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Forgotten Killer, A Tale From Spearfish Lake, finished posting on July 27, 2015

It's all but forgotten now, but two things scared people in the first half of the 1950s more than anything else. The atomic bomb was one of them, and infantile paralysis - polio - was the other. While polio could strike people of any age, it mostly targeted children, often crippling them for life, and sometimes killing them despite the best possible efforts available to stem the disease. When polio came to Spearfish Lake in 1955, there were only two choices that everyone faced: run and hide, or stand and fight against unknown and seemingly impossible odds, doing what little they could, however they could, for sake of the lives of the town's children.

Distant Shores, Book Three of the Full Sails series, completed posting on July 24, 2015

It takes the death of his son Matt for Adam Caldwell to realize that his life is in a rut with a job and a wife that he's long since lost interest in, and he needs to change things somehow. He's not sure what he wants to do with the rest of his life, or how to go about doing it. Buying a sailboat and following in his son's footsteps seems to offer some potential for building a life he can enjoy. It's not a simple process and there are storms to face, more of them on land than at sea before he can reach the distant shores of happiness.

Bird on the Field completed posting on May 1, 2015

Things around Spearfish Lake High School are unsettled after the superintendent is shown the door and the high school principal leaves abruptly. Math teacher Brandy Wine is named principal, with orders to get school discipline and especially the football team under control. The football team's traditional but highly illegal pre-practice beer bust is in jeopardy since the guy who's supposed to get the beer is in jail. Jack and Vixen along with their friends are considering where to go to college and trying to stay above the hassles, since they have problems of their own, while Jack's younger brother Howie is starting to realize he's having trouble with his girlfriend. Things are going to be changing around Spearfish Lake when the dust settles!

The Last Place You Look completed posting on February 13, 2015

Medical equipment distributor and part-time Emergency Medical Technician John Engler is having one of those periods in his life when even his interruptions get interrupted. His business issues are complicated when he meets Sally Hanson, a lost classmate from the Bradford Class of 1988. She's broke and out of luck, and her daughter has just been badly injured in a car wreck. Against his better judgment, John offers to help out. And then one of his ex-wives, Mandy Paxton, shows up to rekindle the flame. A life of interruptions is nothing compared to what's coming at him now!

Bird in the Hand completed posting on December 12, 2014

High school aged birdwatcher Jack Erikson is a loner and something of an outcast until he comes across something unexpected while out in the woods, but it slides to the back of his mind when he rescues classmate Vixen Hvalchek from Spearfish Lake High School’s leading bully. As a result, he winds up with a girlfriend and fellow bird enthusiast, along with some other friends he didn’t expect. That sets the tongues to wagging among the high school gossips while the bully and his friends are out for revenge. Dodging them and building a relationship at the same time is not what Jack expected out of a simple afternoon of birdwatching!

Blanche Tickle Girl completed posting August 29, 2014

Matt Caldwell, fresh out of college and in remission from leukemia, knows his life could be short. He wants to wring as much experience as he can from a few years off before he starts a career. On a whim as he sets sail out of Newfoundland bound for Ireland on his elderly twenty-five foot boat, he agrees to take local girl Mary O'Leary with him less than an hour after meeting her. Despite very different backgrounds, the two tend to see many things the same way. A iceberg encounter in the North Atlantic, cruising the British Isles, Norwegian fjords, the Baltic, European canals, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean are all adventures of a lifetime for both of them, despite parents and other difficulties they have to face -- but at least they can face them together.

Hiding Patty completed posting June 27, 2014

Dr. Tricia York is a woman with a secret -- one that could blow up her medical career. Worse, by sheer bad luck she's not the only person in Spearfish Lake who knows about her dark past, and her future could depend on him keeping his silence. With hope her past will remain a secret, she begins the enormous job of taking over an aging doctor's ailing practice in the remote northern town -- and then meets a man whose past has secrets of his own.

December 2014 Trim

Wiki Software Upgrade

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Banners Flying completed posting April 11, 2014

Ginger Marston had a very bad day when a crooked auto mechanic tried to rob her -- but it was also a very good day when she met Ray Austin, son of Bradford Speedway owner Mel Austin. Their meeting propels Ginger into being a part of a world she hardly knew existed. From a budding romance to the thrills of short track auto racing, from trouble with her family to a small part in a historic moment at the Indianapolis 500, Ginger is off on an adventure that will change her life forever.

Stray Kitten completed posting on January 17, 2014

When you pick up a stray kitten off the street, you take on the responsibility of caring for it. High school student Cody Archer finds classmate Janice Lufkin being beaten and abused by her father and her brother. An expert with a pistol in spite of his age, he rescues her, making her an orphan in the process. Cody and his big-hearted family decide to take the shy, pathetic girl in before they think about the question of whether they're ever going to be able to make a whole person out of her. Along with that, they have another problem they didn't consider: Janice feels she owes the rest of her life to her guardian angel, Cody.

Three From Bradford completed posting on October, 2013

Three Short Novels From The Bradford Exiles

Dodging Mom: Racially exotic Sonja Lambert holds dual citizenship. Her mother Zivah, an Israeli Army officer, shows up expecting Sonja to do her duty in the Israeli army. Sonja has no choice but to hide with her boyfriend Scott Tyler's family. It's not be best circumstances for a romance, but when things get moving quickly they take some unexpected turns!

Peeking Over the Fence: At the Bradford Class of 1988 tenth reunion Scott and Sonja Tyler are surprised to meet Dr. Eve McClellan -- previously named Denis, one of the most disliked boys in the class. The upcoming Halloween party is a perfectly good excuse to explore a little of what it's like on the other side of the gender fence.

With A Little Help: Pat McDonald is headed for the Gulf War in 1990 when he meets a classmate, Cindy Yeager, who has broken up with her former boyfriend, Russ Bradstreet; it turns into a one-night stand. Cindy winds up going back to Russ, and years later they ask Pat to help them out at time of intense personal sorrow. He agrees, with long and profound consequences.

Starting Late completed posting on August 23. 2013

The single mother of two young teenage girls is killed in a strange auto accident and the only family members able to keep them out of a foster home are Mark and Jackie Gravengood, near-retirement-age grand uncle and aunt, who never had kids of their own. The instant family has two very different girls, one big, athletic, and outgoing, the other small, shy, introverted, and studious. Mark and Jackie have to learn about kids, and the two girls have to learn about country and small-town living while everyone has to go through a difficult time in their lives.

May 2014 Trim

Winchester Harbor completed posting on July 5, 2013

Jake Lewis is at odds with his family over a girl he thought was his life partner who doesn't seem to feel that way. He doesn't know what to do except go looking for a new life somewhere else. Helping on a marina fuel dock, crewing on a Great Lakes charter fishing boat, and learning to sail help to take his mind off a cheating fiancée and his family problems, but not enough. Will the new friends he's made, including some rather special girls, help him find new direction and goals? And perhaps a new love from an unexpected quarter?

Winter Layoff completed posting on April 12, 2013

Clark Construction equipment operator Jim Wooten likes to spend his winter layoff snowmobiling, ice fishing, and getting away from his sister and his alcoholic ex-wife. He's guilt-tripped into seeing what can be done about getting his aunt and invalid uncle back into their home, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It turns out that a good man with helpful friends and a backhoe can solve a lot of problems—including some of his own.

Icewater and the Alien completed posting on February 22, 2013

Duane and Michelle are Colorado River raft guides in the Grand Canyon in the summer and sled dog mushers in Alaska in the winter. It's the perfect life for them -- lots of fun and adventure, and nothing much of the conventional life, freedom from bosses and desk jobs, peer pressure and politics, mortgages, and marriage and kids. Little do they realize that it's too good to last . . .


Photo Posts

A gallery of photographs taken by Wes is now at Wes's Photo Posts.

Busted Axle Road

The revised version of Busted Axle Road was posted around January 13, 2013. The changes are more widespread than in other edits, and include reducing the number of chapters from 127 to 44, partly in order to post the book on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

Susan completed posting on December 21, 2012

The horizons in Spearfish Lake seem to close in more and more on Susan McMahon after she returns from spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany. She speaks several languages fluently and has a wider view of the world than most. Now, she’s finding it hard to fit back into the town where she grew up, especially since her year away from school is causing her problems. But, it’s not a good idea to cross Susan or her family, as they don’t take stupidity lying down.

Square One

The revised version of Square One was posted around November 13, 2012. The changes are mostly minor corrections in order to post the book on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

The Next Generation

The revised version of The Next Generation was posted around October 28, 2012. The changes are mostly minor corrections in order to post the book on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

The Girl in the Mirror

The revised version of The Girl in the Mirror was posted around September 1, 2012. The changes are mostly minor corrections in order to post the book on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

Bullring Days Two: Bradford Speedway

Wes Boyd finished posting the second book of the Bullring Days series on October 19, 2012. You can order the entire book on his site.

Dirt-track race-car driver Mel Austin is badly injured in a crash and wakes up in the hospital being nursed by friend and fellow driver Arlene. They decide it's time to grow up and live a more conventional life, so marry and settle down to teaching and nursing, jobs they both like. But, they've been racing cars long enough that it's hard to stay away from the tracks and out of the cars on them . . . How can they scratch the itch without exposure to the danger? A blast back into the past, to the fun, adventure, trials and tribulations of short-track racing back in the 1960s!


February 2013 Trim

Hannegan's Cove

Wes Boyd concluded posting this New Spearfish Lake Series book 1 on August 17, 2012. You can read or order it on his site.

As he approaches thirty, Randy faces new challenges and responsibilities. He's matured since college and has come to accept that many of his desires aren't possible. His first child is on the way, his grandfather's health is fading fast, and his sister is having family problems. It's clear that he will soon own Clark Construction as well as run it. Will the years of preparation for the new challenges be enough? How well will he meet those challenges when they arise?

Hat Trick

The revised version of Hat Trick was posted around July 10, 2012. The changes are mostly minor corrections in order to post the book on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.


2013-01-09 Trim

I shifted several items from News to Recently Posted. The ones below came off the front page.--Samuelmichaels (talk) 13:05, 10 January 2013 (EST)

Bullring Days One: On the Road

Wes finished posting Bullring Days One: On the Road with chapter 39 on June 8, 2012.

Mel Austin didn't want to be just a farmhand for his brother, so after the Army and World War II, he attended college on the GI Bill. But after graduating, he couldn't stand the thought of teaching in a big-city slum high school, either. A wartime friend asks him to join his ragtag midget auto racing show, Mel figures it's better than pumping gas until school starts. In love with the thrills, action, and a chance to see the country, he spends several years vagabonding with the show through the turbulent and now half-forgotten world of the early 1950s. Adventure and new friends abound, and his life winds up going to places he could never have dreamed.

Pulling Even

Wes concluded Pulling Even by posting Chapter 36 on March 9, 2012. The entire book can be read on his site.

Randy's friends get to go places and have adventures, while he has to stay home and work. His heart is set on having some fun and adventure while he's still young, but the job is important to his family and to him. It's eating up his life to the point where it's not even worth trying to plan something fun -- if he does something will probably come up to interfere with it. His wife feels his anger, and so do some of his friends, but there's not much they can do about it . . . or is there?

Picking Up the Pieces

Chapter 42, the final chapter of Picking Up the Pieces, was posted on December 15, 2011. The complete book can be read on Wes's site.

"I love you, Dave!" When Dave heard his wife's last words on his cell phone as he watched the World Trade Center tower fell from the sky, he felt that except for his two sons, his life wasn't worth living any more. But then, some unique old friends came out of a past he thought he'd put behind him, and helped him put his life back together again in ways he never could have expected . . . and then it was his turn to help his friends when problems arose in their lives.

Slim Down the Main Page

What do people think about moving the recently posted books out? Most of the info duplicates information elsewhere (e.g. individual book pages, and Wes's Bibliography), and it makes the front page rather intimidatingly long.--Samuelmichaels (talk) 14:41, 16 May 2012 (EST)

I pretty much agree -- three or four back is fine, but as far as it's gone I think it too far, too.--Wes (talk) 23:44, 16 May 2012 (EST)

Agreed. That'll also move some important stuff up that currently is too far down for a new reader to get to. --Dang Fool (talk) 00:13, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Putting most of the books descriptions here, temporarily, in case I cut too much.--Samuelmichaels (talk) 01:46, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Having "Growing Together" on the main page would be OK. In any case, there should be a fairly prominent entry right after the last of the books to the effect of "You can see more of Wes Boyd's books here." Otherwise, looks good. Somebody is going to have to remember to deal with this every six months to a year. --Wes (talk) 02:27, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Moving Growing Together back to main page.--Samuelmichaels (talk) 02:49, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Hey, I don't know how to change the BR1 info box, but it's 39 chapters.--Wes (talk) 12:32, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Thanks, I fixed that.--Samuelmichaels (talk) 12:42, 17 May 2012 (EST)

Homestanders

Chapter 36, the final chapter of Homestanders was posted on July 22, 2011. The complete book of Homestanders is posted on Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/19hs/hs.htm .

Sometimes you find opportunity at home. A lot of Bradford kids "take the on-ramp" when they get out of school, heading out in search of better things. But, some don't leave, and others return when their dreams have failed. Emily is one who stayed, and now her life seems dull compared to some who left. Vicky left, but came back after a disastrous marriage. Despite everything, they learn that the home town can still be a place to thrive, grow, and realize their dreams. Adventure, fun, fulfillment, excitement, respect, and love can be right outside the familiar front door, and sometimes the obvious answer is the hardest one to reach.

Cattail

Chapter 21, the final chapter of Wes Boyd's book, Cattail posted on April 27, 2011. The complete book Cattail is posted on Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/18cat/cat.htm .

Roger Bishop found early retirement from a factory to be lonely and boring, especially since he's a widower. With nothing better to do, he gets the idea of going south to help with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. Down amid the rubble, he meets a lifelong free spirit, Catalina Smith, who's there on the same mission, so being lonely is no longer a problem. What's more, it seems that Catalina has some problems of her own, and all of a sudden he really doesn't have to worry about being bored!

As per Wes_Boyd's_Bibliography, it is an independent story, not part of any current series.

The Girl in the Mirror

Wes Boyd posted the final chapter, chapter 24 of The Girl in the Mirror on March 11, 2011. The complete book Girl in the Mirror is posted on Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/17gm/gm.htm .

Class Reunion: People have changed by the time of the Bradford High School Class of 1988 tenth reunion, some more than others. The star athlete has become a sportscaster; the class president is now manager of a convenience store; her best friend, a peppy cheerleader, has been through a messy divorce. The happy-go-lucky party girl now has a business card that reads "Medieval Wandering Minstrel." The class valedictorian is now a multimillionaire who flies her own Learjet -- and works part-time as a prostitute. And, the kid who was universally picked on and beaten up has changed more than anyone could have possibly dreamed . . .

River Rat

Chapter 63, the final chapter of River Rat, was posted on January 14, 2011. The complete book River Rat is posted on Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/16rr/rr.htm .

One phone call changed her life! Outdoor girl Scooter Whitsell has been reduced to watching a counter, instead of being out on the trails and rivers she loves so well. Then she gets a phone call from an old hiking buddy -- and she’s on her way to her absolute dream job: a raft guide in the Grand Canyon! It isn’t an easy job, but Scooter was never a girl that asked for things to be easy. She has to put aside normal things to make a life in the Grand Canyon -- but she wouldn’t have it any other way!

The three postings during the week beginning August 16, 2010 were parts of his original essay, Big Guy in the Grand Canyon, about his trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It is online at Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/shorts/gc/gc.htm .

Hat Trick

Hat Trick is posted on Wes' site at http://www.spearfishlaketales.com/15ht/ht.htm . The final chapter of Hat Trick, Chapter 30 was posted on August 13, 2010.

One afternoon Dayna Berkshire decided to practice her guitar at the mall -- then people started throwing money in her gig bag! An epiphany that changed her life struck her: "This beats hell out of work!" It takes a while to learn the tricks, but Dayna and her friend Sandy set out to explore the free-wheeling life of being street musicians, earning their money on street corners, in shows, at renaissance faires, or wherever they can, living the lives they choose to lead. But into each life some rain must fall, and it tests just how bad Dayna wants to lead the life she's chosen.

Square One

Wes posted the final chapter of Square One. Chapter 51 of Square One June 4, 2010. As per Wes Boyd's Bibliography, Square One is the ninth book in the Spearfish Lake series.

After Danny Evachevski found his wife cheating on him, he had no choice but to get a divorce, go repair ties with his family and friends and start over. It wouldn't break his heart to leave a life and a job he detested, either. But Danny's soul has been severely wounded by the experience. He finds a most unusual place to heal while he's waiting for his divorce to go through, then heads back to his home in Spearfish Lake. It isn't easy to go back home -- things have changed, and changed a lot in the twelve years he's been gone. In spite of family and friends, he's lonely and often seems at loose ends while he watches people that have made something of their lives. Then, quite unexpectedly, things change. Maybe there's hope for him after all!

The complete archive of Square One is available at Square One.