The Crusader’s Handfast: Part Six

The Crusader's Handfast: Part Six by Claire Delacroix I have an update for you today on the final installment of Duncan and Radegunde’s story, The Crusader’s Handfast: Part Six. As you might have guessed, since there isn’t an Amazon link yet, I’m running late on this story.

There are a couple of reasons for that. It’s longer than I expected. The finished installment will probably be twice the length of the previous ones. Secondly, I had a horrible cold this month, and being sick always affects my writing. Instead of finishing up before I went to conferences, I wrote myself into a corner and was stuck. 😦

The good news is that I’ve sorted out the trouble and am charging toward the finish. I expect to be done this week, and then the story has to be both edited and formatted. As a result, I’ve moved the publication date to June 21. (The change may still be perking through at your portal of choice.) I’ll put it up for pre-order everywhere once the book is off to my editor.

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The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe full book will be put up for pre-order as soon as possible, too. At Amazon, it can only be 90 days in advance of publication, so the October publication date means that the book will be up for pre-order at Amazon in July. It’ll be available sooner at other portals. I’ll share the links with you when they’re live. These ones are live now.

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RTC and BookCon

May is here, which means I’ll be attending two reader conferences back-to-back.

f3a66-rtc2015The first is Romancing the Capital, organized by Eve Langlais, which will be held in Ottawa May 5 – 8. This is the second year for this reader conference, and I’m sure it will be even more fun than it was last year. I’m teaching a workshop on Thursday, then will be on a couple of panels and have my own Knights vs. Dragons session again. There are theme parties on Friday and Saturday night, and a big booksigning on Saturday afternoon. The conference is sold out, but the booksigning is open to the public. If you’re attending, be sure to say hello!

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixI’ll come home, turn around, and fly to Chicago for BookCon on Saturday May 14. This reader event is always scheduled at the end of BookExpo America, and has been an amazing event when I’ve participated before. I’ll be signing in the RWA booth (#1712) at noon on Saturday. I’ll have copies of The Crusader’s Bride to give away, as well as print copies of my 2016 Sampler.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThere’s been an exciting addition to my plans for both conferences. I’ll have some print copies of Wyvern’s Mate for both events. These paperbacks are in a smaller size I haven’t used before, which is closer to a mass market paperback. I think they’re so cute!

RONE Awards

I was delighted to learn recently that I’m a double-finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, hosted by InD’Tale magazine, in the medieval romance category. The contenders are chosen on the basis of their ranking by staff reviewers. The Crusader’s Bride and The Crusader’s Heart are both in the running, which is particularly sweet as those are the only two books I’ve sent to this publication for review. It’s also an honor to be in the company of these authors, many of whom are friends.

Next it’s time for readers to speak up. YOU can vote this week on your favorite medieval romance among the finalists, and you can do that right here.

Good luck to all the finalists!

2016 RONE Awards

Red Door Reads at KWL

The Red Door Reads authors have a special this month at Kobo – we’re participating in a Buy More Read More promotion for our books. For this promotion, we decided to focus on historical romance. When you buy two books, you can choose a third one for free! Here’s your chance to stock up on RDR titles!

Red Door Reads Sale Page for US readers

Red Door Reads Sale Page for Canadian readers

Red Door Reads Sampler

Red Door Reads Sampler of Romance Novels

The authors at Red Door Reads have assembled a free sampler, including first chapters from our books. There are excerpts from 18 romance novels here, including historical romance, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. There’s something for everyone!

Find your next read in Introducing Red Door Reads. It’s FREE!

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EPUB Sample of The Crusader’s Heart

The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI promised you a downloadable EPUB sample of The Crusader’s Kiss in November, and I just barely made it. It was available on the 30th, even though I’m only telling you about it today. You can download the sample at iBooks or Kobo, or get a copy at my online store.

I have moved the publication date out a bit on this book. Adding Duncan and Radegunde’s story has made my schedule a little busier, but we’ll still have Bartholomew and Anna’s story in January. It’ll just be on the 31st instead of the 19th.

Red Door Reads

One of the fun things that happens at NINC is meeting up with some friends, and catching up on their news. This year, I was talking with Claudia Dain and Deb Marlowe. (Okay, we were in the Tiki Bar and there were drinks on the table!) I knew they had started Red Door Reads a few years ago, but thought there was a local connection to their group (and I’m not local). Well, there isn’t, and they invited me to join them.

Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 7.34.22 AMI’m excited to become a “Reddoorian”, not just because it will provide some new promotional opportunities but also that it will ensure that I keep in better touch with these writer friends when we aren’t meeting in person. Wow, do these writers have plans! I’m still catching up, but look for more news about my involvement with RDR.

I have two profiles on their site, one for Deborah Cooke and one for Claire Delacroix. Those pages are done, but my books are still being moved into the various other tabs. They have a newsletter that goes out near the end of each month, as well.

This is going to be fun!