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Taboo Tech update

I’ve been working on the story; putting characters, ships, and planets lists together. Oh, I forgot Snuggles! (He decided he wanted to be a dog; he chose the name, btw.) And I had to work on my dedication too. No acknowledgments needed for this book. (When working on Strike Three, I had a lot of help from people I knew online [remember the SF forums on AOL?], friends, and even my sister.)

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Joy’s SF books: Strike Three

 Strike Three: Who would have thought that anyone was so ignorant that they’d want to start WWIII? How could we prepare? Would we survive? And if we do, will there be anything left to rebuild with when so much of the planet has been destroyed? After WWIII, will there be a US? Were our leaders among the few who escaped? What about our service men and women? Is anyone left to rebuild? How will we start over? Can we? And what about the rest of the world? How close is WWIII now? In Strike Three, North Korea is mostly to blame…

Are you prepared for WWIII or another apocalyptic event? Check out the survival tips in Strike Three.  And I had fun playing with setting up a new US government in Strike Three, though the old regime wasn’t happy with the changes–and some readers thought I was too harsh in my judgments. You haven’t fantasized about having a simpler setup?

Strike Three is available in paperback or as an ebook:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Strike-Three-Joy-V-Smith/dp/1936099659/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22596999-strike-three

 

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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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Doublecheck your facts when writing–or editing (link)

Here’s some background on how my Strike Three editor helped me: http://www.dgdriver.com/write-and-rewrite-blog/category/all

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In honor of Father’s Day

Excerpt from Strike Three, a post-apocalyptic novel by Joy V. Smith: 
Lea first learns about her future when she reads her stepfather’s letter to her father:
“Duncan’s letter was to her father, with a postscript to her at the end.
“Sheridan, I promise to keep Francine safe, so far as I can. We’re headed for an underground shelter with government officials, some military, and their family members. We’ve learned terrorists—backed, we’re sure, with at least one country’s government, in combination with NKAAU—intend to attack the United States, including Washington, D. C., causing as much damage as possible with the intent of precipitating a war—for any country who wants to take advantage of our vulnerability, while we’re still reeling. The stupidity of this is apparent since any missile strikes will be followed back to their source. Unfortunately, there are intended to be multiple sources in different countries. Our military is ready for that. (God help the planet!) But it’s not just the missiles that are the problem. Assorted weapons, including the ‘hot virus,’ which I’ve learned more about than I wanted to, and which is the worst, I fear, include also a variety of nuclear bombs of various types, though it’s thought that it’ll be mostly “clean” bombs to preserve our infrastructure, which they lust after. ‘It’s not fair that they have so much!’ is one refrain; and they really love that United they tacked on to their name.
“Our military, by the way, are not so restrained. So, take shelter—I know you’re prepared for that. Possibly you know I made sure you were able to purchase the old airfield, along with the planes and that communications bunker, because I knew I’d rather have them in your hands than some homegrown militia, though I hope they’re prepared too. I know some have bought up a few of those missile sites in Kansas. We have no time table, but surely they know it’s not such a secret anymore, and they can’t afford to hesitate. I hope the damage will not be so bad, and other countries will stomp them flat too, but the commander-in-chief decided not to take any chances. Soon the papers will notice the absent officials and politicians, who are busy digging themselves holes wherever they can. The vice-president, bless her, intends to keep things stable as long as she can.
“Melody Lea, my beloved daughter, you can’t imagine how much I’m missing you, but I trust in your own father’s care. All my love to you and my best hopes for you both. Love, your [step] father, Duncan C. Blake.”

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Strike Three review (link)

Here’s the latest review of Strike Threehttp://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/strike-three-by-joy-v-smith/

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Preditors & Editors poll

The Preditors & Editors poll is now open; and I have two entries this year:

Strike Three, my post-apocalyptic novel, is in the Science Fiction and Fantasy novel category: http://critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml

And Cold New Planet–from the Science Fiction Consortium anthology–is in the Science Fiction & Fantasy short story category: http://critters.org/predpoll/shortstorysf.shtml

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MREs and Desert Storm (link)

I enjoyed Linda Maye Adams’ latest Desert Storm post and the MREs list and background.  Check it out here: https://garridon.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/desert-storm-the-food-at-dhahran/#comments

Note: I used MREs as a survival food, among others, in my post-apocalyptic novel, Strike Three.

 

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Book suggestions for Christmas gifts–or yourself

These suggestions focus on my books, of course; I have a variety of fiction and non-fiction books waiting for readers, and here are some of them, starting with my novels:

Detour Trail is available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Detour-Trail-ebook/dp/B00F7CZ0R4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379281976&sr=1-1&keywords=Detour+Trail  and from the publisher: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html

Detour Trail: Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorrie Emerson is left behind and alone after her uncle is killed.  Ignoring the wagon master’s advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help; 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 and searching for a new home and supplies as winter reaches out its icy hands…. Settling the frontier isn’t easy!

Strike Three is a post-apocalyptic novel: Because of the “hot virus,” the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to “scorched earth.”  Can a new world move beyond the losses, mistakes and regrets?  Strike Three is available in paperback or as an ebook.

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  And, of course: Amazon.

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Thank you card from the President!

I was pleased to receive a thank you card from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama yesterday.  Of course it’s one of those generic cards that they send to everyone, but it did have the White House letterhead!   I had sent him a copy of my post-apocalyptic novel, Strike Three, since I named a sub after him in it for a bit of future history.

 

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