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Reader’s Top 5 Favorite Quotes from The Earl’s Entanglement

It’s been 24 hours since the latest Border Series book is out, and I can hardly sleep. I love this book and am over the moon with the response, thankful readers love reading Garrick and Emma as must as I enjoyed writing them. Readers have been sharing their favorite quotes and moments from the book, and here are my top ten favorites so far:

5. Heat shot through her like a leather horse whip. It came from nowhere but consumed everything, its effects utterly unavoidable.

4. But a life without risk was a life not worth living at all.

3. Emma wanted to live. Every moment. Every day. Each night she lay in her bed and imagined how she could eke out a bit more joy the next day—for one thing her parents’ early death had taught her was that there may not be a next day. Before she’d gone to the market on that fateful day, her mother had kissed her cheek and said, “Until later, my love.” Later had never come.

2. Audentes fortuna iuvat. Those words were inscribed on the wall behind the lord and lady’s table in the hall and engraved in both his shield and his father’s. It was more than a family motto. His father had lived by it. Garrick had sought to do so as well. And if fortune truly favored the bold, he would make Emma Waryn his wife.

And the #1 most loved quote from ‘The Earl’s Entanglement’ is:

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Historical Romance Inspiration: Clave Castle in The Earls Entanglement

On a vacation to England last summer, one of the highlights was a visit to Bamburgh Castle, the inspiration for Kenshire Castle, the seat of the Casier and now Waryn family in the Border Series historical romance. A highlight of that trip, Bamburgh was both a stranger and a friend. Having toured it virtually many times before, I knew the layout well. But seeing stone walls on a computer pales in comparison to the real thing, and the first time I saw the beach where Sara and Geoffrey have their first intimate moment, I was nearly brought to tears.

Leaving Bamburgh, our driver lamented that we did not have time to visit Lindisfarne. “Besides,” he said, “the tide will make driving impossible, and that is really the best way to get there.” As it turned out, Lindisfarne is an island, accessible by land only during low tide or by boat.

historical romance setting

Photo Credit: Chris Combe

Fascinated, I remembered this unique castle when it came time to search for inspiration for our hero’s inheritance in ‘The Earl’s Entanglement.” The idea of Garrick and Emma ‘stuck’ together during high tide was too enticing to ignore. A bit more digging uncovered another English castle accessible only during low tide. Unlike Lindisfarne, raided by Vikings in the 9th century and later becoming a monastery, St. Michael’s Mount offered additional images inside the castle since it is still used as a residence to this day. Clave Castle, a mashup of both Lindisfarne on the east coast and St. Michael’s Mount on the west, is the perfect romantic setting for a forbidden historical romance about an earl in two countries who falls for a beautiful Englishwoman nearly the same time as he prepares to marry another.

Find out what happens when the tide turns Clave into an island while our hero makes the decision between following his heart or loosing his inheritance and maybe even starting a war. The Earl’s Entanglement is coming to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on February 22, 2019. Get a new release notice and put it on your Goodreads TBR list to be notified of the special launch price.

Border Series Family Trees

Click on each of the family trees below to see the relationship between Border Series characters.Trees will be updated when future books are released.

Your Chance to Craft a Novella with Historical Author Emily Murdoch

Today I have medieval and Regency romance author, Emily Murdoch, to tell us about her latest exciting series – Ravishing Regencies – which gives YOU the chance to craft a novella with her!

I always wanted to be an author. There is terrible home video footage of me proudly reading out my latest ‘story’ to my long-suffering parents, and my school reports were jam-packed with encouragement for writing, and concern over science!

When I arrived at university to study History and English (all medieval, of course!), I lost my appetite for writing. Real life had to happen first, I thought, and surely there will be plenty of time left for me to write when I was older; more secure, more stable. I didn’t own a home, I didn’t have a full-time job.

Writing could wait.

How wrong I was. By the time I started my Masters (Medieval Studies, woop!), I realized that writing wasn’t something that I could pick up and put down again. It was part of my lifeblood, the heart of who I was as a person.

It wasn’t a choice between writing or not writing. It was a choice between being a writer and not being true to who I was.

With the support of my boyfriend, now husband, I put finger to keyboard and wrote my first series: a medieval romance series based just after the Norman Conquest of 1066. You can read them here! Since then I’ve meandered around history a bit, exploring 1840s Texas and Regency England. My next series to write is based in 13th century England, and I can’t wait to get my teeth sunk into it!

But before then, I need to publish my newest series, Ravishing Regencies, and to do that, I need your help.

If you’ve ever wanted to be an author but never had the confidence to do it, this is your chance! I’m raising funds through Kickstarter to finance the series’ publication, and some of the rewards are incredibly exciting: naming characters, even making plot decisions for me and seeing how I write them out!!

This could be your first foray into becoming an author – and who knows, maybe one day you will be hosted by the incredible Cecelia yourself, to launch your new series!

I would love to work with you to make Ravishing Regencies the most incredible series ever. Why not take a look at the amazing rewards that you could treat yourself to?

 

Author Bio:

Emily Murdoch is a historian and writer. Throughout her career so far she has examined a codex and transcribed medieval sermons at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, designed part of an exhibition for the Yorkshire Museum, worked as a researcher for a BBC documentary presented by Ian Hislop, and worked at Polesden Lacey with the National Trust. She has a degree in History and English, and a Masters in Medieval Studies, both from the University of York. Emily has a medieval series, a Regency novella series, and an 1840s Western series published, and is currently working on several new projects.

 

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The Thief’s Countess (Series Starter) Sale

Grab your hot coco and start a new historical romance series this winter. The first book in the border series is on sale until Manday, January 15, 2017 for just .99 making it the perfect time to jump into the Border Series. All book updates, sales and progress can be found on my Instagram account. And if you visit, be sure to let you know you’re a reader so I can be sure to follow back. Happy reading!

Book Plans for 2018


I’m finally nailing down my 2018 plans and wanted to share some of the upcoming books which include Border Series installments plus two fun surprises. Here goes:

  • The Earl’s Entanglement, coming February 22, 2018
  • Two surprise collaborative projects 🎉
  • The Warrior’s Queen (tentative title), May 2018
  • Border Series Book 7, August 2018
  • Border Series Book 8, October 2018
  • Border Series Book 9, *maybe* end of 2018

While I can’t share details on the collaborative projects just yet, I will say the authors I’m working with on both are some of your favorites. And as for the Border Series, be on the lookout for the Earl’s cover reveal later this month, as well as additional details on Book 6 which I’m writing as we speak. You can always head over to Instagram for book news and progress too.

In the meantime, I have a question for you book lovers. What do you think about the fantasy romance genre? How would you feel about a bit of fantasy/magic in future books. Yea or nay? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Go Forth and Set the World on Fire {Goals}

This new planner sums up my year quite well.

In 2015 I decided my life-long goal of becoming a published romance author could no longer be put on hold. I spent 2016 learning about publishing, and 2017 was the year it all came together. In 2018, I plan to learn from others and continue to give whenever possible. Reflecting back, it was the advice of people like Emma Prince, Keira Montclair and Mark Dawson along with the SPF team that enabled me to fulfill a dream. When I resigned from my job in August, placing my education degrees in the cellar, I despaired over lost time and massive monetary investment.

But that wasn’t quite right.

It turns out, my desire to educate and collaborate was not accidental. Simultaneously, the ladies from Permission to Hustle revealed their word of 2018 and challenged others to do the same. I’d already set goals for next year: two author collaborations, five published books, jumping into the nonfiction publishing realm. So was my word publish? Collaborate? I continued to look backward for a clue, and that reflection led me back into the basement.

It turns out, one does not escape ten years of a Jesuit education without being ingrained. The idea of magis (literally translated to “more”) or the challenge to strive for excellence kept creeping into my consciousness. As did the Jesuit tenant of sharing your gifts with others. Eventually, I found my 2018 word in one of my favorite places. Quotes have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I place them everywhere and even started a cosmetic company once with inspirational quotes on the packages. (Another story for another day.) And so, with a reflection on my formal education, I found this quote:

“Go forth and set the world on fire.” ~St. Ignatius of Loyola

So it’s settled. My word for 2018 is fire. My goal, to plunge into the world of publishing head-first. Publish meet, talk, collaborate and learn…feed my new career with every bit of myself, heart and soul. I’ve designed a life I love; 2018 is the time to nourish and grow that spark.

What is your goal for 2018?

Historical Romance Christmas Hop

 

Ten authors have come together this Christmas season to give you a chance to win some awesome prizes and all you have to do is visit each author’s website starting December 7th and ending December 12th. Remember, you will be subscribing to each author’s newsletter by entering this contest, but you may unsubscribe at any time.

Here’s how to enter:

Just use the links below to visit each author’s site. Collect their featured hero name and return to the rafflecopter (on Elizabeth’s site) below to enter all the names at once, using commas.

 

1) Elizabeth Rose                   6) Collette Cameron

2) Eliza Knight                        7) Kathryn Le Veque

3) Glynnis Campbell              8) Christi Caldwell

4) Laurel O’Donnell                9) Amy Jarecki

5) Cecelia Mecca                   10) Julie Johnstone

 

Ready to start hopping? My hero is. . .