A Glitch

There is a small glitch this morning.

If you ordered The Crusader’s Vow at iBooks, your pre-order won’t have been delivered yet. The book, in fact, disappeared from the iBooks store this morning. This is because I uploaded the final file with less than ten days for the final review – on the 17th instead of on the 13th. Since it hasn’t been reviewed and approved yet, at midnight GMT, The Crusader’s Vow disappeared from the store.

It’ll be back, and those pre-orders will be delivered, once the book review is complete. I’ve talked to iBooks and they’re trying to hurry the process along.

Thanks for your patience!

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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Nook Link for The Crusader’s Vow

The Barnes and Noble link for The Crusader’s Vow is now live, so you can pre-order Fergus and Leila’s book there. You can also buy the book today in my online store.

Also, the print editions are processing at the various portals this morning, so they should be available soon.

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.

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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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March Print Book Giveaway

It’s time for another signed book giveaway. Last month, I gave away a copy of my Scottish time travel romance The Last Highlander. Michelle W was the winner. Congrats, Michelle!

The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire DelacroixThis month’s prize book is a signed trade paperback copy of The Beauty. This is a Scottish medieval romance and one of my personal favorites. It was also the first of my books to land on the New York Times list of bestselling books, so it has another special place in my heart.

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

In this story, Angus has returned from crusade, injured and disillusioned, to discover that his family home has been stolen. The only thing he wants is vengeance. I really enjoy how Jacqueline helps him rediscover the man he once was—because she sees the truth in him and believes in his goodness.

Just comment on this post for your chance to win a signed copy of this book. Tell me why you love a wounded hero or a story in which love does conquer all. Good luck!

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.

Subscribe to the Rogues of Ravensmuir series newsletter
and read The Rogue for free!

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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Newsletter Series Lists

I’ve recently been exploring automated email sequences. This means that when you do something, my newsletter service automatically does something in response.

Subscribe4If, for example, you subscribe to my Knights, Dragons & Heroes monthly newsletter today, you’ll receive a sequence of four emails introducing you to me and my books. They’re spaced out, so you get one a week, and each one has a featured topic. You’ll be pointed in the direction of free reads, and my various series will be explained. You’ll also learn in the sequence about the free resources available to you (like family trees) and where to find me on social media. Finally, you’ll receive special offers to buy books directly from me in my online store. I think this is pretty nifty. Once it’s set up, the sequence launches each time (and any time) someone new subscribes to my monthly newsletter. (If you haven’t done that yet, you can subscribe right here and see this sequence for yourself!)

Once this was set up (in October), I started to think about how else I could use this feature. One of the challenging things for me is staying on top of all the things I want to read. I thought it might be useful to you to hear specifically about the series you’re following, instead of looking for updates on those books in my monthly newsletter. So, I started some subsidiary lists, each one featuring a single series.

These lists are separate from my monthly mailing list. You can belong to any combination of the lists—all of them, one of them, some of them—whatever works best for you. Not only will a new message be delivered to you when there’s a new release in the series, but you’ll get discount codes for shopping in my online store and buying directly from me.

Originally, these were set up through my online store: anyone who downloaded a sample or bought a book directly from me was added to the list. Since you might want to subscribe to one of these lists without buying a book directly from me in my online store, I’m adding sign-up links. I’d suggest that you try one first, instead of subscribing to them all, just to see if you like it.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe first automated series list I set up was for the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances. If you download a sample or buy any of the books from me in my online store, you’re added to this list. It’s a growing sequence, in that each time a new title in the series is released, a new message is added to the sequence. Right now, there are three messages—one about Wyvern’s Mate and Nero’s Dream, one about Wyvern’s Prince and Arista’s Legacy, and one about Wyvern’s Warrior. The next message will be added when Kraw’s Secret is available.

Subscribe to the Dragons of Incendium series list.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeMy second list was set up for Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances and romantic comedies. This one has only one message right now, because only the first book (Simply Irresistible) has been published. There will be another message added when Addicted to Love is available for pre-order.

Subscribe to the Flatiron Five series list.

These two series are in progress, so once you’ve received the messages about all the books currently available, you’ll be in a waiting mode for the next release and the next message.

What about completed series? Recently, I set up a single-message campaign, which is being delivered to anyone who downloaded or bought any of the Champions of St. Euphemia books in my online store. I wanted to make sure that no one who is already reading the series missed the upcoming publication of The Crusader’s Vow. I thought this was a pretty nifty way to remind people that the series will soon be complete.

Now, I’m planning dedicated series newsletters for series that are complete, with all titles available.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the first one of those, a new newsletter for my historical romances which you can join right away.

 

The Crusader’s Kiss on the Charts

The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixYesterday, I had a BookBub ad for The Crusader’s Kiss, featured at 99 cents instead of its usual $4.99. As a result, Bartholomew and Anna are having a nice ride up the charts. Let’s have a look.

At Amazon.com, The Crusader’s Kiss is #231 paid overall in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Medieval Romance for books, #1 in Medieval Romance for Kindle and #3 in Historical Suspense.

The crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.com on February 20, 2017

As usual, let’s have a look at what company Anna and Bartholomew are keeping on those lists:

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.com on February 20, 2017

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.com on February 20, 2017

At Amazon.co.uk, The Crusader’s Kiss is #5 in Medieval Romance.

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.co.uk on February 20, 2017

At Amazon.ca, The Crusader’s Kiss is #254 overall paid in the Kindle store, #1 in Medieval Romance, #10 in Historical Romance and #18 in Historical Fiction.

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.ca on February 20, 2017

At Amazon.au, The Crusader’s Kiss is #223 overall paid in the Kindle store, #8 in Historical Romance and #15 in Historical Fiction.

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Amazon.au on February 20, 2017

At Nook, The Crusader’s Kiss is #7 on the Romance bestseller list and #1 in Historical Romance.The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Nook on February 20, 2017

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Nook on February 20, 2017

At KOBO, The Crusader’s Kiss is #11 in Historical Fiction, #4 in Historical Romance and #8 in Action and Adventure.

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at Kobo on February 20, 2017

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at iBooks on February 20, 2017

The Crusader's Kiss by Claire Delacroix at iBooks on February 20, 2017

At iBooks, The Crusader’s Kiss is #3 on the top paid Romance list, and #20 overall on the bestselling paid fiction titles.

The Crusader’s Kiss is book #3 of my Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances. The Crusader’s Vow, book #4 comes out next month and finishes the series. THANK YOU to everyone who picked up a copy of Bartholomew and Anna’s story yesterday and helped to send it up the charts! The Crusader’s Kiss is still on sale, so if you haven’t picked up your copy yet at this sale price, do so today!

His dream of becoming a knight achieved, Bartholomew heads home to avenge his parents—only to find himself hunted and in need of the assistance of a most unlikely and unpredictable ally. Anna seeks justice with a disregard for the law that shocks Bartholomew, but the bold maiden’s tactics are as effective as her kisses are seductive. Does she truly wish to aid him in regaining his legacy, or is she using him as a pawn in some scheme of her own?

Reader letter from The Crusader’s Kiss.

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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.

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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