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* Teaching on
the MA in Creative Writing at Lincoln University this academic year. 2017
The Repercussions of Tomas D
WW2 spy thriller
If you accidentally went back in time to 1941 -
could you make a difference?
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|J&K 4Ever - The rules that break us
a Sam Hawksmoor novel – print & kindle
I am Kruge: Born sixteen years ago, not sure exactly when. No one celebrates birthdays. Birthdays are prohibited. Bluette is my city. They say Bluette is named on account of the blue stones found in the mines downriver. A forbidden place. The Ministers say this is the best place in a troubled world for a boy like me.
I don’t know about the rest of the world, or why it’s troubled. Leaving the City is prohibited.
There’s a scrapyard at the edge of town, on Devil’s Plain, where everything prohibited in Bluette goes to be destroyed. The Ministers say they’re the instruments of evil. Once they say terrible flying machines flew from that place destroying the planet. I am not sure I believe this.
It's a mortal sin to hear the voices of women singing or see them dance. Only Ministers may sing and dance. Girls are never allowed to go to school, only boys. Boys will be given a vocation or, if favored, choose the Ministry. Serving the Lord is the highest honor. Girls may work in the home or fields or given jobs until they bear children for the men. They are matched in their sixteenth year. There are no love matches. A girl must accept the betrothal the Minister’s decide. They always know best. Love is prohibited.
I am one of the unwanted. We live in the city orphanage. There are many orphans here. It seems a lot of parents die in Bluette. I hope I don’t ever get sick. Only God can heal the sick.
I have one friend. Jeyna. She has green eyes. Jeyna has a secret only I know.
But secrets are prohibited.
J&K4Ever - First Chapter by Sam Hawksmoor
'A grim but gripping and sweet love story' C Thomas
*Sara Troy interviews Sam Hawksmoor 2016
||Another Place To Die: Endtime Chronicles
New 2nd Edition in print and kindle /Q & A with the authors
A reworking of this classic Canadian pandemic novel (Replaces previous Ist Edition)
Could you survive a world where antibiotics no longer work?
A city is gripped by fear as a lethal virus approaches from the East. No one knows how many are dying. People are scared 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, to wait it out. Anarchists are going from island to island burning. Prophet Arnold promises salvation to all those who believe, but what kind of life awaits the survivors? Once a virus takes hold, chaos reigns. If you flee - how do you know you aren't taking it with you? Where is safe exactly? Another Place To Die: Endtime
'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive', - Roxy Williams - Amazon.co.uk
'I was drawn into the story immediately and couldn't put it down. The characters are still with me. Excellent book.' - Nick11 Amazon UK
'A great story, well told' - Austin - Amazon UK
| DIAMONDS -
The Rush of '72
ISBN 13: 9781411610880
Publisher Lulu.com 289 pages paperback
also available on iTunes or Kindle & Amazon
Diamonds - The Rush of '72 is a bold and ambitious western, telling the true story of the long-forgotten
diamond rush in California in the 1870's. The story follows
the progress of the two world-weary Kentucky prospectors,
Philip Arnold and John Slack, who claimed to have found
the diamond fields. The two men walk into a bank in San
Francisco one morning to deposit a sack of diamonds in its
vault, and this sets in motion a story that focuses the
attention of the world upon them. more
Prof Graham Attenborough writes:
Sam North's novel, though written in a light hearted style, explores the dark heart of the American Dream. Its main characters are all real historical actors and the story which unfolds actually happened and is a great example of rigorous research. I enjoyed this story very much. American History brought to true life.
Sam is the editor of the long running web magazine hackwriters.com
||MAGENTA (Kindle only)
A mysterious, tragic tale from the wilds of the Lincolnshire coast – a haunting story about father and his runaway daughter more
See Magenta flee the fire to sleep under the stars
Meet Anya, the girl who reads objects
Find Mika, the wild boy who feeds the fishes
Discover Leon, the dead man searching for a daughter
‘Long after my tears dried, my heart stayed with Magenta, Starfish Boy and the strange girl who read objects.’ CT
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