Updated Reading Guide

Reading Guide for Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix Books 2019 EditionIn 2016, I published a reader guide for the first time as a free download. You all loved this resource, based on the number of downloads it had, so it’s been updated for 2019. Just like the last three, this little volume is thick with links. There are links to product pages as well as links to other content on my site that you might have missed—an out-take scene, family trees to download, audio samples, swag, upcoming booksignings. There are also suggestions for reading order, beyond the series order.

I changed the cover again so you’d know which version you have—the red guide is the 2016 edition, the purple guide is the 2017 edition, the gold one is the 2018 edition and the turquoise one is the 2019 edition.

You can download the Reading Guide free at:

Apple
Amazon
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
BookFunnel (this is a good option if Amazon doesn’t have it free in your territory.)

 

 

Made in Canada with Love Sale at Kobo

Made in Canada with Love sale at Kobo June 2019There’s a sale running at Kobo on books written by Canadian authors from June 27 through July 4. When you buy one book, you can buy a second for 50% off! The thirteen participating authors are:

Jean Oram
Toni Anderson
Ev Bishop
Elena Aitken
Jackie Lau
Margery Scott
Suzanna Medeiros
Deborah Cooke
Claire Delacroix
Molly O’Keefe
Eve Langlais
Cindy Procter-King
Kate St. James
Winter Kiss, #4 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeYou’ll find three of my Dragonfire Novels there—Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, and Winter Kiss.
You’ll also find my four time travels included in the sale—The Last Highlander, Once Upon a Kiss, The Moonstone, and Love Potion #9—as well as three of the Champions of St. Euphemia medieval romances—The Crusader’s Heart, The Crusader’s Kiss, and The Crusader’s Vow.
All of these titles will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited in July, just FYI.
As usual at Kobo, there are territorial landing pages.
Happy shopping!

One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixOne Knight’s Return will be published May 21.

This is the second book in my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances. Like One Knight Enchanted, it’s set in medieval Burgundy in an area we’d now call French Switzerland. You can see some pictures of the area on the Pinterest page for the series.

This is also the second of the books I originally published with Harlequin Historicals that I’ve revised for republication. One Knight Enchanted had new scenes and changes to the ending, as well as minor changes throughout from the original book, Enchanted. One Knight’s Return came out of My Lady’s Champion, but has so many changes in the first half that the second half is all new.

The rest of the books in this series will be all new works. You can meet the knights – each of whom will have his own book – in this excerpt from the prologue of One Knight Enchanted.

Download a free sample from BookFunnel

Pre-order One Knight’s Return in ebook:
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Moving Dates

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis year, I’m determined to get ahead of my publication schedule, so that books are done and loaded well in advance of publication. This will make it easier for me to plan and also to promote those books. This means I need to delay publication on some things. In future, I won’t tell you what I’m working on until it’s loaded for pre-order (and done). So, we’re in a little transition phase.

First up, the publication date for Bad Case of Loving You moved to April 16.

Next, One Knight’s Return‘s publication date moved to May 21.

Third, Some Like It Hot moved the fall – it now has an October 29 publication date. At this point, I’m thinking it will be the last Flatiron Five book, but we’ll see.

What goes in the gaps?

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeUnder the Mistletoe will be a September release. It makes more sense to publish a Christmas book in the fall than in the spring, after all. I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals. Chynna’s story will be the last Secret Heart Ink book

Here Be Dragons will be a July release, one way or the other. Again, I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals.

What comes after that? I’ll tell you once the links are live! I have so many covers that I’ve already commissioned, but might do something entirely new.

 

First in Series FREE at Apple

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeApple is having a First-In-Series-Free sale and it starts today!

The sale is available to consumers in the US, CA, UK, IR, AU and NZ.

You’ll find both Kiss of Fire, which is book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels, and The Crusader’s Bride, which is book #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia, among the titles offered. You don’t need a download code – the books are just free in the included territories.

Kiss of Fire at Apple

The Crusader’s Bride at Apple

Both books are discounted to 99c internationally at Amazon, and it is possible that Amazon will match the free price in some territories.

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixKiss of Fire at Amazon.com
Kiss of Fire Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The Crusader’s Bride at Amazon.com
The Crusader’s Bride Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The sale goes until March 5, so don’t miss out!

 

Once Upon a Valentine ebook Bundles Today!

The Jewels of Historical Romance Once Upon a Valentine's Day collections, two digital boxed sets of historical romancesThe Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading and both are available today! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Two New Boxed Sets for Valentine’s Day!

The Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Coming February 14!

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

A BookBub International Featured Deal

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Original mass market edition

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixEarlier this week, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Princess, book #1 of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances. The book is discounted to 99 cents. The Princess was my very first book to land on the USA Today list – it was #93 in its first week on sale, way back in 1998. In those days, of course, it was a mass market edition. That’s the original cover on the right.

This was the first time I had a featured deal for international markets only, and I was curious about its effectiveness. This week’s Indie Publishing post is about my results.

My previous BBFDs have been for all markets. At BookBub, this means US, UK, CA, AU and IN. An “international-only” deal means that BB will only email the deal to readers in the UK, CA, AU and IN, not those in the US. The book doesn’t have to be discounted in the US, but I discounted it there anyway – that discount was promoted only on my website, newsletter, and social media.

There are two variables here: the relative size of each market itself, and the number of BookBub subscribers in each market. My Claire Delacroix BookBub profile shows that I have 18,780 followers.

BookBub profile for Claire DelacroixWhen I sign in, BB tells me that 15,618 of those followers are in the US. That’s 3,162 non-US followers or 16%. I know that I have a lot of audience in outside of the US market so the BB follower list isn’t reflecting that. (Click that link above or the graphic to follow me on BookBub, regardless of where you are.)

(In contrast, and just for comparison, my Deborah Cooke BookBub profile has 87,884 followers, and 55,579 are in the US – which means 32,305 (or 36%) are international followers. That’s a break that fits better with my own perception of my audience and their location.)

Since these four English language markets are much smaller than the US, the assumption is that resulting sales will be lower than for a full deal and the ad is priced accordingly. Here’s the pricing chart for BookBub ads – the prices listed are for full ads. If you scroll down to Historical Romance, the featured deal for a 99 cent book is priced at $692 US. If that ad only runs internationally and not in the US, as mine did, the price is $108. So, $584 is for the US market, which gives you an idea of comparative reach.

For $108, I decided to give the international deal a try. The deal ran on Monday, December 3.

So, what happened?

The Princess, #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon.ca store on December 4, 2018

At Amazon.ca on Tuesday morning, The Princess had a #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance.

The Princess, a number one bestseller at Amazon.ca in medieval romance on December 4, 2018It was also #52 paid in the Kindle store overall, which is pretty cool.

The Princess, a number one bestseller in historical romance in the Amazon.AU store on dEcember 4, 2018It also had an orange #1 bestseller ribbon for medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store.

The Princess at #1 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 4, 2018

It was #119 paid overall in the Amazon Australia store on Tuesday, too.

In terms of raw units moved, the traffic was almost equally divided between CA, AU and UK, with slightly more units sold in the UK. There were a few in the US, too. The halo was strong in these territories: at 8AM on Tuesday, sales for the day for The Princess were already 1/3 of what they had been on the day of the feature. The Damsel, book #2 in the series, and The Heiress, book #3 in the series, began to sell at full price on the day of the ad.

At Kobo, which has a large customer base in the territories covered by the international deal, The Princess was listed as #2 in historical romance on its product page on Tuesday morning.

The Princess, #1 in historical romance at Kobo on December 4, 2018

But when I clicked through to the bestseller list, it was actually #1 🙂

The raw units at Kobo were less than at Amazon, of course, but almost half – and more than sold at Amazon.ca. This is a very good showing at Kobo for a BookBub ad and likely a result of the territories matching Kobo’s market footprint. (Although I have had some BBFDs show very strong results at Kobo this year.) Kobo customers do love their boxed sets and Kobo does display them on the series page (unlike other retailers), so the first products to move in the halo at Kobo were the two boxed sets: The Bride Quest I Boxed Set and The Bride Quest II Boxed Set.

At Apple, The Princess popped onto the First in Series Bestsellers list, but without the US market, there weren’t enough units moved to place it high on any of the charts. The halo there will only be from links in the books that were sold and probably won’t be that significant.

In terms of money, there were enough units sold of The Princess on the first day to cover the cost of the ad. And as noted above, there is a halo, both in sales of The Princess in those markets afterward where it had visibility thanks to its placement on the charts and in the linked books. (There are five more titles in the series.)

One of the interesting things was that the book’s appearance on the charts was stickier in those smaller markets: typically, in the Amazon US store, a BookBub feature makes the book spike for a day, hitting high on the charts, then it drops hard. If it remains on a list for three days, that’s cause for celebration. But in these smaller markets, probably because there are fewer units being moved, the book stayed on the list longer.

On Wednesday, The Princess was at #2 in Medieval and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store.

The Princess at #2 in Medieval romance and #215 overall in the Amazon.ca store on December 5, 2018

Similarly, it was still #2 in medieval romance in the Australia store on Wednesday, though it had dropped to #508 overall paid in the store:

The Princess at #2 in medieval romance in the Amazon Australia store on December 5, 2018

This is a good thing. One of the benefits of running a promotion like this is the visibility that the book gets on the bestseller lists, and more visibility is better.

In conclusion, it wasn’t a failed experiment, but it wasn’t such a success that it left me dizzy with joy. I don’t think I’ll run a BookBub featured ad in the international markets in historical romance again.

By the way, the book is on sale until December 8, so you can still pick up a copy on sale.

Buy The Princess
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Heartbreakers at #1!

This week, my boxed set Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys is on sale for just 99 cents at most portals. Yesterday, it was awarded two orange banners at Amazon: one for being #1 in Medieval Romance and one for being #1 in Scottish Romance.

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Medieval Romance at Amazon on July 26, 2018 Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Scottish Medieval Romance at Amazon on July 26, 2018It rose up to #60 overall paid in the Amazon store last night, but I didn’t get a screen shot of that. 😦 This morning, it’s at #65 overall paid:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroixat #65 overall paid in the Amazon store on July 27, 2018Heartbreakers is also #1 paid in romance at Nook this morning:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Romance at Nook on July 27, 208And #10 overall paid in the Nook store:
Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #10 overall in the Nook store on July 27, 2018Over at Kobo, Heartbreakers is #1 in two categories, Historical Romance and Paranormal Romance, and #2 in Romantic Suspense.

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Historical romance and #1 in romantic suspense at Kobo on July 27, 2018It’s also Trending Now in Romance at Kobo:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix, trending now in romance at Kobo on July 27, 2018And at iBooks, Heartbreakers is #10 paid overall in the store:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix, #10 overall paid at iBooks on July 27, 2018And #4 paid in romance:

Heartbreakers by Claire Delacroix at #4 paid in romance at iBooks on July 27, 2018Wow! That’s quite a round-up and a wonderful way to start the day. Thanks to every one of you who bought a copy of this bundle and I hope you enjoy it. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Heartbreakers, it’s on sale through the weekend.

Buy Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys
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Heartbreakers 99cent sale July 2018

Revisiting Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie

The Runaway Bride, book #2 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixOver the past few days, I’ve embarked on an unexpected adventure. I’ve been working on a series bible (or world guide) for Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Inverfyre. The plan was to compile what I’ve said about these places and characters before writing Ross’s book (The Runaway Bride) to make sure I don’t forget any important details. There are a LOT of details and it’s a much bigger exercise than anticipated. (I should have expected that, given how many books are set in that world, but there you go.)

The thing is that as I’ve been compiling details, I’ve found little gaps in the overall narrative. For example, in The Rogue, Ravensmuir is empty except for Ada and Arnulf when Ysabella arrives with Mavella, Tynan and Fitz. (Well, Merlyn is hiding there, but there are no more servants.) By the end of the book, Ada leaves, Berthe has arrived and Berthe’s parents come to be Merlyn’s seneschal and housekeeper. There’s no mention of men-at-arms or mercenaries hired to defend the keep, much less a captain of the guard. There needs to be one, and Berthe needs an HEA. In The Warrior, the Hawk has a company of loyal warriors and friends who follow him and aid in his quest. Where did he find them? I’m going to guess that he found some of them at Ravensmuir, in service to his uncle.

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixSimilarly, by the end of The Rogue, Mavella has married her true love Alasdair, who is Kinfairlie’s miller. Alasdair has adopted his cousin’s fifth son to give that boy a legacy and to give himself an heir. On the downloadable family tree, Mavella and Alasdair are listed as having five unnamed children, the oldest of which is a girl. I left off the cousin’s son, since he isn’t their child. The next time we hear of Kinfairlie’s miller is in The Snow White Bride, when the current miller’s son, Mathew, is encouraged by Alexander to court shy Ceara. Who is that miller? I think he must be Alasdair’s youngest son, which means I need to figure out what happened to the other ones, as well as name some peeps.

The Rose Red Bride, #2 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIn The Rose Red Bride, Alexander tells his sisters the story of the maiden who disappeared through the portal to the realm of the Fae, the one whose Fae suitor left behind a red rose made of ice as her bride price. This maiden was the beautiful daughter of the castellan who managed Kinfairlie keep after it was rebuilt by Merlyn and Ysabella but before Roland and Catherine took command of it. Anthony, the castellan at the beginning of The Beauty Bride is an older gentleman. Could this have been his daughter? What was her story? Where did she go and why? I always intended to write this story, but it’s been pushed aside for a while.

There’s also the story of Roland and Catherine. While we learn in The Beauty Bride that they drowned in 1420 in a shipwreck, they were still married for 25 years and had 8 children. I’m thinking they had a good marriage—plus they inspired a desire to marry for love in their daughters. Theirs must have been a love match. When and where did they meet? We know that Roland and the Hawk of Inverfyre were milk-brothers—when and where did that happen? Merlyn and Ysabella must have journeyed to Sicily, where Gawain and Eglantine were living after the siege of Inverfyre and where the Hawk was born. They must have gone during Ysabella’s second pregnancy or shortly thereafter, which makes sense given that Merlyn continued his trade in textiles from the east. I want to write Catherine and Roland’s story, too.

I haven’t even looked at the True Love Brides series, yet.

I’ve started Berthe’s story. My thinking is that these will be novellas or short stories, but we’ll see how it goes. I don’t tend to write short and I know you all prefer longer stories anyway. I’m going to call this collection Kinfairlie Tales. You’ll find a page for it under the Ravensmuir tab, after the Brides of Inverfyre.

And here’s my question for you today: would you be interested in the world guide for Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Inverfyre? I’ll be compiling it for my own reference, but could publish it as well. What do you think?