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Shadow of the Hawk

Shadow of the Hawk

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Clean Reads/Astraea Press
Publication Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781621353942
Shadow of the Hawk is the story of Sooze Williams who sacrifices everything, including love, to save her family during the Great Depression.
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It is May 1932 and life in the timbered rise and fall of Western Arkansas has just gotten harder for sixteen-year-old Sooze Williams. With debt mounting and both friends and family fleeing, Sooze is determined to “do the right thing”. She promises her heart to a well-to-do man believing true love is just another loss along the way.

But when her uncle is murdered and family is accused of the crime, Sooze vows not to be beaten. Is salvation within her grasp by relying solely on truth, or is it in the security of her intended’s money? Sooze must decide before it’s too late.

Shadow of the Hawk is a debut novel from K.S. Jones.

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Gold Medal Winner!

Thank you, Literary Classics, for choosing my YA Historical SHADOW OF THE HAWK as your 2015 GOLD MEDAL winner!

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“Literary Classics announced its 2015 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.”

In the category of:

Historic Fiction Young Adult- Gold, Shadow of the Hawk, by K.S. Jones – Clean Reads/Astraea Press

Historic Fiction Young Adult- Silver, The Crimson Emperor, by Wim Baren – Self Published

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Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, Shadow of the Hawk by K.S. Jones, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.

Sooze is a sixteen year old girl growing up during the great depression in an era when many girls her age are dreaming of starting a family.  For most of her life, David has been wooing Sooze with marriage proposals.  In the past, she had always declined his offers, but now things are different.  Along with the jobs, most everyone has left their small town of Coaldale.  Times are hard, and Sooze’s parents are determined to keep their farm; but it’s becoming more difficult every day to make ends meet.  Sooze knows she’s not in love, but she accepts David’s offer of marriage which comes with his assurance that her family’s needs will be met.

But Sooze’ family has far greater problems on the horizon. When Sooze’ brother is wrongfully accused of murdering her uncle it seems there’s little hope that he will be acquitted.   But in a family where no one “has ever been short on spunk” they barrel forward with fierce determination to save Henry from being hanged for another man’s crime.

Author K.S. Jones exhibits great skill as a writer in her book Shadow of the Hawk.  Jones vividly portrays the story of the tight-knit Williams clan with roots planted firmly in their faith, family, and the land which they hold so dear.  This work of fiction, which maintains its historical accuracy throughout, is a compelling tale and offers a glorious glimpse into the tenacity of one family as they demonstrate the unconditionality of love beneath the shadow of adversity.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while encouraging positive values in the impressionable minds of future generations. To learn more about Literary Classics, you may visit their website at or

Change Is Coming

Everything changes, no matter what … One of my protagonists, a ten-year-old boy who probably knows more about life than I do, has realized that life is ever-changing. Mother Nature carries on without regard to what happens in our everyday lives.

If I listen well enough, I can hear the whispers of autumn. The deer, the birds, the foxes and raccoons, all behave differently. As a matter of fact, so do I. We are approaching my favorite time of year. It’s when my writing is at it’s best, both in quality and in quantity.

Do you have a season that draws excellence from you?