Category Archives: E-books

March Smashwords ebook sale

Ebooks are half price on Smashwords March 3-9, including my western novel, Detour Trail:

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Joy’s SF books: The Doorway and Other Stories

The Doorway and Other Stories include fourteen of my favorite stories (reprints), 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., I think you’ll enjoy this collection of characters and their adventures.

Stories include symbiotes (Pilot’s Course), time tunnels (The Doorway), attacking aliens (Too Tight), friendly aliens (Freeps), mermaids (Well Met by Water), trading bodies (Stray Cats), royalty (Royal Guardians),and genetic engineering. The Doorway and Other Stories is available on Kindle:


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Hidebound is a “reprint” of one of my science fiction novellas; it’s an adventure romance with some adult content.

Hidebound has a double meaning; it refers to the hero’s body and culture.  Anfissa is escaping from her home planet on a family member’s ship so she’s safe from peril and a worried mother who wants to keep her safe.  Anfissa is rebellious, but not stupid.  After Anfissa meets Ferenc, a dangerous , but intriguing humanoid in the employ of a hunted criminal, she’s kidnapped by his employer when the space ship they’re on is attacked by the employer’s enemy.  They flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly; then there are the plants, including carnivorous bushes.  Another interesting plant is the snakelike one with a long yellow head.  It has a pale yellow, narrow bell-like flower on a long, waving stalk with five broad, yellow-green leaves lying in a circle around it on the ground.  (The leaves are flat unless it’s feeding and they fill up.)   At one time, I thought that the book cover would be really effective if the the flower/head were looking out of the cover towards the reader–with just a hint of eyes and possibly an open mouth.  However, not having an artist I could afford experiment until they came up with a cover I thought would be perfect, I went with the spaceship curving down towards the planet, Snakebite, that their shuttle crashed on.


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Smashwords ebook sale: March 5-11

Detour Trail, my western romance about adventure along the Oregon Trail, is half price on Smashwords March 5-11:

Hot Yellow Planet (sequel to Pretty Pink Planet) is free during the Smashwords sale:

Pretty Pink Planet (Lori and Chiing’s first adventure) is always free on Smashwords:
Hidebound (SF adventure/romance) is also on sale (half price):
Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure is also half price:


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Cold New Planet is in the P&E poll (link)

Cold New Planet is a contender in the Preditors & Editors poll (Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story category:

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A Christmas gift that is perfect for the season.

I enjoyed learning about the Jewish culture and how he could have grown and learned with the historical background. Well written.

*Jesus of Nazareth, Boy and Man: A Novel of the Lost Years* by the award-winning short story writer and novelist G. Miki Hayden tells the story of Jesus from his early preaching as a boy in the Temple to his discovery of who he is in relationship to “our Father.” A lifelong spiritual student, Hayden…

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Joy’s ebooks

My story (SF and fantasy) collection of 14 reprints, The Doorway and Other Stories, is available on Kindle:

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.
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 


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Sugar Time on sale!

Sugar Time, my Sugar Sweet time travel tales collection, is on sale this month–half price–at Smashwords. The code is SSW50:


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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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Sugar Time is out!

Well, it’s available for pre-order:

This edition follows the adventures of Sugar Sweet as she investigates what has happened in the old mansion and meets strange visitors…  And then …


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