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Author update: writing after COVID

Again, if you’re not in the right head space for hearing about COVID, please skip this blog and I’ll see you next week!

As I shared in an earlier blog, I had COVID in March 2022 and it had a massive effect on my ability to write. For a time, I even had aphasia – that’s the difficulty in finding words.

Honestly, I ended up in tears because I was trying to explain something to my husband and I couldn’t think of the word ‘regret’.

It was bad.

Added to that, I had lots of exhaustion, like needing a nap every afternoon. And when I say need, I mean I was falling asleep at my desk if I didn’t put myself to bed…

I know that recovering from COVID could be a long journey, and I thought I was prepared for it – but the trouble is, when 100% of your income (and so much of your joy!) comes from being creative, it’s quite frightening to think that part of my brain might be gone.

I’m relieved to say that I’m almost back to full health. I’m not having sleeps every afternoon, though I am having a rest. I’m sleeping better, I’m able to go for my daily walk again…I’m very grateful to think that I’m almost there.

Conscious that not everyone feels this way, I am so grateful to be getting back onto my feet.

And it means that I can almost 100% commit to something exciting that will happening in July, so keep an eye out for that!

Thank you so much for all your support during this time! 🥰

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NEW PRE-ORDER! The Impoverished Dowry is available for pre-order!

I am so excited to announce that the pre-order for book 2 in my de Petras Saga is now available, and at just 0.99!

So many of my readers have fallen in love with Opal and Jasper, the hero and heroine of the first book of the series, and in this one you will meet their eldest daughter, Coral, all grown up and with plenty of opinions…

It is now available for pre-order, and you can click here to grab it now

Welcome to book 2 in The de Petras Saga from USA Today Bestselling Author Emily E K Murdoch!

Coral de Petras is on the hunt for a rich husband, and she doesn’t care who knows it.

In her third Season and starting to attract the wrong kind of attention, a chance introduction with a duke (sadly penniless) throws her completely off balance. She must find a wealthy husband, so her dowry does not completely impoverish her family.

The Duke of Glaenarm is handsome, charming, devilishly devoted to her. And penniless. Damn.
At least, that is what Edward Barlow, Duke of Glaenarm, wants her to believe.

Amused by the fiery haired beauty who demands a husband with an income of at least four thousand pounds, Edward decides to trick her into affection for him – proving that even if she believes him poor, she can fall in love.

But as lies start to layer onto lies, neither Coral nor Edward can control the desire pulling them together – and as the de Petras family’s outrageous behavior continues to threaten their respectability, it’s becoming more and more difficult for Coral to understand what she wants from life.

A respectable, boring, wealthy suitor – or a penniless duke that makes her feel alive?

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, but is best enjoyed in sequence.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Surprise! New book alert: Advent with an Archduke!

When I wrote David and Lady Louisa’s story for a short story anthology, I’ll be honest: I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I couldn’t stop! One short story simply wasn’t enough – so once the anthology came offline, I immediately started writing an extended version of their story. It became a full book, and you can grab it right now, for a Christmassy feeling this spring!

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

A man who disappeared a year ago – and the woman forced to welcome a stranger at Christmas…

Lady Louisa Jarrold knew this Christmas would be different. With her father gone, none of the Advent traditions will be the same – but worst of all, her mother has been forced to take in a paying guest over the Advent period as their funds run low.

An Archduke for Advent. The absolute last thing she wanted.

But David Nelson is the last person she is expecting to see. After he gave Louisa his heart, and was forced from her home by her over-protective father, he’s only now had the chance to see her again.

A huge amount has changed – but has their hearts? Confined in the Jarrolds’ London townhouse during a snow storm with no chaperone, Louisa and David are forced to confront their fears and feelings during a long Advent night.

Can David justify his sudden disappearance? Will Louisa ever be able to accept the affections of a gentleman her father so sternly rejected? Is it possible to fight off their renewed attraction to each other – and can an Advent with an Archduke be the beginning of new traditions?

This is the twelfth in the bestselling series of twelve Ravishing Regencies.

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

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NEW SERIES! The Misplaced Husband is LIVE!

So many of my readers know how much I absolutely love family sagas, particularly in the historical romance genre.

I just love following a family as they fall in love over and over again, seeing the same characters popping up again and again – and there’s usually a cute pet too!

So when it came to thinking about what type of series I wanted to write next, it kind of felt obvious.

Yup.

I wrote a family saga!

It launched a few days ago and I am terrified and excited to see what you think! Here’s the blurb for the book, and you can click here to grab it now

Welcome to book 1 in The de Petras Saga from USA Today Bestselling Author Emily E K Murdoch!

Opal de Petras knew it was a mistake to marry the man she fell in love with at first sight.

Three children later, she’s abandoned by her husband and is tempted to look elsewhere for love. But as the matriarch of her family and the one responsible for their reputations, she must try to keep the de Petras family respectable.

So when on the very day that her husband Jasper is declared dead – and she is declared a widow – he suddenly appears back in her life, right before she is about to take a lover, he has a lot of questions to answer…

Jasper de Petras knew there was no option but to abandon his family when the threatening letters started arriving – but after receiving paperwork that announces his death, it’s time to return home. Unsure whether the danger is past and determined to make Opal fall in love – and marry him – again, could it all fall apart before he’s able to convince her?

At the beginning of the de Petras Saga, join Opal and Jasper as they discover just how strong the bonds of love are – and what it takes to break them.

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, but is best enjoyed in sequence.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Have you grabbed this boxset?

Make sure you grab this gorgeous boxset!

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.

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Recovering (slowly!) as an author with COVID

Hey lovely readers! If reading about more COVID things aren’t good for your mental health right now, please feel free to skip this one!

As many of my readers know, I had COVID at the very beginning of March and I got it bad. Not hospitalisation bad, but bedridden for a week, vomming, chest pain and shallow breathing bad.

So yeah. Not good.

One of the many things that I was worried about was not being able to write when I recovered. My brain and mind are everything to me, and without them, I simply can’t write! So I, like many people, was understandably stressed about not being able to write.

And I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it hasn’t always been easy.

I tire far more easily now. I get headaches more. I struggle to concentrate, finding myself very easily distracted.

It’s been over a month now, and though I’m slowly getting back to normal (normal?!), I’m still not where I was before. And that’s okay.

As long as I’m writing great books, for great readers (that’s you!), then I’m happy.

I hope this little personal update is okay to share, and I can’t wait for you to read my next new release, The Misplaced Husband!

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I’m award nominated (again!)

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that when I finish agonising over – I mean writing my books, that someone else reads them 😅

And I don’t just mean my wonderful editor, Violetta Rand, or Dragonblade’s proofreaders…I mean, like, actual readers.

That’s why it is such a surprise to be nominated not once, not twice, but THREE times for a RONE Award in 2022!

A huge thank you to my wonderful publishers, Dragonblade, to the incredible readers who nominated my books for these awards, and I can’t wait for voting to begin!

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A Governess of Wise Years is available for out now!

I’m thrilled to announce that my sixth AND LAST book in my Governess Bureau series is available for you to read right now!

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

Welcome to the spectacular finale of 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 6, A Governess of Wise Years

When a governess has unusual experience, there is only one place she belongs: the Governess Bureau.

The Governess Bureau is about to close – but Miss Vivienne Clarke has one chance to redeem it, and herself.

Scandal. Intrigue. Love matches. The Governess Bureau was never supposed to be full of these things, but over the last few years, no fewer than five matches have been made.

It’s something the proprietress, Miss Vivienne Clarke, simply cannot allow to continue.

With only one client remaining for the previously esteemed Governess Bureau now it has been called into disrepute, Vivienne has no choice but to take on the assignment herself; Caring for the daughter of Edwin, Viscount Bysshe.
It would be so much easier if she had not turned down his offer of marriage fifteen years ago.

Edwin wouldn’t consider himself a man who carries a grudge, he just wants to prove to the world that Miss Clarke is incompetent and her whole Bureau idea is a scam. After all, she chose it over him all those years ago. Besides, he has secrets to hide about his daughter, and her mysterious origins.

All Vivienne wants to do is salvage her reputation, restore her business, and return to London with her heart intact.

She’s a governess of wise years, but is that enough to save herself from even more heartbreak?

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.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Happy Mothering Sunday

If this topic is upsetting for you, please please prioritise yourself, and don’t feel like you need to read this.

I’m not a mother, but Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day here in the UK) is not always about that. It’s about the power of motherhood, of maternal love, of caring for the mothers around us. Some of my favourite people are mothers, and I love being able to look after them so that they can focus their love on their children.

Writing mothers has always been a bit of a challenge for me, because in the early days, I tended to either write wonderfully loving mothers (like my own!) or cold step-mothers, very Disney!

It’s taken me time to expand my mother repertoire, to write mothers who have good sides and bad sides, mothers who make mistakes from love, and those who are sometimes cruel to be kind.

So whatever mother you have, whatever mother you are, whatever mothers you’re close to: I hope that you have a wonderful Mothering Sunday.

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Bittersweet endings

Well, we’re only two weeks away from the last book in my Governess Bureau series being published (that’s A Governess of Wise Years, in case you missed it!) and I am feeling very bittersweet.

It’s always hard to end a series, especially if you have loved writing it. I adored everything about the Governess Bureau: the characters, the opportunities to bring my heroes and heroines together, the forbiddenness of the governess and the master…

It was why I was so excited to write this series.

But many of my readers have mentioned how sad they are that the series is coming to an end, and I have to say, I’m sad too!

There will only be six books in this series, which is one of my shortest series ever. My first series with Dragonblade, Never the Bride, was twelve books with a few spin off novellas, and I know many of my readers were hoping that my Governess Bureau series would continue that long.

But believe it or not, my idea for this series kind of walked into my mind with exactly six books. That’s never happened to me before, and so it was almost impossible to think about extending it.

A Governess of Wise Years completes the series, giving Miss Vivienne Clarke her own story, and in a few weeks it will be time to say goodbye to them all.

And honestly? It’s a little bittersweet; but I am so excited about what’s to come.

Make sure that you grab A Governess of Wise Years while it’s on 0.99 pre-order!

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NEW SERIES ALERT!

Well, I’ve been teasing my new series for a while…and finally the first book is now available for pre-order!

The de Petras family is ready for you to meet them…

Opal de Petras knew it was a mistake to marry the man she fell in love with at first sight.

Welcome to book 1 in The de Petras Saga from USA Today Bestselling Author Emily E K Murdoch!

Three children later, she’s abandoned by her husband and is tempted to look elsewhere for love. But as the matriarch of her family and the one responsible for their reputations, she must try to keep the de Petras family respectable.

So when on the very day that her husband Jasper is declared dead – and she is declared a widow – he suddenly appears back in her life, right before she is about to take a lover, he has a lot of questions to answer…

Jasper de Petras knew there was no option but to abandon his family when the threatening letters started arriving – but after receiving paperwork that announces his death, it’s time to return home. Unsure whether the danger is past and determined to make Opal fall in love – and marry him – again, could it all fall apart before he’s able to convince her?

At the beginning of the de Petras Saga, join Opal and Jasper as they discover just how strong the bonds of love are – and what it takes to break them.

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, but is best enjoyed in sequence.

Read Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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What are you looking for in your historical romances?

One of the things that I absolutely love when I’m reading is getting stuck down a trope hole.

What’s a trope hole, I hear you ask? (Great question.)

A trope hole, in my humble opinion, is when you get so obsessed with a particular trope – amnesia romance, second chance lovers, friends to enemies – and you realise you cannot actually stop reading it.

Like, cannot stop.

So after you’ve read all of the books with this trope that are easy to find, you end up frantically reading blurbs or asking friends for recommendations because if you don’t read another royal romance…

Well, the world would end 😅

I wrote my first ever amnesia trope romance in A Governess of Unusual Experience and I had so much fun writing it – because I have so much fun reading them! There is something so powerful and interesting in a couple who have such an odd power dynamic; not because they have done that on purpose, but because circumstances mean that one of them simply doesn’t remember the other.

But now that I’m all amnesia troped out, I’m looking for my next trope to get obsessed with! Let me know in the comments, or in a social comment, and I can pick my favourite to get nerdy about 🤓