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Location: Western Michigan
Gender: Male
Born: November 15, 1939
Member: Premier Author
Joined: November 2004
Keep writing everyday . . . even if it is only a sentence or two, if you are sincere about getting published.

Nobody said it would be easy. : )

Bob is currently working on his fourth Cleve Hawkins mystery, called "The Deceivers." to tentatively be released in the spring vof 2021.

His third novel, "Shadows of Sin" was released in January of 2020. It is the third in his Cleve Hawkins detective series.

His other novel, titled "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. People are working to make that a reality.

Under the pen name R. C. Hartson, Bob's first novel "Fatal Beauty" was published and 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 June 2, 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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Mastery: I am delighted to be back with my new Cleve Hawkins installment. I hope you will enjoy. : ) Bob
June 14, 2020 at 9:24AM
    Zinnia48: Hi, Mastery. I have been away for quite a while, and am considering cycling back in. I was so glad to see that Clive is still kicking around! Zinnia
    November 14, 2020 at 5:55PM

Mastery: Thank you to all for your continuing support. :) Bob
May 6, 2019 at 9:48AM
    Dean Kuch: I really hated to see the epilogue for Shadows of Sin was DQ'ued, Bob.
    The entire story from beginning to end was well plotted, timed, and phenomenally entertaining.
    Keep your chin up, mate!
    May 7, 2019 at 12:34PM
    JLR: Bob, I have been away. My bride has a new hip, and I have been her coach. I wanted to thank you for sharing your story. I must confess that it was both heart-wrenching and yet there sprinkled in pearls of possibilities. The dramatic end that I so wish I had been able to achieve was the delight in having a torn family gather so many years later and having learned to move forward in spite of life pits and hurdles and change. I thank you so very much, as the read helped me put salve on my wounded heart.
    September 18, 2019 at 6:39AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Taps finished third in the contest "Rhyme"
May 4, 2019 at 1:10AM
    C. Gale Burnett: You did good! Congratulations, my friend :)
    May 6, 2019 at 12:06PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations Bob. So sorry I missed reviewing it. I'll go check it out.
    May 10, 2019 at 6:33PM
    Badger_29: Congratulations!
    August 8, 2020 at 3:17AM

Mastery: Thanks to everyone who supported me and voted for me in the BOM for the past six months. I will always be grateful to you. Bless you all. Bob
April 6, 2019 at 9:52AM
    Rachelle Allen: YOU DID IT!!! Congratulations!!! I love this book, and I'm so happy to see others appreciate it as much as I do!! GREAT work, Mastery!! xo
    April 6, 2019 at 11:20AM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Bob! Great writing deserves to win prizes. I am happy for you!
    April 6, 2019 at 11:49AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your book of the month win. Much deserved. judiverse
    April 6, 2019 at 2:27PM
    susand3022: Congratulations Bob!!! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I'm so happy for you, nobody deserves it more! :) Susan
    April 6, 2019 at 2:42PM
    RGstar: Well done Bob...and not taken for well deserved. Best wishes my friend
    April 6, 2019 at 3:28PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Bob. :)
    April 6, 2019 at 4:01PM
    damommy: Yayyyy! Congratulations.
    April 6, 2019 at 4:36PM
    N.K. Wagner: Congrats on another win, Bob!
    April 6, 2019 at 11:04PM
    Sarkems: Congratulations, Bob, well deserved.
    April 7, 2019 at 3:44AM
    C. Gale Burnett: Congratulations, dear friend :) A well-deserved win!!
    April 7, 2019 at 8:35AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!

    April 7, 2019 at 3:08PM
    Sandra Montanino: Thank you so much for your vote of confidence, I will try not to let you down. You are a fantastic writer!!
    April 7, 2019 at 3:21PM
    nancyjam: Congratulations Bob. That's wonderful!
    April 9, 2019 at 1:09PM
    evilynne: CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! Evi
    April 10, 2019 at 6:40AM
    Alex Rosel: Thank you :)
    April 20, 2019 at 12:08PM
    Willie P. Smith: Congratulations Bob, You deserve it.
    April 30, 2019 at 4:17PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Face-off is the new Book of the Month!
April 6, 2019 at 12:13AM
    Dean Kuch:
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    Congrats...again, Bob.
    April 6, 2019 at 12:52AM
    Mastery: Thanks so much, DeanO. Bob
    April 6, 2019 at 9:53AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!

    April 6, 2019 at 10:12AM
    Badger_29: This gentleman shows his skill in writing and his ability to draw in the reader is very well. I appreciate you this author
    August 8, 2020 at 3:19AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Decision at The Redhead is the new Book of the Month!
March 13, 2019 at 12:13AM
    Lady Jane: Congrats, you! Another solid month. Keep it up.
    March 13, 2019 at 1:52AM
    Rachelle Allen: YOU DID IT AGAIN!!! Congratulations to you! I am VERY happy for you! Proud to say we're friends! xo
    March 13, 2019 at 8:55AM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, Bob!
    Was there any doubt?
    March 13, 2019 at 9:52AM
    C. Gale Burnett: Another awesome win, my friend :) Congratulations!!
    March 13, 2019 at 7:52PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Bob. :))
    March 13, 2019 at 8:44PM
    WryWriter: Congratulations!! : )
    March 14, 2019 at 4:42AM

Mastery: Thank you everyone for your support of my writing all of these 15 years. Bless you all. Bob
February 14, 2019 at 11:56AM
    meeshu: B. O. M.!! atta boy, Bob...........meeshu
    February 15, 2019 at 2:17AM
    giraffmang: Nice one dude. G
    February 15, 2019 at 2:37AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Confrontation is the new Book of the Month!
February 14, 2019 at 12:13AM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Bob.
    February 14, 2019 at 12:46AM
    Mastery: Thank you, everyone for your support. Bob
    February 14, 2019 at 11:57AM
    Mark Valentine: Congrats on another BOTM!
    February 14, 2019 at 8:10PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!

    February 15, 2019 at 10:19AM
    Sally Law: Congratulations Bob! Way to go, again! Sal :+)
    February 16, 2019 at 7:51AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! A Round Up and a Rendezvous is the new Book of the Month!
January 5, 2019 at 12:13AM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS Bob on a well deserved win sweet Mo...LOL...Linda xxoo
    January 5, 2019 at 12:25AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations, buddy.
    So well deserved.
    January 5, 2019 at 1:23AM
    lyenochka: Congratulations, Bob!
    January 5, 2019 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, 2019 at 12:30PM
    rama devi: Congrats!
    January 5, 2019 at 1:39PM
    January 5, 2019 at 7:57PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Bob. :)
    January 6, 2019 at 2:42AM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations on your win, Bob.
    January 7, 2019 at 1:09AM
    misscookie: Congratulation my kind sir
    January 7, 2019 at 12:12PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Nightmare for Trish is the new Book of the Month!
December 12, 2018 at 12:13AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Book of the Month win! Super! judiverse
    December 12, 2018 at 9:34AM
    Dean Kuch: Congratulations once again, Bob.

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    December 12, 2018 at 2:25PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Bob. :)
    December 12, 2018 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, 2018 at 6:52PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!
    And...what Janelle said... :)

    December 12, 2018 at 8:31PM
    December 13, 2018 at 11:16AM
    damommy: Congratulations, Bob! Well deserved.
    December 13, 2018 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, 2018 at 6:42PM
    aryr: Congratulations Bob, for the Book of the Month.
    December 16, 2018 at 4:42PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Makeup Sex is the new Book of the Month!
November 11, 2018 at 12:13AM
    michaelcahill: Congrats, Bob!

    And congrats as well to Liz and Sandra on their great showings. Well done all! :))
    November 11, 2018 at 1:55AM
    Dean Kuch: This is becoming a habit for you about now, isn't it Bob, heh-heh?
    November 11, 2018 at 6:40AM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Bob, for your win. Marilyn
    November 11, 2018 at 11:21AM
    Earl Corp: Congrats Bob, well deserved honor.
    November 11, 2018 at 12:53PM
    Anntonette: Congrats, Bob!
    November 11, 2018 at 7:12PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Bob. :)
    November 13, 2018 at 11:57PM
    Tpa: congrats for the great work you do.
    November 15, 2018 at 1:06AM
    RGstar: Well done Bob, no denying the quality
    November 15, 2018 at 10:03AM
    justafan: Happy Birthday!
    November 15, 2018 at 7:18PM
    November 27, 2018 at 11:03AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Out To Lunch is the new Book of the Month!
October 6, 2018 at 12:13AM
    giraffmang: nice one Bob
    October 6, 2018 at 1:26AM
    Lady Jane: Congratulations, Bob. An honor well deserved.
    October 6, 2018 at 1:39AM
    barkingdog: Way to go, Bob!!! Congratulations. :) ellen
    October 6, 2018 at 1:59AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on you Book of the Month win. Well deserved. judiverse
    October 6, 2018 at 10:48AM
    RGstar: Well done Bob
    October 6, 2018 at 5:04PM
    l.raven: way to go Linda xxoo
    October 6, 2018 at 6:46PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Bob! :)
    October 7, 2018 at 1:04AM
    Terry Kay: Bob, wow congrats!
    October 25, 2018 at 1:33PM
    misscookie: Congratulation.. my kind sir
    October 26, 2018 at 7:28AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations on the publication of your new book Falling Up the Stairs!
September 20, 2018 at 3:12PM
    Susanjohn: Wonderful news!!!! It will be added to my collection of F/S writers :-)
    September 20, 2018 at 3:31PM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!
    Eagerly waiting to receive my copy!
    September 20, 2018 at 4:40PM
    damommy: Wonderful! A great story.
    September 20, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 5:52PM
    BeasPeas: Congratulations, Bob.
    October 5, 2018 at 8:23PM
    RGstar: Congrats Bob
    October 6, 2018 at 4:51PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Concho is the new Book of the Month!
August 11, 2018 at 12:13AM
    August 11, 2018 at 12:26AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations Mr. Bob!!!
    August 11, 2018 at 12:37AM
    Mastery: Thanks so much, Jan :) Bob
    August 11, 2018 at 9:23AM
    Mastery: Thank you to all who have supported my writing. Bless you! Bob
    August 11, 2018 at 9:26AM
    LefthandedScribe: Most excellent! such good work!
    August 11, 2018 at 10:08AM
    rspoet: Congratulations! Well done. Cleve is smiling.
    August 11, 2018 at 11:17AM
    Jmf4119: Congratulations Bob. Well deserved.
    August 11, 2018 at 11:40AM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations, Bob. :)
    August 11, 2018 at 11:59AM
    Ginnygray: Congratulations!
    August 11, 2018 at 1:14PM
    Ulla: Congratulations, Bob. So well deserved. Ulla:))
    August 11, 2018 at 1:51PM
    BeasPeas: Hi Bob. Congratulations on winning the contest. Marilyn
    August 11, 2018 at 4:02PM
    LoannaLois: proud of you and your writing. Congratulations, friend,Lois
    August 11, 2018 at 4:52PM
    Artasylum: Congratulations Mastery! Well deserved you are the best. Yours, diana
    August 11, 2018 at 5:50PM
    Dean Kuch:
    Way to go, Bob!
    August 11, 2018 at 9:22PM
    Mrs. KT: Bob,


    August 12, 2018 at 9:51AM
    l.raven: CONGRATULATIONS my sweet had my vote....this is a awesome Linda xxoo
    August 13, 2018 at 9:07AM
    fluffnstuff: Yes...I?ll keep on trucking....great encouragement you gave....and a great writer you are.
    October 4, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 8:42AM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations Mr. Bob. Every single chapter was fascinating, I am so happy for you!
    July 22, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 9:51PM

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