Back on GooglePlay

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Last fall, I removed my books from GooglePlay because I had issues with pricing. I heard from a few of you that you wanted the books to be available there, so I’ve been seeking a solution.

This past week, I’ve taken advantage of another option. I’m using an aggregator called Pronoun to deliver my titles to GooglePlay. I’ve only uploaded about half of my booklist, and most of those are still in the process of being listed on GP,  but they’re on their way. I’ll get the rest uploaded this week. I’ll have to update the links here on the site when the books go live on GP.

As of this morning, The True Love Brides Boxed Set, The Crusader’s Vow, and Simply Irresistible are now available on GooglePlay. We’ll see when the books that were at GP before appear whether the reviews are carried between editions.

The other good thing is that Pronoun’s royalty rate is better for books priced over $9.99US than several portals offer to publishers who upload directly. As a result, my more expensive boxed sets will now be available at all portals, instead of just at iBooks and Kobo. The True Love Brides Boxed Set was just published to Amazon this morning, for example. Here’s the new link.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe author pages at Pronoun look pretty cool. I like that they allow books in a series to be displayed together and in order. They also provide the links at all portals, even the ones that they aren’t distributing the books to.

You can also see how far I’ve gotten with my uploading.

Here’s Claire’s author page at Pronoun.

Here’s Deborah’s author page at Pronoun.

The Brides of Inverfyre

If you read my most recent newsletter, you know that we’re heading back to the highlands this year. The Brides of Inverfyre will be my next historical romance series. I love beginning a new series, because I feel as if the possibilities are endless. In this case, though, I don’t exactly have a blank slate. Since the series continues from three other linked series (The Rogues of Ravensmuir, The Jewels of Kinfairlie and The True Love Brides) there are established facts. This means that the first thing I had to do was gather what I’ve already said about these characters and review it all. I thought I’d share a bit of that with you today, as many of you have said that you’d like to see “behind the scenes” a little more.

The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf you look at the Inverfyre family tree (which is free for download here), you’ll see that the Hawk and Aileen (their story is The Warrior) had five children:
• Nigel was born in 1403
• Evangeline was born in 1410
• Mhairi was born in 1414
• Gawain was born in 1415
• Avery was born in 1417

My plan is to tell the story of each of these kids, as well as that of Ross from Kinfairlie, who was born in 1403. (The Kinfairlie family tree is free for download here.) So, I’ll have six stories in total. One of them is going to be a novella, published in a multi-author project for Christmas 2017. It’s not going to be the series starter, because I want a full book for that. (Also, these joint anthologies require that the story be exclusive to the anthology for a period of time, so I won’t be able to publish this novella in its own edition until 2018.) So, the novella will be Mhairi’s story, and you’ll be able to read it out of order.

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesThe Warrior’s Prize, the final book in the True Love Brides series, ended in 1429 when Elizabeth and Raphael married. This new series must start after that. According to the family tree, the Hawk of Inverfyre dies in 1440 (at the age of 68), and I don’t want to show that scene. 😦 So, the books in this new series will be set between 1430 and 1439.

I had a look at the family trees and figured out what the rest of the Kinfairlie family has been doing in those few years. There are babies to be added. 🙂

I had to go back to Inverfyre and The Warrior to note the details about that keep and figure out which characters might still be there, some twenty years later.

What was happening in Scotland in the 1430’s?

This is the reign of James I, who returned to Scotland in 1424 and was assassinated in 1437. He tried to subdue the Lord of the Isles and claim that territory, and did undermine the authority of the barons of Scotland. He also spent a great deal of tax revenue that was gathered in Scotland but owed to the British crown. His extravagant lifestyle caused resentment in the early 1430’s. He built Linlithgow Palace and had other castles fortified, expanded and furnished more lavishly. When he was killed, his son was only six, so there was a regency and the influence of the barons rose again.

I’m going to start in 1431 as resentment rises and the Hawk is trying to steer a safe course between the demands of the barons and James I. The last book in the series will be set around the time of James’ death. I have a six-year window for six stories.

Who is our first bride? The Hawk, as you might recall from The Warrior, is very big on strategic marriages. He abducted Aileen and compelled her to marry him, then was surprised to have love grow between them. I think he would be an organized father and proactive in arranging marriages for his children—especially that of his oldest son and heir, Nigel. In 1431, Nigel is 21 years old, which is a good time for an heir to marry in medieval times.

But what if the strategic match arranged when Nigel was a child isn’t so strategic any more? James I returned to Scotland in 1424—previous to that, he had been a captive of the English king. The barons were ascendant before that and the Lord of the Isles was powerful. It was unexpected when James I arrested the Lord of the Isles and his mother in 1428 in an attempt to claim control of the domain. Alexander, Lord of the Isles was subsequently released, but surrendered to captivity again after a military defeat in August 1429. Alexander was held in captivity at Tantallon castle (the inspiration for Ravensmuir) until 1431, then released again, having surrendered to the king’s will.

I thought that Nigel’s fiancé should be connected somehow to Alexander of Islay, Lord of the Isles. In my world, Keanan is a close ally to Alexander and also imprisoned with him. He has only a single daughter, Brigid. Since Keanan has been arrested and may be executed, Brigid should be glad of the security an arranged marriage will offer. Instead, she feels trapped. She’s been brought to Inverfyre for her own safety but is miserable. Nigel is too young, in her opinion, to capably defend a wife and family—although he’s nice enough. Most of all, she can’t imagine living out her life in a place that offers no glimpse of the sea. News of her father’s release from captivity makes Brigid realize that she has one chance to decide her own fate. She runs. The Hawk will hire the most competent mercenary he knows to hunt her down—incidentally, the one who brought the news of Keanan and Alexander of Islay’s release—Ross Lammergeier. Remember that Ross trained for his spurs at Inverfyre under the Hawk’s instruction. Ross is also exactly the kind of man that Brigid wants to marry, although the Hawk doesn’t realize as much. We can guess what will happen when Ross pursues Brigid. He probably wouldn’t forget his obligation to the Hawk and the family at Inverfyre, but Brigid will be determined to tempt him in order to shape her future the way she wants it to be. Ross and Brigid’s book will be first in the new series. I know the title, but you’ll see it on the cover when it’s done.

Mhairi’s story will be the Christmas novella. It will be numbered 1.5 but you’ll be able to read it out of order.

I’ve created a series newsletter for the Brides of Inverfyre because I know that many of you don’t want to miss a single detail. Subscribe and you’ll be first to hear the news about these books. Of course, I’ll still talk about this series in my monthly newsletter – the series newsletter is for readers who just want to hear about that series and not everything else every month. 🙂

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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Wyvern’s Warrior Links

Trust a dragon princess to take it right down to the wire—and her android hero to calculate precisely how far they can push me. 🙂 The links for Wyvern’s Warrior are live and the book will go on sale on Thursday, January 26. You can buy Thalina and Acion’s story today directly from me in my online Selz store.

Wyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeA stranger arrives on Incendium in secret, but is intercepted by Princess Thalina when he tries to break into the palace. Thalina knows the mysterious mercenary is more than he pretends to be, so lets him abduct her to uncover his secrets. Acion is seldom surprised, but this dragon princess challenges all of his assumptions—while Thalina’s realization that Acion is her destined mate changes her own plans. Can she win the heart this warrior doesn’t appear to have—or will Acion be executed for breaking Incendium’s law first?

Available January 26.

Buy now in my online Selz store or pre-order at these portals:

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Lots of changes in the wind with this one, which is why it took a bit longer. I’ve updated the Glossary of Terms at the Dragons of Incendium website, plus added A Brief History of Incendium and a Cast of Characters to the menu of Guides to Incendium.

The next short story in the series will be Kraw’s Secret, and the next book will be Wyvern’s Outlaw. (You’ll understand that after you read Wyvern’s Warrior!)

The print edition of Wyvern’s Warrior will include Kraw’s Secret, so will be available soon.

And The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection (including Wyvern’s Mate, Nero’s Dream, Wyvern’s Prince, Arista’s Legacy, Wyvern’s Warrior and Kraw’s Secret) in trade paperback will be coming soon, as well.

More information on all of these upcoming releases when I have the covers to show you.

Addicted to Love Sample

Book #2 in the Flatiron Five series is Addicted to Love, coming next June. The pre-order is up at Apple and Kobo, and you can download a sample chapter in my online store.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeKyle wants it all…

Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him that there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to more than a single hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s marriage collapses and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she turns to for comfort.

Lauren demands his all…

When Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure and sensation. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, the eternal playboy, who seduced her so deliciously years before? It was a night Lauren never forgot, and now that she wants to forget everything, Kyle is the only man she wants. Will she be able to accept his terms of no love or romance? Or will Lauren convince Kyle to take a chance on wanting more?

Coming June 15, 2017!

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Reorganizing

I’ve re-arranged the pages on the Claire Delacroix tab a little bit, because I had a wonderful idea.

I told you last month about my upcoming series, The Rose Trilogy, which will be revised versions of three of my books originally published by Harlequin Historicals.  This is a trilogy that was never branded as one, because it developed organically. I sold the first book. I wanted to tell the story of that heroine’s aunt and uncle, who had raised her, which became the second book. Then I wanted to tell the story of the knight’s squire, introduced in the first book, because I liked him – and that became the third book. In revising the books for republication, I planned to strengthen the connection between them, as if the trilogy had been planned in the first place.

The question was how to do that. The first book has action and adventure: the heroine travels to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage with her aunt, then journeys home to France with the hero. The second book is set in France and has paranormal elements: the heroine has precognitive dreams and the hero is a skeptic. The third book is the squire’s homecoming to the Low Countries, and is more humourous. Hmm.

This past weekend, I had a fabulous idea of how to do that. Ha! So, the name of the series has changed ever to slightly to The Rose Legacy, and the page for the series has moved down the tab, to be after the Champions of St. Euphemia. This idea opens up the series, so that it can continue after these three books, which I think is pretty nifty.

For His Lady's Kiss, book #1 of the Legacy of the Rose series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix For HIs Lady's Heart, book #2 of the Rose Legacy series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix For His Lady's Love, book #3 of the Rose Legacy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Kim has revised the covers, too, and I’m ready to dive in!

I love ideas like this.

Pre-Order Simply Irresistible

I’m pretty excited about this news. Starting a new series is always a thrill, and I’m loving this one. Flatiron Five features five friends who have built a successful business in Manhattan together. Now, it’s time for them to meet their romantic matches….

One of my working titles for this series was Five Weddings and a Fitness Club, but I thought it was too long. The series starts with Tyler, the finance guy on the team, who likes everything organized. Amy is going to shake his tree, and he’s going to like it!

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Tyler has had enough…

Going to his fourth sister’s wedding without a date will only encourage his female relations to “help” him find romance. Ty’s ready to wait for Ms. Right, and doesn’t want anyone meddling in his love life. When he learns that the quiet cute woman who works in his building has the same predicament, he’s sure they can each provide a solution for the other. But there’s far more to Amy than meets the eye, and Tyler finds himself not only intrigued by her secrets, but falling hard. How far will he go to make their temporary arrangement permanent, and win the heart of a woman he finds…simply irresistible?

Coming November 29, 2016.

Read an excerpt here on my site.

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Her Dark Prince, book #1 in Ella Ardent's Tales from Euphoria series of erotic romancesHere’s a fun detail about this series. In Simply Irresistible, Amy decides (with Tyler’s encouragement) to follow her dream of becoming a writer. She begins to write an erotic fairy tale called Her Dark Prince. My fellow writer, Ella Ardent, agreed to write and publish “Amy’s” books. Her Dark Prince is the first title in Ella’s Euphoria series, and it’s available now.

Visit Ella’s website to find out more.

Guest Author Michelle Willingham on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

The final post in our series Behind the Scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor is from Michelle Willingham, whose novella is included in the anthology BEDEVILED. Please welcome Michelle!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
Deb Marlowe
Jerrica Knight-Catania
Jane Charles

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

Author Michelle WillinghamI was married on this day eighteen years ago. Happy Anniversary to us!

My own personal love story began with a blind date. One of my good friends invited me to come and play cards with her, and she mentioned that her boyfriend and his roommate would be there. I didn’t know at the time that the entire card game was a set-up. The roommate was looking for a date for an upcoming dance, and my friends thought I would be a good candidate.

We hit it off, but I can’t say it was love at first sight for either of us. We did go to the dance, became good friends, and enjoyed spending time together over the next few months. And then, out of the blue, I realized that I was looking forward to his visits more and more. Friendship gradually transformed into love, and we’ve been married for eighteen years now.

Michelle Willingham's wedding pictureIn my story, “A Dance with the Devil,” Jane Hawkins and Devon Lancaster are intrigued by one another but Jane is well aware that no man wants to marry an impoverished vicar’s daughter. They become friends by chasing down an escaped poodle, Oscar, and Jane finds Devon easy to talk to. And when they are locked in the wine cellar together, the sparks fly! It may not be love at first sight, but friendship at first sight can lead to an even stronger love.

And remember the card game I was invited to play? Ironically, we were playing “Hearts.”

Michelle Willingham is the author of over thirty historical romances and novellas. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. Visit her website at: www.michellewillingham.com/book/bedeviled to read an excerpt from Jane and Devon’s story, “A Dance with the Devil.”


Bedeviled, an anthology of Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe andA Dance with the Devil by Michelle Willingham
Devon Lancaster is fascinated by the beautiful vicar’s daughter, Jane Hawkins, who has been summoned to the will reading of the late Lord Banfield. But is she truly only a vicar’s daughter? Or does her past hold secrets that put her very life in danger? Jane knows she is unlikely to find a husband among the handsome men at Castle Keyvnor because of her poverty. But when she is locked in the cellar with Devon, she finds that the Devil of Lancaster sets her blood on fire.

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Guest Author Jane Charles on the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor

Today’s guest in our ongoing series Behind the Scenes at the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor is Jane Charles. Please welcome Jane!

Don’t miss the other posts in this series:
Ava Stone
Claire Delacroix
Elizabeth Essex
Claudia Dain
Kate Pearce
Renee Bernard
Erica Monroe
Deb Marlowe
Jerrica Knight-Catania
and one more to come!

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, a Regency romance collection

New Orleans, such an inspiration. If you read Ava Stone’s early post, you already know how we all came to write a story that takes place in a very haunted Castle Keyvnor.

Regency romance author Jane CharlesYou can’t walk the streets of New Orleans and hear the stories without feeling the life of the present and the past—and nothing feeds the imagination more than taking the tours of the cemetery, or the places known to be haunted or be linked to vampires and voodoo.

The one thing I did not participate in, which I had fully intended to do, was having a Tarot Card reading. The night Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight-Catania and I went to have it done, I’m the one who backed out. They had awesome readings, but I could not bring myself to participate.

This had been at the top of my “to do” list and Ava and I had talked about it for months before we ever got to New Orleans. However, when we entered the small shop, a horrible anxiety came over me, as if to warn me not to participate. It was a panic attack like I have not experienced in years. I resembled more the character Ava wrote for this anthology, Cassy, than the character I wrote, Charlotte.

It’s not like I haven’t done anything like this before. Years ago I talked to a psychic, who was scary accurate about things. I’ve had my palm read a couple of times, and a good friend does Tarot readings, so it isn’t like this was a new thing for me. However, I also don’t ignore the gut or strong feelings like I experienced that night, especially in a haunted city like New Orleans. So, I stepped away and back out on the street, had a brightly colored drink to calm my nerves and waited for them.

Do I regret not having my fortune read? Yes and no. I would have loved to see what the cards said, but I wasn’t about to ignore the feelings, almost of foreboding either. However, that experience is also the inspiration for Charlotte. She couldn’t wait to visit the gypsy camp and have her fortune told and eagerly took a seat at the table to find out her future, unlike me. Except, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

USA Today Bestselling Author Jane Charles lives in the Midwest with her former marine, police officer husband. As a child she would more likely be found outside with a baseball than a book in her hand, until one day, out of boredom on a long road trip, she borrowed her sister’s romance novel and fell in love. Her life is filled with three amazing children, two dogs, two cats, community theatre, and traveling whenever possible. Jane may have begun her career writing romances set in the Regency era, but blames being a Gemini as to why she’s equally pulled toward writing contemporary novels.

Visit Jane’s website.


Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainHer 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.

Spellbound goes on sale September 20. Pre-order your copy at these portals:

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