There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.
In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.
Meet Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a Mom’s Choice award-winning children’s author. She has written seven award-winning books; “My Life at Sweetbrier, “Charlie the Horse,” “Charlene the Star,” “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes,” “Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, Tails of Sweetbrier, and “A Tractor Named Wilbur.” Deanie’s first book, “Tails of Sweetbrier” is out of print.
All of the fictional stories are told by the adorable animal characters and beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. All books are also on Audible.
Deanie is pleased to announce her books are now featured on Roku/FamilyCircleTV. Her books are also on audio: Be sure to get your copies today to enjoy these award-winning books that inspire your children. Don’t forget to follow her here so you don’t miss any news.
A selection of books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
A recent review for A Tractor Named Wilbur
They had known each other for 5 years.
Jim polished & cleaned Wilbur all up.
The first time Wilbur mowed the grass he stopped & asked Susie (squirrel) why her cheeks were full of acorns.
Wilbur asked Jim what other things he could do.I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.An awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written children’s (elementary age) tractor storybook. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s tractor fun movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars.
Meet Sandra J. Jackson
A graduate of a 3-year Graphic Design program, Sandra J. Jackson has always been creative, from drawing and painting to telling stories to her children when they were young. Her wild imagination lends itself to new and exciting ideas.
Sandra’s debut novel, Promised Soul, was originally released in 2015 by her former publisher. A short story, Not Worth Saving, was published in New Zenith Magazine’s 2016 fall issue. She also has had several sports articles published in a local newspaper. She holds a professional membership with the Canadian Author Association and is a member of Writers’ Ink. Sandra’s second novel, Playing in the Rain – Book 1 of the Escape Series, released in September 2017 also by the same former publisher.
Sandra lives with her family in a rural setting in Eastern, Ontario. She is currently working on Book 3 of the Escape Series, her first trilogy.
Books by Sandra J. Jackson
One of the recent reviews for Playing in the Rain on Goodreads
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,
Meet Abbie Johnson Taylor
I live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband Bill, totally blind, who was partially paralyzed by two strokes soon after we were married. Before that, I was a registered music therapist and worked for fifteen years in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. I have a visual impairment, and during this time, I facilitated a support group for others like me. I also taught braille and served on the advisory board of a trust fund that allows persons with blindness or low vision to purchase adaptive equipment and services.
I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and am working on another novel. My poems, short stories, and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies. I belong to several writers’ organizations and a women’s singing group and take water exercise classes at the YMCA
Books by Abbie Johnson Taylor
A recent review for The Red Dress
I enjoyed this story. Sometimes it seemed to take place in a past or a ” Leave it to Beaver” time but over all it was good.
Thank you for joining me today for this series and I will be sharing another three authors and their work every weekday during June and July. It would be great if you could share. Thanks Sally.