Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Cairns of Sainctuarie Series by Hawk MacKinney

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for The Cairns of Sainctuarie Series by Hawk MacKinney. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the first book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Bleikovat Event
Series: The Cairns of Sainctuarie #1
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Publication Date: November 11th 2012
Print Length: 230 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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From a rocky outcrop a battle-widowed Etkaa, gazed down at the death and upheaval. Rancid green Murian blood stanched the dusklit breezes from the haze-dimmed river marshlands. Nothing has been spared by the Green Dragon forces of Bleikovia. In skirmishes along the Feldon River, EtkaaĆ¢'s mate is fatally wounded with deadly selvon poison. Through a gruesome mountain trek of icy blizzards, they elude the Green Dragon. The battered starving Feldovats reach the coast at Eedov City only to be confronted by their implacable enemy determined to destroy the remaining Klarvkon rabble. Taking passage on crowded Maalon freighters, the refugees escape toward a new life among their Maalon hosts. Enraged Bleikovats move against the Klarvkons, bringing indiscriminate bloodshed. War once again surfaces, as it did in the muddy filth along the Feldon River of Malfesov, and becomes a different kind of war.

Generations after the great Murian upheaval of the Malfesian War against the Bleikovats, the Accords between planets Terato and Myr are signed.

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EXCERPT:
Etkaa pulled back a canvas siding of the shelter. Distant dawnlit skies to the west glowed with billows of dull red already sweeping through the far provinces. She swallowed a sour distaste, knowing her part in the doing of this. There were no protests. Their last illusions going up in smoke…taking more than hope in the going. No longer could these exhausted bloodied fighters hold any hope to throw the Bleikovats back across the river…or return their lives to the ways they had been. The pale Murian skin of stunned faces washed red by the flames in the west saw the sprawl of war consuming everything. The dazed faces of the fighters said more than words.

One grizzled warrior’s anguish stabbed out, "...our crops burned, gelfs slaughtered…do those orders you hold show how we are to feed what families we may have left? Better we stayed on our farms.” Honest feelings spoke from a pained heart confronting the unimaginable.

Etkaa said, “We will share what food we have. Better that than crumbs from a Bleikovat table.”

From another Feldovat warrior, “Better we return to our hamlets and fields while we can.”

Etkaa said, “Those who would return may find much worse than ashes.”

“Yes…ashes…” the Feldovat shouted. “Burned by your orders. Not Klarvko’s.”

Etkaa fought the wash of sadness. Left her with nothing to say. Much of what the warrior said was true. A harried Korvo said, "There is another troubling matter. With nothing to relieve their pain, the severely wounded and those poisoned cannot be moved into the mountains."

"I do not care what is written in the orders,” someone shouted. “I will not leave clan kin to the Bleikovats.”
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Title: The Missing Planets
Series: The Cairns of Sainctuarie #2
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Publication Date: August 15th 2015
Print Length: 258 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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Provisional Outpost Terato is under construction near a farm where Teratoan orphan Eklam a'Qoc lives with his uncle and cousin. Inquisitive strong-minded Eklam, Ek to everyone in the village, is captivated by the off-worlders technology, and becomes an apprentice to the Outpost Terato's Murian commander, Grand Duke Korvo. Uncle a'Qoc disapproves; wants nothing to do with these outlanders, wants their shimmering doorway portals-of-travel banned from Terato. As Outpost Terato becomes operational it seems to become a harbinger stirring ageless secrets of The Old Ones and their frightful weapons, of ancient Teratoan ruins, mysterious glowing lights, unexplained killings, a sacred book in a language no Teratoan can read, a moon that doesn't behave like a moon in its wobbly orbit.

From cosmic reaches beyond space and time the ominous secrets of Terato's ancient ruins become more threatening. Ek and Korvo realize both their worlds face extinction with any hope buried somewhere in unknown galaxies far beyond a pastoral Terato or the sophisticated star-empire of the Murians; of missing planets in a star system with its single star in a galaxy far-removed unknown to Terato or Myr. They travel across the universe to a place long forgotten to fight this unknown foe with weapons only dreamed of. Together they face the beast that wishes to consume the entire universe.

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Title: Inanna Phantom
Series: The Cairns of Sainctuarie #3
Author: Hawk MacKinney
Publication Date: September 17th 2019
Print Length: 240 pages
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hawk MacKinney 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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GIVEAWAY:
Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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62 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. SLEHAN – Hope the read is as much fun as the write. Wish you the best on the contest -

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      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  2. All the Ups & Downs - Thank you for hosting The Cairns of Sainctuarie series – it is much appreciated.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  3. I showed this post to my husband & now we both want to read them!

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    1. Amy WOOLARD – Outstanding having a duo-read of the titles. Each of the 3 stands as a singular tale however the twists & turns of serial characters, settings, plot & the spin of settings within Cairns—motivation is the driver. Hope U both enjoy the read as much as I did the write; letting my fantasies drive the action/dialogue.

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    2. I love a book that can keep me interested & I really think these will do just that! Thank you!

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    3. FOLLOW-UP/Amy WOOLARD – For U & husband…these are video standalone teasers for each title in this series…copy/paste the links & enjoy…

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

      The Bleikovat Event – Vol I
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m-H8pfoh-A&feature=youtu.be

      The Missing Planets – Vol II
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLOOHlQ3IYs&feature=youtu.be

      Inanna Phantom – Vol III
      https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  4. Sounds like a great book to read sitting in front of my fireplace on a cold day.

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    1. Christina MOORE – In front of the fireplace or porch swing during our Indian summer makes great places to chill out, relax. Hope U enjoy the read…

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    1. SHERRY – It was a fun write – thanx for stopping by -

      Hawk MacK

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    1. Wendy HUTTON – This sci-fi trekker thorough enjoyed the write -

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Debbi WELLENSTEIN – Our marketing team did a great job on the excerpts – good luck on the giveaway -

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      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  8. The covers of your books are rather haunting and mysterious, yet also colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. NANCY – The graphic designer is a whiz – this writer never knows what perspectives will be used -BUT-they never fail to grab attention. Haunting &/or mysterious is good!

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  9. Interesting sci fi book, have a great tour!

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    1. Calvin F. – Hope U enjoy the read -

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  10. They sound like interesting books. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Diana HARDT – It was a fun write—even the multiple edits were fun -

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  12. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ann FANTOM – The graphic designers working with our marketing team never fail to surprise me with covers that grab attention AND tie in wiwth the tale being spun.

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      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  13. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Deb PELLETIERC – All the covers have attracted attention…this writer never birddogs the designers—I love their surprises.

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    1. Dale WILKEN – Hope U enjoy the reads -

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  15. How many books are planned for The Cairns of Sainctuarie series?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. NANCY – Three volumes are currently in edit – each continuing the serial generations -

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  16. My grandson loves sci-fi and I think he will want to read this!

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    1. Michele S. – The kid that’s in everyone loves good romp & bump action WITH touches of romance, emotions, conflict. Feeding/encouraging the `kid’ is even stronger in we sci-fi trekkers that dream & travel the cosmos. Make sure your grandson straps on his space suit…ain’t it fun!

      Hawk MacKinney
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    2. Michele S. – FOLLOW-UP for grandson…below are video standalone teasers for each title in this series…your grandson can copy/paste the links & enjoy…

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

      The Bleikovat Event – Vol I
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m-H8pfoh-A&feature=youtu.be

      The Missing Planets – Vol II
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLOOHlQ3IYs&feature=youtu.be

      Inanna Phantom – Vol III
      https://youtu.be/MUnhN8U0Zp0

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  17. A science fiction series - gotta love that!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Barbara MONTAG – Series was fun writing – good luck on the draw -

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  18. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. clc408 – Excerpt(s) are kudos for our marketing team editors – thanx for stopping by -

      Hawk MacKinney
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  19. David HollingsworthOctober 20, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    This book sounds really good!

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    1. David HOLLINGSWORTH – Hope U enjoy the read –

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  20. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. SIEHAN – No music…no distractions in a study…edits, working manuscripts, phones, voice mail, texting, doorbells turned off…and release my imagination to run with words & characters. Love it!

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      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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  21. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Daniel M – The 3-book series was a fun write…& it ain’t dun-dun yet!

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    1. Deborah DUMM – Being a sci-fi trekkie along with following the scientific accomplishments/discoveries in the quantum realms…fiction-nonficition ain’t that far apart

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      www.hawkmackinneyauthor.com

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    1. Debbi WELLENSTEIN – Hope U enjoy the read –

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  24. These sound like stories that would take readers away to other interesting worlds.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. NANCY – To other worlds that are at the same time much like our small blue marble –

      Hawk MacK

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  25. David HollingsworthOctober 21, 2021 at 5:34 PM

    Just saying Hi.

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  26. Do you have characters living in your head?

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    1. SIEHAN – More characters than ever can be packed into tales…but that won’t stop me.
      Hawk MacK

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  27. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  28. What planet would you travel to if you could?

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    1. lildevilgirl22 – Probably Terato…it’s much like where this writer grew out of the teenage yrs…

      Hawk MacK

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    1. Debbi WELLENSTEIN – You’re welcome & thank U for following -

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  30. The covers of your books are designed with colorful, eye catching colors.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  31. Happy Friday. What do you like to do on the weekends?

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