Wednesday, May 13, 2015

THE BLEIKOVAT EVENT BY HAWK MACKINNEY - VIRTUAL TOUR + GIVEAWAY




The Bleikovat Event - The Cairns of Sainctuarie
by Hawk MacKinney

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BLURB


Among the close-kin clans of western rural Malfesian Murians, farming and gelf ranches are long held traditions.  Times are good…full barns, fat gelf calves and large families thrive among the sprawling grain fields and hamlets and the river from which they derive their name—the Feldon.  Word comes with the trade caravans that times are not so good in the regions far to the east of the Feldon River:  tumultuous changes stir among the remote province of Bleikovia.  Old timer Feldovats shrug it off as one more squabble between clans over boundaries or water rights…too distant to affect the Feldovats.

The western clans learn too late, however, it is no local squabble.  Outnumbered and unprepared, Feldovats resist a hoard bent on plunder and conquest.  Days of battle along the Feldon River stain the riverbanks in green Murian blood.  In the finals days of exhausted fighting, Judikar Klarvko Celo, leader of the Clan Klarvkon and the Feldovats, is fatally stabbed with the slow-acting sevon poison.  The Judikar’s consort, Etikaa Klarvkaa, becomes Regentkaa, and with Celovat Field Commander Korvo Celo serving as her advisor, she leads the demoralized Feldovat survivors on a gruesome ill-prepared winter trek through high mountain passes of ice and blizzard snow in an attempt to elude the Green Dragon forces of the Bleikovats.

Etkaa’s only son, Klarvko Celo II, helps spirit Feldovat young across a remote mountain exodus to the west toward Eedov Province. The battered, starving Feldovats reach the Malfesian coast at Eedov City only to be confronted with their implacable enemy determined to destroy the remaining Klarvkon rabble.  Taking passage on crowded lumbering Maalonovion freighters, Feldovats and Malfesian refugees set sail.  On arrival in Maalon City they are welcomed among their Maalon hosts, and settle into a new life.

But famine and a pandemic pestilence stir old hates and nurse former ambitions.  The enraged Overseers of Bleikovia move against the Klarvkons, this time bringing bloodshed to Maalonovia.  The exiles from the Feldon must fight once again, but starvation and plague across the Planete Myr make it a different war from the battles along the Feldon…a na’รค blikovat…the Bleikovvat Phenomenon…an event with unexpected consequences and outcomes none could have foreseen.

Before the vendetta killing is exhausted, the Regentkaa Klarvkaa and her son are swept onto the Maalon throne, setting the Klarvkon Dynasty and the Murians toward an intergalactic golden age, and a star-flung destiny the once-agrarian Feldovats could never have envisaged.

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EXCERPT

There had been warnings; far from the Feldon River, across the flat prairies and far-flung farming settlements, in the grain fields and remote gelf ranches of the far-west reaches of Feldon provinces. Most dismissed them, “…idle gossip from those with too little to do.”

The onslaught struck late and faraway during the last harvesting moons of the growing season, and once again unsettled whispers passed. Among the markets and along trade routes far from the fields and farms of the Feldovat fiefdoms the word spread.

That was before dispatch riders and message runners on ponderous muscled claks brought more disturbing news: Heavy raids and ambushes all along the hinterlands this side of the Bleikov-Bormeikovat frontiers.

One grizzled Murian farmer’s slit-pupils narrowed to thin slivers. Gently tightened the reins, hooked to the plough. The lumbering gelf plodded to a stop. He laid the planed-wood handles of the plough sidewise onto the fresh furrow. Without moving from the trenched rows the gelf reached its thick neck to nibble the green tufts around its feet. The weathered work-aged farmer carefully slipped the reins off his shoulder. Fingered the split creeping along one sweat-stained handle, muttered, “…get this to the woodworker before spring ploughing times. Get it braced before I have to barter for a new plough handle.” Pulled off his wide-brim woven hat; wiped his forehead. Uncorked his gelf-leather water pouch; took long slow swallows. Spit a bitter-chewed slurry of brown chakklu; scowled,"…ill-tempered uplander Bleikovats." After another long swallow he re-plugged the pouch. Bit off another twist of dried chakklu.

Coming up the next furrow behind him, his nephew pulled the harrow to a stop across from his uncle. Kicked loose a couple of big weeded clods wedged under the harrow frame and brushed dirt off the mottled green scab on the back of his hand he had cut yestermorn while sharpening the plough. Reached for his water bag. "Bleikovats are sure stirring a big fuss.” Put down his water bag to help stack the shocks; hefted another bound sheaf.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links


With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention.  Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.

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GIVEAWAY
 $25 Amazon/BN GC 



23 comments:

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    1. Julia BOOKREADER - Your more than welcome & thank U -

      Hawk MacKinney

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  2. Julia BOOKREADER -Thank U for hosting The Bleikovat Event International Book Tour, Vol-I in The Cairns of Saintuaries series with its mix of genre(s) and characters. It is much appreciated. For readers following my Sci-Fi titles, Vol-II, has been released. Vol-III is in the edit stage with Vol-IV in the Saintuarie series to follow.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

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    1. Dear Hawk,
      Thank you so much for stopping by!! And thank you for letting me be part of your Book Tour.
      Congrats,
      Julia

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    2. Julia BOOKREADER - Thank U for posting a site that's well done & easy for those interested to navigate/comment. My bk tours are definitely team efforts with emphasis on 'team' - I've had people help me who I don't even know as well as help from some very talented professionals, who 'dun been brung up mo'betta'. They're smart/creative/dependable & in this rickety world...HONEST. I thoroughly enjoy working with/thru them & sing their praises every chance I get. My Cairns series & my Ingram mystery-thriller series are proof of how good they are. Yep, I give them a product to work with, but that's just the beginning steps. You & I & others in this business know excellent writers whose work will never see the printed page. That makes me sad for them & truly fortunate. It sure ain't all my doin'. Having you & this site on one of my tours is an enjoyable privilege...thank U -

      Ain't it fun!

      Hawk MacKinney

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    3. Wow, you left me speechless...You're an amazing person and a very talented author!!

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  3. I love the intriguing excerpt the most!

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    1. Mai T - Thank U. The editor put together an excellent hook-tease for the plot/characters. Thank U for stopping by & commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Hi Mai! Indeed, it's a very intriguing excerpt! Thanks for stopping by

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  5. The cover grabs your attention and then the excerpt finishes pulling you in! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Betty WOODRUM - the excerpt is a spooky hooker just like the dangerous risks Etkaa took…glad U liked it. Vol-II, The Missing Planets. has a knock-down cover as well…hope the hook pulls U to the 2nd Vol in the Cairns series. You’re welcome to the share…thanx for stopping by & commenting –

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Hi Betty! Great comment!! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!

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  6. Thank you for the excerpt.

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    1. RITA - you're welcome...it's a good'un - thanx for leaving a comment -

      HmK

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    2. Hi Rita! Thabks for stopping by!

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  7. What a unique and fascinating excerpt.

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    1. MomJANE - I couldn't agree more...enjoyed reading it when it was first posted...wraps the many lead-ins that Bleikovat plants for the following bks in the Cairns series. Vol-II The Missing Planets tour begins the 15th of this month...thank U for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  8. Great excerpt.. thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to checking this one out.

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    1. Victoria ALEXANDER - you're welcome...glad I could share the excerpt. I like the one in Vol-II that's on GFish tours starting the 25th of this month. Hope U enjoy the read...thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  9. Very descriptive excerpt, I enjoyed every detail of it!

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    1. Enrique HERRERA - descriptive in excerpts, plots, scenes in my sci-fi or mystery thrillers - one tool in spinning a tale into the hook for the reader(s) - I like what the editors did with the excerpt too. Details can make the scene alive for the reader. Hope U enjoy the read. Vol-II of the Cairns series, The Missing Planets, comes the 25th of this month. Emjoy the read of the galactic saga - it was fun to jigsaw the pieces together -

      Hawk MacK

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