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.

Pre-order your copy today at these portals:
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The Last Highlander Disappears

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross)If you’ve been looking for my Scottish time travel romance and romantic comedy, The Last Highlander, you’ll have discovered that its digital edition is currently unavailable.

This morning, I thought I’d tell you why. 🙂

The main reason is that I’ve been invited to participate in an exciting project. This  requires The Last Highlander to be in Kindle Unlimited, which means that it can’t be available anywhere else while it’s available through KU. I’ve removed the book from sale now, to make sure it has time to disappear from all the portals that are fed content by the big portals. After this is all done, I’ll republish The Last Highlander. So, you can expect to find Morgan and Alasdair’s story widely available again in the new year.

I’ll tell you more about this project and give you links as soon as I can!

Wyvern’s Outlaw

The next book in the Dragons of Incendium series is Wyvern’s Outlaw. I revealed the cover at RTC Ottawa last weekend and now it’s up for pre-order for November 29 delivery.

Wyvern's Outlaw, book #4 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeRyke wants nothing more than to escape the space pirates of the Gloria Furore and go home to his young son. He’s pretended to share their views and has worked his way up the ranks to co-pilot of the Armada Seven, commanded by the most vicious space captain of all. The capture of Princess Anguissa and her ship, the Archangel, is a moment of triumph for his superior—except that Anguissa never plays by anyone’s rules. In a flash of dragon fire, she incinerates most of the crew and takes command of the Armada Seven. Ryke is spared, but he’s not sure why—what plans does the beautiful dragon princess have for his future? And what will she demand to grant his wish of returning home?

Coming November 29!

Pre-order available at these portals – the Amazon link will be live at the beginning of September:

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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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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

Pre-order now at:

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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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The Damsel Pre-Order

The pre-order for the 2017 edition of The Damsel is live at Amazon, iBooks, Nook and Kobo!

The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixOnce upon a time, the legendary knight Burke Fitzgavin galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord’s orphaned niece. But her uncle was determined that Burke marry one of his homely daughters instead. Through tricks and lies, Burke was sent away believing that Alys wanted nothing of his heart.

Pledged to a Bride Quest, Burke has vowed not to return home until he finds his long-lost love. He returns to Kiltorren to discover that the fiery young innocent has become a woman, a servant on her uncle’s estate. Paying penance for Burke’s long-ago embrace, she wants nothing to do with him. Burke knows he must earn her trust again.

Even as he slowly rekindles her desire, Alys’ family attempts to thwart their romance—determined that Alys should not marry before her cousins do. But Burke is a warrior and this battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love will be his greatest challenge ever…

“A gem of a book!”
Rendezvous

USA Today Bestseller

 

New edition available September 14, 2017

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In the Midnight Hour Cover

Book #3 of Flatiron Five is coming in January and it’s Damon’s book.

In the Midnight Hour, book #3 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeDamon has a secret…
Every Friday night, the F5 partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five. Where does he go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s descent into dementia. She’s the only family he’s ever known, the anchor in his life, and he can’t imagine how he’ll go on without her. In the middle of the night, when he’s most alone, he wants to control all the variables for someone, to prove he’s not completely powerless. He doesn’t expect to find such a willing, or seductive, volunteer.

Haley loves solving mysteries…
Especially ones like the gorgeous guy who visits her favorite patient every Friday night. He must be Natasha’s son, but is he also the model on the billboard for that fitness club downtown? Where did he learn therapeutic massage? Even though she’s a nurse, Haley’s interest in his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin, for as long as possible. Late one night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to learn that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can give.

Coming January 25, 2018

Available for pre-order:

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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

 

The Princess Pre-Order

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixPrincess Brianna was determined to marry for love despite King Henry’s decree that she wed one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family’s castle. So Brianna issued a seemingly impossible challenge: he who returned with a gift that made her laugh would win her hand. And thus began the bride quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin. Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command.

Only Luc remained, refusing to indulge the whims of the glorious Irish princess. Even Brianna’s legendary beauty could not tempt him—until she invaded his senses…and his soul. But Luc thought a princess had no place in the life of a battle-weary warrior who vowed to lay down his sword forever—until he was forced to take up arms to protect the fair maiden who had seized his heart by divine right.

“Claire Delacroix is the queen of medieval romance!”
Rendezvous

USA Today Bestseller

Winner
1998 Best Historical Romance
Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence

Finalist
1998 Best Historical Romance
Holt Medallion

Finalist
1998 Best Medieval Historical Romance
Romantic Times

New edition available August 24, 2017

Pre-order available at these portals:
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The Damsel and The Heiress are both available for pre-order at iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. The Amazon pre-order will be available 90 days before publication.

Addicted to Love Downloadable Sample

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke The publication of Addicted to Love is coming soon, on June 29!

This past weekend, I updated the free downloadable sample available in my online store. Now, the sample has the first two chapters, as well as more buy links. I also updated the file at Book Funnel.

Download the first chapter free from my online store:
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Or download the first chapter free at Book Funnel.

Pre-order at these portals:
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