Kinfairlie Knights and Highland Heroes

These two boxed sets will be available only until July 1, 2017. If you don’t have your copy, this is last call!

Kinfairlie Knights, a digital bundle of three medieval Scottish romances, all first in a series, by Claire DelacroixKinfairlie Knights
First Book in Each Medieval Scottish Series

Updated for 2016!

Welcome to Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir!

Claire Delacroix’s fictional medieval Scottish estate of Kinfairlie and its sister holding of Ravensmuir are the location for many of her bestselling medieval romances. Included in this digital bundle are three first-in-series medieval Scottish romances: The Rogue, The Beauty Bride, and The Renegade’s Heart.

In The Roguebook #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy—Ysabella’s estranged husband returns to beg for her help. Does she dare to trust Merlyn again, knowing that he stirs her passion as easily as he hides his truth? In The Beauty Bride—book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series—Madelyn flees her arranged marriage to a notorious outlaw, only to be pursued, wooed and seduced by Rhys FitzHenry. Can she save him from the legacy of his own past? In The Renegade’s Heart—book #1 of the True Love Brides series—Isabella is intrigued by the bold knight who makes accusations against her own brother. When she follows Murdoch to discover the truth, she finds herself enraptured by his touch and determined to defend his cause. Can her love save Murdoch from his curse and see justice served, too?

Come to Kinfairlie, for adventure and romance, passion and pageantry, and loves that will endure for all time.

Kinfairlie Knights will be available until July 1, 2017.Kinfairlie Knights, a digital collection of three medieval Scottish first-in-series romances by Claire Delacroix

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Highland Heroes 2016 edition, a boxed set of three medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixBe swept away by the romance and enchantment of the Scottish Highlands!

Three complete medieval Scottish romances from New York Times’ Bestselling Author Claire Delacroix. In The Beauty, part of Claire’s Bride Quest II trilogy, a maiden pledged to the convent heals the heart of a crusading knight returned home to find his legacy stolen. In The Rose Red Bride, part of Claire’s Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy, a damsel seeking adventure and romance is abducted, but only she can see the valor her captor would hide from the world. In The Warrior, part of Claire’s Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy, a daughter considered undesirable is chosen by a dangerous knight of dark repute to be his bride, only to be haunted by dreams of their shared past.

Three wounded champions, each more honorable than he believes, each destined to be healed by a lady who steals his shielded heart.

#1 Kindle Bestselling Title in Medieval Romance – TWICE

Highland Heroes will be available just until July 1, 2017.

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The Countess New Edition

The new edition of The Countess is available!

Remember that I’ve renumbered the Bride Quest books so that they’re all in one series. Instead of The Countess being book #1 of the Bride Quest II, it’s now book #4 of the Bride Quest. If you bought the book before, you should be able to download the new edition as an update at your portal of choice.

I’m working with a new proofreader on these books and she’s doing a great job. We’re working around our vacation schedules this month. The Beauty and The Temptress are in the works. I’m hoping to publish those new editions by the end of the month, just FYI.

And now, Eglantine and Duncan. There’s an excerpt on the book page if you want to take a peek.

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixDriven from her late husband’s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin — and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land — and the fiery countess — in a war of sweet seduction…

Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day — and make her his pagan bride.

Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.

“Master storyteller Claire Delacroix has done it again with this marvelous medieval romance. The Countess is a keeper!”
Old Book Barn Gazette

 

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The Princess Pre-Order

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixPrincess Brianna was determined to marry for love despite King Henry’s decree that she wed one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family’s castle. So Brianna issued a seemingly impossible challenge: he who returned with a gift that made her laugh would win her hand. And thus began the bride quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin. Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command.

Only Luc remained, refusing to indulge the whims of the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna’s legendary beauty could not tempt him—until she invaded his senses…and his soul. But Luc thought a princess had no place in the life of a battle-weary warrior who vowed to lay down his sword forever—until he was forced to take up arms to protect the fair maiden who had seized his heart by divine right.

“Claire Delacroix is the queen of medieval romance!”
Rendezvous

USA Today Bestseller

Winner
1998 Best Historical Romance
Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence

Finalist
1998 Best Historical Romance
Holt Medallion

Finalist
1998 Best Medieval Historical Romance
Romantic Times

New edition available August 24, 2017

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The Damsel and The Heiress are both available for pre-order at iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. The Amazon pre-order will be available 90 days before publication.

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!

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

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The Warrior’s Prize

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The Crusader’s Bride

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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 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

The Renegade’s Heart is also available in an audio edition.
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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!

 

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.

ETA – Judy Miles is our winner and she’s already chosen a copy of The Warrior with the new cover. Thanks to everyone who played along. Your answers are fascinating. Now, it’s time for May’s book giveaway. 🙂

The Brides of Inverfyre

If you read my most recent newsletter, you know that we’re heading back to the highlands this year. The Brides of Inverfyre will be my next historical romance series. I love beginning a new series, because I feel as if the possibilities are endless. In this case, though, I don’t exactly have a blank slate. Since the series continues from three other linked series (The Rogues of Ravensmuir, The Jewels of Kinfairlie and The True Love Brides) there are established facts. This means that the first thing I had to do was gather what I’ve already said about these characters and review it all. I thought I’d share a bit of that with you today, as many of you have said that you’d like to see “behind the scenes” a little more.

The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf you look at the Inverfyre family tree (which is free for download here), you’ll see that the Hawk and Aileen (their story is The Warrior) had five children:
• Nigel was born in 1403
• Evangeline was born in 1410
• Mhairi was born in 1414
• Gawain was born in 1415
• Avery was born in 1417

My plan is to tell the story of each of these kids, as well as that of Ross from Kinfairlie, who was born in 1403. (The Kinfairlie family tree is free for download here.) So, I’ll have six stories in total. One of them is going to be a novella, published in a multi-author project for Christmas 2017. It’s not going to be the series starter, because I want a full book for that. (Also, these joint anthologies require that the story be exclusive to the anthology for a period of time, so I won’t be able to publish this novella in its own edition until 2018.) So, the novella will be Mhairi’s story, and you’ll be able to read it out of order.

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesThe Warrior’s Prize, the final book in the True Love Brides series, ended in 1429 when Elizabeth and Raphael married. This new series must start after that. According to the family tree, the Hawk of Inverfyre dies in 1440 (at the age of 68), and I don’t want to show that scene. 😦 So, the books in this new series will be set between 1430 and 1439.

I had a look at the family trees and figured out what the rest of the Kinfairlie family has been doing in those few years. There are babies to be added. 🙂

I had to go back to Inverfyre and The Warrior to note the details about that keep and figure out which characters might still be there, some twenty years later.

What was happening in Scotland in the 1430’s?

This is the reign of James I, who returned to Scotland in 1424 and was assassinated in 1437. He tried to subdue the Lord of the Isles and claim that territory, and did undermine the authority of the barons of Scotland. He also spent a great deal of tax revenue that was gathered in Scotland but owed to the British crown. His extravagant lifestyle caused resentment in the early 1430’s. He built Linlithgow Palace and had other castles fortified, expanded and furnished more lavishly. When he was killed, his son was only six, so there was a regency and the influence of the barons rose again.

I’m going to start in 1431 as resentment rises and the Hawk is trying to steer a safe course between the demands of the barons and James I. The last book in the series will be set around the time of James’ death. I have a six-year window for six stories.

Who is our first bride? The Hawk, as you might recall from The Warrior, is very big on strategic marriages. He abducted Aileen and compelled her to marry him, then was surprised to have love grow between them. I think he would be an organized father and proactive in arranging marriages for his children—especially that of his oldest son and heir, Nigel. In 1431, Nigel is 21 years old, which is a good time for an heir to marry in medieval times.

But what if the strategic match arranged when Nigel was a child isn’t so strategic any more? James I returned to Scotland in 1424—previous to that, he had been a captive of the English king. The barons were ascendant before that and the Lord of the Isles was powerful. It was unexpected when James I arrested the Lord of the Isles and his mother in 1428 in an attempt to claim control of the domain. Alexander, Lord of the Isles was subsequently released, but surrendered to captivity again after a military defeat in August 1429. Alexander was held in captivity at Tantallon castle (the inspiration for Ravensmuir) until 1431, then released again, having surrendered to the king’s will.

I thought that Nigel’s fiancé should be connected somehow to Alexander of Islay, Lord of the Isles. In my world, Keanan is a close ally to Alexander and also imprisoned with him. He has only a single daughter, Brigid. Since Keanan has been arrested and may be executed, Brigid should be glad of the security an arranged marriage will offer. Instead, she feels trapped. She’s been brought to Inverfyre for her own safety but is miserable. Nigel is too young, in her opinion, to capably defend a wife and family—although he’s nice enough. Most of all, she can’t imagine living out her life in a place that offers no glimpse of the sea. News of her father’s release from captivity makes Brigid realize that she has one chance to decide her own fate. She runs. The Hawk will hire the most competent mercenary he knows to hunt her down—incidentally, the one who brought the news of Keanan and Alexander of Islay’s release—Ross Lammergeier. Remember that Ross trained for his spurs at Inverfyre under the Hawk’s instruction. Ross is also exactly the kind of man that Brigid wants to marry, although the Hawk doesn’t realize as much. We can guess what will happen when Ross pursues Brigid. He probably wouldn’t forget his obligation to the Hawk and the family at Inverfyre, but Brigid will be determined to tempt him in order to shape her future the way she wants it to be. Ross and Brigid’s book will be first in the new series. I know the title, but you’ll see it on the cover when it’s done.

Mhairi’s story will be the Christmas novella. It will be numbered 1.5 but you’ll be able to read it out of order.

I’ve created a series newsletter for the Brides of Inverfyre because I know that many of you don’t want to miss a single detail. Subscribe and you’ll be first to hear the news about these books. Of course, I’ll still talk about this series in my monthly newsletter – the series newsletter is for readers who just want to hear about that series and not everything else every month. 🙂

The Crusader’s Vow

Today’s the day! The Crusader’s Vow is available now, and the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances is complete!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Returning home to Scotland triumphant after his military service, and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is more than ready to wed his beloved Isobel and begin their life together. To his dismay, Isobel has wed another in his absence, and he believes all of merit is stolen from his life—until Leila resolves to win the valiant highlander’s heart for her own. She is convinced of her own success, until Isobel tempts Fergus anew.

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