Joy V. Smith has been writing since she was a little kid and made her own little books—complete with covers. She loved to read, and she wanted to create books too. She lives in Florida—inland safe from hurricanes, except for 2004 when Charley, Frances, and Jeanne came through and wreaked havoc. Downed trees and blue tarps everywhere.
While her favorite genre is science fiction, she writes fantasy, romance, and children's stories—and non-fiction so she's used to research. She's written mostly short stories, which have been published in print magazines, webzines, anthologies, and two audiobooks, including Sugar Time. Detour Trail is her first western, and she spent a lot of time with maps and books.
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Lacie's parents leave her in her uncle's care to go back to their exploring as soon as she's 18 and graduated from the girls' academy, but later he takes her on a jaunt on his ship, Fire Seeker, where his impatience grabs the attention of the Interstellar Guard, who've been keeping an eye on him, and he has to drop her off and make his escape.
When Sugar Sweet's Uncle Max falls ill and his collaborators disappear, she investigates the old Victorian mansion where he conducted his research. She soon finds the collaborators -- or what's left of them -- along with an angry Neanderthal. She also finds her uncle's research project, a working time machine.