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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New Name Blog Tour

New Name Blog Tour

Today we have author A.C. Williams joining us on our blog to chat about her newest novel, New Name. New Name is the third part of the Destiny Trilogy, preceded by Nameless and Namesake, all three of which were published by our imprint Steel Rigg Books. Crosshair Press (CP): Can you believe it? The Destiny

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Treasure Inside Part 2

Treasure Inside Part 2

The Story Continues From Last Time …  Rain turned on her heel and stalked down to the bottom of the ramp. She seized the girl’s elbow and hauled her to her feet in spite of her protests. “You’re coming with us,” Rain said. “To Orbona City?” the girl exclaimed, black eyes shining. “Hell, no.” Rain

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Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

What Is it? X-Men: Apocalypse is yet another superhero movie featuring Marvel characters. The entertainment industry is fraught with them. But don’t get confused (though admittedly that’s easy to do). The X-Men movie franchise mostly belongs to Fox … not Marvel. And while that may sound like a small distinction to make, it’s an important

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Namesake pre-orders are now open!!!

Namesake pre-orders are now open!!!

The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Namesake pre-orders are now open!!!  We’re so excited to offer pre-orders from our own website for the first time! For one price ($22), you can get a guaranteed copy of Namesake directly from us (signed by the author) as well as an electronic version of the book. If you

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Namesake: Girls Like Flowers

Namesake: Girls Like Flowers

RATED PG for Language Xander liked daisies, just not scattered all over the ship. Al’s spontaneous decorating had turned the corridors on the Prodigal into a post-blizzard winter scene. Xander crouched in one of the corridors, trashcan in one hand, plucking daisies out of the floor grates with the other. An acid wash would have

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