Come to Ravensmuir

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.

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

Subscribe to The Rogues of Ravensmuir series list.

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

 

New Covers for My Rogues

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:

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition The Warrior, book #3 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition

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:

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print first trade paperback edition The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print first trade paperback edition The Warrior, book #3 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print first trade paperback edition

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:

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottich medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix

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, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

This also means that there are MORE print books in the sale bin in my online store.

What do you think?

 

The Rogue on the Charts

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe 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:
The Rogue at Amazon US on July 23, 2016

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

At Amazon UK, it’s #1288 overall in the Kindle store, and #4 in Medieval romance:

The Rogue at Amazon UK July 23, 2016

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:

The Rogue at Amazon CA July 23, 2016

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

At Amazon AU, it’s #170 overall in the Kindle store and #6 in Historical romance:

The Rogue at Amazon AU July 23, 2016
At Kobo, it’s #7 in Historical fiction, #2 in Historical romance and #33 in Romance overall:

The Rogue at Kobo July 23, 2016

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!

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

The Rogue for 99 cents

My medieval romance, The Rogue, is on sale for 99 cents through the end of the month. The Rogue is the first book in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy, and it’s one of my personal favorites of my books. It’s also the very first book to feature Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. You can click through to the book page to read an excerpt. The Rogue is also available in audio, and it has Whispersync.

Come meet Merlyn and Ysabella!

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixDear 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 beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix…readers will devour this rich and compulsively readable tale.”
Publishers Weekly

A Rhapsody Book Club Selection

Reader letter from the new edition.

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Read an interview with narrator Ashley Klanac.

#XmasAudio 4 Winners!

Today’s winners each receive a copy of the audiobook of my medieval romance, The Rogue.

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio edition

The Rogue is the first book of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances, and our first introduction to the families at Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. This audiobook is narrated by Ashley Klanac.

Booktalk with Eileen said this about the audiobook production:
“I was entirely enraptured with Claire Delacroix’s spellbinding gothic medieval romance between Merlyn and Ysabella. Ashley Klanac’s voice with its fiery portrayal of Ysabella sharpened the enjoyment of an already remarkable sensual story, taking me beyond myself and thrusting me into the castle of Ravensmuir with its secrets and dark, damp passages hidden within its walls and floor.

This is one of those stories which I shall happily read or listen to again. The descriptive detailed scenes, the conspiracy within, and eloquently phrased dialogue with wonderful dialect and thought put me in awe of the author and this production. She has entranced me.”

Read an interview with narrator Ashley Klanac.

The Rogue in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

Our four winners today are:
1. Aline Pack
2. Tina Shobe
3. JoAnna B
4. Ann Leeson

Congrats to all! Each of the winners will be receiving an email from my assistant, Angie, with instructions on claiming your prize. #XmasAudio continues, and there’s a new giveaway posted today. Good luck!

#XmasAudio 4

It’s that time again! Today’s audiobook prize as part of XmasAudio’s month of daily audiobook prizes is…

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio edition

The Rogue is the first book of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances, and our first introduction to the families at Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. This audiobook is narrated by Ashley Klanac.

Booktalk with Eileen said this about the audiobook production:
“I was entirely enraptured with Claire Delacroix’s spellbinding gothic medieval romance between Merlyn and Ysabella. Ashley Klanac’s voice with its fiery portrayal of Ysabella sharpened the enjoyment of an already remarkable sensual story, taking me beyond myself and thrusting me into the castle of Ravensmuir with its secrets and dark, damp passages hidden within its walls and floor.

This is one of those stories which I shall happily read or listen to again. The descriptive detailed scenes, the conspiracy within, and eloquently phrased dialogue with wonderful dialect and thought put me in awe of the author and this production. She has entranced me.”

Read an interview with narrator Ashley Klanac.

The Rogue in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

For your chance to win, add a comment to this post explaining why you like audiobooks – or why you’d like to try one. Only those who have not already won an audiobook from me this year are eligible to win. As always, if and when you win an audiobook, it’s lovely for you to leave a review. 🙂

There are four prizes, one for each of four days, so we’ll pick and post winners on Tuesday. There will be another audiobook giveaway posted then.

Good luck!

Kinfairlie Knights at Amazon and KOBO

Kinfairlie Knights, a digital bundle of three medieval Scottish romances, all first in a series, by Claire DelacroixKinfairlie Knights is a new boxed set, coming in February 2014. It includes three full length medieval romances – the first book in each of my three series set at Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir. That’s The Rogue, The Beauty Bride and The Renegade’s Heart, all in one bundle for a special price.

The bundle is discounted for pre-order and will go on sale February 24.

The Amazon and KOBO links are live now, and it will be available for pre-order at iBooks and Nook early in the new year.

Audio Review for The Rogue

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio editionAs many of you know, my medieval romance, The Rogue, is now available in an audio edition. One of the exciting things is to hear back from readers that they’ve enjoyed the audio production – like this:

If you haven’t read The Rogue this is a fantastic way to experience it the first time and if you’ve already had the pleasure of these character’s company it’s a fabulous way to reacquaint with them. I highly recommend this.

That’s from a new review of the audio from Debbie Haupt at the Reading Frenzy – you can read the whole review right here.