AudioBooks at Kobo

Kobo added audiobooks to their site at the beginning of September, and also introduced a subscription program for listeners. I finally added the Kobo links for my audiobooks to my website, so am sharing them with you today in one handy post.

The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix in audioThe Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix

The Rogue

The Beauty Bride

The Rose Red Bride

The Snow White Bride

The Ballad of Rosamunde

The Renegade’s Heart

The Highlander’s CurseWyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audioThe Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix in audio

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Warrior’s Prize

The Crusader’s Bride

The Crusader’s Heart

Wyvern’s Mate

You can learn more about the subscription program at Kobo right here.

Christmas at Castle Keyvnor – Deb Marlowe

Christmas at Castle Keyvnor, twelve linked Regency romance novellas

Today, my guest is another of the authors participating in the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies. Please welcome Deb Marlowe!

romance author Deb MarloweI was so excited when many of the authors of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor decided to go Back to the Castle for Christmas! We had a lot of fun intertwining our haunted stories and I loved exploring Cornwall as a setting. I’m a big lover of Regency Christmas stories and Christmas traditions, too, so combining them all sounded just up my alley!

One of the first things I did was to explore Christmas traditions in Cornwall—and boy, did I hit the mother lode! Christmas traditions have always been strongly held to in Cornwall, even when political considerations had much of England avoiding them. Nadelik, as it is known, has its own special Cornish flavor.

Lady Gwyn Hambly heroine of Deb Marlowe's Regency romance novella in Charmed at ChristmasChristmas carols are a favorite and in fact, many of today’s favorites originated in Cornwall. Christmas plays are a staple, as are the decoration of churches and villages.

In my Christmas story, Lord Locryn and the Pixie’s Kiss, I explored several updated customs that date back to the pagan ceremonies related to winter solstice.

I found them so interesting and discovered that they went well with the idea of the nature based Pixies that I developed for my first story in the Haunting anthologies-Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse.

Steady readers of Regency themed Christmas stories have probably come across the custom of a kissing bough. A Cornish Christmas Bunch is a similar creation. They were made with two circles of withy, one inserted through the center of the other to create a three dimensional circle. They were decorated with holly, ivy, apples, candles—and mistletoe. Originally hung on December 20th and meant to welcome the Lord of Light, they were associated with mistletoe kisses, dancing and romping.

Lord Locryn Pendarvis, hero of Deb Marlowe's Regency romance novella in Charmed at ChristmasReaders might also be aware of the English Yule Log tradition. In Cornwall, a large log of ash is brought in and named the ‘mock.’ Only in Cornwall do they ‘Chalk the Mock.’ Someone was chosen to draw a figure on the log in chalk. He was said to represent the death of the old year and the birth of the new, or sometimes meant as a representation of Father Time. Adults toasted the mock, stories were told and the Yule log was burnt, with some of the embers saved to be used in the next year’s mock.

Another custom I incorporated was Guise Dancing. In this tradition, people dress in costumes and elaborate masks. The costumes might be tattered remnants of formal clothes or suits with long ribbons or tatters attached. The masks are beautiful and often shaped like animals or faces are blackened, painted and worn with crowns of flowers and vines. The disguised roam the villages and towns, performing traditional music, plays and dances.

I had a lot of fun working with the wealth of rich, Cornish festivities. As Lady Gwyn tells Lord Locryn—it’s the differences that make life interesting. I hope you will all enjoy the results!

USA Today Bestselling Author Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots.  Clearly, she was meant to write Regency Historical Romance! Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she’d read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner, and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She’s working on it. 

Visit Deb’s website.

Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances, including one by Claire DelacroixCharmed at Christmas includes

Deb Marlowe’s Lord Locryn and the Pixie’s Kiss
When is a kiss actually a curse? When an irate Pixie forbids you to kiss the wrong girl—ever. Unfortunately, Lord Locryn Pendarvis has no idea why girls are falling all over themselves not to kiss him. He only knows that after a certain point, the risk of humiliation outweighs desire. Until he meets Lady Gwyn Hambly again. She’s witty, charming and beautiful—and just as interested in him as he is in her. They’ll do anything to ensure their future together—even fight the supernatural forces aligned against them.

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October Signed Book Giveaway

Last month’s print book giveaway was for a signed copy of Addicted to Love, which is book #2 of my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances, and Kyle and Lauren’s story. Our winner was Laura.

The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixTo celebrate the publication of The Heiress in a new edition, this month’s prize is a signed trade paperback copy of Rowan and Bronwyn’s story.

Do you like bad boy heroes? Just in books or in real life, too? If so, tell me why – if not, tell me why. 🙂

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 November 1. Good luck everyone!

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys

 Today’s the day that my new medieval romance bundle is available. Heartbreakers is a Kindle Unlimited title, so you can read it free in KU.

Heartbreakers:Three Medieval Romances in one bundle from Claire DelacroixHeartbreakers:Three Medieval Romances in one bundle from Claire DelacroixDo you love dangerous heroes? Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys brings you three wicked heroes of ill-repute – and the women who dare to love them.

In The Scoundrel, Evangeline is determined to recover her family’s relic from the thief Gawain. She knows he’s a charming trickster with no moral code and has vowed to play by his rules to regain the prize, never expecting that Gawain will steal her heart. Gawain is intrigued by the first lady who is his match—when he falls in love with Evangeline, will he be able to convince her that his sweet confession isn’t just another ruse?

In The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, Catriona arrives pregnant at notorious Ravensmuir, home of the Hellhound, a mercenary of dangerous repute. The last person she expects to save her child is this grim and fearless man, and she knows herself to be in his debt. When Malcolm suggests a marriage of convenience to give her son a future, Catriona knows the only way to repay the Hellhound is to save him from the curse placed upon him, whatever the cost to herself.

In The Crusader’s Heart, Christina takes a chance on Wulfe, challenging the Templar to aid her in escaping her captivity in a brothel in Venice. She will do anything to convince him that he has need of her by his side as Wulfe is the key to her safe return home. Wulfe finds himself dangerously tempted by the beautiful and resolute Christina, to the point of discarding his vows. He has nothing to offer her in his own right, but Christina’s optimism is infectious and he revisits his own past, in the hope of building a future with her.

Three bold women each dare to challenge and to love a disreputable rogue, tempting the heartbreakers to change their ways. Love does conquer all in Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys!

Get your copy at:

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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!

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?

Cover for The Mercenary’s Bride

The Mercenary's Bride, book #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Mercenary’s Bride is a Christmas novella and my contribution to The Nutcracker Reimagined, a 2017 multi-author anthology for Christmas. It’s also the first story in the Brides of Inverfyre series.

It’s the story of Mhairi, daughter of the Hawk of Inverfyre and his wife Aileen. (The family tree for Ravensmuir and Inverfyre is a free download in my online store, right here.) Mhairi is the middle child of five and the second daughter. She’s a crack shot with a crossbow and a bit of a tomboy, and she’s unafraid to defy her father. Her interest was why the mercenary Quentin was dismissed from Inverfyre, but when he returns, bitter and wounded, Mhairi is the only one who can see his merit. Can her love heal him? I think you can guess, but I hope you’ll join me for their adventure.

The Mercenary’s Bride will be available in a digital edition on its own in 2018. I’m excited to have the cover done already and wanted to show it off to you. Since this story is a novella, there won’t be a print edition of it – it’ll be tucked into the print edition of book #2 in the Brides of Inverfyre series instead.

What do you think of the cover? The couple are exactly perfect for Mhairi and Quentin.

 

Kindle Unlimited and Medieval Romance

Heartbreakers:Three Medieval Romances in one bundle from Claire DelacroixI’ve launched another experiment and wanted to let you all know about it. This summer, I’ve seen a new trend in my sales at various portals. My medieval romances always sold best at Amazon, but over the last few months, the percentages have shifted even more. As a result, I’ve decided to give Kindle Unlimited another try. If the books are mostly selling at Amazon, I might as well take advantage of the exclusivity offers there.

So, I’ve unpublished three series from the other portals and enrolled them in KU. The Rogues of Ravensmuir, The True Love Brides and The Champions of St. Euphemia, as well as the upcoming bundle Heartbreakers, are exclusively at Amazon and mostly enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThere is one straggler—The Crusader’s Bride is in a promotion at Kobo until the end of August, so it will be unpublished from Kobo after that. It won’t be going immediately into KU because it’s going into a special KU bundle. I’ll tell you about that as soon as I can, but it’s an exciting project.

The registration period for Kindle Unlimited is 90 days, so we’ll see how this goes and I’ll reassess in November. In the meantime, if you’re a KU subscriber, here’s your chance to read a lot of my medieval romances!

I’ve also been moving the print distribution on these books from Createspace to KDP. This seems to allow lower pricing, probably because the books are only available to Amazon, and I like getting my trade paperbacks to $9.99 or $10.99US (instead of $14.99 or $16.99US).

Of course, they all remain available in Ingrams editions which are distributed everywhere, so if you don’t shop at Amazon, don’t worry! You can still buy print editions of my books. 🙂

Edited to Add – I’ve added a menu item for Kindle Unlimited so you can easily find links for the books that are enrolled in that program.

The Princess New Edition Today

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixToday’s the day! The new edition of The Princess is available today, and it’s discounted to just 99 cents!

Princess Brianna of Tullymullagh is determined to marry only for love—until her father’s holding is conquered and the king decrees that she must wed one of the victor’s sons. Thinking she can outwit this condition, Brianna issues a challenge: the son who brings her a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand.

Thus begins the Bride Quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin.

Burke and Rowan, knights both, ride out on Brianna’s quest, each intent upon triumph. Only Luc refuses to participate, for he knows that a princess had no place in the life of a battle-weary warrior like himself. Brianna is not inclined to accept his refusal—she tempts him and awakens his slumbering senses with her alluring beauty and her sweet kisses. Luc has sworn to lay down his sword forever—until he is the sole one who can defend the fair maiden who has claimed his shielded heart.

“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

 

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