Feel free to indulge in the offered stories below. I may offer additional free stories in the future, so be sure to check in again!
FOR 1 WEEK ONLY, YOU CAN READ "THE ART OF WAITING"!
Editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes:
Remember, I promised you a few bleak stories. I also promised I would let you know when you are about to read one.
Kelly Washington’s “The Art of Waiting” is one of those stories. It’s very short, but well worth your time. It brings yet another aspect to the holiday season, one those of us more fortunate never think of.
Kelly’s a former soldier who writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance…and the occasional mystery. Her most recent publication in a WMG Publishing product is Fiction River: Summer Sizzles, but you’ll also find her work in Fiction River: Feel The Love, and Pulphouse as well as other WMG products. Her short story “The American Flag of Sergeant Hale Schofield” (from Fiction River) was reprinted in The Year’s Best Crime and Mystery Stories. She has published six novels, the most recent being The Daughter of Lava. You can find out more at kellywashington.com.
Well, I won’t make you wait any longer for this absolutely marvelous story. Enjoy!
Add to that an exclusive party, band geeks, and clueless parents, and you have the makings of a wonderful story.
Set on the last night of school before winter break, “Winter’s Perfect Night” will make you smile for all the right reasons.
"Bog Bonbons for my Bae" appeared in the inaugural issues of Tales from the Year Between, Achten Tan: Land of Dust & Bone." I also served as an assistant editor for the volume.
Set in the dusty wasteland of Achten Tan, "Bog Bonbons for my Bae" is part fantasy, science fiction, and romance where soldier (and half-orc) Kreshmore finally tries to win the girl of his dreams, Willowmere (half-elf and armor specialist). Over the course of one night, the pair have to travel through the desert and enter a bog, a setting that doesn't necessarily beg "romance" but Kreshmore and Willowmere are not your usual characters.
About the series: Part literary magazine, part writing club, part cult, and all creativity, Tales From the Year Between is the best-selling semi-annual speculative fiction anthology with a unique premise. Twice a year it gathers a disparate group of authors from all across the globe to collaborate in shared world-building and creative writing. Using a modified version of Avery Alder’s fabulous game The Quiet Year as a massive writing prompt, each volume of The Year Between begins with nothing more than a simple premise (“a desert fantasy world, like D&D’s Dark Sun”). Contributors participate in a week-long “game” to create a shared canon of people, places, events, and themes. From this chaotic melange of ideas, each participant then creates their own stories, poems, letters, and even recipes, all set in the world they created together. Intrigued?
Read the first novella in my 4-novella series.
Summoned by Izkirka’s mysterious ruler, class-zero citizen Rahda clashes with Prince Roland Rexus in a battle of lies, secrets, and seduction. She's been sent to kill him, he knows it, and, strangely enough, he does nothing to actively stop her.
But once she's in the presence of the man who everyone calls a dark prince, everything begins to unravel.
The disfigured prince has his own reasons for summoning the woman meant to kill him; reasons that will alter Rahda's perception of the world around her. Within a matter of days, she’s thrust into an unfamiliar society with an untrustworthy prince, and becomes involved in a war she never knew existed.
Rahda's no longer sure where she fits in when she uncovers the truth about Roland, and about herself.
The Pale Waters, the first novella in the Reclaimed Souls Series, will have readers asking themselves, "Who Owns Your Soul?"