History from True West Magazine

I just got the June issue of True West Magazine; it’s another great issue full of historical articles and photos. One of those articles–the background of the murderous Bender family–especially interested me because while I don’t recall them specifically, I must have been aware of them or others possibly because I included a similar situation in Lorrie’s adventures in Detour Trail.

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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: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html 

Strike Three: For the print edition of Strike Three, go to Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4876544   

If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/452298 

Sugar Time: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26077778-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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