Jennifer Murgia

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Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, releases October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

The Windswept Hair Giveaway!

YA author Lynn Carthage recently invited me to join ranks for an amazing giveaway! You know the gorgeous model on my cover of FOREST OF WHISPERS . . . she's Rune, my sweet-tempered fledgling witch. It seems this model has quite a resume and has been spotted on many a cover! Blogger Erin Davies of Flashlight Commentary first posted here about the book jackets featuring this same model, which ult... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 17, 2016 06:04
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Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia
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When a wicked bishop starts a witch hunt in Bavaria, orphan Rune finds herself targeted - but unlike most of the so-called witches caught in the net of hysteria, Rune really does have powers, and a..." Read more of this review »
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“Write to your heart’s content and by all means, have fun with your creation. It’s your moment to do absolutely anything within those pages.”
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“I can't explain it too well. I picture myself being completely in tune with you. I breathe when you breathe. My heart beats when yours beats. I can time them perfectly to each other and then I just...slow it all down. It's really very easy." ~ Garreth”
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“...when life demands to break through and bust the seams of chaos, you can´t stop it. It goes on.”
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Jennifer Murgia Sara wrote: "Thanks for signing my book today! It was great to meet you, and I can't wait until I get Angel Star."

You're so welcome, Sara! It was nice to meet you, too! I hope you enjoy both books!


message 88: by Sara (last edited Nov 29, 2014 04:18PM)

Sara Sweitzer Thanks for signing my book today! It was great to meet you, and I can't wait until I get Angel Star.


Jennifer Murgia Christine wrote: "thanks for being my friend"

Same to you, Christine! Thanks for adding me:)


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 85: by Megan

Megan I dont want to go to school!!!

NO!! But, did you sign my agenda book? :?

HOPE SO!!

Love you!


Jennifer Murgia Megan wrote: "Hi mommy!!
I love you!


Night"


Hi baby! I love you too!


message 83: by Megan

Megan Hi mommy!!
I love you!


Night


message 82: by Cindy

Cindy Heard it is your birthday, Hope you have a an amazing day! Happy Birthday! XD


message 81: by Jalil

Jalil Hail Love, hail Love, because Love is divine
It is tender, it is beautiful and benign
What passion, what passion, we are burning like the sun
It is hidden and obscure, it is an obvious sign.
We’ve fallen, we’ve fallen, it is hard to rise up
We know not, we know not, this complex chaotic design.
زهي عشق، زهي عشق که ما راست خدايا
چه نغز است و چه خوب است و چه زيباست خدايا
چه گرميم، چه گرميم از اين عشق چو خورشيد
چه پنهان و چه پنهان و چه پيداست خدايا
فتاديم، فتاديم بدان سان که نخيزيم
ندانيم، ندانيم چه غوغاست خدايا
*********
Each breath is a song of love
From left and right, pass us by
We’ll return to the world above
Such fate no-one can defy.
We have come from the skies
Befriended angels in heaven
To the same place we will rise
To that city past skies seven.
We are above the skies
And angels we transcend
Why should we compromise?
The House of Songs is our end.
With good fortune may we live
Fate is contradictory,
Gladly our lives may we give
Worldly pride victory.
هر نفس آواز عشق مي‌رسد از چپ و راست
ما به فلک مي‌رويم عزم تماشا که راست
ما به فلک بوده‌ايم يار ملک بوده‌ايم
باز همان جا رويم جمله که آن شهر ماست
خود ز فلک برتريم وز ملک افزونتريم
زين دو چرا نگذريم منزل ما کبرياست
گوهر پاک از کجا عالم خاک از کجا
بر چه فرود آمديت بار کنيد اين چه جاست
*******
Go to sleep
Leave me alone
At nights I leap
Up, on my own.
With waves of desire
Day and night, all alone
Compassion inspire
Else vengeful fits are thrown.
From me run away
Afflictions I’ve sown
For wholeness must pray
Else hardships are grown.
رو سر بنه ببــــالين تنهــــا مـــرا رهـــا کـــــن
ترک من خـــــراب شبگرد مبتـــــــــلا کــــــن
مايم و مــــوج ســودا شب تــــا بروز تنـــهــــا
خـــــواهي بيا ببخشاء خـــواهــي برو جفا کــن
از من گـــريــز تـــا تو هـــم در بــــلا نيفتــــي
بگزين ره سلامت تــــــرک ره بـــــلا کــــــــن
*********
I need a lover and a friend
All friendships you transcend
And impotent I remain
You are Noah and the Ark
You are the light and the dark
Behind the veil I remain
You are passion and are rage
You are the bird and the cage
Lost in flight I remain
You are the wine and the cup
You are the ocean and the drop
While afloat I remain

يار مرا غار مرا عشق جگرخوار مرا
يار تويي غار تويي خواجه نگهدار مرا
نوح تويي روح تويي فاتح و مفتوح تويي
سينه مشروح تويي بر در اسرار مرا
نور تويي سور تويي دولت منصور تويي
مرغ که طور تويي خسته به منقار مرا
قطره تويي بحر تويي لطف تويي قهر تويي
قند تويي زهر تويي بيش ميازار مرا
*******
Upon which path did I tread
So I return, all else I dread;
From Beloved being apart

In the creed of Love is being misled.
If I find another in the whole town
Ain’t but a sign pointing to the Beloved.
I said this is no easy path
In each step a thousand traps spread
آن ره که من آمدم کدامست اي دل
تا باز روم که کار خامست اي دل
در هر گامي هزار دامست اي دل
نامردان را عشق حرامست اي دل
اندر همه شهر اگر کسي هست
والله که اشارتي تمامست
گفتم که مگر رهيست آسان
در هر قدمي هزار دامست
********
Alas that beautiful beloved where hence?
Alas that graceful Goddess where hence?
In our midst like a candle brightly shone
Where hence, alas, without us where hence?
Like a shivering leaf my heart constantly moan
Beloved left at midnight, where hence?
عجب آن دلبر زيبا کجا شد
عجب آن سرو خوش بالا کجا شد
ميان ما چو شمعي نور مي?داد
کجا شد اي عجب بي?ما کجا شد
دلم چون برگ مي?لرزد همه روز
که دلبر نيم شب تنها کجا شد
Rumi


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message 80: by Qorbani

Qorbani Literature hi my dear friend,thank you for adding me, i hope i can learn more from you.


Jennifer Murgia Erin wrote: "Thanks for the friendship Jennifer. Follow me on Facebook http://facebook.com/pages/erin-jamiso..."

Same here:) Following you...


message 78: by Erin

Erin Jamison Thanks for the friendship Jennifer. Follow me on Facebook http://facebook.com/pages/erin-jamiso...


message 77: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks so much for accepting my friendship, Jennifer. Your book "Angel Star" has been added to my must-read list. It sounds very intriguing!


Jennifer Murgia William wrote: "Hi Jennifer- the link below doesn't seem to be working?
This should get you there!
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstor...

Thanks, William"


The link worked! It looks so good! Can't wait to dive in:)


message 75: by William

William O'Brien Hi Jennifer- the link below doesn't seem to be working?
This should get you there!
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstor...

Thanks, William


message 74: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW!!! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/B...
Best wishes, William


Jennifer Murgia Michael wrote: "Hi Jennifer,

I just finished your book Angel Star and I simply loved it. :) A wonderful tale of a 17 year old girl turning 18 dealing with the forces of light and dark. Mixed with soft romance..."


Thank you so much Michael:) I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I really had a great time talking to you at the signing in Exton and I was hoping I would get to hear your thoughts when you read the book!


message 72: by Michael

Michael Dougherty Hi Jennifer,

I just finished your book Angel Star and I simply loved it. :) A wonderful tale of a 17 year old girl turning 18 dealing with the forces of light and dark. Mixed with soft romance and an adventure, I would recommand to everyone.

Michael


message 71: by William

William O'Brien Hi Jennifer - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William


Jennifer Murgia Laura wrote: "I'm petting my copy of Angel Star. :D"
LOL! You're petting it? Did it roll over yet?


message 69: by Laura

Laura Kreitzer I'm petting my copy of Angel Star. :D


Jennifer Murgia Adelhaida wrote: "I'm looking forward to reading your book Angel Star. I've read a lot of good things, and am exited to get my hands on a copy:)"

Aww, thank you! I hope you enjoy it!


Adelhaida I'm looking forward to reading your book Angel Star. I've read a lot of good things, and am exited to get my hands on a copy:)


Jennifer Murgia Jordan wrote: "Oh geez.... *bites nails*

I'm sending Digital Cupcakes your way... in 5...4..3..2..

:)"


Digital cupcakes received!! Yum! How was Vegas? And stop biting your nails! How will you be able to type another book with stubs?


message 65: by Jordan

Jordan Deen Oh geez.... *bites nails*

I'm sending Digital Cupcakes your way... in 5...4..3..2..

:)


message 64: by April

April Nichole Awww, that's sweet, yes, I would love a bookplate. Thank you! Thanks for the congrats on the job too.

On a side note. Have you heard anything from that group that did jewlery for AS? I accidently deleted the e-mail about them. I posted the thing about them on the blog but I never received anything from them like they said I would. Do you happen to have theire e-mail?


Jennifer Murgia April wrote: "Hey Jennifer,
I hope everything is going well for you. I just got to do a happy dance when the mail came. I FINALLY have my very own finished copy of Angel Star. The joys of finally having a j..."


That's such cool news! And congrats on the job:)- would you like me to send you a signed bookplate for that sparkly new book of yours:)?


message 62: by April

April Nichole Hey Jennifer,
I hope everything is going well for you. I just got to do a happy dance when the mail came. I FINALLY have my very own finished copy of Angel Star. The joys of finally having a job again. I think my Angel Star ARC will be the one ARC that I can't do a contest with. It was the first one that I knew I would get and I was so excited to get. Even though this one looks the same as the ARC other than it saying ARC I have sat here staring at it for a while now. I can not wait for Lemniscate to come out. March is too far away. :)


message 61: by Jalil

Jalil Jennifer wrote: "Behzad wrote: "An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The..."


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Jennifer Murgia Behzad wrote: "An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for le..."
Behzad, that's beautiful:)


Jennifer Murgia Behzad wrote: "An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for le..."
Behzad, that's beautiful:)


Jennifer Murgia Penelope wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend!" You're very welcome, thanks for adding ME.


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!


message 56: by Jalil

Jalil An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.

Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.

A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed."
— Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi (Night and Sleep


message 55: by Kai

Kai Wow, really, thanks for the friend request! It's an honor! And thanks so much for the comment in my review. I can't wait for Lemniscate and Hadrian! <3


Jennifer Murgia Mika wrote: "Wow !! Thanks for the friend request ! I've finished Angel Star a couple of days ago, and I loved it. Can't wait to read Lemniscate. Team Hadrian rocks <3"

Thanks for reading it:)!


message 53: by Mika

Mika Wow !! Thanks for the friend request ! I've finished Angel Star a couple of days ago, and I loved it. Can't wait to read Lemniscate. Team Hadrian rocks <3


message 52: by Nicole

Nicole I started Angel Star and thought that it would make my car ride all the was down to Virgina alittle more exciting. Chapter 1- complete and I had to force myself to put in down so I can go to bed. :) I already know it's going to be a wonderful book!!


Jennifer Murgia Bookwatcher wrote: "Thanks for the friendship request.
Recently I add Angel Star on my to read shelf. Seems a great book . I'll try to read it soon(haven't yet buy it... in my next trip to the bookstore I'll search i..."


You're welcome! Glad to have you as a friend!


Bookwatcher Thanks for the friendship request.
Recently I add Angel Star on my to read shelf. Seems a great book . I'll try to read it soon(haven't yet buy it... in my next trip to the bookstore I'll search it... or order, if here in Italy is not available).
ps: I saw that you have a fan club discussion group... great! Congratulations. [image error]


Jennifer Murgia A.M Bells wrote: "It's here It's here XD. I am finally in the possession of Angel Star *bows*. Exams can wait :))
Yaaaaaaaay ^_^"


Happy reading!!


A.M Bells It's here It's here XD. I am finally in the possession of Angel Star *bows*. Exams can wait :))
Yaaaaaaaay ^_^


message 47: by Baine

Baine OH MY GOD! i am sooo late1 i havent been up here in FOREVER!

congratsss!!!!!! i will go out tonight and buy it! :)


Jennifer Murgia Hi Shuynh:) yes there is a sequel. It's called Lemniscate and as of right now I don't have a release date yet, but the book is finished and due to begin editing very soon.
I'm so happy you enjoyed Angel Star and appreciate your excitement in telling your friends! And you may ask all the questions you like, I don't mind at all:)!


Sa Phuong OMG Jennifer
Is it true that there a sequel?
when is the sequel to Angel Star going to publish? XD
and how many book is there gonna be?
sorry for asking so many quesitons >___<
btw i just finish Angel Star and love it!!!! i'm going to make all of my friends read it too XD


Jennifer Murgia Shuynh wrote: "Jennifer,
I'm so excited to tell you that I've place an order for Angel Star and the Pace. I can't wait to get my hands on them, and now exams are over i can enjoy it XD. Can't wait."


So wonderful!! Thanks for ordering! I will tell Shelena, you'll adore The Pace!


Jennifer Murgia PeaceloveandPat wrote: "Tell me how i Weston?! You gotta gimme clue. lol"

Definitely yummy!


Sa Phuong Jennifer,
I'm so excited to tell you that I've place an order for Angel Star and the Pace. I can't wait to get my hands on them, and now exams are over i can enjoy it XD. Can't wait.


Peace Love and Reviews Tell me how i Weston?! You gotta gimme clue. lol


message 40: by Megan

Megan Hey there mommy!! Watz up? How are u? Well, I shouldn't be asking you that because your sitting right next to me reading The Broken Lake. Happy Mothers DAy by the way!


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