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’ä 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.
The catafalque of the old Dowager Queen rested on the high rostrum of the Temple of the Goddess Myraa. There was little ceremony to the cremation of dead. Yet, all that had passed made this requiem for the Dowager Queen Klarvkaa Etkaa Bremanova Celovaa Bremanova a symbol of the changes which had swept so many lives. Long annuals before the ascendancy of The Klarvkon Dynasty, the massive wood and granite Temple to the Goddess Myraa had been destroyed in the firestorm which laid waste Eedov City. After the close of the Malfesian War the temple was rebuilt, but not the city. On the ashes of the old temple, immense columns rose above the sanctuary and vaults. Iridescent alabaster and polished marble greeted pilgrim supplicants who had come to the shoreline plains washed by the Green Sea.
Dowager Etkaa Klarvkaa—wife, myäat, founding matriarch of the Klarvkon Dynasty—gave hope from a time without hope. As was her wish, she would be cremated on the soil of her birth, her ashes to mingle with those of her consort, Klarvko Celo. Their son, His Imperial Majesty Klarvko Celo the Second, decreed it would be done. At the enormous base of the great temple in a spectacular vision never seen before and seldom since came an undulating ocean of banners. Some of them clans which no longer existed, even the once-hated Green Dragon of Bleikovia. Murians had taken her to their hearts and never relinquished her. Even in death, her shadow would reach across the centuries, and measure all who followed.
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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Hywela LYN blog -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, & will begin its tour the 25th of this month. Vol-III is in the galley-edit stage with Vol-IV in the Saintuarie series to follow.ReplyDelete
Hywela LYN blog - a p.s. 'forgot to add thank you' to you & your site for the cover-splurge, leaving it huge - the graphics artist contrasted the colors to make it stand out. The splurge on Vol-II, starting this Mon, is an eye-catcher as well (covers on my HOME web page) - appreciate it on behalf of the readers/commenter. Quite a number of them made a point of how much they liked it -ReplyDelete
You're very welcome, Hawk, it is a really unusual, stunning cover, and I always love to display good covers, I will check out volume II!ReplyDelete
Hywela LYN - no need to apologize for asking. Host(s) along with our writing/agent/publishing communities are part of the marketing business. Computer/website crashes/complications can be frustrating & time consuming. Thru August 2015 I'm booked for personal events every day (try to squeak wknds for R&R)...there's too few minutes per hr, pr day to get to the 3 manuscripts in galley-edits...BUT more than a few times I've needed help - and rc'd it. I'm cleaning up junk from the server glitch yesterday...thank the powers that be for backups. If 'follow' is via your 'Create a Link' below - I'll take it from there. If not, I'd prefer not doing this thru GFish & your Bleikovat hosting posted 2day, i.e. bore other commenters. Go to @gmail.com; point me to your 'follow' link.Delete
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When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?ReplyDelete
so cant wait to read this!ReplyDelete
DanieX - Thank U. Hope U enjoy the readin' as much as I did the concoctin' of the write of Bleikovat & Vol-II The Missing Planets of the Cairns series starting its tour this coming Mon. Thanx for stopping by, commenting -Delete
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Victoria ALEXANDER - Thank U & you're welcome...will pass on your kudo to the editor. Apology for the delay on your comment on a previous sites- AT&T went down for this area & took GFish & all the hosts with it. Ah, yeh...the old adage, 'men & boys & our toys' has changed somewhat. Site won't let me REPLY to you, or perhaps it's delayed. Doesn't matter. For readers following my Sci-Fi titles, Vol-II, has been released, & will begin its tour the 25th, this coming Mon. Vol-III is in the galley-edit stage with Vol-IV in the Saintuarie series to follow. Nice seeing U again - thanx for commenting -Delete
Sounds great, I can't wait to read it.ReplyDelete
RITA - Thank U...hope U enjoy the read. Thanx for stopping by...commenting -Delete
I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.ReplyDelete
Patrick SIU - you're welcome, & thanx for keeping up with the tour, taking time to leave a comment...Delete
Hello Mai T, Danie X, Victoria, Rita and Patrick, thanks so much for stopping by to support Hawk here today - it truly does sound like a wonderful read doesn't it. Can't wait to read it myself!ReplyDelete
Hywela LYN - hope you enjoy the 'wonderful read' as much as I've enjoyed visiting your blog/guests - if Bleikovat hooks U, Vol-II The Missing Planets starts this coming Mon. Thanx for the comment -Delete
I will certainly do that, Hawk. I have a ton of books to read, apart from edits for my own forthcoming latest release, but I will look forward to reading yours and to have discovered your books.Delete
Sounds like an intriguing book, thanks for sharing it and good luck with your release.ReplyDelete
Eva MILLIEN - Hope U find the read as intriguing, & you're welcome to the sharing. Thank U for the 'good luck' on the release. Vol-II The Missing Planets starts this coming Mon. Thanx for the comment -Delete
I loved the terrific excerpt! Thank you for the great post!ReplyDelete
Betty WOODRUM - I'll pass on your 'terrific excerpt' kudo to the editor who put it together. I'm glad for Hywela LYN that this post has been so much fun. Meeting the repeat-commenter/readers is always a pleasure for a writer-reader such as we are. Thank U for all your visits to the sites in the tour & your comments - they are much appreciated, & I hope to see U during the Vol-II tour of the Cairns series, The Missing Planets host begin hosting Vol-II this coming Mon. Hope to see U there. Giveaway or not...thank U for your time -Delete
A very interesting blurb.ReplyDelete
Mary PRESTON - I agree...the top-notch editor dun good with the blurb. Nice seeing your following the released titles' tours & blasts with GFish. I'll pass on your kudo about the blurb. Thanx for commenting...& the follow...Delete
Hello Eva, Betty and Mary, thanks so much for stopping by, glad you enjoyed Hawk's post. Thanks to everyone who visited the post and thanks also to Haw for being such a terrific guest on the 'Flightdeck'.ReplyDelete
Hywela LYN - I couldn't agree more. I've enjoyed your guest posts...whether 'Flightdeck' or elsewhere, this is good site. it's lots of fun to interact with serious readers/writers/commenters, plus the time they take to stop & comment. Again...thank U for hosting & your guests for commenting -Delete