Christmas Giveaway Feature: Lance & James Morcan’s Crime Thriller, SILENT FEAR!
Hi, readers! We have a real treat in store for you today, a special giveaway featuring Lance and James Morcan's latest crime thriller release! And it's just in time for the holiday season!
Let's check out the details, shall we?
WHEN YOU CAN'T HEAR...DEATH COMES SILENTLY.
Meet Detective Valerie Crowther of Scotland Yard... In SILENT FEAR, she's a criminal's worst nightmare.
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.
Here is an excerpt.
“A student rebellion?” Valerie asked. She was developing a bad feeling about this.
“That’s my assumption,” Hansen said.
Valerie immediately thought of Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall gang.
“Can you alert Bill?” Hansen asked, referring to Prescott, his fellow guard. “I’ve been trying to reach him, but he’s not picking up.”
“Of course,” Valerie assured him.
“And come and unlock this damned door quick as you can,” Hansen said.
Valerie ended the call and immediately speed-dialed Prescott’s number. She reached his answerphone only. “Bill, it’s Valerie,” she said, leaving a voice message. “Call me back urgently. We may--”
Before she could finish, the door burst open and Cassidy and his three mates piled into the room. They headed straight for her. The Mohawked One was closest to her, and she could see he wasn’t here for a friendly chat. There was murder in his eyes.
Valerie dropped her phone without pausing to end the call and she reached for her Taser.
She realized too late she’d left her Taser on the desktop. She realized also that Cassidy had seen the electroshock weapon for his eyes were now locked on it and he changed direction slightly to grab it. He was closer to it than she was.
Valerie gambled. She gambled that Cassidy wouldn’t know how to disengage the Taser’s safety mechanism – a recent design improvement in the latest model – and she gambled she could subdue him and his mates before he worked out how to disengage it.
As Cassidy grabbed the Taser, Valerie turned her attention to the next in line. That happened to be Wolf who was almost upon her.
The detective deftly stepped to one side and employed a judo throw, using the big Swede’s forward momentum to send him flying across the room. He hit the wall headfirst, and was momentarily stunned.
Unbeknown to anyone in the room, Kent was now filming all the action through the open door. Hillary was beside him, microphone in hand, describing what she was seeing.
Out of the corner of Valerie’s eye, she could see Cassidy lining her up with her Taser.
Please let the safety be on!
She couldn’t remember whether she’d left the safety on after charging the weapon that morning.
There was no time to think about that now for Warne and Harris were onto her.
Valerie backed up furiously as she tried to keep the two Colonial boys at arm’s length. Warne and Harris were both big bastards – not as big as Cassidy and Wolf, but big nevertheless – and they were both swinging wild punches in her direction.
Cassidy meantime was cursing as he unsuccessfully tried to activate the Taser.
When the detective felt the edge of the desk at her back, she threw herself forward, elbows raised out in front of her. In the heat of battle, she preferred elbows over fists. She’d learned the hard way a female’s small fists were more likely to suffer damage than achieve anything of note if used in anger. Especially a slim lightweight like herself. However, her elbows – bony and sharp as they were – could cause some real damage with little risk of injury to herself if used the right way. And so it proved.
Valerie’s sudden change of direction placed her exactly between Harris and Warne, and her extended elbows connected simultaneously and with considerable force with the foreheads of each student. Warne was out to it before he hit the floor. Harris, who was now on his hands and knees and evidently wondering where he was, was sent into Disneyland with a well-placed kick to the side of his head.
Valerie turned too late to avoid being hit by Cassidy. He’d given up on trying to activate the Taser and had decided to sort the detective out the old-fashioned way – with his fists.
The blow caught Valerie on her cheek. If it had caught her flush, it would have sent her through the wall or flying out into the corridor. As it was, she’d had enough foresight to ride the blow, throwing her head and body weight to one side so that the force of the punch was greatly diminished. Even so, it rattled her teeth and sent her crashing to the floor.
When she hit the carpet she saw stars, but she still had the presence of mind to roll over and over toward the near wall to distance herself from her attacker. As she rolled, she saw two things of interest. One caused her concern, the other gave her hope.
By the far wall, she saw that Wolf was now on his feet and on his way to help Cassidy subdue her; and on the carpet by the wall she saw her Taser. Cassidy had evidently thrown it there when he found he hadn’t been able to operate it.
The gang leader saw the danger too late. He lunged at Valerie to stop her, but she was too quick. In a flash, she grabbed her Taser, disengaged the safety, aimed the weapon at Cassidy and fired. The two barbed electrodes, or probes, stopped the gang leader in his tracks. He fell to the floor, twitching violently, as electricity coursed through him.
Hillary and Kent were catching all this live through the open door. The reporter was still talking into her mic and her cameraman filmed the mayhem.
Valerie, who was now back on her feet, knew she should apply the voltage for the recommended thirty seconds to ensure her attacker was fully immobilized, but she didn’t have thirty seconds. She had no more than five seconds before Wolf was onto her.
A blow from the big skinhead sent the Taser flying out into the corridor. The blow had been meant for Valerie’s head, but she’d blocked it with her right arm. Which was just as well because the force of the blow spun her around and left her arm completely numb.
Fighting one-armed now, she ducked and weaved as Wolf lashed out at her with his fists and feet.
Meanwhile, Cassidy had recovered from his brief but painful Tasering, and he was coming for her, too.
All the combatants had to step over and around Harris and Warne who were still out cold. They weren’t all that was out of place. The room by now was a mess. The desk, fans, couch and chairs had been upended, the mirror and other items had been broken, and Valerie’s spare clothes and other personal effects lay scattered about.
Worst of all, from Valerie’s perspective at least, the expensive fish tank had been shattered, and Nemo the Angelfish, Bennett the Puffer Fish and other tropical fish lay flapping and gasping on the carpet. Nemo gasped his last when he disappeared beneath a size 12 shoe.
Bill Prescott, who had finally checked his phone messages and retrieved the detective’s urgent message, appeared in the doorway. Shocked, the portly guard ran to Valerie’s aid. He grabbed Cassidy in a headlock and dragged him out into the corridor where the two ended up wrestling, kicking and cursing on the floor.
Screams could be heard coming from startled staff members who had been alerted to the commotion.
Valerie by now was nearly spent. Gasping for breath and fighting one-handed, she copped another blow – this time on the mouth – from Wolf. The Swedish student grabbed her and pushed her backwards onto the desktop. Then he placed his hands around her neck and began to throttle her.
The detective fought back, but it was a losing battle. She was feeling faint and her efforts to resist grew weaker.
The bugger means to kill me!
So, what are readers saying about this book?
★★★★★ “Silent Fear is a thriller unlike any you’ve read before…I highly recommend (it) for anyone who enjoys books that incorporate interesting characters and a storyline that is not only entertaining, but also will touch upon our basest fears.” - Ila in Maine
★★★★★ “Whoa! What a ride. Excellent book, well constructed, and with brilliant delivery. Great to have a female lead character who is: clever, resourceful, and adaptable. And love requited – or is it? Loved it. The re-romance of the central characters was engaging…(a) bewitching book.” - Jonno
★★★★★ “The premise of this book alone is extremely enticing and original, which means my expectations were high from the start, but boy, do the authors deliver!… It’s superbly written, and there are plenty of red herrings and clues throughout to make you try to guess who the killer is, only for you to then completely change your mind a few pages later.” - Amazon Customer
★★★★★ “Can you hear me now? What a great story! I didn’t figure out who the killer was until the last chapter, and it still had a surprising twist! I had to read the book in one sitting!” - bccopanos
★★★★★ “Spellbinding! I couldn’t put it down…The characters are very realistic and are described so well, they take root in your mind and become alive. The plot has so many twists and turns. Just as you think you have it figured out, they throw another twist in which sets you off in a different direction.” - P. Blevins
★★★★★ “This was a thrilling and captivating novel. Suspenseful, full of twists and engaging from start to finish. Also love how the authors have written about the deaf community as they are an underrepresented minority in current reading markets…A stunning, atmospheric murder mystery, with its riveting combination of the claustrophobia of the situation combined with unrelenting fear.” - Amazon Customer
★★★★★ “Excellent thriller. Simply Splendid…Silent Fear is right up there as one of my favorites…Hands down this is a wonderful book, and well worth a read.” - Todd Simpson, Top Ranked reviewer Amazon Australia
Wow! It sounds like a great crime thriller!
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Now, for the fun prize...
☆.•°☆ GIVEAWAY! ☆°•.☆
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About the Authors
New Zealand novelist, screenwriter and film producer Lance Morcan is a
prolific writer with various published books and released movies to his credit.
His novels include the international thriller series THE ORPHAN TRILOGY (The
Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) and the historical
adventure series THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel). All five
novels were co-written with his son James Morcan and published by Sterling Gate
Books. The Morcans' first non-fiction title, THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES, was
published recently. Their production company, Morcan Motion Pictures, is
developing The Ninth Orphan and Fiji into feature films.
A former journalist and newspaper editor, Lance divides his time these days
between novel writing, film producing and screenwriting. Numerous screenplays
he has written are in active development as movies and as a producer his
feature films have screened at cinemas in Australia, Italy and Cannes.
Lance is currently perfecting his solo-written 'New Zealand' - an epic
adventure novel covering 500 years of South Pacific and Polynesian history.
Including research, writing (and life's distractions!), this novel has been
over a decade in the making.
A former journalist and newspaper editor, Lance divides his time these days between novel writing, film producing and screenwriting. Numerous screenplays he has written are in active development as movies and as a producer his feature films have screened at cinemas in Australia, Italy and Cannes.
Lance is currently perfecting his solo-written 'New Zealand' - an epic adventure novel covering 500 years of South Pacific and Polynesian history. Including research, writing (and life's distractions!), this novel has been over a decade in the making.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lance-Morcan/e/B005ET3ZUO/
New Zealand-born actor/writer/producer James Morcan resides in Sydney,
Australia. His books include the international thriller series THE ORPHAN
TRILOGY (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising) and the
historical adventure series THE WORLD DUOLOGY (World Odyssey / Fiji: A Novel)
and the controversial non-fiction UNDERGROUND KNOWLEDGE SERIES (Genius
Intelligence / Anti-gravity Propulsion etc). These books were all co-written
with his father Lance Morcan and published by Sterling Gate Books. Their
production company, Morcan Motion Pictures, is developing The Ninth Orphan and
Fiji into feature films.
James' most recent acting performance was a leading role in the
post-Apocalyptic feature film 'After Armageddon' which he also wrote. The
dystopian adventure film was shot in rural Australia in early 2015 and Morcan
co-starred with Berynn Schwerdt ('Wyrmwood').
Other recent leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood productions 'My
Cornerstone' and 'Love You Krishna'. Morcan also wrote the screenplays for both
features which were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai and incorporated English and
Additional productions he has perfromed in include a BBC TV series, several
indie features and a live stadium production of Ben Hur headlined by Academy
Award winner Russell Crowe. To date, his feature films have screened at cinemas
in New Zealand, India, Australia, Italy and Cannes.
James' most recent acting performance was a leading role in the post-Apocalyptic feature film 'After Armageddon' which he also wrote. The dystopian adventure film was shot in rural Australia in early 2015 and Morcan co-starred with Berynn Schwerdt ('Wyrmwood').
Other recent leading roles include the OZ-Bollywood productions 'My Cornerstone' and 'Love You Krishna'. Morcan also wrote the screenplays for both features which were filmed in Sydney and Mumbai and incorporated English and Hindi languages.
Additional productions he has perfromed in include a BBC TV series, several indie features and a live stadium production of Ben Hur headlined by Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. To date, his feature films have screened at cinemas in New Zealand, India, Australia, Italy and Cannes.