Friday, November 1, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Inanna Phantom (The Cairns of Sainctuarie # 3) by Hawk MacKinney

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Inanna Phantom by Hawk MacKinney. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Inanna Phantom
Series: The Cairns of Sainctuarie #3
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Publication Date: September 14th 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
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The threat of rift invasions seem long passed. Plentiful harvests abound. The Murian first-contact Terato Outpost has grown into the sprawling Terato-Murian Terminus Terato with a hub of relay portals reaching across the vast uncharted galactic expanses and connecting with its eon-extinct Lantaraan prehistory.

An exploratory Terato-Murian Jupiterr outpost is established on the gas giant seventh planet, and its quantum and gravitational energies are used to power outpost portals for an archeological survey of the fourth planet, Eorthe.

The Lantaraan database aboard Terato’s ancient Downday moon shows that one or more planets of the Solaris planets have apparently been lost. Expanded archeological records on other Lantaraan orbital bodies in the Solaris system show the fourth planet from the star—Eorthe—to be a sterile wasteland. Except it is not. Eorthe’s civilization is not to the level of the Murian Empire, but it is far advanced to those of a pastoral Terato. Terato and Eorthe form the confederated United Terran League under the nominal figurehead leader of League High Judikarr Eklam a’Qoc.

Jupiterr outpost expands into a major League stronghold, Jupiterr Base, when civil unrest erupts in the League, the unexpected return of rift intrusions threatens, and the Murian Emperor Klarvko Celo is assassinated.

As they prepare for confrontations with an unknown ancient enemy, the internal tensions on Myr and Eorthe push Murians and Teratoans to dangerous discords.

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
The following morning Eklam had a Terminus skimmer shuttle standing by, as he told David. “I want you to see the mining complexes with the new designs in operation.”

As the skimmer sped away, it was the last time David saw Charlotte alive. It was a last time and a first time for more than either of them could imagine. The marauders struck swift and brutal.

Eklam and David returned late as evening daylit paled into eventide twilit. As the skimmer shuttle slowed; eased to stop and powered down to a faint-hum idle, David said, “Very impressive.”

Eklam barely heard him, as he stepped out of the skimmer and in that moment sensed something amiss. His premonition was quickly shattered by a child’s brittle scream in the deadly stillness.

Stavris burst from the tumble of boulders up the hill where he'd hidden, “F├Žder!”

The fear in Stavris’ voice told Eklam something was bad wrong. Eklam’s short summer tunic whipped his thighs, the small replica of the Judikarr’s crux ansata thumping his chest, as he ran toward his terrified son. Stavris slammed into his father’s arms clutching tight as tears streamed down his face. A frantic Eklam held his son close and whispered, “What’s the matter?”

With short choked breaths and arms tight around Eklam’s neck, Stavris pointed toward the house, “Blood all over—”

Eklam flung a look beyond the outer wall, and flinched at the crumpled wreckage of the scarred servmo and the fused jagged blast scars and gouges of debris along the entryway. More blast scars on the lopsided double doors of the main entrance with one door crumpled askew. Nozzles of the bug-scrim emitters on two side windows were twisted, the curls of smoke backlit in the afternoon sunlit. Marleen hated bugs in the house. She never left the bug-scrim deactivated. He took in the blood-splashed scene so different from what he and David had left earlier that morning.

“My god,” a fearful David gasped, as he rushed toward a horror getting worse everywhere they looked.

Stavris buried his face in the crook of Eklam’s shoulder and neck, “I don't want to go in there.” He pulled tighter into Eklam. “Aunt Charlotte's got blood all over her. She’s not moving and she won’t answer when I call her name.”

Eklam held Stavris tight, trying to reassure him even when he wasn’t sure of anything himself. His eyes fastened toward the sprawling rooms facing the canyons, not wanting to think of what the blood spatters on the front doorways and along the foyer could mean.

Eklam met a stunned gaunt unseeing David staggering out of the house and stopping at the crumpled entrance. A gray shroud on David’s face, “They blew Charlotte apart. Pieces are everywhere.” Blood-smeared hands propped against the doorframe, steading himself against what he couldn’t make real. Vessels in his neck throbbed, his heartbeat hammered thumps in his ears. “She doesn't have a face.” As he tried to distance himself from the unspeakable, he wheezed more words from a strangling throat, “I can’t find Jeffry.”

Stavris pointed up the hill toward Jeffry stumbling around boulders toward them. “Me’n Jeffry hid in the rocks.”

How?” Eklam grasping for any kind of meaning into the unacceptable, “Why in the name of Terato’s two suns would anyone do something like this?” His fear choked at him, “Marleen?” Afraid to ask, “The boys?” Not wanting Stavris to see more of the slaughter, Eklam said, “Stay here with Uncle David.”

Eklam ran across the slab-stone patio and around the fountain with its pink-tinged splashes. He called out, “Marleen? Ek? Korve?” A harsh crack deepened his voice as he called each name again and again and got no response. When he got to an inside doorway, he stopped. The grisly scene of bloody smeared clots splotched across the walls, ceilings and floors hit him full force. Sprawled in front of him was what was left of Charlotte Martin. Beyond Charlotte were three barely recognizable bodies of the house staff. He searched the rooms and the verandas. There was no sign of Marleen or his other two boys.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hawk has authored several works of fiction including a historical romance Moccasin Trace which was nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. His Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series and his Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series have received national and international attention.

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. His professional writing includes articles on chordate neuroembryology, and aerospace research on muscle metabolic behavior in multi-orbital environments.

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GUEST POST:
Where did you get the idea for Inanna Phantom?
Short answer…spun & stored in dustware notes after the initial spark while planting, re-planting flower beds…a memory I put in the manuscript.

Longer answer…decades of scribbled bits & pieces of the real world and pure imaginative fantasy…in union stations waiting for the private cars on transcontinental trains (I do not like planes), vacations, quiet B&Bs, the hot springs of Samaria, desert oases, sunrises over the Negev, the skiing in Montana, Utah & Switzerland, trying to learn pharaonic hieroglyphics of Kemet/Keme (the ancient name of Egypt), months in the Highlands of Scotland, Cambridge England, lecturing to Israeli immigrants…pick the places, the writing, the rewrites & multiple edits you wouldn’t believe where I’ve lived/worked/loved…the Bleikovat fragments of Inanna Phantom were coming together.

Never on a camel – I’d surely drop my pen/pencil.
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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. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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61 comments:

  1. All the Ups & Downs – Thank you for hosting Inanna Phantom, Volume 3 in the latest tale of the bloodlines of the a’Qoc families and the Teratoan League. In Volume 3 of The Cairns of Sainctuarie Science Fiction Series, Eklam a’Qoc and his Teratoan associates lead Terato against invasions of their worlds, allied by a powerful coalition with the immense Murian Empire. Book 5 in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series is in galley-edit. Moccasin Trace is an earlier historical romance prequel to The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net
    Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
    URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  2. Are any of the characters based on real people? Congrats on the release.

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    1. Bernie WALLACE - All of them. Somewhat disguised & somewhat not. Some cardboard cutouts that can become a corpse OR body parts. OR...a one-time center-stage 15-minute spotlight with little to no lines AND little to no awareness of the consequences of attitudes/actions/inaction will twist/complicate the best laid motives of mice or perp & put events in a direction no one anticipates...protagonist or otherwise. Fiction-nonfiction - ain't no such thing! This writer luvs the outside-the-box out-of-control possibilities!

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net
      Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
      URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  3. Your book sounds great and I'm glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!

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    1. James ROBERT - Glad U got the word - one of the great pluses of spread-the-word tours such as GFish -

      Hawk MacK

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  4. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading the book.

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    1. SHERRY - The editors did a great job with the excerpt AND the videos <which is good lead-in to your enjoying the read -

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net
      Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
      URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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    1. Victoria SCOTT - Hope U enjoy the read as much as I did the write(s) of the whole Cairns series -

      Hawk MacK

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    1. KATIEOSCARLET - Will pass on your 'luv' of the cover to the graphics designer - his creations bring out aspects of the tale this writer had never expected -

      Hawk MacK

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    1. Wendy HUTTON - Thank U - good luck on the raffle -

      HmK

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  8. Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the trailer :)

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    1. Victoria ALEXANDER - Your 'thanks' will be passed on to the graphic designer, the content editor & the video production crew that resulted in the video trailer...which they have done for ALL my titles. They enjoy sharing with readers & this writers & you as a reader are VERY fortunate to have the results of their talents. Thank U -

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net
      Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
      URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  9. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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    1. Caryl KANE - In both my series, sci-fi & mystery plus the historical romance--letting my imagination/fantasies play with/in what we 'perceive' as our real world(s). This writer will never get all my tales put into words...too many stories...not enough time. Ain't it fun!

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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    1. Dale WILKEN - Here's hope U enjoy the read as much as the reputation -

      HmK

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  11. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

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    1. Deb PELLETIERC - Thank U ...hope U enjoy the read -

      Hawk MacK

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  12. I like the cover! The colors are very striking.

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    1. Jeanna MASSMAN - I thoroughly agree. The cover/content designers of the video trailer(s) for ALL my titles are unquestioned professionals with ideas, color, layout(s), design & my readers get to see the results. Tdhis writer is VERY fortunate to share their works of art.

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net
      Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
      URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  13. Do you have any ideas for your next book? Congrats on the release.

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    1. [2] Bernie WALLACE - The next title and the two following that are already in edit(s), the 4th one is in galley edit. Following those are 2 rough-rough drafts & one edit draft in its 3rd line-by-line edit that this writer considers to be VERY much still a work in the rough. "Next book(s)" are never far from my wanting to start the twist & lurk & double-dealings in either/both series. Thank U for the congrats - I've a great support team that are truly the success-keys to published titles. I'm just the author.

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  14. Sounds really interesting. Looking forward to reading.

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    1. Renee COLLINS - Hope U enjoy the galactic twists & turns as much as I did the write -

      Hawk Mack

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    1. Nancy PAYETTE - Yes, it is. I'll pass the word to the graphic designers - they're artist beyond anything I could do & have done all covers for both my sci-fi & mystery series.

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  16. I was not aware of this series but it sounds intriguing. I am also interested in your Moccasin Trace. The work of the author spans quite the variety of genres which I find very interesting.

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  17. Debra BRANIGAN - There are 2 series...The Cairns of Sainctuarie Sci-fi series & The Moccasin Hollow Mystery series. INANNA PHANTOM is the latest in the sci-fi titles & has serial protagonist plus serial supporting characters. MOCCASIN TRACE is a historical prequel-romance background of the founding bloodlines & familial dynasties of the serial protagonist in the mystery series. All encompass the 'variety of genre'...each title has a descriptive video...NOT a trailer. Mixing genre(s) allows for a expansion of the tools/parts/pieces of tale being spun. Each title/tale stands along BUT the characters are more fun, starting with MOCCASIN TRACE, if read from the initial volume/book of each series. Hope U enjoy the reads...this writer sure enjoy the write/re-writes/line-by-line edits & edits again.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net
    Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
    URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  18. Thanks for hosting and congratulations on the book release.

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  19. Thanks for hosting and best wishes on the new release to the author.

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    1. Debra BRANIGAN - Thank U - marketing the new title lets me touch base with many of my followers -

      Hawk MacK

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    1. Sandra PRETI - The editors did a great summary/excerpt for the GFish post -

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  21. Very intriguing! Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Amy WOOLARD - Hope U enjoy the read - the write was a blast!

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  22. Question for Author- the plot sounds much kike the Cold War US had with the USSR- is it inspired by that?

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    1. Cindy MERRILL - The 'Cold War' was by no stretch of imagination 'cold'...lots of good warriors rest in unmarked sites protecting what we, U & I, etc etc take for granted. Their families mourning them...we'uns never knowing about them. To your question on inspiration...why the focus on JUST that sorry ego-driven power-hungry saga? There's Scapa Flow, Pearl Harbor, the WTCenter, mid-ocean sinkings that make Titanic seem like a rowboat, the East Coast US tonnage slaughter along with stout-hearted submariners of many lost boats/commands that we will never hear of. Cold War-Hot War is like the fancy word 'genre'. It's a semantic circus. Different words=same meaning. Head-games we play on ourselves. To focus on the narrow decades of the Cold War is a historical blink-ignoring our histories. Ignore history? It'll feed on us AND repeat the gore, the corpses & flies & smells & private family sorrows. History inspires. We historians love it. We seldom learn from it.

      Hawk MacK

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    1. Deborah DUMM - The graphic designer did an outstanding mix/arrangement for the cover - it was a eye-catcher

      HmK

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  24. Jamie MARTIN - you're welcome...cross your toes & good luck -

    HmK

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  25. I really like the colors on the cover, they make me take notice.

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  26. Julie WALDRON - Quite a few followers/readers have agreed with you...one of those is this writer. the colors & cover design grabs U. Wish I could claim it - I'll pass it on to the graphic artist - thank U -

    Hawk MacK
    www.hawkmackinney.net
    Inanna Phantom – Vol III video

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  27. I love your cover, pretty purple ,gorgeous! Also i'm looking forward to reading more on this book, sounds wonderful!!
    @tisonlyme143

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  28. tisme143 - Join the cover-club, including me. The designer did a great job, color & layout & I hope U enjoy the read of this title as well as the series.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net
    Inanna Phantom – Vol III video
    URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  29. What's your favourite horror movie?

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    1. Jamie MARTIN - Rebecca, 1940 with Dame Judith Anderson with her lonely lost sense of love & lust for control. Mrs. Danver's gives that twisted genre-mixed love story & emotional horror - another name for emotional abuse...it's a special terrifying type of horror.

      Hawk MacK

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  30. This sounds like a really good read.

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    1. Holly THOMAS - It was a really fun write -

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinney.net
      Inanna Phantom video
      URL https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  31. What was your favourite Disney movie?

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  32. Jamie MARTIN - Snow White...the sound track -

    HmK

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  33. what was your fav part of writing the book?

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