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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 a writer should write something...anything....every single day. Even if it's just a paragraph! Also, here is the bad news for the people who still want to write but don't like to read...You are not going to make it. A successful writer MUST read, 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! Chicago Code 110 is the new Book of the Month!
April 6, 2021 at 12:12AM
    Mrs. KT: Congratulations, Bob!

    April 6, 2021 at 8:46AM
    Judy Lawless: Congratulations, Bob!
    April 6, 2021 at 12:00PM
    RGstar: Congrats
    April 6, 2021 at 1:47PM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations, Bob. :))
    April 6, 2021 at 4:33PM
    Spangle: I am very glad to learn about your achievement, Bob! Smiles, Janet
    April 12, 2021 at 7:37PM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Bob! I was so happy to see this!
    April 19, 2021 at 7:35PM
    Judy Lawless: I'm a little late getting to this, but congratulations, Bob!
    May 9, 2021 at 4:43PM

Mastery: Thanks to all who are supporting my new novel 24 /7

I sincerely appreciate you. Bob
March 5, 2021 at 8:58AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Meredith is the new Book of the Month!
March 5, 2021 at 12:13AM

Mastery: A sincere thank you to all of you who continue to support my writing. God bless you and good luck with all of your writing. Your friend always. Bob
February 16, 2021 at 9:28AM
    karenina: And now "Meredith" is February's book of the month! Woohoo! Congratulations Bob!--Katenina
    March 2, 2021 at 1:44AM

Mastery: A sincere thank you to all of you who continue to support my writing. God bless you and good luck with all of your writing. Your friend always. Bob
February 16, 2021 at 9:28AM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! Somebody Sometime is the new Book of the Month!
February 5, 2021 at 12:12AM
    lancellot: Well done!
    February 5, 2021 at 1:11AM
    Gloria ....: Congratulations to you, Bob. :))
    February 5, 2021 at 3:50AM
    Jay Squires: Flatulations on the Book of the Month award, Bob. I mean Congratulations!
    February 5, 2021 at 6:33PM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your book of the month win! judi
    February 6, 2021 at 11:30AM
    MissMerri: Congratulations Bob!! You are gifted. Keep writing!
    February 11, 2021 at 4:14PM
    Jeff Watkins: Your skill and energy are awesome.
    February 12, 2021 at 7:16PM

FanStory wrote to Mastery: Congratulations! The Assault is the new Book of the Month!
December 6, 2020 at 12:13AM
    lancellot: I knew you'd win. It was a great chapter. Congrats.
    December 6, 2020 at 9:16AM
    judiverse: Congratulations on your Book of the Month win. Another great chapter! judi
    December 6, 2020 at 10:40AM
    Mrs. KT: Wahoo, Bob!

    December 6, 2020 at 10:50AM
    juliaSjames: Congratulations Bob!
    December 6, 2020 at 2:21PM
    RGstar: Simply awsome. Well done old friend. There is nothing hidden...Quality is permanent
    December 6, 2020 at 3:55PM
    Gloria ....: Way to go, Bob. :))
    December 6, 2020 at 5:07PM
    kmoss: Congrats!
    December 6, 2020 at 10:53PM
    sammielwf: Did not doubt for a moment that The Master would pen another book of the month.
    Congratulations Bob.
    December 7, 2020 at 12:07AM
    Jay Squires: Congratulations, Bob. You're making Cleve Hawkins a rich man! Thanks for entertaining us.
    December 7, 2020 at 12:41AM

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

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