This month, my medieval romance and series starter, The Rogue, is discounted to just 99 cents. If you haven’t been seduced by Merlyn yet, this is the perfect opportunity!
Dear Reader: Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir—never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him—willingly, trustingly, passionately—and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage… Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again. Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands. But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse—the rogue who destroyed my heart? —Ysabella
A Rhapsody Book Club Selection
A beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix…readers will devour this rich and compulsively readable tale.
Passion and intrigue test the boundaries of love and honor—The Rogue is medieval storytelling at its best!
Terry Garey, RITA award winning author of Dead Girls are Easy
An engaging tale of lost love found!
Merlyn is a delightfully charming rogue, Ysabella an admirable heroine, and the mystery just intriguing enough to keep you interested. Ms. Delacroix evokes the era, providing us with an accuate portrait and an enchanting tale—just what readers expect from this talented author.
Yesterday, we talked about newsletter lists dedicated to specific series. The first two newsletters I set up were for series that are in progress, my paranormal romance series, the Dragons of Incendium and my contemporary romance series Flatiron Five.
Readers discover my work all the time, including those backlist titles and series that are already complete. So, I’ve started the process of creating sequences for each of my existing. series, offering more of a peek behind the scenes for each one. Again, there will be discounts or free downloads included in the series of newsletters, as well as links to other resources, and special offers on print editions. Again, the sequence of messages will begin when you subscribe and you’ll receive the messages at intervals (giving you time to read each book). At the end of each series sequence, I’ll suggest other series newsletters that might appeal to you.
I’m starting at the beginning, with a newsletter dedicated to the Rogues of Ravensmuir. The first message includes a link for a free download of The Rogue and will be delivered as soon as you subscribe.
Come to Ravensmuir with me and be seduced by Merlyn. 🙂
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.
And yes, there are still MORE new covers to show you!
The Rogues of Ravensmuir series originally had “candy box” covers. This means they had no people on them: candy box covers have flowers or ribbons instead of people. The covers for this series were done by Alan Ayers and intended to evoke the style of the original Bride Quest covers, which he also designed. The difference was that the Bride Quest titles had step-back covers (well, the first five of them did) with the candy box on the outside and an image of the couple on the next page. This is kind of the best of both worlds—each reader gets the kind of cover image he/she prefers—but makes for an expensive book in production. It has two covers, and the second one (the step-back) has to be tipped into the finished book by hand. Step-back covers are also more inclined to be damaged in distribution, so they have a higher waste rate even when returned to the publisher for credit.
Here are Warner’s original covers for the mass market editions of The Rogue, The Scoundrel, and The Warrior:
When the rights to publish the books reverted to me, I wanted to have the heroes on the covers. I “met” Eithne O’Hanlon, a very talented illustrator, on Facebook and she offered to work on cover illustrations for me. This is when I learned that illustrators who create cover images for publishing houses don’t create the type. These are the covers that Eithne created for the books:
I LOVED these images, but wasn’t as happy with the type. Hmm. I had a talk with Kim Killion, who has a wonderful talent for type, and she expressed concern about the amount of space left for the type. After attending a conference and hearing about the selling power of man-chest, I decided to redo these covers. This is the next generation of covers for this series, created by Kim Killion:
By this point in time, Kim had created some lovely branding for Claire’s name, which is used consistently across the list. I loved the type on these and was happy with these covers. The magic selling power of man-chest didn’t happen for these books, though, and I think it’s because they’re not that sexy. Readers wanting a sexy read might not like the suspenseful Gothic medieval romance they get and readers wanting a suspenseful Gothic medieval romance wouldn’t expect it from these covers. So, we tweaked to make the covers better convey the books. Here are the new covers:
The Rogue is on sale this week through the end of the month, and yesterday, it was advertised in BookBub.
This is a medieval romance that’s a bit gothic, and it’s one of my personal favorites. I always get excited when Merlyn and Ysabella find some new readers. The Rogue is also the first book in my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy, and is the first introduction to the family that we follow through the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy and the True Love Brides series. We’ll see them again in the Brides of Inverfyre. The Rogue also available in audio, narrated by Ashley Klanac.
This morning, The Rogue is on the charts!
At Amazon US, it’s #277 overall in the Kindle store, #2 in Medieval romance and #3 in Scottish romance:
At Amazon UK, it’s #1288 overall in the Kindle store, and #4 in Medieval romance:
At Amazon CA, it’s #62 overall in the Kindle store (wow! In the top 100!) and #1 in both Medieval romance and Scottish romance:
At Amazon AU, it’s #170 overall in the Kindle store and #6 in Historical romance:
At Kobo, it’s #7 in Historical fiction, #2 in Historical romance and #33 in Romance overall:
Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Merlyn and Ysabella’s book yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. If you didn’t grab your copy yet, The Rogue is on sale through the end of July. Don’t miss out!