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Detour Trail gets another 5 star review

I’m happy to announce that Detour Trail, my western novel, got a 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite: Detour Trail review

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Book review 044: Morgen Bailey reviews The Novel Writer’s Toolshed by Della Galton

Morgen Bailey reviews The Novel Writer’s Toolshed by Della Galton.

The “shelves” in this book give you a preview of how helpful the book could be.

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The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed (book review link)

Book review 35: Morgen Bailey reviews ‘The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed’ by Della Galton

Synopsis: Originally written as a series for Writers’ Forum Magazine, this snappy, no-nonsense guide has been expanded, amended and updated. Using new examples from her own published short fiction, Della Galton takes you from ‘story idea’ to ‘final edit’, and demonstrates how to construct and polish the perfect short story, ready for publication.

From Morgen Bailey’s writing blog: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/book-review-35-morgen-bailey-reviews-the-short-story-writers-toolshed-by-della-galton/

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Detour Trail review (link)

There’s a review of Detour Trail up now on The New Book Review: http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2014/01/clare-obeara-reviews-joy-smiths-detour.html

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Interview with multi-genre author Carmen Reid

Here’s another helpful interview from Morgen Bailey’s blog; Carmen Reid discusses pseudonyms, publishing, research, reviews, and more: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/author-interview-no-693-with-multi-genre-novelist-carmen-reid/

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Champ – The Story of Survival’ by Fiona Ingram

Check out this guest post on Morgen Bailey’s blog:

“Fiona Ingram was inspired to document his story for several reasons. The first is to help raise funds for S.A.F.E. Rescue, the non-profit rescue site (in California) that took Champ in http://www.SAFEanimalrescue.com. The second is to raise awareness about animal abuse, and offer advice on the many ways people can help. …”

Link: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/guest-post-champ-the-story-of-survival-by-fiona-ingram/#comment-88688

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Publicity and book review tips (link)

From Morgen Bailey’s blog: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/guest-post-ten-things-ive-learned-four-months-after-publishing-my-first-novel-king-of-the-class-by-gila-green/#comment-84298

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Detour Trail review

Detour Trail review from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars One tough woman takes on the West, September 9, 2013
By Amy Peterson – See all my reviews This review is from: Detour Trail (Paperback)
The main character in this book is Lorrie, a strong, courageous woman that goes off the Oregon Trail and blazes her own life in the West. She’s the embodiment of what a woman of that time period had to be like: able to make decisions, able to pull and use a weapon, and with the people skills needed to survive and thrive. This is a pleasant read that will take you into the Old West and leave you with a good sense that the West was not won by cowboys taking on Indians, it was won little town by little town, because of women like Lorrie.

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Whortleberry Press reviews announcement (link)

Whortleberry Press is starting a reviews section on their website. They’re looking for books and reviewers. (They will not be reviewing their own books.) Link: http://whortleberrypress.com/whortleberrywreviews.html

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Detour Trail review on RebeccasReads (link)

Here’s an excerpt from the Detour Trail review on RebeccasReads:

The real gift of Joy V. Smith’s novel, “Detour Trail” may just be the lead character’s gender. One expects a western about settlers moving along the harsh terrain of the Oregon Trail to have a strong man as the protagonist; it is how it has been done in countless movies and books throughout the years. It is what we are programmed to receive, what we may even think of as true and right. Here though we are given the wonderful creation, Lorena Emerson, known as Lorrie. At the start of the novel she is part of a wagon train …

For more of this review, go to: http://rebeccasreads.com/Reviews/ReviewSmithDetourTrail.html

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