Review for The Warrior’s Prize

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesEileen (Booktalk with Eileen) has posted a wonderful review of The Warrior’s Prize. She reviewed the audiobook edition, which was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

Here’s part of the review:
“I could not put this listen down, truth be known.  It was highly suspenseful, layered with themes Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Raphael are struggling with — the meaning of honor, how a person’s character drives choices made, and how events change how life is perceived. It also highlights the angst a person deals with in changing who they are, and accepting the challenge to be better.”

Read the rest of the review on Eileen’s blog.

You can buy The Warrior’s Prize at these portals:
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Listen to a sample of the audio edition:

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Audio Review for The Crusader’s Heart

The Crusader's Heart by Claire DelacroixThis weekend, Eileen posted a wonderful review of The Crusader’s Heart on her blog, Booktalk with Eileen. She listened to the audio edition, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. The review post is titled Historical Romance to Capture Your Heart, which is a bit of foreshadowing for this lovely review. 🙂

Here’s her final comment:

“I…highly recommend this read to those who love this period in history and love a dangerous challenge to a happy ever after ending.”

The review also has a summary of the story, so you might want to hop over to her blog and read the whole thing.

Or you can have a listen to a sample of this audiobook, right here…

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Audio Review for Wyvern’s Mate

Yesterday, Debbie Haupt posted a review of the audio edition of Wyvern’s Mate on her blog, The Reading Frenzy. It’s  a lovely review, so I’m sharing it with you today.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audioHere’s a good bit:
Deborah Cooke’s first in her new Dragons of Incendium series is a masterful melding of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal romance. Her cast of characters are colorful in dragon or human form, her imaginative world is both familiar and foreign and her stars, the defiant yet compassionate heroine and school of hard knocks hero, rock the universe. Her dialogue is fast paced and fluent and she completes her tale brilliantly in an economy of pages. I can’t wait for the next dynamic dragon tale!

The sultry voice of Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect choice for Cooke’s debut Fantasy series in audio, starring Troy and Drakina the shape-shifting princess of Incendium. Listening to the novel enhances the enjoyment of Wyvern’s Mate in multiple ways; one is learning the correct pronunciations another is the satisfying pace, inflections and emotional narration of Saskia.”

Thanks, Deb, for the wonderful review!

You can listen to a sample of Wyvern’s Mate narrated by Saskia Maarleveld on the audio page of the Dragons of Incendium website or right here:

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An Audio Review from Eniko

It seems to be the week for great audio reviews, which makes me very happy. Here’s an awesome one from Eniko for the audiobook of The Warrior’s Prize.

The Warrior's Prize audiobookIt’s a five star review!

“I think this has to be my fave of the series. I loved them all, but this one speaks to me more. Elisabeth is a woman after my own heart, she believes in herself and goes for what she wants and she wants Raphael. I want him too LOL he joins the ranks of my fave book boyfriends. He is rough around the edges because of his life from an early age, but he is a good man. What a twist in the middle of the story, and a bigger one towards the end, bigger than the usual ones the author throws into the story. The story weaves wonderfully, I found myself one moment saying YES and the next OH NOOOO, or laughing the next, it kept me on the edge for sure. A true love-conquers-all story with a well deserved HEA ending *sigh*
Saskia Maarlaveld delivered a gem of a story as usual. Her talent amazes me every time, and her voice is truly a marvel. Thank you for the enjoyable story and the many hours of listening bliss.”

Isn’t that a great review?

Have a listen:

The Warrior’s Prize in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

Review of The Ballad of Rosamunde in Audio

The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix, a short story and medieval romance in audioDebbie Haupt reviewed The Ballad of Rosamunde in audio on her blog today.

“It’s a story of unrequited love, betrayal and redemption told in her excellent epic medieval mode with period perfect vistas, dialogue and characters that jump off the page…The audible edition is once again put in the capable hands/voice of the brilliant Saskia Maarleveld, who has a way of bringing the listener body and soul into the story. And whose mesmerizing voice and seductive accent performs both male and female, fae and human characters meticulously with her marvelous vocal range and perfect intonations.”

Thanks Deb!

The Ballad of Rosamunde is available in audio, and is included in the digital bundle, The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set. You can buy it on its own in digital format from my online store. If you prefer print books, this short story is included in the trade paperback edition of The Snow White Bride. (Both editions are blue, but you’ll want the one with the couple on the cover.)

Review for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in Audio

The Frost Maiden's Kiss audiobookThere also was a great review for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in audio last week, and it’s past time to share that with you!

This is from Kimberly whose blog is The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Here’s an excerpt from her review:

“Delacroix is a fantastic storyteller; she twisted danger, suspense, magic and humor into this romance. The story held me spellbound and I lost myself within its pages. Again, she delighted me with stories and song of the Fae. The secondary characters particularly the villains were fully developed providing ample reasons to want to throttle them. Maids, siblings and more meddled with the romance and it added humor as only loved ones meddling can do.

Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect narrator with her animated lilt. She adds another layer of enjoyment to an already delightful tale. I love her accent, pacing and even her male voices have a soothing and realistic tone to them.

If you are looking for a medieval romance with tales of the Fae, danger and heart The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is sure to make you smile.”

You can read the rest of it, right here. Thank you, Kimberly!

You can listen to a sample from The Frost Maiden’s Kiss right here.

Review for The Snow White Bride in Audio

The Snow White Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThere were some new reviews posted last week for my medieval romances in audio, so it’s past time that I share them with you here.

First up, Debbie posted a showcase on the series along with her review of The Snow White Bride on her blog. Here’s part of her review:

“Claire Delacroix beautifully continues the Jewels of Kinfairlie series with the recent named Laird of Kinfairlie’s love story. Featuring lies, deception, deceit and subterfuge she magically takes me back into the far past with a narrative and dialogue that hints of the Highlands, with characters so richly developed they have no trouble appearing in my mind’s eye and backdrops so period perfect I can almost smell the strewing herbs placed on the floor of the keep and the sweet savory scent of the majestic steeds in their stables. Her stars are quite the star-crossed medieval couple and with bated breath and nail-biting trepidation I continually waited for the inevitable doomed other shoe to fall and was pleasantly rewarded for all my anxiety. The Snow White Bride is book three in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series was first published in 2005, re-released in 2012 and available in audible June-2015.

The audible edition is narrated by the mesmerizing lyrical voice of the sensational Saskia Maarleveld whose vocal range perfectly portrayed each and every character from impish young women and children to old men, old crones, adult male warriors and dastardly foes. And her familiarity of Claire’s tales and characters only increases the brilliance of her narrations.

You can read the rest right here. Thanks Deb!

You can listen to an audio sample from The Snow White Bride right here.

Check back at noon today for the second audio review of the week!

5 Star Audio Reviews for The Renegade’s Heart

The Renegade's Heart audiobookThere are some wonderful 5-star reviews posted for The Renegade’s Heart – which makes me pretty happy. Here’s one from Eniko:

“I think this book is another great example that Ms. Delacroix and Ms. Maarleveld are an amazing duo.

The story is captivating, enchanting and not to be missed. It is a love story in which the main characters, Isabella and Murdoch have to overcome obstacles thrown in their path constantly, the Fae Queen, the spriggans, their families. I loved that Isabella fought for what she believed in. A very happy ending! It was great to see past characters appear in this book too.

Ms. Maarleveld has an amazing voice, easy to listen to that made me forget what is around me and immerse myself in the story. She is able to modulate it so well for the many different characters, male and female and the accents are great.
Thank you for a great listening experience.”

And another, from Made4Books:
“The characters all pulled me into their lives and I did not want to put it down…. I am STRICTLY a historical romance girl,mostly medieval Scottish time period..And I usually do not care for more than mythology being mentioned,no paranormal..BUT..Claire Delacroix weaved the paranormal into the story in such a way I did not feel like I had left my historical roots to delve into the supernatural!!! I want to thank her for writing these stories that have opened my eyes a bit more and allowed me to enjoy hours of mythology brought to life..I HIGHLY recommend to any lover of historical romance who craves a fantastic ever after to give her stories a go,I am promising you you’ll enjoy the time you spend on it…”

And one from LilMissMolly:
“Saskia Maarleveld narrates The Renegade’s Heart, as she did with all of the Jewels of Kinfarlie books. She really brings all of the characters to life giving each one every their own distinct voice, both male and female. She also has a rhythm to her reading that is melodious and enthralling. Simply put, Claire and Saskia together are the perfect pairing for hours of thoroughly enjoyable entertainment. Bravo!”

And here’s part of a review from Kimberly Costa – who gave Saskia’s performance 5 stars and the story 4 stars. 🙂
“The Renegade’s Heart was delightful as it weaved several threads together. We have Murdoch’s quest to recover his family’s treasure and save their home. Then we have his issues with Alex believing him a thief and the budding romance that develops with Isabella. The most exciting and intense aspect of the story for me dealt with the Fae Queen. Interaction with the Fae had me holding my breath and a scene in the woods gave me the chills. I love supernatural creatures but the only one I truly fear are the Fae. The author only reaffirmed those fears.

Isabella was a wonderful heroine. She can be outspoken at times and I loved how she stood up to Murdoch, Alex and the Fae. We get a chance to see characters from earlier tales, and meet a few others along the way. Delacroix shared Murdoch’s backstory from his ancestry, battles and of how he became beholden to the Fae Queen. Sometimes he was a little pig-headed, but his treatment of Isabella, and his ability to listen to advice made him a worthy knight. I love when an author allows me to connect with the characters and feel their emotions.

Narrator Saskia Maarleveld has this wonderful tone and accent that makes listening a pleasure. She draws you in and seduces you with her voice. She brings out the character’s personalities and her male voices are delightful without the gruff tone we normally get with female narrators.”

Have you picked up your copy of The Renegade’s Heart in audio yet? You can get your copy at Amazon, Audible and Apple, or listen to a sample at my Soundcloud page.

Wonderful Audio Reviews

The Snow White Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixYesterday, two new reviews were posted for the audio edition of The Snow White Bride. I just had to share them with you. 🙂

First, Five Stars from Eniko, who posted her review on Audible:
“I think this story is my fave from the series. We come to know Alexander better, who is truly a great man and laird, loved by all. After meeting Eleanor on Christmas Eve, he weds her and their journey to HEA is treacherous, with attempts on both their lives and Eleanor’s past coming back to haunt them, I was really on the edge of my seat and hoping for the truth to be revealed, this story is an emotional roller coaster with a very satisfying ending. Ms. Maarleveld’s voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to, I really enjoyed the hours spent listening to her tale of this story.”

Thank you, Eniko!

Secondly, Eileen:
“There is no doubt this series has captured my imagination. I love the way author Claire Delacroix develops the story using a formal, archaic speech. She helps place me squarely into the setting. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld’s produces an awesome listen with her silky, velvet narrative voice with flawless understanding of the characters’ emotional state as depicted by dialog….

Sometimes one reads a story where you know what will happen either because it is so obvious or you learn it from one of the characters. There are several places in this story that were a complete surprise and complete enjoyment. To this point we have learned the sisters are the gems of Kinfairlie. I would propose Alex be counted among them.

There’s just enough cliff hanger which more than entices you to finish the series with The Ballad of Rosamunde. I love the series, love the author and love the narrator.”

Thank you, Eileen! You can read her entire review right here on her blog.

You can listen to a sample from each of the Jewels of Kinfairlie medieval romances in audio, right here on my site on the Jewels of Kinfairlie Audio page.

Reviews for SWB and Ballad in Audio

The Snow White Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThis is from a five star review from Lil Miss Molly for the audio edition of The Snow White Bride. The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix is the third book in The Jewels of Kinfarlie Series, which are set in 1400’s England. I can’t express how much I love this series! All books are narrated by Saskia Maarleveld who is one of the best narrators in the business. She gives every character their own distinct voice and has a rhythm to her reading that is melodious…Pure historical romance at its best! (sigh)”

The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix, a short story and medieval romance in audioShe also gave The Ballad of Rosamunde five stars and called it “a jewel of a short story!”

What a wonderful way to start my week! Check out my Audio page and have a listen to samples of the entire Jewels of Kinfairlie series in audio.

Do you listen to audiobooks and post reviews? If so, I’d love to hear from you. My virtual assistant Angie is looking for audiobook reviewers for the Jewels of Kinfairlie and also for the True Love Brides. Please comment on this post if you’re interested, and tell us where you post audio reviews.