New Name a finalist for the Realm Awards

New Name a finalist for the Realm Awards

We’ve had a lot of really exciting news this year, starting with signing our first outside author, Timothy Moynihan. But our good news for 2017 hasn’t stopped. Late last week, we received word that New Name: The Destiny Trilogy, Part Three has been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Realm Awards Contest! Realm Makers made

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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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When Crying’s A Good Thing

When Crying’s A Good Thing

A fellow writer recently asked a group of us (also writers), “When you read a book or watch a movie, what moments in those works make you Ugly Cry?” We’re not talking a solitary tear rolling down your cheek. Oh, no. We’re looking for what makes you bawl like a toddler who’s just been informed

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What to do with a rejection letter

What to do with a rejection letter

We’re coming up to the end of August, which for lots of people means the start of a new school year – and for everyone, it’s the beginning of autumn (bring on the pumpkin-spiced everything!). But for us at Crosshair Press, it’s the end. The end of novel edits (this is where those of you

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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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What if?

What if?

Did you ever play the “What if?” game? Not necessarily the “What if I could go back in time and tell my 16-year-old self not to date that jerk,” version. No. On a bigger scale. Think more along the lines of, “What if Napoleon had successfully invaded England?” “What if Germany had won World War

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Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

Four of My Favorite Unfortunate Couples

It’s only the start of February, but stores have been advertising heart-shaped candy boxes and jewelry for at least the past two weeks. Valentine’s Day is coming! But is it really that huge a deal? My best friends and I used to call it Singles Awareness Day and, they might hate me for talking about

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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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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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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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