Updated Family Trees

Since the family tree for Kinfairlie had to be updated for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss and The Warrior’s Prize, I decided it was time to have all of the Delacroix family trees tarted up. The Kinfairlie family tree is final now, although there will be a few spoilers (in terms of babies) until you read The Frost Maiden’s Kiss. Kim Killion has done a wonderful job once more, and I’m really pleased with the results.

The family trees are PDF files, designed so that you can download them and print them out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The Kinfairlie one is available in both B&W and color, while the others are just B&W. There are four altogether: The Bride Quest I family tree, the Crevy-sur-Seine family tree which is for the Bride Quest II, the Ravensmuir and Inverfyre family tree, which is for the Rogues of Ravensmuir and the Kinfairlie family tree, which is for the Jewels of Kinfairlie and the True Love Brides.

You can find them all on (surprise!) the page under Claire Delacroix Books called Family Trees.

The Bride Quest II Digital Boxed Set on Sale

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Bride Quest II Boxed Set, a trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThis weekend – from today through February 17, the Bride Quest II digital boxed set is on sale for $4.99 at Amazon, Apple, B&N and KOBO. This digital boxed set includes all three Scottish medieval romances in this trilogy: The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress.

I hope you have a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day!

The Bride Quest Family Trees

Thanks to a nudge from Michelle, I thought of another place to look for my printed copy of the Bride Quest family tree. It turns out that there’s two of them, one for the brothers Fitzgavin (Bride Quest I) and one for Crevy-sur-Seine family (Bride Quest II).

I found them both, and have created PDF files for them. šŸ™‚ You can find them to view or download on the Family Tree page.

The dragons will be tougher, as I have many gaps in their long lineage…

The Bride Quest Foreign Editions

The Bride Quest trilogy was particularly popular in Germany, where it was published in multiple editions. Here are a few of them, grouped together in design suites. The strange thing is when not all books are published in a particular design suite, but it happens all the time.

First German trade paperback edition (the clinches):
The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, German edition The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, German editionThe Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, German edition The Countess, book #1 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix - German editionĀ  The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix, German edition

Second German paperback edition (different clinches):
The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, second German editionThe Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, second German edition

German book club hard cover editions:
The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, German book club edition The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, German book club editionThe Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, German book club edition The Countess, book #1 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix - German book club edition

German paperback editions with castles:
The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, second German edition
The Temptress, book #3 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix, German edition

THE COUNTESS Reader Letter

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader –

What would you do to ensure a better life for your children?

In The Countess, Eglantine is determined that her daughters donā€™t share her romantic fate – she wants them to have the chance to marry for love and is prepared to sacrifice a great deal to give them that opportunity. Her choice is rewarded – not just for her daughters, but for herself, for in leaving all she knows, Eglantine meets the irresistible Duncan MacLaren. I really donā€™t know how she kept him at distance as long as she did! I love Duncan – it was great to read his story again, and hear his stories.

The Countess is the first book in my second Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances, sometimes called the Scottish Bride Quest. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest, there are links between the characters. Itā€™s not necessary to read the books in order, but reading them all is fun – I had forgotten, for example, that Burke and Alys from The Damsel have a cameo appearance in this book. It was good to see them again!

Iā€™m very pleased that all six of the Bride Quest titles are available again, in both digital and print editions.

In other news, Iā€™m also writing a new medieval series called The True Love Brides. This new series picks up the story of the Lammergeier family after The Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy and the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. Many readers have written to me over the years, concerned that the younger daughters of this family remained unmarried, and Iā€™m delighted to have the chance to tell their stories and give them their HEAā€™s. The True Love Brides series is also set in Scotland. The Renegadeā€™s Heart will be published in May 2012 and features the story of Isabella. There is more information about these new books on my website.

As with all of my re-releases, Iā€™ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

Iā€™ve enjoyed revisiting The Countess, I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Countess.

THE BEAUTY Reader Letter

The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

What would you do to see justice served? In The Beauty, Jacqueline is certain that joining a convent is preferable to marrying any man. Experience has left her fearful of menā€™s desires – of course, she doesnā€™t expect to be kidnapped en route to the convent and persuaded otherwise. Angus MacGillivray is a wounded warrior, returned home to disappointment and determined to collect his due. He mistakes Jacqueline for another maiden, then is beguiled by her innocence and her trust.

I love how these two changed each other. Jacqueline restored Angusā€™ faith in the world by her faith in him and her determination to see justice served. Angus meanwhile persuaded Jacqueline that passion is not to be feared, at least not with a man who holds her as dear as he does.

The Beauty is the second book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest and itā€™s not necessary to read the books in order, there are links between the characters and many readers do prefer to start at the beginning. The original Bride Quest trilogy (The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress) remains available in both digital and print editions from Bantam Dell. The second Bride Quest trilogy ā€“ including The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress ā€“ is also now available in new digital and print editions.

As with all of my re-releases, Iā€™ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

In spring 2012, watch for a new series of medieval romances from me, once again set in Scotland. The Renegadeā€™s Heart is the first in The True Love Brides, a four book series that picks up the story of the Lammergeier siblings after the end of my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. These historicals also have fantasy elements, which I love to include. The Renegadeā€™s Heart is Isabellaā€™s story. You can learn more about all of my books on my website.

Iā€™ve enjoyed revisiting The Beauty, and meeting Angus and Jacqueline all over again. I hope you enjoy reading their story, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Beauty.

THE TEMPTRESS Reader Letter

The Temptress, book #3 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

Every once in a while, a character who appears in my stories who catches my interest right away. Esmeraude was just such a character. Although she was only two when she first fell from my fingertips – in The Countess – and even though she was willful, she charmed me from the start. From the very beginning of writing The Countess, I knew that I would have to write Esmeraudeā€™s story – and I knew that she would present some man with a challenge, even as she captivated him. Her story is here, in The Temptress. Bayard is perfect for Esmeraude, given his confidence and knightly credentials, but she is far from the easy conquest he expects. Of course, as a man who has had a great deal come to him easily, Bayard is completely enchanted by her, even before he wants to be. I had a wonderful time writing the story of these two and it was great fun to revisit their story.

The Temptress is the third book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest, there are links between the characters. Those of you who have read the entire series may enjoy meeting some of the original characters again in this story. Itā€™s not necessary to read the books in order.

The original Bride Quest (The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress) remain available in both digital and print editions from Bantam Dell. Now, all three of the second Bride Quest (The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress) are also available in new digital and print editions.

As with all of my re-releases, Iā€™ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

In spring 2012, watch for a new series of medieval romances from me. The Renegadeā€™s Heart will be the first in The True Love Brides, a four book series linked to my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. The Renegadeā€™s Heart is Isabellaā€™s story. You can learn more about all of my books on my website.

Iā€™ve enjoyed revisiting The Temptress, I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Temptress.

September Reader Contest

It’s time for another reader contest! The prize for September is a signed trade paperback copy of The Beauty, a medieval romance that was my first New York Times’ bestseller. This is the second book in the Bride Quest II trilogy.

The Beauty by NYT Bestselling Author Claire DelacroixAll you have to do to have a chance to win is comment on this post. How easy is that? At the end of the month, I’ll choose a winner. As usual, for every 25 entries, I’ll add another prize. Good luck!

This Week’s Sale

I’m having a sale this week, to introduce more readers to my Bride Quest Series.

The Countess, book #1 of the Bride Quest II trilogy, by Claire Delacroix

Ā ā€œThe Bride Quest series brings back the glorious time of knights and their ladies in living color, filling our world of dreams with rainbow streams of magnificent adventures, mysteries, ribald humor and divine lovers.ā€
The Belles and Beaux of Romance

ā€œBe mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forevermore!ā€
Driven from her late husbandā€™s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin ā€” and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land ā€” and the fiery countess ā€” in a war of sweet seduction…

The digital edition of The Countess, which is the first book in my second Bride Quest trilogy (sometimes called the Scottish Bride Quest) is on sale this week for just 99 cents at Amazon and B&N. It’s free at Apple. The sale price will be available from today through Friday, so don’t miss out!

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You can read an excerpt from The Countess right here.