Category Archives: westerns

Joy V. Smith’s writing news update

My novels include Detour Trail, a western, and Strike Three, my post-apocalyptic novel; and I’m delighted to have my audiobook, Sugar Time, out in a  new edition as an ebook and a paperback; this edition includes all four Sugar Sweet time travel stories.  (See below for ordering info.) And now one of my novels that has been sitting on an editor’s desk, has been requested by the editor (that is, the full ms).  And I’m working on my latest novel that just needs a little more tweaking–oh, plus the last chapter–so I can submit that one!

Detour Trail: 

Strike Three: For the print edition of Strike Three, go to Createspace:   

If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords: 

Sugar Time:

Also available on Amazon and elsewhere

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Detour Trail review (link)

I found a new Detour Trail review recently: Detour Trail review:

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Detour Trail sign from PhotoFunia

I really like this sign idea that I found on PhotoFunia; it fits Detour Trail, my western novel, so well because Lorrie made her own trail when she left the Oregon Trail.

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Detour Trail by Joy V. Smith (book review)

Another 5 star review:

Detour Trail- Joy V. Smith.

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Detour Trail review (link)

Here’s a new review of Detour Trail (4 stars): 


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Detour Trail tidbit

From The Write Stuff:

WHEN ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS IS A MULEJoy V. Smith ran into a problem with her novel “Detour Trail” when one of her key characters was a mule named Jake. Says she in an April 27 post: One of my first sources said that mules were mostly black so I made Jake black ’cause I wanted to be accurate. Later I learned…that they could be the same colors as horses. After all that’s in their genes!” For her guest post, go to Good Book Alert:


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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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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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Pinning on Pinterest (links)

I recently added two new Pinterest boards:

Time Travel Tales:

Post-apocalyptic books:

And I added more photos to my Western style board:





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Detour Trail is on a Top Ten Reads list too.

Detour Trail by Joy V. Smith is on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Top Ten Reads of 2014 list:

You can buy Detour Trail at the publisher’s website:

Or elsewhere, including Amazon



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