Do you want a free Alex Brightsmith story to take away with you and read offline? Then you’re in luck. All of the stories below are available in a range of formats from a range of outlets, but the links I’ve provided are for the Smashwords store, because a single Smashwords link works from anywhere in the world and gives you access to a range of formats to suit your ereader (and to formats that you can read on your PC without an ereader app, too).
Introducing Kathryn Blake and her associates
John Marchant and Pavel Tomeckova, first introduced in contemporary thriller Viennese Waltz, take centre stage to tell stories of their own. In Scorpion Dance John describes little job in which, for once, he upstages his flamboyant partner, whilst in Hook in the Heart Pavel has another opportunity to explain, as he once explained to Kathryn Blake, how a certain raw recruit first came to the attention of his arm of the service.
Kathryn Blake, injured in her attempt to contact her embedded colleague Daniel Thwaite, seems only to have added to his problems, and he finds less reassurance than perhaps he should in her reminder that she is more sinister than she looks …
A brief standalone return for Kathryn Blake, packaged with teaser material for Find the Lady. In Hare and Hounds we find Kathryn in her natural element – which is to say, on the run.
Khyre and the Tormaben
The earliest published mention of Khrye is in my contribution to the Dark Fairy Queen Writerly Bridal Shower, an eclectic collection of wedding themed flash fiction.