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When the Earth Had a Moon by A. M. Cunning

A.M Cunning is an author, lawyer, and mother of three. She has lived in Paris, NYC, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and recently settled back in the Midwest to raise her kids and be closer to her family. Her latest book When the Earth Had a Moon is a science fiction / space thriller. It was released in August 2017, published by MEL Press. This is the first part of a 2 part series.
Tell us about your book.
What if the Earth had No Moon? How could the Earth lose its moon?
The world’s first moon base has been established by MoonX Ltd., a joint venture company with American, Chinese, and Russian government shareholders to promote the peaceful use and development of the moon for all. However, political tensions arise and raise the specter of total annihilation.
A young nuclear physicist, Rex, works on the base to create nuclear fusion using helium-3, but personal tragedy draws his mind away from his work. His fiancée, Avery, the captain of the first manned mission to Mars, has gone missing.
Using AI technology, Rex searches for answers to the cause of the loss of the Mars bound ship, but he discovers military secrets instead.
After the Americans expel Russian scientists from the base on the grounds of spying, the Russians retaliate and accuse the Americans of hiding nuclear weapons on the moon.
The Chinese begin evacuating staff to escape the escalating situation and Rex is caught in the turmoil of mourning the love of his life, watching his life’s work go up in flames, and rescuing his friends.
What inspired you to write When the Earth Had a Moon?
I watched a documentary about what would Earth be like if it had no moon, and the idea of having no moon intrigued me. I began researching what would happen if the Earth lost its moon, and I decided there was enough material there to make a story out of.
Can you share an excerpt from the book with us?
When Rex got back to the base, he went directly to the cafeteria. He found Mei having a late lunch consisting of plain white rice with a chunky pink substance, supposedly chicken, with peas and carrots. Rex sat down across from Mei. “Something good for lunch?”
“I’d like it better if I didn’t eat the same thing every day,” Mei said.
“You could opt for the beef stew,” Rex said.
“I’m a vegetarian,” Mei said.
Rex did not bother pointing out the glaring contradiction in her statement. Besides, he knew that there was barely any real meat in their food anyway.
“Aren’t you hungry?” Mei asked.
“Not yet,” Rex said. “I was actually coming to find you.”
“I was in the Russian lab.”
“How did you manage that? I don’t think you should be in there. You know how the company is sensitive about entry permissions.”
“I know, but I don’t think anyone is going to really care now.”
Mei stopped eating. “Find anything?”
“Actually, yes.”
Intriguing! Where can readers go to learn more or connect with you?
When the Earth Had a Moon (Part 1) is available for sale on Amazon. To learn more, go to https://amcunning.com/