The Bride Quest I New Edition

The Bride Quest 1 Boxed Set by Claire Delacroix

Be swept away by the classic fairy tale medieval romance trilogy by the “Queen of Medieval Romance”! Three brothers set out on a Bride Quest at the behest of Princess Brianna and each find love of legendary power…

In The Princess, Brianna challenges three knights to compete for her hand, declaring that she will marry the one who brings her a gift that makes her laugh. She hopes to avoid the king’s dictate and marry for love, but Luc has no interest in surrendering to a beauty’s whim. He has abandoned his life as a knight and put down his sword forever—or so he thinks, until Brianna tempts him to fight for her love.

The Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances, digital boxed set, by Claire Delacroix

Unavailable first digital edition

The Bride Quest 1 Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixIn The Damsel, Burke returns to Ireland in the hope of claiming the hand of Alys, the beauty who haunts his dreams. Consigned to the custody of her cruel relatives, Alys has lost hope in any happiness, but Burke lays siege to her assumptions with resolve, restoring both her faith and her love. But when the secrets of the past threaten the couple’s future, will their love be enough to defend them?

In The Heiress, Rowan takes his brothers’ challenge and vows to win the hand of the richest heiress in Ireland. There is no place for love in this charming rogue’s heart—until he finds himself buying a beautiful slave girl, one who provokes him into reconsidering all he knows to be true, and daring him to win her heart, if he can.

This digital boxed set includes all three medieval romances in the original Bride Quest trilogy: The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress.

The new edition of this bundle will be available on November 22, 2017.

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The Bride Quest continues with The Countess.



Bad Boys Through History

Warriors & Bad Boys BookFunnel Promo

Kris Kennedy has organized a BookFunnel promotion featuring historical romances with bad boy heroes called Warriors & Bad Boys Through the Ages. It started on Friday the 8th and runs through the 15th. You’ll find The Beauty Bride among the selection of twelve books. Here’s your chance to find a new series or a new author!

The landing page is here. Happy browsing!

All or Nothing on the Charts

This weekend, my contemporary romance All or Nothing is free and there was a BookBub ad yesterday promoting that. The results have been pretty amazing, so let’s have a look.

By lunchtime yesterday, All or Nothing had moved to #2 overall free in the Kindle store, and it’s still there. In the afternoon, it moved into #1 free in Contemporary Romance and #1 free in Romantic Comedy, which is pretty exciting stuff.

All or Nothing, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, at #2 overall free in the Kindle store on September 8, 2017

All or Nothing, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke at #1 free in romantic comedy and #2 free overall in the Kindle store on September 8, 2017

All or Nothing, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke at #1 free in contemporary romance in the Kindle store on September 8, 2017

Over at iBooks, Jen and Zach’s book is also doing well. It’s #2 overall free at iBooks and #1 free in Romance.
All or Nothing, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, at #1 free in the iBooks store on September 8, 2017

What’s interesting about this promotional run is that this time, the #1 book and the #3 book are the same at both iBooks and Amazon. It doensn’t usually work out that way. All or Nothing, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, at #2 free overall in the iBooks store on September 8, 2017

Thanks to everyone who has picked up a copy of my book! All or Nothing remains free through the weekend, so if you haven’t gotten your copy, now’s your chance!

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Earth Stripe Wrap Update

I’ve finishing one repeat of the 186-row stripe pattern of the Earth Stripe wrap. Since it’s Fibre Friday, this is the perfect opportunity to show you the work in progress.

Earth Stripe wrap knit by Deborah Cooke

I was a bit worried about “wasting” that handpainted green yarn, because I thought its variations would be lost when it was knit with another colour. It’s not, though. First of all, it shimmers a bit more than the other KSH, so you can pick out where that yarn has been used. And secondly, the variation is visible. Look at this detail:

Earth Stripe wrap detail, knit by Deborah Cooke

The variation is really visible in the band where the handpainted green is knit with the dark brown KSH (Bark).

I didn’t worry much gauge for this project, and it turns out that I don’t have gauge. Gauge on the pattern on 4mm needles is 24 stitches and 28 rows to four inches. My gauge on those needles is 20 sts to 4 inches and 30 rows. I’m not sure what I would have done to achieve gauge, actually—if I went down a needle size to get the stitch gauge (probably 3.5mm needles would have done it) I would have put the row gauge even further out of whack. It probably would have increased to 32 or even 34 rows in four inches. It doesn’t really matter with a garment like this—what’s important is that I like the fabric being created. I wouldn’t want it to be any more dense than it is.

Different gauge, though, does affect the finished size. My wrap is 57cm wide instead of the 49cm width expected by the pattern. This is fine by me, but also means I’m using more yarn per repeat than the test knitter did.

The first complete repeat of my wrap measures 65 cm or 25.5 inches in length. This means that to get the finished length of 149 cm or 58.5 inches specified by the pattern, I’ll need to knit one more full repeat plus a little extra. Since I’m leaving off the fringe, I think I’ll plan for three complete repeats. That will make it close to 80 inches long. I will have to buy more yarn, though, to do that. Before finishing the first repeat of the stripe pattern, I had to begin the second ball of Majestic. I have three, so to finish three repeats, I’ll need a bit of a fourth ball. I’ll wait until I finish the second repeat before I buy that ball, though, in case I need other colours, too.

I really like the beads, because they both shimmer and play a little bit of hide-and-seek.

What do you think?

Bride Quest Print Copies

More new editions have arrived, and I wanted to show you how pretty they are!

Here’s the new edition of The Princess:

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, new print edition

And here are the new editions of The Princess, The Countess, The Beauty, and The Temptress, together in all their glory.

The Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in their new print editions

Two more new editions – The Damsel and The Heiress – in the works, then the rebranding of this series will be complete. What do you think?

Food in Jars

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve been canning.

First up were the Roma tomatoes. They had half-bushel boxes on sale, so I bought three then Mr. Math went back for a fourth—because he remembered that we’d almost run out of dried tomatoes. He uses them a lot when he makes soup or stews in the winter. Since I seldom use them in my cooking, I lose track of them. We had very few stewed tomatoes left from last year, so I wanted to do a bunch this year. I canned 28 quarts of tomatoes and this time, I put a sprig of basil in each one since my basil is so lush and there’s no way we’ll eat it all before the frost. I also put down 8 pints of salsa, which is nice and spicy. It’s a bit different from last year as I couldn’t find any tomatillos. I also dehydrated tomatoes to fill 6 quart jars. We still had a few left to eat, which was great as they were beautiful and ripe.

Then the Ontario peaches turned up on the stores. I wasn’t going to do very many this year, but ended up with 14 quarts – with vanilla! – then bought more peaches to make jam over the weekend. I used to can peaches every August with my mom. We’d drive down to Niagara to buy the fruit, then come home and start peeling. I remember it being a really hot job, with juice running off my elbows, and every surface in the kitchen ending up sticky. (The sticky part still happens.) My mom still cans some peaches herself, but she doesn’t like making jam much anymore – and she loves peach jam. So, I made two batches of jam for her. 🙂

That’s all the canning I’m planning to do this summer.

quince jelly made by Deborah Cooke

I might make quince jelly in the fall, but maybe not. It’ll depend on the quinces. That picture is from the first year I made quince jelly. It’s quite magical to make, because it turns pink as it cooks. And quinces are interesting, being such an ancient fruit. I like the perfume of them. Peeling them is a job and a half, though. The fruit is so hard that it can feel like peeling rocks.

Do you do any canning? If so, what do you can?

All or Nothing Goes Free

It’s a new month and time for a new promotion. My contemporary romance, All or Nothing, is free at most digital portals. I love this story and hope you enjoy it, too.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSome people will do anything for true love — even if they have to fake it.

Jen Maitland had no use for handsome guys with easy charm — until she met Zach. He’s the perfect fake date to end her mother’s matchmaking scheme before it starts. Besides, he’d probably just use her and leave her like her ex-fiancé did. At least that’s what Jen tells herself. The only problem is that Zach isn’t as predictable as he appears…

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date — only to invite him to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile — and he’s betting that he can unravel her mysteries — even if he has to do it over candied yams.

All or Nothing, #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross), out of print trade paperback editionA tofu turkey, a sister who threatens to have Zach’s love-child, the untimely appearance of a knitted avocado — and Zach’s discovery of her real motive — combine to turn Thanksgiving dinner into Jen’s worst nightmare. Zach, on the other hand, has the time of his life. And when he makes Jen smile, he finally finds a commitment he’s willing to make…but persuading Jen to believe him will take everything he’s got.

“Five hearts! Tender, sweet, and a lot of fun. A highly recommended read.”
The Romance Studio

“Five blue ribbons! A fantastic book.”
Romance Junkies

A #1 Kindle Bestseller

Get your copy of All or Nothing Now!

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September Signed Book Giveaway

Last month’s print book giveaway was for a signed copy of The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest, in its new edition. The winner was Debra Shutters.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeSince we’ve had a lot of medieval romance prizes lately, I thought we’d mix it up a bit this month. This month’s prize book is Addicted to Love, which is book #2 of my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances, and Kyle and Lauren’s story.

Once upon a time, Kyle and Lauren had a one night stand. Since then, she married and he carried on with his one-nighters—but when Lauren’s marriage collapses and she wants sex with no emotional complications, she knows exactly who to call.

Have you ever been in a friends-with-benefits relationship? Or did you go from friends to lovers? Comment on this post for your chance to win a signed trade paperback copy of this book.

The contest is open to readers in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.

I’ll choose a winner on October 1. Good luck everyone!

Winners of Registration Bags from RTC

As you might recall, I came home from Romancing the Capital 2017 with two extra reader registration bags to raffle off. I posted here on the blog about them and also on Facebook, so I’m have chosen one winner from each place.

From the post here, our winner is ERIN!

On Facebook, our winner is Catherine F – who had been booked to attend RTC but had to cancel due to a death in her family.

Congratulations to both winners. You’re going to have such a good time exploring this huge bag of swag. 🙂