Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Childrens Deanie Humphrys Dunne, #Vietnam Chuck Jackson, #Dystopian Sandra J. Jackson

Welcome to the mid-week edition of the cafe and bookstore update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author is Deanie Humphrys Dunne with a recent review for A Tractor Named Wilbur – Illustrations by Holly Humphrys -Bajaj

About the book

WILBUR is a small, shy tractor. He loves cutting the grass for Jim. But what happens when he must find a new home? Will Jim still be his friend? Who will the new owner be? WILBUR would love for you to take him home and read about his adventure. A Tractor Named Wilbur is the first in a fun series coming your way!

A recent review for the book

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Cute tractor book  Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2020
Lovely book! This book is well written. I love the friendship connection. The drawing illustrations make this book shine! I would recommend this one. Boys will love it!
Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

A selection of books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on : Goodreads

Connect to Deanie via her website: Children’s books with Life Lessons

The next author is Chuck Jackson for his novel set during the Vietnam war One Month, 20 Days and a Wake Up.

About the book

One Month, 20 Days, and a Wake Up, follows a young man’s account of his four years serving in the Air Force. This novel follows him and his best friend as they volunteer to cross train into the elite career field of Pararescue. They spend 14 months of grueling special forces training whereby only the best and those with the desire to push themselves to the limit, become a PJ.

When he graduates and proudly wears the burgundy beret and Pararescue Flash, he knows it’s only a matter of weeks the Air Force will assign him to a Pararescue flight crew in Vietnam. The book follows his 13 months in Vietnam where he quickly learns the horror of war and how he must adapt to not only keep his sanity, also return alive. His story contains several of the rescue missions he and his PJ brothers complete where not all the rescued return alive. When he faces personal bereavement, he must reach deep to restore his integrity, and keep his oath, “These things I do, that others may live.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

An outstanding, detailed account of a personal nature . Very interesting and informative of the training and sacrifices made by those who dedicate to serve in such a capacity . Definitely one of the best books I’ve read detailing the many facets and dynamics of Military service. Recommended reading for anyone, absolutely well written and compelling.

Outstanding detailed account of a personal nature. Very telling of the training and sacrifices made by those who dedicate to service in such a capacity.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Chuck Jackson

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Chuck: Goodreads

Connect to Chuck via his website and blog: Chuck Jackson

The final author today is Sandra J. Jackson with a review for Playing In The Rain (Escape Series Book 1)

About the book

When the effects of a hypnosis inducing drug fade, April slowly begins a conscious awakening. Memories of her past are unclear and she has no recollection of her identity or her whereabouts.

As the days slip by, April realizes there is more to life than existing when she is introduced to an occupant who does just that—her sister. The more she learns about her environment the more she wants to escape.

Will April remember her past, her sister? Will she have the courage to leave? And if she does, where will she go?

Experience through April’s eyes her struggle to remember and her determination to escape in this sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, suspense story.

One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads

Apr 30, 2020 Nisareen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When the effects of a hypnosis inducing drug begins to fade, April wakes up as a captive in a laboratory at the Contagion Eradication Centre for Intelligent Life (C.E.C.I.L) with no memory of her previous life. Up until now she has been on a daily regiment of injections which consist of a memory wiping drug as well as a mysterious vaccine. Her attendant, Jasper, has been weaning her off the former and as she becomes self aware, she remembers not only her name, but is introduced to a sister she wasn’t aware she had. Jasper quietly urges April to keep up the pretence of being in a hypnotic state until they are able to escape. Later his plan goes awry however, and April and her sister Beth find themselves prisoners in a dank wooden building, at the mercy of the egomaniacal founder of the Institute, Cecil…

Playing with Fire is the first intriguing instalment of the Escape series and is told solely from April’s perspective. As a result, the plot is slow to unfold as April becomes self aware and her memories resurface. Little explanation is given on the outside world other than the fact that something seems to be killing everyone.

April is a strong and likeable protagonist who we’re told is nineteen years old. While April’s memories return faster, Beth, who is three years her junior, only has brief flashbacks. Cecil is an intimidating antagonist who comes across as an unpredictable and callous control freak. His motives and plans for the girls are not entirely clear. All we do know is that April and Beth are being used as test subjects for a mysterious vaccine and are being kept as bargaining chips. As the girls desperately search for a means of escape, the tension and underlying sense of danger is amplified by Cecil’s irregular visits.

While the story is slow to build, the book is nonetheless compelling and well worth the effort. I genuinely welled up at one part towards the end which is a testament of the writer’s characterisation skills. The ending has paved the way for the second instalment which I look forward to delving into.

Recommended for YA fans of dystopian novels of teens in peril, mysteries, conspiracies,

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

Also by Sandra J. Jackson

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And : Amazon UK

Read other reviews and follow Sandra on: Goodreads

Connect to Sandra via her blog: Sandra Jackson WordPress

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.

23 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Childrens Deanie Humphrys Dunne, #Vietnam Chuck Jackson, #Dystopian Sandra J. Jackson

  1. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th May 2020 – Relationships, ABBA, Ink Fish, Italian Tomato Sauce, Books and Laughter | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.