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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As a Medieval woman, Maude knows her place. But her husband’s death shortly after the birth of their son means she must fulfill his duties until their son comes of age. But when a woman appears on her doorstep bloodied and broken, Maude must decide how far she will go to protect her son’s estate. Will she follow the dictates of her time, or will she find a strength she didn’t know she possessed?
The Front Porch
The Front Porch: the place, literal or figurative, where Americans watch the world go by. Journalists help expand America’s front porch to a worldwide stage. They put on a pretty face and soften the blow of ugly news. They must hold the line between “need to know” and “too much information.” But at what cost, when the horrors of the world become just another day at the office?
Whale Rock Police Chief Jaclyn Tadero faces the Oregon Coast’s version of the perfect storm: a tsunami warning during a winter squall. And thanks to Seavy County Coroner Hamilton Denne, she finds herself scouring the beach for idiots drawn to the tsunami’s approach. Tadero thinks Denne sent her on a fool’s errand—until she stumbles across something on the beach. Something she never suspected.
The only person in Los Angeles who doesn’t want fame, no-nonsense private eye Belinda Sweet avoids cases that bring her attention. Still, she stumbles on one in a bar, when a barfly asks her to act as his alibi for killing his wife. The bartender calls the cops, who arrest—and then release—him. Sweet needs to know why. She refuses to stop until she uncovers the real story—even if fame follows.
Ghosts of Christmas Present
Alone for Christmas, Michela longs for the past, the future—anything but the present. The present holds pain, loneliness, longing, loathing. The present offers nothing but ghosts and nightmares about deeds that cannot be undone. To see her son again, Michela must face her ghosts on this Christmas Eve night—even if by doing so she becomes one herself.
Blowback: A Retrieval Artist Novel
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Earth Alliance believes another attack imminent, but no one knows where or when it will strike. Retrieval Artist Miles Flint finds himself in a race against time, a race that implicates organizations he trusts—and people he loves.
She calls herself his luck, but Grif Petrie doesn’t feel particularly lucky. Alone on Christmas Eve, he haunts a casino like he always does. Then he meets Alli, and even though she tells him she has come to Vegas for someone else, he spends time with her—and wins at craps, which never happens. Her presence creates a weird lucky magic. And magic always comes with a price.
The Black King: The Seventh Book of The Fey
BLOOD AGAINST BLOOD: The name of the ancient curse that protects members of the Black Family from murdering each other. But what if circumstances justify the death? What if a family member needs to die?
Incident at Lonely Rocks
Oscar cleans portable toilets for a living. He loves the job—it takes him to beautiful isolated places, like the Lonely Rocks Wayside on the Oregon Coast. Nothing grosses him out either—until he discovers the body, slashed to death, with a knife still in the chest. Then he sees a break in the guardrail above the ocean, a car, a ruined bicycle, and Oscar realizes his troubles have just begun.
Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln scrawled the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope as he traveled to the battlefield to dedicate a cemetery. But the legend belies Lincoln’s struggle to carefully choose the right words. Words that must chart the course for the nation’s future. Because his speech in Gettysburg will change history, but not necessarily in the way he hopes.
Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored 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. They’re an annoyance, nothing more. Or so she believes, until one of the crew goes missing—and the night has just begun.
In LA, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds a lot of it, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces now. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda and the ability to change her life in awful ways. First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the creeping uncontrollable dread in modern life, a dread Lovecraft himself might find too awful to contemplate.
Urban legends have their basis in fact. Some people know that better than others. That story about the hook teenagers tell each other at parties? It’s not just a legend. It’s true. Just not in the way you’d expect…
Pandora's Box: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum
The police often show up at science fiction conventions, but not because Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade calls them. Although he has this time. Paladin has found a box with a note, a box she believes contains a bomb. Spade and Paladin have to find the bomber and save the convention, and do so before the police arrive. The conundrum? Can they do all this and survive?
As Rikki tries to shove a dead body out of the airlock on a space yacht, she’s stopped by the best-looking man she’s ever seen. Not because he wants to arrest her for killing the guy, but because he wants to help her dispose of the body. Rikki doesn’t need help, even sexy blue-eyed help. Yet somehow, she can’t get rid of this handsome man, despite the fact that getting rid of people is her job.
The other kids call Wilhelmina “Cry-Baby Witch.” They’re right but they don’t know it: she’s a witch, but she doesn’t have control of her magic yet. If she did, she’d protect all the animals in Mrs. Anderson’s room, but Willi can’t even protect herself. Trapped in school because of a blizzard, creepy Craig Maddson has figured out Willi’s secret. He plans to reveal it, and Willi can't stop him.
In a rundown bar on a space station at the end of the universe, a customer asks for passage to Dunyon. The owner and bartender has no idea what or where Dunyon is. The next night, more people show, and more, and suddenly Dunyon, that little bar, and the entire spacestation face a very big crisis.
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.
Includes complete bonus story, "Dunyon."
The Impossibles: A Retrieval Artist Short Story
To pay off her law school debts, Kerrie works in the public defender’s office at the Interspecies Court. She has more clients than she can defend, most of them from cultures she does not understand. The public defender’s office loses almost all of its cases, but sometimes it gets a win. Kerrie thinks she has a winner. But does she? Or will winning the case mean she loses at everything else?
The Disappearance of Wicked
The entire neighborhood hates Wicked the dog. He’s extra baggage that arrived with Ike’s daughter and granddaughter after they escaped the bastard who married her. Wicked barks all the time—until the day he gets kidnapped, and the entire neighborhood spirals out of control.
“Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s crime stories are exceptional, both in plot and in style.”
Mystery Scene Magazine
Fortan’s space mission ends ten years later (for him) and one hundred years later (for everyone else). He expects changes when he returns. He doesn’t expect to get arrested upon landing. He really doesn’t expect all the charges for back family support, considering he had no child or wife or girlfriend when he left. Will he go to prison for a crime he hasn’t committed?
Still Life, With Cats
After covering too many war zones, Joshua returns to his grandparents’ place to find the house neglect and the patio filled with cats. He wanted a refuge from the death he’d seen, but the cat yowls remind him of the cries of the wounded. No matter how hard he tries, the cats keep appearing. So he finally calls for help, help that’s a little weird, a little strange, and maybe just right.
The Black Queen: The Sixth Book of The Fey
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
FIFTEEN YEARS OF PEACE-SHATTERED BY A SMALL VOICE
Peace marks Queen Arianna's rule of the Fey Empire. Until a war begins inside her. A mysterious presence tries to take over her mind-one of the most magical and powerful brains in all of Blue Isle. The only person who can help her? Her brother Gift, the legitimate heir to the Fey Empire.
Parking Space Vigilantes
Stacy calls herself a Parking Space Vigilante. As a member of the city’s program to ticket able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped spaces, Stacy believes she’s protecting her small corner of the world from the insensitive, the stupid, and the just plain ignorant. But she’s acquired a nemesis. Stacy will stop him…if he doesn’t stop her first.
(4.00 from 1 review)
The spaceship arrives at Vaadum Resort and Casino on fire, with some passengers already dead. Vaadum, the kind of place vacationers go by accident, has room for the survivors. Only someone has started picking them off too. Can they catch the killer before he kills them all?
Killer Advice chronicles an adventure in the life of Misha, the hero of a novel Rusch wrote under the pen name Kris DeLake.
For the last decade, Harper tried to get a statue of Mercury to feature in the museum’s new antiquities department. Now the statue has arrived—broken—and possibly a forgery. Her boss calls the statue the ultimate forgery. He’s impressed. She wonders if she should be too—until the statue talks to her. Is she overworked? Or crazy? Or both?
Includes complete bonus story, “Elvis at the White House."
Elvis at the White House
Psychic investigator Chelsea LaFronde’s secret vice? The handsome young Elvis of the 1968 comeback special. So when a handsome Elvis impersonator shows up at her door talking about a murder, she listens. Even though the impersonator tells her that Elvis knows whodunnit. Chelsea will deal with a bit of crazy, for Elvis. Even a fake Elvis.
Includes the complete bonus story, “Clay Feet.”
Edith works for Number Crunchers Incorporated. Her job? Determine the monetary worth of each human being. But her corporation has a nemesis—the EISHies. The ridiculously sentimental organization sabotages Crunchers, Inc. Edith must find how the EISHies infiltrated her business—and then figure out what to do about it without succumbing to the EISHies’ subversive message: Everyone Is Someone’s Hero.
Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-One
War correspondents and soldiers have one thing in common: they only see pieces of the war—even a magical war. Everything rests on a single magical weapon, dispatched by Pixie Air, watched by one war correspondent. For the first time, she’s on the battlefront, hoping that her people succeed.
With complete bonus story, “Love and Justice.”
Love and Justice
The Princess—once named Cinder Ella—murdered. The Prince missing. The King demanding justice. Only the sheriff knows that justice means destroying the kingdom. Can he do it? Can he convince the King to go along?
With complete bonus story, “Dispatches from the Front: Number Sixty-one.
Fit to Print
When veteran New York Times reporter Frank Butler vacations at his grandmother’s old house in Bonner Bay, Oregon, he ignores the town’s strange goings-on. The locals usually appreciate his discretion. Except this year, when everyone has an opinion about the new strangers in town, and no one agrees. Not even Frank, who might have to give up some journalistic integrity to save his favorite town.
For Amelia’s second marriage, Gram gives her a visit to a wedding counselor. Not a marriage counselor, but someone who will advise how to achieve a perfect marriage through the perfect ceremony. Superstitious nonsense, Amelia thinks, but she doesn’t want to offend Gram. But soon Amelia realizes what the perfect wedding means—and why Gram wants her to have one.
A justice of the peace, a pregnant bride, reluctant witnesses, no real family. What hope does this couple have? They’re eighteen at the most, marrying on Christmas Eve Day. Who will believe in them? Who will care? Maybe they’ll find someone, an unexpected someone, someone who understands.
With complete bonus story, "Something Blue."
The Beautiful, The Damned
The second Nick Carraway in a family where the name has a certain mystique finds himself in New York, just like his grandfather before him. He quickly learns that the go-go 1980s have a lot in common with the hard-partying 1920s, including a mysterious man in a nearby mansion. But this man has a secret that not even Gatsby would have comprehended. A dark secret. An immortal secret. With fangs...
When Ada’s neighbor bangs on her door one morning, she assumes he’s mad at her husband, again. Rick’s sensitivity to neighborhood noise has driven them from home to home searching for an escape, for a peaceful life. But once again, her husband’s intolerance for their neighbors shatters any chance for peace. How far will he go to teach his loud neighbors a lesson? And how many lives will change?
Watching the Music Dance
Suze loves her music. She hides in it when her parents fight. The fights end in divorce, and the divorce brings an end to the music—obtained illegally by Suze’s mother. Nils, Suze’s father, has no idea how to save his daughter’s music or her sanity without breaking the law. And he must figure it out quickly, because Suze doesn’t have time to wait.
With complete bonus story “Worlds Apart…And Time"
Worlds Enough...And Time
(4.00 from 1 review)
Whenever things get rough, Roxanne escapes to other worlds. She has a talent that that no one else believes exists. Except her granddaughter Marissa, who exhibits the same talent. Marissa, who can open windows to other worlds. Roxanne wants to train Marissa to live with her talent, but the rest of the family wants to stop her.
With complete bonus story, "Watching the Music Dance."
Shelton believes flowers save people, so he’s appalled when Ruth-Anne Grant demands he remove her name from his floral delivery list. The roses he spent his morning crafting came from her stalker. Shelton, embarrassed and frightened for her, gives her the stalker’s name, thinking his involvement will end there. Only it doesn’t. The police show up looking for his help to catch a murderer.
Mason Evers’ thirtieth birthday depresses him, so his wife Roxy decides to give him a present he will never forget. Only the present malfunctions. Should Mason and Roxy fix the present? Or should they simply enjoy it?
With the complete bonus story, “The Japanese Sword.”
The Japanese Sword
Wedding photos capture a lot of things they shouldn’t. Including Susan’s husband Russell necking with one of his colleagues. Susan goes ahead with her plans for Russell’s birthday, plans that include a Japanese sword he’s always wanted. Only this sword has something extra—a talent for revenge.
With the complete bonus story, "Present."
Forest for the Trees
Centuries ago, a tsunami hit the Oregon Coast, destroying miles of coastline. Now beach erosion reveals the stumps of the dead trees from that disaster. Anne and Louisa cut school to see them, but they freak Louisa out. She sees faces trapped inside the wood—and believes she has the magic to save them all.
“Rusch builds up the suspense with two believable, clearly different young girls." —Best SF
The Secrets of Success: A Freelancer's Survival Guide Short Book
Once you’ve become successful, you never have to work again—or so many people believe. But becoming a success is just the start. Staying a success is the hard part. This short book will help you both become a success and remain one. International bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch will show you the secrets to success that will change your life.
Every frequent flyer shares a nightmare—trapped inside a plane in trouble. The key? Don’t think about it. Until you sit next to the wrong woman on the wrong flight on the wrong day…
Includes complete bonus story, “Physical Therapy.”
After a particularly brutal attack, Sydne needs physical therapy for her knee. The therapists try a new technique that involves repairing not only the damaged muscles, but the damaged emotions as well. Sydne hates the procedure. She hates the therapists more…
Includes bonus story, "Turbulence."
“Like early Ray Bradbury, Rusch has the ability to switch on a universal dark.”
—the London Times
The battle ended ten months ago, the war ended two weeks ago, and still the battleground remains a dangerous place—at least for one man. A man who sees everything, and can say nothing. A man no one else notices, a man who must bury the dead in order to remain among the living.
Includes bonus story, "Valuables."
For his entire life, Willard Harrison envied Mrs. Rose Grenlauer, but never more than now. Willard lost his arm, his wife, and everything he owned to the Yankees. Now the Yankees hold Memphis, and he can’t do anything. Except think of Mrs. Rose Grenlauer, who escaped with her valuables into the wilds of Tennessee. Willard wants her valuables. Willard wants her life. And he means to get both.
All parents think their baby perfect, but Alden truly is—at least on the genetic level. Now his parents have the opportunity to make money from Alden’s perfection. Should they? Or should they forget Alden’s perfection and raise him like any other normal child?
Includes bonus story, “Results.”
Percentages. Chances. Opportunities. Before Bryan marries Jess, he needs to know what kind of children they’ll have. Fortunately tests exist for that. The results have arrived, and now Jess must chose: babies, percentages, or Bryan?
Includes bonus story, “Good Genes.”
Elegy for Piano and Three Voices
Stacey’s mother has disappeared. Alzheimer’s has taken her and left a shell. Except, one night, Stacey—a composer who has given up everything to care for her mother—can’t take it any more. She sits at the piano. The music reveals amazing things, things Stacey does not expect, things she cannot hope for.
Also included is the full bonus story "Stille Nacht."
On the night Anna’s boyfriend tried to kill her, Anna’s badly injured cat Star disappeared. Now, half a continent away, Star has returned. Is it her ghost? Or has Star herself somehow made her own incredible journey across the country to be with the only person she’s ever loved?
With bonus story, “Cat Nap.”
"Rusch is a great storyteller."
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