Born near Pittsburgh, Shirley Martin attended the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from "Pitt", she taught school for one year, then obtained a position as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines. Based in Miami, she met her future husband there. After raising three sons, she devoted her time to writing, something she had always wanted to do.
With a vivid imagination and a love of storytelling, Shirley has always enjoyed writing. Her first published novel, "Destined to Love" reflects her familiarity with western Pennsylvania, where she hails from, and her love of romance writing. From this historical romance, she blossomed out to other romance genres. "One More Tomorrow" is a vampire romance, one her publisher dubbed "a sizzling seller". With several fantasy novels and novellas, her writing should appeal to just about every reader of romance. Her books have been sold at Amazon and most major book stores and have garnered great reviews.
A widow, Shirley lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two cats.
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Escaping an abusive boyfriend, Jennifer moves to Miami. She vows that from now on, she’ll guard her heart and not fall for any sweet talker that comes her way. But when she meets Varik, a man like no other she’s ever met, she finds it easy to forget her vow.
On a dare to woo a mortal woman, Varik courts Jennifer. He finds himself falling in love with her and wonders if she’s the soul mate he’s waited for throughout the centuries. But no. How can there be any lasting happiness between a vampire and a mortal woman?
And always in the background lurks Celestia, a woman who will stop at nothing to win the man she wants. From the glittering nightclubs of Miami Beach to the dreaded dungeons of medieval France, get ready for a wild ride!
What happens when you combine a good witch, a humble fisherman in love with a princess, a lovers' journey to a land of magic, and a vampire who seeks mortality?
You get some very exciting tales and great romances.
The Sacrifice: The druids order their most trusted enforcer to capture Briana and bring her back for sacrifice. Weylyn has loved Briana for years. Which choice will Weylyn make--love or duty?
One More Tomorrow: Destined to live in darkness, Galan must defeat the evil Moloch to regain mortality and win the love of the mortal woman, Stephanie.
Midnight for Morgana: When a good witch grants Morgana her deepest desire, the young woman gets more than she bargained for. And a handsome prince gets the surprise of his life.
The Princess and the Curse: Can a humble fisherman and a beautiful princess find happiness together?
Reviews - The Sacrifice: If you enjoy romantic fantasy, this story won't disappoint. ONE MORE TOMORROW is a wonderful vampire romance. S.A. Martin has done a truly outstanding job of showing the tormented life of a vampire through her character of Galan.
MIDNIGHT FOR MORGANA: This novella was a great variation on Cinderella; complete with two truly wicked sisters. Although the "happily ever after" is a given, the journey is a great read. I'd highly recommend this for a nice read on a quiet evening.
The Princess and the Curse: This is a charming tale of challenge, adventure, danger and the dream of love that lives in the hearts of humble and lofty hearts alike. I fell in love with Nolan and Leslie and recommend this fun read.
Avador - Imagine the World
Imagine a world of beautiful heroines and gallant heroes, of evil crones and good witches, where magic rules and love overcomes all obstacles.
Imagine the world of Avador!
Night Secrets: Fear and betrayal threaten the kingdom of Avador. Keriam, a princess with supernatural powers, must save her father from assassination. But can she trust Roric, or is he part of the plot?
Night Shadows: In a realm where vampires and demons battle for supremacy, Fianna is trapped in a dangerous game, where someone is bound to die.
Enchanted Cottage: A woman, marred on the outside, and a man, afflicted on the inside, meet in an isolated cottage. There, they learn that they can help each other. And with a bit of magic, miracles can happen.
Allegra's Dream: When a handsome king seeks Allegra's hand in marriage, she must choose between the needs of her country and the desires of her heart.
Wolf Magic: A wolf trapped inside her body Annwn wonders if any man can ever love her. When Briant Girard comes into her life, she fears to let him get too close, afraid he will discover the beast inside her.
"This was an excellent book. The storyline was engrossing from the beginning and that is what I look for. I have read several of Shirley Martins books and she is such a great author. The characters are interesting and I loved the passion and love story of the book. Great read." ~ 5 Stars, Sue, Amazon Reader and Verified Purchase
"Shirley Martin's fantasy romance, ENCHANTED COTTAGE, charmed me right from the start. I was immediately drawn into this mythical world with its colorful cast of characters." ~ 5 Stars, SIL, Amazon
Shirley Martin Special Edition
Contains three complete novels, Dream Weaver, Forbidden Love, and Destined to Love
"Shirley Martin is an amazing author, whose works are both historically accurate, and fascinating. Her colorful, detailed descriptions and plot lines, make her books an easy and enjoyable read." ~ 5 Stars, STP, Amazon Reader
Wolf Magic Avador Book 5
Rabid wolves are overrunning Avador. The queen has issued a decree to the sentries: Kill the wolves! Hunting the beasts in the forest, sentry Briant Girard spies a wolf in the distance and fells the animal with an arrow. Minutes later, he finds that he has badly injured a young woman. While tending to the woman, he worries, where is the wolf?
A wolf possessing her body, Annwn is torn and confused. She delights in her wolf essence, when she can roam the woodland, wild and free. But her human side yearns for all the joys of a normal woman, someone to love, a home and children.
Deeply attracted to the lovely Annwn, Briant wonders why she spurns his advances. Even after he discovers her secret, he vows he will always love her. But Annwn knows their love is hopeless.
A beast trapped inside her, a young woman fears she will never find happiness with the man she loves.
"I have just finished a fabulous book, it kept me reading till the end. The characters were so well described it felt like I knew them. The book drew me in like I was actually there. This is definitely one I would recommend if you want a great story and real characters. Well done to the author on another brilliant read." ~ Carol Kearney
Allegra's Dream Avador Book 4
Used as a pawn for much of her life, Allegra vows that someday she will determine her own fate. But when Rowan Leinster becomes her guardian, she fears she has gone from bad to worse.
Soon, danger threatens her. For her safety, Rowan takes her to a far-distant land, a world beyond time and space. There, Allegra and Rowan discover their growing love for each other, yet they realize they can't stay in this paradise. With the help of a friendly dragon, they return to their own world with its turmoil and strife.
When a handsome king seeks Allegra's hand in marriage, she must choose between the needs of her country and the desires of her heart.
Enchanted Cottage Avador Book 3
An evil witch places a curse on Alana Cullain, turning the once beautiful woman into an ugly hag. Chased from her village, Alana seeks sanctuary in the dark forest. There she finds a strange cottage, one she had never seen before, and makes her home there.
Demoted and badly wounded in battle, mercenary soldier Colin Duffrey heads home to recover. Along the way, he discovers a cottage in the midst of a forest and finds refuge there.
A woman, marred on the outside, and a man, afflicted on the inside, meet in an isolated cottage. There, they learn that they can help each other. And with a bit of magic, miracles can happen.
"Ms. Martin pens a sweet and riveting story that will capture readers hearts when they learn of the trials of poor Alana and Colin and the circumstances that kept them apart like ships passing in the dark..." ~ 5 Stars, Linda Bass
"This was a very sweet, engrossing, fantasy romance...I liked how the heroine, Alana, was determined to stand on her own two feet and work with the changes that her life had undergone. The the interaction between the characters was intricate, believable, and well written. It was an enjoyable read and one I plan on rereading as the mood strikes." ~ 4 Stars, Victoria Goldy-Rhodes, Amazon Reader and Verified Purchase
Avador Book 2
Three men desire Fianna, but she loves only one.
Fianna leaves home to escape having to marry a man she doesn't love. She travels to another city, far away, hoping to escape detection. There she meets Gaderian, but she doesn't realize he is a vampire. Forced to support herself, she works as a fortune teller in a tavern, and there she meets Gaderian again. She is caught between three different men who want her, each for his own reason. The demon, Stilo, wants her as his sex slave. Angus, the man she refused to marry, won't give up in his search for her. And in a realm where vampires and demons battle for supremacy, she is trapped in a dangerous game, where someone is bound to lose his life. "Night Shadows is full of suspense and dark plots. There are three different men, and each one has his own reason for wanting Fianna. The characters are well-developed and intriguing to read about. The war between the demons and the vampires fill the pages with exciting activity. Fianna is a great heroine who is caught between three demanding men, and her journey in finding love is one I greatly enjoyed and would certainly recommend to others. Love scenes are spicy and burning with intensity. Martin has written a fantastic paranormal plot that will have me on the lookout for more of her work in the months to come." Angel, Romance Junkies.
Avador Book 1
A man and a woman who fear to love each other must work together to save the kingdom from betrayal.
Fear and betrayal threaten the kingdom of Avador. Keriam, a princess with supernatural powers, must save her father from assassination. But can she trust Roric, or is he part of the plot?
Roric loved once and lost. He wants to put his past behind him and love Princess Keriam, but he fears she is a witch. And witchcraft is forbidden in the kingdom. If found guilty, she will be burned at the stake. Not even her father could save her.
"Shirley Martin does a great job with keeping her readers on the edge of their seats. It sucked me in from the beginning to the very end. I definitely plan on reading more from this author." ~ 5 Blue Ribbons, Courtney Marie, Romance Junkies Reviews
"This was an excellent book. The storyline was engrossing from the beginning and that is what I look for.The characters are interesting and I loved the passion and love story of the book. Great read." ~ 5 Stars, Sue, Amazon Reader and Verified Purchase
Destined to Love
Captured by the Indians as a child, Rebecca is torn between her love for her adoptive people and her yearning for the white man, Daniel Chamberlain.
In the midst of the French and Indian War, a time when no Englishman is safe, they find their love may not be enough to keep them together.
"...deeply satisfying." ~ Escape to Romance
"Very good...this is a tale reminiscent of "The Last of the Mohicans." ~ Romantic Times
The Princess and The Curse
Nolan Tremaine is a fisherman, a man who likes to brag about things he's never done and places he's never seen. When a tavern stranger dares him to sail to the faraway land of Connachta and bring back the Blessed Bell of Bellarmine, he knows he is trapped. He can't refuse the challenge. But where is Connachta, and where can he find the Blessed Bell of Bellarmine?
After sailing across the world, he comes to the land of Connachta. There he finds that the Bell of Bellarmine is really a belle, Princess Leslie.
The princess is a most unhappy woman. She must marry a man she loathes, an evil prince who has put a curse on the land, that all the women will remain barren. Only by her marriage to him will he lift the curse. But who can save her from this terrible fate?
Nolan to the rescue! But can a humble fisherman and a princess find happiness together?
Midnight for Morgana
When Prince Keir attends the fair in a faraway city, he never expected to meet his future bride there. But seeing a beautiful woman with blue eyes and blonde hair, he knows this lady was meant for him. Clad in satin and fur and riding a sleek white horse, she surely must be a princess. Prince Keir will accept nothing less than a princess as his bride. But he is in for a surprise, for Morgana is not what she appears to be.
Tired of drudgery and housework, Morgana wishes she could attend the fair and meet other young people. When a good witch grants her these wishes, she gets more than she bargained for. But when Prince Keir comes to her house, he is the last person she wants to see.
"I really enjoyed this one. It was Cinderella gets her man and a good one at that with a bit of help from the fairies. I've read other books by this author and they tend to go outside the box each time and make a reader such as myself glad she picked up the book. The title and cover were appealing as well. I recommend it… Happy Reading and Enjoy." ~ 4 Stars, Kooks, Amazon Reader and Verified Purchase
"This novella was a great variation on Cinderella; complete with two truly wicked sisters. Although the "happily ever after" is a given, the journey is a great read. I'd highly recommend this for a nice read on a quiet evening." 4 Stars, Kathi Whitcomb, Amazon Reader and Verified Purchase
CAPA--Cupid and Psyche Award nominee
Strange dreams haunt Gwen's sleep, of a lonely cabin in the woods and a tall, dark stranger she's never met. While visiting a restored village, Gwen is flung back in time and meets the man of her dreams!
All Christian wants to do is to practice medicine in the Pennsylvania wilderness. He doesn't want to deal with a crazy lady who shows up at his doorstep, claiming to be from the future. And the last thing he wants is to fall in love.
But Gwen and Christian can't deny their past or their future. They must deal with the dangers that threaten them...or die together.
Sent back in time, Gwen must save her lover's life. She failed him once before. She can't fail him again.
"DREAM WEAVER is a wonderful time-travel romance. Author Martin has dealt very realistically with all the problems time travel contains; such as language and dress. And then there is also the problem of a very modern woman finding herself back in a time when women had no rights and everything that poses. We are also given a very realistic look into the life of men and women back in 1762. Underneath all the problems these two people must face, there is love. A love meant to cross the ages. This is one time-travel I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend." ~ 5 Stars, C. Gruver, Amazon Reader
One More Tomorrow
Destined to live in darkness, Galan must defeat the evil Moloch to regain mortality and win the love of the mortal woman, Stephanie.
"An intriguing tale of two lovers destined to be together." ~ Romantic Times
"ONE MORE TOMORROW is a wonderful vampire romance. Martin has done a truly outstanding job of showing the tormented life of a vampire through her character of Galan.I highly recommend ONE MORE TOMORROW to all lovers of romance." ~ 5 Stars, C. Gruver, Amazon Reader
She must die! No, Briana couldn't bear it. The holy day of Samhain approached, when the veil between the real world and the Otherworld disappears, and demons stalk the land. To placate the gods and protect the people on the eve of Samhain, the druids choose the most beautiful woman in the land to sacrifice--to knife to death!
A seer with special powers, Briana's adoptive mother knows it is Briana the druids have chosen to sacrifice. You must run, she tells Briana, escape! Reluctant to leave all she holds dear, Briana knows she must escape and flees in the dead of night.
The druids order their most trusted enforcer to capture Briana and bring her back. Why have they chosen him? Weylyn agonizes. He has loved Briana for years. Which choice will Weylyn make--love or duty?
Married to a man she doesn't love, Lisa lives a lie to saved her widowed mother from poverty. When she meets Owen, a steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks, heat sizzles between them, a passion that grows stronger with each stolen moment together. Lisa finds herself torn between her darkest desires and her family obligations.
Owen wants to better himself and escape the grinding brutality of the mill. But labor troubles--and love--intervene. After he meets Lisa, all he can think about is this woman whose image haunts him night and day. A woman whose husband will not release her from a loveless marriage.
"Historical romance at its finest." Julie Bonello at eCataRomance
"Nothing short of a masterpiece." 5 Angels, Fallen Angel