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Slammed (Davy's Saga)
Here are just a few of life’s slams against Davy Hill:
1) The night of his big ride he discovers his girlfriend Sherrie is on a date with his nemesis, Bobby Conrad.
2) Davy’s mother is dying from cancer.
3) The hospital bill is astronomical, and the bill collectors have descended on Davy's dad, making him miserable.
4) Davy’s mom dies during the parade ride down Main Street.
5) After the funeral, a ‘cousin’ he’s never met before asks him why they dressed up his mother like a cheap hooker.
6) Davy slams his fist into his cousin’s iron jaw & hurts his riding hand.
7) The CEO of the World Bull Riding Co now thinks Davy is a hothead and wants to drop him.
8) A bartender tries to rip him off, claiming he owes a pricey bar tab.
9) Charles Gavin (Marketing head for the WBR) takes Davy under his wing, but he’s not trying to help Davy. He’s just using him.
10) Charles has Davy sign 10 sponsor contracts without legal advice.
Here are positive things that happen as well
1) Davy has loving parents (poor, but great parents).
2) Davy rides a bull no one else has ever ridden.
3) Davy wins $200,000 on his first event.
4) Davy’s town throws a parade for him.
5) His mother rides next to Davy during the parade.
6) Leeroy Stub shares the whole story of why Davy hit his cousin & wins the sympathy of most of executives and board members, so they don’t drop Davy.
7) Davy is good looking, does great interviews, and can ride bulls.
8) Davy falls in love with the nurse who works on his aching riding hand.
9) Davy makes friends with other bull riders.
10) Bull Riding fans looking for autographs are encouraged by the two best riders to stand in Davy's line.
And this occurs all in the first eight chapters.
Matters get really crazy later on.
Country Western/ Bull Riding
Davy Hill goes from obscurity to fame by riding the rankest bull alive. Coming from a life of poverty, the young cowboy expects his life to change for the better now that he’s a successful professional bull-rider. Yet, with every occurrence of good luck comes an equal dose of bad. He suffers a potentially career-ending injury, a string of betrayals, and much worse. Despite all the brutal slams he takes, he keeps getting up, because he’s a bull-rider and they never give up.
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KC yelled for his fans and Davy to follow him. Davy hoped he was leading the way to the official signing area and not to the bar, because Davy’s fans looked too young to drink.
He sighed with relief when he saw Justin Strong seated at a foldout table with a long line of fans stretched before him. Davy sat down in the chair beside him. The line of fans who had followed him from the stands was dwarfed by Justin’s fans, but that didn’t surprise him in the least.
Justin smiled at him and then stood up. He spoke loudly so the people far back in his line could hear. “In case you haven’t noticed, Davy Hill, the rider who won the round tonight is sitting beside me with a shorter line.”
To Davy’s shock, about a third of the people, all from the back of Justin’s line moved over. He smiled at them in appreciation, but honestly, he thought they’d made a bad choice.
KC laughed and yelled to his line. “That fellow is Davy Hill, the young rookie who won last week’s Challenger’s event with a record breaking score of 96.5 on Son of Sam, and he could win this event as well.”
Now Davy’s line was actually twenty people deeper than Justin’s and twice as long as KC’s. KC then tipped his hat to Justin and sat back down. Both fellows seemed greatly amused, as if they had just pulled some grand joke on Davy.
As Davy’s hand began to cramp, he recalled Mr. Gavin’s warning not to ruin his riding hand by writing too much. Yet, his fans demanded more than just his signature. They wanted their item to have their names, then some meaningful sentence, and finally his name followed by his claim to fame: winner of the Oklahoma Challenger event.
A half-hour later, KC told his fans he could only take fifteen more. When he ignored his fans’ protest, the ones out of the count grumbled a bit and then moved into Davy’s line. Consequently, KC was ready to leave in five minutes, while Davy looked like he’d be signing autographs ’til midnight.
“Davy, I’ll see you there,” KC said and ran off before Davy could ask the name and address of “there”.
Ten minutes later, Justin disappeared as well. In fact, Davy was the only rider left, breaking his riding hand with a pen. He sighed and worked through the pain.
At the end of an hour, he finished the last autograph and collapsed his head on the table as he massaged his riding hand beneath the table. A strong hand gripped his shoulder.
“You hung in there ’til the end. The fans appreciate that.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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