Allies and Enemies: Exiles – 2017 Dragon Award Finalist

Something incredible has happened. Allies and Enemies: Exiles has been named a finalist for “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel” for the 2017 Dragon Awards hosted by Dragon Con. And you’re totally behind this! You might remember that last year, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, had also made to the short list in the same category in the inaugural year of the awards. I’m flattered and deeply honored to end up a finalist again. I’ll be there to cheer on the winners at this year’s Dragon Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 3rd during Dragon Con in steamy Atlanta, GA. It...
Let’s Celebrate with a FREE Download

Let’s Celebrate with a FREE Download

As you might have heard, the third book in the Allies and Enemies series, Allies and Enemies: Exiles is due out at the end of this month. It’s available in pre-order on Amazon right now. (Big thank you to everyone that’s pre-ordered already.) To celebrate, I’m offering the first book in the series, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, for FREE on Amazon until 3/19/2017. Chances are high that if you’re reading this, you’ve already read Fallen, but why not send my link for a free download to a friend or three? FacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail
Plotting like a “Real” Writer: The Grand Experiment

Plotting like a “Real” Writer: The Grand Experiment

I have a confession to make. I, Amy J. Murphy, was born a pantser. You know… an author that writes from the “seat of their pants.” It goes a long way in explaining why it took me about 10 years to finish my first book, what ended up (after much hair-pulling and gnashing of teeth) to become Allies and Enemies: Fallen. Basically, I’d read what I wrote previously, tweak it, re-read it, tweak it some more and then set off on some tangent that made very little sense in the scheme of an overall story. If you plotted my course,...
Happy Book Birthday!!!

Happy Book Birthday!!!

Hard to believe it, but a year ago I published the first book in my space opera series, Allies and Enemies: Fallen! As a way of saying thanks to all who have supported this endeavor, I’m listing the ebook for FREE on Amazon. Stay tuned for exciting news on the next installment in the series, Allies and Enemies: Exiles! FacebookTwitterGoogle+E-mail
Allies and Enemies: Fallen in Star Heroes Box Set – Now Available!

Allies and Enemies: Fallen in Star Heroes Box Set – Now Available!

What do a NY Times, USA Today and a Dragon Award Finalist have in common? This awesome boxset, that’s what! Launched today, Star Heroes: 9 Novels of Space Exploration and Adventure is a steal at 99¢! (FREE for Kindle Unlimited). If you crave space opera excitement, download it today.  Star Heroes is a space opera collection with nine novels of the galactic frontier. Exploration, alien invasions, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence–it’s all here. Blast off with these adventures by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors with one click! Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker In this fast-paced space adventure,...
What’s in a Name? (4 Ways to Create Character Names)

What’s in a Name? (4 Ways to Create Character Names)

Fiction writers have a unique problem when compared to writers of non-fiction: names. If you’re writing a biography of someone’s life, the name game or what to call your character (i.e. the subject of the biography) is pretty much a done deal. But as a science fiction author, I have often found myself pondering the problem of what to call a character. If you’re in the same boat, your character’s names don’t always jump out at you. You know what they’re all about and what purpose they serve in your story, but you don’t know if they’re a Tom, Dick...
Dragon Awards Follow up

Dragon Awards Follow up

To the many tens of people following my posts out there (*waves*), you may be aware that Allies and Enemies: Fallen was recently a finalist for Best Military SciFi Novel at the 2016 Dragon Awards hosted by Dragon Con. I have to admit it, I’m still on a bit of a high over that. There were some pretty impressive names on that list of finalists. The honor went to David Weber in my category. No big surprise there. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s cool to be on any list like that. I had a very...

More Dragon Awards Coverage

  I admit. I’m not terribly versed in the whole “sad puppies” controversy. But being a part of fandom, I’m not surprised that it happened. I’ve seen the seedy underbelly and political wrangling that can happen at cons. I’m just happy to BE here. Can’t we all just get along? Nominees Revealed for First Dragon Awards