A Glitch

There is a small glitch this morning.

If you ordered The Crusader’s Vow at iBooks, your pre-order won’t have been delivered yet. The book, in fact, disappeared from the iBooks store this morning. This is because I uploaded the final file with less than ten days for the final review – on the 17th instead of on the 13th. Since it hasn’t been reviewed and approved yet, at midnight GMT, The Crusader’s Vow disappeared from the store.

It’ll be back, and those pre-orders will be delivered, once the book review is complete. I’ve talked to iBooks and they’re trying to hurry the process along.

Thanks for your patience!

The Beauty Bride on the Charts

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixYesterday, I had a BookBub ad for The Beauty Bride and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results. This book is the first in my Jewels of Kinfairlie series and has been free for the past year. I thought it might be running out of juice as a freebie, but yesterday proved me to be very VERY wrong.

Wow. I’m amazed by how many units went out the door.

Let’s have a look at the results.

At Amazon this morning, The Beauty Bride is sitting at #8 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Medieval Romance and #1 in Scottish Romance. I’m keeping some good company over at the ‘Zon today.

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And here’s the overall free list. It’s too big for me to get it all in one screen shot!

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.com on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.co.uk, The Beauty Bride is #17 overall free, and #1 in Medieval Romance.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.co.uk on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.ca, The Beauty Bride is #7 overall free, as well as #1 in both Medieval Romance and Scottish Romance.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.ca on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.au, The Beauty Bride is #5 free overall and #1 in Historical Romance.

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Barnes & Noble and Kobo don’t track free titles the same way that Amazon does, but iBooks does track them. The Beauty Bride is #4 free overall in the iBooks store this morning, and #1 in Historical Romance.

The Beauty Bride at iBooks March 23, 2017 And here’s the romance listing:

And here’s the romance listing:

The Beauty Bride at iBooks March 23, 2017

Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of Rhys and Madeline’s story yesterday! If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, The Beauty Bride is still free. Come meet the family at Kinfairlie!

The Crusader’s Vow

Today’s the day! The Crusader’s Vow is available now, and the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances is complete!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Returning home to Scotland triumphant after his military service, and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is more than ready to wed his beloved Isobel and begin their life together. To his dismay, Isobel has wed another in his absence, and he believes all of merit is stolen from his life—until Leila resolves to win the valiant highlander’s heart for her own. She is convinced of her own success, until Isobel tempts Fergus anew.

Download a free sample of The Crusader’s Vow from my online store.
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Buy The Crusader’s Vow at these portals:

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North BarrowsLast fall, I participated in an anthology of Regency romance novellas called The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor. My novella, Something Wicked This Way Comes, was included in the volume, Spellbound. All of those books remain available, but Something Wicked This Way Comes is available on its own in a digital edition.

Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Buy it today at Amazon, Apple, B&N or KOBO – or buy it directly from me in my onlines store in EPUB or MOBI

You can also download the prologue from this story free in my online store—here’s the EPUB and here’s the MOBI.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix

 

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Nook Link for The Crusader’s Vow

The Barnes and Noble link for The Crusader’s Vow is now live, so you can pre-order Fergus and Leila’s book there. You can also buy the book today in my online store.

Also, the print editions are processing at the various portals this morning, so they should be available soon.

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Returning home to Scotland triumphant after his military service, and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is more than ready to wed his beloved Isobel and begin their life together. To his dismay, Isobel has wed another in his absence, and he believes all of merit is stolen from his life—until Leila resolves to win the valiant highlander’s heart for her own. She is convinced of her own success, until Isobel tempts Fergus anew.

Coming March 23, 2017.

Pre-order The Crusader’s Vow at these portals:

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Pre-orders, Placeholders and Final Book Files

I’ve decided to make some changes in how I work, which will be mostly invisible to you. The one thing you’re going to notice is a little gap in new books being released. What’s happening is that I’m switching the order around.

Here’s why.

To date, I’ve listed books for pre-order (and shown you the covers) when they were still being finished. The idea is that when you finish book #1, you might like to order book #2, so I’ve made those links available for you. Even though I leave what seems to be enough time, plus a buffer, schedules have been getting tighter and tighter over the past year. The reason for this is pretty simple. The vendors I use are very good, which means they’re getting busier. They have more clients and tighter schedules. Everything works as long as everyone keeps to deadline—not just me, but ALL of each vendor’s clients. If someone gets sick, or there’s an unexpected development in their personal life, the domino effect kicks in. When vendors are less busy, they can move things around, but I’ve noticed in this past year that it’s become much harder for everyone to be flexible.

In a way, indie publishing is becoming like traditional publishing: when one deadline is missed in the production schedule, the domino effect might mean that the book’s publication date has to be moved. Each step in the production process is scheduled for a certain date, and the book can’t just move a week down the schedule because there’s another book scheduled for that time.

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Another thing that’s been happening this year is that portals have been delivering the wrong file to readers. How can this be? At some portals, a pre-order can only be made available with a book file. Of course, if the book isn’t done, the correct book file isn’t available. The best solution is at iBooks, which doesn’t require a placeholder file at all. There’s no chance of confusion there. (This is called an asset-less pre-order.) At other portals, it’s common to use a placeholder file—for example, the placeholder file for The Crusader’s Vow at Kobo is a single page, which says that if you receive this file instead of the book, you should contact Kobo customer service. I like this solution, as there’s no chance of confusion, but it doesn’t work elsewhere. At Amazon, for example, the page count displayed on the product page is derived from the book file—if I upload a single page like the one at Kobo, the book will be listed as having one page and I will receive many emails complaining that a single page book shouldn’t be priced so high. (I know, because I’ve done this before!) The book will also automatically appear in a lot of quick read categories based on the size of that file, which would be wrong. So, the placeholder file for The Crusader’s Vow at Amazon is the final file of The Crusader’s Kiss. I had expected the two books to be about the same length (but actually Vow is longer). The benefit of this strategy is that it will be immediately obvious to a reader if the wrong file is delivered to them. Since B&N requires a book file and has been delivering the wrong file a lot this year, there has been no pre-order or placeholder file for The Crusader’s Vow there. The book will be listed for pre-order only when the final file can be uploaded.

There’s a deadline, of course, for providing the final file at each portal. Once the final file is uploaded (and uploaded on time) the portal should deliver it to the customer on the on-sale date. What’s been happening this year is that the placeholder file is being delivered instead. As you can imagine, this creates a huge mess. (If this happens to you, btw, please contact customer service at the portal in question. Please do not leave one-star reviews for the book or send hate mail to the author. Neither of these actions will get you the right book file. Of course, it’s frustrating, but only the portal can deliver the book you’ve paid them to receive.)

I’ve been thinking for a while that the best strategy is to only ever upload one book file.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North BarrowsTo give it a try, this year I set up a pre-order for a book that was already done. Something Wicked This Way Comes was written last summer and published in the Spellbound anthology last fall. I have the right to publish it on its own in March, so in December, I put it up for pre-order. I had the final book file, commissioned a cover, had it formatted and put it up for pre-order with the final book file. This has been a wonderful experience. Not only does the book have a nice volume of pre-orders because it’s been available longer as a pre-order, but its publication has been completely stress-free. I’ve even forgotten about it a couple of times, then remembered that I should make some memes. I want all of my book publications to be this easy!

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeSo, my strategy going forward is going to be listing the book for sale only after it’s done, when the final file can be uploaded.

There’s one last asset-less pre-order out there—it’s for Kyle’s book, Addicted to Love, and is only at Kobo and iBooks. I’m going to write that book next and get it all loaded up early. When you see the Amazon pre-order, you’ll know Kyle’s book is done!

It will look to you as if I’m not writing much for a bit, but things will be busy behind the scenes. Once we make the transition, the publication schedule will look as busy as ever and ALL pre-orders will be for completed books.

I’m looking forward to it.

The Crusader’s Vow is a BIG Book!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.It’s been a while since I’ve written a book that was as much of a fighter as The Crusader’s Vow has proven to be. I went back to the drawing board three times with this book. Each time I looked at it (even when I thought it was done), it needed at least one more scene. I finally sent it off to edits a couple of weeks ago, then spent this weekend adding another 15,000 words to it in the process of doing revisions.

There are good reasons for this, of course, It’s the last book of the Champions of St. Euphemia series (or the last one of the series for me to write, since I wrote book #5 before book #4) which meant lots and LOTS of loose ends to tie in. I had many timelines to incorporate and events mentioned in the other books to keep in order. (My editor may want to kill me after the writing of this series!)

Fergus and Leila’s was also a challenging story to write in itself—how could I make it plausible for a woman raised in Palestine as a Muslim to be happy in Scotland in 1188? Love wasn’t going to be enough for me to believe in Fergus and Leila’s happily-ever-after, which meant I had to dig deeper. Plus they both had to be offered what each believed the other wanted most, and at the worst possible moment. I ended up exploring the notion of ‘home’ and what it meant to both of them—I had to do that to be sure they both got what they desired most in order to be happy forevermore. Phew.

I knew the concluding scene of this story before I even began to write the book, and it was very satisfying to commit it to the page. It’s the perfect resolution, in my opinion, and I hope you enjoy it.

The book is not quite 110,000 words long. Big. Book.

We are doing the last proofreading today and I should have the final file tomorrow or Thursday. Look for the book to be listed at B&N for pre-order by the end of the week. I’ll share the link with you when it’s live. I’ll also be setting up the print edition for publication this week and will share those links with you once they’re live.

The book will be published March 23, bringing this series to its completion.

Remember that you can download a free sample of The Crusader’s Vow from my online store.
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Pre-order The Crusader’s Vow at these portals today:

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More Dragonfire Novels Reverted

Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeYesterday, I received some welcome news. The rights to two more of the Dragonfire novels have reverted to me. I have Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate back. This means that you will only be able to buy NAL’s mass market editions, at least as long as they have inventory. There are NO legitimate digital editions available of these books right now.

As of today, NAL holds the rights to only one of the Dragonfire novels – Kiss of Fire. I’m hoping that the rights to that book revert soon. The reversion of rights is triggered by sales volume – when sales drop below a certain threshold of units per year, it’s possible for the book rights to revert to the author. If you haven’t started the series, it would be great if you could wait to buy the first book until the new editions of the entire series are available.

Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWhen I have the rights back to Kiss of Fire, I’ll republish the first eight books in new editions, in both digital and trade paperback format. Also, when Dragonfire is republished, there will also be a companion guide. I’ve talked about this before, and it’s in the works.

So, hold tight – the Pyr are gathering. I hope to be able to set them loose on the world again soon.

March Print Book Giveaway

It’s time for another signed book giveaway. Last month, I gave away a copy of my Scottish time travel romance The Last Highlander. Michelle W was the winner. Congrats, Michelle!

The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire DelacroixThis month’s prize book is a signed trade paperback copy of The Beauty. This is a Scottish medieval romance and one of my personal favorites. It was also the first of my books to land on the New York Times list of bestselling books, so it has another special place in my heart.

“Four stars! A tale to warm a winter’s night.”—Romantic Times

In this story, Angus has returned from crusade, injured and disillusioned, to discover that his family home has been stolen. The only thing he wants is vengeance. I really enjoy how Jacqueline helps him rediscover the man he once was—because she sees the truth in him and believes in his goodness.

Just comment on this post for your chance to win a signed copy of this book. Tell me why you love a wounded hero or a story in which love does conquer all. Good luck!

The Crusader’s Vow and What’s Next

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Phew! Time to take a deep breath and catch up. I was AWOL earlier this week, because I was finishing up The Crusader’s Vow.

Fergus and Leila’s book is now on my editor’s desk and expected back on mine next week. In the meantime, I’m making a list of little tweaks and touches that should be added to the book before publication. (I always think of zillions of little things after the book is “finished”.) I like this story very much and am glad to have gotten to the end of the adventure. I’m ready to start something new, but at the same time, am a little bit sad to say goodbye to my Champions. This is the final book to be published in the series and will make the quest complete.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know that I’ve decided against republishing the Rose Series as The Rose Legacy. I’ve unpublished those book pages from my website. Those three books were the first I ever published and though I’d thought I could do a quick editorial pass, the fact is that I wanted to completely rewrite them before republishing them. If I’m going to put that much time and effort into a book, I’d rather it be spent on a brand new story.

So, my next historical romance series will be The Brides of Inverfyre. We’ll head back to Scotland and catch up with all those kids from Kinfairlie. This linked series will follow after The True Love Brides.

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf you’re interested in a great long series of linked Scottish historical romances, you might want to join The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter and read book #1, The Rogue, free. This newsletter sequence, dedicated to this series, tells you about each book in the series, offers you discounts for buying from my online store, and gives you a peek behind the scenes at each story’s creation. I’m in the process of creating similar ones for The Jewels of Kinfairlie, The True Love Brides and the Champions of Saint Euphemia—at the end of each sequence, you’ll have the option of joining another series newsletter. So, if you start now with The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter, you’ll be all caught up with the Kinfairlie crowd by the time The Brides of Inverfyre series launches.

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A little more catch-up—tomorrow I’ll choose the winner of the February signed book giveaway and post a new giveaway for March.