12 December 2016

Tour: A Rebel Among Us (Renegade #3) by J.D.R. Hawkins

A Rebel Among Us by J.D.R. Hawkins.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publication: September 19th 2016 by Foundations.
After David Summers enlists with the Confederate cavalry, his delusion of chivalry is soon crushed when he witnesses the horrors of battle. Shot by a Union picket, he winds up at a stranger’s farm. Four girls compassionately nurse him back to health. David learns his comrades have deserted him in Pennsylvania following the Battle of Gettysburg, but his dilemma becomes much worse. He falls in love with the older sister, Anna, who entices him with a proposition. To his dismay, he must make a decision. Should he stay and help Anna with her underhanded plan, or return to the army and risk capture?

Guest Post by J.D.R. Hawkins...

Research that went into writing the series
I spent months doing research to make the stories in my books authentic. Generally, I spent six months researching a novel and six months writing it. The first book in the Renegade Series, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, is based on one soldier’s journal, R.T. Cole, who fought with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment at the start of the Civil War. Not only did I use his journal for research, but I also studied many nonfiction documents, including maps, memoirs, newspaper articles, etc. I also used these references while writing the second book in the series, A Beckoning Hellfire.
Because I lived in Colorado when I wrote the first book, I decided I should visit battlefields in the Eastern Theatre to make sure I was getting the details right. I also contacted professionals in the field, including the Museum of the Confederacy and several other museums, for accuracy. I searched through old tomes in libraries and contacted the Virginia Historical Society, as well as other groups that are mentioned in the acknowledgments of my books, for advice and suggestions.
For A Rebel Among Us, I also used memoirs and soldiers’ journals as reference. The most difficult part of writing this book was describing the prison scenes. It was heart wrenching to read what happened, as recorded by numerous prisoners who lived in Elmira during the war, and translate those terrible experiences into part of a novel. Battle scenes were difficult, but POW scenarios were just as terrible.

J.D.R. Hawkins is an award-winning author who has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, e-zines, and blogs. She is one of a few female Civil War authors, uniquely describing the front lines from a Confederate perspective.
Her Renegade Series includes A Beautiful Glittering Lie, A Beckoning Hellfire, and A Rebel Among Us. All three novels are award winners, and tell the story of a family from north Alabama who experience immeasurable pain when their lives are dramatically changed by the war. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers. She is also an artist and singer/songwriter. Ms. Hawkins is currently working on a nonfiction book about the War Between the States, as well as another sequel to her series.

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