Monday, May 25, 2015

The Missing Planets--The Cairns of Sainctuarie by Hawk MacKinney (VBB, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) Goddess Fish Tours


(note from ELF:  To those who join with me in honoring those who serve, Happy Memorial Day!)

by Hawk MacKinney

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BLURB:

Planet Terato has become a member of the assembly of the Confederated League of Allied Star Systems. The Murian Outpost Terato once commanded by His Imperial Majesty’s Lord High Chamberlain Herklo Korvo XXXIV is now Teratoan staffed and under the command of Teratoan Eklam a’Qoc.

From the uncharted reaches between galaxies, attacks of extraordinary weaponry come against Terato and the Myr worlds of the Murians. Terminus Terato’s expanded link-portals and converter power modules are virtually useless. Power loss, defenses, communications and travel are totally disrupted. High Chamberlain Korvo’s unexpected return to Terminus on a mission for His Imperial Majesty leaves him stranded on Terato. Attacks grow more massive, more unpredictable; spread across the worlds of the League, as an isolated Terminus struggles among the shattered rubble and whispering remains of an ancient Polity of star-walkers.

Family and friends are lost, empires and civilizations in disarray, Terminus and Planet Terato almost defenseless. Desperate for answers, their worlds being overwhelmed by this remorseless aggressor, Eklam and Korvo reach across unexplored space in a despairing gamble and the last reserves of converter star-substrate, seeking one insignificant star system of gas giants and rocky inner planets for possible relics of the elusive Lantaraan Polity.

 
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EXCERPT

“... eastern radials unstable... strengthening vortices opposing orbital realignment...”

Parn’s head throbbed as his thoughts forced the converter toward more output. The power graph flattening with the unremitting decline as the quantum particles of the shell alloys began to disassociate. Output had reached max and was slowly dropping.

The sound of crashes and roars still louder—Ek knew Terminus couldn’t stand much more. “Once antimatter reaches the hub, the self-destruct will trigger.”

Screens blinked unresponsive. Drok shouted above the bedlam, “The Downday hasn’t attained minimum horizon-clearance. Targeting beams holding on standby. Unless the moon clears the horizon, the beams could refract; bounce off into space; never engage the receptors.” Converters shrieked like a wounded Teratoan swamp crawler. “Showing orbital irregularities... orbital constants vacillating,” eyes glued to the inputs. Puzzled at the unexpected readings coming from a source near the a’Qoc hamlet. “Receiving quick output bursts from the altar,” his tunic dusted with more debris, rivulets of sweat-puddled the dust-furrows of his face.

Ek said, “What type of altar outputs?”

Drok said, “Plasma components—unfamiliar readings.”

“The hub will lose power once the antimatter penetrates those last banks of converter,” Ek said. “Before we lose hub power I want you to go to the sublevel vaults housing the encode archives. Should a power failure warning be announced while you are there, backup power will last long enough. Be sure you are some distance away from the archive vaults before backup power is exhausted.” Reached a small odd-shaped crystal to Drok, “Use this to deactivate any security scrims, and duplicate the protocol crystals. No matter what you have to do, keep those crystals safe. If Terato survives and a Murian survey team returns, they’ll know what to do with those crystals. Those duplicates might be the only records to survive; their information could be vital for Myraa City—if Myraa City survives.”



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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.

Website

http://youtu.be/-m-H8pfoh-A

http://youtu.be/OvV8gqls688

http://youtu.be/tLOOHlQ3IYs

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GIVEAWAY


Hawk MacKinney will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here





 


 

45 comments:

  1. E.L.F./The Reading Addict - Thank U for hosting The Missing Planets International Book Tour, Vol-II 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-III is in the edit/galley proof stage with Vol-IV in the Saintuarie series to follow.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

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    1. Welcome, Hawk. Thanks for sharing the info about your books and good luck on the upcoming releases! I appreciate you taking the time to interact with my visitors. Good luck on the tour also!

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  2. A very interesting story line!

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    1. Glad you like it, Mai. Thank you for visiting!

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  3. I liked the blurb. Sounds like a great read.

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    1. RITA - As with the previous Vol-I, Bleikovat, the editor did a great job with the blurb. I'm collecting 'blurb' & 'cover' compliments to pass on to the editor & graphics artist. Hope U enjoy the read...thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Great that you like the blurb, Rita. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment!

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  4. Loved the excerpt, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mary KIRKLAND - you're welcome to the share. Glad U liked the excerpt; so did I. Will pass it on to the editor that put it together. Thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. You are welcome, Mary, thanks for popping in!

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  5. Sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Eva MILLIEN - nice seeing U again. You're welcome to the sharing. Missing Planets was a fun write, as is the galley-edit of Vol-III in the Cairns series. Hope U enjoy the read...& thanx for following, stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  6. Its been a long time since I found a sci fi book that really sounded good. This one does.

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    2. We sci-fi readers are picky about what/how we like our tales are written/stitched together. Hope U enjoy the read of these journeys thru the cosmos…Vol-III is in galley-edit(s). Thanx for following, stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    3. Glad that it appeals to you, Jane. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Interesting blurb and great giveaway

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    1. Andrea CASTELLANOS - one done very well by an editor. I'll pass on your appreciation. Thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Glad you like it, Andrea. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. interesting premise

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    1. bn100 - Thank U...it was a fun write, as is the Cairns series. Hope U enjoy the read. Thanx for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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  9. Glad you think so, bn, that means it's done what it's supposed to, piqued your curiosity! Thanks for dropping in!

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    1. E.L. F. - very definitely so! The editors produced an enticing pique to the hook. Thanx for your comment -

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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  10. I really enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Betty WOODRUM - you're welcome to the share & nice seeing U again. Thank U for following, for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it, Betty. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Felicia SIDOMA - Me too, & your compliment will be passed on to the editor. Thank U for stopping by, commenting -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Glad you like it, felicia. Thanks for dropping in!

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    2. Mary PRESTON - thank U for following...nice seeing U again. The blurb piques & teases, a good job done by the editor. To paraphrase the E.L. F. post above about the courtesy of interacting with visitors to this site/tour, "I appreciate you taking the time to once more stop by & commenting." Vol-III in the Cairns series is on the way -

      Hawk MacK
      www.hawkmackinney.net

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    3. Glad to see you, Mary. Happy you were fascinated by the blurb. Thanks for dropping in.

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  13. Very good expert thank you,

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    1. Joe HAWK - and thank U. It's been my good fortune to have experienced associates in their field. I write/edit them a good product; they produce good results...graphics & editors. The bk biz is a team effort...thanx for stopping by, commenting - Vol-III in the Cairns series is in galley-edit -

      Hawk MacK

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    2. Good that you enjoyed it, joe. Thanks for visiting!

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  15. I loved the excerpt. thank you very much!!

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    1. Amanda SAKOVITZ - the excerpt was a good'un - thanx for stopping by, commenting - Vol-III in the Cairns series is in galley-edit -

      Hawk MacK

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  16. I liked the EXCERPT!

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    1. Thomas MURPHY - Hope your read will be the same - thanx for stopping by, commenting - Vol-III in the Cairns series is in galley-edit -

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    1. GEMIINTII - Thank U & thanx for stopping by, commenting - Vol-III in the Cairns series is in galley-edit -

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