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Desert Island Books

Brenda Murphy's Desert Island Books

Based on the BBC radio programme ‘Desert Island Discs’, we’ve adapted this idea to ask castaways to list up to eight books, one song and one luxury item that they couldn’t do without on a desert island.

The rules are fairly simple, any type of book can be selected, but we ask that at least half are lesfic. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

Other Desert Island Choices

My book choices

‘Every Dark Desire’ by Fiona Zedde

My favorite vampire novel ever, and one that I’ve read so many times I wore the cover out on my paperback copy. A solid story and sexy as hell vampires who do not sparkle, I read this every October to kick off my month of horror/scary reads.

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‘Compass Rose’ by Anna Burke

I’ve recommended this book so many times. It has all the things, rollicking good story, lesbian pirates, and twists and turns that keep you turning pages until the end. I read this book in one go on the train between Oslo and Stockholm. I can’t imagine a better book to distract me from being alone on an island.

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‘Fledgling’ by Octavia Butler

This was Octavia Butler’s last book. And it is fresh take on the vampire narrative and so good. A nuanced retelling and examination of the story. Every time I read it I understand more of what the story is about.

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‘Lucky Seven’ by Rae D Magdon

Featuring a stunning and diverse cast of folks I would love to be stranded with, I can see myself happily having a great time with them. While reading the story I could imagine them coming to rescue me 🙂

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‘Wish Upon a Star’ by Jeannie Levig

This would be the book I would read when I wanted to be comforted. This is my favorite reread when I want to experience a just right, sweet story with the best ending ever.

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‘The Sex Therapist Next Door’ by Meghan O’Brien

This is hands down the best erotica I have read in my life. So very well written, well-paced, and sexy as hell. If I was alone on an island I would definitely want the distraction of Diana and Jude’s sexy times.

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‘Requiem for Immortals’ by Lee Winter

This ice queen enemies to lovers thriller is a favorite for a number of reasons. The story is so twisty, I read it in one go because I had to know how it all worked out.

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‘Safety Protocols for Human Holidays’ by Angel Martinez

This book is one of the funniest sweetest space adventures I’ve ever read. It would be the book I would read when I wanted to giggle and then sigh when the main characters end up together.

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My song choice

If I could only listen to one song while stranded it would be Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World mash up, because no matter how my day is going this song and his voice always lifts me up.

My inanimate object choice

The one luxury item I would want to have with me is my Leatherman Sidekick because you can do just about anything with it.

About Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy is published with Ninestar Press. She writes erotica and romance. Her novel Double Six is a 2020 Goldie Winner for Erotica. She loves sideshows and tattoos and yes, those are her monkeys. When she is not loitering at her local library she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot. 

You can find her  Facebook readers group by clicking here.  Sign Up for her email list and receive a free erotic short story HERE For more information about her upcoming releases and appearances at

Books available at:


NineStar Press

Brenda Murphy's Books

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