The Rose Red Bride in German

The Rose Red Bride, book two of my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances, is now available in German! I’ve enrolled this book in Kindle Unlimited so it will be available exclusively at Amazon at least until April 19. There’s a print edition available now at Amazon.

I have a lovely new graphic to share, too!

The Rose Red Bride, book two of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in German

Die rosenrote Braut

The Rose Red Bride, book two of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, German edition

Höhergeschätzt als Gold sind die Juwelen von Kinfairlie und nur die Würdigsten dürfen um ihre Liebe kämpfen … Der Laird von Kinfairlie hat unverheiratete Schwestern – jede für sich ein Kleinod. Und er hat keine andere Wahl, als sie in aller Eile zu verheiraten.

Wie eine Heldin in einer alten Erzählung wartet Vivienne im höchsten Turmzimmer von Kinfairlie auf den Liebhaber, den ihr das Los bestimmt hat. Er kommt in der Dunkelheit zu ihr, mit Umhang und Kapuze, sodass sie sein Gesicht nicht sehen kann. Er liebt sie süß und hingebungsvoll … und Vivienne weiß, sie ist ihrem Schicksal begegnet.

Doch im Morgenlicht zerbricht ihr Traum. Erik Sinclair von Blackleith ist kein romantischer Held, sondern ein enterbter Krieger, der ihre Entführung geplant hat, um sein Erbe zurückzugewinnen. Empört über Eriks Behauptung, sie nur für die Zeugung eines Sohnes zu benötigen, und doch verführt von der Leidenschaft, die er in ihr erweckt, wird Vivienne klar, dass ihr schweigsamer Ehegatte mehr Vorzüge hat, als er selbst zugeben würde. Erik betrachtet ihr wachsendes Vertrauen in seine Ehre und ihren Wunsch, sein gestohlenes Geburtsrecht zurückzuerlangen, mit Skepsis …

Er ahnt nicht, dass seine Braut, dieses seltene Juwel, beabsichtigt, auch sein verschlossenes Herz zu gewinnen.

Exclusive to Kindle Unlimited until April 20

The Rogue is 99 cents

This month, my medieval romance and series starter, The Rogue, is discounted to just 99 cents. If you haven’t been seduced by Merlyn yet, this is the perfect opportunity!

The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is on sale for 99 cents

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Dear Reader:
Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir—never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him—willingly, trustingly, passionately—and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage…
Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again. Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands.
But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse—the rogue who destroyed my heart?
—Ysabella


A Rhapsody Book Club Selection


A beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix…readers will devour this rich and compulsively readable tale.

Publishers Weekly

Passion and intrigue test the boundaries of love and honor—The Rogue is medieval storytelling at its best!

Terry Garey, RITA award winning author of Dead Girls are Easy

An engaging tale of lost love found!

Booklist

Merlyn is a delightfully charming rogue, Ysabella an admirable heroine, and the mystery just intriguing enough to keep you interested. Ms. Delacroix evokes the era, providing us with an accuate portrait and an enchanting tale—just what readers expect from this talented author.

Romantic Times Bookclub

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The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is on sale for 99 cents

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The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio, narrated by Ashley Klanac

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A Free Read

My medieval Scottish romance and series starter, The Beauty Bride, is free this month at all portals. Have you come to Kinfairlie yet?

The Beauty Bride, book #1 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix and a free read

The Jewels of Kinfairlie series is complete with four works (three books and a short story) and it leads to the True Love Brides series, also complete, with four books. The Rogues of Ravensmuir series, complete with three books, features the same family but a generation earlier, and the Brides of Inverfyre series is in progress, continuing the story. That’s a lot of medieval Scottish romance to binge!

There’s also a free guided tour that takes you through the whole series, featuring a book a week. You can sign up for the Ravensmuir & Kinfairlie tour right here.

You can learn more about The Beauty Bride on my Delacroix site, right here.

99cent Reads

Don’t miss these three series starters, discounted to just 99 cents for the month of December!

The Mercenary's Bride, book one of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, is 99 cents

The Mercenary’s Bride is book one of my Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances. It’s a Christmas novella, a story of homecoming, second chances and healing love. I love Beauty & the Beast stories, don’t you? It’s just 99 cents this month. It’s also available in a new audiobook, narrated by Tim Campbell.

Learn more on my Delacroix website, right here.


Kiss of Fire, book one of the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, is on sale for 99 cents

Kiss of Fire is the first book in my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances featuring dragon shifter heroes on a quest to save the earth. The series is complete – although it leads into my DragonFate series, which is in progress – and Kiss of Fire is on sale for just 99cents this month. Quinn and Sara’s story is the first of my dragon shifter romances and the beginning of a long series. Don’t miss it!

Learn more on my Dragonfire website, right here.


Wyvern's Mate, book one of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, is on sale for 99 cents

Wyvern’s Mate, book one of my Dragons of Incendium series of science fiction romances featuring dragon shifter princesses from space, is also on sale for 99 cents this month.

Learn more on my Dragonfire website (where all my paranormal romances live) right here.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about a series starter that’s free this month.

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

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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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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

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

 

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.