J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I would like to wish each and every one of you a very blessed, peaceful Thanksgiving full of fun, family, friends, and frolic. Mine will be spent with my oldest son, daughter-in-law, her family, and our grandson. This is a very special treat for my husband and me, since we haven’t spent Thanksgiving with them in nine years. I’m really thrilled to be back in Colorado with our family and friends.

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I’d like to mention a few things past and future. Last week, I gave another author interview. Mr. Wayne is quite a card. Read what he wrote in his blog. Here is the link:

http://wayneturmel.com/2016/…/j-d-r-hawkins-civil-war-drama/

And in the not so distant future, it will be Black Friday. My publisher, Foundations, LLC, is holding a special online sales event. All you have to do is go to the link below and you will be at the sale! My new novel, A Rebel Among Us, will be selling for 50% off on paperbacks, and you can request to get them signed as well. E-books will be only $1.00. Now is your chance to stock up for Christmas!

https://www.facebook.com/events/183846336

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Thanks again for reading my blog. I hope you have a very safe and happy Turkey Day!

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Cover Reveal in One Week!

I am so excited to announce my new novel, A Rebel Among Us, is near completion. The book is due to launch in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I would like to tell you about the book, as well as the process I went through to get it published.

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Originally, I wrote A Beckoning Hellfire after visiting the Gettysburg battlefield. Coming from Colorado, I had never seen an actual Civil War battlefield before, so as you can imagine how astounded I was. Silly me, I thought it would be the size of a football field. Far from it! Needless to say, after I experienced this event, I was inspired to write a novel about it, but not a typical Civil War novel about officers and presidents, or even Union soldiers, such as The Red Badge of Courage. No, my novel would be about a typical Southern soldier. So I chose to write about a Confederate cavalryman who originated from North Alabama near Huntsville (Ryan Crossroads, to be exact).

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I wrote my heart out, and by the time I was finished, I realized I had enough material for two novels, so I split the book in two. The second book became A Rebel Among Us. From there, I wrote a sequel, which has yet to be published. And then I went back and wrote a prequel to the story, which is titled A Beautiful Glittering Lie. So what started out as a single book became a series, which I call the Renegade Series. I intend to write a fifth novel in the series later on.

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The first two books in the Renegade Series were self-published. I also self-published A Rebel Among Us, but then I found a new hybrid publisher called Booktrope. This publisher provided me with an excellent team of talented people. We were just about to publish the book when the company folded. ARGH! So I had to start all over. Luckily, I had a contact through NaNoWriMo ( which stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November). Because I had entered A Rebel Among Us in this contest, I learned of a new startup small publisher located in Mississippi. Enter Foundations, LLC, who loved my book and agreed to publish it. Finally, my book will see the light of day! Thank you Foundations!

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All of the books in the Renegade Series center on a family from North Alabama and how the war impacts them. For each novel, I spent about six months researching and six months writing. I traveled to the battlefields I wrote about, as well as the Pennsylvania countryside, where A Rebel Among Us primarily takes place. This book is a little different than the first two in the Renegade Series, because it involves more romance and less battle. I learned a lot along the way, received amazing help from many people, and had a blast writing the story. I can’t wait for it to come out and for you to get a chance to read it. Please tune in next Thursday for the big cover reveal. It is nothing less than awesome!

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