For readers and writers

I came across a tote bag that has a library card printed on it in Bas Bleu, the book catalog.  I thought that was cool.  The catalog has a little stack of books that is a Christmas ornament also, along with all their books.

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Presenting, The Intriguing… Dennis Koller!

I enjoyed the historical background and learning more about how and what he writes: Presenting, The Intriguing… Dennis Koller!.


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Joy also has a story collection and audiobook for SF readers

The Doorway and Other Stories is now available in paperback too:
Here are fourteen of my favorite stories, and since my favorite genre is science fiction, they are mostly SF except for The Princess Quest, a tongue-in-cheek sword and sorcery epic, and Old Rex, a ghost story. They’ve all been published elsewhere, except for Royal Guardians; this is its first time in print. If you like reading about aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home, family, their own bodies, etc., check it out here: The Doorway and Other Stories
Maxwell Sweet along with two professors have been conducting secret experiments in an old Victorian mansion outside Galveston, Texas. However, the two professors have vanished and Maxwell Sweet has fallen ill. Now, it’s up to Sweet’s tough-as-nails niece to find out what happened to the project: a time machine.
Note: Sugar Time will be available as a book one of these days, and it will include another story in the time machine series that was published separately.



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Layering as a Technique for Building Depth in your stories

This is a useful tool, and I need to use it in the story I’m currently writing: Guest post: Layering as a Technique for Building Depth by M J Moores.

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Joy V. Smith’s fiction ebooks

Hidebound (SF) is available on: and
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.
Pretty Pink Planet (SF) is available free on
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.
Hot Yellow Planet is available on:
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures,  meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.

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Book suggestions for Christmas gifts–or yourself

These suggestions focus on my books, of course; I have a variety of fiction and non-fiction books waiting for readers, and here are some of them, starting with my novels:

Detour Trail is available from Amazon:  and from the publisher:

Detour Trail: Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorrie Emerson is left behind and alone after her uncle is killed.  Ignoring the wagon master’s advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help; they join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and steep mountain passes, but it’s not long before she’s again forging her own trail and searching for a new home and supplies as winter reaches out its icy hands…. Settling the frontier isn’t easy!

Strike Three is a post-apocalyptic novel: Because of the “hot virus,” the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to “scorched earth.”  Can a new world move beyond the losses, mistakes and regrets?  Strike Three is available in paperback or as an ebook.

For the print edition of Strike Three, go to Createspace:

If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords:  And, of course: Amazon.

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Productivity, Word Count, and Fiction Writing

Linda Adams makes good points here about writing, including NaNoWriMo, though I confess I focus more on word count than time.  Read her article on writing:

Productivity, Word Count, and Fiction Writing.

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