New Detour Trail review (link)

Detour Trail review excerpt:

“This book is certainly filled with a lot of adventure and drama. And I love that the main character, Lorrie, is one gutsy chick! She is definitely someone I would want to have with me if I was traveling anywhere!

This story gives us an honest view of what life might have bee like for those travelers. Everything wasn’t all daisies. They were some hard times and this book does tell of all that!”

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Over and Out reminder

I’m culling books because I plan to move one of these days–and there’s so much to get rid of!  So, I’m reading books–and in some cases skimming them–to see if they’re worth keeping and moving. Anyway, I came across a book–otherwise well written–that reminded me of how frequently Over and Out are misused in books, TV shows, etc.  

Over–when using a radio or whatever–means: It’s your turn to talk (Over to you). Out means: We’re done. (I’m outta here.) Over and out therefore would be silly and impossible. So stop doing that! (It’s another case of mistakes being perpetuated.)


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The Naked Writer

Capitals Have Their Rules I had a student once who capitalized every noun, common or proper. I was taken aback. Why, oh, why? That was what the nuns had taught her—and in another country. But still…

Source: The Naked Writer

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Joy V. Smith’s writing news update

My novels include Detour Trail, a western, and Strike Three, my post-apocalyptic novel; and I’m delighted to have my audiobook, Sugar Time, out in a  new edition as an ebook and a paperback; this edition includes all four Sugar Sweet time travel stories.  (See below for ordering info.) And now one of my novels that has been sitting on an editor’s desk, has been requested by the editor (that is, the full ms).  And I’m working on my latest novel that just needs a little more tweaking–oh, plus the last chapter–so I can submit that one!

Detour Trail: 

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

If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords: 

Sugar Time:

Also available on Amazon and elsewhere

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Goodreads giveaways

I have three of my books scheduled for Goodreads giveaways: Detour Trail, Strike Three, and Sugar Time:

Detour Trail  giveaway

Strike Three giveaway

Sugar Time giveaway 


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Sugar Time is highlighted (link)

Sugar Time is highlighted on Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews: Sugar Time 



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Hidebound on sale now (See synopsis)

Hidebound synopsis (Thanks, Sandy):

Anfissa Scarvan is on the passenger ship, St. Catherine, when it’s attacked by The Combine. She ends up in a lifeboat with Varn Koss and his bodyguards, and they crash on Snakebite. Fissa and Ferenc, Koss’ remaining bodyguard, fight their way towards a relay station, 

On their trek across Snakebite to the relay station fortress, they find a sea of caustic plants, attacking insects, and vicious grass. With no water and meager rations,  and after she’s attacked and weak, Ferenc offers her a remedy unique to his planet. (This is foreplay on his planet…)

So, now they’ve  endured a journey across a hostile planet, made it to the relay station fortress (it’s a really hostile planet), and been rescued–more or less.  Fissa doesn’t reveal her now intimate relationship with Ferenc, and they are separated because he’s useful and a target because of his amazing strength and innate abilities.

Ferenc’s unique abilities make him a valuable commodity; and Anfissa must fight to keep him safe.  However, Fissa takes steps to see that they will have a future together; that’s her plan anyway.  Then Ferenc confesses what he’s done to her. That’s impossible! What can I do? Will I survive? So she must return to her home planet and stay under her family’s protection–and that of her hybrid guard dog, Freki.  And wait…

Hidebound (24,700 words) was first published in The Fifth Di– 1997 (serialized) and then in Once Upon A World May 1999 and was a contest winner twice.
Hidebound is on sale at Smashwords: The coupon code is: VN93J

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