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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Listen to a sample on my Audio page.

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.

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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The Crusader’s Vow is a BIG Book!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.It’s been a while since I’ve written a book that was as much of a fighter as The Crusader’s Vow has proven to be. I went back to the drawing board three times with this book. Each time I looked at it (even when I thought it was done), it needed at least one more scene. I finally sent it off to edits a couple of weeks ago, then spent this weekend adding another 15,000 words to it in the process of doing revisions.

There are good reasons for this, of course, It’s the last book of the Champions of St. Euphemia series (or the last one of the series for me to write, since I wrote book #5 before book #4) which meant lots and LOTS of loose ends to tie in. I had many timelines to incorporate and events mentioned in the other books to keep in order. (My editor may want to kill me after the writing of this series!)

Fergus and Leila’s was also a challenging story to write in itself—how could I make it plausible for a woman raised in Palestine as a Muslim to be happy in Scotland in 1188? Love wasn’t going to be enough for me to believe in Fergus and Leila’s happily-ever-after, which meant I had to dig deeper. Plus they both had to be offered what each believed the other wanted most, and at the worst possible moment. I ended up exploring the notion of ‘home’ and what it meant to both of them—I had to do that to be sure they both got what they desired most in order to be happy forevermore. Phew.

I knew the concluding scene of this story before I even began to write the book, and it was very satisfying to commit it to the page. It’s the perfect resolution, in my opinion, and I hope you enjoy it.

The book is not quite 110,000 words long. Big. Book.

We are doing the last proofreading today and I should have the final file tomorrow or Thursday. Look for the book to be listed at B&N for pre-order by the end of the week. I’ll share the link with you when it’s live. I’ll also be setting up the print edition for publication this week and will share those links with you once they’re live.

The book will be published March 23, bringing this series to its completion.

Remember that you can download a free sample of The Crusader’s Vow from my online store.
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The Crusader’s Vow and What’s Next

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Phew! Time to take a deep breath and catch up. I was AWOL earlier this week, because I was finishing up The Crusader’s Vow.

Fergus and Leila’s book is now on my editor’s desk and expected back on mine next week. In the meantime, I’m making a list of little tweaks and touches that should be added to the book before publication. (I always think of zillions of little things after the book is “finished”.) I like this story very much and am glad to have gotten to the end of the adventure. I’m ready to start something new, but at the same time, am a little bit sad to say goodbye to my Champions. This is the final book to be published in the series and will make the quest complete.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know that I’ve decided against republishing the Rose Series as The Rose Legacy. I’ve unpublished those book pages from my website. Those three books were the first I ever published and though I’d thought I could do a quick editorial pass, the fact is that I wanted to completely rewrite them before republishing them. If I’m going to put that much time and effort into a book, I’d rather it be spent on a brand new story.

So, my next historical romance series will be The Brides of Inverfyre. We’ll head back to Scotland and catch up with all those kids from Kinfairlie. This linked series will follow after The True Love Brides.

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf you’re interested in a great long series of linked Scottish historical romances, you might want to join The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter and read book #1, The Rogue, free. This newsletter sequence, dedicated to this series, tells you about each book in the series, offers you discounts for buying from my online store, and gives you a peek behind the scenes at each story’s creation. I’m in the process of creating similar ones for The Jewels of Kinfairlie, The True Love Brides and the Champions of Saint Euphemia—at the end of each sequence, you’ll have the option of joining another series newsletter. So, if you start now with The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter, you’ll be all caught up with the Kinfairlie crowd by the time The Brides of Inverfyre series launches.

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A little more catch-up—tomorrow I’ll choose the winner of the February signed book giveaway and post a new giveaway for March.

Come to Ravensmuir

Yesterday, we talked about newsletter lists dedicated to specific series. The first two newsletters I set up were for series that are in progress, my paranormal romance series, the Dragons of Incendium and my contemporary romance series Flatiron Five.

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixReaders discover my work all the time, including those backlist titles and series that are already complete. So, I’ve started the process of creating sequences for each of my existing. series, offering more of a peek behind the scenes for each one. Again, there will be discounts or free downloads included in the series of newsletters, as well as links to other resources, and special offers on print editions. Again, the sequence of messages will begin when you subscribe and you’ll receive the messages at intervals (giving you time to read each book). At the end of each series sequence, I’ll suggest other series newsletters that might appeal to you.

I’m starting at the beginning, with a newsletter dedicated to the Rogues of Ravensmuir. The first message includes a link for a free download of The Rogue and will be delivered as soon as you subscribe.

Come to Ravensmuir with me and be seduced by Merlyn. 🙂

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Pre-Order The Champions of St. Euphemia

The Crusader’s Vow, the final book in the Champions of St. Euphemia medieval adventure, will be published in March 2017. Pre-order your copies of all five books signed trade paperback editions from my online store!

A company of knights chosen to deliver a sealed trunk from the Templar treasury in Jerusalem to safekeeping in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Saracens prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess…

Pre-order signed copies of all five books in trade paperback – to ship in April 2017 – at a special price in my online store, right here.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix    The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.    The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.    The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

The Crusader’s Vow Pre-Order at Amazon

I’ve put The Crusader’s Vow up at Amazon for pre-order.

Those of you who are sharp-eyed will notice two things: first, the delivery date at Amazon says March 30 instead of March 23. This is because Amazon locks the file about ten days before publication and I wanted a little more wiggle room. When I upload the final file, probably a day or two before the 23rd, I’ll change the delivery date. Secondly, if you Look Inside, you’ll see that the book interior is for The Crusader’s Kiss. Amazon requires a book file and I don’t like uploading a working file, just in case it gets delivered by mistake. If you get The Crusader’s Kiss on March 23rd, you’ll know right away that there’s been a mistake and can contact Amazon for the right file. If I uploaded a working version of The Crusader’s Vow, you might realize you have the wrong file (if you get the wrong file). Trust me on this one.

Truth be told, this is up a little earlier than I would have made it available, but I know there are many of you who want to pre-order Fergus and Leila’s tale so you don’t miss it. Amazon is fixing the Champions of Saint Euphemia series page to include The Crusader’s Vow and The Crusader’s Handfast now, too.

So, now you can pre-order the book!

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.

Coming March 23, 2017.

Available for pre-order at these portals:

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