About Shirley Raye


Prudence PursuedViper's Nest

Caring for her 9-year-old daughter Pippi is widow Wren Bergschneider’s main priority. But she becomes frightened and mystified when she receives an anonymous note hinting that her
husband’s traffic death the year before might not have been an accident after all. When an unidentified shooter makes Wren and her boss, history professor Allan Partner, his targets after
they emerge from the basement of a 175-year-old insane asylum slated for demolition, their
lives take an unexpected—and dangerous—turn. 




Prudence PursuedPrudence Pursued

Jane Austen Approved!

At the advanced age of twenty-seven, Prudence Pentyre is on the shelf. Content to occupy her time by attending meetings of Mr. Wilberforce’s Abolition Society, Prudence is resolved to see that her younger cousin Margaret, shy and plain, does not share her own unmarried fate.

Despite her best efforts, all of Prudence’s matchmaking attempts fail. Margaret proves reluctant to accept Sir James Brownell’s marriage proposal, and fears being “bovinised” if she undergoes the controversial cowpox vaccination he recommends. And the dashing baronet—with his sunburned skin, eye patch, and unfashionable attire—seems more concerned about the plight of headhunters in Borneo than Margaret’s stubborn refusal of his offer.

Prudence, on the other hand, finds herself unexpectedly smitten with the man. Can she trust that God’s plan for her life is richer and more rewarding than the one she had planned for herself?

Stone of the SunAmanda's Beau

The year is 1905. It is autumn in the village of Aztec in New Mexico territory. Amanda Dale is burdened with the responsibility of caring for her widowed sister and Ella’s two children—one a premature infant. Schoolteacher Gil Gladney is handsome, intelligent, and God-fearing. He is drawn to Amanda, but feels he cannot propose marriage until he is able to purchase the ranch he has been saving for. When Gil and his pupils discover the relics of an ancient culture among the ruins outside the village, Gil contacts an old college friend. The possibility of an archeological excavation excites the community of cash-strapped farmers, eager to earn extra money working on the site. 

Gil is delighted when Nate Phillips comes to Aztec to take up the challenge. When a rabid skunk reels through the excavation site, threatening the lives of Amanda and her nephew Rex, Gil realizes that life is short and the possibility of true happiness can be fleeting. In the end, Amanda learns to trust God to provide the happily-ever-after ending she’s been praying for. 

Now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Astraea Press


Stone of the SunStone of the Sun

Finding out that she witnessed her own father's murder is a shock, but when April Cortes receives a letter from the grandmother she hasn't seen since she was five, she knows she must make peace with her past. The mysterious summons to her grandmother's sprawling Arizona ranch is irresistible. Much to April's surprise and delight, Collie Cortes happily relates the family's ancestral history, including the legend of the Stone of the Sun, an ancient and valuable heirloom that was stolen at the time of April's father's death.

Collie also confides that someone—maybe someone on the ranch—is trying to kill her. April hates to believe it's anyone she's growing close to, but she has already lost too much at this ranch and has no intention of letting anything end her new relationship with her grandmother. She will not drop her guard—not even for the handsome Del Spurgeon. If she does, she might not be around to ensure her grandmother's safety…

Available on Amazon.com as a paperback and Kindle title.


Rosemary's GloveGolden Quill

Now Available on Kindle!

Rosemary’s Glove is Shirley Raye’s most recent historical romance novel. It won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award in the romance category and was a Finalist in the Phoenix Desert Ros e Golden Quill Contest 2009 .



Miss Rosemary Addison has set her heart on becoming the wife of the dashing Thomas Alden, Lord Beverly--a man with a dubious reputation. But when Rosemary's widowed mother confides that she plans to marry Mr. Nevin at the end of the Season and wants to see her daughter promptly and properly wed, Rosemary realizes she must force the reluctant earl's hand.

She convinces her childhood friend, Broderick Loren--a handsome amateur botanist--to agree to a 'temporary engagement.' When the announcement appears in the Gazette, no one is more surprised than the conceited Lord Beverly. Rosemary soon finds herself consumed by conflicting emotions. Will she cry off her engagement to Broderick and throw herself into Lord Beverley's arms, or will she realize she loves Broderick with all her heart?

The title was favorably reviewed:

“Redmond…keeps the reader engaged…”
Once Upon a Romance

“…a sweet and romantic novel…”
Coffee Time Romance

FAIRIES is the winning Young Readers title in the 2012 New Mexico Book Awards!


FAIRIES: A True Story was released by Random House on March 27, 2012 with a 50,000 copy first printing!
In 1917, two English schoolgirls shocked the world when they claimed to have photographed fairies in the woods. Arthur Conan Doyle believed them!





Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology, released in June 2012, is part of Gale Cengage’s new Mythology and Culture Worldwide series. The book is aimed at high school students and contains everything from maps to genealogies of the Norse gods, goddesses, and monsters. Readers will learn how belief in Thor, Odin, and Frey influenced the everyday life of the Vikings—from the way they fought battles to their extraordinary seamanship. Even Christopher Columbus spent time in Iceland learning about the northern sea lanes to the New World!

The heroic gods of Asgard have also had a profound influence on pop culture-- in comics, movies, video and online gaming, and even literature—including the novels of Christian writers C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The Old Norse sagas and myths also enthralled the Nazis. The section on “A Nazi Obsession” examines Heinrich Himmler’s fascination with ancient Norse deities and its influence upon the war efforts during World War II.


Other Random House Titles

Lewis & Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President and Tentacles, Tales of the Giant Squid have both sold more than 200,000 copies. The Lewis & Clark title was a Children’s Book of the Month Clubs selection. The squid title has been a Scholastic Book Fair choice for several years.

Patriots in Petticoats: Heroines of the American Revolution
was named one of the best children’s books of the 2004 by the Bank Street College of Education in New York.

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the PresidenttentaclesPatriots in Petticoats


Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs


Simon and Schuster has just re-released Shirley Raye’s The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs. This is the true story of the “princess of paleontology,” Mary Anning and her dog Tray.

Other Simon & Schuster Titles

Pigeon Hero! is the true story of G.I. Joe, a WWII American Air Corps messenger pigeon. The title won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award in 2004.

“Redmond admirably conveys
the megalomania of Mexican president Santa Anna
set against the resolve of the 189 Texan and Tejano men willing to fight to the death for independence.”
- Reed Business Information

The Alamo is a nonfiction chapter book written for youngsters in 4th through 6th grades.
Learn how Davy Crockett really died. Who was the black woman found dead near the mission’s crumbling wall? And what happened to the 11 and 12-yearold sons of artilleryman Anthony Wolf?

Pigeon HeroThe Alamo

Do you enjoy reading about mythical monsters and crypto-creatures, such as bunyips and mermaids? Then you’ll enjoy Shirley Raye’s titles that explore the legends behind some of these strange creatures, particularly chapters on eyewitness reports. These are all part of the popular Kidhaven Press Monsters series.

BunyipsCerberusGolemJersey Devilmermaids

Intrigued by tales of lost treasure? Then check out Oak Island Treasure Pit or Cities of Gold. Both are part of the popular Kidhaven Press Mysterious Encounters series.

Oak Island Treasure PitCities of Gold

The biographies of a man and a horse:



Richard Branson, Virgin Megabrand Mogul was released in 2011.





Blind Tom

Blind Tom, The Horse Who Helped Build the Great Railroad was a finalist in the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards. This picture book,released by Mountain Press Publishing, was declared “an extremely satisfying book,” by the New York Journal of Books in 2010.

“….very highly recommended reading and certain to become a popular addition to school
and community library collections.”
- Midwest Book Reviews, Children’s Bookwatch.



Picture Window Books by Shirley Raye Redmond
The Princess and Her Pony
The Princesses’ Lucky Day
Wyatt and the Duck
Pup’s Prairie Home, a 2008 finalist for the New Mexico Book Awards

Princess and Her PonyThe Princesses' Lucky DayWyatt and the DuckPup's Prairie Home


Out of Print Titles—you can buy used copies on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com

Grampa and the Ghostthis humorous juvenile novel is set in Lincoln, Illinois and features a ghost named Tallulah, who loves John Wayne movies. The title became a Weekly Reader book in 2002.

Stone of the Sun was Shirley Raye’s first book. It’s a 200-page romantic suspense novel set in Sierra Vista, Arizona. If you loved Phyllis Whitney’s books, this one’s right up your alley.

The Shepherd King is an historical novel set in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico in 1891. Serene Partain arrives under false pretenses at Joseph Brunswold’s ranch. While furtively seeking an ancient map to the legendary Cities of Gold, Serene unexpectedly falls in love with the ranch and the shepherd king.