A Beckoning Hellfire is my first published full-length novel. It took me a year to research it, and I have completed two sequels and a prequel, making the story a series. The novel has won Publishers' Choice and Editors' Choice awards from my publisher, iUniverse, and has received five-star reviews.
Thanks to all the people who helped me with the novel. I could not have done it without you! Your expertise is greatly appreciated.
J.D.R. Hawkins has had various stories, articles, and songs published. The author has a journalism degree from Iowa State University, and has been published in numerous books and magazines. J.D.R. Hawkins resides in north Mississippi with her husband, five dogs, three cats, two birds, and various tropical fish.
Last Saturday, my husband and I visited the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi during their annual pilgrimage. The town boasts many historic buildings, including three churches dating between 1849 and 1860. The landscape was awash with vibrant colors displayed by blooming dogwoods, azaleas, and magnolia trees. Even though rain threatened to end the festivities, vendors’ tents decorated Courthouse Square. United Daughters of the Confederacy members, dressed in black mourning gowns, attended a reenactment put on by local Sons of Confederate Veterans members, which took place at HillcrestCemetery, and included an artillery display. The cavalry was represented as well. A section of the cemetery holds unknown Confederate soldiers who were moved from Shiloh.
Antebellum homes built between 1837 and 1858 line the streets of HollySprings. Most have been restored to perfection. We toured one beautiful Greek Revival home called “Montrose.” Down the street is another enormous house named “Airliewood,” where General U. S. Grant took up residence during the Union’s occupation. Fortunately for HollySprings, Grant thought the little town was so lovely that he decided to spare it from being burned to the ground. These are just two of the houses that were included in the tour of homes. While taking the driving tour to view them, it was no wonder to me why Grant spared HollySprings. Its beauty and historical significance are astounding.