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.
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
Shirley Martin Special Edition: Secrets of the Night
Contains three complete paranormal novels, Night Shadows, Night Secrets, and One More Tomorrow
"Enjoyed all three of these. Lots of details and layers surrounding the stories - making them an interesting read! What's fun is that you can get a vampire, paranormal and royal book all in this one trilogy. I like the variety" ~ 5 Stars, Mich, Amazon Reader
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.
"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. With so many secrets, there is no telling when it’s all going to fall apart. At every turn I was anxious to know if good would win out over evil. Even with the odds stacked against them, Keriam and her followers never give up.
Martin shows the true strength of love, kindness and friendship in a time where doubt and fear could easily win out. I found this storyline to be very interesting, intense, and exciting. 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
"Night Secrets" is a wonderful fantasy filled with magic, human kindness and evil...If you enjoy good versus evil fantasy, this one must be on your to be read list." Chere, Paranormal Romance Reviews
"Passionate, exciting, gripping and romantic, Night Secrets is as impossible to put down as it is to forget." ~ Julie Bonello, eCataRomance
"This was an excellent book. The storyline was engrossing from the beginning and that is what I look for. I get bored easily with books that don't keep the story moving and this one does. 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
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. There was a smidge of evil from her rotten sisters and just enough romance and intimacy to keep my attention. 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
"If you like fairy tales, this story is a great choice. It's the traditional Cinderella story retold, with stepsisters who are truly wicked and evil and a lot sexier plotline. Personally I loved how Ms. Martin kept the magic touch throughout the plot to the very end and found this book entertaining." ~ 4 Stars, Susan, 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 also love the abilities she has bestowed on her vampires, they can enter any door without being invited, they can transport themselves anywhere, to any time period in which they lived and they have amazing strength. The characters are realistically portrayed, the story line is enthralling and the love between the two characters gives us all hope of a soul mate. I highly recommend ONE MORE TOMORROW to all lovers of romance." ~ 5 Stars, C. Gruver, Amazon Reader
"Vampire romance fans will not want to miss the delightful ONE MORE TOMORROW, a fine tale starring two star-crossed lovers and the evil that shadows their every step. Galen is an admirable soul who drinks blood from only criminals while Stevie is a courageous person wondering if she truly loves the vampire. Although Moloch seems too intelligent and malevolent not to recognize the essential goodness of his apprentice (one can soundly counter argue that it goes against his blood to believe a vampire would love instead of hunt a human), readers will want more tales like this strong love story." ~ 5 Stars, Harriet Klausner. #1 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer
"This book was well written and had some action as well as a villain that made you want to pull the covers over your head. The plot was very well thought out with some really great insight into each character's feelings. Ms. Martin has written an enchanting book with the charm of a fairy tale and an ending of pure gold. This Reviewer gives this great read a Five Angel rating." ~ 5 Stars, Alma Crockett
"One of my favorite themes is the enduring power of love beyond time. As such, I eagerly took up ONE MORE TOMORROW and instantly fell in love. It is a deeply satisfying story that resonates on many levels, as well as a surprisingly sweet romance set within the oftentimes-brutal world of vampirism. While Stevie was a fun character, I connected most deeply with Galan. I felt his tormented hopes and fractured sacrifices as though they were my own. Each time Galan was forced to reject his love, his heart, his dreams, I would wail my distress. And yet, each time dear, dedicated, and eternally loving Galan would return to Stevie, drawn to the love of his life like the moth to the flame. It's an enchanting read." 4Stars, Brenda Thatcher, Owner www.mystiquebooks.com
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