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Howdy ya’ll!

Come on in and sit for a spell.

Have some lemonade to wash the dust down and check out Moccasin Trace.

I have the splendid cover to share along with a glimpse inside this book.

And a giveaway, so don’t forget to enter!


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… 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


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



Enjoy this glimpse inside the book

The Captain lowered his brass spyglass. “My apologies for having to disturb you,” he said to

Hamilton. With full steam and sail for now we have speed on their lead ship. They’ll try to angle

us off from the inlet this side of Santa Rosa, but I mean to give ’em no chance of that. Too

shallow in there for them to clear the reef. Once we get lee to the shoals…” he raised his glass.

“Lead frigate is gaining.” He shook his head. “First time we’ve picked up anything this close


Sarah walked to the bridge railing and fixed her eyes toward the tall white sails of the onrushing

juggernaut. Her father’s enemy, Hamilton’s enemy, her enemy; until this moment the battles

had been some place far away. Tall and sleek in the distance, coming toward them, a deadly

beauty in the mad fury of men’s devotion to destruction and death.

Hamilton asked the Captain, “Will they try to board?”

His jaw set, “When we don’t heave to, she’ll try to force us to ground. Failing that they’ll use

their guns.”

The thought of this pirate flag bearing down on them, their seafarers clamoring over the side,

stabbed Hamilton into a heated white-hot hate of Yankies — good ones, bad ones, any of them.

“They’re not boardin’ us,” the Captain said. “We’ll scuttle first. No Yankee’s puttin’ a foul foot on

my ship, as long as…”

The distant muzzle flash was followed by a muffled boom rolling across the water. Hamilton

sheltered Sarah in his arms. The shot smacked the water off their port bow, sending up a tall

blossoming white plume tall and falling back in a graceful slow splash.

“…a warning shot for us to heave to,” the Captain frowned. “Allows ’em[+> to ]adjust their

range.” He eyed Sarah, “Missus Ingram…” he agonized, “To avoid exposing you to harm, I am

prepared to yield to…”

“You will do no such thing!” Sarah bristled. Her head turned toward this full-sailed invader.

“These philistines are in our waters — attacking us!” Sarah’s blood was up.

“Sarah, the Captain’s right,” Hamilton said

“No, I say!” Sarah whirled to face both men. “We will not yield to those…those barbarians!”

Greer fiery rage showed in full vigor. Her fists clenched, “You said you could make a run for

it! Our armies need your cargo. If there’s a chance…” She glowered toward the oncoming


Hamilton saw not the pampered daughter of a rich plantation father, but a wind-whipped chalk-
faced New World Jeanne d’Arc girded for battle, blazing with indignation, exchanging armoured

horse for ship and English for Yankie, and loved her the more for it.

He nodded to the Captain, “We run for it.”

“I know how Papa felt,” her lip quivered, “…when he said he hated runnin’.”

“…to fight another day,” Hamilton hugged her tighter.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.


Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Tease for this week is from


by Celeste Conway




My Teasers from pages 55 and 121 in the hard cover book.

From page 55 :

“You couldn’t fight off a couple of girls?”

“It wasn’t just a couple of girls! It was a pack! And they were as strong as Amazons!”

From page 121 :

 “She’s part of Ravenska’s little cult.”

“Her cult?”

“That’s right.”



If he falls for a beautiful dancer, does he risk his heart? Or his life?

• Unlovely is narrated in dark mystery wrapped around a world teens love, that of dancers and dancing.

• Bewitching writing, an eerie story, and a here-and-now thriller, combine for a captivating read of love, loyalty, and dark revenge

• Celeste Conway’s book The Melting Season was featured by the New York Public Library as among 2006’s best teen reads. She also has written two middle-grade novels and teaches writing at Berkley College

“A perfect combination of romance and horror with (dare I say this?) some culture thrown in.” –Lois Duncan, author of Stranger with My Face and Locked in Time

Accidents happen. But they happen more often when the beautiful ballet dancers return each summer to the island. When he hears the ruthless way that the loveliest dancer talks about boys getting what they deserve when they break girls’ hearts, Harley, home for the summer after his first year of college, wonders if he’s losing his mind. He knows for sure that he’s losing his heart to this girl…But then, strange incidents start happening all over the island and Harley is caught between desire and fear: could he also be in danger of losing his life?


I won this book in a giveaway on Latoya’s blog Little Library Muse.

Thanks so much Latoya!


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How about you? Got a tease? Tell me!

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