Stirrup Award Finalist

My article “Races Within a Race: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad” that appeared in the April 2019 issue of Roundup Magazine has been selected, by the membership of Western Writers of America, as a finalist for the Stirrup Award as one of the best articles published in the magazine in 2019.

A certificate documenting the award will be presented by Johnny D. Boggs, Editor, Roundup Magazine, during the 2020 Western Writers of America Convention in Rapid City, South Dakota, scheduled for June 17-20, 2020. Hopefully, the present problems created by the Corona virus will not disrupt this planned, annual event.

I wrote about the Roundup article in a blog posted to this website on April 10, 2019. In that blog there is a link that allows you to read the article online. Go to the sidebar of this website and select April 2019 from the drop-down list that appears under Archives.

My congratulations to Michael F. Blake, who won the Stirrup Award this year, and to David Morrell, fellow finalist.

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One-Eyed Jacks

Quite by chance, while surfing the television channels last evening, I caught the start of the movie One-Eyed Jacks. I had never seen this 1961 film starring and directed by Marlon Brando until last night, but I feel a personal connection with the film. The movie received mixed reviews even though it was nominated for an Oscar for best cinematography. When the movie was released, I was stationed with the Army in France. The Army and Air Force Motion Picture Service brought movies to Europe for the service men and women, but I do not recall this being one. Charles Neider was the author of the novel, The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, on which the movie script, One-Eyed Jacks, was based. Neider is named in the movie’s credits as one of the screenwriters.

I met Charlie in January 1977 when he was in Antarctica on a grant from the National Science Foundation to write a book about the frozen continent. That book, Beyond Cape Horn—Travels in the Antarctic, was published by Sierra Club Books in 1980. Charlie mentions me in the book when he describes our travels together from McMurdo Station to Palmer Station on board the USCGC Burton Island. I parted company with Charles when I departed Palmer Station onboard the RV Hero for my first journey across the Drake Passage. We never met again.

Robert Murphy onboard Burton Island. Photo by Charles Neider.

Neider was born in Russia in 1915 and died at Princeton, New Jersey, in 2001. He was a noted Mark Twain scholar as well as being the author of several books on Antarctica.

Charles Neider onboard Burton Island. Photo by Robert Murphy

RV Hero and USCGC Burton Island in Arthur Harbor, Palmer Station, Antarctica, 1977.

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Facebook Connection Problem

Facebook has not been posting my blog to my Facebook Page recently. This is a post directed specifically to Facebook.

Check out my new trade paperback versions of The Iron Horse Chronicles.

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New Kindle Versions of The Iron Horse Chronicles

Recently I had to replace the Kindle versions of all three volumes of The Iron Horse Chronicles. If you purchased a Kindle version created by Five Star Publishing, they appear to still work fine. You can access the new versions by clicking on Robert Lee Murphy at Amazon in the sidebar of this website. Here is the cover for Eagle Talons: Book One.

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Trade Paperbacks Available

Five Star Publishing, who originally published The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy, recently reverted the rights for eBooks and Trade Paperbacks to me. There were pluses and minuses to that. The minus was that Five Star took down their Kindle versions of my books. I have now successfully restored Kindle versions using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

The plus, and it is a big plus, is that I can now offer Trade Paperback versions of all three books in The Iron Horse Chronicles. I have produced these books using Amazon’s KDP. You can find the books instantly by clicking on “Robert Lee Murphy at Amazon” under “Favorite Websites” in the sidebar of this website.

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Henderson Libraries 2020 Local Author Showcase

On March 28, 2020, I will be participating in the 7th Annual Local Author Showcase at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, Nevada. This is the fourth year I have been invited to offer my books for sale and autograph to the patrons of the Henderson Libraries.

The event is divided into two sessions in order to accommodate the sixty local authors who will be featured. The first session is from 10 to 11:30 AM. The second session is from 1 to 2:30 PM. I will be in the morning session. This website provides more information about which authors will participate in which session: hendersonlibraries.com/local-author-showcase-sessions

This year I will again autograph all three books in The Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy. I will, of course, have the original hardcover books produced by Five Star Publishing. But for the first time, I will also have trade paperback books  produced using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program.

If you are in the Las Vegas/Henderson area on March 28, stop by and say hello to the wonderful array of local authors.

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Tonya Todd was Guest Speaker at Anthem Authors

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Tonya Todd, the Henderson Writers Group’s Education Chair, gave a special presentation to members of Anthem Authors about the benefits of attending the annual Las Vegas Writers’ Conference. As the current President of Anthem Authors, it was my pleasure to host her at a luncheon and to introduce her to our writers’ group in Sun City Anthem, Henderson, Nevada.

 

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New Cowgirl in Town

Barbara and her Stetson

Barbara Murphy and her new Stetson.

One of my wife’s friend’s husband recently passed away.  He collected hats. She gave me one of his nice Stetson hats, but it’s not the right size.  It fits my wife perfectly, so she will wear it at our next South Point Casino book signing.

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Transcontinental Railroad History Day Project

On December 12, 2019, I participated in the “Transcontinental Railroad History Day Project” conducted by students and teachers from Highland Elementary School in Bakersfield, California. The Highland’s team posed questions via email to me about the political, economic, and social impact of the first transcontinental railroad on the westward expansion of the United States. I, in turn, responded via email to each of their challenging and thoughtful questions. We engaged in our exchange of ideas for almost an hour. To be included in the internet discussion with the Highland’s team was greatly rewarding for me. I thank them for including me in the project. This photograph shows them concentrating on their end of the interchange.

From left to right: Mrs. England, J.R., Jacob, and Mrs. Hammett .

 

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Successful Book Signing at South Point

My book signing event at South Point Casino on December 7, 2019, was a great success. Throughout the event I had the help of three wonderful people, my wife and daughters. To my right is daughter Stacy from Kentucky. To my left is my wife, Barbara. To Barbara’s left is daughter Beth from California. (Beth is costumed as Jenny, the heroine in The Iron Horse Chronicles.)  In addition to the book signing, over the long weekend we spent together, we held a late family Thanksgiving dinner, enjoyed an early family Christmas, and celebrated an early birthday for Stacy.

Photo courtesy of Jack Cox.

South Point Poster

The management and staff at South Point Casino went out of their way to make this a successful fourth annual book signing. The event took place during the middle Saturday of the National Finals Rodeo, thus providing me with an amazing number and variety of readers who stopped to buy books. South Point advertised the event in the casino with this amazing poster.

South Point also included the below photo of the event on their social media accounts.

I extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone at South Point!

South Point Casino Photo

 

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