Kristine Kathryn Rusch
USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.
Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.
She writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson, romantic suspense as Kristine Dexter, and futuristic sf as Kris DeLake.
Her popular weekly blog on the changes in publishing has become an industry must-read.
She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits at least two anthologies in the series per year on her own.
To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, krisdelake.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.
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Gift first saw the lights as a baby. The faerie lights promised him a different life from the one he would know in the castle. But he couldn’t resist the pull of the mortal world. And that curiosity might change the course of not one, but two, kingdoms forever.
An unforgettable story that inspired part of World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s international bestselling Fey series.
At the Keep, women serve one purpose: pawns for greater power. Power belonging to Micheline’s father. He uses magic to achieve that goal, but that magic serves another purpose, as well. It tests a woman’s purity. And what Micheline learns about this test will change her forever.
A Murder of Clones
The Anniversary Day bombings on the Moon sent shockwaves throughout the Earth Alliance. No one knows who created the clones responsible and turned them into ruthless killers. No one knows where or when they’ll strike next.
This third book of the Anniversary Day Saga sheds further light on the Anniversary Day events, and introduces several new key characters.
An Incursion of Mice
Beautiful longhaired tom Wall T runs a tight household. But when the other cats in his pride begin reporting a mouse incursion, he launches an investigation. What he uncovers might change everything he thought he knew about crime and leadership.
This delightful detective tale by USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers a fascinating feline perspective on the nature of a crime.
Kessa possesses only small magic. But her skills allow her to help those who wield bigger magic.
Her latest job takes her deep into the bowels of New York City’s subway system, hunting for bits of history long since forgotten.
And what she finds deep down in the dark will both threaten her life and change it forever.
Theme and Variations
Katie’s world revolved around Matthew: her love, her music, her telecollaboration inventions, all focused on him.
Even gone, Matthew still dominates Katie’s world. Her memories hold the key to his masterwork, he says.
But memories sometimes play tricks. And sometimes, they hold the secret to truths long buried.
The Space Between Hope and Dreams
Before he left to fight in World War II, Jack promised Myrtle he’d be home for Christmas. But Myrtle begged Jack not to make a promise he couldn’t keep.
Christmas after Christmas, decade after decade, Myrtle thinks of Jack and his promise, of the life they might have had were it not for the war.
Until Myrtle finally understands that somehow, someday, Jack will find his way home for Christmas.
When Cat’s romance novels bring an uninvited guest to her door on Christmas Eve, the choices she and John make could finally allow them to consummate their relationship—or end their time together forever.
When Susan gave birth to her son on Christmas Day, she named him Harold, after her late father. All his life, Harold wanted to sing. And all his life, Harold met with disappointment. So, when his own son arrives on December 25 as well, Harold faces a difficult choice: continue the legacy or spare his son the same hardships.
She spends each day as two people: herself and Mr. Haworth’s secretary. Home, work, home, work. Then, a man on the subway train confides in her that he lost his job months ago and kept it from his wife. And somehow, that seemingly random conversation will change everything she thought she knew about her commute, her life, herself.
Erika Brandis thought leading a tour group of teenage girls would be easy. Easier than a group of boys, anyway. Until one girl goes missing. Now, Erika must partner with Jaime to find the girl—and maybe, just maybe, exorcise more than one ghost from their past.
My Real Cousin Ruby
In “My Real Cousin Ruby,” World Fantasy Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch challenges the border between reality and the land of dreams. And what crosses that border leaves serious consequences behind on both sides.
Sweet Young Things
Fala wants revenge. Revenge against Preston for ruining her life. Revenge for ruining so many other lives in the process Preston thought she was just a sweet young thing. But Fala is not sweet. And Preston needs to learn that—the hard way.
He loves live music. He lives for it. Once, live performances were an event: People dressed up, listened reverently, knew how to behave respectfully. No more. Now he must contend with coughs and whispers. Or does he…?
Cleavon saw his first murder victim at his friend Emmett Till’s funeral. Cleavon fled Chicago to raise his family, but the violence followed him. Now, he worries that his grandson Ty will die as horribly as Emmett, and for no good reason. Cleavon wants his family out of Chicago, but Ty wants to repair the city—and he just might do it.
McIntyre tries everything he can think of to escape his family legacy. Regardless of his efforts, the end remains the same: death. McIntyre learned to deal with death long ago, but when the same legacy threatens his son, McIntyre knows he must find a new way to fight or he’ll lose everything.
Severson made a name for himself once, as a crack reporter. But now, years later, he hides behind his typewriter. Until the day Molly walks through the door looking for a job. Molly, with her ideals and her determination and her courage. Molly might change his life—but not necessarily in the way he hopes.
Discoverability: a modern marketing buzzword. For writers, discoverability means the difference between gaining an audience and publishing into the void. Now, USA Today bestselling author and renowned business blogger Kristine Kathryn Rusch deftly tackles the topic of discoverability in this latest WMG Writers’ Guide.
Carla uses her thieving past for good. Hired by retailers to test the effectiveness of their security systems, she makes a good living, despite her felony conviction. But when she runs into the detective who busted her years ago, and finds out he, too, works in the loss prevention business, she does some digging. What she finds could dredge up her past and threaten her future.
Notes from the Buffer Zone
Mrs. Carpenter considers Tracy a lost cause, one of those students who cares little about school and even less about completing her writing assignments. Until the day Tracy offers her teacher a glimpse into the creative soul that lies beneath the teenage exterior. And that glimpse will change everything Tracy’s teacher knows about her student, and herself.
Beth pays for crimes she committed as a child while under alien influence. Languishing in indentured servitude, her employers use her to satisfy the needs of their alien guests. To cope, she withdraws. But when Beth meets an alien who endures the same loneliness Beth suffers, her actions surprise even her.
Jonathan Alexander Nicholas Ashworth the Fourth—called Nico—fears nothing. He lives a life of power, prestige, money. He makes his own way, but when that fails, he uses fixers, the best money can buy. Until FoL begins targeting him. Against FoL, fixers can’t help him. Can he help himself? Or will FoL win?
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.
She heads west to escape. The old-timers watch her coming as the full moon fills the Montana skies. Strange things happen to women here during the full moon. And everyone here knows that but her.
Living the Legend
A beautiful mermaid and a handsome man. Everyone’s read that story. A legend, a fairytale. But what happens when someone really lives that story? Merlisa and Nicholas know. They live the legend—and maybe they will die for it…
In “Living the Legend,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch brings her signature twist to a classic fairytale.
In the late 1800s, trains bring with them a sense of mystery and comfort. For Corinne, they also bring Silas. When Corinne meets Silas the first time, she surprises him. When they meet again, she surprises herself. Finally learning the truth might bring the greatest surprise of them all.
December 1944: Moe Berg, former major league baseball catcher and now spy for the Office of Strategic Services, finds himself on a mission that would make him something he never thought he’d be: assassin. Specifically, assassin of Werner Heisenberg, whose work could lead Germany to an atomic bomb.
Rose in Dreamland
Coney Island in 1907, known for its freaks and spectacles. But for Rose, Coney Island becomes a place of wonder, a place that makes memories. A place that saves lives...
Alien Influences: The Short Story
Years ago, John paid for horrible crimes based on alien ritual he committed as a child. Now, alienated from his fellow humans, he works as a bounty hunter. But his latest job takes him a little too close to the past he tries to forget. And this time, he might not escape with his life.
This story appears in slightly different form in the novel, Alien Influences.
Homicide Detective Spencer Gray knows he should be grateful for the lack of work due to The Silence—two weeks without a murder in Manhattan. But he misses the action. More, something feels off. When one of his colleagues suggests a wager to see who can close the strangest case on his or her desk, he knows just the one. But solving this case might mean uncovering answers he’ll wish he hadn’t found.
Rick the Robber Baron
When Kita Ogude wakes up tied to a post in her simulation room, she knows marauders have tried to take her ship-again. But this time something feels off, and familiar. She thinks she knows this marauder. And her desire to regain her ship becomes secondary to something she has wanted for a very long time: revenge.
One Small Step
Nyalou Templeton serves on the council for Tranquility Base to give some meaning to her life. Liz Borra, on the other hand, wants to control council. So when meek little Nyalou stands up to Liz over the preservation of the Arrival Monument and its footprint, Liz figures she can intimidate the council like she always does. But Liz might have underestimated Nyalou.
In our time, Benjamin Franklin helped Thomas Paine emigrate to the colonies, where the two helped shape the creation of the United States of America. But what if Paine had never made it to the colonies. What fate would he have met if he remained in England?
The four musketeers plus one they call themselves: Johnny, Craig, Dale, Rennie and Carren. They want to make something of themselves, do great things after high school. So, they devise an experiment to guarantee their lives will amount to something. And that experiment changes their futures—but not in the ways any of them expects.
When Thomas Jefferson Dined Alone
When Living History Professor Kimber Lawson’s least favorite student brings her a report of Mary Todd Lincoln conducting séances in the White House, Kimber brushes it off. But then more reports come to her attention—of historical figures hearing voices, seeing ghosts and holding séances that had never before been reported—she knows she must investigate.
Eating It Too
Sophie pours love into her cooking. For years, she shared her gift with her husband. Now, she will infuse her baking with every feeling she possesses—one final act as payment for everything Harold plans for their future.
The Early Conundrums: A Spade/Paladin Collection
Spade: Secret Master of Fandom and Private Detective.
Paladin: Spade’s enigmatic sidekick and infamous detective for hire.
Together: Two of masterful author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most popular characters.
A man stands trial for brutally killing a 12-year-old girl. But does a trial bring actual justice? And what can a father do to deal with the horror? A heart-wrenching story about those left behind to cope with the aftermath.
Dancers Like Children
Dr. Justin Schafer travels to the Bountiful colony to investigate a series of brutal murders. The colonists blame the Dancers, an alien species the colony relies on for its livelihood. But the more Schafer investigates, the more complicated the case seems. He begins to wonder if his past mistakes-mistakes that led to genocide-will color his judgment.
The Young Shall See Visions and the Old Dream Dreams
Nell’s determination drives her throughout her life. It allowed her to play baseball when only “tomboys” played. It allowed her to walk again when doctors said she never would. And now, even in old age, it will allow her to find answers to questions plaguing her for her entire life. But the answers she seeks solve one mystery and pose another.
The Application of Hope
Captain Tory Sabin knows all too well the dangers of the anacapa drive, and that sometimes ships enter foldspace never to return. The ships simply disappear, taking their crews with them. Responding to a distress call from Captain Jonathan “Coop” Cooper, Sabin knows she must race against time to find him and his ship.
Hollywood Ending: A Faerie Justice Story
1946: Betty Nerenhauser works with the famous screenwriter Jackson Holden Carter in hopes of learning enough from him to earn her big break. But her break comes when she least expects it—the day strange little men show up at Jackson’s office asking for his help. Soon, Betty finds out just why Jackson mentored her—and how high the cost if it turns out he was wrong.
Dan Retsler left Oregon for a reason. He never planned to return. But something draws him to accept an interview for police chief in a small town near the Oregon Caves. After all, the caves call the mountains their home, not the coast, where Retsler still fights haunting memories of strange creatures. But he soon discovers that something lurks in the shadows of this mountain town.
Five Starving Cats and a Dead Dog
They think they’ve found their dream home. But something seems off. Abandoned purebred cats. A dead dog. Still, little Grubby the cat hunts fearlessly until that fateful day. The day answers arrive on their doorstep. The day that changes everything.
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.
The Scottish Play
Portia uses her magic to solve problems—theatrical problems. She prefers to work alone, even though her two sisters possess magic, too. But her latest job, in London’s West End, poses problems not only because of the play being performed—the cursed Scottish Play (aka Macbeth)—but because she must deal with a magic she has never seen before.
Albert Suttles’ mother championed Earth Day and its environmental causes. The cause became her first priority, almost an obsession. And Albert’s obsession? His mother. In her honor, he will Save The Earth.
The Gallery of His Dreams
One of the most decorated and famous novellas of the 1990s, The Gallery of His Dreams remains a timeless tale of love, loss, and the power of art.
Mathew Brady, the first great war photographer, died broke in service of his art. In The Gallery of His Dreams, acclaimed writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives Mathew Brady a look at the future repercussions, power, and incredible value of his art.
The Enemy Within
One of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s most acclaimed short stories becomes one of her most original novels.
February, 1964: Two men die in a squalid alley in a bad neighborhood. New York Homicide Detective Seamus O’Reilly receives the shock of his life when he looks at the men’s identification: J. Edgar Hoover, the famous, tyrannical director of the FBI, and his number one assistant, Clyde Tolson.
Brash, outspoken, Lillian Hellman follows her own truth. Even when that truth costs her love. When the dark days of Communist blacklisting threaten everything Hellman has built, she must decide whether her truth will carry her, or if she will, as Hammett once warned, sell out her friends to save herself.
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