Happy New Year!

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixWelcome to 2016!

The first order of business this morning is to thank all of you for starting off my year so well. Gaston and Ysmaine’s book is sitting in a lovely position this morning, thanks to all of you who picked up a copy during this week’s sale.

At Amazon.com, The Crusader’s Bride is #1 in Medieval Romance, #8 in Suspense and #227 overall in the Kindle store:Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.28.01 AMAt Amazon.ca, The Crusader’s Bride is #1 in Medieval Romance. #8 or #9 in Historical Fiction and #51 overall in the Kindle store:Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.29.19 AMAt Barnes and Noble, The Crusader’s Bride is #18 in the Nook store.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.31.23 AMAt Kobo, The Crusader’s Bride is #3 in Historical Romance, #13 in Historical Fiction and #7 in Romantic Suspense.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.33.46 AMAt iBooks, The Crusader’s Bride is #2 overall paid in the iBooks store.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 6.35.35 AMThank you, all! This is a wonderful way to start the year and I hope you enjoy Gaston and Ysmaine’s story. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, the sale goes through January 4, then it’s back to the regular price.

And now, the rest of my post for the new year! At the end of each year, I tend to sum things up, take stock of what worked and what didn’t, then make plans for going forward. After the summary, I do some culling and sorting. I ditch what isn’t working and make lists of what I want to change about how I’m doing things. In this publishing environment, that means assessing what’s working (and not) on a personal level, as well as what’s changing in the marketplace. (We do live in interesting times.)

One goal coming out of that for 2016 is that I want to take better physical care of myself. Over the past couple of years, I’ve spent too much time at my desk. The New Girl and I have been taking a long walk each day this fall, and I now have Chelle managing my newsletter for me. Angie continues to manage some of the other promotion – especially for audio. I also some other schemes to mix up my daily schedule a bit. Less computer time also means less internet time, because I want to focus on writing.

I also want to knit down some of my yarn stash and finish those lingering projects – that means more knitting time, which is great thinking and plotting time. All of these come together to increase my focus on writing new stories. The next cover reveal comes up in February and it’ll be in my newsletter first. It’s for Simply Irresistible, which is the launch title in my upcoming contemporary romance series called Flatiron Five. I’ve wanted to write another contemporary romance series since finishing The Coxwells, and this group of five friends have really snared my imagination. I’m also collaborating with another author, connecting her linked series to my linked series, and will tell you more about that in February, too.

I’ll announce the other new series launch in May, first at Romancing the Capital, in my newsletter, and then here on the blog. Things are going to change on the website this year, too, with some series having their own subsidiary sites. It’s just a question of how best to manage so many titles in so many sub-genres.

The good news is that my sharper focus will more stories and more books. I’ve redone my calendar for my bulletin board and it’s crowded! I have some fun projects lined up for 2016 as a result of doing this review last year, and have added a few more surprises in the last month or so. I feel that I’m back in my writing groove again, and am having a fabulous time planning out new series. The Champions of Saint Euphemia was my first new series in a long while, but there will be several more new series launching this year. Woo HOO! It’s going to be a great year for writing for me, and I’m looking forward to it.

What resolutions or plans do you have for 2016?

One Day Sale!

To celebrate the release of The Highlander’s Curse, and to thank you all for your patience, I’m having a one day sale. For today only, both The Renegade’s Heart and The Highlander’s Curse will be just 99 cents. (The currency conversion gets a little goofy, but it will be similarly discounted in other countries, too.)

You can grab your copy at any of the portals linked below.

The Renegade's Heart, first in the True Love Brides series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Amazon

Apple – US

All Romance eBooks

Barnes & Noble

KOBO

The Highlander's Curse by NYT Bestselling author Claire Delacroix, #2 in her True Love Brides series of medieval romances.

Amazon

Apple

All Romance eBooks

Barnes & Noble

KOBO

Thanks to all of you for reading my books, and I hope you enjoy these two!

Happy 2013!

Happy new year, everyone! I wish all the best to you and yours for the year ahead.

As usual, I have lots of plans at this time of year, and plenty of new ideas in motion. I’ll update you on all of that in the weeks ahead.

First up, I need to award the prizes in the monthly contests here on the blog…

I always come into the new year invigorated, with a ton of energy. How about you? Do you find yourself worn out by the festivities, behind on laundry, and ready to hibernate for a while? Or are you – like me – filled with plans and ideas and energy to put them into motion?

Merry Christmas!

Well, I’ve been obsessed with a new knitting project and was sure I’d be able to show it to you today, but it’s more knitting than I’d thought. (This is good – it’s a fun project and I know I’ll be sad when it’s finished.) I’ll have to show it to you in the new year. It’s so pretty that I’m not sure I want to give this one away!

So, it’s time to shut down the computer and head into the kitchen to bake Christmas cookies. (There might be some eggnog or mulled wine involved in that operation, too.) Merry Christmas to all of you – may you have a wonderful holiday week, and travel safely there and back again. I’ll start posting here again in the new year.

All the best to you and yours!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Many good wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to all of you south of the border. Here’s hoping that those of you who are on the road travel safely – and once you arrive, have a wonderful day with your friends and family!

I’m thankful to know all of you and so let’s have a contest this weekend.

Here’s my question for you – what do dragons eat for Thanksgiving dinner? Does turkey dinner make them feel grateful? Or do they prefer something with a little more meat on it? Maybe something flash-broiled?

I’ll give away a signed print copy of EMBER’S KISS to the most interesting reply. Be creative! The winner will be chosen on Monday.

Good luck, everyone!

btw, for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, I haven’t sent out my planned mid-month issue yet. It turns out that the new portal offers so many options that I’m a bit overwhelmed by it. I’m going to give it another go this afternoon. Fingers crossed!