Welcome to Sam’s Sunday Supplement, #7, a weekly digest of news from Sam’s world.
The editing of Mind Games, book eleven in the Sam Smith Mystery Series, is now complete and the book is on schedule for publication on 3rd June 2017. Mind Games can be pre-ordered for $0.99, €0.99, £0.99. With the editing complete I have stepped up my research for Digging in the Dirt, book twelve in the series.
One of the chapters in Digging in the Dirt will be set at Lavernock on the South Wales coast. On the 13th May 1897, Guglielmo Marconi, assisted by a local man, George Kemp, transmitted and received the first wireless signals over open sea between Lavernock Point and Flat Holm Island.
In Morse code Marconi transmitted the message, “Are you ready?” He received the reply, “Can you hear me?” And responded, “Yes, loud and clear.”
The recording slip for the first message is on display at the National Museum of Wales. Pictured here, Guglielmo Marconi, post office engineers with Marconi’s equipment, Lavernock Point and the island of Flat Holm.
More news about Digging in the Dirt. I have a new cover designer and I’m very pleased with this draft cover they have created for the story.
Faye Collister, Sam’s friend and assistant, features in Mind Games and Digging in the Dirt. Readers of my series will know that Faye has a number of issues, including an obsessive compulsive disorder. This link might help you if you have friends or family who suffer with OCD Psychology Today
One of the inspirations for the Sam Smith Mystery Series is The Rockford Files starring my favourite actor James Garner. A highlight of The Rockford Files was the telephone answering machine messages at the start of each episode, including this one from The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers…Jimmy, old buddy-buddy – it’s Angel. You know how they allow you one phone call? Well, this is it.
As ever, thank you for your interest and support. More news next week.