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Review of Citadel: First Colony by Kevin Tumlinson

Citadel Book 1 - FRONT copy

Genre: Science Fiction


Humanity has moved forward in many ways in Citadel: First Colony; however, some things remain the same. Humans have taken to space and colonized other planets. But, when the crew and colony of the Citadel crash-land on a planet, they discover that humanity hasn’t let go of all of their biases against others. Fear and hate of their alien leader, class distinctions, and a saboteur among them breeds discord at a time when working together is the only way to save their lives. If the people of the Citadel are to stay alive, they must move past their prejudices, but there are some who would rather that didn’t occur. And a man with a hidden past may just destroy them all.


Kevin Tumlinson had me hooked on Citadel from the very start. This is the first in a trilogy, and I am excited to start the next book. This book was full of intrigue, and it kept me guessing until the end about who the saboteur was. The characters’ behavior in their situation was very realistic, despite that their situation was on an alien planet in the future. I loved the characters in this book. The wise alien, Somar, and the intelligent, perceptive Thomas really made the book for me. The occasional funny lines that pulled a chuckle out of me also helped. Although the book didn’t end on a cliffhanger, the epilogue left me yearning to read the next book. I think this is a book that readers will enjoy because of the characters and the plot, whether they typically read sci/fi or not. I definitely recommend it!


You can purchase Citadel: First Colony here on Amazon. (And, right now, it’s free!!)


Here’s a little bit about the author:

Kevin Tumlinson is the Wordslinger—a full-time indie author and author consultant, spending most of his days enslaved to a MacBook that just won’t let him go outside and play. His “Citadel” and “Sawyer Jackson” series are reader favorites, and his readers are Kevin favorites. Learn more about Kevin and his work at

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Fantasy Cover Reveal—Vassal by Marissa Ames

I’m so excited for this book! The cover is awesome. If you haven’t read Minstrel by Marissa Ames yet, then I strongly suggest you get it because it’s fantastic!

Blue Harvest Creative

We are very excited to present our cover for Vassal, the second book in the critically acclaimed Tir Athair fantasy series by BHC author, Marissa Ames. The Tir Athair series is a historical-based fantasy series. The first book in the series, Minstrel, is currently a finalist for best fantasy novel of 2013 in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.


 Front cover for print and eBook

Available in trade paperback and eBook September 20, 2014

Cottage cover illustration painted by the author


Who holds your loyalties?

Tir Athair still battles the north, and refugees still face torture for trying to flee oppression. As heiress to Fief Collum, Aislin knows her position is tenuous. She adheres to even the most unjust laws so her liege cannot revoke her land. When her uncle sends six burly men to work on her fief, she is wary of his intentions and their identities…

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Why Originality Doesn’t Matter

Great thoughts from M.A. Ray 🙂

Saga of Menyoral

Your work is not original.

The good news is, that doesn’t matter. It’s not about being original.

I hear this kind of question all the time: has it been done? Of course it has. Listen and listen well. You are not a special snowflake. You cannot originate anything, in the strictest sense of the word. Your ideas do not spring from the void, no matter how little media you consume. You are human and your brain is infected with stories. Why do you think the TV Tropes wiki is such a lumbering monster? You cannot avoid any and every element of trope and still tell a coherent story, because you are human and humans have been doing this thing for thousands of years. Before we could even write, we were telling stories.

It’s not about originality. It’s about conversation, by which I mean responding with your own art to the…

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P.A.W.S. Sale and Rafflecopter Giveaway!

My friend and awesome writer, Debbie Manber Kupfer is having a sale on her book P.A.W.S. and a Rafflecopter giveaway!


This Saturday, P.A.W.S. will be on sale for $.99. There will also be a giveaway with great prizes.


Here are some of the prizes:



A shapeshifter charm very like that passed on to Miri Katz by her Omama in the beginning of P.A.W.S. 


Or how about a couple of signed P.A.W.S. bookmarks?


And finally,  YA author Chasity Nicole is kindly donating an ebook of her fantasy Wickedly Misunderstood.

So pick up your copy of P.A.W.S.


And enter the giveaway today.
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