Uh, not much happening. I didn’t do NaNoWriMo this year–first time I haven’t in a long time–but I didn’t have an idea or premise–and I haven’t finished editing last year’s novel! And I’m waiting still to hear from editors about my latest submissions. I have been working on promotional projects. That’s always important ’cause I don’t want to forget my published works, such as Detour Trail, my western novel:
Detour Trail: After being dumped by the wagon master of the train she and her murdered uncle were traveling with, Lorrie Emerson must form her own wagon train; she recruits those needing her help–a brother and sister, a family, and a couple of escaping slaves. Lorrie and her party slog through mud and mountain passes before taking a detour. Because the family desperately needed help, Lorrie must leave the trail with her small group of wagons, fighting off thieves, storms, and ambushes along the way. Finding supplies isn’t easy either, especially during blizzards. However, she makes friends along the way, and Jake, the heroic mule, joins her train too.
Later, Lorrie rescues Barrett Lee. After this man from the wilderness recovers, he and Gray Cloud the wolf leave–with a push from her. Will he return? Will these two independent people make room for each other in their lives? And would he let her keep her independence as she continues to take on more adventures?
I just got the June issue of True West Magazine; it’s another great issue full of historical articles and photos. One of those articles–the background of the murderous Bender family–especially interested me because while I don’t recall them specifically, I must have been aware of them or others possibly because I included a similar situation in Lorrie’s adventures in Detour Trail.
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: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html
Strike Three: 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
Sugar Time: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26077778-sugar-time
Also available on Amazon and elsewhere
I found a new Detour Trail review recently: Detour Trail review: http://booklikes.com/tag/joy-v-smith
Here’s a new review of Detour Trail (4 stars):
I 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.
Time is running out on that huge Melange Books giveaway extravaganza, and there are lots of books to choose from: http://melange-books.com/2015NYGiveaway.html
Keep scrolling down that list! My western novel, Detour Trail, is towards the bottom–over half way down anyway.