Monday, December 15, 2014

Toilets with nightlights (link)

This will light up your bathroom: Nightlight toilet seats illuminate the tank and bowl in a gentle glow (from Kohler).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Enhance your non-working fireplace (link)

I love some of these ideas, although the creche and the wrapped gifts are limited to Christmas, but the use of tall, tapering candles instead of those squat white ones is refreshing, but forget the book clutter! See more: 8 Clever Uses for a Nonworking Fireplace

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Countertop appliances (link)

Do we really need these countertoop appliances?  Hopefully you already have the ones you really need: 9 Must-Have Kitchen Countertop Appliances 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Themed Christmas trees (links)

Some of these are so lovely and colorful that I just had to share them, even though a couple look familiar.  I would love to put Jack Skellington's head on that snowman tree: 18 Ideas for a Themed Tree 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alternative Christmas tree ideas (link)

Here are some interesting ideas for small spaces.  The stacked blue bottles on shelves were interesting, but a red--or another color--topper would be nice. The succulents and feather trees were lovely:  Small Space? Try an Alternative Tree
(Click on the Open Gallery circle.)

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Story collection and audiobook

The Doorway and Other Stories is now available in paperback too:
Here are fourteen of my favorite stories, and since my favorite genre is science fiction, they are mostly SF except for The Princess Quest, a tongue-in-cheek sword and sorcery epic, and Old Rex, a ghost story. They've all been published elsewhere, except for Royal Guardians; this is its first time in print. If you like reading about aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home, family, their own bodies, etc., check it out here:

Maxwell Sweet along with two professors have been conducting secret experiments in an old Victorian mansion outside Galveston, Texas. However, the two professors have vanished and Maxwell Sweet has fallen ill. Now, it's up to Sweet's tough-as-nails niece to find out what happened to the project: a time machine.

Note: Sugar Time will be available as a book one of these days, and it will include another story in the time machine series that was published separately.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Joy V. Smith's ebooks (fiction)

Hidebound (SF) is available on: and
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Pretty Pink Planet (SF) is available free on
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

Hot Yellow Planet is available on:
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures,  meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Need gift suggestions? Books are always good!

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:  and from the publisher:
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:   
If you prefer eBooks, go to Smashwords:  And, of course: Amazon.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Science Fiction Consortium review

This anthology contains 10 stories by 9 authors, and they're all good (not always the case in an anthology), but I do have favorites:
Temporal Shift is a good time travel story; it incorporates history (9/11) and considers the dangers of changing the past--no matter how badly you want to.  Some of my favorite classic time travel stories do that.  I like the ending!
A Shepherd No More is good--and has a cool ending.  No peeking!
I really like The Destroyer of Syn.  I wondered how their lives would turn out--and if they would survive.  You'll have to read it to learn what obstacles our protagonists had to surmount...
The other stories vary quite a bit with their backgrounds and views of the present and future, and I enjoyed them all.  I think you'll enjoy them too, but some more than others, as I did.  Recommended--and I look forward to reading your reviews.
Note: One of the stories, Cold New Planet, is mine, but I haven't read it yet here...