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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The Cookie of Fortune

The Cookie of Fortune

The salty odor of frying noodles added depth to the tang of chargrilled pork and hoisin sauce. Sweet enough to cling to the back of Jim’s throat and just earthy enough to make his stomach rumble in anticipation. Gaijin had the best Asian cuisine in San Francisco. No contest. Jim’s stomach gnawed on his spine

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When good people make bad decisions

When good people make bad decisions

We’ve seen it happen over and over, and each time we just shake our heads. Good people make a bad decision or series of decisions and their lives (and usually those they love) change forever. How do you respond when you’re negatively affected by someone else’s bad decision? What if that person is you? Life

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When your story hurts

When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the

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Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

We were so pleased to host another Crosshair Press Tea Party last Thursday. If you were able to make it, thank you for hanging out with us! And if you weren’t, well, that’s what this special recap post is all about. The Crosshair team is not unfamiliar with the struggle of scheduling meetings across crazy time zone

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What stories taught me about coming home

What stories taught me about coming home

I’ve been trying to write this post for two weeks now. Staring at the blank page, turning over thoughts in my mind like laundry churning in the washing machine. Where do I start? How do I start? Where do I find words to articulate what I do not fully understand myself? A week or so ago

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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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Life on the Wild Side

Life on the Wild Side

I sit curled on a rock at the dimly-lit watering hole, the thick blackness of the African night settling over me. It’s silent except for the far-off cough of zebras and the quiet lapping of a pair of hyenas come for an evening drink. They pad away as silently as they appeared. A shadow flits,

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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: Dreaming

Katiller Character Short: Dreaming

Kris sat up, gasping, reaching out and finding only tangled sheets. She fell back on the bed, drawing in hurried breaths, and closed her eyes. God. That dream. It always started the same way. Her and Kenan, sitting on the grass, talking and laughing about nothing of importance. His smile, warming her from the inside

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In the Crosshairs: Heroes Among Us

In the Crosshairs: Heroes Among Us

What does it mean to be a hero? The fantasy/sci-fi genres are typically based on the fact that there’s this hero, and he or she is going to save the day/universe/dimension. They will do this by accomplishing  a nearly impossible goal and hopefully defeat the bad guy. And they do all this to ensure that good triumphs

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