A Stroke of Genius
           A Matter of Faith
A Story of Love, Hope and Perserverance
When the October 20, 2003, Business Week cover story "Unmarried America" by Associate  Editor Michelle Conlin appeared, Jon and Barbara were two years into writing their book,Adam's Eve.  On Friday, June 1, 2007,“The Process,”  which began as the theme for Jon's recovery from a stroke, emerged in a new direction forAdam's Eve. Inspired by Susan Faludi's  two books, "Backlash" about the American female and "Stiffed" about the American male,Adam's Evegarnered Foreword Magazine's Silver Award for Self-Published Book of the Year 2006 in Family and Relationships (AuthorHouse, May 2006, ISBN 1-4259-2060-8 ).Adam's Evejoins their first bookBokuru(AuthorHouse, June 2005, ISBN: 1-4184-4190-2).
 
The strength of a promise leading to a life-saving, life-changing story of Faith, Love, Hope and Victory.  Click to go to the story.
 
          
           Jon C. Hall              


Photo by Vera Gelvin

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                             NEWS FLASHES 
2013
NEW RELEASE  Stuffy Goes on Vacation -
   Wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
NEW RELEASE:  Waiting for the Bus - Poetry & Photography

2012
  Uncle Jon & Stuffy the Cat - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
    Wins awards for cover design.
       More gold awards for photography
       Play:  "Man and Machine and Woman" and 
      Poem: I am a Woman" 
       win Awards in NJSFWC 2012 Annual Writing contest
  Stuffy has a website:  www.stuffythecat.com

2011
     Short Story:  "Scary - a Parable for Life" wins award for NJSFWC 2011
        Writing Contest  awarded at May 2011 Convention.

2010
PLAY WINS NATIONAL AWARD : Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest 79th Annual 
Writing Contest in Stageplay category. 
  "ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN LAURELWOOD" A One Act Play -
performed May 12, 2010 won 2nd place in the NJSFWC Writing Contest for 2010. 
 Also a poem won 3rd place.
DVD'S of the Play available FREE for donation to AutismNJ through the Pines
Lake Woman's Club, contact pineslakewomansclub@yahoo.com for your DVD or
Email for more information:  bdh7412@aol.com

You can now Blog with me at My Space:
www.myspace.com/barbaradhall
Or with Stuffy the Cat at www.stuffythecat.com.

All Books Available Now In Jon's Family Bookstore...
​And Iris Garden Memory Calendar....another great gift...
published September 2008

MORE AWARDS -
2010 - More photography awards plus Gold and 2nd place awards 
for Cover design of Sadie's Secret
2009 More photography awards, plus Gold for the Cover design for
Shoestring...An Adventure in the Florida Keys, local and state in 
NJSFWC Achievement Day competitions 

2008 Sadie's Secret: "Sadie" - a short story excerpted from Sadie's Secret
garners first place in NJSFWC Creative Writing Competition in NJ 

NATIONAL AWARDS - 2007
79th Annual Writer's Digest Contest - Stageplays: One Sunday Afternoon in Laurelwood 
76th Annual Writer's Digest Contest Short Stories- Honorable Mention
   A Stroke of Genius : Monhegan Island 
         (a chapter from upcoming book; A Stroke of Genius)   
   Peabody - Can't Hear Me
        (inspiration for a chapter in upcoming book: Mother's & Sons)
  
AWARDS - 2006
NJSFWC Creative Writing Competition 
First Place- Children's story:  Uncle Jon and Stuffy the Cat - Now a Book!
Second Place- Essay:  The Process (see here on website)
Third Place- Short Story:  Peabody - Can't Hear Me

 NEWS:  Adam's Eve:
    Visit My Space and hear an excerpt from Adam's Eve:  www.myspace.com/barbaradhall
    Listen to interview with Info Trak at www.talkzone.com/archive.asp?aid=10688
Bokuru fans:  visit website www.starchildproject.com for information on discovery of a skull similar to that described in Bokuru.  It is real.  Read Lloyd Pye's book:  Starchild Skull and website www.LloydPye.com
Work has begun on the sequel to Bokuru....

Visit website:  www.myspace.com/barbaradhall   to hear excerpts from Adam's Eve,
Bokuru, Sadie's Secret and the story of Jon & Barbara's creative journey:  A Matter of Faith

Check out books available through this website in the "Family Store"

June 1, 2007 Adam's Eve Finalist and Silver Award winner
Foreword Magazine's Independently Published books

Creativity Workshop - How to start writing and keep writing

Contact me for information - 
New Jersey Creativity Workshop
contact me by cell phone or email for location
Bring paper/notebook and pens/pencils
Timed writing workshops geared to start writing and keep going.
These are not critique sessions but ways tap into your creativity and pull out the writing blocks.

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2009 Shoestring wins gold ribbons for cover design in local and state competitions
2008  Sadie - An excerpt from Sadie's Secret wins 1st place in Short Story competition and cover wins blue ribbon
2007 Adam's Eve wins Silver Award for Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, Book Expo America; Two short         stories win Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest Short Story Competition
2006 Adam's Eve Cover Awards for Graphics Design: Gold ribbon local district award and 1st in State -
    New Jersey Federation of Woman's Clubs Achievement Day for Book Cover Design
2006: Barbara wins 1st place for Short Story - Uncle Jon and Stuffy the Cat - NOW a BOOK 2012
2nd place - for Essay:  The Process (hit The Process button above)
3rd place - Short Story:  Peabody Can't Hear Me
      7 Gold and 5 Blue 1st place awards for Photography entries in NJ Federation of Woman's Club                                                  Achievement Day
Radio Talk Show Appearances
   WGHT 1500 Morning Show with John Moultrie, Greta Latona, and Jimmy Howe, Pompton Lakes, N. J.
   WWRM St. Petersburg, Florida, Chad and Kristi Thomas, Magic Morning Show
   News Talk 550 KCRS, Robert Hallmark, Odessa, Texas
   WZPT FM, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kate Harris with The Morning Show with John, JR, Kate & Bubba
   InfoTrak Creative Information Network interview with Terrance McCall
   CJAD, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Peter Anthony Holder Show with Peter Anthony Holder* (CD Available)
   WLTH Radio, Gary, Indiana with Ron MOhammed
   KFYV Kelli McKay, The Connection, Los Angeles, California
   CHOK 1070, Lee Michaels Live, Sarnia, Ontario
   Talking with Tammy, Kakuka, Iowa
   WPTT Radio,  Jane Nugent's Home and Garden Talk Show, Jane Nugent, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
   WIBA 1310 Newstalk, Madison, Wisconsin with Carl Ames
   WMBS-CBS The Jack Evans Show, Uniontown, Pa.
   WORD FM 1990 Studio, John & Stephanie, Pittsburgh, Pa.
   KOLE NEWS Fox Radio, Morning Blend, J. Chapman

Personal Appearances, Book Signings, Photography Exhibits
    Boynton Beach Public Library, Boynton Beach Florida, IWWG Kitchen Table
    Reader at open mic for The Write Group, Montclair Public Library, Montclair, New Jersey
    Barnes & Noble, Clifton Commons
    Walden Books, Wayne, N. J.
    Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, N. J. 
    Career Day - So you want to be a writer... Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
    Children's Story Hour - Our Lady of the Magnificat, Kinnelon, N. J.
    Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell, N. J.
    International Women's Writing Guild, Author Panel & Skidmore summer conference "Remember the Magic"
    Aventura Writers North Miami Beach, Florida
    Wayne Public Library, Wayne, N. J.
    Passaic Public Library, Passaic, N. J.
    The Gallery at Presbyterian Church at Franklin Lakes, Franklin Lakes, N. J.
    West Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach, Florida 
    Ramsey Public Library, Ramsey, N.J.  
    Upper Saddle River Library, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
    Nutley Public Library, Nutley, N. J. 
    River Edge Public Library, River Edge, N. J.
    Hallendale Public Library, Hallendale, Florida  sponsored by the Gulfstream Writers
    NJ Audubon Society, Lorrimer Nature Sanctuary
    NJSFWC Fall Convention
    St. Francis of Assisi Holiday Boutique, Haskell, NJ       St. John Viannay School, Colonia, NJ
    St. Mathias Home School Association, Somerset, NJ     Franklin Elementary School, S.  Plainfield, NJ
    South Brunswick High School      Riverdale Community Center
    A. P. Terhune Elementary School, Wayne, NJ     Morris County Parks - Freulinghuysen Arboretum
   Elmwood Park Elementary School      Linden Presbyterian Church
   Wallington Jr.-Sr. High School     Bergenfield High School     
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