Mission Longshot

About Becoming a Writer:
Restoration of Ami

The Restoration of Ami
A Road Trip adventure
Extract of Chapter One here

The Restoration of Ami
ISBN: 978-1-7385181-0-4 - Print UK

Pub 2.29.24

February 29th 2024 saw the publication of my new novel
The Restoration of Ami. It took a lot longer to write this one as having a heart attack, covid and shingles all within a two month period rather delayed things. However, it was finally completed after a December trip to Florida to check some details. Writing a book is never easy and writing a road trip novel is harder still as it all depends on how your characters react to the logs you place across the road. I was reminded of this when my niece and I got into an elevator at the Westin hotel in Cape Coral with 17 others and it began to slip, the brakes failing to grab. That we all remained calm as the oxygen depleted was entirely down to my niece explaining calmly that help will come, don't panic. Only after the incident did she remark that 'yes we would all have been killed if it had plummeted from the 7th floor'. Things happen to people everyday that they don't expect. Shootings, accidents, illness or even a moment of laughter. I kind of hope my novels embrace all of that.

Writing stories has always been my thing. From early beginnings as a kid concocting adventures in Spain as I listened to my big sisters classical music - Manuel de Falla and Rodrigo mostly. I loved reading stories about the future that would take me far away from my boarding school. The future was exciting then and scary what with the constant threat of nuclear war. I always wanted to go into space and remember writing to Buzz Aldrin the astronaut and being excited he personally replied. I eventually got to see one of the last shuttle launches into space and was amazed at the terrifying noise that shook the air and make water bounce. Space was my first interest as a kid so it's crazy that it too me so long to finally write my own little space opera. Space is a dangerous place for humans. Ridely Scott and Philip K Dick got it right in Bladerunner. The future of space exploration is for A1 robots. But you already knew AI robots are going to take over the world - right? Misson Longshot is about kids facing their limits and was a lot of fun to write.

One: Mission Longshot: How far would you go to save one life?

AP NEWS 6/16/2032 Atlanta Robbins AFB

‘Last Hope for Humanity,’ says President Navidoo.
Space Colony vessel NOVA was successfully launched from Robbins Air Force Base (near Macon, Georgia).
3000 of the brightest children of America were blasted into space on a seventy-year journey to escape our climate ravaged planet. US President Navidoo declared. ‘There isn’t a soul on this planet who doesn’t wish they too were on that vessel. We wish them Godspeed. May they cherish what they find and protect it against all odds.’
Decades before success of the enterprise is known. - The emergency action was taken after the melting of both polar ice caps led to devastating flooding of huge swathes of landmass in the world, including much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
Billions threatened with starvation
- The threat to life from massive food shortages, led to the race to find another ‘Earth’.
Scientific Collaboration
- Project Nova built at speed between 2029 and 2032 shows what can be done when all the best minds in science are brought together.
Radical fusion reactor engine designed by Dr L. Kandar will travel at 50,000 mph
. - The sister ship, Kalahari should be launched within six to eight months as more young people worldwide are being recruited and trained for this critical mission.

Mystery Novels
We Feel Your Pain – So you don’t have to. (The first Delaney & Asha thriller)
The Case:
Delaney (42) and Asha (22) run the Office of Berg City Oversight. Their role is to expose the scams, keep the city safe from unscrupulous people.  When something looks too good to be true – it’s a scam, right?  But what if the scam works?  What kind of scam is that? When Delaney is driven off a cliff and left for dead – Asha knows she has to save her boss, after all he’s the one who signs the salary cheque. Kindle

The Book of Ashes
The 2nd Delaney & Asha mystery from Sam Hawksmoor
ISBN: 979-8-837434-952
Hammer & Tong -2022-
Print & ebook available now

"This was supposed to be a simple track and trace job. Find the writer, bank the money. Now it's a horror show."

Delaney and Asha are hired to find a missing writer who took money from the client and ran. It's December in New England. It's freezing. Luckily almost everyone leaves a trace.  Turns out finding the writer is the easy part. The fact that he claims he’s being watched and told not to write anything on pain of death certainly adds a complication.  Delaney thinks Wolfie Sigurdsson is just a drunk and a liar but it turns out it was speaking the truth. Someone really does want him dead. But why does someone want him silenced? What did he discover whilst researching the book he was supposed to be writing? What did the old man with dementia tell him?

GIRL with CAT (Blue) by Sam Hawksmoor
Published by Hammer & Tong
Kindle version available on Amazon now

'London doesn't exist. Has never existed and all those who say so are liars!'
Shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award
and Honorable Mention in the Writers's Digest Book Awards USA
Lundein - a city devastated by war. Imagine you are one the last survivors, patrolling the ruins with your wild Blue Lynx, trained to protect you from all enemies. Imagine there’s a secret way out, a perilous labyrinth to London that few survive. Nevertheless you must find it or die. Imagine an art gallery. Jules falls in love with a stunning portrait of a girl, her faithful Cat at her side. Kye, the artist tells her that it’s his sister Saska, living in a city that impossibly exists in the exact same space as London – invisible to us.
Saska seeks the tunnel and a way out. Kye can’t remember the way back. Jules courts madness in believing any of it is real.

The Repossession og Genie Magee The Hunting of Genie Magee The Repossession of Genie Magee &
The Hunting of Genie Magee
are set in the mountain town of Spurlake. Spurlake must have been pretty exciting place to live in around 1890. It was a barren, lonely mountainside facing onto a lake.  Once gold was found a whole city grew in just months.  Genie Magee's great-grandfather built-up Spurlake way back in its heady gold rush days and made a fortune. B.C. has a number of towns like this  - overnight cities that flourished until the gold ran out and then slowly began to die as people drifted away. Now its the site of evil scientists experimenting with teleportation and looking for 'volunteers'. Do not go for a walk in the woods!

* They are available in Turkish (As TOZ, Golge and Ruya)

The Heaviness of Genie Magee is the third Genie Magee story. Genie thinks she's safe from The Fortress but they aren't going to let her go without a fight. Reverend Schneider is biding his time - waiting to get his revenge and Rian is in big trouble. Genie & Renée have just 36 hours to save Rian or he dies a horrible death. Meanwhile back on the farm Marshall experiments with anti-gravity. What could possible go wrong... ?

'The Repercussions of Tomas D' I wrote because I like to play 'What if..' Alternative history is a fascination for me.What if England had lost the war? I sent poor Tomas D back to London in the middle of the Blitz. He knows exactly how the war is supposed to end, but what if someone really believes he is from the future and they use that knowledge to change the outcome of WW2? What would that world be like? We get two stories in this book - Tomas stuck in 1941 and his best friend Gabriella waking up to a German run England in her own time. It's what Gabby notices about this new England that proves the most controversial. History turns on a pinhead. This could have really happened... see Time Stories
Sample Chapter here - The Day after Tomas disappears

Another Place To Die: Endtime Chronicles
This is a story of four young people in BC trying to get ahead of an airborne lethal virus at any cost. What if a pandemic worse than Covid 19 got out of control worldwide? Imagine a world where antibiotics no longer cure anything and the vaccine is an even greater risk... coming to a future near you. Sometimes surviving is the wrong choice, as Liz (15) rapidly discovers when she wakes up in a hospital ward in Mexico full of dead people...

Marikka based on a true story of a girl who fled an arson attack on her home and walked into a whole world of trouble - set in my native Lincolnshire. It's about a father's desperate search for a daughter who's run from the fire thinking she will be blamed. It's a tragic tale, but I think you will like Marikka and Mika, the boy who crashes cars and Anya, the spooky girl who can read objects.

J&K 4Ever - imagine a future without oil, without law. Two young orphan lovers Jayna and Kruge want to stay together but it is prohibited. They must flee into the wastelands and learn to survive - behind them the Enforcers hunt them on horseback to drag them back dead or alive.

Background to Hawksmoor early years:
After careers that involved teaching, travel and photography and jointly editing the web magazine
www.hackwriters.com it's pretty much all been about writing. (Add a smattering of gold prospecting in B.C. & Nevada whilst researching a novel) and running Creative Writing Masters Programmes at Falmouth & Portsmouth Universities). Somewhere back there also writing radio drama (About 35 plays broadcast), I starting teaching 'Writing for Kids' which proved to be one of the most popular courses I ran. From there started writing my own YA stories. Spent Covid lockdowns finishing 'We Feel Your Pain' and finally writing 'Mission Longshot' that started life way back in 2013 in Montreal. I don't know how you got through lockdown but being an artist or writer is a privilege as we are more used than most to being alone with our thoughts and ideas. Now we wonder how to survive as writers in the woke era let alone the threat of AI .

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