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Location: Western Michigan
Gender: Male
Born: November 15, 1939
Member: Premier Author
Joined: November 2004
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. His third book has been picked up by a publisher and will be released on September 20, of this year (2018) It's a family saga which takes place during the war years of the forties.

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Bob is a dedicated father and grandfather. A retired U.S. Marine, he has written two novels and is working on a fourth novel.....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: 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 soon...you are in my prayers my friend...love Linda xxoo
    July 15 at 8:20PM
    Irish Rain: Missing you!!! Hope you are feeling better Mr. Bob!!!
    July 19 at 8:32PM

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
    Mustangpatty1029: 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
    Mastery: Thanks, Bob photo 5fdb029d-9c43-4c50-bb36-ffd80bd14e24_zps1kd4um27.png
    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

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! The Uninvited is the new Book of the Month!
September 1 at 12:13AM
    I am Cat: Congratulations! Well done!
    September 1 at 1:22AM
    Pearl Edwards: Congrats Bob for the Book of the Month award, well done.
    September 1 at 1:37AM
    padumachitta: yup, i knew it:-)
    September 1 at 6:21AM
    mbagby23: Excellent :)
    September 1 at 1:02PM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Bob. Well deserved. This must be getting to be 'old hat' to you, uh? LOL!
    September 1 at 2:58PM
    Ulla: Bob, congratulations.!! It is so well deseved, and well done. Ulla
    September 1 at 3:34PM
    September 1 at 3:55PM
    Jackreese: Congrat my friend.
    September 1 at 5:05PM
    barkingdog: Congratulations, Bob! Well deserved recognition!
    September 2 at 6:18PM
    Jean Lutz: Congratulations. So well done. I know I don't visit often, but I think of you and I am thrilled about the reception of your work.
    September 3 at 7:13PM
    Green Lake Girl: Congratulations, Bob! You and Cleve deserve the honor.
    September 13 at 9:27PM
    ciliverde: Congratulations, I am not surprised, this is well-deserved.
    September 18 at 9:28PM
    Tpa: Congratulations for a superb job!
    September 29 at 10:32PM
    Gert sherwood: Beth's Surprise by Mastery
    Chapter 29 of his book Triple Crossed must be read. I found it very enthralling

    October 21 at 7:05PM
    Mastery: Thank you, everyone for your support! Bob
    October 21 at 11:08PM

Mastery: Thank you to all of you for your continuing support of my writing. Never, ever think I don't appreciate everything you do to encourage me and my work. Bless you. Bob

Incidentally. I have been asked many times where I got the name "Mastery" It's really sort of funny.

I quit writing between my days at Columbia College in 1967 until January of 2004 when I discovered Fanstory. At the time, my wife was having my office remodeled and I used the furnace room for an office. Lots of junk was stored in that room behind and around my makeshift desk. When FS asked me to give them a user name...I leaned back in my swivel chair...looked around and spotted a Master padlock hanging on a drawer. Honest to God.. That was it. LOL..And as Paul Harvey used to say. "Now you know the Rest Of the Story" Bob
June 9 at 10:28PM
    Dean Kuch: Well...I'll be danged, Bob. But, that's often the way most legends are born.

    "I can't be a legend yet. I'm not dead." ~Maynard James Keenan
    June 10 at 1:24AM
    funmom03: What a great story Bob Hope you are well done anymore writing my kids are in their week of school end of the year ceremony is and a dance ugh I haven't had time breath haha
    June 10 at 6:16PM
    MTBostick: That's great! Thanks for sharing. I thought you were a pro. You just confirmed it. I loved this little story. Thanks for sharing. :)
    June 19 at 6:14PM
    MissMerri: And all this time I thought it was because you were a master at mystery. Well, glad that mystery is solved!
    July 30 at 8:19AM
    Cletus Hardiman: Well, Bob, I think the title fits you well. By the way, I am back on the site, as you can tell! Clete
    October 20 at 4:21PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! The Delivery is the new Book of the Month!
June 5 at 12:13AM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Bob. You're a tough guy to beat when it comes to writing a good novel. Well deserved!
    June 5 at 8:07AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on the Book of the Month honor. Well deserved. judiverse
    June 5 at 8:59AM
    boxergirl: Congrats, Bob! 8-)
    June 5 at 9:52AM
    Dean Kuch: BIG congrats, buddy! I'm really happy for ya!
    June 5 at 10:54AM
    Ulla: Hi Bob, Congratulations on your win. Well deserved. Ulla
    June 5 at 12:05PM
    Green Lake Girl: Congratulations you sly dog! Hugs and Kisses from Mareitta!
    June 5 at 1:23PM
    mountainwriter49: Congratulations, Bob, for taking the Blue Ribbon in this month's BOM Contest. Well deserved!
    June 5 at 2:45PM
    Eric1: Congratulations Bob, you certainly are the Master my friend.
    June 5 at 3:27PM
    Father Flaps: Congratulations on winning "Book of the Month", Bob! When are they going to honor you with the title "Sir"?
    June 6 at 8:34AM
    Pili Pubul: Congratulations Mastery, love to see your talent rewarded... Hugs. Pili
    June 7 at 7:20AM
    barkingdog: Congratulation, Bob. It looks like you have another best seller.
    :) ellen
    June 8 at 2:55PM
    Jay Squires: Congrats, Bob on the Book of the Month. Well deserved, my friend.
    June 9 at 4:42PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Semper Fi is the new Book of the Month!
April 17 at 12:13AM
    bob cullen: congratulation Bob. A well deserved victory
    April 17 at 12:38AM
    justafan: Congratulations
    April 17 at 12:56AM
    Dean Kuch: Congrats, big guy! It was a tight race...

    April 17 at 9:16AM
    Adri7enne: Congratulations, Bob. You're tough competition for anyone to come up against. Again, a well-deserved win. Yea!!!
    April 17 at 9:40AM
    Writingfundimension: Congratulations, Bob. Great to see you in the winner's circle, yet again.

    :) Bev
    April 17 at 10:00AM
    Jay Squires: Congratulations, Bob!
    April 17 at 10:50AM
    judiverse: Congratulations to you on your Book of the Month win. You are showing your Mastery. judiverse
    April 17 at 2:53PM
    Tatarka2: Congratulations on your Book of the Month designation! This is so well deserved!
    April 17 at 3:30PM
    Mastery: Thank you everyone who follows my writing. Blessings...Bob
    April 17 at 7:26PM
    Green Lake Girl: Hey, congrats, my Michigan friend. A job well done!
    April 18 at 7:19AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations on the publication of your book Fatal Beauty!
March 1 at 11:01AM
    happykat4: Mastery. Congratulations. You appear to be not only a great writer, but helpful in review works and giving suggestions. I wish you all the best.
    March 1 at 4:08PM
    MissMerri: I am so very happy for you Bob! I believe I told you several years ago, you would one day be published. Congratulations! I'm so glad you never gave up. I've already bought my copy of Fatal Beauty. Can't wait to read it.
    March 1 at 5:34PM
    madhatter1977: Well done my friend! So pleased for you! Best wishes, Pete :)
    March 1 at 6:57PM
    Cajungirl: Congratulations, Bob, I am so happy for you.
    March 2 at 9:15AM
    RGstar: Well done, Bob. This put a soft smile on my face. Fully deserved.
    March 2 at 9:03PM
    linnietwotymez: Congratulations on your new book!
    March 2 at 10:32PM
    Zinnia48: The book came today! The cover is terrific. I'll start reading tonight. Good luck and thanks for sharing it with us. Caroline
    March 9 at 8:16PM
    RPSaxena: Hi Bob,
    I was actually looking for your 'Missing Persons', but I found you missing at the expected place.
    Anyways, I'm glad to find you here with such a good news.
    March 10 at 6:51AM
    misscookie: To my dear kind sir
    What can I say, this could not have happen to a better writer. Congratulations enjoy your blessing. May your cup keep running over. LOL
    April 2 at 6:55PM
    360gorgeous: 360gorgeous: Mastery.
    So glad I found this.
    Great job!!!
    April 6 at 4:15PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Seal The Deal is the new Book of the Month!
February 28 at 12:13AM
    alf collier: Congratulations. A well deserved win, alf
    February 28 at 1:28AM
    michaelcahill: Congrats! Well deserved win. An honor to be on the list with you.
    February 28 at 1:37AM
    pipersfancy: Wonderful! Congratulations, Bob!
    February 28 at 1:39AM
    Dean Kuch: Big congrats, Bob! I knew you had at least one more in ya, heh-heh... Great job, buddy! :)
    February 28 at 11:04AM
    Tatarka2: Congratulations on your Book of the Month designation! This is so well-deserved! I ordered "Fatal Beauty" from Amazon yesterday, and I can't wait to read it. Congratulations on the publication, too! Wonderful news.
    February 28 at 12:38PM
    Margaret Snowdon: Congratulations - so well deserved, Bob.
    February 28 at 1:51PM
    Green Lake Girl: Congratulations my Michigan pal. Well deserved!
    February 28 at 7:58PM
    JJ Rowe: Yay! Congrats!!
    March 1 at 12:14AM
    RGstar: Well done, Bob..back on track
    March 2 at 9:03PM
    360gorgeous: 360gorgeous: Congratulations! A fine win indeed!
    April 6 at 4:17PM

Mastery: Thank you one and all for your support. I am both proud and elated to finally be published. "Fatal Beauty" will be released in February or March of 2015 and should be available in most book stores. I will be back soon posting the second volume of the Cleve Hawkins thrillers. Blessings to all. Bob
September 13 at 7:19AM
    Writingfundimension: Wonderful news, Bob. Thanks for sharing, and look forward to your follow-up in this exciting series. :) Bev
    October 2 at 5:29PM
    Mastery: I now have a date of release....February 26th 2015.
    October 2 at 10:38PM
    Irish Rain: Congratulations! Great news! Whoo-Hoo! I will look for it!
    October 21 at 1:41PM
    MissMerri: I am totally thrilled Bob. Did I not say a long time ago you should and could be published? I just love saying "I told you so!" A huge Congratulations!
    November 10 at 8:30PM
    GWinterwin: Great to have you back, Bob. Have missed your stories about Cleve Hawkins. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a blessed new year.
    December 10 at 12:44PM
    Sloegin: Hi Bob,
    I just rad your post, that was tough luck healthwise. My big complaint over Christmas, was too damn many parties and guests dropping by. Sure seems trivial after reading about your problems.
    I decided not to write anything until we had taked down the Christmas Tree and all decorations. I did have to break that vow, several times. I forgot I had to write my name on the credit card receipt for every present, kids and grand kids not to forget the wife's
    Christmas presents.Get well and get Cleve back into action.
    Tom Collins
    January 2 at 1:00PM
    dbmccarter: I haven't been on much but I am so pleased to read of your success. You really deserve it!!!!
    February 27 at 12:25PM

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