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.

Quiet at the Château

When I was a kid, moms everywhere interpreted silence as a sign that trouble was brewing. As much as I’d like to be making trouble, silence here on the blog usually means that I’m working. A lot. There are a lot of things in progress behind the scenes, so I thought today I’d give you a peek.

Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances, including one by Claire DelacroixFirst up, I’m finishing my novella for Charmed at Christmas. Right now, my Regency romance novella is called A Duke by Any Other Name, but that might change. It features Lady Daphne Goodenham, who we met in Something Wicked This Way Comes—she’s headed to Castle Keyvnor for a double wedding at Christmas. Daphne, as you might recall, is determined to marry a duke. Her sister thinks that’s because she’s frivolous and superficial, but Daphne has a better reason than that. (And I think it’s sweet.) On the way south, they meet a duke, also en route to Cornwall. He’s eligible, at least on paper, according to Lady Octavia, the girls’ grandmother. The thing is though that Alexander, Duke of Inverfyre, is a fop. Lady Octavia is certain he’s not the kind of man to make Daphne happy, even if he is a duke. But is Alexander truly what he seems to be? From their first meeting, Daphne notices details that don’t add up and is the only one to look closer…a tendency that the duke finds very beguiling.

Daphne’s story is book #2 in the Brides of North Barrows series. It will be available exclusively in Charmed at Christmas until next March, then it will be available in its own edition.

You might have noticed that Alexander is the Duke of Inverfyre. This is the first of my stories to bring my various fictional worlds together. (See my blog post When Worlds Collide.) Inverfyre is, of course, a holding in the Scottish highlands featured in my Rogues of Ravensmuir, Jewels of Kinfairlie, True Love Brides and upcoming Brides of Inverfyre series. These are all medieval series, but Alexander and Daphne’s story is set in the Regency. In five or six hundred years, a lot can happen!

Just to entwine things a little more, Alexander’s castle is Airdfinnan, the legacy of Alasdair in The Beauty. Alexander’s sister gives him the seed of a vine that grows on Airdfinnan’s walls which is said to be linked to the laird of the estate finding his true love—you can read about that vine’s first appearance at Airdfinnan in  The Temptress. How did Airdfinnan become part of the estate of Inverfyre? That detail is yet to be revealed.

Charmed at Christmas is available for pre-order now at all portals and goes on sale September 26, along with all of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies.

Pre-order Charmed at Christmas here:

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Christmas at Castle Keyvnor, twelve linked Regency romance novellas

Spellbound on the Charts!

As you know, our Regency romance anthology Spellbound is free until Sunday. Yesterday, it had a BookBub featured ad and this morning – thanks to all of you – it’s riding high on the charts. Let’s take a look.

At Amazon.com, Spellbound rose to #3 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Regency romance.

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, at #3 overall free in the Amazon store on July 5, 2017

Here’s the top of the free chart:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.com on July 5, 2017

And here’s the top of the Regency romance chart:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #1 free in Regency romance at Amazon.com on July 5, 2017At Amazon UK, Spellbound was #7 overall free and #1 in Regency romance:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #7 overall free at Amazon.co.uk on July 5, 2017

At Amazon CA, Spellbound was #3 overall free and #1 in Regency romance:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.ca on July 5, 2017Here’s the top of the free chart in the CA store. Usually, there are regional variations, but today, the US and the CA chart – at least at the very top – are the same.
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.ca on July 5, 2017Over at iBooks, Spellbound is also doing really well. It’s #2 overall free in the store:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, #2 overall free at iBooks on July 6, 2017

And it’s #1 in Historical Romance:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, #1 free in historical romance at iBooks on July 6, 2017

What a great suite of results! Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy. If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, Spellbound is still free through the weekend.

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Christmas at Castle Keyvnor Anthologies

In September 2017, we return to Castle Keyvnor for a wedding! There are twelve never-before-published Regency romance novellas from your favorite authors included in this collection of anthologies.

The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters:
Lady Tamsyn Hambly
to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew,
&
Lady Morgan Hambly
to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater,
on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

Tempted at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances
Tempted at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Jane Charles and Elizabeth Essex.

Available September 26, 2017

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Kissed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology and part of the Christmas at Castle Keynor series

Kissed at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone and Michelle Willingham.

Available September 26, 2017

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Enchanted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology and part of the Christmas at Castle Keynor seriesEnchanted at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Christy Carlyle, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Claudia Dain.

Available September 26, 2017

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Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances, including one by Claire Delacroix

Charmed at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix, Deb Marlowe and Erica Monroe.

Available September 26, 2017

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Spellbound is Free

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainThe Haunting of Castle Keyvnor authors have a present for you! For one week only, the anthology Spellbound is free at digital portals. This is one of the four anthologies in the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection – the twelve Regency romance novellas in the series all take place during the same week at a haunted castle in Cornwall, where the characters have gathered for the reading of a will. You can read the novellas in any order.

Spellbound includes the novellas:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Claire Delacroix
Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Her Gypsy Lord by Jane Charles
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Lord Death and Lady Ghost by Claudia Dain
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

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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.

A Cover Tease

Charmed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle KeyvnorI’ve hinted at this upcoming project but will tell you a little more today. (There’s more in my May newsletter, too.)

We’re returning to Castle Keyvnor for Christmas!

There will be four new anthologies published this fall, each including three Regency romance novellas, revisiting the characters at Castle Keyvnor as they assemble for a wedding at Christmas. (Twelve novellas in all!)

My novella is Daphne’s story, and will be book#2 of the Brides of North Barrows when released on its own next spring. Daphne will get her duke – plus a lot more than she’s bargained for. My story will be in the anthology Charmed at Christmas.

The cover reveals will be in my June newsletter, along with pre-order links. The books will go on sale in September.

If you haven’t visited Castle Keyvnor, the four Regency romance anthologies of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor remain available.

If you want to stalk the new series, it has a landing page right here.

Tempted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle KeyvnorKissed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle Keyvnor Enchanted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle Keyvnor

 

Erica Ridley’s Historical Romance Promotion

Erica Ridley's Historical Romance Promotion May 2017

This weekend (May 25 – 31) Erica Ridley has put together a promotion featuring UK-set historical romances. You’ll find The Beauty Bride included in this promotion, but lots of other romances, too. The books are FREE via BookFunnel so it’s a great chance to discover a new author. Erica insisted that they all be full stories, too, so you won’t find any cliffhangers or serializations here.

Here’s the link to the landing page. Have fun!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North BarrowsLast fall, I participated in an anthology of Regency romance novellas called The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor. My novella, Something Wicked This Way Comes, was included in the volume, Spellbound. All of those books remain available, but Something Wicked This Way Comes is available on its own in a digital edition.

Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Buy it today at Amazon, Apple, B&N or KOBO – or buy it directly from me in my onlines store in EPUB or MOBI

You can also download the prologue from this story free in my online store—here’s the EPUB and here’s the MOBI.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix

 

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainLast fall, my Regency romance novella, Something Wicked This Way Comes was published in the Spellbound anthology, which is part of The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Collection.

On March 22, Something Wicked This Way Comes will be available in a digital edition all by itself.

It’s also the first story in my Brides of North Barrows series. The series will continue with Daphne’s story, coming this fall.

Here’s the new cover!

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North BarrowsSeven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Something Wicked This Way Comes will be published in a digital edition on March 22, 2017. Pre-order is available at some portals (B&N link will be up soon) Spellbound and the other Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies remain available, too.

Order Something Wicked This Way Comes Now!

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Read an excerpt from Something Wicked This Way Comes, or download the prologue free from my online store in either EPUB or MOBI.