The Renegade’s Heart Free!

The Renegade’s Heart, book #1 in my True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances with fantasy elements, is FREE at most online portals!

The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance with fantasy elements by Claire Delacroix and first in a series, is free!

Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution – but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixIsabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight – especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul.

As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?

True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix

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A New Audio Review

The Frost Maiden's Kiss audiobookEileen has posted a wonderful review of the audiobook edition of my medieval romance, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Here’s a snippet of her review:

“I was so happy to be listening to the rest of this series so soon after I completed The Highlander’s Curse.  It is a compelling story and deeply entertaining.

Author Claire Delacroix puts to pen a place so real and rich with character conflict, a reader cannot put it down, and when it is so expertly narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, the experience totally satisfies my adventurous spirit. In this telling, Ms. Maarleveld’s voices for Catriona and Raphael add to the mystic, Catriona is from Inverness and Raphael is from Spain. You won’t be disappointed in this listen. The difficulties each of these siblings find themselves,  have me indulging yet again, in the next read of the series.”

Thank you Eileen! You can read the rest of Eileen’s review here.

Have you had a listen yet?

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

New Excerpt for The Warrior’s Prize

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesThe Warrior’s Prize, which is Elizabeth’s book and #4 of my True Love Brides series, will be available on December 29. The book manuscript has just gone back to my editor again, and I expect that few of you will be surprised that Rafael insisted upon telling the story his way instead of mine. I had originally thought that Elizabeth and Rafael’s romance would begin at Christmas at Kinfairlie, but as soon as I dug into the story, I realized that it had to begin when they first meet at Ravensmuir, because that’s when they begin to influence each other. So, the beginning of The Warrior’s Prize now overlaps the ending of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in terms of time – but there are scenes we didn’t witness in Malcolm and Catriona’s book, and perspectives we didn’t see.

I’m really happy with the shape of the book – Rafael was right! – and can’t wait for you to read it, too. As a result of this change, though, I’ve updated the excerpt from the book on the website. The cover copy will be tweaked before publication as well, but I’m waiting on my editor’s input on that. You might want to hop on over and read the new excerpt this morning. 🙂

Remember also that there’s a Goodreads Giveaway still in process, with ten signed trade paperback copies of the book available to be won. You can enter for a chance to win, right here.

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixThe Frost Maiden’s Kiss, a medieval romance and book #3 in my True Love Brides Series, is available today!

The incredible thing I realized last week was that Malcolm and Catriona’s story is my 50th full length book published. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a while. 🙂

Without further ado, then, here are the deets:

She enchanted him with a kiss—but winning her love would demand all he possessed.

After eight years abroad, Malcolm returns to Scotland with a fortune, a companion even more hardened than he and a determination to restore his inherited holding. But when that companion falls into peril, Malcolm seizes the chance to repay an old debt, trading his own soul for that of his doomed comrade. Knowing his days are limited and determined to leave a legacy of merit, Malcolm rebuilds Ravensmuir with all haste, though he fears he will never have an heir.

A night of violence has left Catriona with no home and no faith in the honor of men. She expects little good from a visit to her lady’s brother, Laird of Ravensmuir, a known mercenary. But the handsome laird challenges her expectations with his courtesy, his allure—and his unexpected proposal. Knowing it is her sole chance to ensure her child’s future, Catriona dares to accept Malcolm’s hand. She soon realizes that this warrior fights a battle of his own and that she holds the key to his salvation. Little does she realize her past is in hot pursuit, seeking to destroy all she holds dear—including the laird who has thawed the frost of her reluctant heart.

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You can read an excerpt on the book page, right here.

July Reader Contest

It’s that time again—the first of the month means a new reader contest.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThis month’s prize is a signed trade paperback copy of Beguiled, the new collection of my previously published short stories and novellas being published this month. As usual, the contest is open internationally and, as usual, I’ll add another prize for every 25 entries. Good luck everyone!

The Renegade’s Heart Reader Letter

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

Welcome back to medieval Scotland!

The Renegade’s Heart is the first book in my True Love Brides series, which picks up the story of the Lammergeier siblings from my Jewels of Kinfairlie series. By the end of The Snow White Bride, Alexander had resolved to let his younger sisters marry for love and at their own choice. This new series tells those stories at long last. It has been a few years since I wrote about Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir, so time has passed for my characters as well. The older sisters have had children, Eleanor is pregnant for the second time, and both Isabella and Elizabeth are impatient to find their true loves.

The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story. Although she is younger than Annelise, the Isabella we already know and love is not one to be shy about stepping forward out of turn. Murdoch and the injustice he has experienced makes him the perfect hero for Isabella – while she is the woman who can set all to right in his world. Murdoch’s experience is out of the ordinary – he has been the captive of the Elphine Queen, a Fae monarch, and realizes that his release from her kingdom is just a trick. He resolves to make whatever time he has in the mortal realm worthwhile and sets out to correct an injustice done to his family, apparently by the family at Kinfairlie. He never anticipates that Isabella will not only help him to succeed, but will steal his heart and save him from the dark queen’s plans. Their story is that of love conquering considerable obstacles and it was fun to write.

This book begins as the new series will continue, with more prevalent paranormal and fantasy elements than was the case in the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. I always wanted the realm of the Fae to become more intermingled with the world of the Lammergeier family – we’ve heard the stories before that Kinfairlie was a portal to the Fae realm. Now the Elphine Queen is asserting her power in this neglected corner of her realm and the portals between the worlds are being kicked wide open. I’m looking forward to the interactions between the worlds and the conflicts that will inevitably result.

A series of linked books also gives us a large cast of characters. That there are eight siblings in the Kinfairlie family is one thing, but as they marry and have children, the list of characters becomes more extensive. It even takes me a few minutes to straighten out who is who each time I come back to Kinfairlie! As a result, I’ve added a Cast of Characters for your reference.

There is also an excerpt at the back from the next book in the True Love Brides series: The Highlander’s Curse is Annelise’s book.

In other news, I will be making a quick trip back to the future this summer. My Prometheus Project trilogy featuring fallen angel heroes left one character without his happy ending. I’ve been worried about Tupperman ever since that series was completed, and I finally figured out his story. “Halo Not Required” is a novella set in that dystopian future society and starring Tupperman. It takes place after Rebel, when Tupperman has so lost hope that he thinks he has nothing left to lose. He takes a dare with Lucifer to retrieve a lost angel – only to fall in love and realize he has many reasons to survive, if he can. Look for Tupperman’s story in August 2012. (Note that this changed since this title was published: Tupperman’s story became a book called Abyss.)

That’s all my news for this time! I’ve had a wonderful time revisiting Kinfairlie and I hope you enjoy Isabella’s story.

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

All my best,