The Martian Diaries: Vol.1 The Day Of The Martians
From Amazon: A New War Of The Worlds Begins as Martian Tripods Return To Earth! Winner of 5 awards in the 2020 Los Angeles Science Fiction Film Awards, Audio Drama category, together with volume 2 Lake On The Moon. The terror of the coming of the Martians is all but a distant memory, a bad dream that has faded with time…. All George wants is a quiet suburban life – but at breakfast one morning his newspaper reports the shocking discovery of a Martian cylinder, found intact and unopened, and carefully transported to London. Could it be from the first alien invasion and after more than seven years are there Martians still alive inside? By teatime George learns that vengeance seeking Martians and their tripod fighting machines are already on their way back. This time they are armed with a doomsday weapon, able to destroy all bacteria and completely annihilate Earth. The countless numbers of their projectiles form a huge green comet and invasion day will be just before Christmas. The first attack by aliens was enough for any lifetime, but who would expect to be involved with two? Can George and his wife escape this new Martian apocalypse and how will our planet survive a second time? The Day Of The Martians continues the iconic Mars novel by H.G. Wells, in this exciting, unmissable action adventure – the first volume of The Martian Diaries science fiction series.
My Review: The Martian Diaries was a short sci-fi read and engaging. As the story unfolds, it seems that all life on Earth would soon be over. From the trenches the battle commenced and the ending was twisted in a way I did not expect. Five stars.
From Amazon: In 1911, fiercely independent school teacher Florence Cartwright finds herself taking up lodgings in the home of widower and local constable, Robert Hartigan. Whilst her host remains in an oblivious stupor, Florence does her best to help his three children with their own problems, putting herself in danger in the process. When higher powers force the couple to form a relationship much closer than either of them would wish, will they be able to overcome their own frustrations and resentments, and move on to something more fulfilling for them both? Whilst this second book in the Cobble Wynd series does feature some familiar characters from the first book, this story can certainly be read as a standalone novel.
My Review: This is a romance book that is a short read and a perfect standalone read as well. The story is endearing, the kids – I felt emotions for their situations, and life was hard circa 1911. I must add that this book and story is completely believable in every sense. Five stars.
From Amazon: From the award winning Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, Cindy and Jay DeMatteo return in the sequel The Sugar Ticket, a tale that chronicles their marital journey as they alleviate a sour past and embrace a sweeter future together. Join these two midlife adolescents as they learn how to gently overcome their marital hurdles, especially with Christmas and a special birthday on the horizon. Cindy and Jay are always stepping out of the box of normalcy, while they explore new adventures, both the exhilarating and the humdrum. Enjoy their light-hearted humor and occasional rants, while they meet their daily tribulations head on. Cheer for them as they face the most fundamental challenge of all: Staying in love forever.
My Review: Wowser! This book is a beautiful love story and more. I loved how Jay and Cindy were friends and built their love deeper from that starting point. Humor is found in abundance and a bit of spiritual awareness completes this book. Five stars! Truly this is, indeed, an amazing story of love and life.
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