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Location: Western Michigan
Gender: Male
Born: November 15, 1939
Member: Premier Author
Joined: November 2004
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Bob's third novel, "Falling Up The Stairs," was released on September 20, 2018. Unlike his usual fare of Cleve Hawkins detective thrillers this one is a family saga. The possibility of this becoming a screenplay is very possible.

Under the pen name R. C. Hartson, Bob's first novel "Fatal Beauty" has been published and was released on February 26, 2015. It was posted right here on Fanstory 2013-2014. His second Cleve Hawkins novel in the series, titled "Triple Crossed, was released on June2, 2016.

Bob is a dedicated father and grandfather. A retired U.S. Marine, he has written three novels and is working on a fourth.....another Cleve Hawkins mystery, thriller.

Through the years Bob has learned that a writer must write something...anything....every single day. Even if it's just a paragraph! Also, here is the bad news for lazy people who still want to write but don't like to read...You are not going to make it. A successful writer MUST read every day also.

He has won numerous writing contests for his short stories and poetry. Some actually paid money! Fanstory writers, I am by no means an expert, however a word of advice, if I may: Please never be discouraged. Leaving the writing scene is a crime for many potentially great poets and authors. Keep on writing!
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FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! A Round Up and a Rendezvous is the new Book of the Month!
January 5 at 12:13AM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS Bob on a well deserved win sweet Mo...LOL...Linda xxoo
    January 5 at 12:25AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, buddy.
    So well deserved.
    January 5 at 1:23AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Bob!
    January 5 at 11:10AM
    Lady Jane: Congratulations, Bob. Excellent book and well deserved accolades.

    Happy New Year! It?s off to a great start.
    January 5 at 12:30PM
    January 5 at 7:57PM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations on your win, Bob.
    January 7 at 1:09AM
    misscookie: Congratulation my kind sir
    January 7 at 12:12PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Nightmare for Trish is the new Book of the Month!
December 12 at 12:13AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Book of the Month win! Super! judiverse
    December 12 at 9:34AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations once again, Bob.

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    December 12 at 2:25PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Bob. :)
    December 12 at 4:58PM
    Lady Jane: Great job, Bob! Keep it going. I wanna see who comes out on top in the end... haha
    December 12 at 6:52PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!
    And...what Janelle said... :)

    December 12 at 8:31PM
    damommy: Congratulations, Bob! Well deserved.
    December 13 at 11:16AM
    l.raven: Hi sweet Guy, CONGRATULATIONS on an awesome win you...this is a great story...and I love Linda xxoo
    December 13 at 6:42PM
    aryr: Congratulations Bob, for the Book of the Month.
    December 16 at 4:42PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Makeup Sex is the new Book of the Month!
November 11 at 12:13AM
    michaelcahill: Congrats, Bob!

    And congrats as well to Liz and Sandra on their great showings. Well done all! :))
    November 11 at 1:55AM
    Dean Kuch: This is becoming a habit for you about now, isn't it Bob, heh-heh?
    November 11 at 6:40AM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Bob, for your win. Marilyn
    November 11 at 11:21AM
    Earl Corp: Congrats Bob, well deserved honor.
    November 11 at 12:53PM
    Anntonette: Congrats, Bob!
    November 11 at 7:12PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Bob. :)
    November 13 at 11:57PM
    Tpa: congrats for the great work you do.
    November 15 at 1:06AM
    RGstar: Well done Bob, no denying the quality
    November 15 at 10:03AM
    justafan: Happy Birthday!
    November 15 at 7:18PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Out To Lunch is the new Book of the Month!
October 6 at 12:13AM
    Lady Jane: Congratulations, Bob. An honor well deserved.
    October 6 at 1:39AM
    barkingdog: Way to go, Bob!!! Congratulations. :) ellen
    October 6 at 1:59AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on you Book of the Month win. Well deserved. judiverse
    October 6 at 10:48AM
    RGstar: Well done Bob
    October 6 at 5:04PM
    l.raven: way to go Linda xxoo
    October 6 at 6:46PM
    Terry Kay: Bob, wow congrats!
    October 25 at 1:33PM
    misscookie: Congratulation.. my kind sir
    October 26 at 7:28AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations on the publication of your new book Falling Up the Stairs!
September 20 at 3:12PM
    susanjohn: Wonderful news!!!! It will be added to my collection of F/S writers :-)
    September 20 at 3:31PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!
    Eagerly waiting to receive my copy!
    September 20 at 4:40PM
    damommy: Wonderful! A great story.
    September 20 at 8:24PM
    Dean Kuch: Falling Up the Stairs is an outstanding period piece/family drama featuring many surprises around every turn
    Rife with rich, colorful characters, written as only our own R.C. (Bob) Hartson could write it.
    Congratulations, Bob!
    September 20 at 11:26PM
    Sally Law: I agree with your fan base here at FanStory Bob! All my best in the days ahead with your new book. I can?t wait to read it. Congratulations Bob!!
    Sally Law
    September 23 at 6:37PM
    Mrs. KT: Hello Bob!
    I just received my copy in the mail!
    So looking forward to savoring every chapter!

    Thank you!
    September 24 at 4:40PM
    evilynne: Bob - if I didn't comment already and even if I did - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are truly a master of words. Evi
    September 26 at 6:31AM
    fluffnstuff: master of the are a shining star you are!!! Hope it becomes a broadway masterpiece. Hugs to you DiAnne
    October 1 at 5:52PM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Bob.
    October 5 at 8:23PM
    RGstar: Congrats Bob
    October 6 at 4:51PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Concho is the new Book of the Month!
August 11 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations Mr. Bob!!!
    August 11 at 12:37AM
    Mastery: Thanks so much, Jan :) Bob
    August 11 at 9:23AM
    Mastery: Thank you to all who have supported my writing. Bless you! Bob
    August 11 at 9:26AM
    Shauna Bloom: Most excellent! such good work!
    August 11 at 10:08AM
    rspoet: Congratulations! Well done. Cleve is smiling.
    August 11 at 11:17AM
    Jmf4119: Congratulations Bob. Well deserved.
    August 11 at 11:40AM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations, Bob. :)
    August 11 at 11:59AM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations!
    August 11 at 1:14PM
    Ulla: Congratulations, Bob. So well deserved. Ulla:))
    August 11 at 1:51PM
    BeasPeas: Hi Bob. Congratulations on winning the contest. Marilyn
    August 11 at 4:02PM
    LoannaLois: proud of you and your writing. Congratulations, friend,Lois
    August 11 at 4:52PM
    Artasylum: Congratulations Mastery! Well deserved you are the best. Yours, diana
    August 11 at 5:50PM
    Dean Kuch:
    Way to go, Bob!
    August 11 at 9:22PM
    Mrs. KT: Bob,


    August 12 at 9:51AM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS my sweet had my vote....this is a awesome Linda xxoo
    August 13 at 9:07AM
    fluffnstuff: Yes...I?ll keep on trucking....great encouragement you gave....and a great writer you are.
    October 4 at 3:49AM

Mastery: Thank you to all of the people who have supported my writing over the past 14 years.

My third novel , "Falling Up the Stairs" will be released on September 20 of this year. And thanks to encouraging reviews it may be harnessed in a screenplay in the near future. I have been truly fortunate.

Again, thank you one and all. Bob
July 22 at 12:54AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!
    What a wonderful accomplishment.
    I have been "off the grid" for a bit, but I promise to catch up on all of your well-crafted writing as soon as possible!
    So happy for you!
    July 22 at 8:42AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations Mr. Bob. Every single chapter was fascinating, I am so happy for you!
    July 22 at 10:13AM
    dejohnsrld (Debbie): Wow, Bob. It is an amazing write and so glad it is getting the recognition it deserves, my friend~Debbie
    August 9 at 5:23AM
    MissMerri: I am signed up to be notified as soon as it is released. I can barely wait. I have been hooked on this story since I joined FanStory nine years ago. It has evolved into a definite winner. Congratulations, Bob. I am so glad it is soon to be published.
    August 19 at 9:51PM

Mastery: Thank you to everyone for your support and congrats wishes. Bless all of you fine people! Bob
April 7 at 9:53PM
    Larissa B: Hi Bob, dunno if you still remember me. Been gone for a while. Am just visiting. Glad you're still reigning. Lol! Congrats and more power to you. If you have a new book, let me know. I'll purchase it on Amazon. Tc
    April 19 at 6:02PM
    RGstar: Well done for a tremedous book and the emotions that touched , especially those who have walked similar shoes.
    May 6 at 5:31PM
    kiwigirl2821: Bob feel better soon. You and your family are in my prayers! sending nothing but love and best xoxo deborah
    June 16 at 11:38PM
    l.raven: Hi Bob, I read where you are not feeling well...I am sorry...I hope you get better are in my prayers my Linda xxoo
    July 15 at 8:20PM
    Irish Rain: Missing you!!! Hope you are feeling better Mr. Bob!!!
    July 19 at 8:32PM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations on your second place win, Bob!
    July 7 at 5:20PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Thieves of Happiness is the new Book of the Month!
April 5 at 12:13AM
    Irish Rain: Yay!! Congratulations Mr. Bob!!!
    April 5 at 12:35AM
    RGstar: Yahh
    Bob...weel done, can't keep a good man down.
    Best wishes
    April 5 at 4:14AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, Bob!
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    April 5 at 8:33AM
    Mark Valentine: Congrats on Book of the Month, Bob - well-deserved!
    April 5 at 9:03AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Book of the Month win. A terrific story. judiverse
    April 5 at 10:34AM
    Jay Squires: Congratulations on the Book of the Month, Bob. Always with panache!
    April 5 at 10:52AM
    Ric Myworld: Congratulations! for an outstanding story.
    April 5 at 12:43PM
    Ulla: Congratulations, Bob, so well deserved. Ulla:))
    April 5 at 1:41PM
    mvbrooks: Great to see your name with well-deserved recognition.
    April 5 at 1:59PM
    valmay: Congratulations Bob. I'm so pleased. Val.
    April 5 at 9:08PM
    TheWriteTeach: Congrats, Bob. Well deserved and well done!
    April 5 at 10:27PM
    Mustang Patty: Congratulations on your win! I'm enjoying the book, and its no small wonder that others do too. ~patty~
    April 6 at 9:29AM
    MelB: Congratulations!!
    April 6 at 7:20PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations Bob on this well deserved honor.
    April 11 at 10:42PM
    Mabaker: Hi Bob I want to thank you for all the kind words you and I exchanged. Sincerely, Anne.
    July 14 at 5:36AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations on having your book selected as the "Best Thrillers of 2016".
September 10 at 1:10AM
    Mastery: Thanks so much, Tom and crew! I owe a lot in part to the site and you folks. Bob
    September 16 at 3:24PM
    mfowler: Just saw this, Bob. belated but sincere congratulations on your success.
    September 30 at 1:03AM
    Selina Stambi: Congratulations, Bob. Awesome!
    September 30 at 4:28PM
    misscookie: How do you revise your work?. have a nice day.
    October 24 at 9:26AM
    Dean Kuch: Hey, Bob! ...
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    November 16 at 12:09AM
    seaglass: Thank you so much. I'm honored and surprised it was selected, and didn't realize it had made it to second place until I saw your congratulation message.
    December 9 at 10:00PM

May 3 at 3:19PM
    TAB_that's me: Keep practicing, maybe the last name will come:) lol
    May 3 at 4:11PM
    create4christ: How do you get your gif to transfer to this site...Penny
    June 28 at 12:31PM
    vwilks: Just read your profile. Out of it I get that to become a master writer, one must write something every day (good advice) and never be discouraged (even better advice).

    Am I right?
    July 6 at 12:40AM
    Mastery: Dean Kuch, You are the master, my friend. Thanks for the Birthday wishes. LOL...Bob.
    November 16 at 4:11PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Choices is the new Book of the Month!
January 9 at 12:13AM
    giraffmang: Excellent. Congratulations, Bob - well deserved.
    January 9 at 2:57AM
    Ulla: So well deserved, Bob. Congratulations
    January 9 at 3:01AM
    Dean Kuch: By George, you've done it again!
    Congratulations, Bob.
    Well done...
    January 9 at 4:34AM
    Mastery: Thank you one and all for your congratulations. I appreciate all of your support through the years. So many others deserved this also. Bob
    January 9 at 7:58AM
    boxergirl: Yay, Bob!! 8-)
    January 9 at 9:55AM
    Writingfundimension: Heartiest congratulations, Bob/Cleve! Pulled out another stunning win.

    :) Bev
    January 9 at 10:38AM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Bob. Well earned!
    January 9 at 11:26AM
    I am Cat: Congratulations Bob!
    January 9 at 2:41PM
    evilynne: Congratulations! Evi
    January 9 at 5:30PM
    Green Lake Girl: Congrats, my Michigan buddy! Cleve would be so proud of you. ;)
    January 9 at 9:55PM
    frogbook: Congratulations on your well deserved, Book of the Month!

    January 11 at 12:51PM
    Mabaker: Bob will you read Hairy and give me your opinion Regards Anne
    March 28 at 7:04PM
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    April 30 at 8:40AM
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    April 30 at 8:42AM
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    April 30 at 8:42AM
    Zinnia48: Bob--What a thrill to find that you are honored in this way! You are a terrific writer, and continue to inspire me with commitment to the craft. Congratulations! Caroline
    May 4 at 12:08AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Beth's Surprise is the new Book of the Month!
December 6 at 12:13AM
    barkingdog: Way to go, Bob! Congratulations. :) e
    December 6 at 8:01AM
    Adri7enne: Nicely done, Bob. Congratulations!
    December 6 at 9:36AM
    Writingfundimension: A well-deserved recognition of your superb novel, Bob. Congratulations!

    :) Bev
    December 6 at 2:17PM
    happykat4: Bob, I congratulate you again. It is well deserved. Fyi not been on sight for heath reasons, but hopefully new meds will help and I will get busy reading and back to writing. I am very happy for you. Kat
    December 7 at 9:47PM
    Dean Kuch: A hearty CONGRATULATIONS, Bob! You've done it again...
    ~Dean :}
    December 9 at 2:13AM
    Neonewman: Congratulations Bob on a well deserved win my friend!
    God bless!
    December 10 at 11:58AM
    Mark Valentine: Congrats Bob! I'm guessing your other chapters took 2nd and 3rd place.
    December 15 at 11:19AM
    fluffnstuff: Congrats on an obviously wonderful job well done
    December 18 at 11:25AM
    Mastery: Thanks so much everyone. I appreciate all of your support. Bob
    December 22 at 5:22PM
    Mastery: Thanks to everybody for the congrats. I love you all. Bob
    January 9 at 7:56AM
    Mastery: Thanks to one and all. So many writers deserved this month's award. Bob
    January 9 at 7:59AM
    happykat4: Bob, I just tried to compare the second chapter to the revised one, either my drugs are making me tired and not able to concentrate on your chapter, as I did not find the changes. Help me. :( Kathy
    I don't know any other way to ask you this so I hope this is were we post. Thanks
    January 24 at 3:27PM
    LovnPeace: Congratulations Bob. Well earned. Blessings
    September 11 at 5:29AM

Mastery: Thanks to all of you for your loyalty to my writing. If not for you, I wouldn't have even been in the running. blessings to all of you. Bob
October 31 at 9:48AM
    Lat 23 Writer: Hi Bob

    Back on FS after a lengthy break. Delighted to see your novel Fatal Beauty was published. I'd have been surprised if it hadn't. Well done indeed

    Lat 23 Writer
    November 4 at 8:39AM
    justafan: Congrats, Bob :)
    November 7 at 12:29PM
    RGstar: You are worth it, big man.
    November 8 at 11:05PM
    Alison Williams: Hey Bob. It's been a long time since I've been back, but wow, I'm so glad you won Book of the Month! You deserve it, your writing has always been fantastic and you've always showcased your talent. I'm looking forward to catching up with what you've done to date! I have a lot of catchup reading to do with many people! Alison :)
    November 19 at 7:44AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Carl Cosgrove is the new Book of the Month!
October 30 at 12:13AM
    I am Cat: Congratulations! :)
    October 30 at 2:03AM
    robina1978: Many congratulations on this win. It is a very good book indeed. Warmly,
    October 30 at 7:50AM
    judiverse: Big congratulations on your Book of the Month win. It's an excellent chapter from a great novel. judiverse
    October 30 at 9:11AM
    Dean Kuch: HUGE congrats, Bob! Clive rocks!
    ~Dean ;}
    October 30 at 9:36AM
    Writingfundimension: Congratulations, Bob. Another well-deserved recognition.

    October 30 at 10:17AM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Bob! I guess I'm not alone in enjoying your book. Yea!!
    October 30 at 11:06AM
    Ulla: Bob, Congratulations! So well deserved. Ulla
    October 30 at 12:25PM
    ann marie mazz: congratulations bob on this recognition
    October 30 at 1:47PM
    Eric1: Congratulations Bob, I knew this had to be my friend.
    October 30 at 3:33PM
    evilynne: congratulations!
    October 30 at 5:57PM
    wordspinner314: Congratulations! That's wonderful!
    October 30 at 6:10PM
    boxergirl: Well-deserved, Bob. Congrats! :-)
    October 30 at 6:47PM
    barkingdog: Way to go, Bob!!! ;)e
    October 31 at 5:33AM
    RGstar: Good work, my friend
    November 8 at 11:06PM

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Grilling Concho
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His Confidential Tale
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