The Renegade’s Heart Rides the Charts!

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixMy medieval Scottish romance, The Renegade’s Heart, is free at major portals through the end of the month. This medieval Scottish romance is first in the True Love Brides series and is Isabella’s story.

Yesterday, BookBub featured the book and WOW! did copies go out the door. Let’s have a look at the day’s results.

On Amazon.com this morning, The Renegade’s Heart is #1 in Medieval Romance, #1 in Scottish Romance and #6 Overall Free in the Kindle store. I don’t think I’ve ever had a title get that high on the overall list.

The Renegade's Heart #5 overall on the bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017 The Renegade's Heart #6 overall on the bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017

It’s also #1 in Medieval Romance and #1 in Scottish Romance. I like that The Beauty Bride is also at the top of both of those lists. 🙂The Renegade's Heart #1 on the Medieval Romance bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017 The Renegade's Heart #1 on the Scottish Romance bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017

The book is also doing well at several other Amazon stores. At Amazon.ca, The Renegade’s Heart is #7 overall and #1 in Scottish Romance.

The Renegade's Heart at #7 free overall and #1 in Scottish Romance at Amazon.ca on April 26. 2017

At Amazon.co.uk, The Renegade’s Heart is #15 overall in the Kindle store, and #1 in Scottish Romance.The Renegade's Heart is #15 overall in the Kindle store, and #1 in Scottish Romance at Amazon.co.uk on April 26, 2017

Nook and Kobo don’t track free titles the same way, but iBooks does. The Renegade’s Heart is #5 overall free at iBooks.

The Renegade's Heart #5 overall free at iBooks on April 26, 2017And The Renegade’s Heart is #3 in the Romance section at iBooks this morning.

The Renegade's Heart, #3 in Romance at iBooks on April 26, 2017

Murdoch and Isabella’s book is still free through the end of the month, so there’s still time to get a copy.
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The Renegade's Heart audiobook

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Kraw’s Secret

The next story in the Dragons of Incendium series is available! Kraw’s Secret is a short story, which should be read after Wyvern’s Warrior. It’s #3.5 in the series.

Kraw's Secret, a short story and #3.5 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeViceroy Kraw is invited to witness whatever prediction the ShadowCaster has brought to Incendium, along with King Ouros and Queen Ignita. Although the royal couple can make little sense of the vision shown by the strange creature, Kraw knows his family’s ancient betrayal has to finally be revealed to the dragon kings. Will the fury of Ouros be as fierce as Kraw fears? What will be the future of the viceroy?

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Exciting News

A very exciting thing has just happened—the rights to three more of my books have reverted to me from the publisher. I now have the rights back to The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress. The publishing house will be removing their digital editions from sale, but retain the right to sell the rest of their print stock.

I’ve removed the buy links from the book pages here on my website.

The original covers were designed by Alan Ayers and I always liked them. The books had step-backs, too.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

I’ll be republishing these books in new editions, as soon as I can get everything pulled together. I’m also going to take this opportunity to rebrand the Bride Quest II books with new covers. There will still be two boxed sets, one of each trilogy, and they’ll have new covers, too.

The prices on the Bride Quest will be lower than they were from the original publisher, too.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

A Full Deck

Do you read tarot cards?

I do, although I used to read them more often than I do now. A tarot card deck has 78 cards: the 56 cards called the minor arcana, plus 22 trump cards called the major arcana. The minor arcana are similar to the decks of 52 playing cards that we use for other games: there are four suits of 14 cards each, with cards numbered from 1 to 10 in each suit, plus “face cards” of a page, a knight, a queen and a king. (In the 52-card decks we use for other games, there are only three face cards: the jack, the queen, and the king.)

I just bought a new deck and am very happy with it.

The oldest surviving tarot cards were created in Italy in the fifteenth century and were painted on commission for powerful families. The Pierpont-Morgan Visconti-Sforza deck is the one I just bought. It’s a reproduction of actual cards that have been preserved. All but four of the 78 cards have survived, although they are in different collections. The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy owns 26 cards; the Pierpont-Morgan Library in New York owns 35 cards, and there are 13 cards in a private collection in Italy, the Casa Colleoni. These cards are big, at 17.5 by 8.7 cm, and this reproduction is the same size. They were paintings, as well—there are cards surviving from about the same time that were printed from woodcuts.

The four lost cards in this deck are The Devil, The Tower, the Three of Swords and the Knight of Coins, but they’ve been created to make the deck complete, and designed to coordinate with the rest of the deck.  There’s a cheaper version of this deck, but I thought the museum’s connection would ensure the quality was superior. The deck comes in a hinged box with a book of interpretations, as well as the story of the history of the cards.

I thought this deck was beautiful before I received it, and I’m dazzled by the reproduction. One thing is that I’m not sure I’ll be able to shuffle such big cards and work with them for readings. They also don’t have numbers or titles on the higher arcana cards or the suit cards, so it’s a case of working with the cards to recognize each one. It took me a few minutes to realize that the king in each suit is on his throne, the knight is on his horse and the page is on his feet, and that’s how to tell them apart. It won’t take long to become accustomed to it once I have a look at its conventions. I may use it for meditation instead of readings.

When I bought my first deck of tarot cards almost thirty years ago, there wasn’t a reproduction of the Visconti-Sforza available, even though it was obviously known. Maybe the museums and collectors still had to work out a partnership. It was the one I wanted, but instead, I bought the Medieval Scapini deck, which features card images painted by Luigi Scapini and which are clearly inspired by the Visconti-Sforza deck. The cards are smaller and I’ve done a lot of readings with mine. Here are some of the cards side by side.

These are the first four cards in the Higher Arcana – The Fool, The Magician, The Popess (The High Priestess in other decks) and The Empress.Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

The next four cards in the Higher Arcana are The Emperor, The Pope, The Lovers and The Chariot.

Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

The next four cards are Justice, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune and Force.  Notice how different the Force card is. The illustration on the smaller card is more typical now.Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

The next four Higher Arcana cards are The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance and The Devil. (The Devil is one of the missing cards in the actual deck.)Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

The next four Higher Arcana cards are The Falling Tower (another missing card) The Star, The Moon and The Sun. I love the depictions on The Star and The Moon, which are both different from what’s become typical. (The small cards have more familiar imagery.)Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

The last two trumps are Judgment and The World. Once again, the illustration on the smaller card is more typical of other decks, but the medieval one is quite beautiful.Two tarot decks compared - the Higher Arcana

Just for fun, here are the four queens: the Queen of Swords, the Queen of Wands (called Staves in the larger deck), the Queen of Coins and the Queen of Cups. There’s so much gold leaf on the Queen of Cups that she didn’t photograph well – the original card must be amazing.Two tarot decks compared - the Queens

And finally, here are the aces, just to compare. The Ace of Coins, the Ace of Swords, the Ace of Cups and the Ace of Wands (or Staves, as the case may be.)Two tarot decks compared - the Aces

The cards have different meanings when they’re reversed or inverted, and I can see that I’ll have to pay attention with the suit cards to be sure I notice their orientation.

This adventure started because Astro Jen sent me a book, which I’m enjoying a great deal. Mystical Origins of the Tarot by Paul Huson discusses (and speculates) on the origin of the tarot deck as we know it. He talks about the Danse Macabre and medieval miracle plays, which is sending me off on another research tangent. I’m familiar with the York cycle of plays, which were performed on Corpus Christi day, as well as some plays adopted by Mummers, like the story of St. George and the dragon. (Alexander and the company from Kinfairlie dress as Mummers and act out this play in The Snow White Bride.) But there are many other medieval miracle plays and I’m having a wonderful time learning more about them.

Have you embarked on any research adventures lately?

The Renegade’s Heart goes Free

My medieval Scottish romance, The Renegade’s Heart, is free at major portals through the end of the month. This medieval Scottish romance is first in the True Love Brides series and is Isabella’s story.

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixReleased from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution – but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.

Isabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight – especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul.

As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?

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Book Boyfriend Giveaway

This weekend, I’m participating in the monthly Book Boyfriend Bed Hop promotion hosted by Shannyn Leah, which features over fifty free and 99-cent romance reads in a variety of sub-genres. You’ll find The Beauty Bride and Wyvern’s Mate among the offerings. In addition to the free and discounted reads, there’s a chance to win one of four Amazon gift cards. The promotion continues through April 16th.

Here’s the landing page. Have fun!

Back on GooglePlay

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Last fall, I removed my books from GooglePlay because I had issues with pricing. I heard from a few of you that you wanted the books to be available there, so I’ve been seeking a solution.

This past week, I’ve taken advantage of another option. I’m using an aggregator called Pronoun to deliver my titles to GooglePlay. I’ve only uploaded about half of my booklist, and most of those are still in the process of being listed on GP,  but they’re on their way. I’ll get the rest uploaded this week. I’ll have to update the links here on the site when the books go live on GP.

As of this morning, The True Love Brides Boxed Set, The Crusader’s Vow, and Simply Irresistible are now available on GooglePlay. We’ll see when the books that were at GP before appear whether the reviews are carried between editions.

The other good thing is that Pronoun’s royalty rate is better for books priced over $9.99US than several portals offer to publishers who upload directly. As a result, my more expensive boxed sets will now be available at all portals, instead of just at iBooks and Kobo. The True Love Brides Boxed Set was just published to Amazon this morning, for example. Here’s the new link.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe author pages at Pronoun look pretty cool. I like that they allow books in a series to be displayed together and in order. They also provide the links at all portals, even the ones that they aren’t distributing the books to.

You can also see how far I’ve gotten with my uploading.

Here’s Claire’s author page at Pronoun.

Here’s Deborah’s author page at Pronoun.

A New Site for Romance

A friend of mine has set up a new website for romance readers called My Forever HEA.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThere are featured books on the site, as well as discounted and free romances listed by subgenre.  You’ll find The Beauty Bride in the historical romance category. She has plans to build the site in many ways, including announcements of new releases, and there’s a newsletter, too.

Visit My Forever HEA!

April Signed Book Giveaway

The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire DelacroixLast month’s prize book was The Beauty and Lisa M won the signed trade paperback copy. Congrats to Lisa!

This month’s prize book is The Warrior, book #3 in my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances. This one is a reincarnation story – the Hawk steals a bride, who brings him a great deal more than he expects. Aileen unravels the mysteries of the past at Inverfyre, and also helps the Hawk to secure his legacy. It’s an enemies-to-lovers, stolen-bride kind of story and one that proves to me that love conquers all. 🙂

The Warrior is also good book to read to get ready for The Brides of Inverfyre series, which features the children of Aileen and the Hawk.

“Delacroix’s satisfying tale leaves the reader hungry for the next offering!”—Booklist

The Warrior, book #3 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottich medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe fun thing this month is that the winner will be able to choose which edition he/she would like. I have both of these available. The one on the right is the current version.

Please comment on this post for your chance to win. Tell me whether you believe in reincarnation or not – and why.

Good luck to everyone. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the month.