. “Handfast” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Serious Writer Voice

A lot of the stories I read this past year had wonderful plots. They had great characters and lovely twists. The stories were published, remember, and so they all had something unusual, something strong.

But that something generally wasn’t voice….

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Free Fiction Monday: Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler

As you prepare to embark on your yearlong space cruise, this excerpt from Amelia Pillar’s popular Etiquette for the Space Traveler will provide you with the skills you need to make your trip enjoyable for you and your fellow travelers. With tips such as making the most of the zero-G experience, interacting with new species, and properly utilizing your steward, this guide will help you channel your inner adventurer and negotiate your vacation without fear of misstep. “Amelia Pillar’s Etiquette for the Space Traveler” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Indie Contracts

Boy, I’ve been seeing a lot of crappy contracts lately, and not at all from the place I would have expected. I expect bad clauses in traditional publishing contracts. Too many writers don’t hire intellectual property attorneys to vet those contracts, relying instead on agents, and that leads to all kinds of terrible book contracts. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Embedded

As a long-time embedded reporter, Khalil thinks he’s seen it all. But during his latest assignment—against an enemy he doesn’t understand and in a conflict he understands less—Khalil finds himself in the middle of the action, but not in the way he expected. And he quickly realizes that what lies beneath the surface on this ice-covered planet will change his life, and the lives of many others, forever.
USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch draws on her background as a professional journalist to pen this transformative tale that superbly captures the friction between the press and the military and demonstrates that valor can be found in the least expected places. “Embedded” is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Poor Poor Pitiful Me Is Not A Business Model

This poor-poor-pitiful-me attitude has become the norm in the publishing industry right now, and I’m really tired of it.

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Free Fiction Monday: Death on D Street

D Street—the closest thing Hope’s Pass has to a red light district. Three whorehouses and a few independents to service the miners who survived the mines outside of town. When someone murders a prostitute, Will, the mayor, must fill in for the drunken sheriff and investigate the crime. Only the crime has deep roots—roots that will touch Will’s entire family and make him question everything he has ever known. “Death on D Street” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Authors Guild 2016 Letter

I want to support what the Authors Guild is doing here. I really do. I believe this “conversation” needs to commence. Writers—particularly writers of the Take Care of Me school—need to understand that their publishers and their agents are not their friends. Those two entities are in business for themselves and will devise contract terms to benefit them. But…

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Free Fiction Monday: The Secret Lives of Cats

Homer Ziff wanted to know how his outdoor cats spent their days, so he attached a tiny digital camera to their collars—and discovered a mystery in his own backyard. Winner of the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award for 2008, the Anthony-nominated story “The Secret Lives of Cats” by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: The Reactive Business Model

As promised, I’m doing a lot of catch-up on the state of the publishing industry at the beginning of 2016. The reading is illuminating. Many things seem similar to the situation at this point last year, and many others seem so wildly different that it’s hard to believe only a year has gone by. I […]

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A New Anthology And A New Short Story

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I'm proud of this anthology of strong crime stories. The volume includes one of my Kris Nelscott stories, but buy it for the great read. Click on the words below to get your copy or pick it up at your favorite retailer.

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Warrior Women!

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My Diving story, "The Application of Hope," is reprinted here along with lots of other great stories of strong women. Pick up the paperback at your favorite bookstore, download the ebook on various sites, or click here to get your copy.

A New Science Fiction Story!

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My story, "The Museum of Modern Warfare" just appeared in the December Analog. Get your copy by clicking the words below:

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