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Coronavirus UK: 28.7.21 - Testing Positive 27,734 (213,458in last seven days) - 498 deaths in last 7 days - 825 patients admitted yesterday
Infection rate rising again - Get Vaccinated Now!
EDITORIAL: JULY 29
Storms threatening - funny how it always rains the moments the kids go on holiday.
I have long memories of getting a new summer sweater every year to battle the elements at the beach every year and building wind breaks to shelter behind.
South Africa is coming to terms with what looks a lot like an organised insurrection. It has been a shock to the system. More worrying is the looted 1.5 million ammo stolen in KwaZulu. Covid and ANC corruption all have contributed to this state of affairs.
Olympics in Japan are on. In the UK we can finally hug someone now. Freedom from masks and social distancing is one crazy political gamble. If Boris is wrong about this will he resign? You might just want to hang on to your mask if using public transport or flying anywhere... especially as now Americans can fly over to the UK without quarantining.
Just discovered the Goverment wants to bury all the UK's nuclear waste under my neighbourhood beach (well ok it's ten miles up the coast from here). It's also a flood zone. The East Coast of the UK is an 'at risk' area from climate change flooding. So naturally that's where you'd put the waste right? Jeez.
Finally got back to the cinema to see Black Widow. More Marvel Bang, Crash, Wallop but with flair and humour and one can see a franchise building with the two sisters taking on the bad guys. Nice to be able to see a big screen again.
Everyone is obsessed with going on vacation to somewhere ‘warmer’ but the virus has other plans. The airlines are all saying they will go bust if we don’t start flying immediately, but the virus graph is rising exponentially. Not just here in the UK but America and Europe too and still people resist getting vaccinated. It’s not a choice people. The whole world needs to be protected or we will be chasing variants for decades. Meanwhile the world struggles to get back to normal, if that is actually possible. Like others, I want to enjoy some freedom before the new Delta 'Plus' Mutant virus sweeps all before it. Hence they want us to have a booster shot in the fall but then no doubt there will be a Delta 'Plus Plus' by Christmas and so on ad infinitum. Remember, the vaccine prevents you from serious illness but this doesn't mean you won't catch it (however mild it might be) and then spread the virus for around ten days when infected. This is medicine not magic. Keep taking precautions. Just posted Panic in America from Delta.
Whichever wave we might be on right now – you can read my earlier take on a pandemic scenario (Another Place to Die) here.
**Or read Sam North's new crime novel 'A Cure for Sceptics' here.
Meanwhile James Campion wants to you go see Summer of Soul at the movie theatre now!
© Sam Hawksmoor July 2021
Covid Numbers worldwide - Source: Worldometers. *These figures more inclusive than John Hopkin's numbers
||Celebrating the publication of MISSION LONGSHOT:
how far will you go to save one life?
The climate is changing fast - the future of humanity is at stake, who wants to escape to an alternative planet on that spaceship with Elon? (Well not that actual spaceship but you know what I mean). Buy a ticket and enjoy the ride. But don't forget to buckle up. It might not go where you thought it would.
'Gripping adventures with highly engaging characters.' W. Leff - Goodreads
The Sam North Novels - still available to order Amazon or Lulu
New for 2021 - A Cure for Sceptics - Crime Fiction
A Cure for Sceptics
by Sam North
Publisher: Hammer & Tong (14th July 2021)
Paperback: 326 pages
Delaney and Asha run the Berg City Office of City Oversight. Their role is to expose the shady characters running scams and fraud against the city. 300 complaints flood in for a $30,000 treatment that claims to abolish pain forever. Unfortunately the Mayor himself is touting the scheme. When Delaney finds himself left for dead at the bottom of a cliff he gets the message that he's supposed to leave this one well alone.
'A great human story that wears it's heart on it's sleeve.'
Dr Allen Cook - Bridgeport University
*Keeping Hackwriters archived is supported by sales of our books - so do buy, print or kindle, we aren't picky.
Magenta - A chilling story of kidnapping, burning and strangeness set in the wilds of Lincolnshire
** The Heaviness, & The Repercussions of Tomas D - 'best time travel WW2 story in a long while'
The new edition of 'ANOTHER PLACE TO DIE: ENDTIME CHRONICLES
By Sam Hawksmoor & Sam North
There's no safe place to hide from a lethal pandemic
Print & Kindle - Q&A interview with the authors here
A city gripped by fear. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands.
a taster here The Last Ferry
Review from the First Edition:
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die: Endtime will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...'
Roxy West - Amazon.co.uk
||Girl with Cat (Blue) - Shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award
'a funny, bloody, colorful narrative that never fails to surprise the reader. Girl with Cat (Blue) provides great entertainment'.
'This book was amazing! I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn't put the book down.'
26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. - Honorable Mention
|J&K 4Ever - A post-apocalypse love story
Sixty years after the end of everything the city of Bluette survives, controlled by a malignant sect. A place where men rule, girls receive no education and are matched at 16 to the highest bidder. No one is ever permitted to leave the city and outside is a murderous wasteland of despair. Orphans Kruge and Jeyna have been devoted to each other through all the years of terror in this harsh regime and sworn never to be parted. But the beautiful Jeyna has been betrayed by the Warden. Kruge has been swiftly banished to the Scraps, under the control of the Keeper. Jeyna is heartbroken; she will not accept her fate and escapes to find Kruge.
'A genuine romance in a bleak but plausible and terrifying setting'.
||MARIKKA- exclusively on Amazon Print and kindle 2
Based on a tragic real life event, Marikka flees from an arson attack on her home to the sea, where she meets Starfish boy – a runaway working for Jackson, a scarred man hiding a sinister secret from the world. Meanwhile her real father searches for her with the aide of Anya, ‘the girl who can read objects’. More about the writing of this book
‘Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Marikka, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who reads objects.’ CT
You will smile, you will gasp with shock, and you will struggle to read the words through your tears. Gemma Williams - Amazon.co.uk
|Spy/Romance thriller set during the Blitz in WW2 - Kindle download
The Repercussions of Tomas D
A Hero? Or Englands Greatest Traitor? USA Paperback here
'Disturbing and very poignant YA love story that presents a chilling alternate future for an England that lost the war.' Marcel d'Agneau
'A brilliant imagining of living in the Blitz, well researched.' Amazon UK
'This is Man in the High Castle for teens and scarily plausible '
*download the Kindle version or buy the paperback from Hammer & Tong
||'The Heaviness' for any reader who likes to think about such things as betrayal, revenge, relationships and the laws of gravity. An original Genie Magee story
Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies
'Without a doubt, one of the best YA Sci Fi series out there.' Evie Seo - Bookish
Kindle & print
Thanks to readers who have been buying this title.
* Also published as Rüya by Marti Yayincilik - The Turkish publishers of TOZ & Golge
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