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
Beguiled

And Kobo links for the eligible Deborah Cooke titles:

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

Happy shopping!

 

August Audio 5

It’s STILL August and I’m still giving away audiobooks! You have one more chance to win! Even though we’re almost out of August, I’ll give away 7 codes next weekend for my brand new audiobook:

The Renegade's Heart audiobookYes, The Renegade’s Heart is now available for pre-order in audio and will go on sale September 1. All you have to do for your chance to win is comment on this post. If you do win, it would be great if you left a review at Audible.

You can see all of my books in audio and listen to samples on my Soundcloud page.

Good luck!

August Audio #4 Winners!

The Snow White Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixSeven more winners today in my August Audio giveaway! Each of this week’s winners will receive a copy of my medieval Scottish romance, The Snow White Bride, in audio, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Once again, we have seven winners:

1. Ashley F
2. Cynthia C
3. Anna
4. Cynthia (We had two Cynthias enter last week.)
5. Tammy Cyr
6. lrhubble
7. Niki Driscoll

Congrats to all! Each winner will hear shortly from my assistant, Angie, about claiming your prize. Remember that you can listen to samples of all of my audiobooks on my Soundcloud page, or check out my Audio page here on the site for more info.

Don’t forget that there’s one more week of August Audio giveaways! Tune in tomorrow for another chance to win. Good luck everyone!

 

Revisiting The Mermaid Shawl

We haven’t had a Fibre Friday in a while, because there’s been so much other news to talk about. Also, the Mermaid Shawl had me puzzled. Last week, I figured out what was going on.

Even though I’m using my own pattern, Undine, I didn’t follow the directions. In Undine, the ruffle is created with short rows at the outer edge of the shawl, and this ruffle remains the same width across the shawl. Any changes to the total width of the shawl are made in the body of it, right before the ruffle. This means that the rows in the body of the shawl are perpendicular to the lead edge, like this:Undine Shawl by Deborah CookeDetail of Undine Shawl by Deborah Cooke

When I began to knit the Mermaid Shawl, though, I didn’t read my own directions! I made my increases at the lead edge. This eliminated that ruffle band, but also skewed the knit rows. Because of the location of the increase stitch, they fall at an angle to the lead edge, like this:Detail of Mermaid Shawl by Deborah Cooke

This is pretty interesting. I had no idea this would happen. I would have expected my mistake to make little difference. I was wrong about that!

If I had just continued, following the rest of the directions for Undine, the stripes would have been at an angle for the entire shawl. But, I had decided to make an inverted V in the back, again with short rows, to emulate the shawl in the Jane Eyre movie. The finished V looks like this:Mermaid Shawl by Deborah Cooke

My revised plan had been for the inverted V to be the middle of the shawl, BUT the knitting still doesn’t line up. In fact, it’s only this new part that is perpendicular to the lead edge, and that means that the picture above is actually the midpoint of the shawl.

I need to knit another inverted V of short rows before decreasing to the end of the shawl to make the shape come out right. The finished shawl will have three triangles. This means that I’ll run out of yarn – I’m half done, but have only 30% of my yarn left. I’m going to have to buy a third ball to finish. I do like it, though, and it will bug me if I don’t finish it so that the rows are straight.

What do you think?