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Last chance to grab A Governess of Many Languages on pre-order!

It’s the last chance for you to grab my latest Regency romance for just 0.99, as it will be published this week!

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 Best Selling 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 3, A Governess of Many Languages

When a governess of many languages is required, there is only one place the nobility of England go: the Governess Bureau.

Of course, Miss Elizabeth Fletcher doesn’t broadcast that information – nor that she is an expert in the care of twins. Constantly under-estimated and treated like the children she’s responsible for, all she wants is a duke assignment and the respect of her peers.

Stuart Morton, Lord Galcrest, is having none of it. Giving her the nickname ‘the mouse’ when he hires her as a joke for his friends, he’s never taken life seriously and doesn’t want to start now. But when they arrive, bickering, at the home of the duc d’Allaire, everything changes. There’s a mysterious rift between their hosts, and both Elizabeth and Stuart are plunged into situations neither can control.

What they don’t know, of course, is that Elizabeth speaks many languages. Assuming she cannot understand, secrets are spoken before her which start to hint at something scandalous…

Unable to untangle why her mistress loathes her, and forced to entertain her master’s guests, Elizabeth grows increasingly furious with the man who brought her here. Such a shame he’s so handsome, and stealing kisses from her when she should be attempting to keep a pair of prankster twins under control.

As scandal suddenly rocks the d’Allaire family, Elizabeth is forced to choose: help rescue the reputation of her master, or leave Stuart to fix the mess he’s inadvertently created.

The house party is about to begin…

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Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction is on pre-order!

You know I am always looking to give my lovely readers little treats – and so that’s why I am so excited to let you know that I have another story coming out in an anthology next year!

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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Writing the best fight scenes

If you’re here for swords, then I’m afraid this isn’t the blog post for you – though I do have a few, and they are beautiful!

No, today I’m thinking more about the difficulty of writing a good argument.

Honestly, it can feel impossible! As the author, you often want to make the reader feel empathetic to both sides of the argument. That way, the argument feels far more realistic. There’s often good and bad on both sides of a debate.

You always want to make sure that the plot moves forward through the argument, otherwise it can end up feeling very bitter and mean, without actually taking the plot or the characters on the journey.

The best kind of argument that I like to write is one that is quite similar to the ones that we have today. Historical setting doesn’t always matter; jealousy over who our loved ones spend time with, ways that couples spend their money, what to name a child – those arguments have been going on ever since there were people!

So they next time you read an argument in a book, just think about that poor author who probably agonised over every single word!

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Exciting Christmas romance on pre-order!

I love writing Christmas stories, and although my writing decks are absolutely stacked, I wanted to put this book up on pre-order which has been released from a boxset from last year.

That means you can now treat yourself to a steamy Regency novella for just 0.99c!

Make sure you pre-order it now!

A man who claims to be a prince and a woman forced to play along – but the real secret must be revealed before Christmas Day…

It’s Christmas at St. James’ Court, and there’s a pretender to the Russian throne attempting to gain Royal approval. Alexei Dmitry Immanuil Maximilian Konstantinvich – or Maxim, to his admirers – is determined to hide the secret that will ruin him. He may only be one and thirty, but he’s seen enough of the world to last him a lifetime, unlike Miss Anne Marsh.

She’s agreed with her father that this will be her last Season to be presented at St. James’. Tired of being trotted out for the marriage market, all she wants is to retire to anonymity. That’s going to be difficult after being found in a compromising position in the Russian Prince’s rooms.

A marriage of convenience is agreed, and Christmas Day is set for their wedding. But Maxim is hiding far more than Anne could ever guess, and she has a few secrets of her own…

Will Maxim be recognised at Court for the Czar he claims to be? Will Anne accept a marriage of convenience from such a wild and hedonistic man? Can a Christmas with a Czar be the beginning of a lifetime together?

This is the eleventh in the bestselling series of eleven 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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What’s your favourite Disney film?

Now, I’m not saying Disney+ is the best thing ever.

Not unless they sponsor me 😂

But seriously, having access to it has made it possible to meander down memory lane almost every evening if I want to.

I’ve been able to revisit some of my family classics, those films I know so well that I can almost recite them word perfectly. I’ve been able to explore new animated films that we didn’t have on VHS growing up.

I’ve even been able to discover Disney films that I had never heard of before!

Why is it that we continue coming back to the old classics – Alice Through The Looking Glass, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty?

Is it pure nostalgia? Would it matter if the films were any good, as long as we watched them as children?

I don’t think so.

I believe Disney animated films are so beloved because they are based on fairytales, folk tales – stories and sagas that speak to the very heart of us.

The types of stories that pass down from generation to generation, often changing slightly in the retelling, but still captivating those messages we love to return to: family, belonging, and true love.

It’s these sorts of themes I often try to encapsulate in my books. Even though there’s quite a difference between Hercules and historical romance (maybe not?), I think those core themes of wanting to make sure we feel safe and loved.

So this weekend, if you’re not going to dive into Disney+, I highly recommend you try one of my books!

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A Governess of Many Languages is on pre-order!

I am super excited to announce that the third book in my popular Governess Bureau series is now on pre-order! I had so much fun writing this book and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Make sure you grab it now on pre-order for just 0.99!

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 Best Selling 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 3, A Governess of Many Languages

When a governess of many languages is required, there is only one place the nobility of England go: the Governess Bureau.

Of course, Miss Elizabeth Fletcher doesn’t broadcast that information – nor that she is an expert in the care of twins. Constantly under-estimated and treated like the children she’s responsible for, all she wants is a duke assignment and the respect of her peers.

Stuart Morton, Lord Galcrest, is having none of it. Giving her the nickname ‘the mouse’ when he hires her as a joke for his friends, he’s never taken life seriously and doesn’t want to start now. But when they arrive, bickering, at the home of the duc d’Allaire, everything changes. There’s a mysterious rift between their hosts, and both Elizabeth and Stuart are plunged into situations neither can control.

What they don’t know, of course, is that Elizabeth speaks many languages. Assuming she cannot understand, secrets are spoken before her which start to hint at something scandalous…

Unable to untangle why her mistress loathes her, and forced to entertain her master’s guests, Elizabeth grows increasingly furious with the man who brought her here. Such a shame he’s so handsome, and stealing kisses from her when she should be attempting to keep a pair of prankster twins under control.

As scandal suddenly rocks the d’Allaire family, Elizabeth is forced to choose: help rescue the reputation of her master, or leave Stuart to fix the mess he’s inadvertently created.

The house party is about to begin…

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Why I love being an author

The world is starting to open up again, and I had a wonderful time with some family a few weeks ago. Nothing complicated; good food, good wine, great conversation.

We eventually meandered onto the topic of art, and what made a great artist. How some of hte best artists were not recognised or respected during their lifetime. How they were often ahead of their field, capturing the zietgeist of the culture at the time.

A truly brilliant painting, we discussed, was something that was not only artistically clever, but also something that captured a mood, a moment, an atmosphere within the world at the time.

It becomes, in essence, evidence of that moment in history.

This is why I studied both History and English at university! I couldn’t imagine leaving one behind at school. I love how literature is like a piece of the world’s history in amber. I love how history can then be affected by history.

It was only a matter of time when I started writing my own stories – after all, I’d wanted to be an author ever since I was little!

Now I’m not saying that my books will go down in history. But if they can give you a slice, a taste of the world from the past, a place you can lose yourself in for a few hours…then my work is done.

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Have you ordered this Halloween boxset?

Just in case you were enjoying the summer too much, I wanted to remind you that 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.

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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What’s your favourite summer read?

Well, it’s officially the height of summer, and I don’t know about you but I have so many fond memories of reading in this season.

When I was a child, my family would bundle everything up in our car and head to Enid Blyton country in the south of England. When I say I had idyllic holidays there, I mean it. Hiking, art galleries, cricket on the beach and ice creams on the banks of medieval castles.

Yup. Pretty great.

What made them absolutely perfect was that every morning I would wake up to glorious sunlight (okay, maybe that’s where the nostalgia seeps in…) and there would be a new book by my bed.

Every morning.

Looking back, I can see that my parents didn’t spend a bunch of money on them – and I’m glad they didn’t, because those books were dragged from soggy bench to sandy beach, all over the countryside.

Absolutely an incredible way to experience holidays, but the only problem is…I now feel like a summer isn’t a summer unless I have new books pouring out of my bookcases!

SO: this is where I turn it over to you. What is your go-to book for the summer? I need to fill my Kindle!

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ANOTHER new Christmas in July pre-order!

Surprise! Yup, I know I told you last week that I had a Christmas anthology boxset up on pre-order, and I shared the cover and description for the first book – but here’s the second book that you absolutely must grab!

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

Dragonblade Publishing brings you not one, but two beautiful collections of holiday cheer for 2021. STAR OF WONDER is Collection #1 in this glorious holiday gathering of tales from some of your favorite Dragonblade authors.

From the bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of Medieval England, and everything in between, welcome to the magic of a holiday collection inspired by classic Christmas carols that will bring the joy of the season into your heart and into your home. Holiday Historical Romance has never been so heartwarming.

The clock on the wall chimes midnight.

Now, the holiday magic happens.

Oh, come all ye faithful and feel the holiday spirit of Historical Romance inspired by classic holiday carols that will warm your heart and soothe your soul.

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NEW Christmas in July pre-order!

Did you think that I would let you get through July without a new Christmas pre-order? Of course not!

A bunch of Dragonblade Publishing authors and I have put together this gorgeous Christmas anthology across not one, but two boxsets!

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

Dragonblade Publishing brings you not one, but two beautiful collections of holiday cheer for 2021. STAR OF WONDER is Collection #1 in this glorious holiday gathering of tales from some of your favorite Dragonblade authors.

Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve. The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers.

The clock on the wall chimes midnight.

Now, the holiday magic happens.

Oh, come all ye faithful and feel the holiday spirit of Historical Romance inspired by classic holiday carols that will warm your heart and soothe your soul.

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A Governess of Discretion is here!

Squeee! It’s here! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book to come out, and I think it’s one of my favourite ever that I’ve written. These characters – honestly, they have a complete life of their own and took me in a completely different direction than I had expected!

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 Best Selling 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 2, A Governess of Discretion

When a governess of great talents is required, there is only one place the nobility of England go, the Governess Bureau.

And one of the most trusted? Miss Anne Gilbert. She’s known for keeping her employer’s secrets, and when she is selected by the Earl of Clarcton, that is precisely why.

Because the Earl, Timothy Lexington, has secrets. Secrets he has worked hard to keep from the world for the last two years. While scandal waits in the wings, Clarcton Castle has entire wings that are shut off and the Countess is nowhere to be found.
Anne may be discrete, but that doesn’t mean she’s not curious. When Timothy makes a scandalous request of her – pretend to be his countess at the Christmas Ball to prevent rumors of her disappearance from spreading – he doesn’t tell her why. He doesn’t tell her she has a strange and unexplainable resemblance to his wife.

Anne is faced not only with half-lies and stony-faced servants…but a growing passion for the man she knows is lying to her. When an Earl won’t tell the truth about his own wife, a governess has only one course of action: accept the lies demurely. What a shame Anne isn’t going to stop seeking the truth.

As the Christmas Ball grows closer, will Anne learn to trust a man she knows is trying to deceive her? Is it possible that the truth, once found, will bring them closer together – or break the connection forever?