“Pete and the Persian Bottle” Goodreads Giveaway ends on 31 March 2017

“Pete and the Persian Bottle” by Sarah Jackson  Goodreads Book Giveaway

Giveaway ends March 31, 2017.

Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a signed copy!

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Review of “Light Room” by Jim Nesbitt

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”

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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.

You can get your copy of “Light Room” via Amazon

Announcing the launch of “Light Room” by Sarah Jackson

“Light Room” by Sarah Jackson (e-book, short story) is now available through Amazon. 

light-roomHave 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”. A science fiction/horror short story from the “Better Future” Series. Not suitable for children!

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