Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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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Business Musings: Power (Contracts/Negotiation)

Much of Apple TV’s high profile The Morning Show focuses on contract negotiation. The show, based on Brian Stelter’s book Top of The Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, focuses on a network morning “news” program on the day its popular male anchor gets fired for sexual misconduct. No! Apple insists, this is not about Matt Lauer, and that’s mostly true, although Matt […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Arrival of Truth

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or […]

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Business Musings: The Year Ahead

I wasn’t going to write this post. In fact, I just told a friend that I didn’t see a point in writing this post for 2020, but she knows me well enough to know that if she asks the question, my mind will turn it over and over and over, and I might come up with an answer. Or at least, a blog post. She […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Disrupt Magic

Pascal protects magical items for Abracadabra Inc. But when he finds his latest job thwarted by disruptive magic, he decides to find its source. Because Pascal knows how much powerful magic runs through Paris. Old magic. New magic. Wild magic. Dangerous magic, all. Pascal thinks he knows what he will find when he tracks the magic’s creator. But what he finds might prove only the […]

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Business Musings: Fear And Publishing

A fascinating thing happened in the two quiet weeks of the holiday season. Dean and I worked on a publishing challenge, and we learned something by doing so. We always learn when we teach. Always. And Dean loves challenges. Me, not so much. I set my own writing challenges because if someone else tells me what to do with my writing, I find a way […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Models

Kendall Dee disappears on her first day as a professional hairdresser at a New York Fashion Week runway show. When she turns up murdered, her friend Corry Lindstrom decides to find out what happened. Because Corry, a professional fashion photographer, got Kendall the job in the first place.  A job that put Kendall in a kind of danger no one expected. Chosen by the readers […]

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Recommended Reading List: December 2019

I had a quieter December than I expected, which is just lovely. Lots of time to read. But, since I had a lot of reading to do, that was perfect. And wonderful. I flailed around a bit with my holiday reading. I wasn’t in that romantic a mood. I wanted holiday mysteries which proved harder to find this year. I think I was spoiled by […]

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Business Musings: Book Birth Days

Recently, a couple of my writer friends announced their “book birthdays”—the day their book got published and/or became widely available.  I love that phrase “book birthday,” because it is so appropriate to the way we should be thinking about a book release in the modern publishing era. In fact, we should call it a book “birth day,” because that’s the day the book starts its […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Disaster Relief

Ruby had the idea—help the magic users in New Orleans survive Hurricane Katrina. Pretty charitable for a tiny cat. Winston thought he knew why. The southeast Asia tsunami scared her, made her realize the vulnerability of her home on the Oregon Coast to natural disaster, too. But when her offer of help turns into a rescue, Ruby watches helplessly as other familiars move into her […]

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