Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Biography

Shirley Murphy grew up in southern California, riding and showing the horses her father trained. She attended the San Francisco Art institute, and later worked as an interior designer while her husband attended USC. “When Pat finished school, I promptly quit my job and began to exhibit paintings and welded metal sculpture in the West Coast juried shows.” Her work could also be seen in many traveling shows in the western States and Mexico. “When we moved to Panama for a four-year tour in his position with the U. S . Courts, I put away the paints and welding torches, and began to write.” After leaving Panama, they lived in Oregon, Atlanta, and northern Georgia before returning home to California when Pat retired as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Northern District of Georgia.

Murphy’s eighteen Joe Grey mysteries were preceded by the popular "The Catswold Portal" and, earlier, some fourteen children’s books and several young adult fantasies that are now available as ebooks. Among her awards are five Council of Authors and Journalists awards, plus eleven awards for best novel of the year for the Joe Grey books from the national Cat Writers Association. She and her husband Pat J. J. Murphy recently collaborated on "The Cat, the Devil and Lee Fontana," a new feline adventure that ties into the Joe Grey series.

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Books

Unsettled
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,240. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Fifteen-year-old Jenny Middle struggles to hold her family together despite poverty, constant moves, the jail sentence and drunkenness of her mother, and a sister tragically involved with drugs. This timeless story of growing up forty years ago will be as relevant and moving to girls of today as it was to those who read it when first published under the title Poor Jenny, Bright as a Penny.
The Runestone of Eresu: Box Set - The Castle of Hape, Caves of Fire and Ice, The Joining of the Stone
Series: World of Ere, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 158,930. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ramad of the Wolves, leader of his fellow Seers, knows it is up to him to find and rejoin the shards of the shattered Runestone of Eresu, which alone can save their world from the dark. Following his true love Telien into unknown reaches of Time, he is followed in turn by the Seer Skeelie, who also loves him. But only far forward in Time can the final battle against the dark forces be fought.
The Shattered Stone: Box Set - Ring of Fire + The Wolf Bell
Series: World of Ere, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,470. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
To be a Seer, gifted with telepathic and visionary powers, means death or enslavement by the dark powers determined to conquer the world of Ere. In one of the included novels, young Seers set out to free others who are imprisoned, aided by the shard of a mysterious runestone. In the other, a gifted child seeks the stone itself, aided by thinking wolves and pursued by an evil Seer who wants it.
The Dragonbards
Series: Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,410. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 3. Only the dragonbards and their singing dragons have the power to unite the people and animals of Tirror into an army that can break the Dark’s hypnotic hold over the world. Before their leader Tebriel can challenge the hordes gathering for the final battle, he must confront the dark lord Quazelzeg face to face in the Castle of Doors, a warp of time and space.
The Ivory Lyre
Series: Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,630. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 2. The bard Tebriel and his singing dragon Seastrider together can weave powerful spells. With other dragons searching for their own bards, they have been inciting revolts throughout the enslaved land of Tirror. Only if they can contact underground resistance fighters and find the talisman hidden in Dacia will they have a chance to break the Dark’s hold on the world.
Nightpool
Series: Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,860. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Dragonbards Trilogy, Book 1. As dark raiders invade the world of Tirror, a singing dragon awakens from her long slumber, searching for the human who can vanquish the forces of evil—Tebriel, son of the murdered king. Teb has found refuge in Nightpool, a colony of talking otters. But a creature of the Dark is also seeking him, and the battle to which he is drawn will decide Tirror’s future.
Cat on the Money
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,110. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This short novella is part of the popular Joe Grey cat mystery series. Booklist said: “What makes this series so delightful for both cat lovers and readers of offbeat fantasies is that Murphy’s convincing anthropomorphism allows the cats to maintain their feline natures while still adopting human speech and cognition.” Both fans of the Joe Grey novels and new readers will enjoy it.

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adventure    animals    cats    courage    cozy mystery    dragons    drugs    families    fantasy    fantasy adventure    fantasy worlds    life affirmation    life challenges    murder    mystery    poverty    romance    runestone    seers    sorcery    teens    winged horses    wolves    writing    young adult