Romance

The Bride Test
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The Bride Test

Helen Hoang

As Khai’s running shoes hit the cracked concrete of the driveway leading to his Sunnyvale fixer-upper, which he never got around to fixing up, the timer on his watch beeped. Exactly fifteen minutes.  Yes.  There was nothing as satisfying as…Read more

Mysteries & Thrillers

Fletch Won
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Fletch Won

Gregory Mcdonald

“Did I ask to see you?”  “No, Frank, I—”  “I want to see you anyway.” Frank Jaffe, the Editor, refolded the competing newspaper, the Chronicle-Gazette, and put it under his elbow on the desk. “I have some tough things to…Read more

SF & Fantasy

The wolf had never, not once, wanted to eat the queen’s children, even on the day when Llor tried to ride him like a pony and Erian (unintentionally) shot the tip of his tail with an arrow. He did, however,…Read more

Food & Cooking

One of my mom’s favorite flavors to experiment with is, by far, chipotle. She would make us the most delicious plates using this chile’s smoky and spicy flavor profile, turning a dish as simple as meatballs into something mind-blowing.  Chipotle…Read more

Romance

Tightrope
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Tightrope

Amanda Quick

Amalie Vaughn knew that death awaited her at the top of the trapeze ladder. She had no choice but to climb to the narrow platform. The long wire necklace strung with glittering black glass beads was a garrote around her…Read more

SF & Fantasy

I started walking. I had a ways to go.  Since the pulse had hit this world harder than most—left the atmosphere soaking in radiation that would burn out anything with an electrical system in hours, faster if it saw heavy…Read more

Teen & YA

If you ask her to tell it, ’Buela starts with the same story.  I was a little older than Babygirl is now and always following ’Buela into the kitchen. I would sit at the kitchen table eating bootleg Cheerios or…Read more