Golden Spike at Western Fiction Review

Western Fiction Review

Western Fiction Review recently posted a great review of Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three. Western Fiction Review has now reviewed all three books in the trilogy. I thank Steve M. for including my books in his fine website reviews.

You can check out the Golden Spike review, posted on April 3, 2017, by following this link: http://westernfictionreview.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/golden-spike.html.

While you are at Steve’s website, take time to read other reviews of new western books.

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Sun City Anthem Book Signing

During the annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair at Sun City Anthem, Henderson, Nevada, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, I signed books for several folks who purchased Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, and Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two. Many readers who had previously purchased the first two books in the trilogy where interested in when they would be able to add Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three to their collections. I was pleased to tell them to expect the final book in the trilogy to be released by Five Star Publishing on July 19, 2017.

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Golden Spike Available for Pre-Order

Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, is now available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can select the tabs in the right-hand sidebar of this website to go to the respective Robert Lee Murphy page and select Golden Spike from there.

Five Star Publishing recently released the “sell sheet” for Golden Spike. Five Star distributes the sell sheet to libraries, book dealers, book distributors, and book reviewers.

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Local Author Showcase

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, I participated in the annual Local Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, Nevada. Seventy authors from the Vegas Valley autographed their books for patrons of the library. The authors were divided into two groups; half of them present during the morning and half during the afternoon. I joined the morning group to sign copies of Eagle Talons and Bear Claws of The Iron Horse Chronicles. This is the third time I have been part of the Local Author Showcase.

I was particularly pleased at this signing to be able to point out to readers that Eagle Talons, the first book in The Iron Horse Chronicles, had won the 2015 Bronze Will Rogers Medallion Award for younger readers; and that in 2016, the second book, Bear Claws, received the Silver Will Rogers Medallion Award for younger readers and was awarded First Place for Fiction by the Wyoming State Historical Society.

My next book signing will be at the Sun City Anthem Recreation Center in Henderson, Nevada, on April 8, 2017. You can keep track of my book signings, past and future, by checking the Events tab of this website.

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Great New E-book Website

Until recently, when folks wanted to read The Iron Horse Chronicles in e-book form, they were limited to Amazon’s Kindle. Five Star Publishing has placed its books, including mine, on a great new site that now allows other ways to enjoy e-books. Now, when buyers ask me at a signing if the book is available for Nook or Kobo, I do not have to apologize and answer “no.”

Check out this link to Five Star’s catalog of e-books on My Must Reads: http://fivestarpublishing.papertrell.com/fivestarpublishing

If you read on an Apple or Google device, or on an Amazon Fire, a Nook, or Kobo, you can download the My Must Reads app to your device. When you open the above link, select the FAQs item in the upper right hand corner of the page and you will find directions on how to install the app and how to order books. (Note: Amazon’s Kindles do not work with the My Must Reads app. If you read on a Kindle, you must download directly from Amazon.)

Return to the Five Star page and scroll down to the second row of books entitled Historical Fiction/Young Adult Crossover and you will immediately see Eagle Talons. By tapping the arrow to the right of this row of books you will transition to additional volumes where you will find Bear Claws. I am including this new link in Favorite Websites in the right-hand sidebar of my website.

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Nevada Reading Week

Today, Monday, February 27, kicked off Nevada Reading Week for 2017. I was fortunate to receive an invitation to read Chapter 1 from Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, to six middle-grade classes at Mater Academy on Mountain Vista Street in Las Vegas.

The vision of Mater Academy is to develop successful scholars with 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Students are educated to be college and career ready with cross cultural competence.

Donna Mabry, fellow member of Anthem Authors and Western Writers of America joined me to read from her book Pillsbury Crossing. We alternated reading among various classes. Donna left the school’s library with a copy of her book, and I gave the library autographed copies of Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, and Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two.

My experience with the students was positive and rewarding. They listened attentively to my introductory remarks about how and why I wrote The Iron Horse Chronicles as well as during my reading of the chapter. They asked intelligent questions to gain further insight. It was a little tough on my voice to talk almost non-stop for two and a half hours, and I was tired when the sessions ended. But it was well worth the effort!

Thank you, Mater Academy.

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Book Three Sample Chapters Concluded

On the Books tab of this website you will find Chapter 3 from Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three. This is the final sample chapter. You will have to wait to read the other chapters until the book is released by Five Star Publishing on July 19, 2017. This past week, I received the ARC (advance reading copy) of Golden Spike and have only a few days before last minute corrections must be submitted to the publisher. Won’t be long now until the final book about Will Braddock and his quest to determine his own destiny comes to a conclusion in this trilogy.

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Book Three Sample Chapters Continued

This week you will find Chapter 2 of Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three under the Books tab of this website. Next week I will complete the offering of sample chapters by posting Chapter 3. Then, you will have to wait to read the remaining chapters when Five Star Publishing issues the book on July 19, 2017. I hope you enjoy reading this sample chapter continuing the adventures of Will Braddock.

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Book Three Sample Chapters

Chapter 1 of Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, can now be viewed under the Books tab on this website. Over the next two weeks I will post Chapters 2 and 3. The publication date for Golden Spike has been set by Five Star Publishing for July 19, 2017.

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Golden Spike Cover

The front cover for Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, is ready. Five Star Publishing is pressing ahead with final editing and production scheduling with a planned release date for the last book in my trilogy now set for July 19, 2017.

The driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869 almost didn’t happen. History books do not mention the incident. Only five people were aware of it—Will Braddock was one. Will’s arch enemy, Paddy O’Hannigan, learns Leland Stanford, president of the Central Pacific Railroad, is bringing the Golden Spike on his special train to the ceremony to mark completion of the transcontinental railroad. Paddy does not know Jenny is now Stanford’s personal chef and that Will is helping her with her duties. Paddy, broke and desperate, steals the Golden Spike from Stanford’s train right under the noses of Will and Jenny. Will must regain the spike from Paddy, or Will and Jenny will be accused of the theft.

Beginning next week I will post Chapter 1 of Golden Spike on this website, to be followed by Chapters 2 and 3 in coming weeks.

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