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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Cairns Of Sainctuarie - Book Blast Tour and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Hawk will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Cairns of Sanctuarie: Volume I - The Bleikovat Event

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.

Enjoy an 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 rumors: “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, “…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." Another long swallow…re-plugged the pouch. Bit off another twist of dried chakklu.

About the Author:
Welsh and Scottish Hawk MacKinney grew up in northwest Arkansas, and wrote for his school newspaper. Hawk served over twenty years as a Special Staff Corps Officer with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Recruiting Officer, a Navy Recruiting Command Liaison Officer, and Commanding Officer of units attached to the U.S. Marine Corps bases at Parris Island, South Carolina and Twentynine Palms, California. Along with his postgraduate degrees, he studied English and Russian history and foreign languages. As a faculty member in major medical and veterinarian universities, he authored professional articles and taught postgraduate courses in the United States and Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem. In addition to his SF series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie, Hawk MacKinney has authored the Craige Ingram Mystery Series and Moccasin Trace, a historical romance nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award.

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16 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book, Hawk, and what an intriguing and tantalising cover. Loved the excerpt. Wishing you many sales!

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    1. HYWELA LYN - thanked U for hosting in a comment below...I'd like to claim the cover as mine BUT it ain't. Graphic artist did it from the galley proof. His cover for the upcoming release this fall, Vol-II, The Missing Planets was even more surrealistic breath-taking. Crossing genres is a bunch'a fun - thank U again -

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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    2. Isn't it great when a cover artist captures the essence of the book! I'll look forward to seeing the cover for the Missing Planets too - on my ever growing tbr list!

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    3. What's surprised me the most was what I thought was good ideas for a cover can't touch what the graphic artist has done -

      HmK

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    4. I can certainly relate to that Hawk. The background of the cover for my first book was beyond expectations, although unfortunately the image of the heroine was wrong, but for the second book, I had much more contact with the same artist, abnd bless her, she could have taken the exact scene I imagined from my mind and converted it to the cover image.

      I look forward to seeing what your artist does for the next book!

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    5. Me too - the artist is always coming up things I never thought of & I love it. I've already approved the cover for Vol-II, The Missing Planets; its galley is waiting for my read. I'm sure you'll get a chance to see it when it's scheduled for a tour -

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net

      Hawk MacK

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    6. I'll look out for it, Hawk!

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    1. Mary Preston - hope the tale intrigues even more - thank U for stopping by & commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  3. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by and commenting - you're right, that's a very intrigueing title as well as a fascinating cover!

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    1. Again - thank U - I will pass your comments on to the artist -

      Hawk MacK

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  4. ROMANCE THAT’S `OUT OF THIS WORLD’ - thank you for hosting The Bleikovat Event, Vol-I of The Cairns of Sainctuarie. It’s fun to delve into other genre(s), taking character-driven plots in tales of other worlds. Keeping more than a touch of romance in rough and ready conflicts…letting the characters develop while at the same time blurring the lines between genres. Vol-II, The Missing Planets is due for release this fall.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

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  5. Hello Hawk, I'm so happy to be able to host your book - and I ceretainly agree about character diven plots and other worlds - and the romance too of course. I really like the sound of this series!

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    1. The series is fun to write...mixing the genres...playing characters, settings, all the fun of sci-fi... thank U -

      Hawk MacK

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