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Saturday 31 August 2019


Confessions of a Traveler: The Observations of Alien 597

A short story about an alien visting Earth.

Grotesque insect-looking beasts, which burst out of your chest, and have acid for blood.  Grey and short aliens with big eyes, who want to take over your mind, and they do horrible experiments with instruments that go up your anus.  They've come to take over the world, and make you into a zombie or dinner.  If they ever land in full view, they would either be worshiped and a new religion would form, or murdered immediately, and their ship parts sold to the highest bidder.

Alien 597 read her report about aliens that humans had encountered...

This short but intriguing story, which takes less than half an hour to read, holds up a fascinating mirror to human nature.  I particularly love the way we can see exactly what is happening, through the alien visitor’s descriptive incomprehension.  

The revelations are sometimes surprising, sometimes amusing, and at other times quite shocking.  If there really is life on other planets, what would those creatures make of life on Earth?

This is a highly thought-provoking story which will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it. 

Sincere thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.

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Clara L Molina writes Science Fiction books most of the time, dabbles in comic drawings occasionally, and writes to laugh at herself all the time.  She has a computer science degree, but has been a lifelong writer. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys fresh air and days where her hair is not frizzy.

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Tuesday 20 August 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Stationmaster's Daughter by Kathleen McGurl

I’ve been a huge fan of Kathleen McGurl’s books for some years, so I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to take part in the blog tour for her latest novel. 

The Stationmaster’s Daughter is an intriguing and heartwarming story which centres around the restoration of an old railway.  Ms McGurl was inspired to write The Stationmaster’s Daughter when her elder brother, who is a volunteer on a railway restoration project in North Devon, suggested to her that it would make an excellent setting for a story.  And so it proved.  As the author herself explains, although she has relocated the fictitious railway in The Stationmaster’s Daughter to Dorset, it bears lots of similarities to a certain narrow-gauge railway on the edge of Exmoor – similarities which will not be lost on anyone who is familiar with it.

The scenes of the book alternate between the 1930s (when the railway closed) and the present day.  Following a series of personal tragedies, Tilly Thomson comes to Dorset to stay with her father Ken, who is spending his retirement working on the project to restore the old Michelhampton & Coombe Regis Railway to its former glory.  Before long, Tilly finds herself drawn into an intriguing mystery: what really happened in the station house on the very last day of the railway’s operation?

What follows is a satisfying, thoroughly researched and beautifully written page-turner which can be enjoyed by active railway enthusiasts and relaxed armchair supporters alike.  Highly recommended.

The e-book edition of The Stationmaster’s Daughter was released on 7th August 2019, and the paperback will follow on 17th October.  If you’re looking for the ideal Christmas gift for someone who loves a gripping and well-written novel, look no further!

Sincere thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in this tour.

As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?

Dorset 1935
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance.  Occupied with ensuring England's most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter.  Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can't help but instantly fall for her.

But soon the railway is forced to close, and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds.  Ted finds his job - and any hope of a relationship with Annie - hanging in the balance...

Present day
Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken.

When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office.  Tilly is soon swept up in Ted's story, and the fateful accident that changed his life for ever.

But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can't help but feel a connection with Ted's story in the past.

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Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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