Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Blurb Blitz Tour & Giveaway - The Bleikovat Event - The Cairns of Sainctuarie by Hawk MacKinney




The Bleikovat Event - The Cairns of Sainctuarie
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing

Book Description:
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.


About the Author
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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31 comments:

  1. The impressive cover is what I like best from today's post.

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    1. Mai T - the cover grabbed me as well. Vol-II's cover is even grander but different. Glad it grabbed U - thanx for stopping by - commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  2. I really liked the excerpt!

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    1. ANGELA - I liked the excerpt too. Wasn't my doing - thanx goes to the editor - hope U like the read of Vol(s) I & III AND Vol-III (not yet released) of the Cairns series - thanx for stopping by -

      HmK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  3. Alecia STONE/CBY -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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  4. Thanks for the excerpt. Congrats to Hawk on the new release

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    1. SANDY - Glad U liked the excerpt...wasn't my doing but I like it too. Thank U on the 'congrats' & for stopping by - commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  5. Great excerpt, thank you.

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    1. RITA - Thank U re: the excerpt, & on behalf of this host & me, thank U for dropping by, leaving a comment -

      Hawk

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  6. Enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Eva MILLIEN - Thank you re: the excerpt & you're welcome...hope I've lured U into the world of sci-fi WHICH many times is no longer fiction. Thanx for commenting -

      Hawk MacK
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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt, and I would love to read this story.

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    1. JUANA - It is a good excerpt. The read of Bleikovat is both sci-fi with a back-story genre-mix of romance which continues in Vol-II of the Cairns series, The Missing Planets. Vol-III is in the works...all fantasy sci-fi decidedly different from my mystery thrillers. Thank for commenting - hope U enjoy the read -

      Hawk MacK

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  8. I enjoyed the excerpt. This book sounds really good. I also enjoy reading about the authors, especially when they are new to me!

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    1. JUDY - Thank U...I like the excerpt as well. I liked spinning the yarn of Bleikovat as well as Vol(s) II (released) & III in galley-edit. Several comments have enjoyed the bio...hope U enjoy the read - thanx for commenting -

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  9. The excerpt was so interesting! And I do have to say that the cover is amazing!! This sounds like an intriguing book! Thank you for the great post and contest!

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    1. Betty WOODRUM - The excerpt does make an interesting hook...wish I could claim I did it. Ditto the cover...the graphic designer put it together so good. Intrigue is the weave of the tales in the 3 volumes of the Cairns series...and thank U for your comments. I've enjoyed the post & the readers -

      Hawk MacK

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  10. I loved the excerpt, I can picture it in my head as I am reading. Love it!

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    1. Judy THOMAS - Everyone seems to like the excerpt & it was well done by the editors. Drawing pictures with words & stirring the fantasy is one of the pleasures of 'reading a bk'. Am pleased U like it. Vol-II, The Missing Planets of the Cairns series has been released, & Vol-III is in galley-edit. Thank U for dropping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  11. Thanks for sharing the excerpt..I enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to checking this one out :)

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    1. Victoria ALEXANDER - I'm glad the editors that did the excerpt shared it with both of us. It is a good hook. If U like the read of Bleikovat, Vol-II The Missing Planets is coming up for a tour later this month. The cover on Vol-II is surreal & breathtaking. It's on the HOME page of my site. Thanx for stopping by & commenting. Enjoy the read...as much as I did the write...

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  12. I enjoyed the excerpt today. Thank you,

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    1. Ree DEE - You're welcome...it's a good excerpt...thanx for stopping by & commenting...

      Hawk

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  14. I liked the excerpt. Looking forward to reading this! Thanks!

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    1. Angie D - Glad u were pleased with the excerpt - have fun with the read. Vol-II of Cairns, The Missing Planets starts its tour the 25th of this month. Thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  15. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Patrick SIU - as much as I did learning about the tale while shuffling the tale together. You're welcome for the share...hope U enjoy the read...

      Hawk

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  16. Great excerpt! Looking forward to reading this book

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    1. GEMIINII - will pass on your kudo to the excerpt editor, & I hope enjoy the read as much as I did the write. Thanx for commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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