Books at Chapters Indigo

One of my challenges in going indie has been trying to ensure that my new books are available where you (my readers) like to shop. Since I’m Canadian, many of my readers are in Canada, which means that Chapters/Indigo is the place they shop. That’s the big bookstore chain in Canada. My digital books are available from KOBO, and since Indigo was involved in the start-up of KOBO (they later sold their share to Rakuten), my digital books are linked from the Chapters/Indigo site to the KOBO site.

But what about paperbacks? The terms offered by Createspace, where I’ve done my trade paperbacks to date, apparently don’t suit Chapters/Indigo. I did some digging this year and tried and experiment with another POD portal.

Lo and behold, it WORKED!

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix The Highlander's Curse, book #2 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series

My test case was the True Love Brides series. I made them available through this other portal, just to see what would happen. This is what happened:

The Renegade’s Heart at Chapters/Indigo

The Highlander’s Curse at Chapters/Indigo

The Warrior’s Prize at Chapters/Indigo

There was a production question with The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, but it’s on its way to Chapters/Indigo as well and will show up there soon. YAY! The books are available for order from the online portal, but having them in the system probably also means that you can order a print copy at your local Chapters/Indigo bricks and mortar store.

Ha. I’m so glad I’ve figured out a way to do this. Going forward, all new titles will be published so that they’re available at Chapters/Indigo in print, too. For example, The Crusader’s Bride will be set up for this distribution path from the outset.

I’ve also started the process to make the print editions of The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever available at Chapters/Indigo. Stay tuned!

More Mermaid Stripes

I thought I’d show you my progress on my striped shawl today. I really like what the self-striping yarn is doing:

Garter Stitch Shawl knitted by Deborah Cooke from her own pattern, Undine












You can also see how the hem is beginning to flutter. If I held that top edge (the one on the right) straight, it would ripple even more.

I’ll start to decrease the width of the shawl once I’ve used half of the yarn. The easiest way to determine that point is to weigh the balls of yarn. (I use the kitchen scale.) They were each 100g when I started. Now they’re both around 75g. When they get to 52 g or so, I’ll start to decrease. I want to make sure the shawl is symmetrical, so might do something different at the midpoint. We’ll see when I get there.

In the meantime, what do you think?

Longer Sample of The Crusader’s Bride

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThere’s a new downloadable sample of The Crusader’s Bride free on my Selz store and also at iBooks. The last sample had the prologue and first scene of the first chapter – this one has the prologue and all of the first chapter, as well as buy links for the entire series. The links are for iBooks at the iBookstore, and for both Kobo and iBooks in the EPUB file downloadable from my store.

Find it here at iBooks.
Find it here on my store.

Cover Variations

I’ve had the covers updated for two of the Champions of Saint Euphemia books. As much as I liked them initially, in thumbnail versions they weren’t as snappy as I’d like. I had the designer make a couple of changes.

First off, The Crusader’s Heart. In the old version, her dress was white. In the new one (which will be on the book) it’s gold:
ClaireDelacroix_TheCrusadersHeart200And then, The Crusader’s Vow. In the old version, her dress was brown and the cover overall looked a bit dull when it became small. In the new version, her dress is purple and the background has changed to a winter scene:
ClaireDelacroix_TheCrusadersVow200What do you think?

Happy Canada Day

As is fitting for a celebratory day, we’ve got company:
guestI’m happy to have found a toad in my garden. We had one for ages that stayed around a cedar bush that died last year. I’ve wondered where he went and how he was. Mr. Math says this one is older, so maybe it’s the same toad, just moved a little bit closer to the house. Either way, he’s very welcome to stay. I hope he eats all the earwigs! Actually, if he has a few friends, they’re welcome to stay too, and eat more bugs.

The New Girl hasn’t spotted him yet and I’m going to try to keep it that way. She’s very busy with the mice in the back garden, who dart from one bed to the other. She gets just a glimpse before they disappear. It’s all fun, because I don’t think she’d do more than sniff them even if she did get close enough to catch one. It certainly keeps her occupied, though.

Have a wonderful Canada Day!

Last Chance!

It’s the end of the month today, and the end of the first half of the year. That means it’s the end of some promotions, too.

Three Timeless Loves: A Scottish Time Travel Romance boxed set from Claire Delacroix, Eliza Knight and Terri BrisbinToday is your last chance to pick up a copy of Three Timeless Loves, our digital boxed set including three Scottish time travel romances.

Also, today is your last chance to enter the Midsummer’s Dream contest. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to win!

Winging It

Winging It, second of the paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries by Deborah CookeRecently, the rights to Winging It, book #2 of my paranormal YA trilogy, The Dragon Diaries, reverted to me. This means that the publisher can still sell their existing print stock of the book but not reprint more. It also means that their digital edition has been removed from sale.

In the case of this particular trilogy, the reversion of the books is based upon the number of units sold: when sales drop below a certain threshold, the books are eligible for reversion. Because I’d like to have the rights to other two books in the trilogy revert to me as well, I’ve removed the buy links here on my site to both Flying Blind and Blazing the Trail. You can still buy them, but I’d prefer you didn’t. Once I have the rights back to all three books–whenever that happens, and it might take a while–I’ll republish them in new editions.

Winging It, second of the paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke, UK edition

UK edition

The interesting wrinkle in this situation is that my publisher had sold subsidiary rights for both Flying Blind and Winging It to a second publisher based in the UK. That UK publisher never did acquire the rights to book #3, Blazing the Trail. Their edition of Winging It is the one on the left. It will remain available in some territories in both print and digital formats because that contract remains in effect. If you think this is a bit strange and confusing, you’re not alone! I’m sure things will be sorted into some kind of coherence eventually, so please stay tuned.