Erica Ridley’s Historical Romance Promotion

Erica Ridley's Historical Romance Promotion May 2017

This weekend (May 25 – 31) Erica Ridley has put together a promotion featuring UK-set historical romances. You’ll find The Beauty Bride included in this promotion, but lots of other romances, too. The books are FREE via BookFunnel so it’s a great chance to discover a new author. Erica insisted that they all be full stories, too, so you won’t find any cliffhangers or serializations here.

Here’s the link to the landing page. Have fun!

Wider AudioBook Distribution

Three more of my audiobooks are going into wider distribution. As well as finding them at Amazon, Apple and Audible, they’ll be available at Downpour, B&N, Indigo and also available to libraries.

The B&N links are a little bit slow to populate – The Warrior’s Prize should be there, for example – but I’ll share what I have with you, today.

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

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The Warrior’s Prize

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The Crusader’s Bride

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The Crusader's Heart by Claire DelacroixThe last of my audiobooks to go into wide distribution will be The Crusader’s Heart, which will be available at these same additional portals in July.

 

 

 

The Renegade’s Heart Rides the Charts!

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixMy medieval Scottish romance, The Renegade’s Heart, is free at major portals through the end of the month. This medieval Scottish romance is first in the True Love Brides series and is Isabella’s story.

Yesterday, BookBub featured the book and WOW! did copies go out the door. Let’s have a look at the day’s results.

On Amazon.com this morning, The Renegade’s Heart is #1 in Medieval Romance, #1 in Scottish Romance and #6 Overall Free in the Kindle store. I don’t think I’ve ever had a title get that high on the overall list.

The Renegade's Heart #5 overall on the bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017 The Renegade's Heart #6 overall on the bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017

It’s also #1 in Medieval Romance and #1 in Scottish Romance. I like that The Beauty Bride is also at the top of both of those lists. 🙂The Renegade's Heart #1 on the Medieval Romance bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017 The Renegade's Heart #1 on the Scottish Romance bestseller list at Amazon.com on April 26, 2017

The book is also doing well at several other Amazon stores. At Amazon.ca, The Renegade’s Heart is #7 overall and #1 in Scottish Romance.

The Renegade's Heart at #7 free overall and #1 in Scottish Romance at Amazon.ca on April 26. 2017

At Amazon.co.uk, The Renegade’s Heart is #15 overall in the Kindle store, and #1 in Scottish Romance.The Renegade's Heart is #15 overall in the Kindle store, and #1 in Scottish Romance at Amazon.co.uk on April 26, 2017

Nook and Kobo don’t track free titles the same way, but iBooks does. The Renegade’s Heart is #5 overall free at iBooks.

The Renegade's Heart #5 overall free at iBooks on April 26, 2017And The Renegade’s Heart is #3 in the Romance section at iBooks this morning.

The Renegade's Heart, #3 in Romance at iBooks on April 26, 2017

Murdoch and Isabella’s book is still free through the end of the month, so there’s still time to get a copy.
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The Renegade's Heart audiobook

The Renegade’s Heart is also available in an audio edition.
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Listen to a sample on my Audio page.

Exciting News

A very exciting thing has just happened—the rights to three more of my books have reverted to me from the publisher. I now have the rights back to The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress. The publishing house will be removing their digital editions from sale, but retain the right to sell the rest of their print stock.

I’ve removed the buy links from the book pages here on my website.

The original covers were designed by Alan Ayers and I always liked them. The books had step-backs, too.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

I’ll be republishing these books in new editions, as soon as I can get everything pulled together. I’m also going to take this opportunity to rebrand the Bride Quest II books with new covers. There will still be two boxed sets, one of each trilogy, and they’ll have new covers, too.

The prices on the Bride Quest will be lower than they were from the original publisher, too.

Stay tuned for updates!

 

A New Series Newsletter

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixI’ve just launched a new newsletter for the Champions of St. Euphemia series. This series is complete, so the newsletter offers a series of five newsletters. Each one focusses on the writing of each book, giving you a glimpse behind the scenes. There are also discounts for shopping in my online store. At the end of the sequence, you’ll be automatically unsubscribed.

Subscribe to the Champions of St. Euphemia newsletter
and read The Crusader’s Bride FREE!

The Beauty Bride on the Charts

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixYesterday, I had a BookBub ad for The Beauty Bride and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results. This book is the first in my Jewels of Kinfairlie series and has been free for the past year. I thought it might be running out of juice as a freebie, but yesterday proved me to be very VERY wrong.

Wow. I’m amazed by how many units went out the door.

Let’s have a look at the results.

At Amazon this morning, The Beauty Bride is sitting at #8 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Medieval Romance and #1 in Scottish Romance. I’m keeping some good company over at the ‘Zon today.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.com on March 23, 2017 The Beauty Bride at Amazon.com on March 23, 2017 The Beauty Bride at Amazon.com on March 23, 2017

And here’s the overall free list. It’s too big for me to get it all in one screen shot!

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.com on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.co.uk, The Beauty Bride is #17 overall free, and #1 in Medieval Romance.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.co.uk on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.ca, The Beauty Bride is #7 overall free, as well as #1 in both Medieval Romance and Scottish Romance.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.ca on March 23, 2017

At Amazon.au, The Beauty Bride is #5 free overall and #1 in Historical Romance.

The Beauty Bride at Amazon.au on March 23, 2017 The Beauty Bride at Amazon.au on March 23, 2017

Barnes & Noble and Kobo don’t track free titles the same way that Amazon does, but iBooks does track them. The Beauty Bride is #4 free overall in the iBooks store this morning, and #1 in Historical Romance.

The Beauty Bride at iBooks March 23, 2017 And here’s the romance listing:

And here’s the romance listing:

The Beauty Bride at iBooks March 23, 2017

Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of Rhys and Madeline’s story yesterday! If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, The Beauty Bride is still free. Come meet the family at Kinfairlie!

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.

Download a free sample of The Crusader’s Vow from my online store.
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Buy The Crusader’s Vow at these portals:

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New Paperback Editions

The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixOne of the interesting things about indie publishing is that there are lots of experiments an author can try. Some work and some don’t, but having the option (and seeing the possibilities) is pretty exciting. So, this post is about an experiment that didn’t work, but two new options that just might. 🙂

When I originally started indie-publishing my titles, I made print editions available through Createspace, which is an Amazon company. That meant the print issues were listed for sale on the Amazon website. Theoretically, since I’d chosen the Extended Distribution option, they were available for other bookstores to order, but a lot of bookstores don’t like to order anything from Amazon.

The Highlander's Curse, book #2 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixSo, a few years ago, I made my print editions available through Ingrams as well as Createspace. This meant some tweaking to the files – the covers need to be adjusted because the interior paper is a different thickness – but was a good thing. Print editions of my books were available to libraries and also at chains other than Amazon. The less-good thing was that the cost of all that extra distribution makes the book prices a bit higher. My books are still all available from Ingrams, because I think wide distribution is a good thing, but I’m always looking for ways to get you a better deal.

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixAbout a year and a half ago, I spoke to a publishing company that had a lot of ideas for improving distribution for print titles. I met with them at a conference to continue our discussion, and ultimately decided to license my two newest Claire Delacroix series to them in print. They took over the print distribution of The True Love Brides series and of The Champions of St. Euphemia series. Two of the Champions titles were only ever published through this company.

Companies change, employees leave and some experiments just don’t work out that well – like this one. This company and I agreed to part ways in December 2016, and control of the print editions of those books has returned to me. They are still distributed through Ingrams, but a very cool thing happened last summer—both Amazon and B&N created portals to publish print books directly through them. The Amazon option is a lot like the older Amazon option (Createspace) but I like that everything is tracked in one place when I publish through KDP. The B&N option means that B&N stores can more easily order stock of books. Both portals allow for better pricing on the books, because the distribution is exclusive to each company and not wide.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.The first book I pushed through these two new portals was Simply Irresistible, which is also available through Ingrams. The cover designer has to do some modifications for the cover spine, but it’s a pretty easy process. So far this month, I’ve published The True Love Brides series through both of these portals—it means that the retail price is lower for the print titles at both portals. The Ingrams distribution ensures that the titles are available beyond Amazon and B&N.

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesWe’re trying to work out one glitch at Amazon with The Warrior’s Prize, but I expect that will be resolved shortly. The other three books in the series are available at Amazon in print and all four are listed at B&N—you’ll know which are the new editions because the retail price is $9.99 or $10.99US instead of $14.99 or more.

Next, I’ll be publishing print editions of the  Champions of St. Euphemia series through these two portals.

Since I now have the rights back, I’ll do a Collectors’ Edition of The True Love Brides series later this year, with all of the books in a single hardcover volume. (I don’t think I can do one for The Champions of St. Euphemia – with five books in the series, the page count will exceed the maximum. I’m thinking about that puzzle, though!)

Review for The Warrior’s Prize

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesEileen (Booktalk with Eileen) has posted a wonderful review of The Warrior’s Prize. She reviewed the audiobook edition, which was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

Here’s part of the review:
“I could not put this listen down, truth be known.  It was highly suspenseful, layered with themes Malcolm, Elizabeth, and Raphael are struggling with — the meaning of honor, how a person’s character drives choices made, and how events change how life is perceived. It also highlights the angst a person deals with in changing who they are, and accepting the challenge to be better.”

Read the rest of the review on Eileen’s blog.

You can buy The Warrior’s Prize at these portals:
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Listen to a sample of the audio edition:

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