Erica Ridley’s Historical Romance Promotion

Erica Ridley's Historical Romance Promotion May 2017

This weekend (May 25 – 31) Erica Ridley has put together a promotion featuring UK-set historical romances. You’ll find The Beauty Bride included in this promotion, but lots of other romances, too. The books are FREE via BookFunnel so it’s a great chance to discover a new author. Erica insisted that they all be full stories, too, so you won’t find any cliffhangers or serializations here.

Here’s the link to the landing page. Have fun!

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection TODAY!

It’s release day for the collection!

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection including the first six works in Deborah Cooke's paranormal romance series

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection

Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

In Wyvern’s Mate, Drakina intends to fulfill her obligation as the oldest daughter by seducing her destined mate and winning her freedom. Troy’s lovemaking leaves Drakina hungry for more, until she discovers that he’s an assassin and she’s his intended victim. Will his MindBending powers condemn him in the fiery princess’s view or see him saved?

In Wyvern’s Prince, Gemma agrees to an arranged marriage with the crown prince of Regalia, to build an alliance between the two kingdoms. She expects duty, not love, but finds both when her new husband’s discredited twin brother proves to be her destined mate—but Venero has been enchanted. Can Gemma break the spell cast upon her prince or will she share his fate?

In Wyvern’s Warrior, Thalina intercepts an intruder in Incendium’s palace, allowing herself to be taken captive to learn his plan. To her delight, Acion is a highly developed android and she wants nothing more than to study him thoroughly, especially his amorous abilities—but Acion’s presence on Incendium violates the law. Will he be exterminated before Thalina satisfies her curiosity?

This bundle includes the first three romances in the Dragons of Incendium series, as well as three short stories linked to the series: Nero’s Dream, Arista’s Legacy, and Kraw’s Secret.

Available in digital and trade paperback format.

Available today!

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The book is still processing at GooglePlay. Link to come!

Addicted to Love Downloadable Sample

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke The publication of Addicted to Love is coming soon, on June 29!

This past weekend, I updated the free downloadable sample available in my online store. Now, the sample has the first two chapters, as well as more buy links. I also updated the file at Book Funnel.

Download the first chapter free from my online store:
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Or download the first chapter free at Book Funnel.

Pre-order at these portals:
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Stratford Writers’ Festival

I’ve been asked to participate in a panel discussion at the Stratford Writers’ Festival later this year. This is the second year for the festival, and it will be held from October 20 to 22, 2017.

The organizer and I have had several interesting discussions. I’m not sure if this panel will be about different publication paths available to authors or about publishing genre fiction – or both!

The schedule and details are still being finalized, but I’ll share more information as it becomes available. I hope to see you there!

Japanese Sewing Patterns

It’s been quite a week here with a lot happening behind the scenes. Kim Killion and I have been working together to rebrand the Bride Quest series. We have six new covers completed and she’s finishing up the POD wraps. Then we’ll have the two boxed set covers to finalize — and then I have a LOT of content to proof, format, and upload. It’ll be a little bit crazy, but the covers are so beautiful that it’s all worth it. The first peek at the new covers will be in my May newsletter, going out next week, then I’ll load them here on the site May 29th.

But it’s Fiber Friday and time to talk about textiles and colour—and the wonderful stress-busters that they are. I’ve embarked on a new adventure that I wanted to share. I’d heard a fair bit about Japanese sewing patterns and earlier this month, I decided to try some. Part of the impetus was that I nearly finished a garment from a US pattern company, tried it on, and discovered that the fit was weird. The scoop neckline has ripples on the back shoulder, not because my shoulders are weird but because the curve of the pattern piece is wrong. It’s even ripply on Nelly, my dressmaker’s dummy, whose shoulders are perfect. As this dress has a ton of tiny pleats that took forever to sew, I was a bit annoyed.

Time for a change in my approach! I ordered three books from Amazon: Simple Modern Sewing, Basic Black, and Feminine Wardrobe.

These pattern books come with sheets of patterns in the back, much like Burda magazine. You have to locate the pieces for the garment you want to make and trace them out in your size, then add seam allowances. We have a tempered glass coffee table so I cleared it off and set a desk lamp underneath it to trace the patterns. The sizes tend to be smaller—the largest size in Simple Modern Sewing is L for a 37″ bust—but when you have all the sizes shown together, it’s easy to extrapolate to the next larger one. I missed that the patterns are also for shorter people—until I made my test garment. I’m 5’5″ so am usually on the short end for American commercial patterns, but the back waist length was only 15.5″ in SMS instead of 16.25″. I wouldn’t have bothered adding it to a waistless garment, but my first test was the wrap top on the cover of SMS, and it looks best with those ties on the waistline.

What I like about these patterns is that the books show lots of variations. So, that wrap tunic on the cover also has the option of 3/4 sleeves, and is shown in a dress length, too. Once you have the basic pattern fitted, you can have some fun.

I had some bright sheeting in my stash that I bought in a $1/m sale just for making muslins, and cut into it for a test garment. I had to drop the darts, but the fixes were very easy. These designs have simple lines—in fact, I probably chose one of the only ones that I’d actually need to modify. (But I like that long linen wrap dress sooooo much.) Several bodices later, I have a very ugly test garment—it’s too orange to show you!—but it fits. Ha. Now the fun begins.

I’ll do the finishing on the test garment and probably just wear it around the house—sometimes we need a garment that can risk being ruined with some job or other! Then I’m going to cut a real top out of some really interesting cotton with a border pattern. It looks like this:cotton border print

And here’s a detail shot:

I’m not sure how I’ll be able to place the border pattern on the blouse, but I know it will look great.

Next up, I’m going to try the dress option with one of the linen fabrics in my stash.

Have you embarked on any craftsy adventures lately?

That iBooks and BookBub Promotion

Bestselling Romance promotion at iBooks

Here’s more information about the Bestselling Romance promotion hosted by iBooks and BookBub.

The included titles are established bestsellers and are on sale this weekend. The promotion is for US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Of course, you already know that The Last Highlander is included at 99 cents. It’s also featured on the paranormal section of the landing page. 🙂

iBooks BookBub promotion The Last Highlander

The Last Highlander 99 cent sale

BookBub Bestselling Romance at iBooks

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire DelacroixBookBub is currently running a promotion featuring bestselling romance reads at 99 cents at iBooks through the 22nd. They’ve included my Scottish time travel romance and romantic comedy, The Last Highlander, in this promotion, which is sweet. 🙂

Follow the iBooks link to the iBookstore to get your copy of The Last Highlander and also to see what else is on sale.

Buy at iBooks

I’ve also made Morgan and Alasdair’s story 99 cents at Amazon and B&N, as well as in my online store. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy, here’s a good chance to do so!

The Last Highlander 99 cent sale

Scotland, 1314: After the Scots reclaim Edinburgh Castle, Alasdair MacAuley only wants to celebrate. But the revels are interrupted by an old crone who claims the castle’s true owner is the legendary witch Morgaine le Fee. Dared by his fellow warriors to go meet the witch, Alasdair heads down a flight of stairs — and tumbles right into another century…

Scotland, 1998: American Morgan Lafayette is in Scotland to enjoy the history, not to ogle men in kilts. So when she stumbles upon a brawny man in a kilt, she is less than enthralled. She is certain he’s drunk for he claims Morgan is a powerful sorceress who has brought him to her magical kingdom! Despite her reluctance, she is intensely drawn to this handsome Highlander and the mystery surrounding him, a mystery that has the power to alter history — and her heart — forever…

Finalist – Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence
for Best Paranormal, Fantasy or Time Travel Romance

“A delight… the taste… will linger on your tongue!”
The Toronto Star

Reader letter from the new edition.

Buy The Last Highlander Now!
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Wider AudioBook Distribution

Three more of my audiobooks are going into wider distribution. As well as finding them at Amazon, Apple and Audible, they’ll be available at Downpour, B&N, Indigo and also available to libraries.

The B&N links are a little bit slow to populate – The Warrior’s Prize should be there, for example – but I’ll share what I have with you, today.

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

Buy at Audible Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Blackstone Buy at Downpour Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Chapters Indigo


The Warrior’s Prize

Buy at Audible Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Blackstone Buy at Downpour Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Chapters Indigo

 


The Crusader’s Bride

Buy at Audible Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Blackstone Buy at Downpour Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Chapters Indigo

The Crusader's Heart by Claire DelacroixThe last of my audiobooks to go into wide distribution will be The Crusader’s Heart, which will be available at these same additional portals in July.

 

 

 

The Bride Quest

As I told you recently in Exciting News, the rights to my original Bride Quest trilogy have reverted to me. The trilogy includes The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress. This means that I’m in the midst of creating new editions of these books for publication, which means that they need new covers.

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 decided this was an excellent opportunity to update the covers of the second Bride Quest as well—The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress—so that the whole series has similar graphical branding.

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix  The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire Delacroix  The Temptress, book #3 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix

As of today, the house has removed their digital editions from sale, so it’s time to move forward!

My plan is to relaunch the first Bride Quest in August. I’m in the midst of removing the digital editions of the second Bride Quest trilogy from sale, so that I can relaunch the whole series with shiny new covers and updated interiors.

The new covers will be revealed in my May newsletter.

So, if you’re looking for these titles, don’t think your eyes are deceiving you. They’ll be back!

 

Addicted to Love Pre-Order

The pre-order for Addicted to Love is live at Amazon and Nook. (It was already live at iBooks and Kobo.) It will be available in my online store in June and at GooglePlay on the release day.

June 29 is the big day for Kyle and Lauren’s story!

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeKyle wants it all…
Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him that there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to more than a single hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s marriage collapses and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she turns to for comfort.

Lauren demands his all…
When Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure and sensation. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, the eternal playboy, who seduced her so deliciously years before? It was a night Lauren never forgot, and now that she wants to forget everything, Kyle is the only man she wants. Will she be able to accept his terms of no love or romance? Or will Lauren convince Kyle to take a chance on wanting more?

Coming June 29, 2017!

Download the first chapter free from my online store:
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Pre-order at these portals:
Buy at iBooks Buy at Kobo Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at Amazon.ca Buy at Amazon.co.uk Buy at Amazon.de