My great uncle Raymond Harvey Davis wrote and published That Boyce Girl as a newspaper serial in 1938. He died unexpectedly in 1943. A few years ago, I inherited a copy of his manuscript, but I didn't read it until last year when I began transcribing it to share with our extended family. His writing was quite good, sprinkled with both humor and passion, so I published That Boyce Girl in his name as a novel with Create Space. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with Sally, the protagonist, and feel compelled to continue her story. Book two, The Race: That Boyce Girl, is set in 1939 and stands on its own as an independent novel. The manuscript is complete and has been professionally edited. I anticipate writing several more novels in this series.
Senior Life of Florida editor Mary Brotherton published a very positive review of That Boyce Girl in January of 2016. She also recently proofread The Race, and wrote to me, "Your uncle would be proud! I think you did a splendid job capturing his voice and I’m eager to see what happens when Sally, pregnant or not, has to deal with World War II. What a pleasure to read!"
That Boyce Girl follows Sally's struggle to break into the workforce as a car salesman after her father's bank fails. In The Race, Sally is now married but still pursued by Gary, a domineering socialite. When Jeff, Sally's husband, is injured in a practice race for the Indy 500, Sally takes his place behind the wheel and out-drives Gary on the racetrack, unaware her victory will unleash a near-lethal jealous rage.
The Race will be published in the summer of 2017
Winner of the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award
Published by Double Dragon
The TLS Hyperion, under the command of Captain Mason, is deployed to Arcus, a small frozen world on the edge of the known universe, to harvest its water. Sensing a weak RF signal on a nearby planet, Lieutenants Rucker and Dana seek out the source and discover an ancient, yet highly advanced, robot known as Eli. The presence of Eli on Earth can be loosely justified; however, there can be no logical explanation for the existence of man, obvious descendants of the Pangaean race.
I hope you get to meet Tee and Dana soon, as well as the gang from Earth: Gay, Uri, and little Clovis. Styx and Sibylla you might already know from The Emporium, but Doctor Phoebe is new, and she’s a lot of fun. Due to sexual content Outpost Earth is an adult novel, not intended for anyone under eighteen years of age.
Published By Double Dragon
The rogue planet Avesia will pass near Earth as it is drawn into our sun. The Avesians know they are beyond help and ask only that the people of Earth safeguard a repository of their culture and technology. To accomplish the task, NASA must pull the Shuttle Discovery from mothballs, outfit her once again as the covert spacecraft Nighthawk, and launch her for a rendezvous with the alien spacecraft, somewhere near the moon. Aaron Lockwood and Holly Compton, ex-Shuttle pilots and estranged lovers, are eager to get back into space.
Planet Nine was originally written as a novella of roughly 25,000 words. The manuscript went through a full rewrite, which expanded the work into a novel of over 80,000 words. Planet Nine has duel story lines. A large portion of the book revolves around Holly Compton and Aaron Lockwood, shuttle pilots, while a major subplot tells the story of William L. Mackenzie and his journey to Avesia to document the first alien culture known to man. The two plots are heavily entwined, but since they play out predominately on two separate planets, they are distinctly independent.
In Planet Nine, the Nighthawk is a variant of the Shuttle designed specifically for covert operations with lightweight payloads. Before the Shuttles were retired, all of the various spacecraft flew, at one time or another, as the Nighthawk. The public never learned of the twenty-five covert launches, because the Nighthawk was always launched at night, somewhere near the middle of the Atlantic from the back of a Boeing 747MX, cruising at 60,000 feet. The Shuttle’s covert missions eventually drew the wrong kind of attention, which forced the grounding of the fleet. Congress decided that killing the entire Shuttle program was safer, and simpler, than explaining the existence of the Nighthawk.
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