A Beckoning Hellfire

Book Cover: A Beckoning Hellfire
Editions:Paperback - Second Edition: $ 17.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1979633727
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 272
Hardcover - First Edition: $ 39.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1-387-35793-2
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 272
Kindle - Second Edition: $ 2.99 USD
Pages: 272
ePub - First Edition: $ 2.99 USD
Pages: 272

 

During the bloody American Civil War, the stark reality of death leads one young man on a course of revenge that takes him from his quiet farm in northern Alabama to the horrific battlefields of Virginia and Pennsylvania.

On Christmas Eve 1862, David Summers hears the dreaded news: his father has perished at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Reeling with grief and thoughts of vengeance, David enlists and sets off for Richmond to join the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

But once in the cavalry, David’s life changes drastically, and his dream of glamorous chivalry becomes nothing but a cold, cruel existence of pain and suffering. He is hurled into one battle after another, and his desire for revenge wanes when he experiences first-hand the catastrophes of war.

A haunting look at the human side of one of America’s most tragic conflicts, A Beckoning Hellfire speaks to the delusion of war’s idealism.

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“Come on, Renegade. Over here,” he called out to the colt, who responded by cantering to him.
Josie giggled at the sight. “Your dumb horse thinks he’s a dog!”
“He ain’t dumb. I’ll wager he’s a lick smarter than you are, li’l sister,” David teased.
The horse blew and stomped his front hoof.
“Why, that’s the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of. And not only is he dumb, he looks right silly, too. He can’t decide if he should be spotted or palomino!”

Reviews:Raymond H. Mullen - VINE VOICE wrote:

What a great read! The author covers the history so very well and adds brilliance as she brings you into the human side of war. The characters are vivid and well defined.
The story is exciting and thought provoking throughout. It questions the validity of war as well as the necessity.
By using one main character, you almost feel as though you are a member of his family.
It ends in a manner that screams for a sequel. (Don't peek).
She has written a prequel, "A beautiful Glittering Lie" and I'm about to read it.

Bookish Things wrote:

This is the second book in the Renegade series by J.D.R. Hawkins. I was lucky enough to have both the books in hand when I started reading and it has been a pleasure to be able to continue the series. The author’s writing just pulls you in and it is like watching a saga unfold. The descriptions are vivid and emotions run high through both the books. It was hard not to fall for the characters even when I knew that during war lives are lost. It is to the author’s credit that the characters felt real, as did the plot.

With the death of Hiram, David is spurred to go ahead and enlist in the war. Unlike his father, he doesn’t really believe in the cause. He is more fired up to hit back for his father’s death and he convinces his best friend to enlist alongside him. What follows is a hard journey of discovering the truth about war.

This is a series that has completely sucked me in and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.


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A Beautiful Glittering Lie

Book Cover: A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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Pages: 225
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Pages: 225

 

In the spring of 1861, a country once united is fractured by war. Half of America chooses to fight for the Confederate cause; the other, for unification. In north Alabama, the majority favors remaining in the Union, but when the state secedes, many come to her defense. Such is the case with Hiram Summers, a farmer and father of three. He decides to enlist, and his son, David, also desires to go, but is instead obligated to stay behind.

Hiram travels to Virginia with the Fourth Alabama Infantry Regiment. Although he doesn’t intentionally seek out adventure, he is quickly and inevitably thrust into combat. In the meantime, David searches for adventure at home by traipsing to Huntsville with his best friend, Jake Kimball, to scrutinize invading Yankees. Their escapade turns sour when they discover the true meaning of war, and after two years of service, Hiram sees enough tragedy to last a lifetime.

A Beautiful Glittering Lie addresses the naivety of a young country torn by irreparable conflict, a father who feels he must defend his home, and a young man who longs for adventure, regardless of the perilous cost.

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A horse nickered from the street, distracting David. His gaze meandered over the crowd of a few hundred. Although it was a Monday, most were dressed in their Sunday finery, complete with hats, shawls, topcoats, and hooped skirts. Some had their children in tow. People, both black and white, stood in awe of the newly elected official, and David wondered if they had the same thing on their minds as he did. Where is this man leading us?

“There should be a well-instructed and disciplined army,” Davis continued, “more numerous than would usually be required on a peace establishment …”

Jake and David threw awestruck glances at each other from under their slouch hats.

“It’s jist as I thought,” Bud whispered ominously.

Hiram gave him a doubtful look.

“I also suggest that, for the protection of our harbors and commerce on the high seas, a navy adapted to those objects will be required,” said Davis.

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“Well, I’m jinin’ the navy, then,” Jake proclaimed.

“I’m fixin’ to jine the army,” added David.

They both snickered at each other and were unable to stop. Afraid that their laughter would spark an outrage, David covered his mouth with his hand, trying to suppress the urge.

“Shhh!” Jenny’s stare bore into them, making their snickers cease.

Hiram leaned in close to his son. “You two young’uns need to keep it down,” he growled.

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Reviews:Midwest Book Review wrote:

Drawing on her heritage to tell the tale, Hawkins presents an insightful and riveting read of a family at war. "A Beautiful Glittering Lie" is a strong pick for historical fiction collections.

- Writers Digest wrote:

This is a very good book! From first to last, it was exciting and thoughtful, raising important questions about the effect of war not just on the nation but on regular people.


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Milk and Honey on The Other Side by Elizabeth Guider

Book Cover: Milk and Honey on The Other Side by Elizabeth Guider
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 15.99 USD
ISBN: 978-1535575140
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 356
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ISBN: 978-1365326936
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 356
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Pages: 356
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Pages: 356

 

In a rambunctious river town unsettled by the Great War and up-ended by change unlikely lovers are brought together—but dogged by inescapable bigotry. Despite the dangers, the heroine defies her southern upbringing; the hero fends off his inner demons. For family and friends, race becomes a litmus test, each revealed by his responses to the chasm which separates black from white.

Can that divide—widened by distance, a disastrous marriage, the devastation of the ’27 Flood—be overcome?

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From his window on the top floor of the boarding house Curtis saw the two women step out of the cab, Aurelia turning her head this way and that, warily. Across Ramparts Street an old man sat on a stoop polishing a trumpet; further down two pig-tailed girls played at hopscotch. Otherwise no one was about. Curtis surveyed the neat if unassuming room he had inhabited for the last week. He pulled down the oilcloth shade against the low winter sun and walked out to the landing. As arranged, Rufus had awaited the two at the front door. Soft voices. The stairs creaked as first he led Claudette to his own room on the first floor and then escorted Aurelia up to the third.

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    Anxious, she did not unpin her hat. Rather, she stood in the middle of the room, uncertain, until Curtis scrambled to pull up the lone armchair.

   “Thank you,” she murmured, “though I shouldn’t have come. It’s too—”

   “It’s all right, Aurelia. We don’t have to…”

   “No, you deserve to know why.” The echo of Hiram’s insult to her body bounced off the walls, though only Aurelia could hear it. She glanced around at the tiny bed, the desk piled with charts and maps, the lone window. Curtis took her hand. The sound grew fainter.

   However many other women he had lain with—pleasantly enough, though more than one partner saw the look of elsewhere in his eyes—only this one made his heart leap up. Despite.

  “They are tied up with string, in a box. Back in Vicksburg. I couldn’t bear—” He looked confused. “The letters you sent me. Unopened still.”

   “You were unwell.”

   “Not so. Someday I will be able to tell you, that is, though, as of today, it no longer—” (Matters. At that moment Aurelia knew only love, their love, mattered, however impossible, however imperiling.)

   A tap at the door disrupted her jagged thoughts.

  “For the years to come,” Curtis murmured in her ear as his fingers released her hand. “Now go, and embrace your life.”

   Plaintive notes of Amazing Grace rose from the sidewalk below.

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Reviews:MsReb wrote:

"Loved this book set in my hometown of Vicksburg. Paints an authentic picture of life in a southern town in the 1920s. I know, growing up there a generation later, how true the prejudices and how real the atmosphere of fear as written here. Great love story, with just enough suspense to keep you glued to the book. Well written. Highly recommend."

Magnolia Miss wrote:

"You don't have to be from Vicksburg, Mississippi to enjoy this WWI era novel with a touch of history. Set in author Guider's hometown, we are introduced to an upper class yet not pretentious family. Her characters are developed and individualized - surprisingly I felt more empathy for Aurelia's brother James than I did for Aurelia and her "forbidden love". I would definitely read more of her books."


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