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 Featured Deal for The Beauty Bride, the first book in my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances. The Beauty Bride has been free since its last BBFD, last April, so yesterday’s results were a pleasant surprise.

This is where we started yesterday morning:

The BEauty Bride on Amazon US before the BookBub Featured Deal on February 20, 2019

The Beauty Bride was already on the Scottish and Medieval romance lists, at #17 on both of them.

BookBub emails tend to go out to subscribers around or before 9 AM eastern. Here’s where we stood at 1:30:

The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, five hours after its BookBub featured deal at #26 overall free in the Amazon store

The Beauty Bride had jumped to #1 in Medieval and #2 in Scottish as well as #26 overall free in the Kindle store.

By 5:30, it had reached its highest point, #17 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in both Medieval Romance and in Scottish Romance.

The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, at #17 overall free as well as #1 in Scottish historical romance and #1 in medieval romance at Amazon on Feburary 20, 2019

This morning, it’s sticking at #19 overall free in the Amazon store, as well as #1 in both Medieval romance and Scottish romance:
The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Medieval romance, #1 in Scottish historical romance and #18 overall free in the Kindle store on February 21, 2019

Over at Apple, The Beauty Bride is #9 overall free in the store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix at #9 overall free in the Apple bookstore on Feburary 21, 2019

It’s also #5 free in Romance at the Apple store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #5 free in romance at Apple Books on Feburary 21, 2019What a nice suite of results!

If you downloaded a copy, thank you! If you haven’t downloaded a copy yet, The Beauty Bride will be free until Sunday, February 24. I think it’s time for this one to go back to being a paid title.

Black VK Cardigan

A few weeks ago, I told you that I’d had a Eureka moment while knitting my Comfort Fade Cardigan and now knew how to fix another sweater. This post is about that other sweater.

The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Winter 2018 and is a cardigan designed by Cathy Payson in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. Simple Cardigan is #9 in that issue. (That’s a Ravelry link.) I bought the issue when it came out, loved this sweater and bought the specified yarn – but in a tweedy black called Blackstone. (Here are some pix of the colourway on Ravelry.) I knit it up – it’s a quick knit with such thick yarn – tried it on and was disappointed in the fit. It was doing that thing of trying to fall off my shoulders. Hmm. It’s been sitting for almost a year, waiting on me to figure out how to get the fit right.

This January, I took it apart and ripped the fronts and back out to the underarms. When I reknit it, I made it narrower at the shoulders at the back. I also had found that it was bulky under the arms in the original version, so I added some short rows to make more of a sleeve cap.

Here’s the modified version – I photographed it with a long sleeve turtleneck inside it, to show the neckline and also the 3/4 sleeves. Mine are a little closer to bracelet length with that addition to the sleeve cap.

Black cardigan knit by Deborah Cooke

It fits so much better! And it’s so thick and warm that it’s perfect for these chilly winter days.

I love the mix of colours in the wool. Here’s a close up to show you that:

detail of Black cardigan knit by Deborah Cooke

Plus I finished another hat, just in time for the polar vortex. This is the same pattern (First Snow) that I used for my cupcake hats before Christmas. This time, though, I used a ball of tweedy wool that I found in the mill ends at Spinrite and added a purchased fake fur pompom.

First Snow hat knit by Deborah Cooke

These deep purple has a lot of great flicks of colour in it, in blue and red, which aren’t showing up very well. It’s pretty and I think I’ll keep this one. I have a second pompom and several more skeins of this mystery yarn in different colours, so I’ll make at least one more.

What do you think?

Once Upon a Valentine ebook Bundles Today!

The Jewels of Historical Romance Once Upon a Valentine's Day collections, two digital boxed sets of historical romancesThe Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading and both are available today! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Teal Frost Mitts

Phew! I finally finished these! There’s something about knitting lined mittens that seems to take forever.Frost Mittens knit in LettLopi by Deborah Cooke

Frost Mittens knit in LettLopi by Deborah CookeYou probably remember that I’d also knit a pair in purple and taupe.

Frost mittens in Lopi Light knit by Deborah CookeWhen I started these mitts, I had two balls of LopiLett in taupe, two in purple and two in teal. By the time the two pairs of lined mitts were done, I had only a teensy bit of purple and teal, but still some teal. So, I knit a pair of plain mitts (without linings!) in taupe to use up the yarn.

Now it’s time to knit some different mitts…

Second Dragonfire Bundle

The second Dragonfire bundle is Dragonfire Elixir, coming March 26 and available for pre-order now.

Dragonfire Elixir, the second Dragonfire digital bundle including Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss and Darkfire Kiss of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeDragonfire Elixir is the second digital bundle in The Dragonfire Novels: The Complete Series and includes three books that feature the battle between the Pyr, dragon shifters pledged to defend the treasures of the earth, and the evil Slayers, dragon shifters bent on destroying both the Pyr and the humans they protect. These three books feature the Pyr‘s mission to destroy the Dragon’s Blood Elixir which gives the Slayers the power to raise the dead.

In Winter Kiss, Delaney Shea who has been forcefed the Elixir is determined to destroy its source alone, no matter the cost to himself. On the eve of his suicide mission, he feels the spark of his firestorm and seduces Ginger Sinclair to leave a legacy for the future. But Ginger isn’t so easily abandoned, even for her own safety—she follows Delaney and becomes part of the mission to destroy the Elixir’s source, and save Delaney for herself and their son.

In Whisper Kiss, Niall Talbot has vowed to hunt down and eliminate the remaining shadow dragons, then is targeted by the Slayers himself. When his firestorm ignites and his mate—the feisty tattoo artist and dragon enthusiast Rox Kincaid—is at risk, Niall will do anything to defend her—even abandon his own assumptions when opposites attract.

In Darkfire Kiss, Rafferty Powell is bent on the destruction of the Slayer Magnus, since the two old foes have exchanged challenge coins and vowed to battle to the death. He doesn’t expect his destined mate to step between them, but reporter Melissa Smith will take any risk to get the real story—even enter the dragon’s den, fight fire with fire, and fall in love with the greatest romantic of the Pyr. Will it be enough to save them both from Magnus’ vengeance?

Coming March 26.

Dragonfire Elixir, the second Dragonfire digital bundle including Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss and Darkfire Kiss of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Dragonfire Elixir:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link (for international stores and other Amazon stores)

Two New Boxed Sets for Valentine’s Day!

The Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Coming February 14!

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

New Dragonfire Bundles

There are new Dragonfire Boxed Sets coming this year! Each one will contain three full-length books (or equivalent) and will be priced at $9.99 US (or equivalent). Like all of my boxed sets, when you buy two books, you get one free.

First up is Dragonfire Quest.

Dragonfire Quest, the first Dragonfire digital bundle including Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Dragonfire Quest is the first digital bundle in The Dragonfire Novels: The Complete Series and includes the three books that launch the Dragon’s Tail Wars between the Pyr, dragon shifters pledged to defend the treasures of the earth, and the evil Slayers, dragon shifters bent on destroying both the Pyr and the humans they protect.

Dragonfire Quest, the first Dragonfire digital bundle including Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIncluded in this bundle are Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate.

Coming February 26!

Buy Dragonfire Quest at
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link (for international stores and other Amazon stores)

Nook & NINC Sale

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThere is a NOOK sale featuring first-in-series books from authors who are members of Novelists Inc starting today – which includes yours truly. 🙂 It’s called the Nook Book Bash.
Using the discount code, you can get first-in-series books free. This includes Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke, The Crusader’s Bride by Claire Delacroix and Snowbound by Deborah Cooke. The cool thing about this sale is that you can then save 25% on the second book in that series. There are lots of other books too, so have a look. Remember to use the discount code.
Nook also has a reading app but this sale code (which you apply at checkout) won’t work when you shop from a mobile device or an app, just FYI.
The landing page for the Nook Book Bash (which goes through Feb 28) is right here.

New Audiobook Links at Apple

The great redistribution plan continues. 🙂 My audiobooks are available once again at Apple!

Since they are coming down a different distribution route, they’re considered to be new works at Apple. This means that if you reviewed them before, those reviews won’t be linked to the new editions. If you did review any of my audiobooks before at Apple, I’d really appreciate your posting your reviews again on the new edition.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioHere are the Apple links:
The Rogue

The Beauty Bride

The Rose Red Bride

The Snow White Bride

The Ballad of Rosamunde

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioThe Renegade’s Heart

The Highlander’s Curse

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Warrior’s Prize

The Crusader’s BrideThe Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

The Crusader’s Heart

Remember that you can listen to samples on my Audio page.

Book Pre-order Form for Romancing the Capital 2019

Romancing the Capital 2019In August, I’ll be attending Eve Langlais’ annual reader conference in Ottawa, Romancing the Capital. This is a fun few days with authors and booklovers, and it culminates in a booksigning on August 3 which is open to the public. Because I’ll only be taking a limited number of books, it’s good to let me know exactly what you want by pre-ordering.

Whether you’re attending the conference or just the bookfair, you can pre-order books from me right here.

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