J.D.R. Hawkins

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Archive for the month “May, 2022”

My Book Made it to Round Three!

I’m so excited that my new novel, Double-Edged Sword, has made it into the third round of voting! I couldn’t have gotten here without you! Every month, AllAuthor sponsors a book cover contest. There are four voting rounds, one for each week of the month.

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Cover of the Month
Double-Edged Sword: A Novel of Reconstruction Book Four of the Renegade Series
Hey Everyone,
I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.
Vote Now »
https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Would you please be so kind as to vote for my cover once again? I would be eternally grateful! Thank you so much in advance.

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Confederate Memorial Day

Last month was Confederate Heritage and History month. In honor of this, a special event took place on April 23 at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Beauvoir, Biloxi, MS

Beauvoir is a beautiful mansion with breathtakingly stunning gardens. It is the home where Confederate President Jefferson Davis spent his last years after the Civil War ended. I have visited Beauvoir many times, and it always amazes me how beautiful it is.

Three days after Katrina

Beauvoir was seriously damaged from Hurrican Katrina. But since then, it has been restored to its previous glory.

Inside Beauvoir

On the grounds is a Confederate cemetery, and in the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The wreath laying ceremony that took place on April 23 was in honor of the unknown soldier. Solemn ceremonies such as this take place all across the South during April.

Please vote again!

My new novel, Double-Edged Sword, has made it into the second round of voting. Every month, AllAuthor sponsors a book cover contest. There are four voting rounds, one for each week of the month.

allauthor.com
Cover of the Month
Double-Edged Sword: A Novel of Reconstruction Book Four of the Renegade Series
Hey Everyone,
I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.
Vote Now »
https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Would you please be so kind as to vote for my cover again? I would be eternally grateful! Thank you so much in advance.

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Another Stellar Review for A Beautiful Glittering Lie

I recently received another five-star review for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. This is the first book in the Renegade Series. Thank you so much, Tom Thompson, for your review!

Tom Thompson

5.0 out of 5 stars This was a very enjoyable read

Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2022

Normally I haven’t read this type of novel, but this story grabbed from the beginning and is a page turner.
The author painted a picture that placed me into the storyline.
Voracious Readers gave me a complimentary copy of the book and I am glad that did.
You should read this civil war tale.

Please Vote For My Book Cover!

Every month, AllAuthor sponsors a book cover contest. This month, the cover for my novel, Double-Edged Sword, is a contender. There are four voting rounds, one for each week of the month.

allauthor.com
Cover of the Month
Double-Edged Sword: A Novel of Reconstruction Book Four of the Renegade SeriesHey Everyone,
I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.
Vote Now »
https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Would you please be so kind as to vote for my cover? I would be eternally grateful! Thank you so much in advance.

https://allauthor.com/cover-of-the-month/13313/

Guest Post by Amy Lara

From time to time, I feature guest posts to help other authors out. Here is another guest post that I thought you would enjoy.

Which is better – wooden horse barns or metal horse barns?

When the time comes to build a new horse barn on your property, you’ll have a few crucial considerations. First, you will need to pick where the barn will be, how big it will be, and more. In this essay, we’d like to look at another essential option in this process–the material you will use to create the barn. There are two primary alternatives accessible today, wood and metal, and both may give some great perks. Let’s analyse the benefits and downsides of a metal barn over a wood barn.

While many iconic pictures of horse ownership contain wood barns, the barn marketplace has transformed to keep up with demand. For years, wood was the primary building material for barns, storing it in our memories as the “best” barn material.

Why are metal barns better than wooden barns?

Metal Barns are Flexible

Custom Metal barns designs are entirely adjustable depending on your needs and budget. For example, maybe you have enormous horse barns ideas down the line. Metal horse barns can cost-effectively grow with your horse family in the future. Unfortunately, wood structures do not give the same flexibility and are significantly more expensive.

Maintenance

Wooden horse barns are not very weather resistant over time. They are vulnerable to rotting, mold, warping, cracking, termite damage, and other difficulties that will require a large amount of maintenance. It alone could tip the scales if you are investigating metal barn designs. You can also plan to paint and varnish your wooden horse barn every few years. 

Safety

Any exposed metal might hurt a horse if the animal kicks it or becomes entangled in it. For example, while placing kickboards on interior walls might protect horses where kicks are most prevalent, horses can suffer significant lacerations anywhere exposed metal is present. For safety, the point has to go-to wood.

Metal Barns Have Room To Grow

Metal horse barn designs help you create what you need or can afford right now without hindering your potential to grow in the future. Unfortunately, standard wood construction cannot give the versatility of a metal horse barn.

You’re not losing safety simply because it’s easily extendable. Metal and steel horse barn kits endure extreme weather. Our designs are so solid that we provide a 50-year structural warranty.

Weather and Fire Resistant

One of the significant reasons to acquire a horse barn is to shelter horses from the weather and offer them a stable area for feeding and maintenance. Your barn will give a location where they may escape from the outdoors and feel comfortable even during harsh winter weather and the through the heat waves of summer. It should also protect them from fire.

Wood may damage by water, but moisture management in metal buildings is easy to maintain. Metal barns do not get damaged by water. In dry climes, barn buildings water through barn misting systems and evaporative cooling. Throughout years of water exposure, steel will exhibit little to no damage, whereas wood will break down and deteriorate.

Durable

Wood has demonstrated its ability to stand up to Mother Nature, but metal structures with steel trusses are significantly more robust. The straightforward span truss design implies that you won’t wind up in a claustrophobic environment. You’ll love the absence of flat ceilings, which provide more useable internal space. So go ahead and place a gambrel roof on your design for maximum effect.

It establishes the primary interior frame convention that gives you the ability to complete the interior with doors and windows. You can even insulate with standard batt-style insulation.

Sustainable

While some horse owners will always select wood, there are many compelling reasons to go for metal horse barns; one of the most prominent arguments is sustainability; metal structures are today’s green construction alternative.

Conclusion

Many homeowners frequently become overwhelmed while picking between horse metal barns and wood structures. Naturally, metal and wood are fundamentally different materials, and they have their pros and downfalls, which you must evaluate. However, there are additional crucial variables to consider before picking, such as your budget, durability, strength, and maintenance cost.

Although wooden constructions are appealing, they may not give you long-term benefits like steel buildings. Many homeowners frequently become overwhelmed while picking between metal barns and wood structures. Naturally, metal and wood are fundamentally different materials, and they have their pros and downfalls, which you must evaluate. Before you pick, there are additional crucial variables to consider, such as your budget, durability, strength, and maintenance cost.

Although wooden constructions are appealing, they may not give you long-term benefits like steel buildings, above some of the advantages of metal barns over traditional wood buildings that will help you make an informed selection.

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