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.

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

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 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.

Save on Medieval & Time Travel Romance!

Save on Knights & Rogues in Kobo's BOGO Sale!I’ve told you about this big buy-one-get-one sale at Kobo, but now I have a fun flipbook to share with you. This is an easy way to see ALL of the books included in the sale.

View the KOBO BOGO Flip Book

For my paranormal romances, you’ll find the Dragonfire full-length novels in the sale, as well as the four books in the Prometheus Project. The links below will take you to a carousel featuring just my books.

Remember you can download the KOBO reading app for other devices.

Kobo also offers a $5 credit for downloading the app, but note that you have to buy an ebook that costs more than $5.99 to get the credit.

The BOGO sale ends February 3, so don’t miss your chance to save!

Here are links to the carousels of my books included in the sale:

Claire’s Carousel for US readers

Claire’s Carousel for CA readers

Claire’s Carousel for UK readers

Claire’s Carousel for AU readers

Claire’s Carousel for NZ readers

Throwback Thursday – eBook Covers

I thought it would be fun to look at some old book covers, and play compare and contrast. We’ll start with my first four ebook covers for my first four indie-published books. I created these covers and was quite pleased with them, way back in 2011. I think I’ve learned a bit about covers since then…The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II, an anthology of vampire romances including "Coven of Mercy" by Deborah Cooke

original ebook cover for Coven of Mercy, a vampire romance and short story by Deborah CookeFirst up, Coven of Mercy, my vampire romance and short story. This was first published in an anthology, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II (which was called Love Bites in the UK, a title I still love) in print only. The anthology cover is on the right. At left is the cover I created for it in 2011.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeHmm. I knew I didn’t have it right, so had a new cover designed. Here’s the second cover on the right.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeAt left is the current cover, which I love. This guy looks just as I envision Micah.

Every time I write about this story, I’m reminded that it was supposed to be the first in a series. Then I try to figure out when I’m going to write that series. I’ll let you know when I do solve that riddle!

In the meantime, Coven of Mercy is available at all e-retailers.
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Amor Vincit Omnia is a short story, a medieval romance that was originally published in a digital anthology called the Seven Deadly Sins. This story isn’t available on its own anymore, but is included in my anthology, Beguiled, in both digital and print formats.

The Leaves, a short story by Deborah Cooke, in its original ebook editionI also got some extra mileage out of that image I licensed for Coven of Mercy and used it for the cover of The Leaves, a short story I’d written and never published before this ebook edition in 2011. This story is also available now in the anthology, Beguiled.

The interesting thing here is that, in 2011, we weren’t sure people would read long stories in digital editions. Popular thinking was that short stories would rule the format, which of course, hasn’t proven to be true at all – but that’s why I published short stories first.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeWriting this post made me realize that Beguiled hadn’t been updated for a while and was no longer available at all retailers – I had to take it down when the Ballad of Rosamunde was in Kindle Unlimited – so I’ve fixed that this week. I also am in the process of republishing the print edition, which disappeared in my distribution transition from Createspace to Ingrams.

Buy Beguiled in ebook at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Deborah Cooke, published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and republished as a Claire Delacroix titleOnce Upon a Kiss is a Scottish time travel romance that was published in 1998 by Berkley and was the first book I published under the name Claire Cross. Here’s my first ebook cover for it, at left.

Here’s the Berkley mass market edition at right.

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixAnd here’s its current cover at right, created by Kim Killion back in 2011 when I realized that my cover wasn’t getting the job done.

Of course, Once Upon a Kiss is currently available at all ebook retailers, with the pretty cover by Kim.

Buy eBook:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook

KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Original ebook cover for Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke, first published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and now a Claire Delacroix title

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Love Potion #9 is a paranormal romance and romantic comedy, and was my fourth book published under the pseudonym Claire Cross. My first ebook cover is at left. The original mass market cover is at right. I always liked the cover art, which was painted by Judy York. It depicts a scene in the book, which is a rare and wonderful thing.

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixLove Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire DelacroixI subsequently licensed the cover art from Judy and she added type to it for me. (You can see with this title that we didn’t have fixed proportions for ebook covers for a while.)

Eventually, I had Kim make the type consistent with my other books, and this edition on the right is the one that’s available now.

Buy eBook
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Huge BOGO Sale!

BOGO deal at Kobo January 2018If you have a device (phone, tablet, computer), that can download an app and you like saving money on books, this announcement is for you!

This spring, a few of our fabulous, forward-thinking publishing partners are enabling us indie authors to start offering readers amazing new book deals we haven’t been able to before. This means that over the next couple of months, you’ll be seeing thousands of brand new deals popping up from hundreds of bestselling romance authors. And it all starts NOW!

First up is a month of fantastic BOGO (Buy One, Get One FREE) deals from some of your favorite authors (see list below).

All you need to do is download the free Kobo reading app (available on the Google Play store or via the link below) for your iPhone, android phone, tablet, or computer — whatever you device you want to read on. We’re talking some huge savings here folks. 700+ deals this month alone! And next month, there will be a whole new set of bestselling authors bringing you more incredible BOGO savings.

Download the Kobo reading app for Android
Then after that, beginning in March, you’ll be able to start getting even more new deals via the free B&N reading app as well, similarly available for download from the Google Play store for all your devices.

Before you ask, yes, this will be a way for us to start bringing you audiobook discounts as well (more info on audio deals later in the spring). And for you paperback lovers, we’ll soon be able to offer paperback discounts too, just like the traditional publishers, right around the same time. So much savings!!

As one more added bonus, you automatically get $5 credit to use on your first book immediately after downloading the free Kobo reading app. How awesome is that?!

So, who’s ready to start the new year shopping for BOGO deals and binge reading galore?

This month, you can save on books by Addison Moore | Aleatha Romig | Alexis Abbott | Brenda Rothert | Carly Phillips | Carrie Ann Ryan | Cassia Leo | Chelle Bliss | Christine Bell | Ciara Knight | Claire Delacroix | Colleen Gleason | Cora Seton | Daisy Prescott | Deborah Cooke | E.M. Gayle | Ember Casey | Emily Snow | Erika Wilde | HM Ward | Jami Davenport | Jessica Scott | Jill Sanders | Jillian Dodd | Jules Barnard | Juliana Stone | K. Bromberg | K.A. Linde | K.M. Scott | Kate Perry | Kennedy Layne | Lauren Blakely | Lila Monroe | Marie Force | Melanie Shawn | Meli Raine | Melissa Foster | Melissa Storm | Nana Malone | Rachel Van Dyken | Sawyer Bennett | Sharon Hamilton | Skye Warren | Stacey Lynn | Susan Hatler | Susan Stoker | Tawdra Kandle | Tina Folsom

What a fabulous group of participating authors! There are over 700 titles included in this promotion!

This sale is supported in US, CA, UK, AU and NZ.

This sale runs from today through February 3.

 

 

Boxing Day Sale

Boxing Day SaleToday, I’m having a Boxing Day sale on ebooks in my Selz store. Save 50% on ebooks! Your ebooks will be delivered by BookFunnel in either ePUB or MOBI, and they’ll make sure that you get your ebook onto your reading device of choice. Recent releases like The Runaway Bride are excluded from the sale, and so are books that are usually 99-cent reads. (The store won’t process sales for less than 99-cents US.)

But there are lots of books included, so this is a great chance to fill the gaps in your collection.

Please use this code in the discount field at check-out and click APPLY to get your discount:

RA7KDOV5

You might want to cut and paste it to make sure you have it exactly right. 🙂

Remember that the store operates in Canadian dollars. Right now, $1 CA is about $0.74 US.

This is a one-day sale, so don’t delay!

Shop Now!

A BookBub International Featured Deal

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Original mass market edition

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixEarlier this week, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Princess, book #1 of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances. The book is discounted to 99 cents. The Princess was my very first book to land on the USA Today list – it was #93 in its first week on sale, way back in 1998. In those days, of course, it was a mass market edition. That’s the original cover on the right.

This was the first time I had a featured deal for international markets only, and I was curious about its effectiveness. This week’s Indie Publishing post is about my results.

My previous BBFDs have been for all markets. At BookBub, this means US, UK, CA, AU and IN. An “international-only” deal means that BB will only email the deal to readers in the UK, CA, AU and IN, not those in the US. The book doesn’t have to be discounted in the US, but I discounted it there anyway – that discount was promoted only on my website, newsletter, and social media.

There are two variables here: the relative size of each market itself, and the number of BookBub subscribers in each market. My Claire Delacroix BookBub profile shows that I have 18,780 followers.

BookBub profile for Claire DelacroixWhen I sign in, BB tells me that 15,618 of those followers are in the US. That’s 3,162 non-US followers or 16%. I know that I have a lot of audience in outside of the US market so the BB follower list isn’t reflecting that. (Click that link above or the graphic to follow me on BookBub, regardless of where you are.)

(In contrast, and just for comparison, my Deborah Cooke BookBub profile has 87,884 followers, and 55,579 are in the US – which means 32,305 (or 36%) are international followers. That’s a break that fits better with my own perception of my audience and their location.)

Since these four English language markets are much smaller than the US, the assumption is that resulting sales will be lower than for a full deal and the ad is priced accordingly. Here’s the pricing chart for BookBub ads – the prices listed are for full ads. If you scroll down to Historical Romance, the featured deal for a 99 cent book is priced at $692 US. If that ad only runs internationally and not in the US, as mine did, the price is $108. So, $584 is for the US market, which gives you an idea of comparative reach.

For $108, I decided to give the international deal a try. The deal ran on Monday, December 3.

So, what happened?

The Princess, #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon.ca store on December 4, 2018

At Amazon.ca on Tuesday morning, The Princess had a #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance.

The Princess, a number one bestseller at Amazon.ca in medieval romance on December 4, 2018It was also #52 paid in the Kindle store overall, which is pretty cool.

The Princess, a number one bestseller in historical romance in the Amazon.AU store on dEcember 4, 2018It also had an orange #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store.

The Princess at #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 4, 2018

It was #119 paid overall in the Amazon Australia store on Tuesday, too.

In terms of raw units moved, the traffic was almost equally divided between CA, AU and UK, with slightly more units sold in the UK. There were a few in the US, too. The halo was strong in these territories: at 8AM on Tuesday, sales for the day for The Princess were already 1/3 of what they had been on the day of the feature. The Damsel, book #2 in the series, and The Heiress, book #3 in the series, began to sell at full price on the day of the ad.

At Kobo, which has a large customer base in the territories covered by the international deal, The Princess was listed as #2 in historical romance on its product page on Tuesday morning.

The Princess, #1 in historical romance at Kobo on December 4, 2018

But when I clicked through to the bestseller list, it was actually #1 🙂

The raw units at Kobo were less than at Amazon, of course, but almost half – and more than sold at Amazon.ca. This is a very good showing at Kobo for a BookBub ad and likely a result of the territories matching Kobo’s market footprint. (Although I have had some BBFDs show very strong results at Kobo this year.) Kobo customers do love their boxed sets and Kobo does display them on the series page (unlike other retailers), so the first products to move in the halo at Kobo were the two boxed sets: The Bride Quest I Boxed Set and The Bride Quest II Boxed Set.

At Apple, The Princess popped onto the First in Series Bestsellers list, but without the US market, there weren’t enough units moved to place it high on any of the charts. The halo there will only be from links in the books that were sold and probably won’t be that significant.

In terms of money, there were enough units sold of The Princess on the first day to cover the cost of the ad. And as noted above, there is a halo, both in sales of The Princess in those markets afterward where it had visibility thanks to its placement on the charts and in the linked books. (There are five more titles in the series.)

One of the interesting things was that the book’s appearance on the charts was stickier in those smaller markets: typically, in the Amazon US store, a BookBub feature makes the book spike for a day, hitting high on the charts, then it drops hard. If it remains on a list for three days, that’s cause for celebration. But in these smaller markets, probably because there are fewer units being moved, the book stayed on the list longer.

On Wednesday, The Princess was at #2 in Medieval and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store.

The Princess at #2 in Medieval romance and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store on December 5, 2018

Similarly, it was still #2 in medieval romance in the Australia store on Wednesday, though it had dropped to #508 overall paid in the store:

The Princess at #2 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 5, 2018

This is a good thing. One of the benefits of running a promotion like this is the visibility that the book gets on the bestseller lists, and more visibility is better.

In conclusion, it wasn’t a failed experiment, but it wasn’t such a success that it left me dizzy with joy. I don’t think I’ll run a BookBub featured ad in the international markets in historical romance again.

By the way, the book is on sale until December 8, so you can still pick up a copy on sale.

Buy The Princess
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Apple
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Googleplay
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(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here!)

99-cent Halloween Reads Promotion

Madeline Martin's 99¢ Halloween Romance Sale October 2018Something Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

Madeline Martin is featuring historical romances with spooky elements on her website this week. Each story is priced at 99 cents for the promotion. You’ll find Something Wicked This Way Comes on the landing page, as well as a lot of other historical romances perfect for Halloween reading.

The landing page is right here.

The sale lasts through October 28.

Happy shopping!

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