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Title: Thomas Clayton
Author: Randy J. Harvey, PhD
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: January 16, 2013
Retail Price: $27.95 (Hardcover), $18.15 (Paperback), $9.99 (Digital eBook)
ISBN-10: 1475969244, 1475969236
ISBN-13: 978-1475969245, 978-1475969238
Pages: 504
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches (Hardcover), 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches (Paperback)
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (Hardcover), 1.4 pounds (Paperback)

Author Bio

Long Bio

Dr. Randy J. Harvey has a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, a Law Degree (J.D.) from Concord Law School, a Masters and two bachelor degrees form Eastern Oregon University. He is the 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International and he is heir to five generations of storytellers. His six grandchildren call him Fatdad and the love of his youth and sweetheart these past thirty-seven years calls him Bear. He has three grown children, a wife he adores, and a career that he loves. He has worked on the farm, in the saw mill, on the railroad as a section hand, a maintenance man, elementary teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal, director of human resources, university instructor, labor negotiator, and now lawyer.

Through it all it has been his speaking and storytelling that have won him renown and his love of learning that keeps him interested in life, that and spoiling his grand kids. He is author of research on dropout youth, has written and published numerous public speaking training materials, traveled extensively outside the United States teaching speaking, and has published two books on public speaking, and he is in demand as a motivational speaker.

When Randy discovered the beginning of a book by his father on loose sheaf of paper in the effects of his dad’s estate he read with interest and tears. The story was barely started but Randy took those few pages and with a renewed love for his own Fatdad, began to write. This book is the result, a story begun by his father discovered in the refuse of his life, brought to life by his son.

Short Bio

Randy J. Harvey has a PhD from the University of Oregon and is the 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International. He has traveled internationally while teaching public speaking and has published two books on the subject. He is married with three grown children. Thomas Clayton is based on the beginnings of a story written by Dr. Harvey’s father, Jay L. Harvey.

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A growing list of  reviews:  Read Reviews Here

Blueink Review

“Randy Harvey’s Thomas Clayton is a well-plotted modern-day noir with plenty of hard-boiled characters and crookedness to entertain readers.” –

Kirkus Review

“A good read featuring a delightfully shady character who could have shared top billing with the protagonist.” –

Clarion Review

“Thomas Clayton, is an artfully crafted coming-of-age tale and a riveting read containing all the elements of a suspenseful first-class thriller!” –

Thomas Clayton best book ever!!  Thomas Clayton is a capturing novel that you won’t want to put down until you finish and even when you finish you will want to read it over and over.”T. C.” goes through challenges that every teenager goes through but also things that adults might never in their lives go through.I recommend this book to adults or mature teens.” – Crew Girl

Great Read! Twists and turns kept me interested and I ended up reading the book in no time. The second half of the book was especially interesting and I couldn’t wait for the resolution.” – Reader101

Awesome! Great read! Loved the pace, the emotional engagement and overall storyline…..” – Princess Jewell’s

Add this book to you[r] must read list! Romance, mystery, and excitement. Could not put it down. This is on my gift list for friends and family this year.” – oregonpro

What A Page Turner.  This book has it all. I couldn’t put it down wanting to know what TC faces next. Randy has crafted a well written novel that will hold your interest until the end.” – Charles R Mencke

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Meet Randy J. Harvey

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!” my Dad always said. But of course he sold used cars for forty years. My Mama made sure I got an education, now two doctorates, a masters and two bachelors degrees later, I practice law and write novels. I’m an only child so I’m sure that is to blame for a lot of my fabrications and imagination. I’ve made up for it though after 37 years of marriage and three grown children, six grandchildren which make up a great life. In 2004 I won the World Championship of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International.

My venture into my first novel wasn’t laborious at all. I found a collection of handwritten pages which were the inspiration for this story in my dad’s estate after he was killed in a tractor accident. Like all the stories my father told it was fascinating, but it was just an introduction. My memories of my dad, and I wrote the novel Thomas Clayton. It was a joy.

Now I practice Employment Law in Oregon and California and my experience has proven the adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Prior to practicing law I was a school administrator for 25 years and a teacher for 5. Was at Thurston High School in Springfield to deal with the aftermath of the shooting of 22 students and killing of two. Thomas Clayton is a work of fiction with fictional characters, but is believable because of what I have lived for 59 years.  I am also the author of Public Speaking 101: Messages That Matter.

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