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(Delayed) New Year’s Resolutions!

Okay, okay, I know I am massively late on this…but I was so excited about my new book, Don’t Judge a Duke by His Cover, that I almost forgot to tell you about my New Year’s Resolutions!

I don’t always make them, because sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated if you don’t manage to hold them. It’s like making impossible goals that you never meet, and then get all despondent about them.

But first, let’s look at what New Year’s Resolutions I made for 2022…

  1. From August onwards, have a book published every other month. It’s a big goal, but now I am a full time author, I should have the time.
  2. Plan and launch a super secret pen name! I have so many ideas and I am so excited to get them out there in the world.
  3. I will get my newsletter up to 10,000 readers who love my books. It means so much to me to know that people are out there reading and loving my books, and I want to collect them together!

So, how did I do?

Well, I did have a book published every other month from August onwards – huzzah! Though I can’t claim all the credit, because it was thanks to my publishers, the amazing Dragonblade, that this was possible.

You can see all the books I have published here.

And I did plan, and soft launch, a secret pen name! This is in a different genre so I didn’t want the branding to get all confused with my gorgeous historical romance. This pen name has a book in the world, and two more on pre-order. Maybe one day I’ll reveal who it is…👀

And in a way, I did get my newsletter up to 10,000 readers…but just recently, I realized that there were over 2400 people who hadn’t opened my emails in over a year.

They must have wanted to sign up once, but obviously I was no longer a priority. And that’s okay! I sent them a quick email and asked if they wanted to stay on my mailing list, and if they didn’t, then I removed them.

So I’m back to 7600 subscribers…which is where I started the year.

On the surface, that looks like a disaster–but my open rate has gone up from 18% to 45%, and that is a huge achievement. One, I think, I’m probably more proud of than I would have been keeping the numbers to 10k!

So, that was 2022. What about 2023?

Well, here are my new New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Sell a non-fiction book! I now have an agent, Kate Walsh with United Agents, and we’ll be going out on submission with a non-fiction book in the coming weeks. Watch this space!
  2. To continue to diversify my publishing income. I love everything I do right now, but I never want to be so dependent on one source in case that collapsed.
  3. I want to improve my editing skills. It’s something I’ve really been working on recently after such useful insight and feedback from my publishers, so I want to write even cleaner manuscripts for them.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions – or have they already fallen by the wayside?! Let me know in the comments!

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Did you spot my article?

Hello lovely readers!

Just a quick reminder, in case you haven’t already seen it, that I have had an article published recommending some of the best historical romances to fall in love with EVERY time you read them.

Sometimes you read a book that just makes you fall in love…but the next time you read it, it’s a bit ‘eh’.

Not so with these books!

I’ve recommended some of the books I adore from authors who are my friends – but don’t worry, I was only biased the first time I read them 😅 I have gone back to these books over and over again because they are just so good!

You can read the article and see which books I have recommended by clicking here.

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Happy birthday to meeeee

Happy birthday to me!

Yup, this week is my birthday. After thirty I stopped counting (okay, it wasn’t that long ago), but one of the joys of getting older is that I care less about the number, and what my age is giving me.

Joy.

Happiness.

Contentment.

All the books.

I know that so many of my readers want to celebrate my birthday with me, and of course, I’m totally up for that! If you want to say hi to me, find me on Facebook or Twitter. And if you want to support me, you can buy any of my books here!

🥰

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NEW SERIES: Don’t Judge a Duke by His Cover…

After so many Christmas historical romances, it’s almost (!) a relief to be launching a new series!

I asked many of my readers what sort of books they’d like me to write next, and I heard the same thing over and over again: they loved dukes. They loved danger. They loved smart heroines who sometimes knew just as much, or even more, than their hero.

And so that’s precisely what I’ve done.

DUKES IN DANGER is a series that follows dukes who don’t behave like dukes should. They love danger, aren’t afraid of enemies, and are singlemindedly focused on–what, who is that? She’s so beautiful…

I adored writing this series opener, packed full of punches, sensuality, and of course, a duke in disguise…

Lawrence, Duke of Penshaw, is undercover and getting punched on a daily basis.

Devastated by the murder of his brother by a traitor to the Crown, Lawrence agrees to leave his identity as Duke behind to go undercover at an illegal boxing ring in London. He’s waiting for the killer to return from France, and absolutely must not get distracted. Especially by a beauty from Society who absolutely should not be here.

Julia Dryden knows her mother would be scandalized by her presence at the boxing matches—it flies in the face of their agreement for her to choose a husband by Easter. After all, she isn’t getting any younger.

But her eye is caught by a tall, handsome man who gives everything in the ring and seems to have no fear of danger.
From two different worlds—but not the ones she thinks—Julia has no idea the man she’s falling in love with is not a common rogue.

And Lawrence has to keep it that way for if he loses focus, just for a moment, he may lose everything.

The chance to catch a killer, put a traitor behind bars, revenge his brother…and Julia’s heart.

This full length novel is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series that can be read in any order.

Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Happy New Year’s Eve

It’s that time again!

The time of year when we all look back on the year that we have already lived, and we start to look at the future of the year to come.

It’s been hard the last few years. COVID has turned upside down a huge amount of our plans, and it has personally been quite challenging to start planning what I want my year to look like, when I had no idea what the year was actually going to look like.

But now that I am officially a full year through being a full time author, here’s what I’ve done.

I’ve had almost 20 books published.

I’ve secured a literary agent for my historical non-fiction.

I’ve worked with some incredible authors for line editing, proofreading, and transliteration.

I’ve seen more and more independent authors grow and succeed, which has been such a joy.

I’ve worked on contemporary romance, sweet romance, and historical fiction – none of which (so far!) has been published.

And I’ve been healthier, happier, and more joyful than I think I have been in a long time.

So. What’s my plan for next year?

Honestly, right now: I don’t know! There are so many things that I want to achieve, but I am starting to learn that there is no point in trying to plan out too far in advance. The more I try to control the future, the harder it is to keep on track.

So for now, I want to wish you a happy New Year for 2023, and that all your dreams – all those that will benefit you – will come true 🥰

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NEW RELEASE: Two Calling Birds (Christmas Regency series)

You know what: I can hardly believe it.

Today is the launch of the last (YES THE LAST) book in my popular Twelve Days of Christmas series.

Yup, after twelve weeks, a book published every Friday for twelve weeks, the series is at an end. Sob! I can’t hardly believe it, to be honest. I have poured so much of myself into this series, particularly my love of big families.

I am myself from a large family, a large number of cousins in particular, and I think you can tell that from this series. There’s so much love, squabbling, joy, and confusion and misunderstandings – precisely what I have experienced in big families.

This series is super spicy so you should definitely not read at work 👀 but hey, they are perfect for that commute home!

A Partridge in a Pear Tree may be the end of this series, but I hope it’s not the end of your experience reading my books! Remember that you can read a huge number of them by clicking here.

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1819, and Isabella is not going to look at her pear tree again…

Isabella Fitzroy should never have been there. The lane in Bath was a completely random accident, as was the vicious attack she witnessed.

But when the man who defended himself so powerful steals a kiss and then appears in the pear tree by her bedchamber window that evening, Isabella knows she’s in trouble. After all, Guy Partridge is not the sort of man she should be associating with. No family, no title, no name—but fingers that know precisely how to tease and please…

Swiftly losing her innocence but unable to say no to the man who is swiftly stealing her heart, Isabella knows precisely what she wants from Guy…though he has a secret or two which may stop her in her tracks.

A Partridge in a pear tree and Christmas will never be the same again…

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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NEW RELEASE: Two Calling Birds (Christmas Regency series)

I am so excited to reveal that book 11 in my Christmas series, Twelve Days of Christmas is now live!

It launched yesterday and already so many readers are saying how much they are enjoying the gradual closing of this series.

Don’t worry – next week you’ll still have a book in this series, but it will be the last one. Make sure you are completely caught up by reading Two Turtle Doves!

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1819, and two turtle doves just fell into her lap…

Joy Fitzroy will scream if she has to endure one more pity conversation about her lack of husband or marital prospects. After all, she’s still young. Mostly. And she is tired of having her lack of husband and children forced upon her—it’s not as though a family is going to fall into her lap.

But when a child does just that, bringing with it a dashing father who just happens to be able to undress Joy with his eyes, she’s absolutely determined not to lose her heart, nor her head, to the handsome widower.

Gilbert Kitteridge is devoted to two things, his twin daughters and his turtle doves. Love is something he simply doesn’t have time for. Lust however, that’s something entirely different. Joy Fitzroy is just begging to be plucked, and if he gets his way, it won’t be long before she’s under his body and begging for more…

Two turtle doves may need a stepmother, but Joy isn’t ready to believe in happily ever after’s that easily…

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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NEWLY LAUNCHED: Three French Hens (Christmas Regency)

When you hear the words ‘three french hens’ what do you think?

Ever since I was old enough to know about ~the ways of the world~ I realised that these three French hens could be birds. OR…they could be mistresses.

Now you can see why I took this thematic direction with this steamy Regency Christmas novella!

If you’re ready to dive into Three French Hens, part of the Twelve Days of Christmas series, move quickly – it launched yesterday!

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1819, and Sophia’s hearing too much about the French hens…

Sophia Fitzroy is searching for a scandalous romance. Not an actual one, of course. Just something to entertain her this Season as her five sisters are now married and gone.

But when her declaration that she wishes to be seduced is accidentally overheard at a ball, her dull Season is instantly transformed.

Because Orlando Dunbar does not take no for an answer. Infamous for seducing ladies across the ton, his three French hens or mistresses are not enough to satisfy him—not now that he’s got Sophia in his sights.

She’s determined to steal his kisses but keep her heart. He’s never been rejected before, and doesn’t intend to start now.

Three French hens may be what he’s used to, but Sophia knows she’ll have to give up all her inhibitions if she wants to truly catch the eye of this man…

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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NEW BOOK: Four Calling Birds!

It’s strange to think that we’re nearing the end of my Twelve Days of Christmas series, but yes: it’s the time of Four Calling Birds!

This book was actually a really challenging one for me to write. I thought it would be easy – after all, I had already written eight book in this series. How hard could it be?

BWAHAHAHAHA

So hard.

The cover, thankfully, gave me a huge amount of inspiration. (Yup, I get the covers as I’m editing!)

Once I realised precisely what Lucy was trying to tell me, the story suddenly came together. It became clear that Lucy’s boldness, her determination to be heard, and her frustration with her family had to end in one way…

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1817, and Lucy always knows who will answer her call…

Lucy Fitzroy has always had one friend to rely on: Lord Percy Ardingley. Childhood friends with a unique call to encourage the other to venture out into London—and mischief—there’s nothing Lucy likes better than time with him. But for some reason, this Christmas, Percy is…different. Strange. Trying to speak to her about things she doesn’t understand.

He’s back after a few months in the country, and though Percy doesn’t look any different, something has definitely altered between the two of them. If only Lucy could keep her heart rate still for five minutes around him and understand what this strange lurch in her stomach means…

Four calling birds may have been his pet name for Lucy and three of her sisters, but it’s just her and Percy now, and she’s not sure what her friend is calling her to do.

Just when she thinks she understands him, Lucy may find that the call of her heart is stronger than the call of her mind—and the call of the bedchamber may be even stronger still…

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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FIVE GOOOOLD RINGS!

Okay, let’s be honest: did you read that title and then sing the title based on the tune of Twelve Days of Christmas?

Please do not worry: you are not alone!

This song is so ubiquitous, almost all of us know it, even if we do not know it.

And I’m singing it to celebrate the launch of Five Gold Rings, in my Twelve Days of Christmas seres.

You would have thought it would be increasingly difficult to make the titles fit the series, but actually this was a really easy one for me. The connection just made sense to me, and I am so glad – because the characters gave me enough to deal with!

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1817, and five gold rings are perfect Christmas presents…
Esther Fitzroy is bored of all the gentlemen lining up to propose matrimony—only because her father’s rising fortune means a bigger dowry. At least she’s not like the poor Duke of Kendal, who according to the latest scandal, has lost his entire fortune. So when John (Jack to the ladies), the Duke of Kendal suddenly arrives at the Fitzroy home and starts inexpertly wooing her, Esther knows precisely what he wants, her dowry. But she wants his heart.

Determined to make him fall in love with her before he asks for her hand, Esther starts a dangerous game with a gentleman far more accustomed to seduction than she could ever imagine.

Purchasing five gold rings as presents for her sisters is nothing to what Jack wants to give her this Christmas. Five gold rings may be perfect gifts, but Esther only wants one from Jack—and she may not wait to receive one before giving up her heart…and her body.

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Are you caught up? Half way through my Christmas series!

Phew! When I first suggested to my amazing publishers, Dragonblade, that I wanted to do a Christmas series of 12 books that launched one a week, every week for twelve weeks…I was certain they were going to laugh.

But you know what? They were incredibly supportive.

And here we are, officially past the halfway point! This passionate book is called Six Geese a Laying!

I had a wonderful time writing it – Maria is a bit of a wallflower, a woman who’s often overlooked in a large family. But she’s not been overlooked by a certain gentleman…

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1817, with geese flocking just before Christmas—but Maria’s all alone…

Maria Fitzroy wants to do just two things this Christmas: avoid all questions about her matrimonial prospects, and see more of this strange Mr. Walter who appeared at Chalcroft asking strange questions.

He’s new to the village, mysterious and handsome, and has a strange fascination with Maria. Which absolutely should not get her heart racing. But an instinct that pulls her to him just as the geese are drawn across the sky keeps pulling Maria into Walter’s path, and before she knows it, scandalous kisses and games she should absolutely not be playing are pulling her away from her family.

His questions about her family continue as gossip about them starts to appear in the papers—but none of that matters. Not when Maria knows Walter is the one for her.

Six geese a laying in the farmyard, and Maria is about to give everything to the one man who sees her as something more…

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Read it now – Seven Swans a Swimming!

This is perhaps the most popular cover in my whole series, people just can’t get enough of it. And you can see why, right?

This is a gorgeous grumpy/sunshine Christmas romance, called Seven Swans a Swimming!

We’re almost halfway through this series, Twelve Days of Christmas, and the reviews have been so great so far. I’m so thrilled with it! Thank you for your support.

Welcome to the exciting new holiday series from USA Today Bestselling author Emily E K Murdoch.

It’s 1815, and swans are Arabella’s only company…

Arabella Fitzroy always knew she was to have an arranged marriage, and this Christmas, it’s finally time to meet him. Hopes high and best foot forward, Arabella is astonished to find Lord Nathaniel Cartier nothing more than a boor with bad taste and worse manners.

Stuck in his cold home with his parents while the rest of her family enjoy Christmas together, Arabella spends her days at the lake, talking to the swans, determined to break the arranged marriage. Until a chance encounter and some vulnerability changes everything by the lakeside. A secret about the swans will reveal Nathaniel Cartier is far more than she bargained for…

Seven swans a swimming may look serene on the surface, but Arabella is about to discover that life with Nathaniel would be anything but serene.

As she swims against the tide of her family’s wishes, can Arabella resist the temptation to enjoy Nathaniel’s kisses even if the engagement is called off?

Meet the Fitzroy family: twelve cousins falling in love over Christmastime!

This novella is a steamy Regency romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhangers, and is part of a series which can be read in any order – but follow the numbers down for the best reading experience!

Note: This series is part of Dragonblade’s Flame line, so this is a sexy, steamy, and scorching-hot read with multiple sex scenes. Be advised.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!