M Joseph Murphy


Joseph Murphy was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his geekdom at an early age. He read X-Men comics from at the age of 8 and it only went downhill from there.

As a teenager, he wrote short stories and wanted to be the next Stephen King. Instead of horror, however, he kept writing fantasy stories. After surviving high school as a goth with a purple mohawk, he studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor.

When not writing, Joseph works as Lead Accounting instructor at a local college. He lives in Windsor, ON (right across the stream from Detroit, Michigan) with his husband, two cats, and shy-but-friendly ghost.

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Terra Incognita
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,320. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Atlantis has risen. A demon army spreads across Europe. And Earth plunges into chaos. Now Travis Froese must master his new fantastic powers to escape an invasion of monsters. Meanwhile, his cousin heads to a secret military base run by the Illuminati. The Activation may be over but a larger threat is coming: Interstellar War. The final book in the explosive Activation series.
Demons of DunDegore
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,950. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
One man, one sword against an island of the undead. The Demons of DunDegore is a full-on zombie invasion within a classic epic fantasy setting. Demons have stolen the Sword of Kassandra, using its powerful magics to raise an army of the undead. Few survive the initial assault. Tadgh Dooley, a 17 year old werecat, travels to the island of DunDegore with his companions to rescue an 8 year old boy,
Beyond the Black Sea
Series: Activation, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,260. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Wisdom, an immortal raised by the djinn, has gathered a band of super-powered teenagers to stop a group of evil sorcerers. In a last-ditch effort to prevent invasion, he use an ancient portal hidden beneath Gobekli Tepe to enter the Black Sea. The rest of the team – a pyrokinetic, a telepath, and a mercenary – head to stop the activation of a terra-forming device.
A Fallen Hero Rises
Series: Sword of Kassandra, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Epic Fantasy. Gay Hero. Tadgh Dooley, a young man from Earth, is transported to an alien world where he discovers an dangerous and impossible power: the ability to warp the fabric of reality. Now, a secret war brews at the edge of civilization. Can Tadgh gain control of his power before it's too late? And what does the appearance of the Sword of Kassandra mean for the people of Maghe Sihre?
Council of Peacocks
Series: Activation, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,030. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A band of misfit, half-demon teenagers join the ruthless, immortal Wisdom, to stop The Council of Peacocks. The Council, a secret society of sorcerers, has plotted for centuries, and now the time has come for Activation – a hostile takeover of Earth

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Robin Lythgoe
Latest book: As the Crow Flies. Published December 10, 2012. (5.00 from 3 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by M Joseph Murphy

  • As the Crow Flies on June 17, 2013

    As the Crow Flies is a solid, entertaining epic fantasy. It hits all the right notes at exactly the right time. I can easily recommend this took to anyone who likes the fantasy mixed with comedy, tragedy, magic, dangerous heists and, yes, a dragon. I received As the Crow Flies in exchange for a review. That means I have to read the book whether I like it or not. I read through fairly quickly mostly because I couldn't put the book down. Brief Synopsis Crow is a thief pulling one last heist before he retires with the lover of his live, Tarsha. Unfortunately for him, realizes after the fact that he stole from a wizard, Baron Duzayan. Tarsha is captured and Crow is poisoned. To free her and get the antidote he must do the impossible: steal a dragon's egg. Duzayan doesn't trust Crow, of course, so he sends along Tanris, a member of the city guard who has hounded Crow for years. What I liked Let's start with characters. As the Crow Flies is written in first person subjective. We hear the story through the mind of Crow. He is a fully rendered, complete character. He's humorous and witty as befitting a thief. However, he's also not as strong and ruthless as he likes to think he is. He's flawed but incredibly likable. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him I love him. I dare you to feel differently. The plot is handled well. Like most good fantasy stories it is a classic tale told through fresh eyes. Pacing is also handled well with no real "dragging" points. As a writer, I also appreciate the way Lythgoe follows Chekov's "Gun on the Mantlepiece" . It states that if you introduce something early in the work it MUST be important for something later on. Without giving any spoilers I can promise you every single thing that is introduced it important. She also occasionally reminds the reader of items that will become important later just so you don't forget them. It never feels overdone or unnatural. Instead it helps build tension and remind the reader of the stakes. The ending is also completely satisfying. Every significant question raised in the book is answered and every character has a well-defined ending. That doesn't mean everyone lives happily ever after but you definitely know what happens. It also asks a few other questions which leaves me hungry for more Crow stories in the future. Lythgoe also expertly works in worldbuilding information. She never veers into endless paragraphs of exposition. Instead, every time she reveals worldbuilding information it is believable and in context. She reveals enough to give you the scope and flavor of the world without turning it into an almanac. What I didn't like Some of the writing, specifically in the first 1/4 of the book, could use another edit. Several paragraphs are not as tight or cohesive as they could be. I noticed two spelling errors and there were a few formatting issues. The formatting issues could be related to the method in which I received the book and may not occur if purchased directly through Amazon. However, none of the issues were significant enough to bring me out of the story and diminish the experience. In Conclusion I strongly recommend As the Crow Flies to any fans of fantasy. I also recommend it to writers of fantasy to use as an example proper worldbuilding, pacing and execution of Chekov's Gun.
  • Olympus Rises (Book One of the Code of War) on June 03, 2014

    Secret armies. Ninja-women. Super-powered suits. I live for this stuff. What starts as a very-grounded military thriller in the last days of the Afghanistan operation ends up in a very different place. I'll try to avoid too many spoilers because part of the fun of Olympus Rises is watching the story escalate. This is what the GI Joe movies should have been like. The action is intense and the characters feel heroic. There is a cinematic feel to Roberts writing and every military element feels well-researched and genuine. If you're looking for a well-written, high-adrenaline adventure, you've found it