Joy V. Smith’s science fiction ebooks

The Doorway and Other Stories:

I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place.  Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians.

Hot Yellow Planet: is free until April 30 with coupon code: UX77Y
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.

Pretty Pink Planet is always free:

Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

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Keeping Track of What’s in the Novel (link)

Guest post: Keeping Track of What’s in the Novel

I don’t use questionnaires or character interviews either.  Yep, that’s too much like outlining.  I keep notes as I write–and double check when rereading.

I have categories in my little notebooks–one for each novel–for descriptions, settings, names, timelines, …



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My remodeling ebook is half price this week!

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure:  (Non-fiction)
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 
The coupon code is: ZP24F (not case-sensitive).


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Mules and the Oregon Trail

DetourTrail cover 2I just started reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck, and I’m on chapter three now, which focuses on mules.  I did a lot of research when writing Detour Trail, and I’m still interested in the Oregon Trail–and mules because of Jake, an important character in the book.  The history is fascinating.


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Creating characters (link)

This article from (blog) focuses on strong female characters, but it covers a lot of territory: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed



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Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing?

Guest post: Who’s Going to Do the Marketing? by Andrew Crofts.

Must do more marketing…


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Melange Books Giveaway Extravaganza!

Time is running out on that huge Melange Books giveaway extravaganza, and there are lots of books to choose from:

Keep scrolling down that list!  My western novel, Detour Trail, is towards the bottom–over half way down anyway.


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