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Festive Fruit Mine Cookbook available now

Is the festive season looking large? Do you want to make some fabulous Christmassy treats with fruit mince? Are you looking for something other than the standard fruit mince pies?

Are you surrounded by jars of fruit mince and have no idea how to use them? This could be the book for you.

“Festive Fruit Mince” is the first book in the “When it all becomes too much” mini cookbook pantry series by Terri Bateman & Sarah Jackson. This easy-to-use book contains some useful fruit mince facts and 20 easy to make recipes to help you use this marvellous ingredient.   

You can order your copy here, or check out the rest of the range here.

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Paperback copy available now

“Gardening for Beginners: Hints and Tips for Melbourne, Australia” by Sarah Jackson

It’s finally happened. Due to popular demand “Gardening for Beginners: Hints and Tips for Melbourne, Australia” by Sarah Jackson is now available in paperback format.

You can order your paperback copy through Amazon here 

Or get your kindle e-book copy here

So you want to start a garden? No idea where to start? Then this may be the guide for you. “Gardening for Beginners” is a handy reference book with basic hints and tips for the new gardener. It contains no fancy terms, no superior expertise, just honest advice from someone just like you. There are sections on what tools to buy, growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, dealing with pests, and working out which fertilisers are best for you.

It is written for a cool climate, but the advice is useful anywhere. The book is based on the quirky and informative blog Sarah’s Melbourne Kitchen Garden.Paperb

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Competition Time! Win an e-book copy of “Dead Man Dreaming” by Uday Mukerji

Last chance to get you entry in for an ebook copy of “Dead Man Dreaming” By Uday Mukerji.

I have 3 electronic copies courtesy of the author to give away. I will be drawing the winners on 16th February 2020 (random draw). The winners will be notified by email, and their first name and Country will appear on this site. (Note – your email will not be kept, shared or added to any list)

Can’t see a form? Then for to the website: Competition Link

To enter the draw, complete the form below (or go to https://bigbulbbooks.com)

Set in Calgary, Canada, the US, and in Central Europe, Dead Man Dreaming is literary fiction about one man’s fight against hereditary genetic diseases—from losing his girlfriend to finding love again—and how he overcomes his fear and frustrations and comes to terms with his own Huntington’s disease.

David, a senior resident physician, suddenly finds his coveted heart surgeon’s job in jeopardy as he could be a victim of Huntington’s chorea. After much deliberation, as he takes the pre-symptomatic test, his life turns upside down. He tests HD positive. And the result takes a toll on his love life too as his girlfriend leaves him for he decides not to have kids in that condition.

Although he secures the job at the hospital, he declines the offer. Emotionally charged, David dedicates his life to finding a solution to prevent all hereditary genetic diseases. He believes if medical science could prevent fatal diseases like cholera, malaria, and tuberculosis, it must have a solution to genetic diseases as well. Months go by, but David finds nothing new to help his research. The confirmation of HD also disrupts his private life, and he hallucinates at night. He becomes frustrated and accepts a job in the R&D division of the same hospital.

One day, he accidentally meets his old classmate, Jessie. She is recovering from a bad marriage and her son is suffering from a genetic disease called hemophilia. Although he had never liked her before and they had nothing in common, he couldn’t help admiring her after hearing what she had gone through in life. Jessie points out that the solution to David’s research is already half-way there. A simple carrier screening test can easily identify parents with genetic disorders. The affected ones can then look for viable alternatives like sperm or egg donation, surrogacy, gene editing, or adoptions. But the research shows only one in six OBs and gynecologists are offering carrier screening tests in the preconception period. So, all they need is to fill the void with an awareness campaign.

David likes the idea, and together, they start a website to get others’ feedback on introducing a parental fitness test before having a child. If other jobs can ask for a fitness test, why the toughest job in the world can’t have one? They get an overwhelming response from all over the world, people rallying for a Carrier Screening Test, but not without condemnations. The number of signatories reaches millions.

Meanwhile, their common miseries and hardships in life also bring them closer. David falls in love with Jessie. However, his impending sickness prevents him from expressing his love and he suffers silently. But his interactions with million other victims open his eyes. He realizes while he may not have any control over how long he lives, but he can always choose how he lives the remaining days. And he decides to propose to Jessie.

Dead Man Dreaming is a story of a desperate and dying young man spiraling downward with anger and frustrations and how he bounces back with new love as he comes to terms with his life-threatening disease.

Where can I get a copy? 

Available NOW! Get your copy here