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Joy’s SF books: Hidebound

Hidebound: Not long after Anfissa meets Ferenc, a strange humanoid bodyguard, on the space cruiser, St. Catherine, she is forced to flee with him, his menacing boss, and another bodyguard in a lifeboat during an attack on the cruiser, to a planet where even the grass is deadly. What danger lurks on Snakebite? But that’s just.the beginning of Anfissa’s adventures. Travelling across the planet to find a small relay station, Fissa nearly succumbs to dehydration and insect bites until Ferenc offers her help unique to his home planet.After crashing on Snakebite, Ferenc saves Fissa’s life using an ability unique to his planet–a planet under interdiction; his other abilities made him valued as a bodyguard. Can she protect him after they’re rescued. (Contest winner twice.)

Note: Adult content.

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Joy’s SF books: Cold New Planet

Cold New Planet: What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet? Are the colonists alone? This planet was supposed to be theirs; their backers, who have their own agenda, have paid enough money to ensure that. What lies under the snow and ice? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? Are they all trapped here now?

Keeping the livestock warm and fed is a first step–after finally arriving via the point to point ship. Then we must deal with the aliens and the other colonists who aren’t supposed to be here. Can we use the domes? Will the inhabitants there let us? And what happened to our explorers? Join the explorers and colonists on this captured planet: Cold New Planet

Note: oino sakai wrote the scifaiku that introduces Cold New Planet

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Joy’s SF books: Sugar Time

Sugar Time: Her name is Sugar. Sugar Sweet. When her Uncle Max falls ill and his collaborators disappear, he asks her to investigate the old Victorian mansion where he conducted his research. Now Sugar must act quickly to unlock the secret of time travel so she can protect her uncle’s research. Uh, aren’t those cats awfully big? What are they doing in the house? How dangerous are they? And then Sugar has to use her uncle’s time machine to dispose of bodies. (How could she explain them?!) And then Sugar packs the time machine with food, water, weapons, her new companions–and other necessities. Way back when, the sabre tooth tigers are merely curious as they sniff around, but the Neanderthals want in. Must move faster. And what if collecting souvenirs affects time?

Sugar Time collects Joy V. Smith’s Sugar Sweet stories into one volume: Sugar Time

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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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Hidebound synopsis and history

Hidebound 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 synopsis (Thanks, Sandy): Anfissa Scarvan is escaping 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 ways towards a relay station, but after she’s attacked and weak, Ferenc offers her a remedy unique to his planet…
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, Ferenc offers her “water” from his internal supply. This is foreplay on his planet. Ferenc’s unique abilities (there’s a reason his planet is restricted) make him a valuable commodity, and Anfissa must fight to keep him safe.She must take steps to protect Ferenc before they’re separated, and she ends up at her family’s fortress, where she must protect herself and her family.
Will Fissa and Ferenc have a future together? What about the rest of the family? And poor Freki?.

Hidebound is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY

(There are more reviews on Amazon.)

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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: http://critters.org/predpoll/

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Cold New Planet spotlighted (link)

Cold New Planet has been spotlighted on Florida Book News:  http://www.floridabooknews.com/

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