Something Wicked This Way Comes

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainLast fall, my Regency romance novella, Something Wicked This Way Comes was published in the Spellbound anthology, which is part of The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor Collection.

On March 22, Something Wicked This Way Comes will be available in a digital edition all by itself.

It’s also the first story in my Brides of North Barrows series. The series will continue with Daphne’s story, coming this fall.

Here’s the new cover!

Something Wicked This Way Comes, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix and #1 of the Brides of North BarrowsSeven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Something Wicked This Way Comes will be published in a digital edition on March 22, 2017. Pre-order is available at some portals (B&N link will be up soon) Spellbound and the other Haunting of Castle Keyvnor anthologies remain available, too.

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Spooky Books

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you read spooky books at this time of year? I do, so I thought you might like a list of what’s spooky in my list. There are ghosts, or suspected ghosts, warning dreams, cursed heroes and heroines, a nightmare of a future world and more in this collection of my spooky books.

Fallen, first in the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

An Elegy for Melusine, a retelling of a medieval French fairy tale by Claire Delacroix

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Spellbound, part of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series of Regency romance novellas, by Claire Delacroix

The Warrior, #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix


Recent Movies

We’ve watched some interesting movies lately, so I thought I’d share as much with you. Maybe you haven’t seen these ones.

Byron – this was a lovely period piece by the BBC. I think it was made originally for television as it is in two episodes. As always with the BBC, the period details are exquisite. It’s a biography of Byron, the poet who was said to be “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. Here’s his bio on Wiki. The interesting thing about Byron is that his life is essentially the inspiration for every Regency romance you’ve ever read – he’s the dangerous rake, but he marries the sweet intellectual who adores him to bits. (He called his wife Anne Isabella Millbank “the princess of parallelograms”.) The difference in this Regency romance is that in real life, there was no HEA. Their marriage worked out very badly – her goodness, according to Byron, didn’t make him better but made him worse. A bit of a sad piece, but interesting all the same.

Bright Star – another story of another poet, another period piece. This one was directed by Jane Campion and is the story of John Keats, the romantic poet who died so very young. He died at 25, believing himself to be a failure. What’s interesting is how much of his poetry is familiar – some of it is recited in the film and though I’ve never studied 19th c English poets or read Keats (to my recollection) I knew lines of his work. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Here’s the Wiki on the movie. It was quite beautifully filmed and very evocative of the period. I really enjoyed it, although (again) it wasn’t particularly upbeat.

Woman in Black – another dark little story. This one is a ghost story set in (presumably) the Victorian era in what looks like Northumberland. It’s shot in colour but very close to black and white, and is quite atmospheric. Daniel Radcliffe stars in this one, having made an escape from the Harry Potter movies, and he does a very good job. Here’s the Wiki on the movie. The movie is based upon a book written by Susan Hill – and here’s another good way to find new authors. I’ve ordered a couple of her books to read as a result of seeing this movie.

How about you? Have you watched any interesting movies lately?