Powerboat Racer gets a first class review

Powerboat Racer – Thomas Hollyday

Powerboat Racer is set in modern times in Maryland, as a newspaper reporter investigates a seemingly casual story about a sunken boat. However, the story quickly delves deeply into the dark past of the town, one torn by racial conflict in the 1960s. While it might seem that the issues are long behind them, it becomes clear that even in modern times the color of one’s skin makes a world of difference.

I enjoyed the story a lot. Sometimes racially charged books can be heavy handed, with individuals either being shiningly good or staggeringly evil. Here the characters feel realistic, caught up in a situation created by their own parents, struggling to do the best they can while bouncing against a variety of influences. Human beings are not perfect. They make mistakes, they agonize over their regrets, and they do the best they can to make up for their flaws.

I also enjoyed the setting of the story – along the swampy, gnat-infested marshes of Maryland. I got the sense that I was there in this unique location, learning more about the riverside way of live, what it might have been like.

Well recommended.

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Tho9mas Hollyday, inventor and writer

olar Sipper® Products for Consumers   2016

Solar Sippers were invented by Thomas Hollyday, writer o f nature articles, activist for water resources for animals, and author of many Chesapeake Bay mysteries and romances available at Amazon Kindle.


                      “The Solar Sipper is simply the best all season non-electric drinker.”

                                    “A remarkably simple and effective water device”

                          “Far better than any open dish in preventing harmful bacteria”

                                     “Absolutely safe and provides fresh water”

                               “Energy efficient way to heat and cool the water”

                                            “we ship all over the world”


Join our team at Happy Bird Corporation in helping animals get fresh water. For twenty eight years our outstanding and ingenious solar heated design has satisfied the hygienic and portable needs of wild birds, pets, wildlife and poultry. Profits from its sale have promoted awareness of water for animals.



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Happy Bird book newsletter August 2015



The latest of our nature books, wildlife cartoon books, and the River Sunday Romance Mystery Series



Water for Backyard Pets and Wildlife by Thomas Hollyday

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This is the first book on the subject that we’ve seen anywhere. A winner for a book collection and for gifts. Check it out and we know you will agree this is a handy book.

You should sell the print version of this book in your store or have it in your nature library. Clean water is the best gift you and your customers can give to animals. .


Remember your backyard is nature’s playground. You do your best to make sure the birds have seed, and that the environment is safe for everyone. But are you really providing the best watering options for your pets and wild friends? This book will ensure that you create the ideal habitat for all animals that come to visit you!



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Nature’s Viewpoint by Thomas Hollyday

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Want to know what the backyard nature creatures really think? Boston Cartoonist Thomas  Hollyday is loved for his simple insightful creatures. In The Nature Viewpoint  he records the hilarious comments of his imaginary nature realm drawn  from his childhood on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  A recognized humorist with a fluid line, his playful  wildlife drawings  guide us through the  year with some of the funniest most poignant cartoons anywhere.Thomas Hollyday’s funny animal cartoons have given us good laughs when they have appeared on the national scene He was voted to membership in the prestigious New York Cartoonist Graphics Artist Guild. Chuckle at this collection of his thoughtful and very amusing drawings, penned in his unique, easy to understand and simply drawn style.


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Slave Graves by Thomas Hollyday






















                                      Ghosts are hiding below.


An archeologist tries to save a colonial site against racial and financial violence. Maggie his feisty coworker is sure she’s found something amazing. A clean mystery for the family.


                      Get your FREE Ebook copy to introduce you to Tom’s Kindle books



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CONTACTS for Thomas Hollyday and Happy Bird


Upcoming bookshows in MARYLAND



Look for this author’s books at the Eastern shore Writers Association booth at the Baltimore Book Festival, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland, September 25-27, 2015



Upcoming bookshows in MASSACHUSETTS


Check out Tom’s books at the Boston Writers SIG booth at the Boston Book Festival, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts



Where to buy our books


Thomas Hollyday Ebooks are sold at Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, Itunes.


Paperbacks are available at Barnes and Noble and selected independent bookstores

Oregon: Powells,

Maryland: Mystery Loves Company, Easton News Center,

Massachusetts: Wellesley Books.



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Happy Bird Corporation February

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Happy Bird Corporation NEWSLETTER, Manufacturer of animal water products, activist in water resources for animals, and publisher of fiction, non-fiction and illustration. February 2015


                                                                                                                                     ANIMAL SECTION


The Commercial animal unit which covers the drinking water, insulates, and provides passive solar heating has found a home with backyard poultry farms. Passive solar means that expensive solar cells are not used to convert heat to electricity and to use that electricity to run heaters. Instead it directly radiates the heat from a dark surface to the water that surface covers. Simple, inexpensive, and efficient like the solar pipes heating water on a roof. It is competitive to electric powered drinkers and operates in sunlight when animals range outside and like to drink. It has no wires for animals like chickens to peck or chew. Since it only works to about 20 deg. F, it doesn’t allow animals to freeze parts of their bodies as can happen with too hot open water being provided in frigid temperatures. Check out recent videos of these Solar Sipper units 10040, 10008, and the dog version Solar Sipper 10011 in operation on YouTube. Compare their drinking water to the frozen water nearby in the open bowl. These videos show backyard weather down to 20 degrees F. even with some clouds and light wind compromising the sunlight. Remember, every effort you make to use less electricity keeps us from using fossil fuels to make that electricity, and thus, keeps the climate clean. Go solar!


From our friends in the industry


Plow and Hearth is offering a three decker Outdoor Cat House. Duncraft promotes a well designed three in one Bird Feeder


Distributor Goldcrest in Mexico MO is excited to report that their 2014 warehouse sale grew to 600 retailers from 46 states and 4 Canadian provinces. Grant Toellner has announced expansion by opening a showroom at America’s Mart. For more, contact grant@goldcrestdistributing.com






World water resource meetings.


COP 21, The Conference of the Parties, will meet at Le Bourget, Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015. Its goal will be to limit the global average temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees Celcius (3.6 deg F). the meeting will assemble 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework convention on Climate Change  (UNFCCC). Climate control will affect clean water for animals. COP21


From ARC news. (ESRI.COM)  We now have a computerized view of the world in terms of 250 x 250 meter squares  using common terms, the report says. The characteristics are landform, climate, and rock type.  The fourth characteristics, land cover, is influenced by these first three. The graphics show us how species can survive. This is a wonderful study instrument for planning ecological work on our planet.


The Groundwater Foundation is thirty  years old this year. With this anniversary a call is out to protect our national drinking water. Check out the EPA program on this at  http://www2.epa.gov/safedrinkingwater40.  Keep in mind that safe drinking water applies to  our backyard animal friends too.




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Animal water materials


A 3rd edition of Happy Bird Corporation Tips on Watering Wild Birds in Waterers and Birdbaths is available at our EBAY store.


A new chapbook Watering Backyard Pets and Wildlife will be published in the spring of 2015 to draw attention to the need for fresh unpolluted water for wildlife. This short book provides ways to inventory your backyard for water and references to learn more about animal needs.


Subscribe to our blog on animal water   and our Facebook page  facebook.com/solarsipper            


Fiction and Non-fiction


Poem “the blonde girl” is published in Mused, Winter solstice issue.


FREE Kindle EBOOK Slave Graves thrilling romantic murder mystery novel! Dr. Frank Light, archaeologist, is dragged into the marshes of Maryland. Maggie, his feisty colleague, is sure she’s found something amazing. 


Thomas Hollyday will be meeting fans at Wellesley Books, Wellesley Ma on February 26, 2015, 7 to 830 PM.  Nature’s Viewpoint, his cartoon book, will be introduced.

The author plans to show his suspense novels Powerboat Racer on civil rights and China Jewel on a modern sea saga at the famous Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Maryland .May 16.



Monthly writing blog by Johns Hopkins Writing Seminar trained novelist and historian.  Writing   

Photographs and technical information as well as reviews behind all the Happy Bird titles. – Facebook on Hollyday novels..



From Our Friends in Books


Boston Writers  


Osprey Point, Dave Reinhart. A supervisor at a nuclear power plant is found dead in his office. Is it suicide, an accident—or murder?

CitizenChip, Wil Howitt.   From his character “Me, I kinda like humans. They have fun quirks. But not all of my kind agree with me, and they’re losing patience”   

Aquarian Awakenings, Lisa Shea. Commander Jon Paxton was transfixed by the woman before him. He’d had lovers in the past, certainly – women who eased his loneliness. But none had ever called to him the way Nicole did. None had ever fit into his life as neatly as a key fits into its lock.


Eastern Shore Writers Association


Authors showing this spring at Gaithersburg Maryland Book Festival


Joan Cooper   The Portia Journal  – In an effort to reconcile with her estranged family, Edith Troth spends the summer on an Outer Banks island. A web of long-held secrets tangle and break as the family’s machinations are revealed.

Joyce Edelston THE ROCK CREEK SHAMAN is the story of War-ne-la, named after a shaman from her mother’s British Columbian Kwakiutl tribe;.  War-ne-la becomes aware at a young age of her abilities to interact with the spirit world who teach her how to become a healing shaman. 

J.C.Elkin  World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom. A teacher illustrates their struggles and triumphs by addressing their linguistic and cultural challenges alongside social issues such as poverty, abuse, religion, illegal immigration, education, feminism, and war.







The National Cartoonists Society is pleased to announce a new digital magazine. The publication is free to those of us who are fans of the illustrators of comic drawings.


Nature’s Viewpoint, Volume one of Thomas Hollyday’s animal cartoons has placed number one in Kindle Short reads Humor and Entertainment. Get your copy at our free day on  February 15 at Kindle.  Tom’s cartoons shine with joy and amusement as he presents an imaginary nature realm drawn from his childhood on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A recognized humorist with a fluid line, his playful wildlife drawings guide us through the year with poignant, smile-inducing views of the world around us. Tom is loved by fans for his expressive, simple drawings, reminiscent of Thurber. There’s no better introduction to Hollyday’s unique style than Nature’s Viewpoint.


Enjoy comments on many of Tom’s published drawings from magazines and newsletters over the years Facebook on Hollyday cartoons   .







Hollyday Ebooks are sold at Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, Kobo, Itunes. Paperbacks are available at Amazon and Barnes and  Noble. Stores are Barnes and Noble, Powells, and selected bookstores at Mystery Loves Company, Oxford, Maryland, Easton News Center, Easton, Maryland, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Massachusetts.


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