By: Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Following October 1’s release of the prequel this series, Joyce Reynolds-Ward has the first full book in the Martiniere Legacy Series.
YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE INHERITANCE OF THE PAST…OR CAN YOU?
Rancher Ruby Barkley and her ex-husband Gabe Ramirez are competing head-to-head for the AgInnovator game show’s new one-shot award, the Ag Superhero. The winner walks away with $3.75 million per year for five years, with no accountability or need to re-earn the Superhero, unlike the Innovator’s other awards.
But issues beyond those raised by their long-ago acrimonious divorce face Ruby and Gabe. Fence cutting. Rogue biobots destructively ranging beyond programmed parameters. Physical attacks. And the realization that they may need to reunite to save their son Brandon from indentured servitude.
Then the secret shadow of Gabe’s hidden inheritance reveals itself. Will he step up to the Martiniere Legacy—and what role will Ruby accept in any future they may share?
About Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Joyce Reynolds-Ward is a speculative fiction writer who splits her time between Enterprise and Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have appeared in Children of a Different Sky, Steam. And Dragons, Tales from an Alien Campfire, River, How Beer Saved the World 1 and 2, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, and Trust and Treachery among others. Her books include two series: The Netwalk Sequence (Netwalk: Extended Edition, Netwalker Uprising, Netwalk’s Children, and Netwalking Space) and Goddess’s Honor (Beyond Honor, Pledges of Honor, Challenges of Honor, Choices of Honor, and Judgment of Honor) as well as current standalones Alien Savvy and Klone’s Stronghold. Joyce’s new series, The Martiniere Legacy (Inheritance, Ascendant, and Realization) will be released in Fall 2020. A related novella, The Heritage of Michael Martiniere, is due for release in February 2021, and a related short story, A Belated Christmas Honeymoon, will be out in December, 2020.
Joyce has edited two anthologies, Pulling Up Stakes and Whimsical Beasts. Besides writing, Joyce enjoys reading, quilting, horses, skiing, and outdoor activities.
Joyce spent ten years working as a special education teacher in a small rural middle school on Mt. Hood. That job opened the pathway for skiing and spending a few years as a teacher ski bum. One of the things she’s really good at is diagnostic assessment, which involves figuring out student learning problems through observation and testing (often at the same time). She spent two years teaching online PE and Health (yes, it’s doable, no, it doesn’t involve Skype) which was a fascinating experience in many ways. This experience provides the foundation one of Joyce’s recent books, Klone’s Stronghold, in which the central character needs to figure out how to teach her cryptid construct students. The ski bum teacher life also drove a good part of the background of Joyce’s characters in the Netwalk Sequence series.
Joyce also has a lot of horse experience. She currently owns one horse, a 20-year-old Quarter Horse mare, Miss Olena Chic (Mocha). She and Mocha recently won a show series championship in the Ranch Horse division, thereby fulfilling Joyce’s bucket list goal to win a belt buckle. But Joyce’s horse experience goes back to age nine, when her parents were given a yearling Shetland pony. Joyce acquired not only a lot of bruises from that pony but a decent riding seat. Unlike many other writers in the science fiction and fantasy genre, however, Joyce rides Western and not dressage, and aligns more with cowboys than knights. Somehow that shows up in her fantasy stories, especially the Goddess’s Honor series. Joyce’s horse background also plays a large role in her most recent work, The Martiniere Legacy series.
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