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Detour Trail (adventure on the frontier)

Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorrie Emerson is alone after her uncle is killed.  Ignoring the wagon master’s advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and steep mountain passes, but it’s not long before she’s again forging her own trail.
My western novel, Detour Trail, is now available from Melange Books, the publisher, and elsewhere online : http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html
And here’s my interview with The Western Online:

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Detour Trail cover

Here’s my new Detour Trail cover.

DetourTrail cover 2

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Joy’s writing news update

Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t share that first cover for Detour Trail; it was just a template, but they sent me another cover, and this one is up on the publisher’s website, but it doesn’t have a link yet.  I like this cover too; I can’t wait till there’s a link on it; then I’ll post it.  And this one is a wrap around cover, so it includes the back.  And I think it’s cool! 

I’ve submitted a story (two I put together actually; one is the sequel) to Kindle Singles.  I should hear back within four weeks if they’ve accepted it.  They needed a home because the anthology the first one was accepted for (The Big Black), folded, and I hadn’t found another home for it yet, though it made the short list for the Zero Gravity antho.
 
I was going to submit another story elsewhere (another sequel, but this was to a published story, Seedlings, in Magistria: The Realm of the Sorcerer.  That was an invitation only theme anthology about magic…)  However, when I checked my records to be sure I hadn’t submitted it to the market I was considering just to be sure I hadn’t already done that and been rejected (I’ve done that before; I should have checked sooner.), I found that I had submitted it there a few months ago and was waiting to hear back…  (The sequel was scheduled for a follow-up antho, but that hasn’t worked out.)
 
The third week in January is National Book Week.  You can start discussions about books on forums you belong to and post covers on Pinterest.  I love book covers!  I want to post mine too!

 

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My Detour Trail cover has arrived!

Today I got to see my Detour Trail cover.  I had to approve it and get it back into the pipeline, so after studying–and appreciating it–I sent my approval.  When I’m sure it’s really ready to go, I’ll share it with you.   I think approving a cover is like editing your story, you can spend a lot of time wondering and second guessing yourself–and your readers.  But I think it has a good representation of my heroine, Lorrie.  She has the right color hair, and it’s loosely braided and hanging down her back.  (One of my fears was that she’d be a blonde model with flowing tresses and not someone who’s making a perilous journey down the Oregon trail.)  The title is at the top and lightly floating on Lorrie’s head, and my name is underneath Lorrie’s profile (nice strong jaw, I think), and beneath that is the wagon train with some scroll work that flows over it and up…. 

 

 

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Ebooks for Christmas

Merry Christmas!

For those of you who got an ebook reader for Christmas–or couldn’t wait–
here  are my ebooks. Or you can read them on your computer. Your choice.

Drumroll

Pretty Pink Planet
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) visits Prism, a popular tourist destination, to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens, if she can find and talk to them.
Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615

(Pretty Pink Planet is a free ebook)

Hot Yellow Planet
In the sequel to Pretty Pink Planet, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures, meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.
Links: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029

http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Yellow-Planet-ebook/dp/B005TCN9UC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1318279993&sr=1-1

Hidebound is a SF romance (adult content) also available on Amazon

Links: Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY

And  Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218

My latest e-book (story collection), The Doorway and Other Stories, is now available on Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
It includes 14 SF and fantasy adventures AND
It will be available free January 1 & 2, 2013
 
Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure
How we coped with selling a house–at last, looking for a new house, buying a new house that was a foreclosure and needed lots of work, and then remodeling it since it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!
Links: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560

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I’m validated! I’ve won!! (NaNoWriMo)

I was 7000 words into my sequel, so I had to make it to 57,000 (I’m a rebel), but I ended up with 58,500 because I had to write the ending. In other years I had enough time to edit as I went along, but this time I found myself taking breaks to come up with the next scenes and chapters–and writing in cliches and dialogue that made me cringe. Look Ma–drivel! I’ll wait a while before I start editing, which is what you’re supposed to do. Distance yourself so you ‘ll see it from a fresh perspective.

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The Doorway and Other Stories (free ebook again)

Well, I haven’t done much on my novel prep work–like hardly anything.  Let’s see, what can I do next to procrastinate.  Hmm.  I’ll run a free ebook promotion again; then I won’t have to think about doing that later, she said defensively.

Besides the three stories I added to my reprint collection, The Doorway and Other Stories, (The Trees of Home, Well Met by Water, and Carnies), there are:
The Doorway

Nessa stumbles into the time corridor while helping a friend.

Guard Dog
Sequel to The Doorway.  Nessa travels to the time of Earth’s first contact.
Stray Cats
Cats, herps, and humans–sometimes interchangeable.
Pilot’s Course
Terran humans in the far future settled on other planets. Heroine plots new  course…  (Won 2nd place in the Florida Freelance Writers Association’s Florida  State Writing Competition–Andre Norton Fantasy/SF Short Story division 1995.)
The Princess Quest
Sword & Sorcery: The princess and the barbarian…
When Danger Rules
Reesa came back to rescue the remaining members of the family she loved.  Now she had to avoid being killed by her cousin, who wanted the throne, and the new ruler of the planet, who didn’t want a throne, and the ones she had come to rescue…
(Excerpt in Writer’s Digest  Nov. 2000 and Excerpt in Writing Clinic (special issue)  2003)
Home Not
When Grief’s Aunt Chelsea died, his Uncle Sandro saw his chance, and Grief was at his mercy…   Adventure.
What Price a Friendly Freep
Aliens and humans and spaceships. 
Too Tight
Close call…
Royal Guardians
Heroine and companions land in Florida after escaping from another dimension.
Old Rex
D.A.’s daughter’s dead dog (ghost story).

The Doorway and Other Stories will be available free on Kindle Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28.  And don’t forget the free Kindle apps:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

 

 

 

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The Doorway and Other Stories (free ebook)

Today is the last day to get my story collection as a free download from Amazon Kindle, but you can also get a free Kindle app here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

The Doorway: Nessa stumbles into the time corridor and faces danger.

Guard Dog: Sequel to The Doorway. Nessa meets an old friend who needs her help. 

Stray Cats: Cats, humans, and a mad scientist.

Pilot’s Course: What happened to change this girl’s life?

The Princess Quest : The princess needs a barbarian to help her on her quest.

When Danger Rules: Reesa came back to rescue the remaining members of her family. Now she had to avoid being killed by her cousin, who wanted the throne, and the new ruler of the planet, who didn’t want a throne, and the ones she had come to rescue…

Home Not: When Grief’s Aunt Chelsea died, his Uncle Sandro saw his chance, and Grief was at his mercy… Adventure.

What Price a Friendly Freep: Aliens and humans and spaceships.

Too Tight: Petals has a close call…

Royal Guardians: Heroine and her companions, including a temple cat, land in Florida after escaping from another dimension.

Old Rex: They killed Rex, but he came back when his human called him.

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Joy’s writing news update

My latest e-book, The Doorway and Other Stories, will be available as a free download on Kindle June 8 & 9: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

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. And you don’t need a Kindle! There’s a free app on the webpage.

In the meantime, Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615 (SF) Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

And my other e-books include: Hidebound: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY (SF) After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 (SF) In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560  (Non-fiction) How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!

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Writing contests and editors

I came across a good article, Sneaking in the Back Door, in the January 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest.  The author suggests entering writing contests with editors as judges (among other things).  It worked for her!  She focused on contests sponsored by chapters of Romance Writers of America.  (Many writing organizations sponsor contests on the national and chapter level.)  [Also check out regional contests looking for writers in your state and also category–history, etc.–contests.]

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