The Redwood Palace
Plum's thrilled about her arranged marriage. Becoming the daughter-in-law of a great chef will let her take her magical cooking skills to new heights. Then her little sister Dami dresses up as a joy and joins the army—a crime punishable by death. To keep her sister safe, Plum abandons her wedding, assumes Dami's identity, and reports for her sister's duties scrubbing dishes at the palace.
Lying for Dami leave Plum tangled up in intrigue and accused of poisoning the royal family. To clear her name, Plum has to figure out who's really behind the attacks. But delving into the identity of the true poisoner unearths darker plots. If Plum wants to save herself, her family, and her nation, she's going to have to cook the dish of a lifetime.
Tenjat lives on the shores of Hell, an ocean filled with ravenous naga monsters. His island, a massive Turtle, is slowed by the people living on its back. Tenjat is poor as poor gets: poor enough, even, to condescend to the shame of marriage, so his children can help support him one day.
But Tenjat has a plan to avoid this fate. He will join the Handlers, those who defend and rule the island. Handlers never marry, and they can even provide for an additional family member. Against his sister's wishes, Tenjat joins the Handlers. And just in time: the Handlers are ramping up for a dangerous battle against the naga monsters, and they need every fighter they can get.
Drift on Lee & LowAs the naga battle approaches, Tenjat's training intensifies, but a long-hidden family secret—not to mention his own growing feelings for Avi—put his plans in jeopardy, and might threaten the very survival of his island.
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Hidden Paths: Nine Fantasy and Science Fiction Stories
Nine fantastical tales of fantasy and science fiction from M.K. Hutchins. Delve in forbidden jungles, travel across flesh-eating oceans, and chow down on some cryonic sushi. Originally appearing in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science fiction, and elsewhere, these stories are collected here for the first time.
Included is this collection is the novelette "The Temple's Posthole", which won an IGMS Reader's Choice award and was placed on the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List.
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"This is How the Rain Falls", Daily Science Fiction, May 18, 2020. Read it free online.
"Staircase to the Moon", Fireside, July 2019 issue. Read or listen to it online.
"The End of Lunar Hens", Analog, March/April 2019 issue.
"The King's Mirror", Strange Horizons, January 21, 2019. Read it free online or listen to the podcast.
"Shod in Memories", Daily Science Fiction, October 25, 2018. Read it free online.
"Ghost of the Pepper", Flash Fiction Online. September 2018 issue. Read it free online. Reprinted by KYSO Flash.
"Glass in Frozen Time", Diabolical Plots #43A. Read it free online.
"Ana's Asteroid", Cast of Wonders Episode 301. Available free, as an audio podcast or text.
"The Sixth Axiom of the Magician-Sages", in Myriad Paradigm's anthology Mind Candy.
"Exhaling Memories", Aliterate, Volume 3. Read it free online.
"The Eternal Army," Daily Science Fiction, October 3, 2017. Read it free online.
"The Chaos Village", Podcastle. Episode 471 and 472. Available free, as an audio podcast. Part One and Part Two.
"Dragon Soap," Fireside Magazine. Issue 38. Available for free online here.
"Words of Creation," Daily Science Fiction, November 7, 2016. Available for free online here.
"Dragon-Smoked Barbeque," Strange Horizons, September 12, 2016. Available for free online as text, and as an audio podcast.
"At the Museum of Holographic Art," Daily Science Fiction, June 23, 2016. Available for free online here.
"A Veil of Leaves," Cross Genres, Issue #35. Available for free online here.
"Genie From the Gym," Daily Science Fiction, October 14, 2015. Available for free online here. Reprinted as a free podcast at Far Fetched Fables.
"Poet-Scholars of the Necropolis," Podcastle, Episode 374. Available for free online as a podcast, here. Reprinted in Myriad Lands Volume 2: Beyond the Edge.
"Necromancer, 79th Infantry Division," Daily Science Fiction, June 17, 2015. Available for free online here.
"A Dragon's Doula," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue #42. Available here.
"Golden Chaos," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue # 40. Available here. Reprinted at Podcastle, Episode 422. Listen for free here.
"Waterlilies," Daily Science Fiction. April 21, 2014. Available for free online here.
"Wishing Hard Enough," Leading Edge Magazine, Issue #65. February 2014.
"Bricks and Sunlight," Suddenly Lost in Words, Vol. 3. Available on Amazon here. Reprinted by Cast of Wonders, audio podcast, available for free here.
"Raspberry Pudding," Abyss & Apex, Issue #46. Available for free online here.
"The Temple's Posthole," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue #32. Available here. Winner of an IGMS Reader's Choice Award, and included on the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List. Reprinted by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination.
"Under Warranty," Cucurbital 3, Paper Golem. Edited by Lawrence M. Schoen.
"Blank Faces," Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue #28. Available here. Read about the writing of the story here.
"Indigestion," The Gruff Variations, Writing for Charity Anthology, Vol. 1. Edited by Eric James Stone. March 16, 2012.
"Canvas," Daily Science Fiction, Oct 5, 2011. Available for free online here.
"Cryonic Sushi," Leading Edge Magazine, Issue #60. January 2011.