6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

6 Books You Should Be Reading for Unique Worldbuilding

I’ll admit it. I like the funky mash-ups. I love the cross-genre novels that feature worldbuilding with cultures and elements that have never touched each other before. I think it’s fascinating when authors create fantasy and magic cultures as diverse as our world (which, let’s face it, is not solely medieval Europe). Unfortunately, well-written stories

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How to use games for world building

How to use games for world building

World building. There are tons of places to find inspiration for your fictional landscapes, cultures, and conflicts in your story. New writers are told to read what you want to write, not to copy, but to emulate. Books, movies, current events — they’re all fair game. But some of the most influential slices of entertainment

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Birdcages: Aurelia and the Albatross

Birdcages: Aurelia and the Albatross

The docks are quiet this early in the morning, no one awake except the bakers wafting yeasty smells from their brick ovens. The clock tower across the bridge wheezes and groans, its resigned chiming reluctantly acknowledging a new day. Londinium is two-tone this morning, shades of gray and sepia outlining the edges of stone buildings

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Katiller Character Short: Going Dark

Katiller Character Short: Going Dark

Ah, bok. I hate getting shot. Bener winced as Eser poured antiseptic over the furrow creasing Bener’s upper arm. He glanced down, grimacing as more blood beaded up on the wound. At least it’s just a graze. Much better than the alternative, had he been much slower ducking for cover. Didn’t make it hurt any

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2015: The Year in Review

2015: The Year in Review

The trouble with driven, forward-thinking people is that they rarely take the time to look back. The past is the past, and it’s better left behind. In some cases, that’s true, but if we neglect to look back on what we’ve learned, we are destined to repeat mistakes. Not only that, but if we don’t take

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Katiller Character Short: Between Brothers

Katiller Character Short: Between Brothers

If cooperating with the U.S. military means staying in places like this—I quit. Kenan scowled as yet another rat darted to a hole in the corner of the concrete bunker. There must be more rats in that wall than Savas has guns. “Here.” Savas’s gruff voice startled Kenan from his thoughts as his brother shoved

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Katiller Character Short: Scorpions and Webchats

Katiller Character Short: Scorpions and Webchats

“You stole my computer.” Bener glanced up from his map, forgetting the dull pain behind his eyes at the dangerous tone lurking in that bland phrase. Eser glared over the top of his laptop at Savas, who studiously avoided his brother’s eyes and continued sharpening the knife in his hands. “Not stolen. Never moved the

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Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

Between the Lines: Kale Ravenwood

RATED: PG for language Venus smells like the men’s room in a bar. And it’s not just the space port. It’s not Aphrodite City. No, Venus’s atmosphere smells like stale urine half cloaked by the cloying aroma of floral air deodorizers. Makes my head hurt. The chemical cocktail the engineers used to terraform the planet

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Katiller Character Short: Ghost in the Machine

Katiller Character Short: Ghost in the Machine

“I don’t get it.” Stef adjusted her round reading glasses and peered at the laptop screen. “These random flags keep popping up in my website code. This has to be the fifteenth time I’ve fixed this stupid thing.” Okay, so it was probably more like the fifth. But still. I’m slipping. I must be getting

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Part 1: Author Karis Waters talks “Kenan”

Part 1: Author Karis Waters talks “Kenan”

To purchase your own electronic or softcover copy of Kenan, book 1 in the Katiller series, just pop on over to our Crosshair Press bookstore. Learn more about authors Karis Waters and Carrie Lemke  on their bio pages and read character shorts from the Katiller series on our blog. 

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Between the Lines: Bener

Between the Lines: Bener

“Oh, come on. You know the tuna with noodles is the worst.” Bener glanced at Savas and Kenan, who sat sorting through the gear for their latest assignment. In between counting ammunition, packing electronics and sorting protective gear, it seemed the two were squabbling about—which MRE is the least appetizing? Bener shook his head. At

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Between the Lines: Savas

Between the Lines: Savas

Why do people never look up? Savas smirked, watching the oblivious crowds below through the crosshair of his rifle scope. In the years he’d been active as a sniper in the field, he’d learned that no matter the circumstances, people rarely looked up for danger. Not that he was complaining. Made his job that much easier.

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