The Crusader’s Vow

Today’s the day! The Crusader’s Vow is available now, and the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances is complete!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Returning home to Scotland triumphant after his military service, and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is more than ready to wed his beloved Isobel and begin their life together. To his dismay, Isobel has wed another in his absence, and he believes all of merit is stolen from his life—until Leila resolves to win the valiant highlander’s heart for her own. She is convinced of her own success, until Isobel tempts Fergus anew.

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The Crusader’s Vow is a BIG Book!

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.It’s been a while since I’ve written a book that was as much of a fighter as The Crusader’s Vow has proven to be. I went back to the drawing board three times with this book. Each time I looked at it (even when I thought it was done), it needed at least one more scene. I finally sent it off to edits a couple of weeks ago, then spent this weekend adding another 15,000 words to it in the process of doing revisions.

There are good reasons for this, of course, It’s the last book of the Champions of St. Euphemia series (or the last one of the series for me to write, since I wrote book #5 before book #4) which meant lots and LOTS of loose ends to tie in. I had many timelines to incorporate and events mentioned in the other books to keep in order. (My editor may want to kill me after the writing of this series!)

Fergus and Leila’s was also a challenging story to write in itself—how could I make it plausible for a woman raised in Palestine as a Muslim to be happy in Scotland in 1188? Love wasn’t going to be enough for me to believe in Fergus and Leila’s happily-ever-after, which meant I had to dig deeper. Plus they both had to be offered what each believed the other wanted most, and at the worst possible moment. I ended up exploring the notion of ‘home’ and what it meant to both of them—I had to do that to be sure they both got what they desired most in order to be happy forevermore. Phew.

I knew the concluding scene of this story before I even began to write the book, and it was very satisfying to commit it to the page. It’s the perfect resolution, in my opinion, and I hope you enjoy it.

The book is not quite 110,000 words long. Big. Book.

We are doing the last proofreading today and I should have the final file tomorrow or Thursday. Look for the book to be listed at B&N for pre-order by the end of the week. I’ll share the link with you when it’s live. I’ll also be setting up the print edition for publication this week and will share those links with you once they’re live.

The book will be published March 23, bringing this series to its completion.

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The Crusader’s Vow and What’s Next

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.Phew! Time to take a deep breath and catch up. I was AWOL earlier this week, because I was finishing up The Crusader’s Vow.

Fergus and Leila’s book is now on my editor’s desk and expected back on mine next week. In the meantime, I’m making a list of little tweaks and touches that should be added to the book before publication. (I always think of zillions of little things after the book is “finished”.) I like this story very much and am glad to have gotten to the end of the adventure. I’m ready to start something new, but at the same time, am a little bit sad to say goodbye to my Champions. This is the final book to be published in the series and will make the quest complete.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know that I’ve decided against republishing the Rose Series as The Rose Legacy. I’ve unpublished those book pages from my website. Those three books were the first I ever published and though I’d thought I could do a quick editorial pass, the fact is that I wanted to completely rewrite them before republishing them. If I’m going to put that much time and effort into a book, I’d rather it be spent on a brand new story.

So, my next historical romance series will be The Brides of Inverfyre. We’ll head back to Scotland and catch up with all those kids from Kinfairlie. This linked series will follow after The True Love Brides.

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf you’re interested in a great long series of linked Scottish historical romances, you might want to join The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter and read book #1, The Rogue, free. This newsletter sequence, dedicated to this series, tells you about each book in the series, offers you discounts for buying from my online store, and gives you a peek behind the scenes at each story’s creation. I’m in the process of creating similar ones for The Jewels of Kinfairlie, The True Love Brides and the Champions of Saint Euphemia—at the end of each sequence, you’ll have the option of joining another series newsletter. So, if you start now with The Rogues of Ravensmuir newsletter, you’ll be all caught up with the Kinfairlie crowd by the time The Brides of Inverfyre series launches.

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A little more catch-up—tomorrow I’ll choose the winner of the February signed book giveaway and post a new giveaway for March.

Pre-Order The Champions of St. Euphemia

The Crusader’s Vow, the final book in the Champions of St. Euphemia medieval adventure, will be published in March 2017. Pre-order your copies of all five books signed trade paperback editions from my online store!

A company of knights chosen to deliver a sealed trunk from the Templar treasury in Jerusalem to safekeeping in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Saracens prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess…

Pre-order signed copies of all five books in trade paperback – to ship in April 2017 – at a special price in my online store, right here.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix    The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.    The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.    The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

50% off Complete Series at Apple

Apple Promo July 2016

There’s a promotion this week in the iBooks store for 50% off complete romance series, running in Canada, US, UK, Ireland and Australia.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe True Love Brides Boxed Set is part of this promotion.

Four magical medieval romances set in Scotland from the “Queen of Medieval Romance”, in which true love wins the day against the immortal Fae.

In The Renegade’s Heart, Isabella is captivated by the knight who arrives at Kinfairlie to challenge her brother, little realizing that Murdoch has been chosen by the Fae queen to be her prize. Murdoch knows himself to be doomed so takes on the quest of avenging his family before he succumbs to the Fae charm, never realizing that intrepid Isabella holds the key to his release- and his barricaded heart.

In The Highlander’s Curse, Garrett is captivated by shy Annelise, the sole woman whose touch eases the torment of his Fae curse. Awakened by his touch, Annelise resolves to save the highlander she loves from enemies who would destroy him for their own gain – no matter what the price.

In The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, Malcolm returns home from his years abroad, wanting only to rebuild his family holding of Ravensmuir. Tormented by his choices, he sees little value in his life and trades it away, only to meet a pregnant serving woman who gives new purpose to his days and nights. Can Catriona save this wounded warrior from being the Fae’s mortal tithe to Hell – or will she lose the man who has claimed her heart?

In The Warrior’s Prize, a bold maiden challenges a mercenary to change his life for the better, but when he takes her dare, Rafael both wins her love and puts himself in dire peril. Elizabeth fears her valiant warrior to be dead and surrenders herself to Fae captivity rather than live without him. Can Rafael save his beloved and seal the portal to the realm of the Fae forever?

This digital bundle includes all four full-length medieval Scottish romances with paranormal elements in the True Love Brides Series. In this boxed set are The Renegade’s Heart, The Highlander’s Curse, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss and The Warrior’s Prize.

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