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The Past is Present by Kathleen Webb plus giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the book “The Past is Present” by Kathleen Webb to review. This is Kathleen’s debut novel.

The Past is Present by Kathleen Webb

Here is the book blurb.

After the untimely death of her mother and father, twenty-four year old Catherine Morgan leaves the Cambridge home where she has spent the better part of her life, to move to Cornwall. She takes a job as a teacher, working in an old rambling school which has been converted from a domestic home, perched high up on a hilltop, overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline.

Out of the blue a letter arrives from a bank in Switzerland, advising Catherine that she is the sole heir to a fortune of over thirty million dollars. With no living relatives, save for a great aunt in the USA, Catherine sets out to uncover the source of this staggering inheritance, and to unravel the mystery that lies behind it.

With the help of her great aunt, Catherine begins to dig deep into long forgotten family secrets. Strange dreams begin to plague her. She is haunted by the eerie feeling that someone from her family’s past is trying to help her. Catherine must work to make sense of the past while defending herself, and her fortune, from someone in the present who will stop at nothing to secure the money for themselves.

I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I read the words “family history” in the blurb. One of my favourite genres.

It starts in 2010 with Catherine getting a new job as a teacher in Cornwall. As we are introduced to Catherine, we discover that she has recently started to suffer from disturbing visions. It is as if someone is trying to tell her something. A house features in many of these dreams, but how can Catherine identify it?

We then move back to 1985 where we meet best friends Rachael and Susie who are about to start studying at Yale.

The story continues to move back and forth between 2010 and 1985. A few weeks later, Catherine’s only relative, Great Aunt Izzy arranges to fly over for a visit, but before she does so, Catherine receives a redirected letter. She can’t believe the contents. It is from a Swiss Bank about an account in her name valued at over $30m. She phones Izzy, who tells her the letter is genuine but that she can’t explain until she arrives, and to hide it as she could be in danger.

Lots more to come in this as we unravel al the strands of the mystery. I found it so gripping that I read the whole book in one day, although I have to say I wasn’t overly fond of the writing style.

This book is newly published on Amazon currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read. Highly recommended.

About the author

Living in Hertfordshire, Kathleen Webb has always held a passion for writing and since retiring she’s finally found the time to realise her dream and complete her first novel. When not writing she can be found spending quality time with her grandchildren and children and baking delicious decorative cakes.

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a paperback copy of this book to 2 lucky winners.
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And you may see my other giveaways here.


I’m participating in the book tour and you may like to check out some of the other blog stops on the tour.

The Past is Present by Kathleen Webb

And look out this afternoon for a guest post on my blog by Kathleen.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Father’s Day gift idea – hamper review plus giveaway

Guess what lovely item I have received free to review?

Prestige hamper unboxing

Prestige hamper unboxing

Yes it is a gorgeous hamper. When I unpacked it, I discovered all the following goodies, carefully packed in an attractive tray. Not even a single cracker was broken, which shows how much care was taken. I was also impressed to read the leaflet detailing their environmental packaging policy. And delivery was super speedy too.

Prestige hamper unboxing

The contents were:-
Primera Luz Chile Sauvignon Blanc Wine 75cl
Simply Cornish Clotted Cream, Apple & Blackberry Shortbread 200g
Crunch Craving Fruit & Nut Mix
Grate Britain Cheddar Crackers 45g
Linden Lady Handmade Luxury Florentines
Oloves Basil & Garlic Natural Green Pitted Olives 30g

Shortbread from Prestige Hampers

Plus the Shortbread, Crackers and Florentines are all handmade and utterly delicious. Just the sort of thing you never buy for yourself but are always delighted to receive.

Crackers from Prestige Hampers

Florentines from Prestige Hampers

This hamper is from Prestige Hampers who offer a wide range of gifts from letterbox size right through to huge wicker picnic baskets, full of tempting treats. And they have something suitable for every occasion.

So with Father’s Day just round the corner, how about taking a look. Certainly the Dad in our household gave the thumbs up to all the treats in our hamper.

You may see their Father’s Day range here.
https://www.prestigehampers.co.uk/fathers-day

There are hampers with sweet treats, cheese, fruit, wine, beer and various spirits to name but a few. And you can add a personal message.

The hamper I received was from their luxury range and is called a Tray of Delights. It currently retails for £34.99 and can be ordered for next day delivery.

Although this particular hamper includes products containing nuts, some of the range are nut-free. And they do cater for a range of other dietary requirements including gluten free, diabetic and vegan.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a gorgeous hamper just like the one I received, courtesy of Prestige Hampers to 1 lucky winner.

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I’d love to hear your ideas of goodies to include in a hamper.

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Disclosure. This post includes a review of a product that I received for free. All opinions are my own.

BBQ Smokey Bacon Wrapped Chicken plus giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember that last year I was introduced to the Real Good Ketchup brand when I got a bottle as part of a competition prize. I used some in my meat loaf recipe which I shared with you.

I’m now a big fan of Real Good Ketchup which contains no added refined sugar and 70% less sugars and 70% less salt than other regular branded ketchups. It also has no artificial flavourings or preservatives. This is ideal for our family, particularly as son2 goes through ketchup at a rate of knots. He even has it in his favourite chicken and cucumber sandwiches. Ever since, I’ve been keeping my eye out for it to appear in my local branch of the Co-op, but sadly it hasn’t hit the shelves there yet, although can get via Ocado.

I’ve now received a bottle of the other flavour in the Real Good range, free to review. This is BBQ Smokey ketchup, which comes in a 285g glass bottle. And again with no added sugar.Real Good BBQ Smokey Ketchup

Of course, I had to try it out in a recipe so here is my BBQ Smokey Bacon Wrapped Chicken recipe. And for son2 who won’t eat bacon, I made some homemade chicken nuggets served with the BBQ Smokey ketchup as a dip on the side of the plate. You may page down for that recipe.


Chicken nuggets and BBQ Smokey bacon wrapped chicken

BBQ Smokey Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients (makes 6)

1 chicken breast
6 rashers of bacon
2 tbsp Real Good BBQ smokey ketchup
1 tbsp plain flour

Method

Cut the chicken into strips.
Sprinkle the flour over a chopping board.
Roll each chicken strip in a rasher of bacon.
Tip the BBQ Smokey ketchup onto a plate.
Place the bacon wrapped chicken strips on top of the ketchup.
Turn several times until they are smothered in ketchup.
Cook on a George Foreman grill (or similar) for about 8 minutes.
Serve with your choice of vegetables.
Enjoy.

Chicken wrapped in bacon



Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients (makes approx 20)

2-3 chicken breasts
1 slice of stale white bread
1 egg
salt
pepper
1 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp olive oil

Method

Cut the chicken into small pieces.
Tear the bread into pieces and whizz to crumbs in food processor.
Season breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
Beat the egg.
Sprinkle the flour on a chopping board.
Coat the chicken in flour.
Then dip in the egg.
Then roll in the breadcrumbs to fully coat.
Heat oil in frying pan.
Cook the chicken nuggets on a moderate heat, turning occasionally.
Serve with your choice of vegetables and BBQ Smokey ketchup.
Enjoy.

Homemade Chicken nuggets

3 of us loved the BBQ Smokey ketchup, but son2 preferred the original tomato flavour.

Real Good Ketchup is available in selected Morrisons Stores, Co-op, Ocado, Amazon, Wholefoods Market and selected health food stores. You can find local retail stores here http://realgoodketchup.com/find-your-local-store/.

Plus I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 1 bottle of Smoky BBQ flavour Real Good Ketchup to 3 lucky winners. Please note that winners can choose between receiving a product with Best Before date of end June 2018 or waiting until the next batch is made in late July.
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I’d love to hear your ideas for a recipe using either flavour of Real Good Ketchup.

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Self care for pain relief plus giveaway

Between work and family, I have a busy lifestyle with not much “me” time squeezed in, so I was pleased to be offered a free self-care package from Combogesic.

The package included the following goodies aimed at helping me to relax, unwind, and relieve stress – the perfect combination for a much needed self-care routine from my hectic schedule.

Spa at Home Candle (cedarwood & vetivert)
Bath Bomb
Tea Tree moisturising Korean face mask
Boots £10 gift card

Self care from Combogesic

Whether you struggle to overcome back pain, headaches, period pain or muscular pain, here is some expert advice from GP Dr Dawn Harper on effective pain relief and self-care techniques to help ease the symptoms:

BACK PAIN:It might seem obvious but poor posture is one of the most common causes of back pain. That said, most of us don’t know what good posture is or how to correct bad posture. Over time bad posture generates an increasing amount of pressure on your back which can lead to persistent aches and pains. The trick is to try and not stay in the same position for too long.  Whether you’re sat in a chair at home or at your desk in the office, it’s important to keep re-positioning yourself, taking frequent breaks and moving around to prevent your back becoming stiff.”

HEADACHES:Dehydration is a common trigger for migraines.  With busy lives, it can be difficult to remember to keep drinking fluids, so try drinking a glass after every bathroom break as a regular prompt.  Drinking between two and two and half litres a day might help reduce the frequency, severity and duration of your migraine attacks.

PERIOD PAIN:A light, circular massage around your lower abdomen can help reduce pain.  Alternatively, try some stretches aimed at easing the pain.  For instance, lie on your back with your legs straight out, bend one knee and pull it up to your chin. Hug your knee with both hands and hold the position, then repeat on the other side.”

MUSCULAR PAIN:Use a foam roller, you often see these at the gym, but they can easily be used at home and are very affordable. A foam roller is what can only be described as a padded log. You use it by laying the roller underneath the sore or tender muscle and you simply roll on top of it, allowing the pad to press against the sore or tender muscle. The rolling movement is good for local blood circulation and applies pressure, helping reduce muscle stiffness.

I do always try to drink plenty of water, but I don’t think I manage as much as 2 litres. I had better try harder, as I’ve always suffered from lots of headaches. And I know I’m guilty as regards posture, since after a day at work mainly on screens, my favourite form of relaxation is sitting with my laptop, writing a blog post.

But a foam roller is something I must get myself. I’ve been having physio recently, due to tearing a muscle in my foot and it is something that my physiotherapist has particularly recommended. Pity there wasn’t one included in my self care package along with the other goodies.

I really must focus more on taking time to look after myself, from the inside, out!

Combogesic pain relief

And if you do need some pain relief, then Combogesic is an innovative pain relief product that combines paracetamol and ibuprofen into one convenient tablet, to deliver over 30% more pain relief than taking either ingredient on their own.

Furthermore, its double action formula works faster than the maximum dose of over the counter ibuprofen alone. Combogesic has a much simpler dosing routine, requiring consumers to take 1-2 tablets up to 3 times a day. Visit www.combogesic.co.uk to find out more.

Combogesic comes in packs of 16s (RRP £3.99) and is available to purchase at the pharmacy counter in Boots.

You may see a review here from my other half, when he tried Combogesic last year.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a self care goody bundle to one lucky winner. It will be fairly similar to the goodies that I received, although the face mask and candle may possibly be different brands. What a nice pampering prize.

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I’d be interested to hear your top tips for self care and pain relief.

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Handmade doll and book giveaway

I do enjoy dabbling in crafts from time to time and last week I made a decoupage Mother’s Day card for my mum. I sometimes dream about the possibility of setting up my own crafting business, but that is all it is, just wishful thinking. However today I would like to introduce you to a talented lady who does have her own crafting business.

Sue Kim makes gorgeous ragdolls and she has now written her first children’s book “Grandma’s Special Birthday Party” featuring her dolls. Along with her daughter Veronica , Sue made all of the dolls, clothes, and even some of the furniture used in the book.

Grandmas special birthday party by Sue Kim

The story is about two twins Abby and Ally, their lovely dogs, and their family. In this story Abby and Ally prepare a special birthday party for their Grandmother! And it celebrates international day and teaches children about many cultures and traditions around the world!

And the dolls aren’t Sue’s first foray into crafting. She is already an established author with 5 sewing / quilting books on Amazon to her name.

You may find out more about Sue on her website Second Avenue. You will also be able to see plenty of her beautiful dolls either there, or on Etsy or Instagram.

Or if sewing is your thing, then there are plenty of downloadable patterns to browse on Sue’s other website ithinksew.

Handmade ragdoll and book giveaway

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway one of Sue’s beautiful handmade dolls (value £87), along with a copy of her children’s book and 6 postcards to one lucky winner. What a lovely prize from Sue.

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I’d love to hear what crafts you enjoy?

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The Great Oreo Cookie Quest

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take the #OreoCookieQuest Challenge. And as one of the first 100 to sign up to the challenge, I received two free packets of Oreo cookies, for the family to enjoy a tasty treat.

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

I decided that we would have a fun Oreo cookie quest at home. I hid the treats and thought up some clues for the hiding places, then gave the clues to the boys for them to figure out.

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

Son1 immediately headed to the kitchen and after a false start rummaging through the chiller drawer in the fridge, he discovered his first Oreo in the fruit bowl.

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

Meanwhile son2 rushed upstairs and found Oreos on my pillow.

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

They found most of the Oreos quite quickly, but the final hiding place was a bit more tricky. They were on the right track looking in the freezer, but they needed a little hint to prompt them to look inside the ice cream carton. What a delicious combination of 2 Oreos and ice cream, 2 being the perfect serving size.

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

Oreo is celebrating The Great Oreo Cookie Quest with a fun and interactive way to win great prizes. Oreo fans have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime wonder-filled trip to California and the Googleplex through an on-pack promotion. I downloaded the app to try our luck and son2 had great fun scanning for Oreos. He found about 25 in half an hour but this is his favourite below. No points for guessing where he scanned. Certainly not one of the places I would choose to hide an Oreo!

Great Oreo Cookie Quest

So try your luck by popping a pack in your trolley on your next shopping trip. And I’ve still got another pack of Oreos left. Think I might try using them to cook a tasty treat for the family. Anyone got a recipe suggestion for me?

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Sweets that are good for your teeth – Zollipops review and giveaway

I have received some free Zollipops and Zaffi Taffy to review. Not heard of these? Nor had I, but I was very impressed to hear that these sugar-free treats were inspired by a 7 year old asking her dad “Why can’t we make a lollipop that’s actually good for your teeth?”

Zollipops and Zaffy Taffy

So how are these sweets good for your teeth I hear you ask?

Well after a meal or sugary snack, our mouths can become very acidic. This acidic environment is when tooth decay is most likely to spread and also tooth enamel is at its weakest. However it is not good to brush your teeth immediately after a meal due to the enamel being at its softest. I always brush my teeth before breakfast and last thing at night to avoid mealtimes.

But instead the ingredients in Zollipops, Zolli Drops, and Zaffi Taffy work naturally with our bodies to help reduce the acidity and balance the pH in our mouths. Thus reducing the risk of tooth decay and future development of cavities by having this treat after a meal or eating or drinking a sugary snack. And our teeth can re-mineralize faster, making them stronger and harder.

So these are branded as the sweet that is good for your teeth. A treat that you can have after you eat for a healthy smile. With a recommendation of upto 3 Zollipops or upto 5 Zaffi Taffy a day.

They are the perfect treat for kids and parents don’t need to feel guilty about giving them to kids. Also they are sugar free, gluten free, vegan, dairy free and only contain natural flavours and colours.

Son2 was particularly pleased when he heard that we were going to be reviewing lollipops. He always loves that the hairdresser and some restaurants offer him a lollipop whilst I’m thinking just the opposite.

Zollipops

So firstly trying the Zollipops. These come in 6 flavours: Strawberry, Grape, Orange, Raspberry, Pineapple, and Cherry with 8 in the bag. Currently available online at £2.49 so significantly more expensive than a standard lolly, but well worth it in my opinion, to reduce the risk of tooth decay. And thumbs up from the boys who couldn’t taste any difference from an ordinary sugary lollipop.

Zollipops

And secondly the Zaffi Taffy. These come in 5 flavours: Strawberry, Grape, Orange, Cherry, and Pineapple. There are approximately 16 sweets in an 85g packet. Currently available online at £3.49, so again they look dear for the size of the sweet, but think about how you are reducing the risk of developing cavities. These were my personal favourite and the boys agreed too. Nice and chewy.

Zaffy Taffy

Zaffy Taffy

Zaffy Taffy

Also nice to see that 10% of their profits go to support oral health education in schools.

There is also Zolli Drops in the product range. I didn’t review this, however I understand it to be similar to Zollipops but without the stick.

These products are also available via Amazon.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a packet of Zollipops, a packet of Zolli Drops and a packet of Zaffi Taffy to one lucky winner. What a tempting prize bundle.

Win Zollipops, Zollidrops and Zaffi Taffy
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Britmums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take the #RustlersHack Challenge to use Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers in a crowd pleasing balanced meal. And as one of the first 100 to sign upto the challenge, I received a free £20 Tesco giftcard to buy Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers twin packs and other ingredients.

#RustlersHack Challenge

Now on days when we need something quick to eat, due to other commitments in our busy lifestyle, I have usually relied on the slow cooker for our family tea. But of course that does mean that I need to be organised earlier in the day.

And I have to admit that I do already enjoy a Rustlers Cheeseburger when working night shift with a microwave as the only cooking option. However I hadn’t introduced the rest of the family to the delights of Rustlers.

#RustlersHack Challenge

They really are quick, as they only take 90 seconds in the microwave. I did contemplate buying some of those micro-fries for the hack, since no point in waiting for the lengthy time it would take to cook oven chips. That would totally defeat the speedy plan. Instead I decided to opt for a more healthy hack.

#RustlersHack Challenge

I quickly chopped up some vegetables, prepared a salad, sliced a selection of cheeses, opened some dips and coleslaw and popped a few rashers of bacon on our new George Foreman grill. Then I let everyone choose what they wanted for their own hack, as it is much more fun for the kids to prepare their own.

#RustlersHack Challenge

Of course the boys avoided the salad.

#RustlersHack Challenge

And greedy son1 took 2 chicken burgers and hacked them into a double towering stack.

#RustlersHack Challenge

Here’s mine including a large dollop of peppered mayonnaise that came in the Rustlers pack. I did notice at 140g that it was a smaller portion size than their cheeseburger, but I still felt full after eating it. And of course this will make it ideal for little hands and mouths unlike the piggy below with his towering stack.

#RustlersHack Challenge

Son1 said it was the best burger ever, so I don’t think my personal Rustlers night shift stash will ever be safe in the fridge again.

I was also very pleased to note that the packet indicates that the burger uses only the finest quality chicken which is fully traceable to the farm of origin. And they are nice and affordable, currently retailing at £2.50 for a twin pack at Tesco.

So I do recommend you pop along to Tesco and try the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge yourself.

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Another Chewy Moon snack box review and giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember how much we all loved Chewy Moon healthy snacks when we reviewed them last year. Well I’m very pleased to say that we have received another free snack box and this time it is cheaper per snack and bigger. Yes you read that correctly.

Chewy Moon snack box

By changing deliveries from weekly to fortnightly, reducing packaging and portion sizes slightly, they have reduced prices from £1 per snack to £0.50. So customers get 25% more snacks for every £ spent now.

Chewy Moon snack box

So 10 snacks now instead of 5 and yet they still fit through the letterbox. Wow what great news and the boys couldn’t wait to dive in. Plus lots of fun with a sticker book, a fungi fact sheet and 2 battle cards. And a nutrition leaflet for the parents.

Chewy Moon snack box

The 10 snacks we received were:-
Silly Circus (Honey Cookies)
Crack A Beet (Organic beetroot crackers)
Jack N Berries (Flapjack, pure strawberry fruit hearts, cranberries, blueberries)
Silly Vanilly (Vanilla Cookies)
Freaky Fruits (Blackcurrant drops, apricot sticks, cherry cubes, peach cubes, raspberry strips)
Nature’s Cherry Cola (Natural cola flavoured raisins, cherry, cranberry)
Boogie Bites (Popped cheddar cheese, pesto breadsticks)
Safari Snack (Italian herb cashews, garlic mini bread chips, popped cheese)
Strawberry Munch (Strawberry fruit strings, strawberry fruit stars, strawberry fruit hearts)
Beary Friends (Pure strawberry fruit hearts, cranberries, blueberries, raspberry strips)

Chewy Moon snack box

Son2 chose the Silly Vanilly Chewy Moon snack first based on it being the only one with a pug on the box, his favourite character from last time, but it was a great choice as he loved the vanilla cookies. He read the limerick on the back of the box, telling me they had been learning these at school.

Chewy Moon snack box

Meanwhile son1 selected the Beary Friends first. He wasn’t overly fond of the raspberry strips but liked the other fruits. They soon discovered that there was a sticker in each snack for the sticker book.

Chewy Moon snack box

With so many choices, we found on the whole that son2 liked the cookie types best followed by fruits, whilst son1 liked the savouries best followed by cookies. Son2 wasn’t convinced about us being addressed as Moonas though!

Chewy Moon snack box

These packs are ideal for an after school snack and some of them count as 1 of your 5 a day. They are 100% natural, being free from added sugar, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and other nasties. But if your children attend a school that has a nut-free policy like my boys’ school, then you wouldn’t be able to send Safari Snack in as a playground snack. However there are “no nuts” and “no dairy” options when ordering.

You get to rate the snacks, to build up a profile of which your child does and doesn’t like for future boxes. Each box of 10 snacks currently costs £4.99 including P&P, but you can get your first box free. Additional sibling boxes are £4.50 and there is also £2.99 option for a 5 snack box. You select between fruit box, variety box or savoury box and you can order for multiple children. The boxes are aimed at children from age 3 upwards. The boxes are delivered fortnightly and you may cancel your subscription at any time. A very competitive price in my opinion.

Also I was very pleased to note that every box sold sponsors a hungry child‘s lunch. You may read the details here.

Plus I have a special offer to share with my readers, where you can get your 1st, 3rdand 5th boxes completely FREE. Just use code AEP4LUV.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a 3 month Chewy Moon subscription worth £30 to one lucky winner. What a tasty prize.
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I’d love to hear about your favourite snack ideas.

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Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan – book review and giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the book Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan to review. You may find out more about the authors on their website.

Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan

Here is the book blurb.

When you can’t hear…death comes silently.

Scotland Yard detective Valerie Crowther is assigned to investigate the murder of a student at a university for the Deaf in London, England. The murder investigation coincides with a deadly flu virus outbreak, resulting in the university being quarantined from the outside world.

When more Deaf students are murdered, it becomes clear there is a serial killer operating within the sealed-off university. A chilling cat-and-mouse game evolves as the unknown killer targets Valerie and the virus claims more lives.

A stunning, claustrophobic, “whodunit” murder mystery, Silent Fear (A novel inspired by true crimes) is the eighth novel by father-and-son writing team Lance & James Morcan. Included is a commentary by Deaf filmmaker Brent Macpherson on the unique aspects of Deaf culture the story covers. Together, the Morcans and Macpherson are currently developing a feature film adaptation of Silent Fear.

This book is set during a summer heatwave in Wandsworth University for the deaf, at the same time as the deadly monkey flu epidemic is spreading worldwide. Britain has closed its borders and so far has no cases of monkey flu. A cure has not yet been found.

The murderer sneaks into deaf student Jamie’s room, knocks him unconscious before disabling the smoke alarm and burning him to death. Detective Superintendent Valerie Crowther is sent to investigate as she knows BSL (British Sign Language). Meanwhile the first case of Monkey Flu is confirmed at the lab from a swab belonging to student Carol, who is currently in the university sick bay. The PM quarantines the university with Valerie, 2 reporters and other non-university personnel trapped inside.

The police are also following up other leads outside, but when the murders continue, they realise that the serial killer is still inside. Valerie is thwarted by lack of clues. And lives are also being claimed by Monkey Flu as the deadly virus spreads. One claustrophobic student tries to escape, but is shot dead.

Are they all going to die either from the virus or at the hand of the unknown serial killer?

Silent Fear is available on Amazon, currently priced at £17.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. This is a really gripping story which I think will be amazing as a film.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a paperback copy of Silent Fear to one lucky winner. Open worldwide.comper friendly badge

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