Sale on Print Books in the Store

Signed Books category in Deborah Cooke's storeI’m doing some summer cleaning and sorting, and have a sale on signed print books in my online store. Today through August 1, you can save an additional 20% on print books in stock, even on titles already discounted.

The store now calculates shipping for US and Canadian destinations. It accepts VISA, Mastercard and Paypal, and runs in CANADIAN dollars. If you’re in the States, that will save you even more!

Here’s the Signed Book category in the store, which includes sale titles. You’ll need to use this code at check-out to save an additional 20%:

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As always, orders will be packed with bookmarks and postcards, too.

Happy shopping!

 

Fabulous Audiobook Review for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix There’s a wonderful new review of the audiobook of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss at Rabid Reads this morning. This is pretty much the best way to start a day, in my opinion.:-) Here’s a snippet:

“The Fae aspect of this book wound through the story in different ways, all the while taking a backseat to the romance between Malcolm and Catriona. While it’s not the focus, it is however the catalyst for many of Malcolm’s decisions concerning Ravensmuir and Catriona. Storytelling back then was one of the few ways of entertainment the people had. A lot of it is in the form of poems and songs. Catriona sings of the Fae, but doesn’t believe in them. This was one aspect that I enjoyed listening to, rather than reading. Not that the narrator sings, but I found it easier to listen, when I would probably have skimmed that part of the book, had I been reading.

I did think the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld did a really good job. She was excellent at the accents she used, all the while keeping it clear for the reader to understand every word. Sometimes a Scots accent is hard to understand for the average person(Outlander anyone?), but not so here. I would like to listen to other audio books by this narrator as she added a lot to the story for me, especially as she portrayed the depths of feelings between the two main characters.

I don’t read that many historical books, although I do like them for a change of pace sometimes, and this one really fit the bill for me. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, reading the obviously well researched historical aspects, and of course, the romance. As far as the Fae, we do see just enough of them to see how evil they are, and also see how much havoc they can create. There’s threats of war, and someone from Catriona’s past comes around just to cause more drama. There’s some twists here, and I think this is the perfect story for adult historical romance readers that enjoy a paranormal element in their stories.

FYI-It’s not necessary to read any of the other books in this series, in order to enjoy this one.”

Thank you, Lorna at Rabid Reads! And thank you, also to Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviews. You can read the whole review on the blog, right here.

You can read the whole review on the blog, right here.

You can also listen to a sample from the audiobook of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss.

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Summer Flowers

My garden is a spring garden. It comes on strong with bulbs then early perennials, but pretty much runs its course by June. I’ve been trying to change that in recent years, and have been adding more daylilies and daisies. Right now, they’re in their full glory. It’s yellow and orange out there! Best of all, they love it sunny and dry, which is the weather we’ve been having this year. I have several very large sunflowers which are still in bud and keep growing. They’re volunteers, either from last year’s sunflowers or contributions from the bird feeder. Each has multiple buds and one is taller than Mr. Math and still growing. I can’t wait for them to open.

Here’s a selection of pix from this past weekend in the garden. First the daylilies:

Yellow dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Russet dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Orange dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Two pix of the pink one, because I love its chartreuse throat.

Pink dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Pink dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

My favorite, the big red one. The deepest part of its throat is also chartreuse, but it doesn’t show well in this picture.

Red dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

This is an asiatic lily, not a daylily. I don’t have many of these left, because we have those Japanese beetles that devour the bulbs, but this one is lovely. It has a beautiful sweet perfume, too.

Yellow asiatic lily in Deborah Cooke's garden.

I had a lot of calendula, which is a self-seeding annual. Here’s a big patch of it which was starting to go to seed. I pulled it all out right after taking this picture and scattered seeds in the bed. That gives the other smaller things beneath it (in this case, a lot of stonecrop and some lavendar) a chance to catch some rays too.

Calendula in Deborah Cooke's garden.

The rudbeckia (black eyed susans) are already blooming, which is usually something we see later in August. It must be the heat. These self-seed as well, although they’re perennials. I seem to have them everywhere. Rudbeckia in Deborah Cooke's garden.

This is elecampane, a perennial which was grown in the Middle Ages. The roots and stems are supposed to be good for settling the stomach and were often candied in honey to make sweets for after the meal. The plant is enormous, probably 8 feet tall, and dies back to the ground every winter. Elecampane in Deborah Cooke's garden.

The roses of sharon are also coming into bloom, and also are early. Here’s a pink one which likes to self-seed.

PInk rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Pink rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

And here’s a white one, which is a little bit less enthusiastic in terms of self-seeding. I have a blue one as well, but it hadn’t opened any blooms yet on the weekend.

white rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

And finally, some echinacea, loving the sunshine. That monster sunflower is behind it – you can just see its leaves.Ecinacea in Deborah Cooke's garden.

My beebalm didn’t do as well this year. (Some of it was overwhelmed by calendula.) The phlox is out, but the picture didn’t come out well, and the hydrangea is in bloom, which should mean that we’ll get a hail storm. The lavendar and stonecrop are doing well, too, and next time, I’ll probably have some sedum to show you. My aconite is HUGE this year – I always thought it liked shade and moist soil, but it’s in full sun this year, the soil is dry and it’s got to be eight feet tall. Looks like I had its preferences wrong. I’ll share some pix when the buds open.

How does your garden grow this year?

The Rogue on the Charts

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Rogue is on sale this week through the end of the month, and yesterday, it was advertised in BookBub.

This is a medieval romance that’s a bit gothic, and it’s one of my personal favorites. I always get excited when Merlyn and Ysabella find some new readers. The Rogue is also the first book in my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy, and is the first introduction to the family that we follow through the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy and the True Love Brides series. We’ll see them again in the Brides of Inverfyre. The Rogue also available in audio, narrated by Ashley Klanac.

This morning, The Rogue is on the charts!

At Amazon US, it’s #277 overall in the Kindle store, #2 in Medieval romance and #3 in Scottish romance:
The Rogue at Amazon US on July 23, 2016

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

At Amazon UK, it’s #1288 overall in the Kindle store, and #4 in Medieval romance:

The Rogue at Amazon UK July 23, 2016

At Amazon CA, it’s #62 overall in the Kindle store (wow! In the top 100!) and #1 in both Medieval romance and Scottish romance:

The Rogue at Amazon CA July 23, 2016

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

At Amazon AU, it’s #170 overall in the Kindle store and #6 in Historical romance:

The Rogue at Amazon AU July 23, 2016
At Kobo, it’s #7 in Historical fiction, #2 in Historical romance and #33 in Romance overall:

The Rogue at Kobo July 23, 2016

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Merlyn and Ysabella’s book yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. If you didn’t grab your copy yet, The Rogue is on sale through the end of July. Don’t miss out!

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

A Poll on Historical Romance Covers

Since I’ve been commissioning new packages for my historical romances, I thought it was time to ask your opinion about covers and images. Here we go!

 

 

 

 

I’m curious to see your answers. Please feel free to share the poll link with friends who read historical romance.:-)

 

A New Review for The Scoundrel

The Scoundrel, book #2 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Book Review blog posted a new review yesterday for The Scoundrel, my action-adventure medieval romance which is #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy. Here’s a good bit:

“Medieval is one of my very favorite historical romance sub-genres, and I have been in the right mood to immerse myself in ancient times that are filled with danger and intrigue.

Although this story is fraught with intrigue and danger, there was a slightly comical tone mixed in, especially with Gawain and Evangeline, who engage in some delightful banter, while attempting to outwit each other.

It was like a medieval-style caper, which was a lot of fun. There is loads of action and adventure, and the love story is quite unique, with Gawain and Evangeline always at odds, but unable to imagine living without each other, even if they don’t want to admit it.

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixGawain is a very tough nut to crack and I did wonder about his character, as he did a pretty good job of convincing me he was a rogue all the way to the core. But, of course, it’s plain to see that Evangeline holds his heart in her hands, right from the very beginning.”

You can read the whole review on The Book Review blog, right here.

Remember that The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy, is on sale for 99 cents right now at most portals.

 

Statistics on Romance eBooks

We’re back to talking about the business of writing and publishing on Thursdays. I thought we might be done for a while, but an interesting post came across my feed on the weekend, and it’s well worth sharing.

If you’ve ever taken a course on statistics, or thought about them much, you’ll know that statistics can be used to “prove” just about anything. It depends what data you collect and which bits of it you choose to present. It can depend upon how the questions are asked, and it certainly depends upon who is asked the questions. One of the intriguing things that authors noted very early in the digital revolution was that the statistics about the publishing industry presented by traditional publishers and by media that typically reports on the publishing business didn’t seem to mirror the indie author’s experience. Many people began to wonder just what the truth was.

Neilson Bookscan, for example, is a service that publishers use which gathers point-of-sale data for individual books. The thing with Bookscan is that it tracks titles by ISBN#. All traditional publishers use ISBN#’s on all of their books, of course, and it is a unique identifier. BUT a publisher doesn’t need an ISBN# to publish a digital book to Amazon KDP, or to several other digital portals, and many indie authors (and some digital publishers) forgo the expense of getting an ISBN#. That means their books and the sales of those books aren’t included in Bookscan’s reports. That’s just one example of assumptions shaping results.

It was a few years ago when I first saw a presentation made by Hugh Howey, based on data he and a programmer friend (“Dataguy”) gathered from Amazon’s website. (I think it was at NINC in October 2012.) They developed a software program that walks the HTML of the website to gather the data behind rankings, which let them extrapolate sales numbers and trends in the marketplace. They also have their assumptions, so the data isn’t perfect, but I doubt it ever could be (without Amazon and the other sales portals actually sharing their sales data). Their results do provide another view of what’s happening in the book market. Last week, they made a presentation at RWA National about digital book sales of romance novels, which is pretty interesting.

A couple of take-aways for me:
• “The US digital market for romance novel is 235 million units per year.”

• “Amazon US sells 328,537 digital romance novels per day.”

• “67% of US romance sales are not tracked by any traditional industry metric.”

You can see a slideshow of their presentation on their website right here.

50% off Complete Series at Apple

Apple Promo July 2016

There’s a promotion this week in the iBooks store for 50% off complete romance series, running in Canada, US, UK, Ireland and Australia.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe True Love Brides Boxed Set is part of this promotion.

Four magical medieval romances set in Scotland from the “Queen of Medieval Romance”, in which true love wins the day against the immortal Fae.

In The Renegade’s Heart, Isabella is captivated by the knight who arrives at Kinfairlie to challenge her brother, little realizing that Murdoch has been chosen by the Fae queen to be her prize. Murdoch knows himself to be doomed so takes on the quest of avenging his family before he succumbs to the Fae charm, never realizing that intrepid Isabella holds the key to his release- and his barricaded heart.

In The Highlander’s Curse, Garrett is captivated by shy Annelise, the sole woman whose touch eases the torment of his Fae curse. Awakened by his touch, Annelise resolves to save the highlander she loves from enemies who would destroy him for their own gain – no matter what the price.

In The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, Malcolm returns home from his years abroad, wanting only to rebuild his family holding of Ravensmuir. Tormented by his choices, he sees little value in his life and trades it away, only to meet a pregnant serving woman who gives new purpose to his days and nights. Can Catriona save this wounded warrior from being the Fae’s mortal tithe to Hell – or will she lose the man who has claimed her heart?

In The Warrior’s Prize, a bold maiden challenges a mercenary to change his life for the better, but when he takes her dare, Rafael both wins her love and puts himself in dire peril. Elizabeth fears her valiant warrior to be dead and surrenders herself to Fae captivity rather than live without him. Can Rafael save his beloved and seal the portal to the realm of the Fae forever?

This digital bundle includes all four full-length medieval Scottish romances with paranormal elements in the True Love Brides Series. In this boxed set are The Renegade’s Heart, The Highlander’s Curse, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss and The Warrior’s Prize.

Buy The True Love Brides Boxed Set at iBooks now.

See all the books on sale.

 

Nero’s Dream

Available today!

Nero's Dream, a short story in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeNero has always aspired to be an astrologer in the royal court of Incendium. When he divines a portent about the pending royal marriage, he makes the perilous journey to the capital city, only to be kept from delivering his tidings in time. Worse, Nero is assigned the task of pursuing a dragon princess bent on taking vengeance upon her reluctant groom, a feat he knows can’t be done. His dream appears to be lost forever—until the captivating princess Peri surprises this unlikely advisor.

Nero’s Dream is a short story set in Incendium, which should be read after Wyvern’s Mate.

Nero’s Dream is available in a digital edition. It is also included in the print edition of Wyvern’s Mate that’s exclusive to Amazon, Createspace and my online store, and also in The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection.

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New Publication Dates

Since things have been pretty busy here, I’ve made some changes to my upcoming publication schedule. I need to finish one series before starting another so one set of characters moves out of my imagination before the next group moves in. There are also a lot of things in the works that I can’t tell you about just yet, and they’re affecting my schedule.

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixFirst off, The Crusader’s Vow, Fergus and Leila’s book, will now be available on October 18, the same date as the complete version of The Crusader’s Handfast. Both books will be available in both print and digital formats, and the Champions of Saint Euphemia series will be complete with their publication.

Both books are available for pre-order now at Apple and Kobo, and will be available from other portals on or before the publication date.

Once those crusaders are happily settled, I can focus on the partners of Flatiron Five.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Simply Irresistible has also moved publication dates to November 29. That way, once the series launches, the books can be published in succession. There was no point in publishing it this summer, then not having book #2 until next spring.

Right now, Simply Irresistible is only available for pre-order at Apple, but it will be available elsewhere closer to the publication date. Book #2 will also be available for pre-order by the time Simply Irresistible is published.

What else is in the works? Stay tuned!