Brides and Rogues…

Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire DelacroixAnd one rogue angel!

From now through the end of May, my Bride Quest II trilogy and my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy are on sale. The Countess and The Beauty Bride are both discounted to 99 cents, while The Beauty, The Temptress, The Rogue, The Scoundrel and The Warrior are each priced at $2.99. Here’s your chance to read these two bestselling Scottish medieval romance trilogies. Also, Fallen is $2.99 so you can begin my urban fantasy series featuring fallen angel heroes. Usually, all of these titles are priced at $4.99 each.

The Bride Quest II Boxed Set, a trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II and Rogues of Ravensmuir boxed sets are also on sale for half their usual price – $4.99 instead of $9.99.

This pricing is available at Amazon, Apple, B&N and Kobo, through May 31. Don’t miss out!

Romancing the Capital 2016

It’s happening already! Romancing the Capital was such a success last weekend, that arrangements are already made for 2016. This readers’ conference will be in Ottawa Canada on May 5 – 7, 2016. I’ve already booked in as a sponsoring author, and will likely be teaching a workshop for aspiring writers on the Thursday.

Read more here and register, too.

(Be sure to check out the page of pictures from 2015!)

BitterBlue Shawl in Progress

Time to show you some knitting again!

I had lots of plans to finish more of my projects on the go, but so much for good intentions. I had ordered a kit for the Bitterblue Shawl from Earthfaire in the Magic Carpet colourway, and when it turned up in the mailbox, I just had to cast on right away.

I inverted the order of the colours and am approaching the halfway point. This shawl uses yarn that has been dyed in gradients, each skein slightly different from the previous one so that the end project shades from one colour to the another. In this case, it shades from plum to green. Unique Sheep Gradiance is the name of the company and the line of these meticulously dyed yarns: you can see some of the other colourways on their site, right here.BitterBlue Shawl knitted by Deborah CookeIf you looked at the pattern on Earthfaire’s site, you will have noticed that my shawl looks different – and not just because I inverted the colours. The pattern has a larger cast-off after every third repeat of the border pattern. When I tried that, though, I didn’t like the look of it. I thought I’d prefer the shawl if the line between the border and the body of the shawl was smooth, instead of stepped off, so that’s what I’ve done.

The result of that choice will likely be that the shawl will come out a bit shorter – because mine will be wider and there’s a finite amount of yarn. When you use gradient yarns, you’re supposed to ease the transitiion into each colour change, alternating between the old and new colour, before changing completely to the new colour. (Here’s the Unique Sheep tutorial.) This always gives me stress when the rows are of different length, because I fear I’ll leave the wrong amount of yarn and run out in the middle of a row. OTOH, I don’t want to have yarn left over when I’m concerned about the overall size of the shawl. So, I’m just changing from one skein to the next, without easing into the change, and using a Russian join between them. I think it looks good.

You can’t see another change I’ve made: on every row knitting back toward the border, the first stitch is to be knit according to the pattern. I thought the edge was too tight that way, so began to slip that first stitch instead. (And actually you can see it if you know what you’re looking for. The shawl begins at that lower point, where the purple end of yarn is showing. You can see that the right edge curls more in those first few rows – I changed to slipping the stitch before that row of 5 beads.)

And YES, this shawl had beads. A lot of beads. The beads change colours too. I started with yellowy ones on the purple, then shaded into greenish ones. I’ve just changed to the ones called Root Beer and will finish out with purple beads. You can see the beads better in the image below:

BitterBlue Shawl knitted by Deborah Cooke

The wool in this kit is really lovely. I’m not often a fan of silk blends, but this is wool and tussah silk, which is sometimes called wild silk. I love the feel of tussah silk in fabric, and also love it in this yarn. I’ll be wearing this one a lot when it’s done! I might not even block it because I like the look of the garter stitch. We’ll see.

April Blog Post at Romance Canadian Style

There’s one huge story for Canadian romance writers and readers this week, and if you’ve been paying attention at all, you’ll be able to guess what my guest post is about this month on the blog.

Hop on over and check it out!

Audio Review for The Rose Red Bride

The Rose Red Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThere’s a new review for the audio edition of The Rose Red Bride that just posted at Books, Chocolate and Lipgloss. It’s a five star review – WOOT! – and here’s a snippet:

“This novel was outstanding.  Claire Delacroix’s writing creates such a vivid description of the scenes in the novel that the reader can’t help but feel they are wrapped up in the story.  Her storytelling is beautifully done, both in the novel itself and in the delightful tales that the characters enjoy recounting to each other during the novel.  The Rose Red Bride is a combination of storytelling and modern day writing at it’s best.  The story is both moving and enchanting.”

And here are their comments specific to the audiobook:

“I listened to the audio version narrated by Saskia Maarleveld who absolutely perfected this novel.  With her beautiful voice and her enchanting accent this audiobook made you want to close your eyes and listen with all your attention.   The narration was excellent and added even more depth to the story and the characters.  The pace was perfect and the language clear.  A brilliantly done narration to be sure!”

Here’s the link so you can read more. You can listen to samples of my audiobooks on my Audio page. (There’s a tab on the menu bar, or you can just click here.)