Jewels of Kinfairlie Audiobook Sale

I have a sale this month on my audiobooks in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series. The discounted prices are available at Apple and KOBO from today though November 18. The same audiobooks are also on sale at Chirp, from October 25 through November 18. The regular price of all three audiobooks is $14.99US or $19.99CA each. This series is narrated by the fabulous Saskia Maarleveld.

The audiobook of The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $1.99 US or $2.99 CA.

The audiobook of The Rose Red Bride, book two of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $4.99 US or $6.49 CA.

The audiobook of The Snow White Bride, book three of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $7.99 US or $9.99 CA.

NookAudio is also having a sale from October 20 to November 3, offering 25% off selected audiobooks. They’ve included The Beauty Bride and The Rose Red Bride in their sale.

I’ve included all of the links below in case you have a subscription elsewhere. Plus I have no idea whether other portals will match the sale price. Happy listening!


The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

“Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance—I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance. Five angels!”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters.”—Rendezvous

Buy The Beauty Bride in audio:


The Rose Red Bride, #2 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, is available in audio

“A beautiful, heart-wrenching, deeply emotional story. Five hearts!”—The Romance Studio

“Claire Delacroix has woven a tale that is a whirlwind of action and betrayal…What a wonderful plot! Throughout this amazing tale, Ms. Delacroix doesn’t let up for a second. There are lighthearted moments and tender love scenes that will delight historical romance lovers everywhere. Five hearts!”—www.loveromances.com

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The Snow White Bride, #3 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“Delacroix provides an excellent end to a terrifically captivating series.”—Booklist

“Another keeper penned by a master storyteller. Don’t miss out on this medieval series.”—Writers Unlimited

“Terrific!”—TheBestReviews.com

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The Beauty is 99 cents!

The Beauty, book five of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances, is discounted to just 99 cents through October 26. You can read this book as a standalone or as part of the series. The Bride Quest series of six books also breaks into two trilogies, so you could begin with either The Princess or The Countess if you want to read the whole series. There are also free family trees available for download for this series, right here.


The Beauty, #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Certain she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches Jacqueline from her saddle and spirits her away with him.

He is Angus MacGillivray—not the black-hearted ravisher she fears but a valiant man of honor who has returned to Scotland seeking justice…and revenge. Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birthright seized. Sworn to reclaim his rightful lands, he has kidnapped the stepdaughter of Duncan, chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie — Angus’s avowed enemy.

But his lovely captive refuses to be the chattel—or ransom—of any man…until Jacqueline senses the yearning heart beneath Angus’s embittered facade. In spite of himself, Angus has let this defiant beauty touch his very soul. And as desire flames between them, a lady fair and her battle-scarred knight will fight for a love that could banish all the sorrows of the past…

“Four stars! A tale to warm a winter’s night.”—Romantic Times

USA Today Bestseller

New York Times Bestseller

Winner
2001 Best Long Historical Romance
Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers’ Best Awards

A Rhapsody Book Club Selection


Buy The Beauty ebook:
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New Audiobook

The audiobook of The Mercenary’s Bride moved out to the portals very quickly! This is a Christmas story, a medieval Scottish romance and a novella. It’s narrated by Tim Campbell – have a listen to the sample! I think he has a wonderful voice. 🙂

Here are the links for you:

 

The Mercenary's Bride, book one of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio

The Mercenary’s Bride
Narrated by Tim Campbell

2020 Reading Guide

I finally got this updated for you. 🙂

2020 Reading guide for books by Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix

This is the cover of the new reading guide for my books. It includes information about all of my books and series, with suggestions for reading order and a bit of a peek behind the scenes. I update this digital resource every year and change the colour of the cover so you know which one you have.

The reader guide should be a free download at your portal of choice, but if it’s isn’t, you can download it free from BookFunnel.

KOBO Buy More Save More

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeKOBO has a BOGO sale for the month of August on romance e-books. There are six carousels on the landing pages: Boxed Sets, Steamy Contemporary, Paranormal Romance/Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sweet Romance, Gripping Romantic Suspense and Historical Romance.

Just One Fake Date and Just One More Time are on the Steamy Contemporary carousel.

You’ll also find my All’s Fair in Love & War and The Rogues of Ravensmuir on the Boxed Set carousel.

Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss, Guardian, Rebel, Wyvern’s Prince and Wyvern’s Outlaw are all on the Paranormal Romance/SFF carousel.

The Crusader’s Bride, The Crusader’s Heart, The Renegade’s Heart, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, The Countess and The Temptress are all on the Historical Romance carousel.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeAs usual with KOBO, the landing pages are sorted by territory:

Visit the US landing page

Visit the UK landing page

Visit the CA landing page

Visit the AU landing page

Visit the NZ landing page

The sale runs from August 1 through August 31.

Happy shopping!

The Wolf & the Witch

The Wolf & the Witch is the first book in a new medieval Scottish trilogy called Blood Brothers, which will be launching next April! I just love the cover and am really enjoying Max and Alys together.

The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixDenied his rightful legacy, Maximilian de Vries devised a plan to avenge himself upon his father and see his own future secured. Allied with his two forgotten half-brothers, he descends upon ancient and mysterious Kilderrick, determined to claim it at any price. A woman rumored to be a witch is the sole one bold enough to defy him but Maximilian has a solution—he will take her to wife, whether she be willing or nay, and seal his claim.

But this powerful warrior has yet to match wits with Alys Armstrong, a maiden with a thirst for vengeance and a fury that might exceed his own. Alys has no intention of capitulating to the proud and illegitimate son of the rogue who stole everything from her, and she does not share his avowed compulsion to fight fair.

Bitter enemies from the outset, Maximilian and Alys’ match is a battle of wills. When anger turns to passion, will either of them be able to resist temptation? And when Kilderrick itself is in peril, will they be able to join forces to save the unexpected love they have come to value above all else?

Coming April 26, 2021

Pre-order available at some portals:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
• GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link

Goodreads

 

The Renegade’s Heart is free!

Now through July 14, The Renegade’s Heart is a free series starter!

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixShe would risk everything to save his soul…

Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution – but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.

Isabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight—especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul.

As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?

A #1 Kindle Bestselling Title!

Buy The Renegade’s Heart ebook:
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KOBO
• Nook
GooglePlay
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(Find other Amazon stores here!)

Goodreads

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• Indigo
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The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioBuy Audio Book
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Medieval Romance in Wide Distribution

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThis weekend, I republished my medieval romances at all portals, and rebuilt the links here on Delacroix website. The series data is still populating at some portals, but the books are there.

I did my usual metadata check – this is a good opportunity to confirm BISAC categories, keywords, and add any missing ones, plus update the formatting on the book description if necessary. I also double-checked the pricing in all territories to make it more consistent across all portals. It’s kind of interesting because the price of each book converts to other currencies when you first publish it. Over time, there ends up being a lot of variation, since currencies change value against each other. Each portal lets you over-ride the conversion and manually set prices in a certain number of territories (13 at Amazon, 16 at Kobo, 51 at Apple, many at GooglePlay) so I updated that this time. Each portal has different parameters and rules about pricing, though, so it ends up being a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. You should find that my full-length romances are $4.99US, $6.49CA, $6.49AU, £3.49 and EU4.49 at all portals.

The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

I also made some pricing changes at Ingrams, which should make it easier for your local bookstore to stock or order trade paperback copies of my books.

These are the series that are wide again:
The Rogues of Ravensmuir

The Jewels of Kinfairlie

The True Love Brides

The Brides of Inverfyre

The Bride Quest

The Champions of St. Euphemia

Unicorn Bride and Pearl Beyond Price

Rogues & Angels

I also have a sale this week, and will tell you about that free series starter Thursday.

Tomorrow, I have another bit of news about KU to share.

Medieval Romance & Kindle Unlimited

As I’ve done several times in the past, I tried an experiment this spring and enrolled my medieval romances in KDP Select, which meant that Kindle Unlimited subscribers could read them free—and I’d get paid for page reads as well as sales. While there are authors who do very well in KU, I see a similar pattern each time: it works really well until suddenly it doesn’t. I just don’t have the knack of making KU work over the long term.

My books were enrolled at the beginning of April. Their term in Kindle Unlimited ends July 1. They’re not going to be renewed for another 90-day term in the program: next weekend, I’ll make them available at all portals again. I’ll let you know when that’s done.

Exclusive three book bonus for subscribers to Claire Delacroix's Knights & Rogues medieval romance newsletterI’ll also restore the newsletter sign-up bundle of three free series starters – including The Princess, The Beauty Bride and The Crusader’s Bride. I had to remove this because books enrolled in KDP Select have to be available exclusively at Amazon. On July 2, that won’t be the case anymore. I’ll include the download link in the July newsletter, in case you signed up when the bundle wasn’t available.

Three of my time travels have already come out of KU—The Moonstone, The Last Highlander and Once Upon a Kiss, as well as the bundle Timeless Loves—and I’m republishing them at all portals now.

Thirty Books

One of the games I play with myself is inspired by Agatha Christie’s foresight in writing Curtain decades before it was actually pubished (to make sure that Hercule Poirot’s series had a beginning and an end. I talked about that in this blog post.) I’ve been writing and publishing for 28 years. That’s not going to continue indefinitely. (Sadly, I am not immortal.) So, if I write 4 books a year and I actively write for another ten years, that’s forty more books from my fingertips. Let’s round down and say thirty since this publishing stuff seems to get more demanding all the time.

Which thirty books do I most want to write?

Which thirty books would be smartest for me to write? There are plenty of variables to juggle here, including creative fulfillment, growing revenue, completing series, and making my readers happy.

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI could just carry on as I have been in recent years, creating a series, writing the books in it, then creating a new series. I could continue to alternate between sub-genres – which is good for creativity and replenishing the well, but less good for building momentum in digital sales.

Or I could make a plan. I like plans so this is a tempting option.

What open tickets do I have?

First, there are pre-orders:
Dragon’s Heart (July) and Dragon’s Mate (October) , books 3 and 4 of the DragonFate Novels.
Just One Silver Fox (January), book 7 of Flatiron Five Fitness
The Wolf and the Witch (April), book one of a new trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, Blood Brothers. (This is one of those publishing decisions: Scottish-set medieval romances are more popular and I have an idea for a trilogy. I’m curious to see how it performs compared to my other medieval romances.)

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSo, that’s four books.

Then there’s what has to be written to complete various book series but hasn’t been scheduled yet:
• two more DragonFate Novels, one for Theo and Mel, plus one for Sebastian and Sylvia
• the other two books in that new Scottish medieval trilogy, Blood Brothers
• two more Brides of Inverfyre books, The Stolen Bride and Nigel’s book
• two more Brides of North Barrows books, Anthea’s story and Eurydice’s story
• six more medieval romances in the Rogues & Angels series, starting with One Knight’s Desire
• three medieval romance novellas in the Kinfairlie Tales series
Wyvern's Wizard, book 11 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• three more Dragons of Incendium stories, starting with Wyvern’s Wizard

That adds twenty more works, although not all are 100K in length. Am I going to write all of these books? I’m not sure. I should think like a publisher and concentrate on the stories that are going to build my sales.

At a minimum, I see the DragonFate Novels (4 in total), Blood Brothers (3 in total) and Just One Silver Fox (1) for a total of eight books.

I also want to write a spin-off series in the F5F world, set in Harte’s Harbor and beginning with Aidan’s book. This makes sense both creatively and financially, as my contemporary romances sell well and I enjoy writing them. So, I’ll plan for that series to be seven books long, a book every seven months, starting next summer. I’m up to 15 books and my plan carries me into 2025.

What about the other fifteen books out of that thirty? There are lots of candidates. I’ll have to compare results at the end of 2021 and see whether Blood Brothers or DragonFate performed better, then choose between those sub-genres for my 2022 not-contemporary-romance schedule. I’m not looking forward to that decision, but in the meantime, there are plenty of books to be written and published, and I have a plan.