Always the Courtesan is on pre-order!

You know that book I mentioned that I’d finished? It’s now available for pre-order!

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Always the courtesan and never the bride – it’s a life she never chose and cannot escape…

Indulge yourself in book 3 of the bestselling Never the Bride series. Read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Lady Honora Lennox hasn’t gone by that name in three years – not since she was abducted and forced to work in a brothel.
She’s but nineteen and has given up on the world offering her anything of kindness. Until he walks through her door.

Josiah Stanhope, Earl of Chester, is exhausted with politics and games, deceit and lies – it’s time for simplicity, and there’s nothing simpler than the clear cut exchange of coin for pleasure. And yet there’s something different about this girl. She knows how to please a man, certainly, but there’s more to her. Something refined.

He’s determined to find out the truth. She’s terrified of destroying her family name. Tensions mount as wills clash and there can only be one victor.

Can Josiah ever prove himself as trustworthy, or will he fall back to old habits? Can Honora ever return to society after her fall from grace – or is his bed far more inviting?

Make sure you pre-order this delicious Regency romance now!

Completing a book in lockdown

In my last blog, I talked about the weirdness of trying to write in lockdown, and how hard I was finding that. I am always honest with my readers, and so I wanted to share some of the process that went on behind the scenes. You can read it here.

So many people reached out and shared that they, too, were finding it a challenge to do normal activities while lockdown was in place. Our whole routines have been completely disrupted, and it’s hard to think of another event in recent memory that has been like this. The only thing I can think of is the Blitz, and sadly that’s almost beyond living memory now.

I wanted to update you with the joyous news that I finished a book yesterday! Not just written, but edited twice, proofread, and sent over to my editor.

I experienced such a huge sense of relief when I clicked ‘send’, because it’s been a real struggle for me to focus on writing. Ther are so many things going on in the world, and my day job interacts with the NHS (the UK National Health Service) on an hourly basis. It’s hard for me to mentally separate myself from the pandemic, and that’s been really hard on me emotionally.

It is thanks to amazing authors who I speak to on a regular basis, and thanks to you, my wonderful readers (thank you, those who got in touch!) that I am able to keep going.

And you know what? I think I’ve broken my funk. I woke up this morning wanting to edit the next book – and I can’t remember the last time I’ve felt like that.

It’s challenging to think about normal life, and what the world will be like when this is all over. But whatever that world looks like, we’re going to work it out together – and with some amazing books by our sides.

Writing in lockdown

Almost half of the world’s population is in lockdown, and so am I. Writing in lockdown has been something I’ve been really struggling with, and after four weeks of it, I wanted to write a blog about it and be really open and honest about it.

If you believed social media, you would think that everyone is loving lockdown! Enjoying baths, playing with their kids – there are some great moments that can be had when you are spending more time than normal with your loved ones.

But of course, there are downsides, and those aren’t the bits that we portray to the world, so it’s easy to get a skewed view on things.

My emotions, honestly, have pendulum-swung from side to side almost every day. Because my day job can be done at home, and my husband is a key worker so is leaving the house anyway, we made the decision that I would not leave the house/garden at all, and he would pick up food when we needed it when he was already out and about.

That means that I’ve not left the house for a month.

And it’s weird! In some ways, I love that: I’m very much a homegirl, and I love just being at home, in comfy clothes, relaxing.

But isn’t it funny: as soon as you are told you cannot do something, all you want to do is that thing!

I was also really looking forward to hosting a few family get-togethers this spring, all of which (of course) have been cancelled.

And in all of this, my writing has suffered. It’s hard to focus on a love scene set in Regency England when you keep hearing doom and gloom on the news.

I find it difficult to write light and frothy banter between my hero and my heroine when I am hearing such terrible news from friends and family about their loved ones.

It all feels a bit meaningless, do you know what I mean?

But yesterday, some of that shifted. I sent out a newsletter to my readers (late, sorry!) and I was really honest with them about how it was challenging, and I was doing my best. I wasn’t even expecting a response, I just wanted to be honest with them.

The emails I have received over the last 24 hours have been so lovely – some of them even made me cry! To know that my readers were absolutely standing with me, that some of them were finding it hard, but that my books – and the books from other authors – were keeping me going…

It reminded me why I love to write, and why I wrote in the first place.

So this morning, I woke up early and instead of lounging in bed (tempting, I know), I got up, headed downstairs, cracked open the laptop, and finally finished some edits on a book.

And it feels great.

How are you doing in lockdown? Are you finding motivation hard? Are your emotions all over the place?

New book! Always the Chaperone

Have you ever been left on the sidelines? Completely ignored? Passed over for another?

Then you know exactly how my latest heroine feels. Lady Charlotte St. Maur, spinster and chaperone, is tired of society and is ready to stop agreeing the chaperone the next generation – until she catches the eye of a rather dashing Major who has now ascended to a title…

The reviews for Always the Chaperone have been pouring it and I am so thrilled to see that so many of you love this book! I put much of myself into Lady Charlotte, and it’s an honour to see so many of you loving it.

Want to read it for yourself? Well hurry up – it’s just 0.99 at the moment!

Emily E K Murdoch's next book 'Always the Bridesmaid' is out now. A woman in a white dress carrying flowers is looking into the distance as though waiting for someone

New Emily Murdoch book on pre-order!

The news is finally out: I have a new SIX BOOK series publishing contract with Dragonblade Publishing!

Bridesmaid

Isn’t she absolutely GORGEOUS? It has been so difficult keeping this secret to myself, and I know you’ll all forgive me for keeping schtum until the very last moment.

This beauty is on pre-order right now for just $0.99, so grab her while you can – and you don’t have long to wait to read her. She’s launched on Thursday 16th January!

Just click here to pre-order at this bargain price!

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride – but not if the Duke of Axwick has anything to do with it…

Miss Tabitha Chesworth is walking down the aisle for the third time, but never as the bride. Frustrated with being passed over, there’s nothing that a well-born lady can do about it. But at four and twenty, she’s starting to worry that this is her lot in life – until a fiery encounter with the Duke of Axwick.

Richard St Maur, sixteenth in his line, has sworn an oath never to marry. He’s seen the damage of the male Axwick line, and he won’t bring another gambler or drunkard into the world. Of course, that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little fun and there’s no one he’d like to play with more than Miss Tabitha Chesworth. He’s determined to have her. She’s determined to hold out until a ring is on her finger. Sparks fly as this repeat bridesmaid takes on one of the most determined men of the ton.

Whose offer will eventually be accepted? Will the Duke of Axwick find his way into Tabitha’s bed – or her heart?

Pre-order now!

New year, new books!

Dear readers, I have some exciting news to tease you with: not one, not two, but SEVEN new books are coming out from me in 2020!

Whaaat?

Yup, I am as excited as you are. I have 6 books coming out in a brand new series (sorry, details cannot be announced yet but will be soon!), and a novella that links into another series coming out in a huge world publication in the summer.

And you know what?

I am ridiculously excited. My Ravishing Regencies series has received so much love from you all and that has made me even more confident that what I am doing is working: beautiful love stories in historical time periods, packed with true details and feisty heroines.

So what’s the best way you can find out when these books are out?

Follow me on Amazon or follow me on BookBub. That way, you’ll receive an email notification whenever I launch a new book, and you can grab it immediately and lose yourself in a whole new world!

Writing during the hard times

I have been a little quiet on the blog side of things, and I do apologise for that – it’s been a busy and emotional few weeks.

The details I will keep private to protect those I love but suffice to say, I’ve been bereaved about a fortnight ago and it’s been an emotional journey. Writing during such a time becomes challenging for two reasons: firstly because your head is simply not in that creative space, and secondly because there are so many other things demanding your attention.

So how do you keep writing during the hard times? Well, I typically follow a rule of three (always easier to remember!):

  1. Never guilt-trip yourself. When going through an emotional upheaval, the last thing you should do is punish yourself because you don’t reach some vague standard. Be kind to yourself.
  2. Set reasonable goals. Whatever you think you can do that day, half it. Maybe half it again. See point 1.
  3. Be honest with those around you. When you’re struggling, it’s easy to try and hide your difficulties – but people who love you want to help you, and they cannot if they do not know your situation.

They may not help you, but remembering these three points has helped me navigate the last few weeks, and I am sure they will be helpful for me as we enter 2020.

If you are going through a difficult time, my heart is with you. If you’re trying to balance it with writing, I completely understand, and you are not alone.

 

Christmas is almost here!

Well, almost.

I am one of those (fantastic) people who absolutely loves Christmas. One summer a few years ago I was living in New Zealand, and I found myself listening to Christmas music all of August!

IMG_0719But I digress.

There are so many things to love about Christmas and just a few of them are starting to peek their heads around the corner. Frosty mornings. Advent calendars. Mince pies.

But even better than all of those (if possible) are the gorgeous Christmas boxsets that are released every year! It’s a chance to lose yourself completely in romantic entangles, misunderstandings, and reunions that the Christmas season brings us all.

Of course, I’m biased. I am thrilled this year to be part of a Christmas boxset that is not only storming up the charts, but far more importantly, our readers are loving! You can find me and twenty six other authors in that boxset, giving you literally days and days worth of reading.

But it’s also time to get the children’s Christmas books out and enjoy them. The Snowman, in particular, is one of my favourite stories. And isn’t that one of the reasons that we love Christmas in the first place? The opportunity to tell stories over and over, of those we love?

As we all start to prepare for Christmas, make sure you take some time for yourself and enjoy a Christmas story you love, whether it’s romantic or perfect for little ones. I know I will!