Raymond Boyd Dunn
Raymond Boyd Dunn is a "born and bred" Australian. After his retirement Raymond Boyd became a grey nomad, and, with his wife, spent some time touring this vast country of Australia. He was born in the small Burnett Valley town of Monto, Queensland, and for his entire life has answered to the name of 'Boyd'. Apart from his travels he has lived all of his life in Queensland, and after satisfying his thirst for seeing first hand this wonderful country we live in, settled on the Sunshine Coast to spend his remaining years in the sunshine near the beach.
He commenced his working life as a Bank Officer and resigned after thirteen years to become self-employed. At various stages he has owned a Corner Store, a small Supermarket Chain, a Butchery, a Milk Run, a Printery and a Cattle and Grain Farm. He has been involved, in various capacities, in Cricket and Tennis Clubs; Jaycees, Lions and Rotary Clubs and Aero Clubs. He was a Cricketer, played tennis, tried to play golf, and was a keen long distance runner.
Upon taking a well-earned retirement he wrote his unpublished autobiography, which was for distribution amongst his family of six children and numerous grand-children. A visit to Cooktown, where he learnt of the Palmer River Gold Rush, was the incentive to keep writing and produce his first novel 'Palmer Gold' He then settled down to write novels, producing two more books to complete a Trilogy...'An Australian Ranch' and "Carly and Sam...Will and Effie'. There followed a number of short stories, and another novel 'Lord of the Manor in Australia'. He continues to write whilst enjoying life in the sunshine on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
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The Vintage Years
When Lew and Barbara Chiverton-Jones, on their honeymoon, board the passenger train service from Geelong to Melbourne, little do they realise that a man they are about to meet will have an impact upon their lives. Although they will never meet the man again, the few hours they are spending in his company will plant the seeds of a splendid idea.
Burke and Wills
It was an expedition, comprehensively equipped like no other exploratory party before it or since. Despite achieving its objective of crossing the vast Australian continent from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, it ended in tragedy. It was plagued by poor decision making, harsh conditions and bad luck. The story is a tribute to brave men exploring the unknown. It is the story of the Dig Tree.
Death on the Valley Rattler
The Mary Valley Rattler (or ‘The Valley Rattler’), is a tourist train which runs through the Mary River Valley in Queensland, from Gympie to the small country town of Imbil. It is a restored C17 class, steam locomotive which originally ran in the early 1920s. The tour is conducted by the Mary Valley Heritage Railway. This is the story of a mysterious death on an adventure tour on the train.
The Destiny of Darkie Dixon
Destiny, that amorphous but inevitable fate over which some say we have no control, was to deal unkindly with Darkie Dixon. That was not the name he was born with. It was not even a dignified Christian name. There was no way of knowing the identity which was bestowed upon him at birth!
This is the story of his life ─ how his destiny was fulfilled.
In the Australian vernacular “you’ve got Buckley’s Chance” or “you’ve got Buckley’s” means “you have no chance”, or “it’s nearly impossible”; despite the eventual outcome of his adventure, the phrase is believed to refer to the improbable survival of an escaped convict, William Buckley, who lived among the Aborigines of Victoria, Australia, for thirty-two years, before returning to civilization.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...Blackmail in Paradise
Max has to deal with a woman who is being blackmailed over raunchy photographs taken years before, but won’t go to the Police to report it. She would rather pay up and hope the villain would honour his word…Some hope! While dealing with this, Max has to attend a wedding and a funeral.
A timid boy's problem, being bullied after school on his way home. Too ashamed to tell anyone, and not big enough to defend himself, he tries to keep it a secret.
The Adventures of Ben Hall, Bushranger
Before Ned Kelly, the infamous Australian bushranger, there was Ben Hall. In fact, it is thought by numerous people that many of Ben Hall’s exploits were copied by Ned.
Hall operated in New South Wales, and his daring escapades earned him the title of ‘Brave Ben Hall’, making him a part of Australian folklore.
Outlaws of the Australian Bush
The Bushranger...the outlaw of the Australian Bush. The young men of the late 19th century, living outside the law, who found adventure on the back of a fast horse; an adventure fraught with danger; and the likelihood of finishing on the end of a rope.
A compilation of
2. Birth of a Bushranger
3. Millie and the Bushranger
4. Bushranger's Gold
5. Adventures of Ben Hall
7. Darkie Dixon
Lord of the Manor in Australia
George Greenfield is obsessed with creating a dynasty. He imagines the imposing structure he builds will be a monument to his memory. The gripping story takes you from the time of the Gympie gold rush, through two disastrous World Wars and world-wide depressions. Each generation must have a son. Can you imagine the angst caused because of the uncertainty of the sex of the eagerly-awaited child?
The Sequel to “Millie and the Bushranger”…
Millie recovers from the wound received during the shootout which killed her lover, Dandy Jack, and joins the surviving members of the gang to search for the cache hidden by Jack before he was killed.
The conflict between two good friends in England, over the favours of a beautiful woman, continues on the far side of the world in Australia. One becomes a jackaroo, a beginner in the cattle industry ─ the other, his mortal enemy.
Llewellyn's boss is a woman, and Ivan marries the girl they fought over. Lew has accepted his friend's victory, but Ivan does not believe him.
The Birth of a Bushranger
The Bushranger...the outlaw of the Australian Bush. The young men of the late 19th century, living outside the law, who found adventure on the back of a fast horse; an adventure fraught with danger as they were pursued by the police - always with the likelihood of a bullet to end their latest escapade, or an appointment with the hangman.
The Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series
A compilation of the eight short stories in the Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series to date. The adventures of the coffee-loving, Akubra-wearing Private Detective as he endeavours to solve the puzzles presented by his clients on the beautiful Sunshine Coast...
Bushranger...the outlaws of the Australian bush. The young men sometimes cast into that role by an unfortunate twist of fate - sometimes because of their thirst for adventure on a fast horse. Seldom did they realise the danger they were exposing themselves to until it was too late - an ignominious death from a policeman's bullet, or the final drop through the trapdoor of the gallows.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...The Fairbanks Enigma
Once again the coffee-loving Private Eye, Maxwell Marlowe, is engaged to investigate the after hours activities of a mistrusted husband. He finds himself with an enigma...is he, or isn't he misbehaving? A routine investigation turns into a life-threatening experience for the 'super sleuth'.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye...Wayne's Daughter
max is distracted in his attempt to find out what happened to the daughter of an old school friend, and the cause of his distraction is the gorgeous georgina; but max is nothing, if not a dedicated super sleuth, and balances his love life and the search for his friend's daughter, but at the cost of his passion for running.
Millie and the Bushranger
Millie detests her present lonely life in the Australian bush. Her only escape is in the pages of romantic novels, where she becomes the heroine in the arms of the handsome hero. The appearance of a dashing young Bushranger gives her hope of a better, more interesting life to come.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye. 'Murder in Maroochydore.
Max is accused of a hit and run accident, which is now considered to be a murder. The beautiful Danielle de Montfort, an Insurance Investigator, is supposedly helping, but is at odds with him. He is protecting a client, whilst she wants his client to be charged and found guilty.
Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye. 'The Case of the Missing Heiress'
The first book in the Maxwell Marlowe, Private Eye Series...Max is puzzled. Nothing about this case seems to make sense.Is the heiress really in danger? Who are the scantily clad people in the beach photos? Max is a Private Detective and solves 'the case of the missing heiress'
The First Born Sons
What family secrets are being revealed as Billy traces his ancestry back to the original Billy Rickards? Is there a Marriage Certificate missing somewhere among the branches of his family tree?
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ten Anecdotes of the author's life experiences - taken mainly from the early years. The reader will find plenty of nostalgia in this one.
(A compendium of three books = "There's one born every minute", "Give it to Dad!" and "Home is where the Heart is.")
My Pal Daisy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dogs are capable of such unbounded devotion and there are no strings attached. Their love is entirely unconditional!
An Australian Ranch
Second Book of a Trilogy. American Colt Pearson is establishing a 'Ranch' in Australia. Sister-in law Caroline is a tormented soul, because of a horrendous experience in her teenage years. She leaves a trail of slain men in her wake as you follow her tortured progress. You can only imagine the loathing which drives her. What would you do to solve Barbara and Jim's relationship problem?
The author's experience of school from 1935-44 - the years following the Great Depression and during the Second World War.
The Twelfth Man
A SCHOOLBOY'S CRICKET ADVENTURE
Roy lives and breathes Cricket. Will he be good enough to represent his school at the sport he loves. A schoolboy's cricketing adventure at Boarding School.
Once Upon a Time on the Ghan
'It's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way'. That's the opinion Billy has of himself as he pursues the delectable Zoe on their trans-continental rail journey across the vast Australian Outback on the 'Indian Pacific' and 'The Ghan.'
Carly and Sam...Will and Effie
Third book of a trilogy. There's a surprising development in the relationship between Carly and Sam.Will and Effie's wedding plans are delayed.
First Book of a Trilogy. This intriguing tale takes you on a journey through the wild country in the Palmer River area of North Queensland. Imagine you are with the party of miners as they make their way through the land of the cannibalistic natives. You will follow the progress of the turbulent courtship of beautiful Beth by Billy Rickards, Imagine you are there for the exciting native attack!
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- The Overwhelming
on Feb. 25, 2012
'Overwhelmed' is the word I would use to describe my feelings as I read this book. It is not of the genre which I usually read. It is obviously well-written, but I must admit to skipping through some of the lengthier passages - I feel that the author would not appreciate my style of writing. I do not feel qualified to judge another's writing, but the computer has asked me to review this book, so I would give it four stars...Raymond Boyd Dunn http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/boyddunn
- Brothers of the Mountain: Blood on the Prairie
on April 06, 2012
I am an avid reader of Black Horse and paperback westerns. Jeremy's style, in my opinion, is different, but I enjoyed reading his short story.
- True Blue Colors
on April 06, 2012
Kelli Jae, The test seemed a bit extreme, but I suppose we don't want to read about boring everyday life, and look for more excitement in a fictional tale. I enjoyed reading your short story.
- Nearly Nine Terrific Tips for Writing Humor
on Oct. 15, 2012
I came upon this little masterpiece quite by chance, and will place it in my library for future reference. I read somewhere never to write in the first person, but I did not take the advice of my betters in my attempts at humour; therefore I am pleased to be vindicated by at least one five star author. Sorry about the spelling of a word back there, but that's the way we spell it in Australia.
- The Ghost of Cape York
on Oct. 25, 2012
In February, 2003, I purchased the printed version of Richard's "Cannibals' Gold". When I rediscovered him on Smashwords I downloaded this story. Having obviously been along the tracks himself, he takes the reader on a believable 4WD journey through the wilds of Cape York Peninsular. A thoroughly enjoyable read which I could not put down until the very end.
- Skipping the Tiramisu: Becoming the Writer You Were Born to Be
on Nov. 05, 2012
I read Kristine's "Nearly Nine Terrific Tips for Humor (spelt without the Aussie 'u') Writing, and was so impressed that I decided to download this book. The fact that it was free had nothing to do with it! Well, not much.
I was in my late seventies when I had my first and only attempt to have my first novel published. (I had visions of being the literary world's 'Grandma Moses'). It was rejected, and I gave up, but was bitten by the writing bug, and continued churning out anything and everything.
This book has shown me a different approach, and I thank her for an amusing and enjoyable lesson.