CJ Murphy


I grew up a voracious reader, feeding my imagination with books. I spent hours exploring the woods around my farm, pretending I was “Hawk-eye”, surviving in the wilderness. I climbed into the hayloft of our barn, looking for “Charlotte” among the spider webs. Later, I looked in every wardrobe I could trying to find “Narnia and Aslan”. As an adult, I can still remember reading my first novel with a lesbian character and how it made me feel to finally identify in an entirely new way.

My adventure into writing came at the suggestion of my wife. Several years ago, she asked me to write her a story. I began crafting her personalized gifts for holidays and special occasions, by writing stories for her. I’d weave in pieces and parts of our life. My brain started asking “what if” after she mentioned forgetting I’d written the story until something sounded familiar.

My wife and I are part owners of an active produce farm and a U Pick strawberry operation on my wife’s family land all while I continue into my twenty fifth year as a full-time firefighter. On top of all that, we built our dream home in 2016, on property we’ve been clearing and preparing for fourteen years. Now we reside on 221 acres of woodland in the mountains of West Virginia, with three cats as I pine away for another promised Border Collie. We love to go watch our Mountaineers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Steelers. We love leading our great niece and nephews on adventures to fuel their imagination and creativity as we watch them grow.

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Five Points
High in the Appalachian Mountains, Sheriff Chance Fitzsimmons, frequently puts her specialized rescue training to use. The retired smoke jumper, turned law enforcement officer, is dedicated to the protection of all those who live in or visit Tucker County, West Virginia. With her K9 partner, Zeus, she maintains the peace even as it eludes her off-duty life. On her chest, she wears a badge that symbolizes her guiding principles. There are five points, each representing an inherent code of ethics. Honor, duty, courage, integrity, and empathy, represent her way of life in and out of uniform. The day her father stepped in front of a bullet, the consequences of defending those gold-plated edicts, were imprinted on her soul. Years later as a forest fire raged over her body, they were seared into her skin.Dr. Jax St. Claire, drove away from California wine country with two horses in tow and a broken spirit. After a failed marriage, Jax is determined to start again as she takes over her retired uncle's veterinary practice in a small West Virginia county. Untamed wilderness, sliced open by deep canyons and wide rivers, draws outdoor enthusiasts all year long to Tucker County, West Virginia.
Forever Chance
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Gold Star Chance
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Redemption's Road
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Sovereign Chance
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House of Refuge
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 103,770. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2023 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Rhebekka and Naomi Deklan have built a life with family and friends surrounding them and their ministry. The Deklans will make room for old and new family members at their crowded table in a house of refuge built on a foundation of love and acceptance. The judgemental winds and tides of an ever-shifting world will batter against them, but their faith will sustain them in any storm.
Sovereign Chance
Series: Five Points. Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 96,480. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2020 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Sheriff Fitzsimmons and her wife Jax aren’t strangers to turmoil. Fate brings change into their family. Their focus shifts to something the couple couldn’t have been prepared for. Sovereign Citizens, natural disasters, and an ever more radical political landscape reshapes the lives of the couple. The love of their extended family anchor them in the storm even as the winds lash at their future.
Redemption's Road
Series: Five Points. Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 92,850. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2020 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
My name is Rhebekka Deklan, and I’m one of the most unconventional pastors you’ll ever meet. I’m covered in tattoos and frequently can be found on a sawhorse at the local brewery with a 1956 Gibson on my knee. I use those gifts to share God’s grace at House of the Rising Sun. my life is helping others find their path, while I wage war inside myself to balance the saint within the sinner.
Forever Chance
Series: Five Points. Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2019 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
An influx of opioids and a mass casualty incident at a popular tourist attraction push the county emergency resources and Sheriff Chance Fitzsimmons to their breaking point. Will the thin blue line stand or snap like an overstressed rescue rope? With a Christmas wedding in the balance, will she and Jax get their Forever Chance?
Gold Star Chance
Series: Five Points. Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 99,980. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2019 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Adventure » General
Sheriff Chance Fitzsimmons, retired smoke jumper, turned law enforcement officer, and her K9 partner, Zeus, maintain law and order in Tucker County, West Virginia. Dr. Jax St. Claire has returned to take over her uncle's veterinary practice. Thirty years ago, they parted, the embers lying dormant until they run into each other. Can the flames rekindle as they grab for their 'gold star chance?'
The Bucket List
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 148,410. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2018 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Professor Jordan Armstrong, a biogenetic engineer, is at an impasse in her super food research. In order to move forward, she is adamant that her former professor, Noeul Scott, is the key but she has disappeared. Jordan stumbles upon a coded 'bucket list' that she hopes will reveal clues to where Noeul’s gone. Along this journey, she is guided by unexplained happenstances.
Frame by Frame
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 104,150. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017 by Desert Palm Press. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Valkyrie (Val) Magnusson, a former Marine photographer, injured while covering a goodwill mission with Iraqi children. Haunted by flashbacks, Val travels the country as a photographer for Rider magazine. A self-proclaimed nomad, Val has little inclination to settle down. Something or rather someone keeps calling her back to a little tourist trap called Cool Springs in rural West Virginia.