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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Rachel Clark and her new book, “The Blackfish Prophecy”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win exciting prizes such as a signed paperback of the featured book, “The Blackfish Prophecy,” a bookmark from the featured book, “The Blackfish Prophecy," and an Orca-themed or book-themed mug – all to ONE lucky winner!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Rachel and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL – please check out other giveaways on this blog.

The Blackfish Prophecy
by Rachel Clark


GENRE: Young Adult/Nature



Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents' divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park.

When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the "killer" whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other - and the whales - than they ever imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions.

Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra - and those like her - that's about to change everything.



As if giving a signal now that she had their attention, Granny bumped Wendy. The four whales gently slid closer. Then Eve rolled on her side, raising her pectoral fin above everyone’s heads, and deliberately exposed the eager calf, her granddaughter, who flanked her side. Wendy nudged her vulnerable newborn up alongside the small raft of boats, so she could meet the eyes of the humans. The calf was rolling back and forth, trying to see everyone. She flashed her belly, and the telltale markings showed that she was, in fact, female...just as Terra had predicted.

A shaft of sunlight broke through the bank of clouds just as the music ended, bathing the group of humans and whales in a sparkling hush. Everyone went silent with the great honor of the calf’s presentation. Gwen’s chin was trembling in the shade of her Stetson, but she managed to pull her little digital camera out of her pocket and had it trained on the whales. Bill, always so steadfast, had turned white. Jason’s eyes darted from the calf, to Wendy, to the other adults, as if trying to make sense of what was happening by watching everyone else. Claire and Maggie, the only other mothers, finally tore their eyes from the calf’s eager, wriggling body, and saw tears on one another’s cheeks. More than anyone here, they knew what it meant for these whales to trust them enough to present the new calf like this.

Then Granny, Eve, and Wendy brought the calf towards Terra’s kayak.

Terra stared down into the water as the three large whales held back, letting the baby swim very close to Terra, her eye coming above water, making contact with the human girl: the special connection. The calf lingered alongside Terras kayak, so close that her belly bumped the boat as she rolled slightly to look up into Terra’s eyes. The world stopped. Could this really be happening?

Once more Granny slid near Terra’s boat, alongside her great grand daughter, this time staying on the surface, the length of her body sliding alongside the calf, her black skin glistening in the late afternoon ray of sunshine. She blew a misty outbreath, then rolled and made direct eye contact with Terra for one more suspended moment.

“Oh Granny...” Terra breathed in, tasting Granny’s briny exhalation...then whispered imperceptibly, all her doubts about her dream dissolving in the shared breath of girl and whale. “I will.”



What is the craziest thing that you’ve done in the name of research?

What a wonderful question! I really had to think about this, Ally. There are a few things that came to mind – not just one. And they all swirl around a spiral helix that began with a deep sense of connection to whales and dolphins.

First is the moment as a college student “marine mammal intern” in my early twenties, when a white whale asked me to dance. Of course, I said YES! The Beluga was trapped in a pool, we danced with each other through the glass. We mirrored each other’s every move. It was the first real moment of direct human-whale connection of my life.

So crazy? Not really. On purpose? No. But it formed who I became. And it drove me to such moments in the future. Once experienced, it is a bond that changes you forever.

Shortly after that, the trainers on site threw me into a pool with captive dolphins. Once again, I had a moment of connection, but in this case, these beauties told me they were stressed and unhappy. It was rude and disrespectful that a human had suddenly been tossed into their tiny cage. The trainers pulled me out fast.

Fast forward many years on that spiral helix.

Somewhere along that ride, I had the idea for The Blackfish Prophecy, and all the research for it happened along the way as I reported on how humans impact the natural world. For almost twenty years I was a science and environment writer.

But then something changed.

I had a dream. It was summer 2012, and it changed everything. In it, a matriarchal killer whale slid up on a pebbly beach shore, to connect with me and my sons. It was more real than life, and the joy she shared was unlike anything I’d felt before. At the time I didn’t understand the power of the dream.

Crazy? Yes. In the intense sense of – WOW THAT IS A CRAZY EXPERIENCE. On purpose? No. But wow, that dream was the doorway.

A few weeks later I “accidentally” saw David Kirby’s landmark book Death at SeaWorld, and because of the dream, took it home and read it in two days flat while my young sons wondered what happened to their mom.

Within a few days after finishing, I received the whole concept of The Blackfish Prophecy in a way I had never experienced before. Like a download. When my boys returned to school a week later, I sat down and the first draft of the novel was finished less than three months later.

Crazy? OMG YES. That book grabbed me up like a dog starved for human affection, and would not let me go until I finished. And it felt kind of crazy while it was happening.

It lead me to everything after – including so much more than I can list here but for starters: publishing the book; becoming friends and colleagues with the wonderful David Kirby; traveling to the San Juan Islands with my boys; encountering the Southern Resident Killer Whales up close and personal under a double rainbow with dozens of other people in a moment of big magic; meeting and befriending many of the amazing human beings involved with the movie Blackfish; having the astounding experience of working indirectly with Dr. Jane Goodall; and coming to love these individual whales and their calves, as my own family. When these orca babies die of starvation as they are doing now, I cry. Hard. We are on the brink of losing this unique group of whales to the permanent grief of extinction.

So, if there is something crazy at the core of my spiraling journey of “researching” this mystical powerful bond between humans and whales, it is that I have let their great hearts guide and change my own life.

And I’m a better person because of them.

And call me crazy, but I believe that because of them, we all are.




Rachel is a writer and biologist. As a kid she got hooked on all things animal, vegetable, and mineral. To complicate matters, she was hatching up stories before she could hold a crayon. Once she discovered biology it was all over. Ever since her first class in 7th grade when she refused to dissect a frog, a little voice in her head said: You gotta share this amazing stuff about how nature works, and ask if we really need to harm it. The little voice only got fiercer once she went to college and worked with captive dolphins and Beluga whales, then got to see wild killer whales only a few weeks later. From then on it was an all-out quest to convey the wonders of nature, while pointing out the serious problems of our very bad habit of dominating others and the Earth. She’s been a card-carrying science writer for twenty years. The Blackfish Prophecy is Rachel’s first book.

These days when Rachel is not writing, reading, dreaming, or speaking, you can find her sculpting an unruly assortment of moose-pruned orchard trees & berry bushes, gathering veggies & eggs in her micro-farmyard, foraging for mushrooms, and feasting on local food with friends.

She is a lifelong yogini, devoted pack mate to her free-spirited Canid, and mama bear who's sustained by treks deep into the Pacific Northwest with her increasingly feral family. Rachel drives a 100% electric zero-emission car, and her family's home is powered by renewable energy. Their little house is nestled on an urban lot they tend for kids' play, territory Animalia, sequestering carbon, and a food forest to augment the bounty of local growers.

Her work is fiercely aligned with the science of Life, harmony & justice for all: the enduring dream of Earth.





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Rachel will be awarding 1 signed paperback of the Blackfish Prophecy 1 bookmark for The Blackfish Prophecy, 1 Orca-themed or book-themed mug to one randomly drawn US winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Rachel ~ Good morning! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :) Also, fabulous guest post! I enjoyed reading it and am glad to see you picked that topic!

    1. Hi Ally! Thank you so much for your feedback. I enjoyed writing all of these guest posts and answering interview questions. What interested you the most about this guest post and topic?

  2. Thank you for hosting and sharing this wonderful guest post. Rachel and I are thrilled that you could do this for us! I hope that you enjoyed the guest post topic!