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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mrs. Murray's Home by Emily-Jane Hills Orford - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Emily-Jane Hills Orford and her new book, “Mrs. Murray's Home”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Emily-Jane and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!



Mrs. Murray's Home
by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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GENRE: Historical Fantasy

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BLURB:

Home is where the heart is, or so they say. It’s also been said that a home is a person’s castle. But home is also with family and friends. Mrs. Murray longs for home, the family home, a castle an ocean away. The Brownies also crave for home, the same castle Mrs. Murray considers home. And Granny? Mary’s Granny hasn’t been home since she was Mary’s age. It’s time to visit the homeland, Scotland. Mary’s excited to tag along with Granny, Mrs. Murray and the Brownies. And then there’s the witch. The one they thought they’d killed. And the treasure. The one they had found. And it all ties together, for better or for worse. Join the adventure in book 3 of the popular “Piccadilly Street Series”.

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EXCERPT THREE:

The Brownies were coming out of their daze. They glanced around, startled, taking in the situation. They noticed their queen, young and beautiful, the curse broken. A cheer erupted. “The witch is dead,” was the chant that rippled through the throngs of what once was Penelope’s Brownie army.

A chanting began from the rear of the troop and quickly picked up in volume. “Hail Hail, the witch is dead. Cause for celebration. In the Brownie nation. Hail Hail, we’re free at last. Time to celebrate freedom.”

“Sounds very much like, ‘Hail, hail, the gang’s all here. What the heck do we care? What the heck to we care?’” Granny laughed heartily, tapping her foot to the rhythmic chanting. The words were made up to suit the occasion, but everyone was catching on and soon there was dancing in the halls as the celebration escalated.

“I think we’re having a party.” Cousin George clapped his hands and joined in the fun.

Master Harry picked up the frozen remains of the witch and tucked it in his pocket. It was safer than leaving it untended on the floor where it could be trampled or, worse, stolen and restored to its original witchy form. He patted the pocket to assure himself that it was safe and then made his way over to where Mary and Granny still stood beside the staircase. “You’ll have to keep working on your spellcasting,” he spoke in a guarded voice. “I can only keep her like this for so long. Once you’re strong enough, once your power is fully controlled, we, you and I, can take care of Penelope for good.”

“What will you do with her? With it?” she nodded toward his pocket where she watched him place the frozen witch-iness.

“I’ll keep her safe and frozen until you’re ready. Nara will assist.”

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MY BOOK REVIEW:


Who says you can’t go home?! 

That is exactly what Mary, Granny, Mrs. Murray, and the Brownies plan to do!  Oh, what crazy, fun ventures await them!  This will be one trip no one will forget!  With ghosts, witches, little people, magic powers, spells, enchantment, folklore, and a shocking surprise villain – this book has so much to offer the reader!!

This book took me on a roaring magical and mystifying adventure!!

This book is exciting, thrilling, entertaining, interesting, and intriguing!!

An enjoyable read for all ages!!

This book was a super quick, easy, fun read at only 163 eBook pages!  I was able to finish this book in just two sittings!

I really enjoyed the main and supporting characters – Mary, Granny, Mrs. Murray, Liam, and the Brownies – Brunny and Briddie, Pelly and Mattie, Stocky and Elizabeth, and of course Ossie!!  They all were important to the story and played their roles well, especially while engaging with the main characters.

I loved the adorable shortened nicknames Mary gave the Brownies and really enjoyed their silly humor and shenanigans!!

There were many LOL moments in this book that I truly enjoyed!!

I also loved the author’s writing style as she was superior on detail and the way she immerses you into her storytelling.  Her writing draws you in and keeps you fully engaged as the imagination buildings up and the story unfolds!!

The writing style is fluid, well developed, and at a steady pace.

I’ve noticed a pattern of the author’s books revolving around the beautiful Scotland setting.  She seems very knowledgeable and familiar with all things Scottish.  I love that she finds a way to add interesting and intriguing historical facts that really brings the Scotland setting to life.  Whereas the setting itself almost seems like a character as the author clearly put a great deal of thought into shaping and constructing the setting!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book is Book Three in The Piccadilly Street Book Series.  It can be read as a standalone.  However, it seems there are many character, plot twists, and story line overlaps.  I had not previously read the first two books before reading this book and did not find myself lost or confused during the story.  Since this is an entertaining book series and there are strong ties and references to the previous books, I personally would think it would make more sense and have a stronger impact on the understanding of this book series, if you started with book one first.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all historical fantasy readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1 (Telltale Publishing 2018) which was named finalist in the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 2 (Telltale Publishing 2019), Mrs. Murray’s Home: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 3 (Telltale Publishing 2020), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018) which won the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, King Henry’s Choice (Clean Reads 2019), and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Emily-Jane will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.



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19 comments:

  1. Emily-Jane ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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    1. Thanks Ally. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book. What a lovely review. I'm speechless.

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  2. Would you ever like to see your book turned into a book or tv show?

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  3. I liked the excerpt, sounds good.

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  4. I so wanna live in this home!! Looks fun!!

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    1. It was a lot of fun growing up in this house. Lots of fond memories of this house and the childhood fantasies it inspired.

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  5. New author for me, sounds good!

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  6. Who are some of your favorite authors still currently writing?

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  7. Oh, I have so many. I love to search out new authors. Here's some still living favs: Kate Carlisle, Anne Perry, John Grisham, Tricia Mingerink, Kathy Reichs, Sharon Kay Penman, Rachel Caine and so many more. How about you? What are some of your fav authors still living?

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  8. How did the story change from your first draft to your final draft?

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  9. Sounds like an interesting read. I hope your book is a success.

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  10. Congrats on the release. I like the title of the book.

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