Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Capitol Betrayal

William Bernhardt will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Capitol Betrayal Thursday April 1 @ 7:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble on 71st Street in Tulsa. (Woodland Plaza, 8620 E 71 Street, Tulsa, OK). Meet the author and get your copy of the final Ben Kincaid book!

The Tulsa World recently interviewed William Bernhardt about his decision to end the series:
"It's just time, I think," he said. "I turned 50 this year. I got married. We're moving to a new house. It just seems like the right time to do new things."
Read the entire article at

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Capitol Betrayal in stores March 16

HAWK founder William Bernhardt's newest book in the Ben Kincaid series Capitol Betrayal comes out March 16. Don't miss this one!

About the Book
William Bernhardt’s bestselling novels explore politics, power, ambition, crime, and the law. Now he scales new heights of suspense as, in one harrowing day, lawyer and former senator Ben Kincaid enters the eye of an international storm, a crisis with consequences beyond calculation.

Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC—Presidential Emergency Operations Center—built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

Inside the bunker, defense specialists realize that a malevolent foreign dictator has hacked into the U.S. nuclear defense system and now has a finger on the trigger of America’s most dangerous weapons. The dictator’s message is clear: Heed his demands or suffer unfathomable destruction.

Forced to make critical, split-second decisions, the president seems to be falling apart under the pressure. The vice president wants to strip him of his powers—a move that could have a disastrous impact on national defense. But even during this time of upheaval, in order for the president to be removed, there must be a trial. With the clock winding down, Kincaid has precious little time to defend the president.

While Kincaid faces the trial of his life, legendary CIA agent Seamus McKay races through the clogged streets of Washington, searching for a hidden command center—guarded by murderous fanatics—that now controls U.S. ballistic missiles.

Two sides of one unforgettable story, McKay and Kincaid home in on their targets. One uses a gun—and any weapon he can get his hands on; the other employs his intuition and the law. And in William Bernhardt’s spectacular thriller, as both move closer and closer to uncovering a world-shattering plot, the ultimate act of betrayal is launched from the heart of America’s capitol itself.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Oklahoma Book Awards 2010

HAWK's latest release, The Sound of Honor by Jim Stovall, has been nominated for the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award in fiction. Congratulations, Jim!

HAWK's own William Bernhardt has also been nominated for his recent book Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness. Also appearing on the list of fiction nominees are Marcia Preston and Sheldon Russell, both of whom will be teaching at William Bernhardt's upcoming writing workshop this June! Good luck to all the nominees.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Meet novelist r. r. bryan

Meet novelist r. r. bryan, author of HAWK Publishing's All the Angels & Saints. He will be speaking at the Edmond Library in Edmond, Oklahoma on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 2:00pm.

All the Angels and Saints is the rich, multi-dimensional story of an individual's quest for accountability from the Catholic Church, which he blames for the death of his daughter, a nun who is murdered while serving her mission in a tiny Guatemalan village. He pits his skills as a lawyer against the New Orleans Archdiocese as he pursues a personally dangerous course. Please register for this very interesting author talk at 341-9282.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An Interview with Mary Magee

Writer Bill Wetterman interviews Mary Magee, author of HAWK's RED Beyond Football: The Legacy of Coach Jimmy “Red” Parker on his blog The Heart of a Novelist. In addition to a revealing the process behind the making of RED, Mary gives a nod to William Bernhardt's writing programs:
I attended Hawk’s Heartland Writer’s Conference in 2006 while deep into interviews, archives, and writing RED. To say I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing business is an understatement. Not only did the workshop offer valuable information regarding the writing process, Hawk Publishing and William Bernhardt made quite an impression.
For more information on William Bernhardt Writing Programs, or to register for a course, visit his website.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tulsa Beacon Reviews The Sound of Honor

HAWK's newest release, Jim Stovall's The Sound of Honor was recently given a glowing review at the Tulsa Beacon:
The Sound of Honor is a thoroughly enjoyable story. Jacob Dyer is a blind man who enjoys a good cigar and a glass of champagne (or other adult beverage, if not available) and owns the business, Dyer Straits Lost and Found, based in Tulsa. Monica is his able assistant and a colorful character in her own right. Franklin, “on loan” from a rich widow who was especially pleased with their services, is so much more than just a British limo driver.

And at Jim takes a moment to remember Robert B. Parker, who passed away last week:
You can imagine my jubilation when the legendary Robert B. Parker read my manuscript for The Sound of Honor and was willing to write the following endorsement for the book cover. “The Sound of Honor is everything a novel should be, including good. Its hero Jacob Dyer gives us a brilliant introduction to how the world feels to a blind detective. Don’t miss it.” ... When you do your best and pursue your passion, you not only succeed, but you inspire others to try. I will always remember Robert B. Parker for dozens of books, movies, and television shows, but mostly for encouraging a struggling blind guy to simply try.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Workshop Testimonials

As previously mentioned, William Bernhardt will be hosting several small group writing seminars this spring as well as his big annual writing workshop in June. Recently I ran across some very pleased students from previous William Bernhardt workshops. Karlene Petitt, one of the "Literary Ladies" of the group blog Scribe Sisters, writes:
The great thing about life is we all have a choice. Of course we have obligations and commitments, but what I realized is if I wanted to succeed as a writer, I needed to invest in myself and take the plunge. I made the right choice ... With William Bernhardt as my instructor, I took away an education of a lifetime.
And writer of all things fantasy/sci-fi, Heather McCorkle writes on her blog:
Mr. Bernhardt had a wealth of knowledge to share, regardless of what genre any of us wrote. ... When he invited my classmates and I to attend his advanced seminar in February I knew I had to go. My writing has gone from mediocre with promise to publishable and agented. I'd be crazy not to want to take it to the next level! I'm preparing for a trip to Oklahoma in less than a month ... I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I can't wait to take my writing to yet another level!

So remember, if you get a chance to learn from a New York Times bestselling author, do it, regardless of what genre you write and they write. You don't become a NY Times bestseller without knowing what you're doing!
It's not too late to register! More information on William Bernhardt's Writing Programs.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

To All Aspiring Writers

HAWK founder and bestselling author William Bernhardt is hosting several upcoming seminars in 2010 for aspiring writers struggling with a work-in-progress. Each seminar consists of five intense, inspiring days learning the art and craft of writing.

Currently scheduled:
– February 15-19, 2010, University of Tulsa
– February 22-26, 2010 University of Tulsa
– April 19-23, 2010, Downtown Library, Oklahoma City
– June 7-11, 2010, University of Tulsa
– July 19-23, 2010, University of Tulsa

In addition to these small group seminars Bill is hosting his big Annual Writing Workshop June 5-6 at the University of Tulsa. The 2010 Workshop will feature multiple tracks of presentations, panels, and master classes from William Bernhardt and more than a dozen other published authors, agents, and editors, providing aspiring writers the opportunity to learn the art and craft of writing and publishing.

This year, William Bernhardt will be joined by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike, legendary agent Donal Maass, Third Draft editor Lisa Rector, and many other special literary guests.

For more information, or to sign up for a program visit William Bernhardt's website.

While on the topic of Aprilynne Pike, she was recently featured in this video (along with 27 other authors) offering a multitude of handy writing tips. Number one on the list? Buy a laser printer!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Hawk Authors Around the Web

"Hitting the Ball Out of the Park" • The Oklahoman's book blog Okie Reads gives HAWK founder William Bernhardt a nod, praising his new book Capitol Offense, as well as Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness. Another Oklahoma author given the thumbs up, Marcia Preston, will be one of the many talented writers and professionals teaching at the upcoming 2010 William Bernhardt Writing Workshop this June at the University of Tulsa.

"Life is Real" • Alan Herzberger and friends remember Jim Chastain at NewsOk's The Digital Desk.

"2009. Like 2008 with More Road Construction"Barry Friedman's Year in Review in the newest issue of TulsaPeople.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Author Jim Chastain has died

Jim Chastain, author of I Survived Cancer But Never Won the Tour de France, died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. Charlotte Lankard, a longtime friend of Jim’s and a contributor to The Oklahoman has written a touching reminder of the legacy he has left behind:

He had a way with words and somehow knew humor could help ease the awkwardness. Besides that, you never had to pretend he was a one-armed man. He flaunted it. Not that he liked it, mind you, but it was what it was and he kept moving forward. So did we.

He reminded us, however, through his poetry, that life is made up of changes and filled with unexpected turns.

Through his own awareness that life could be brief, he reminded us to live it fully.

Our deepest sympathies to Jim's family, friends, and relatives. He will be missed.

Memorial service for Jim Chastain will be Tuesday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. in Norman. Memorial contributions can be made to the Jim Chastain Memorial Fund at First Bank and Trust in Norman. This money will go toward a college fund for Jim’s two children.