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Joyce Reynolds-Ward

Joyce writes speculative fiction from the wide open spaces of Northeastern Oregon.

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Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in Well…It’s Your Cow, Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, Allegory, River, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, among others. Her books include Shadow Harvest, Alien Savvy, Netwalking Space, Pledges of Honor (2018 Self Published Fantasy BlogOff Semifinalist), Challenges of Honor, and Klone’s Stronghold. Projected 2019 book publications include Beating the Apocalypse and Choices of Honor. Joyce has edited two anthologies, Pulling Up Stakes (2018), and Whimsical Beasts (2019). Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and outdoor activities. She has been a member of Soroptimist International of Wallowa County since 2017.

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Return of the Prodigal Son

Published Mar 30, 2021 · 4,334 words (16 minutes) · 100 views

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Ruby Barkley faces her first Family Christmas in Paris with the Martinieres. But she's not the only one nervous about this new aspect of her life. Her husband Gabriel Martiniere is coming back as the Family leader, after thirty years of exile following his testimony against Family abuses of indentured workers. It's a new world...for both of them. And they both have concerns to face....

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Hôtel de Montmorin

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Interview with the Martiniere

Published Feb 27, 2021 · 6,946 words (26 minutes) · 189 views

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One of the biggest reporters of the era interviews Gabriel Martiniere and Ruby Barkley about their past and their current roles as the Martiniere and the Matriarch. But there is more than one interview going on...and Ruby continues to learn more about Gabe's secretive past during the years they spent apart. A BROKEN ANGEL preview.

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Lovers Entwined

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That Redheaded Rodeo Queen

Published Jan 30, 2021 · 9,217 words (34 minutes) · 226 views

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Gabriel Martiniere's on the run from his vindictive uncle who wants him dead, hiding out on the rodeo circuit as Gabe Ramirez. And then he encounters a redheaded rodeo queen who also happens to be majoring in agricultural robotics...what's going to win out, Gabe's need to run...or his attraction to Ruby Barkley?

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I took several shots of this saddle bronc rider, Cort Scheer, throughout his 8 second ride and in every shot, was this big grin stuck on his face. It’s always a pleasure to see someone in love with what they’re doing. Horse hair and mud flying, wild as The West ever was - long live cowboys.
Cort Rode Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ 057 Marquee for 87 points at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

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First Christmas Together

Published Dec 25, 2020 · 7,024 words (26 minutes) · 403 views

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Gabe and Ruby's first Christmas together is a wee bit...fraught, one might say. Follows FIRST MEETINGS. Rough draft limited availability story.

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The Road

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That Martiniere Look: A Martiniere Legacy Outtake Short Story

Published Oct 19, 2020 · 2,038 words (8 minutes) · 298 views

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An outtake from INHERITANCE--Book One of THE MARTINIERE LEGACY. Ruby realizes where she's seen a certain expression on Gabe's face before.

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Foraging

Published Aug 5, 2019 · 1,033 words (4 minutes) · 377 views

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Character sketch/outtake from JUDGMENT OF HONOR (out December 2019/January 2020). Betsona ea Ralsem deals with a distressing loss while trying to fix lunch. Set shortly after the end of CHOICES OF HONOR (out August 31, 2019).

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Prepping the kitchen for Blueberry Lavender Pies with Meyer Lemon Icing. It was a really tough day.

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Electoral Changes

Published May 4, 2019 · 979 words (4 minutes) · 589 views

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Campaign manager Molly Martinez has a bigger problem than she anticipated when her friend Reed McAllen, the manager for the candidate in the next Congressional district, disappears. Things are not what they seem to be....

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Jay Lake and the Ski Bum Zombies

Published Apr 5, 2019 · 2,504 words (10 minutes) · 1245 views

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Previously published in JAY LAKE: INTELLIGENTLY REDESIGNED (2008). A limited edition anthology edited by J.K. Richard, written by friends of Jay Lake for Jay after his first bout with colon cancer. One of my very few zombie stories, written during my hardcore ski bum days while teaching special education classes at Welches Middle School. Several of my students advised me on the appropriate jargon for the era. Ah, Jay. You left us far too soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Protecting the Protectors

Published Mar 27, 2019 · 2,094 words (8 minutes) · 509 views

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An outtake from the NETWALK SEQUENCE series. Back in 2013 I played around with some different perspectives while trying to get up the nerve to write the last two books of the current series. This one looks at the relationship between the couple who lead Melanie Fielding's Security--set between NETWALKER UPRISING and NETWALK'S CHILDREN.

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River-Kissed

Published Mar 11, 2019 · 3,991 words (15 minutes) · 578 views

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An older woman seeks transformation in order to help her people. But can she successfully complete her pilgrimage and join with the River? Originally published in Alma Alexander's anthology RIVER.

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