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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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Cold New Planet available now

Cold New Planet is available as an ebook now; it’s actually a reprint from the anthology, Science Fiction Consortium, and it’s available as a pre-order: 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 is supposed to be theirs; their backers, who had their own agenda, had paid enough money to ensure that. What lies under the snow and ice? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? From a barren, icy wasteland, it’s almost like gridlock back on Earth.

 

 

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Florida Book News update (link)

My science fiction adventure/romance ebook, Hidebound, was recently spotlighted on Florida Book News: http://www.floridabooknews.com/

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Hidebound (SF adventure and romance) on sale!

Hidebound, my SF adventure with aliens, pirates, and vicious plants, is on sale half price this month: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218  Code:SSW50

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Sugar Time on sale!

Sugar Time, my Sugar Sweet time travel tales collection, is on sale this month–half price–at Smashwords. The code is SSW50:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/567992

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Hidebound on sale now (See synopsis)

Hidebound synopsis (Thanks, Sandy):

Anfissa Scarvan is 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 way towards a relay station, 

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,  and after she’s attacked and weak, Ferenc offers her a remedy unique to his planet. (This is foreplay on his planet…)

So, now they’ve  endured a journey across a hostile planet, made it to the relay station fortress (it’s a really hostile planet), and been rescued–more or less.  Fissa doesn’t reveal her now intimate relationship with Ferenc, and they are separated because he’s useful and a target because of his amazing strength and innate abilities.

Ferenc’s unique abilities make him a valuable commodity; and Anfissa must fight to keep him safe.  However, Fissa takes steps to see that they will have a future together; that’s her plan anyway.  Then Ferenc confesses what he’s done to her. That’s impossible! What can I do? Will I survive? So she must return to her home planet and stay under her family’s protection–and that of her hybrid guard dog, Freki.  And wait…

Hidebound (24,700 words) 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 is on sale at Smashwords: 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218 The coupon code is: VN93J

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