Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Dead Gold (Moccasin Hollow Mystery #4) by Hawk MacKinney

Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Dead Gold by Hawk MacKinney. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour here for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: Dead Gold
Series: Moccasin Hollow 
Author: Hawk Mackinney
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Release Date: February 9th, 2019
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The dazzling lure of Olympic gold fame is a spotlight glare hotter than any fifteen minutes of fame.

During plans for a cross-country ski vacation, Aspen Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Detective David “Spinner” Krespinak and SEAL-bud Craige Ingram are ensnared by glamour, upmarket glitz and bling, and greed in the deadly champagne powder world of a money-gets-you-anything high-country ski-mecca. Body parts start turning up in the most unlikely places. As the two friends start their investigation, A hornets nest of the local elite do not want the publicity. For good reason it seems, they may be part of the mystery of bodies and body parts piling up at the morgue.

The closer they get to the killer the more confused they become. Who is behind the murders and mutilation? The list of suspects grows as they close the net on the killer.

The tender underbelly of Aspen is not what it seems. It is a raw open sore that oozes blood, drugs, and murder.

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
A heavy burgundy turtleneck turned up against the frosty bite, Spinner was waiting at the foot of the steps. A big angular grin spread all over his rugged face, “Hard to believe you finally hauled your butt out here.”

“Time gets away for both of us and our twenty-eight hour days. Been a while since you’ve kicked back at Moccasin Bend.”

With a hearty guffaw Spinner retorted, “You haven’t changed one damn bit, Peadinger. You’ll always be the same compulsive CO, churning full blast 'till you’re sure all bases have been covered.” The two bear-hugged like long-lost brothers.

Craige said, “It's good to be here and even better seein’ your bronco-bustin’ backside.”

Spinner was a quiet-spoken Kentucky transplant to west Texas, and then Aspen, and his easy throaty laugh always made Craige feel everything was okay. He brightened Craige’s world as much as the other way round. No matter how long they’d been apart, the two exSEALs remained closer than close.

Spinner said, “Been too long since our last runs on that Big Sky Montana ski trip.”

With a touch of the pensive for times that called back some good memories—and some not so good, Craige said, “How could Big Sky have been that long ago? Seems like it was only a year or so. That was right before we deployed for Operation Nightfire off Lastovo Island.”

'Nightfire’ was hardly out of Craige’s mouth before dark shades moved across both their faces. The snarling double deals fiasco and compromises bordering on sheer stupid came with a nasty stench of treachery, and it left keepsake scars on both their handpicked teams selected for an in-out HALO recon with orders to avoid contact. On-the-ground objectives targeted and acquired. Heavy camoed, they rechecked their gear, and prepared to re-stage. Kicked in a get-the-hell-out-of-Dodge and regrouped. Established a secure base and reconned their perimeters during the moonless night. Recon went off without a hitch—except for the before-dawn ambush hit. Darrell and two navy corpsmen weren’t where they were supposed to be. Their deaths an obscene memory no one forgot.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hawk MacKinney served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction—historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers. His titles are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven. 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 Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series—murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Hidden Chamber of Death, the first book in the mystery series, was followed by Book 2, Westobou Gold and his latest, Book 3, Curse of the Ancients. All have received national attention. The Bleikovat Event was Vol I in The Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series followed by Vol II, The Missing Planets. Vol III, Inanna Phantom is in final galleys.

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GUEST POST:
It’s fun for this woods and mountain country Southron to present a new title in the THE MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES. Dead Gold, Book 4 in this series, continues to follow protagonist Craige Ingram and his gang of former Navy SEALs…all with civilian professions and spread around the globe. These are the characters that intrigue and tease and have conflicts readers can identify with. The here-and-there details that flesh them out beyond being cardboard caricatures give readers bits and pieces of the real world.

An earlier prequel to the titles in this mystery series is Moccasin Trace, a historical romance that establishes the bloodlines of serial protagonist Craige Ingram in THE MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES. Each title of the series is a stand-alone tale and can be enjoyed as such, but reading each book in sequence gives considerable nips and peaks into the in-laws and outlaws of the Ingram family as well as a better understanding of what it is that makes Craige Ingram who he is.

As a writer, I am a private person and unless asked in an interview, I don’t talk much about my own background. However, there is much of my family and its bloodlines within the characters I write about in THE MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, including the protagonist and the awesome lady that is Grannie Ingram.
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GIVEAWAY:
Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to leave a comment each day at a different blog stop in order to increase your chance of winning. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Good luck!
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52 comments:

  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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    1. James ROBERT – Glad to hear the family audience enjoys the series titles. Juggling edit/rewrites multiple manuscripts leaves little blog clock-time. If any of them are writers, gmail their likes/dislikes & what they like in the spin/twists/turns of the tales being told. If they ask…let them use the gmail addy below. Thanx for stopping by -

      Hawk MacKinney
      gingramme@gmail.com
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s_Gm1ThNJE&t=9s

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  2. All the Ups & Downs - Thank you for hosting Dead Gold, Book 4 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. An earlier title, Moccasin Trace is a prequel historical romance establishing the bloodline(s) of serial protagonists Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series and gives considerable nips & glimpses into the in-laws & outlaws of the Ingram family…hopefully keeping readers hooked for, “I didn’t see that downside-up coming - - what’s next?” A new sci-fi title in the upcoming sci-fi series is in galley-edit.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

    URL Dead Gold video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s_Gm1ThNJE&t=9s

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  3. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

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  4. Loved the excerpt!! I put this one on my TBR list!!

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    1. Amy WOOLARD – The editors & host did a great job with excerpts – hope U like the TBR tale -

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  5. I love mysteries and this sounds like an awesome read.

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    1. Debbie P – Hope U enjoy the twists & teases in the read –

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  6. I like the cover, it sounds like a intriguing read.

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    1. Julie WALDRON – The graphic designer did a great job with background contrast & choosing parts of the tale with details in the cover, including the crosshairs on the skier – ALL intrigue for the schemes & twists – enjoy the read -

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      www.hawkmackinney.net

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    1. Gwendolyn JORDAN – It is a goodie -

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  8. This book sounds amazing!! I can't wait to read this!!

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    1. Mya MURPHY – Hope U enjoy the read -

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  9. Interesting....looking forward to reading

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    1. Renee COLLINS – Hoping you enjoy the read -

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  10. Great excerpt, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Sounds like a really great book.

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    1. Dale WILKIN – And even more fun to spin the tale -

      Hawk MacK
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  12. This sounds fabulous. Thank you so much for posting this. I'm excited to have a new book to check out.

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    1. Shannon FOWLER – It’s always fun to tour with a new title & introduce more readers to murder & its kinks -

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  13. Nice book cover and the book sounds great.

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    1. Deb PELLETIER – Cover designer did a great job – enjoy the read -

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    1. Jean602 – The cover was well done & hooked into the setting(s) -

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  15. I love the Olympics and mysteries. Yea!

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    1. kcozza21 – The Olympics, the money behind them, graft & politics made great setting(s) for greed, blackmail & assorted connivances -

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  17. Not my usual genre but it sounds really interesting.

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    1. LeonieT – Using a mix of genre within any manuscript is a buried hook that says much about characters as standout individuals -

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    1. Victoria ALEXAANDER - The write was a bunch of fun -

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  19. what was the subject of the very first book you wrote or attempted?

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    1. Molli TAYLOR – The first title/manuscript was 700+ pages of The Bleikovat Event. After 15-20 line-by-line edits to become Vols I-II-III in the sci-fi The Cairns of Sainctuarie Series. While editing Vol I sci-fi, the historical romance prequel Moccasin Trace was trimmed down from 850+ pages…it’s the family background of the serial protagonist SEAL PI in Books I-IV of The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series…always keep 2 or 3 manuscripts going at the same time. Loved editing my own work -

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      www.hawkmackinney.net
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  20. Refreshing plot for a mystery. Can't wait to read it.

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    1. Cindy MERRILL - Fun twisting & hiding the plot lines -
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    1. Renee COLLINS - And even more fun to write -

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  23. Bridgett WILBUR - Hope U enjoy the read -
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