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It’s not when you die. It’s how you die that matters.
Be vigilant. Be warned. The virus can find your weakness and exploit it.
Wash Your Hands – Wear Your Mask
Health Advisory Warning No 331 - Endtime Chronicles
Time to contemplate life post-covid and make plans for the future? Hold that thought.
This month were checking out our archives from ten years ago and interesting material from a period when you could live and travel without fear. We have survived a great deal since that time but we will be tested severely in the next few months as the US Election hots up and dictators on tigers test the boundaries of American power and influence. Our guards are down as the virus eats away at trust, kills with impunity and devastates the world economy. I hope you’ve put money aside for the coming winter.
In this issue we welcome young writer Damilola Omotoyinbo with I am Not a Hero and meanwhile James Campion reveals the mafia running the Justice Department in Washington.
July has arrived with lightning speed. Can it really be four months since we went down into lockdown? I sometimes feel I’m in the spacestation circulating Earth wondering if it’s safe to return to the planet or whether to sign up for another six months to be safe. Spikes are appearing everywhere and compliance seems to have gone out of the window.
Dr Fauci in the USA is worried they will see 100,000 new cases a day (following an 80 percent rise of Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks). He is also worried that less than 70 percent of Americans will take up the vaccine when it arrives and that won't give North America the herd immunity it needs. If you aren't worried, you should be. To add to the bad news, in the US and UK kids haven't been getting their measles vaccines due to the virus restrictions. Measles can kill, can cause all kinds of trouble, especially in adults. If your kid is due, get it done for the sake of humanity.
I know things are difficult and it's virtually impossible to see your doctor. I got a text from mine saying take your own blood pressure readings and send them in. What if you don't have your own machine? So getting vacinated I can see can be an issue. My blood pressures' high, thanks for asking, but no, I won't take statins. Ever. Been there, took three years to get over the muscle pain.
I’ve got used to cutting my own hair. Going to the pub is all very well but I never liked any of them in my hometown and driving to a ‘nice’ one means I can’t drink. I will hopefully venture out to my favourite coffee shop on July 4th for a socially distanced drink but then again it just won’t feel right. Everyone is desperate for things to get back to normal but Mr Normal left town and its been replaced by Messrs Awkward and Unwieldy. But I’d better go before the darn second wave starts.
I’ve just seen the trailer for Unhinged the new Russell Crowe movie that will be the first movie you can see as the cinema’s open. Really? A guy going ape shit crazy and trying to destroy a woman’s life is what we’ve been waiting for post-lockdown? Hell I was worried that I had put on weight, but Russell is huge. This is Falling Down on steroids. (F. D., by the by, is still a great movie by the late Joel Schumacher starring a manic Michael Douglas).
I’m finally heading out to see friends and family this week. Have to relearn the art of conversation all over again. How weird will that be? My sister will be talking about Trump, my friends won’t want his name mentioned, my other friends refuse to watch the news – it will be fraught finding ‘safe’ topics. Tea anyone? PS: Don’t forget the suncrème this July.
Meanwhile here’s a ‘Things I think about when I’m watering the hydrangeas’ prompted by the news than many people are now facing enforced retirement.
*As of July 2nd around 10,821,000 have been infected worldwide, with 520,000 deaths. Take comfort that over 6,041,000 have recovered. (Worldometers.info) ** Covid-19 is steady in Europe but climbing fast in the Americas. Next update July 15th - be interesting to compare the numbers on that date. Stay safe!
© Sam North - July 2nd 2020
The Sam North Novels - still available to order Amazon or Lulu
PS: Thanks to readers in India reading Another Place to Die: Endtime Chronicles.
Read Girl with Cat (Blue) - 'funny, scary and full of surprises - a must read' LD
*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, also recommended & 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 the 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. Can you get ahead of the virus?
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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