The Nutcracker Reimagined & Claire Delacroix

You all know about the upcoming Christmas anthology, The Nutcracker Reimagined, but you might not know the work of all the authors involved in the project. I thought it would be fun to do some virtual introductions.

bestselling author Deborah Cooke, also writing as Claire Delacroix

I’m Deborah Cooke and I also write historical romances as Claire Delacroix. Mostly, they’re medieval romances because that’s my favorite historical era. My characters often tell stories because I’m fascinated by why people choose one story over another. These might be folk tales or fairy tales. They also could be chansons, like those sung by the troubadours. Invariably, they reveal something about the character telling the story.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixA good example of that is my medieval romance, The Beauty Bride. Rhys is a gruff warrior and an outlaw, a man who needs a bride but knows nothing about courting a woman’s favor. He thinks having a wife (and getting a son) is a simple matter of marrying a woman and consummating the marriage. Madeline, who is less than impressed that her new husband refuses to confide in her at all, soon helps Rhys to realize that it isn’t going to be that simple. Intent on convincing her to stay with him but not knowing how to charm her, Rhys tells her stories instead. Madeline quickly realizes that each story told by Rhys reveals a little bit more of his secrets. When Rhys’ past catches up with the pair, he’s determined to deal with it himself and save Madeline–by then, Madeline isn’t nearly so ready to lose the husband she’s come to love. The Beauty Bride is a free read and a good way to give my books a try.

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyMy story in The Nutcracker Reimagined is The Mercenary’s Bride and it features another warrior and knight. Quentin was sent away from Inverfyre for defying the command of the laird himself, the Hawk of Inverfyre. I like that he couldn’t resist the temptation of teaching the laird’s daughter the arts of war, that her request trumped her father’s command. 🙂 Quentin was determined to earn the means to ask for Mhairi’s hand in marriage (he thinks a warrior maiden will suit him perfectly as a wife) but everything comes awry at the beginning of this story when he is robbed and left for dead in Spain. He blames the Hawk for his situation and vows to somehow return to Inverfyre to avenge himself and his loss. His innate honor hasn’t deserted him, though—he foils a plot to kill the Hawk’s lady wife, acting on instinct, and is invited into Inverfyre as a guest. Mhairi’s kiss dismisses the last of his bitterness, reminding him of the man he used to be—and convincing him to become that man again. He undertakes a plan to rid the forests of Inverfyre of the rebels hunting the Hawk and his kin, never imagining that he will win the sweetest prize of all. At Christmas.

The Mercenary’s Bride is book #1 of my new series of Scottish medieval romances called the Brides of Inverfyre. It will be available first in the Nutcracker collection—which will be available for just 30 days and is priced at 99 cents—along with nine other Christmas romance novellas. After that, it will be available in its own edition.

The Nutcracker Reimagined is specially priced at just 99 cents and is available for pre-order now. It will deliver on October 19 and be available only for 30 days.

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Bride Quest II New Editions Available

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixTo give the Bride Quest books a consistent look, there are new covers for The Countess, The Beauty, and The Temptress. The interiors were updated as well.

I took these three books off sale while the update was in the works, but they’re available at your favorite portal again.

If you bought these books before in digital editions, you’ll be able to download the new editions as updates. At some portals, they’ll be delivered to your device automatically. At Amazon, you may have to request the new edition be delivered to your Kindle. Contact their customer service if it doesn’t come through automatically.

The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II bundle has also been updated, as well as the print editions of all three books. There are new versions available for sale in my online store, both print and digital.

Phew! Another job done!

New Bride Quest II Editions

The new digital editions of the Bride Quest II books are now available! This latest update includes The Temptress and the Bride Quest II Boxed Set. The Countess and The Beauty were already updated. I’ve added them all to my online store, too.

If you bought these books previously, you should be able to download the new editions (with the new covers) as free updates. Amazon is the one portal where this might not be offered automatically, but you can contact their customer service to get your update.

The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixEsmeraude of Ceinn-beithe knows that she alone can name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitor to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen…

Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself…even if its price is a marriage of convenience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest — until the chase begins. Esmeraude’s challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard had dared to hope.

But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her. Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader’s worn and weary heart…a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.

“A magical tale…brims with rich, historical detail, entertaining banter and romantic tension.”
Publishers’ Weekly

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The Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixThree fairy tale medieval Scottish romances in one digital bundle, from the “Queen of Medieval Romance”!

In The Countess, Eglantine flees to a remote Scottish holding, in order to give her daughters the chance to marry for love, only to find an alluring highlander insisting Kinbeath is his possession. Duncan suggests a handfast, intending to win the heart of the alluring noblewoman during that year and a day, but Eglantine is determined to resist him, at all costs.

The Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixIn The Beauty, Jacqueline chooses to join a convent instead of marry, only to be abducted by a scarred crusader intent upon avenging himself upon Duncan. Little does Angus realize that he has seized the wrong maiden, much less that she will help him to reclaim his stolen estate and claim his wounded heart as well.

In The Temptress, Esmeraude challenges those knights seeking her hand to a bride quest, intending to wed only the most worthy of the contenders. Bayard’s ambitions are bound to his success, and he is not a knight whose heart is available to be claimed – but Esmeraude will accept no less than his all.

 

This digital boxed set includes all three medieval romances in the Bride Quest II trilogy: The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress.

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August Signed Book Giveaway

Last month’s print book giveaway was for a signed copy of The Countess in its new edition. Our winner was Marcelle Cole – she mentioned that on her move to Korea from the US, she watched the sun set over and over again. I thought that was a pretty cool detail.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThis month, I’m celebrating the publication of The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest, in its new edition. I think the cover is just gorgeous! The giveaway is for a signed trade paperback copy with this new cover.

Remember that the digital edition of The Princess is discounted to 99 cents for the pre-order and first week on sale. Here’s your chance to start the Bride Quest at a special price!

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In The Princess, Brianna issues a challenge to the three suitors competing for her hand in marriage: she says she’ll marry the one who brings her a gift that makes her laugh. Did you ever challenge a suitor or make a special request of him/her? Did he (or she) surprise you? For your chance to win a signed print copy of The Princess from me, please tell me whether you’ve ever made a special request of a suitor (and even how it turned out!) in the comments below.

The contest is open to readers in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland.

I’ll choose a winner on September 1. Good luck everyone!

The Heiress Pre-Order

The pre-order for the new edition of The Heiress is available at Amazon!

The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixNo woman can resist the charms of Rowan de Montvieux. But the dashing rogue is in no hurry to marry—until his family dares him to find a bride…or risk losing his inheritance. So Rowan sets out on a Bride Quest, vowing to wed only The Heiress.

But his journey is interrupted when a slave merchant offers to sell him a ragged peasant girl who carries herself like a queen. Intrigued and never imagining she is the sought-after Bronwyn of Ballyroyal, an heiress in disguise, Rowan buys her, offering her his protection if she will lead him to the bride he seeks.

Never has he met a woman so proud, so beautiful, so defiant. He suspects she is no commoner and vows to uncover her secrets and melt her fiery resolve. But the perilous voyage to Ireland kindles passions that risk both their lives, as the slave girl who would not be mastered slowly takes possession of his wary heart.

“This twelfth century romance is as good as they come!”
The Dallas Morning News

USA Today Bestseller

New edition available October 19, 2017

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The Nutcracker Reimagined Christmas Anthology

The Nutcracker Reimagined a themed Christmas anthology of romance novellasI promised last week to tell you about another project in the works this month. I’m participating in a second themed anthology of romance novellas for Christmas. The Nutcracker Reimagined features stories that involve elements of that classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker.

My contribution is a medieval romance called The Mercenary’s Bride. This novella is 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 Nutcracker Reimagined, a themed Christmas anthology of romance novellasThe Nutcracker Reimagined is specially priced at just 99 cents and is available for pre-order now. It will deliver on October 19 and be available only for 30 days.

Pre-order your copy today at these portals:
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The Nutcracker Reimagined, a holiday anthology of romance novellas

Guides to Fictional Worlds

One of the (many) things I’ve been working on this summer is compiling all the various details about my fictional worlds into comprehensive guides. This includes lists of characters and details about those characters, family trees and family relationships, relevant dates and events for those characters, as well as known information about the world itself and a glossary of terms.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe first of these that I began to compile was for Dragonfire. In addition to the above, that world guide includes the lore of the Pyr and their history, as well as an explanation of their powers. Since I began compiling the world guide when I was writing Firestorm Forever, it’s proving to be a bit of a slog. There’s a lot of back-and-forthing in the books and my notes to be done, and so I have an assistant helping me on this project. It still won’t be done for a while. Because many readers have asked about it, there will be a published Dragonfire companion volume, which will be released as part of the publication schedule of the new editions of the first eight books.  My assistant is also writing synopses of all of the stories and I’m adding some additional notes about the creation of Dragonfire. It’s going to be a big fat book and I’m excited about it.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn contrast, the world guide for the Dragons of Incendium is evolving as the stories are written. My idea here was that I’d be more organized and avoid all this digging through the past by working in real-time. This world guide is on the Dragons of Incendium website under the tab “Guides” and it’s updated after the publication of every new book in the series. You’ll find a cast of characters and a glossary there, as well as some additional references like a Brief History of Incendium. The inclusion of these references is one of the reasons that these dragons have their own website.

On the historical side, I haven’t been nearly as organized. I have family trees compiled and available for free download in my online store—and I update those as various members of each family marry. There’s also a cast of characters for Kinfairlie that was compiled around the time I wrote The Renegade’s Heart, but beyond that, we’re talking file folders and piles of notes. I’m realizing how inefficient this is as I retrace everything I’ve said about Ross.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn preparing the new editions of the Bride Quest books, I had a question and unearthed my old notes—I found a map of Tullymullagh that I’d drawn! That got me to thinking about connecting my historical worlds and I wrote a blog post about that in June. The thing is that to make the worlds intersect plausibly, I need to compile world guides for my own reference.

Which explains where I am right now. I have a Dragonfire companion volume in the works. I have a Dragons of Incendium world guide on the website. I am currently creating a Bride Quest world guide and a Ravensmuir/Kinfairlie/Inverfyre world guide for my own reference. And that brings me to the question of the day—what should I do with all these world guides when they’re done?

There’s a poll below about world guides and companion volumes. I’d love if you took a moment to share your thoughts. I’ll leave it open for quite a while, since these references will take some time yet to be completed.

Don’t worry – The Dragonfire companion volume will definitely be published. The cover is done! It’s the others that I’m wondering about.

Here’s a poll about whether or not you use these volumes – and whether or not you buy them:

 

Here’s a poll about which series of mine for which you’d like to have a world guide:

 

And finally, here’s a poll about what you expect to find inside a world guide, just to make sure I don’t miss anything! There’s room for you to add suggestions.

Angus & Kyle

Angus and Kyle arrived yesterday afternoon in their print editions.

The Beauty, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, and Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, in print editions

Even though they were boxed up together for the trip, it looks as if they got along quite well. The books were in perfect condition! 🙂

These new print editions of The Beauty and Addicted to Love are available at booksellers, as well as in my online store.

This also means that everything has finally arrived for Romancing the Capital. Let the packing begin!

July Signed Book Giveaway

Last month, I celebrated the publication of Addicted to Love, by giving away a signed print copy of Simply Irresistible. Simply Irresistible is a contemporary romance and the first book in my Flatiron Five series and Addicted to Love is the second. The winner was Kate.

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThis month, I’m celebrating the re-publication of the Bride Quest as a single series with brand new covers. The new edition of The Princess will be an August release, The Damsel will be a September release and The Heiress will be an October release. The Countess and The Beauty are already available in their shiny new editions, and The Temptress will be republished this month.

This month’s prize book is a signed print copy of the new edition of The Countess. In this story, Eglantine leaves all she knows in France and moves to a remote holding in Scotland in the hopes of giving her daughters a better future—she doesn’t expect to find one for herself, but then there’s Duncan. 🙂

For your chance to win, comment on this post and tell me if you’ve ever made a big move – to a different city, state or country – and why. Good luck!

Edited to add – the winner for July is Marcelle Cole. I loved her story of watching the sun set over and over again as she moved to Korea. Thanks to everyone who participated – the August giveaway is up!

For Libraries

My books are available to libraries!

Digital editions of my books are available to libraries through Overdrive and Bibliotheca. This includes my new releases, as well as new editions of many backlist titles. I used to upload directly to Overdrive, but now am using Pronoun (a Macmillan company) to deliver to both of these library portals. Their interface is easier for me, so new releases will appear more quickly on Overdrive than they did before. I also like their version control better.

Print editions of my books are available to libraries through Ingrams. Some of my books are also available in hard cover editions from Ingrams. You can find them on the Collectors’ Editions page here on the site.

My audiobooks are available to libraries through Overdrive and Blackstone Library. Blackstone makes physical cd’s of my audiobooks for libraries, as well as offering digital download licensing.