From the Author
Magic and Romance is a sampler of my work, it is a FREE way to get to know me as an author so you can see if you like my style, subject matter, my personal way of spinning a tale from beginning to end. Magic and Romance is a gift that I hope you will enjoy and that will open you up to some of my forthcoming work.
Some of the stories are abridged versions of longer stories, such as MASK OF THE HIGHWAYWOMAN, which I have already turned into a full-length novel, and THE BLACK HOUND, which is in the process of being turned into a full-length gothic romance complete with wandering on the moors, mysterious family secrets and an inherited family mansion with secret corridors and forbidden rooms!
THE LADY EDRIS AND THE KINGDOM IN A CAVE is the first of what I hope to be a full series of Arthurian legend inspired stories focussing on the adventures of the knight errant; Lady Edris, in which she will roam the land seeking chivalrous adventures and, of course, love.
There are also contemporary stories such as IS SHE? and REASON TO STAY both of which are semi-autobiographical. I don't often write from such a personal point of view and within both stories I was exploring issues such as coming to terms with your sexuality. It was important to share these stories, not only because they are themes and issues I will be exploring further in my work, but also because I feel sharing my own personal experience can help others come to terms with theirs.
So, overall Magic and Romance is a peek inside what is to come!
Tell us a little more about Magic and Romance:
Romance is defined as "a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love." It is this 'excitement and mystery' that I want to capture in my romances be it through meeting a mysterious but intriguing stranger who robs you on the highway in the 1700's or the thrill of your first crush. All the stories in 'Magic and Romance' have a romantic element to them, whether it is the driving force of the story as it is in DELICIOUS or IS SHE?, Or it is in the background of an epic magical adventure such as in the Arthurian Legend inspired story: THE LADY EDRIS AND THE KINGDOM IN A CAVE. Romance is fundamental to each and every story in the anthology and to all of my writing.
Magic also plays an integral role in the anthology, whether it is the supernatural powers of a shapeshifter hinted at in THE BLACK HOUND or the hive of vampires hunted in ENTHRALLED, mysterious forces are clearly at work in some of these Romantic adventures and by choosing the word 'Magic' for the title I wanted to make sure the reader was prepared for some fantasy adventure!
But also, just important to the anthology, are the contemporary romances. DELICIOUS, REASON TO STAY, IS SHE?, and IN RHYTHM are all set in the here and now. There is a touch of the magic of the ballroom and the New Year's Even party, but the focus these stories is on the romance and the frisson of the 'will they, won't they' important to all love stories.
About the Author
Murphy was raised in the Welsh Valleys and now lives in the historic town of Colchester where she can indulge in her passion for castles and book shops. She is a fiction author and novelist, focusing on Lesbian Romance.Her approach to writing is to capture her dreams on the page and enjoy the adventure. She writes adventures, and romances with twists and turns to keep your heart racing and your mind guessing while you fall in love with her characters and they fall in love with one another!