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New Year’s Goals!

Well, it’s officially 2022! My first full year that I will be a full time author, and so I am taking some seriously time to think about what my goals are for this year.

Usually I think of resolutions, and every year until now, I have. I have resolved to do things differently, or better; but they have been hopes. I haven’t really done much to make them a reality, because that was all they were. Hopes.

This year however, I’m not going to create resolutions. I’m going to create goals: things that I am working towards, actively planning to achieve.

And that’s frightening!

It’s much easier to have hopes and dreams, because you never get measured against them. I had a dream to be an author as a job for pretty much my entire life, but it was only when I made it a goal and started making serious plans to get there that it happened.

So here we go: here are my three goals for 2022. I’ll revisit them at the end of the year, to see how I got on!

  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 there are my goals: let’s see how I do!

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Happy New Year!

If you are reading this, I am recovering from a pretty epic New Year 😅 for the first time in six years, I am able to host a New Year’s gathering, so I’m writing this just before everyone arrives because I don’t think I’ll be in much of a state to think tomorrow!

New Year’s are all about new beginnings, and I’ll write a new post for next week about my goals for 2022.

But in the meantime: look after yourselves, keep safe, and have a wonderful New Year!

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Happy Christmas!

From myself and my loved ones, to you and yours: Happy Christmas!

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What’s so sweet about mince pies?

Now that we’re in the full Christmas season, I am doing what I do best: eating all the mince pies. But after seeing a Facebook post from an Australian author friend of mine, I realised that there are quite a few misconceptions about one of my favourite treats.

So: why are mince pies called mince pies, when they don’t have any meat in them?

‘Mince’ is the action to cut something into loads of tiny pieces, hence minced beef, minced meat.

What we now call mince pies were actually ‘sweetmeat’ pies. Sweetmeat is a medieval term for stewed fruits. So minced sweetmeat pies became minced sweet pies became mince pies.…which is why people can sometimes get confused now.

We associate ‘mince’ with meat, when it’s just the cutting process.

So now when you dive into some mince pies, you can entertain the whole room with your medieval knowledge!

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Grab these books for Christmas!

If there’s one person who often gets ignored at Christmas…it’s you.

Yup, you.

I often find that it’s people who spend a lot of time worrying about other people who leave themselves at the end of the list. Everyone else is cared for, but then you realise…whoops. No one has thought about you.

So here I am, telling you that you should start thinking about yourself, and treating yourself to one of my gorgeous paperbacks which (if you have Prime) you can get in next of day shipping!

Here are some of my readers’ current favourites. Enjoy!

Miss Helena Patrick is not a governess. At least, not really. The famed and celebrated actress is a little down on her luck, and grasps the chance to masquerade as a governess until better luck comes around. Worse luck for her, she’s stuck out in the country with a master who is afraid to leave his house with a wife who died but no one will speak of, his sister who mysteriously disappears whenever anyone wants her, and a brother who…A brother who absolutely should not be kissing her. Especially as he’s a duke.

Oscar Fernsby, Duke of Kilerth, only planned to visit his brother for a few weeks. Prove the man was fine, then return to London to continue his anonymous bare knuckle boxing fights. Until a woman he thinks he recognizes but cannot place turns up at his brother’s house, blackmails him into silence, and distracts him with her beauty and strange skills.

Because this Helena, the governess, is strange. More at home with a sword in her hand than chalk, Oscar knows that something isn’t quite right. The only way to discover her secrets is to get close to her. What a shame…

Read now!

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?

Read now!

Plunge into this boxset of Regency romances, steamy with happily ever afters! Eight books set in Regency England, each with spice at its heart and a heart ready to lose. This collected stories promises hours and hours of steamy hot reading…

Read now!

Read the full series now! All five of Emily Murdoch’s sweet Western historical romances, all in one boxset!

Read now!

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A Governess of Prodigious Skill is out now!

I’m thrilled to announce that my fourth book in my Governess Bureau series is now live!

Here’s the blurb for the book, and you can click here to grab it now

Welcome to a brand new and exciting series titled The Governess Bureau from USA Today Bestselling Author Emily E K Murdoch!

When the nobility and gentility of England are at their wits end, they send a discrete note to Miss Vivienne Clarke’s Governess Bureau. Only accepting the very best clients, their governesses are coveted by minor royalty, with every governess following three rules:
1.You must have an impeccable record.
2.You must bring a special skill to the table.
3.You must never fall in love…

Book 4, A Governess of Prodigious Skill

Miss Helena Patrick is not a governess. At least, not really. The famed and celebrated actress is a little down on her luck, and grasps the chance to masquerade as a governess until better luck comes around. Worse luck for her, she’s stuck out in the country with a master who is afraid to leave his house with a wife who died but no one will speak of, his sister who mysteriously disappears whenever anyone wants her, and a brother who…A brother who absolutely should not be kissing her. Especially as he’s a duke.

Oscar Fernsby, Duke of Kilerth, only planned to visit his brother for a few weeks. Prove the man was fine, then return to London to continue his anonymous bare knuckle boxing fights. Until a woman he thinks he recognizes but cannot place turns up at his brother’s house, blackmails him into silence, and distracts him with her beauty and strange skills.

Because this Helena, the governess, is strange. More at home with a sword in her hand than chalk, Oscar knows that something isn’t quite right. The only way to discover her secrets is to get close to her. What a shame.

Everyone at the Old Abbey has secrets, but it will take a governess of prodigious skill to discover them all – and keep her own a secret…

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Get those Christmas presents ready!

I know, I know – it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas presents, but it’s always good to be ahead of the game!

It would be typical for an author like me to try to flog my books, and you know what, if you treated yourself and some loved ones to some of my books, great!

But I always want to recommend some books that I’ll be treating myself (sorry, my family and friends) to this Christmas. I love supporting my author friends, and if you have read all my books and want some more historical romance in your life, these are the authors I recommend!

Emmanuelle de Maupassant: my current favourite is The Lady’s Guide to Deception and Desire.

Merry Farmer: I’m reading Between His Lover and the Deep Blue Sea right now.

Sasha Cottman: you can never go wrong with her Christmas stories – try A Lady’s Heart Deceived.

Kathryn Le Veque: her Lasses and their Lovers medieval romance bundle is gorgeous!

Elise Marion: one of my faves – grab her Spinster Sister book.

I hope you find a new author to love this Christmas! (My books are here too 😅)

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Remember, Remember…

…it’s Fifth of November!

Well, almost. I missed it by a day, sorry!

Here in England, the Fifth of November is a huge deal: a celebration in a way, but in other ways we have kind of forgotten why we do what we do.

Part of that is because it is so close to Halloween, it all gets merged into one fun autumnal festival. Many English towns will have Bonfire Night, delicious food, and fireworks around this weekend, but if you asked many people, they will probably believe one of three myths…

  1. Guy Fawkes was the guy (😅) behind the plot. Sorry, he was one of the least important guys in the Plot. His role was checking on the gunpowder, but he had no political power really.
  2. Guy Fawkes was burned to death, which is why we have bonfires. Nope! He was convicted and sentenced to be hung, drawn, and quartered, BUT he ‘accidentally’ fell from the scaffold and broke his neck.
  3. Americans don’t celebrate it because they are anti-monarchy. Wrong again! When British people emigrated to America, they took the celebration with them and called it ‘Pope Day’, but it fell out of favour after the Revolution.

Whether you celebrate the Fifth of November or not, I hope you have an awesome weekend! And if you decide to stay home, make sure to curl up with a book…

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Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction is waiting for you to pre-order!

2022 is getting closer and closer, and that means you need to start loading up your ereader with gorgeous historical romances! This boxset includes not only me, but over fifteen other historical romance authors who love writing fun sweet and steamy stories!

Warfare with a Warrior is a continuation of my Ravishing Regencies series but has never been read by anyone – until now.

SECRETS, SCANDALS, AND SEDUCTIONS is a mightily packed boxset of almost twenty authors, writing stories from different historical periods and different heat settings.

Here’s the blurb for the book, and you can click here to grab it now

Desiring a Duke? Craving a Cowboy? Longing for a Laird?

This sweet and steamy collection of historical romance will transport you to a time when gentlemen were plentiful, and every scoundrel capable of seduction possessed a heart waiting to be uncovered.

Hidden identities, scandalous secrets, second chances, and happily ever afters fill this boxed set of more than 15 standalone romances, guaranteed to make you swoon.

Each unique tale in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Boxed Set delivers a stand-alone story that fans of Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, and Lorraine Heath are certain to love.

How do you capture a man’s heart… A lady never tells.

Authors included in this set are Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, Emmanuelle de Maupassant, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Adara Luann, Sophia Smith, C.K. O’Connor, Marianne Spitzer, and Rose Pearson

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My Halloween boxset is live!

It’s here! After all this waiting, I am so glad to say that the Halloween boxset anthology is available for just 0.99!

With not one, not two, but over twenty historical romance novellas or short stories available in this boxset, you’ll want to grab it right now before it goes up in price when it launches this coming week.

If you want to know a little more about Miss Vivienne Clarke and the establishment of the Governess Bureau, then you need to grab this anthology for just 0.99!

Here’s the blurb for the book, and you can click here to grab it now

When doors creak and ghostly whispers can be heard throughout the halls, this stunning collection of haunted Historical Romance novellas is sure to leave you breathless with ethereal, romantic tales…

Welcome to UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY anthology!

Many of your favorite Historical Romance authors have come together for a collection of never-before published stories inspired by true, legendary hauntings of the British Isles. These tales will give you a chill, a thrill, and have you reading them over and over. From the moors of Devon to the ballrooms of Regency London, and far north into the Scottish Highlands, these stories will bring you wistful dreams of legendary and haunting romance. You’ve never before experienced a collection like this by some of the very best authors in Historical Romance.

Authors in this anthology include:

Kathryn Le Veque
Caroline Lee
Chasity Bowlin
Hildie McQueen
Maggie Andersen
Mary Lancaster
Meara Platt
Violetta Rand
Alexa Aston
Anna Markland
Aubrey Wynne
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Elizabeth Johns
Elizabeth Keysian
Emily E K Murdoch
Emily Royal
Heather McCollum
Anna St. Claire
Lynne Connolly
Maeve Greyson
Whitney Blake

Light your candle, lock your doors, and settle down to this smashing collection of darkly-tinged romantic stories with unforgettable heroes and magnificent ladies. Romance has never been so daring… or so haunting!

And if you hear a knock on your door… don’t answer it unless you are prepared to welcome a wandering wraith in a tattered wedding gown…

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Last chance to grab this Halloween boxset!

This is your last chance to grab my Halloween boxset anthology is available for just 0.99 on pre-order!

With not one, not two, but over twenty historical romance novellas or short stories available in this boxset, you’ll want to grab it right now before it goes up in price when it launches this coming week.

If you want to know a little more about Miss Vivienne Clarke and the establishment of the Governess Bureau, then you need to grab this anthology for just 0.99!

Here’s the blurb for the book, and you can click here to grab it now

When doors creak and ghostly whispers can be heard throughout the halls, this stunning collection of haunted Historical Romance novellas is sure to leave you breathless with ethereal, romantic tales…

Welcome to UPON A MIDNIGHT DREARY anthology!

Many of your favorite Historical Romance authors have come together for a collection of never-before published stories inspired by true, legendary hauntings of the British Isles. These tales will give you a chill, a thrill, and have you reading them over and over. From the moors of Devon to the ballrooms of Regency London, and far north into the Scottish Highlands, these stories will bring you wistful dreams of legendary and haunting romance. You’ve never before experienced a collection like this by some of the very best authors in Historical Romance.

Authors in this anthology include:

Kathryn Le Veque
Caroline Lee
Chasity Bowlin
Hildie McQueen
Maggie Andersen
Mary Lancaster
Meara Platt
Violetta Rand
Alexa Aston
Anna Markland
Aubrey Wynne
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Elizabeth Johns
Elizabeth Keysian
Emily E K Murdoch
Emily Royal
Heather McCollum
Anna St. Claire
Lynne Connolly
Maeve Greyson
Whitney Blake

Light your candle, lock your doors, and settle down to this smashing collection of darkly-tinged romantic stories with unforgettable heroes and magnificent ladies. Romance has never been so daring… or so haunting!

And if you hear a knock on your door… don’t answer it unless you are prepared to welcome a wandering wraith in a tattered wedding gown…

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I’m calling it: plants are the best

I was never the sort of person, growing up, that had green fingers. This was a little odd in my family; my mother is an incredibly keen gardener, and her parents were professional horticulturalists. It’s in my roots!

But the older I’ve got, the more I have started to appreciate the incredible calming effect of plants.

I don’t know if it’s the placebo effect of the calming colour of green, the idea that I’m finally able to keep (some) plants alive, or the dream of summer/spring coming, but I am finding myself sitting by the windows and in the conservatory more and more often.

I just love it!

Writing can be stressful sometimes, and as an author, I’m always looking for ways to help my productivity and at the same time write better books. I’m finding writing in my conservatory (where I’m typing this now!) is really helping.

Plants are the best. I’m going to be honest, not all of my plants inside are real – it’s just less stressful to have beautiful fake plants from IKEA sometimes! – but I have been growing mint from cuttings, and that has been incredibly fun. It’s starting to make me wonder whether to have a gardener hero or heroine in a future book…

Are you green-fingered? Let me know if the comments if your home is full of real plants, fake plants, or you are yet to dive into the green-fingered community!