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A Governess of Great Talents is out!

It’s here! Double the length of my previous book, and just 0.99, AND in Kindle Unlimited!

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 1, A Governess of Great Talents

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

It was why Miss Meredith Hubert had worked so hard to gain her place there. Finishing with the Earl of Marnmouth’s children, she is about to be given her next assignment – a Duke called Alfred Carmichael with a political campaign to win and a half-brother who needs controlling.

Archibald is but eight years old, but already threatens to ruin the family’s reputation as Alfred, the Duke, tries to maintain it. They have to be spotless as the election looms.

But Meredith has a secret to hide, and she’s not the only one. Maids sent away in secret, items missing from the house, there is more than one mystery at Rochdale Abbey. When a Duke falls in love with a governess, there’s only one way this can end – in scandal.

As Alfred Carmichael tries desperately to regain his family’s honor in Parliament and fight his desire of Meredith, how will Meredith’s Great Talents ensure a happily ever after for them all?

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.

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The world is almost back!

I cannot believe I am finally typing this, but…my world is starting to open up again! Here in the UK, May 17th is the date when we can finally start to see friends and family inside again. I never thought I would be so excited about sitting down in someone’s house that wasn’t my own!

It’s been a hard year. Although I have probably written more words in the last twelve months than any other twelve month period, it’s been really isolating and sad. I haven’t seen my parents that much, my beautiful goddaughters are growing up so fast…

It’s easy to focus on the negatives when things are challenging. It’s why I have been looking for the positives even if there aren’t that many, and being able to see friends again is a huge plus.

It’s been a stressful year, but we’re almost out of it – but it doesn’t mean that it’s the same for everyone.

I know that many of my incredible readers are still having very difficult years, and it’s not near the end yet. I want my readers to know that as things open up for me, I’ll still be writing awesome historical romances that I’ll make as reasonably priced as possible.

If you’re having a tough time, please let me know. I’d be happy to ping you an audiobook as a gift, to bring a little sunshine into your life.

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Halloween anthology now on pre-order!

After the incredible popularity of our Dragonblade Publishing Christmas anthology, we’ve decided to do a Halloween anthology!

This is very much a labour of love for me; I’ve never written a paranormal romance, or a creepy Halloween romance, and so I had to really fall in love with my characters and understand what they wanted. When I suddenly unlocked the character, I realised that this was the story of Lady Prudence, the youngest Lennox sibling!

If you loved seeing her in the background of Always the Chaperone and Always the Courtesan, 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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Bridgerton Season 2: What I want

I cannot be the only one who is excitedly awaiting Bridgerton Season 2 – BUT I am probably one of the few people on the planet who has never read Julia Quinn’s books.

Don’t hate me! I have avoided her books because I never wanted to be so inspired by her work that I would accidentally borrow bits from her books. You have no idea how difficult it is, as an author, to prevent yourself from having a brilliant idea, working it into your plot…and then realising a month later that it was actually something you read seven years ago.

That means, of course, that I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen in Season 2. I don’t know what’s in the original books. I haven’t a clue.

And that means I get to make wild predictions of things I want!

  1. The Duke (and I) go on a Grand Tour: I would love to see Daphne see Europe through the eyes of a young mother. Sure, she’s got a kid, but loads of women travelled in those days, even with children! I want to see Regency Rome, Regency Paris!
  2. Anthony gets himself in a tangle: it seems clear to me that this is going to be his series, but I can’t imagine how he will get himself married after his affair with his opera singer. Maybe he’ll be compromised too? Maybe he’ll meet a woman he simply cannot live without?
  3. Eloise will not discover Lady Whistledown’s identity: I really hope she doesn’t! It would be so much more interesting if she remains ignorant – cue hilarious scenes, I hope!
  4. Lady Bridgerton finds a gentleman friend: yes, her true love has gone, but wouldn’t it be sad if she never found any sort of companionship again? I predict she’ll meet a roguish silver fox who tempts her into something delicious, even if she never allows herself to succumb.
  5. The heir to the Featherington estate is…: someone we haven’t seen, I presume – hopefully someone ridiculously dashing who can marry Prudence.

Whatever happens, I know I am going to absolutely love the season – and please, no spoilers in the comments! What do you hope will happen?

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NEW pre-order: new Murdoch series!

Hundreds of you have loved my Never the Bride series: from Always the Bridesmaid to Always the Mistress – and when the series ended in April 2021, so many of you were upset.

I’m sorry! Sometimes a series comes to an end, and though I will probably revisit the characters that we all loved, there’s a new chapter in my author life opening.

A new series: The Governess Bureau!

This is a series that’s been living in my head and heart for years now, and I am so relieved to start getting these stories down on the page! The Governess Bureau is an incredible series that leaves the ton behind and instead invites you into the castles, mansions, and stately homes of the great and good – but when you peek behind the curtain, be prepared to discover some secrets…

The first book, A Governess of Great Talents, is on pre-order now for just 0.99, and I really encourage you to grab it now because it’ll go up to full price once it’s launched – AND it’s almost double the length of my previous books!

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 1, A Governess of Great Talents

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

It was why Miss Meredith Hubert had worked so hard to gain her place there. Finishing with the Earl of Marnmouth’s children, she is about to be given her next assignment – a Duke called Alfred Carmichael with a political campaign to win and a half-brother who needs controlling.

Archibald is but eight years old, but already threatens to ruin the family’s reputation as Alfred, the Duke, tries to maintain it. They have to be spotless as the election looms.

But Meredith has a secret to hide, and she’s not the only one. Maids sent away in secret, items missing from the house, there is more than one mystery at Rochdale Abbey. When a Duke falls in love with a governess, there’s only one way this can end – in scandal.

As Alfred Carmichael tries desperately to regain his family’s honor in Parliament and fight his desire of Meredith, how will Meredith’s Great Talents ensure a happily ever after for them all?

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.

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Finishing a book series

It’s a strange thing, finishing a book series. It’s an even stranger thing when you are the author writing it!

There’s a reason I always write long series. I love delving into a series, really getting to know the characters, loving some, hating others. I want to immerse myself in their world; I want to taste their food, breathe in their air, feel as though I could reach out and touch them at any point.

That’s hard to do in a standalone book. You simply don’t have the time to get to know the characters in the same way.

So when a series that you love comes to an end, it’s like saying goodbye to a trusted friend. You know that they’ll always be there when you need them, but there are no new adventures to go on together.

That’s exactly how I felt when I finished my Never the Bride series, or as my wonderful readers call it, the Always series. Many of them have emailed me to let me know that they wish the series could go on ‘always’!

But sometimes, you reach the end of the line. I didn’t realise that it was going to come with Olivia’s story. I actually thought the series would be complete at book six, and then four books later. But eventually I realised that there were two more stories to tell, and then I would reach the end.

It’s bittersweet. As an author, I always find it much easier to write in a series when I’m four or five books in. I know the world. I know the characters. It’s as simple as writing down the scenes I am already watching in my mind.

So although both you and I will always have new series to explore, Never the Bride has a very special place in my heart. I hope it does for you, too.

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Always the Second Choice is out now!

I’m feeling quite emotional as I type this…

Always the Second Choice is the last novel in my popular Never the Bride series.

It’s been such a rollercoaster. This twelve novel series originally started as a six book series with my new publishers, Dragonblade, but my amazing readers (that’s you!) loved these characters and my writing style so much that I just kept going.

It was hard to see how I would ever stop!

But here we are. This story brings the whole thing to completion, and I honestly don’t think I can return to this part of my Regency ton because everything seems so perfect.

I really hope you love it. Here are the details, and you can read it here.

Always the second choice and never the bride – even at her own wedding…

Olivia Lymington never liked her sister, but twins are always supposed to be close. Now Isabella is engaged to the charming and handsome Colin Vaughn, Duke of Larnwick, and Olivia is forced to act as chaperone until the big day. That’s why, when Isabella goes missing, the entire Lymington family considers it Olivia’s responsibility to find her wayward twin.

Colin Vaughn, Duke of Larnwick, is tired of waiting for Isabella to become his bride, and now she’s gone, he’s outraged. He’ll track her down if it’s the last thing he’ll do – and make her marry him. But the journey is throwing up some unexpected surprises; namely, the delectable identical twin sister of his missing bride.

It’s out of the shadows and into the spotlight for Olivia but she’s hardly eager to accept the attentions of a Duke she knows will have to marry her sister. He’s determined to fight his desire. She’s not convinced that he really understands she is not Isabella. It’s a war of wills and is it possible for the two of them to win – or for disaster to fall on them both.

Can Olivia accept that she is no longer second choice, or will Colin’s appreciation for the second Lymington twin be his own undoing?

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.

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Freedom is coming!

I don’t know about you, but I have found the last year very hard, and very strange.

Pandemics are not frequent. It’s hard to think of many people who have experienced two in their lifetime. Now that we have all gone through a pandemic, and that experience will be very different to each of us depending on what we personally had to face.

And now it’s changing. Freedom is coming.

Here in the UK, we have gone in and out of different lockdowns without a clear idea of when we will be able to return to normal…

…and now it feels like we’re getting there.

Going into lockdown has enabled me to write so much more than I would have done if I had friends and family filling up my weekends, and in a way, it’s hard to think how I will fit my life back into my life!

But with freedom comes more inspiration. I don’t want to get so dull in my life that my writing gets dull too.

How will you be spending your freedom? What do you want to do first?

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Pre-order now! Christmas with a Czar…

Many of you still read and love my Ravishing Regencies series, and there hasn’t been a new book in that series for a little while – but all of that is changing!

Christmas with a Czar was previously published in the Have a Merry Little Secret boxset, but if you’ve never read it, then it’s available to pre-order for 0.99 right 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 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.

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New exciting website update!

You know, it’s been five years since I had designed my website, and honestly? I thought it was looking a little tired.

I’m not saying what I had before was bad – it wasn’t! But it wasn’t representative of what my books were, and who I was as an author anymore.

I have learned so much over the last few years. I have crowdfunded (thanks to the amazing support of my readers!) an entire series of Regency romance; I have started a bestselling Regency series with my amazing publishers, Dragonblade Publishing; and I now have a Patreon where my readers can get bonus content, have a say in how books are developed, and even have training on how to write a romance yourself!

So it’s time for a change. I hope you like the style of my new website, as I’ve spent a lot of time on it, and have a little explore.

Of course, my books will continue being published with historical detail and passion beyond imagining…

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Will we ever read the same?

I don’t know about you, but the last year has really changed the way I read.

Not that I don’t read the same things; I don’t think it will ever be possible for me to leave historical romance alone!

But more the way I read, both when I read and what medium I end up reading on.

I am a paperback queen – I probably have about 2000 books (and counting!), and I find it incredibly difficult to get rid of a book because I only ever buy what I truly love.

I have an e-reader, but I always used it for travelling because I would find it impossible to decide what books to take with me on a journey. My e-reader, honestly, is collecting dust. This last year, I haven’t gone far from home due to the pandemic, and I’ve discovered that I have a new way of reading: audiobooks.

When I was a kid, I loved audiobooks. I must be one of millions that had Harry Potter audiobooks on cassette tape, and there was many a car journey that my parents managed to endure by putting a new story on!

But as I grew older, I grew out of the habit.

And now I’m back! Listening to books has been an incredible way to absorb new stories while I’m walking, or doing the dishes, or even hoovering (if I can get the volume loud enough!).

What about you? How has the pandemic changed the way you read?

(If you want to listen to my audiobooks, just click here!)

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Read now! Always the Lyon Tamer

If you are one of the many readers who was worried about Miss Rebecca Darby not receiving her happily ever after in Always the Chaperone? You are not alone! In fact, I started receiving so many requests from readers that when the opportunity to write a story in the Lyon’s Den world came up, I knew exactly whose story I had to tell.

Yup, it’s Rebecca’s time!

I never actually intended to give her the happily ever after she deserved (sorry Rebecca!) but this character just didn’t leave me alone. So I asked her what ending she wanted, and you know what – it surprised me. This book is now OUT so you can enjoy by purchasing or reading in Kindle Unlimited!

Always taming gentlemen but never getting her own – but the Lyon’s Den will change that

Always the Lyon Tamer book cover by Emily E K Murdoch. A Regency gentleman sits in a chair while a beautiful woman in a blue gown stands behind him.

Miss Rebecca Darby is tired of being courted by John Lennox, Marquis of Gloucester. After months of empty promises, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. Because John ‘the Lion’ Lennox is always surrounded by his pride of ladies, and she’s never able to get close. His flirting has led nowhere, and Rebecca won’t stand for it anymore. Not when the Lyon’s Den, the secretive club owned by Mrs. Dove-Lyon, promises to play games leading to happy matrimony.

John has no idea what faces him in the game. Rebecca has no idea whether her shyness will allow her to carry through with her plans, but if she doesn’t try, she’ll always wonder. He doesn’t recognize the mysterious woman in the mask. She knows this is her only chance to tame him.

In a world where women rule the roost and gentlemen must do what they’re told, it will take a Lyon Tamer to bring John to his knees. But once the masks are removed, will Rebecca have her way, or will the Lyon escape into the night?

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.