Thursday, March 6, 2014

Moccasin Trace by Hawk MacKinney, Super Book Blast & ♥GIVEAWAY♥ (Historical Romance)



Author: Hawk MacKinney
Title: Moccasin Trace
Genre: Historical Romance



Synopsis:

… it was about the land…a tale of love and loss and hope…

“The most engaging and brilliantly crafted historical work since Margaret Mitchell’s great classic.”
Barbara Casey
Author, The Gospel According to Prissy

Hamilton Ingram looked out across the fertile Georgia bottomlands that were Moccasin Hollows, seeing holdings it had taken generations of Ingrams to build.  No drop of slave sweat ever shed in its creation.  It was about the land…his trust, his duty to preserve it for the generation of Ingrams to come…

It is July of 1859, a month of sweltering dog days and feverish emotional bombast.  Life is good for widower Rundell Ingram and his Hazel-eyed, roan-haired son, Hamilton.  Between the two of them, they take care of Moccasin Hollows, their rustic dogtrot ancestral home, a sprawling non-slave plantation in the rolling farming country outside Queensborough Towne in east Georgia.  Adjoining Ingram lands is Wisteria Bend, the vast slave-holding plantation of Andrew and Corinthia Greer, their daughter Sarah, and son Benjamin.

Both families share generations of long-accepted traditions, and childhood playmates are no longer children.  The rangy, even-tempered Norman-Scottish young Hamilton is smitten with Sarah, who has become an enticing capricious beauty—the young lovers more in love with each passing day, and only pleasant times ahead of them.

But a blood tide of war is sweeping across the South, a tide that might be impossible to stand before.

Excerpt:

He took special care to have quiet times for Sarah, 'specially since night before last. He got real excited when she told him she might be with child again.  She hadn't been sleeping well, often wanted him to rub her aching back.  Now he knew why.
           
Threadbare clothes and unshorn hair gave Hamilton Bothington Graeme Ingram the look of a run-down, unkempt derelict instead of heir to one of the largest non-slave plantations in Saint George Parish.  He ducked under what was left of the split-rail fence with its crooked corner post.  Rails and most posts had long gone up in the smoke of hoards of campfires.
           
"Step wide."  He reached back to help her through.  "I don't want the mother of our children to step on a canebrake rattler catchin' sun on this fine day."
           
"Lord have mercy."  Sarah clutched her bonnet in her hand so as not to get it snagged in the coiled tangle of wire.  "I suppose it's up to me to get used to your hoverin' over me again."
           
"Yep," he grinned.  "Reckon my favorite sweetheart will have to do just that."
           
"Your favorite sweetheart?"  She giggled, wrinkled her nose at him.  "Just listen to you and your Ingram fiddle-faddled talk."
           
He grinned as she brushed back strands of the golden hair Hamilton loved to run his fingers through.  She gathered her mended skirt, slipped her hand into his, and quickly stepped wide over the fallen post.
           
"C'mon..."  Her voice lilted soft, and she squeezed her grip on his hand.  "Let's hurry."
           
Her singular tenderness refused to let the devastation around them blight their few alone-times.  In the spoliation around them, such times when they managed to make it just the two of them held a more-than-special meaning.

Nominations:

  • Nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
  • Nominated for The Writers Notes Book Award

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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… murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. 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.  Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series is due out this fall with another mystery-thriller work out in 2014. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. 

"Without question, Hawk is one of the most gifted and imaginative writers I have had the pleasure to represent. His reading fans have something special to look forward to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue, murder, deception and conspiracy--these are the things that take Hawk's main character, Navy ex-SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram, from his South Carolina ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the dirty backrooms of the nation's capital and across Europe and the Middle East."

Barbara Casey, President
Barbara Casey Literary Agency

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Giveaway:

Hawk will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a 
randomly drawn commenter during the tour!


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10 comments :

  1. I really enjoy books set in the Civil War era that deal with dichotemy of friendships and familial relationships when the participapants are on opposing sides of the conflict. This looks like an engrossing read. Thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The decades surrounding that dreadful turning point are sad at all the opportunities missed AND great grist for spinning tales - I loved the doing -
      Hawk MacK

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    1. Thanks for the opportunity to learn about Hawk's book!

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    2. To Lauen S -
      I hope U enjoy the books as much as I did spinning the tales -
      Hawk MacK

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  3. Do you have any tips or tricks for dialogue? How do you make each voice unique and sound like it's coming from two or more different people, even though you are the one writing?


    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. You have to be the character. Speak the dialogue - U know what U want the character to be - make them sound like it - if they're pompous - make `em speak pompous with fancy sounding BIG words to impress everyone how educated they AIN'T!

      If it's dialects - BE CAREFUL - only the homegrown can really speak dialect. Example: If I tried to speak, say a Mongolia idiom in dialect it would fall flat & meaningless & lost.

      The King's English mother tongue is one of the beautiful languages in the world - we personalize by chomping it to pieces - BUT be careful & BE consistent with your character-speak -

      Have fun -

      Hawk MacK

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  4. Thank you for hosting my historical romance Moccasin Trace. For the readers who follow the Craige Ingram Mystery Series, Moccasin Trace, set during the Civil War, provides the Scottish-Normandr bloodlines and background of protagonist SEAL/PI Craige Ingram in that contemporary thriller/mystery series, and is available in hardback, trade paperback and Kindle.

    Hawk MacKinney
    www.hawkmackinney.net

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  5. Interesting bio

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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