J.D.R. Hawkins

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Two New Reviews for A Beautiful Glittering Lie

I recently received two new five-star reviews for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie. This book is the first one in the Renegade Series. Thank you so much, VEdwards and Joshua Grant, for your reviews!


5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read

It was interesting to read a book on the Civil War from the average Southern resident’s perspective. I haven’t really found any that tell of the bad things the Northern soldiers did to the Southern cities and people. The North is painted in such a positive light by most books that you really don’t get a realistic sense of the truth. The writing was excellent and the characters interesting. Descriptions of both everyday life and battle were well written and distinctive. I look forward to reading more from JDR Hawkins.

Joshua Grant

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and emotional look at the Civil War from the perspective of one family!

JDR Hawkins brings the Civil War to life through the eyes of a family in A Beautiful Glittering Lie! The Confederacy has just broken away from the Union and Southern farmer Hiram Summers decides to enlist in the army, soon getting whisked away to war. Meanwhile, his wife Caroline and son David discover the realities of war on the home front. I loved Hawkins’ focus on this one family as it gave the avenue to see the war from three different perspectives: that of the soldier, the youth, and the mother trying to make ends meet on the farm! This is a novel with great feeling and intrigue, and I loved the characters and getting to experience their moral struggle. If you’re interested in the Civil War and want a good emotional novel, come enlist with A Beautiful Glittering Lie!

Great New Review for A Beautiful Glittering Lie

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I just received another review for my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the first book in the Renegade Series. Thank you, Ms. Jackie, for your kind review!

The narration of this book is excellent. It is plain to see that the author has an intense fascination with the American Civil War. Her descriptions of people, animals and places make you feel as though you are there with them. As a non-American I found it a little difficult to keep up with where all the places are (my copy didn’t have a map in the cover, which would have been helpful!) and the names of all the generals were lost on me. I found it a little confusing with the many names of the different sides at first, having never studied American history. However, once I got going I found it easy enough to work out. The book shows the civil war through the eyes of an ordinary Southern family, which is an interesting perspective and does not glamourise the war at all. It is a working class family’s story, which makes it easy to relate to. Be prepared to read the rest of the series – the ending leaves you wanting more!

Horses in Gray Receives Celebrity Endorsement

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My new book, Horses in Gray, has received a special endorsement from Mr. Patrick Gorman. If you are unfamiliar with who he is, Mr. Gorman played Confederate General John Bell Hood in the movie Gettysburg. He has also starred in many other movies, including Gods and Generals, Three Days of the Condor, Wild Bill, and Rough Riders. Mr. Gorman has appeared on numerous TV shows as well.


Mr. Gorman’s endorsement is as follows:

“Civil War history buffs can supplement their knowledge with these well researched horse tales. Your heart will go out to these seldom mentioned heroes, the mount of the Confederacy.”

Thank you, Mr. Gorman, for your endorsement! To learn more about this amazing actor, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0331112/.

Two Five-Star Reviews!

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My new book, Horses in Gray has received two five-star reviews! This is very exciting for me, so I wanted to share. Here is the what the first reviewer wrote:

This is a well written book. I am not the quickest of readers but the reading is easy, and Ms. Hawkins provides much person insight in the men and their horses. I originally bought the book to read about my cousin John Hunt Morgan. However i became engrossed in the book just reading about General Lee and Traveller. I would highly recommend this book not just to those who are interested in the War Between the States, but a very good read for anyone.
Another reviewer wrote a very simple summary.
Love this book fantastic read.
Short but sweet. I love that! Special thanks to Wayne and John for your reviews!

I Received Another 5-Star Review!


My new novel, A Rebel Among Us, received yet another 5-star review. Again, thank you, everyone, for your continued support. I couldn’t do any of this without you!

on January 31, 2017
Anna Brady (18, Maggie’s sister) Maggie Brady (Anna’s sister) were babysitting for Abigail (little girl) & Claudia Burrows (little girl).
A confederate soldier had been found bleeding.
Gettysburg was just a few miles away.
Abigail had a pot of water on the stove.
While still recuperating, he told the girls his name; David Ezekiel Summers (18, Montgomery, AL, Morgan County).
David (Baptist) was slowly recuperating.He & Anna were starting to share life stories.
Lil (black girl), & Manny (black boy), had been hiding in the barn.
Aunt Sarah & Grace Burrows (Claudia’s mother) later came back home.
It was Anna’s 19th. birthday.
3/27/1864, Easter Sunday. David (19) had done quite well he had a farmstead & 60 head of cattle.

What dilemma where David & Anna experiencing?

(Thank you, Tony Parsons!)

One More Five-Star Review!


I’m so honored to have received another 5-star review for my new novel, A Rebel Among Us. Thanks again, everyone, for your continuing support!

on January 30, 2017
I was looking for a book to lose myself in after finishing Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ and found an engaging and well-written dramatic love story in ‘A Rebel Among Us.’ The author uses detailed and powerful language to bring readers back to the Civil War, giving us a realistic glimpse into the lives of soldiers, slaves, and the challenges that come with war-time love. With a well-developed plot and uniquely charming characters, ‘A Rebel Among Us’ is an absorbing tale that kept me up reading way too late at night! I’m looking forward to reading the other books in The Renegade Series.
Thank you, Katie B!

A Rebel Among Us Gets Another 5-Star Review


My new novel, A Rebel Among Us, has received another 5-star review! Here it is for you to read. Thank you for all your support!

Format: Kindle Edition
I admire the author’s ability to take us back into the past. I’ve read her other historical novels (A Beautiful Glittering Lie and A Beckoning Hellfire ) so I know how well she can weave a story set in the Civil War period.
The characters are well developed and we get the feeling that we too are involved in their lives. Love knows no boundaries, no limits and no questions of North and South during the dramatic Civil War. Fact and fiction are the author’s food for thought as she mixes both to give an exciting tale.
Love, war and the difficulties we can only imagine, leap up from the pages of this book. An intriguing read that I recommend to all but especially those historical novel fans in particular.

Another 5-Star Review!


My new novel, A Rebel Among Us, received another 5-star review! I’m so excited that I had to share. If you would like to review my book, please let me know and I’ll get an e-book sent out to you!

Format: Kindle Edition

For a girl who likes history, reading about life during the Civil War was just icing on the cake for this sweet romance. The story really was engaging and well written, and I could picture myself in that time period. Very well researched and detailed, and it was pretty honest of how slaves and freed men were treated back then. I don’t know why this stuck with me, but in other fiction books I’ve read of the Civil War, when it came to the issue of slaves, the South was bad and the North was good and treated all freed slaves as free white men, which wasn’t always the case.

It begins with a family of girls in Union territory finding a Confederate soldier injured, and how they nurse him back to health. The oldest sister gets him to stay one time, then asks him to stay longer with a proposition. Great story line and the characters were all likable. While Anna and David were the main characters, Maggie, the younger sister, and Patrick, a neighbor, helped make the story better.

I loved this book! It’s a longer book, so she has the time to work in details from her research. This was the first book I’ve ready by J.D.R. Hawkins, and I look forward to reading more historical pieces from this author.

Awesome Review!

I recently received a very flattering review that I wanted to share with you all. Getting reviews like these makes it all worth while!

“A Beautiful Glittering Lie is a wonderful read, as is the sequel A Beckoning Hellfire. There are two story lines in the book. One is of a young boy and his friend who, like all young men their age, dream of going off to fight in the American Civil War, but manage to find ways to get into trouble even though they cannot enlist. The other story line is of the father of one of the boys, and his close friend; both of whom enlist at the onset of the war. What really sets this book apart from the other Civil War literature is how personable it is. Most of the books written about the civil war follow characters like Lee, Chamberlain, and Grant. However, here we see a run-of-the-mill Johnny Reb, and we experience HIS reasons for fighting, HIS fears, and HIS obstacles. We also get a glimpse into what happened on the home front during the war.

“Peppered throughout the story are historical blurbs that let the reader know what’s going on. Just enough historical facts are given to let the reader know what is happening, but not so much that you feel you’re sitting through a lecture.

“I would recommend this book to everyone. I have been a living historian for a majority of my life, and I enjoyed this. If you’re someone who wants to check out a new reading topic, and are interested in learning more about the War Between the States, then it’s perfect for you. If you’re worried about reading what is sometimes called “Confederate Literature,” don’t. This book received honorable mention at the L.A. book fair. It is a wonderful story about a Man who loves his family and fights for what he believes in, and a story about a young man coming of age during what is arguably America’s darkest time.

“A note to parents of young men. There are very few books in the “Yong Adult” section that appeal to young men. Have you ever walked through it? 80% of it is stories about Vampire/Werewolf love affairs, 10% is stories that are almost entirely geared to young women, and the remaining 10% is the Hunger Games. If you want your teenage son to put down Call of Duty and Halo for a bit then get him this book and the Sequel. They’re not hard reads, and are filled with things young men love: mischief, fighting, and encounters with young women. They’re also not difficult reads so he won’t need an encyclopedia to understand the language or what’s going on.

“All in all A Beautiful Glittering Lie is a great read. Whether you’re looking to break into a new series, want to read more of the Civil War, or just need a new book to read by the pool or on your lunch break; odds are you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book.”

Thank you, Adam Klein, for sending this to me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words!

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