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General Update

Written by Ken Murphy

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Hey Y’all!

Just a little update since I’ve been away so long. It has been a long, busy Spring. For those of you not from Atlanta, this picture  is our old house on Cherokee Avenue. It closed and transferred to new owners on May 30, 2014. It has been a bittersweet time. We both love the house. I’ve lived in it for almost nineteen years. That’s the longest time I’ve ever lived in any one place. We both decided the house and yards were just too much to keep up. Still, it is a grand old house, and I’m certain the new owners will love it as much as we do.  I am looking forward to devoting some on the time we would have spent doing yard work to pool time at our new condo.

Lucy is doing well for an elderly dog. We are getting to be quite well-known around our building as the guys with the spotted dog in the blue wagon. Other than regular potty trips, she goes out once a day for a walk around the building. Not bad considering she will be thirteen next month, and has a bucket full of health issues. Still, she seems happy and feels well most of the time.

I took a mini-break from writing. Not so much from choice, as too many competing priorities. But, I’m happy to report that I’m back at it. I have two active projects and three that I’ll keep shelved for now.  One is about two men, neither of whom are honest with themselves about who they are. The other story is about a teenager who suddenly finds himself in an environment of chronic abuse. At this point, I’m not sure which one will be finished first.

I think that’s all the news for now. Stubborn Heart and Sharing Heart both continue to do well in sales. Thanks to everyone who purchased them. I’m trying to figure out more to do with me website, so I’m planning to make some changes. Maybe a total redesign. Stay tuned.

Hugs,

Ken

Contest

Written by Ken Murphy

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One year ago this week, Stubborn Heart, my first novel, was published. This week also marks one month since the release of Sharing Heart, the sequel to Stubborn Heart. Both books have been very well received, and readers have left some pretty awesome reviews. I think it’s time for a celebration.

What better way to celebrate than a giveaway? So, let’s have a contest. A lot of you know me, so you know I won’t make it too difficult. I want you to send me an email message. In this message, I want you to tell me about your favorite hobby. I don’t care if it’s reading, baking, playing softball, basket weaving, or running naked around your complex at three in the morning. Of course, if you do run naked around your complex at three in the morning, I may require photographic validation that this activity indeed, takes place. Just kidding. Maybe.  Seriously, tell me about your favorite hobby. What got you started doing it? What do you enjoy about it? Why do you keep doing it? Tell me whatever you want that gives me a little insight into you, and why this hobby is important to you.

This contest plays into one of my favorite hobbies, getting to know people. So, that’s what I’m getting out of this. I get to find out one little factoid about you. And what do you get in return? Nothing. Well, unless you’re the winner. I’ll give one lucky person an autographed paperback copy of Stubborn Heart and Sharing Heart. That’s right, both books, signed by me. And it won’t cost you one penny. I’ll even throw in the postage.

Now for the boring little details…

First, I’m sending out this contest via multiple social media feeds. So to make certain I get your entry, do not submit as a reply to this post. That includes to my website, where you’re reading this. I’m having a problem with spam, and I haven’t figured out a way around it. Until I do, I don’t allow comments to my posts.

Send me your contest entry as a separate email message to kenmurphywrites@comcast.net.

The contest ends on Sunday, May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm (EST), and I will choose one winner from the entries received.  I will notify the winner by email on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Hugs,

Ken

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Written by Ken Murphy

Hey Y’all!

<spoken in my best Paula Deen voice>

It is only a couple of days until Thanksgiving. And although I’m not a fan of the cold front that has moved through Atlanta, I do realize the chilly temperature ranks pretty small in the grand scheme of things. This is especially true when I stop to count the many blessings in my life over the last year.

My first novel, Stubborn Heart, was published in April. It’s hard to believe that was seven months ago, yet sometimes it seems like forever.  Sales have been good, and I continue to see new reviews pop up on Amazon and Goodreads. The reader feedback has been such a positive affirmation, since I sometimes still have trouble believing people want to read my work. I am thrilled that Dreamspinner Press has agreed to publish Sharing Heart, the sequel to Stubborn Heart.

Last month, I self-published Pick Up, a short story about a happily coupled man who goes out in search of a little excitement. It’s a fun, steamy little story that I had a blast writing. The whole self-pubbing thing was a new experience. I learned a great deal. If I decide to self-publish more works, there are definitely a few things I’ll do differently, but it was fun trying something new.

On a personal note, Andy and I celebrated out nineteenth anniversary in August. I could not ask for a more supportive partner. He has been right there beside me every step of the way through job changes, graduate school, and now writing. And of course all the personal stuff along the way. Relationships are a give and take thing, but I’m sure he gives far more than he takes.

The last thing I want to mention is you. That’s right, you. The wonderful person who took a few minutes out of their busy day to read my ramblings. I really appreciate you. No matter whether you are family, friend, fan, or a little of all three, you are important to me. You are part of a magnificent network of people that nurtures and inspires me. My life would be lacking if you weren’t part of it. So, during this holiday season, and always, I am thankful for you.

Hugs and best wishes,

Ken

Pick Up

Written by Ken Murphy

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My new short story Pick Up is now available on Amazon, and it has a great five star review. Purchase link is below.

Chaz Henderson has an itch to scratch. His partner, Michael is not home, so Chaz decides he needs an evening out on the town. And there’s never a shortage of available and agreeable men in Atlanta. Imagine his surprise when he wanders into a neighborhood bar and stumbles upon a cowboy.

http://www.amazon.com/Pick-Up-ebook/dp/B00G3NV91W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382804010&sr=1-1&keywords=pick+up+ken+murphy

 

Stubborn Heart

Written by Ken Murphy

Stubborn Heart by Ken Murphy
After breaking up with his cheating boyfriend, Mark Smith keeps life simple: his nursing career and a place of his own, but no dating. He’s steering clear of romance and the heartbreak that goes with it. After losing both parents and having all his relationships fail, he figures happily ever after is a myth.

When Dr. Trevor Hayes crosses Mark’s path at the hospital, he falls hard for Mark. The attraction is clearly mutual, and Trevor is determined to parlay that attraction into a relationship. Mark is just as determined to avoid exactly that.

But Trevor chips away at Mark’s resistance, and facing hardship and sorrow together brings them closer. Still, Mark can’t shake his belief that their romance is temporary—until he’s unexpectedly faced with the danger that he might lose Trevor for good. Mark must choose between guarding his heart and giving it completely, the risk he swore never to take again.

ISBN-13: 978-1-62380-474-9
Pages: 224
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
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