5. Books by the Author

Books & Short Stories by the Author


“Pete and the Persian Bottle”

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Pete and the Persian Bottle is the story of nine-year-old Peter (Pete) Bartlett, an average boy, whose biggest wish is to stand out in a crowd, and not feel like the world’s biggest loser anymore.

While scavenging for go-cart parts in a rubbish skip, Pete comes across a curious looking bottle. When he opens the bottle, he releases a long-trapped genie. Eager to get his three wishes, Pete pushes the genie into making him special. The genie turns Pete into a rat, and then, after being frightened by noises from the computer, disappears out the window.

Pete must find a way to convince his friends that he is real and not just a rat. He and his friends then need to enlist the help of new Muslim student, Naseem, locate the missing genie and come up with a plan to set everything right, all the while avoiding lizards, dogs, cats, adults and the local thugs.

Genre: Children’s fiction

Age Group: 5 + ((junior to middle age)

Download the first chapter for free: “Pete and the Persian Bottle” – Chapter 1

Download the “Pete and the Persian Bottle” information and reviews pack”: pete-and-the-persian-bottle-information-sheet

Where can I get a copy?

Readings Carlton (Paperback): http://www.readings.com.au/carlton
Amazon (Paperback & e-book): AU, USA, CA, UK, JP, or go to the site for your country.
Barnes and Nobel: Order here
Book Depository: Order here
CreateSpace e-store: Pete and the Persian Bottle
In store availability to be updated shortly


“Light Room”

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Have you ever woken from a deep sleep to find that you can’t move, speak or cry out for help? That you have no idea what time it is? Or what day it is? Or even where you are? What if you found yourself in a medical facility waiting to have your organs removed? Dylan has.

Welcome to “Light Room”. Described by Beta readers as “genuinely creepy” and “disturbing”.

 

Genre: Sci-Fi

Age Group: 18 years plus

Many thanks to Jim Nesbitt, author of hard-boiled detective novel “The Last Second Chance” and soon to be released “Right Wrong Number” for his review of “Light Room”

With Light Room, Sarah Jackson spins a short story about a near-future and presumably post-apocalyptic and authoritarian world that harkens back to black-and-white vignettes of The Twilight Zone with one important difference — there’s no Rod Serling giving you an “Imagine, if you will…” introductory scene setter.

Jackson demands the reader to pay attention from jump street and plunges us right into a dialogue-driven story that echoes one of George V. Higgins’ later novels. The telling details are scattered through the thoughts of a prisoner who has committed a heinous crime and a doctor and nurse who are preparing to purify his blood and harvest his organs. Blink and you miss a key point.

The prisoner is mute and can’t speak to the doctor or nurse. All he has is his thoughts. As the doctor and nurse chat about their weekend, upping the prisoner’s sedative and waiting on the next available blood filter machine, more story nuggets are revealed.

We’re in a world where the worst of society are given a number and sent to this glorified and sanitized butcher shop where eyes, kidneys and liver are surgically sliced out and the cadaver is sent to be ground into fertilizer. All revealed in breezy, banal pleasantries mixed with matter-of-fact orders the doctor gives the nurse.

In contrast, the prisoner’s thoughts are a profanity-laced rant against his helplessness. He’s a drug addict, hooked on something called Crazy 8s. He’s also a rapist and murderer who blames his female for provoking him — which seems to mean having the misfortune of walking past and attracting his addled and lethal attention.

Jackson shows a deft hand with pace and the shifts between the prisoner’s thoughts and the conversations of people who act as if he isn’t there, with casually callous comments about what will happen to him next. She also understands the power of ending a short story with an unexpected O. Henry twist.

Available now hrough Amazon. Search for “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson or use one of the links below:

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M11TZYH

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M11TZYH

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M11TZYH

JP: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B01M11TZYH

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M11TZYH


“Breeder”

breeder_1The new citadels are established, with environmental controls in place, a peaceful society and jobs for all. Everyone should be happy. But not Humphrey, a kind hearted, physically enormous man who wants nothing more in life than to be a chef. But he is a Breeder. And being only one of two in the newly created post-apocalyptic citadel, he is a valued member of society. His path is set.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Age Group: 15 years plus

Format: Short Story e-book

Available through Amazon (Kindle):

Buy your copy of “Breeder” (amazon.com.au):  Kindle AU

Buy your copy of “Breeder” (amazon.com): Kindle US

Or check the Kindle Store for your country!


“The Last Things”

Cover FinalThis is the beginning of the end. The missile test launch is set. The broadcast of the event from the Capital lined up. Excitement is building at the Nuclear Plant, as staff prepare for the celebrations to start. What will you remember?

Genre: Sci-Fi

Age Group: 15 years plus

Format: Short Story e-book

Available through Amazon (Kindle):

Buy your copy of “The Last Things…” (amazon.com.au): Link AU

Buy your copy of “The Last Things…” (amazon.com): Link US

Or check the Kindle Store for your country!


“Outlander”

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The world is in ruins, with the only hope of survival being acceptance in the newly created Citadel. Having lost his father, his gang and his home to a rival drug manufacturer, twelve-year old Jessie must find his way through the Outlands to the Citadel. Will he make it on his own and with less than two days left in his air filter?

Genre: Sci-Fi

Age Group: 15 years plus

Format: Short Story e-book

Available through Amazon (Kindle) Now:

Buy your copy of Outlander (amazon.com.au)

Buy your copy of Outlander (amazon.com)

Or check the Kindle Store for your country!


“Crossing the Line”

Part of the "Better Future" series

Part of the “Better Future” series

Reduced to the meaninglessness of drinking her life away in a crumby bar set up in an insulated shipping container in the remains of a post nuclear Earth, former Police Inspector Joan, relays the story of how the Justice system was over run by the will of the people. “Crossing the Line” examines a possible future for us all. How close are we to losing control?

Genre: Sci-Fi Crime drama

Age Group: 15 years plus

Format: Short Story e-book

Available through Amazon (Kindle) now! Link to Kindle Store

Or check the Kindle Store for your country!

Free PDF download: Crossing the Line PDF


 

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