Dragon Bits

A few weeks back, I started to knit a dragon. The pattern is called Doughty Dragon and it’s knit of Noro Kureyon Sock. I happened to have a ball of that in my stash, in a dark colourway (#233 – it’s the 10th one on the page linked above) that I thought particularly suitable for a dragon. This pattern is knit in pieces and then assembled. The dragon bits are stuffed as they’re seamed, and have pipe cleaners in them to give a bit of structure to the figure. Here are the dragon bits, so far:

Dark Dragon knit by Deborah Cooke

I took this outside, and the tree is casting some interesting shadows.

The instructions in this pattern are excellent. It’s fiddly work, but very clearly described. This, however, is not a project for anyone who dislikes grafting! I find I’m working on it in spurts and stops. The problem with the dark choice of yarn is that it’s a bit tougher to see what I’m doing when picking up stitches and grafting, especially at night. I’ve also done a lot of winding back and forth in the ball of Kureyon Sock, trying to ensure that his left and right sides match.

He needs a head, back scales, head scales and his wings sewn on. I need to go digging for some red yarn (for the inside of his mouth) and some white (for his teeth). I’m quite happy with this project so far. I have a ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock (same gauge, less yardage) in a flashier colourway (#315 – it’s discontinued and isn’t displayed on the linked page), but we’ll have to see whether the Dark Dragon gets a Bright Brother or not.

What do you think?

Have you ever knit a dragon? A knitted toy or sculpture?

The Crusader’s Heart EPUB Excerpt

The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.The free EPUB sample of The Crusader’s Heart is now available for download in my Selz store. I’m trying a longer excerpt this time – this one is the first two chapters. Wulfe and Christina’s book is the second in my new series of medieval romances and will be published in October.

You can download it right here.

The same sample is also available directly from Kobo and iBooks.


The Renegade’s Heart Audiobook

The Renegade's Heart audiobookThe audiobook of my medieval Scottish romance, The Renegade’s Heart by Claire Delacroix, went on sale yesterday! Once again, Saskia Maarleveld has done a wonderful job of narrating a story of the Kinfairlie siblings. You can listen to a sample on my Soundcloud page for the True Love Brides series, and get your copy at Amazon, Audible or Apple.

The Renegade’s Heart is the first book in my True Love Brides series. The rest of the series is also in audio production, being narrated by Saskia. Stay tuned for news about The Highalnder’s Curse, coming soon to audio!

Don’t Be Fooled

Last week, I was checking the distribution of a book, and discovered that Harlequin had published a new edition of one of my backlist books in German. This is their right, but what is striking is the cover art that they chose.

Here’s my July 28 release, The Crusader’s Bride:
The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixAnd here’s the August 1 Cora release:

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 8.39.20 AMI doubt that the similarities between the covers are accidental, given that they were published within days of each other.

Don’t be fooled. This is a German translation of The Sorceress, a book originally published in English in 1994. It is NOT a new work. This is just a new edition.

End of Summer Sale

Highland Heroes, a digital boxed set of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIt’s the end of summer, and perhaps the best time to visit Scotland. I like to travel there in the fall. I’ve too much to do right now to make the actual trip, but a little armchair travel is always welcome – let’s change centuries while we’re at it, escape to Scotland and fall in love!

Highland Heroes, my boxed set of three medieval romances, is on sale from now through the 15th of September for half price – just $4.99 instead of $9.99 US at certain portals. Pick up a copy and take a trip to Scotland with me!

Buy at Amazon Buy from Amazon UK Buy from Amazon Germany Buy from Amazon Canada Buy at iBooks Buy at KOBO Buy at B&N Buy from Nook UK

Summer Writing 7

What a crazy week I had. It’s a summer thing, I think. There are so many distractions. Plus, this past Saturday was the date of a Writers Making Connections workshop on marketing that I hosted. We had a terrific presentation from Kobo, then a panel discussion with three authors – myself, Jessica E. Subject and the dynamo Zoe York. It was an awesome day.

The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.

I’m still working on Wulfe and Christina’s book. I spent more time researching details this week—what bits of Venice were there in 1187, for example—and also made a chronology of events in the series. This book’s timeline overlaps that of The Crusader’s Bride, and some scenes are presented from the point-of-view of different characters. This is interesting and I like the dimensionality it adds to the story a lot, but I was getting confused. Could Christina have seen that? Did Wulfe know that? So, the chronology that I should have done in the first place was done this week. I’ll update it as I go from this point onward. In addition to the chronology, the workshop prep and working in the garden, I had added 11,000 words in the book. I wrote more than that, but I cut too, so that’s my net gain. I also learned another of Wulfe’s secrets. From here, it should be a hard run to the finish line. I’m still optimistic that I’ll finish this book in my last week of my summer writing challenge.

How about you? Did you have a productive week?

50% Off Sale at KOBO

sale2Kobo is hosting an awesome sale this weekend. Using the code SALE50, you can save 50% off the list price of many titles. The sale is on indie-published titles only and doesn’t apply to pre-orders. Here are Kobo links for the eligible Claire Delacroix titles – for series, I’ve linked one book, but the others also display on the product page:
The Bride Quest II series
The Prometheus Project
The Rogues of Ravensmuir series
The Jewels of Kinfairlie series
The Renegade’s Heart
The Highlander’s Curse
The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Warrior’s Prize
The Crusader’s Bride
Kinfairlie Knights

Highland Heroes

And Kobo links for the eligible Deborah Cooke titles:

The Coxwell series
The Dragon Legion Collection
Serpent’s Kiss
Firestorm Forever

Happy shopping!