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
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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!

 

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!

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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:
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Save on Medieval & Time Travel Romance!

Save on Knights & Rogues in Kobo's BOGO Sale!I’ve told you about this big buy-one-get-one sale at Kobo, but now I have a fun flipbook to share with you. This is an easy way to see ALL of the books included in the sale.

View the KOBO BOGO Flip Book

For my paranormal romances, you’ll find the Dragonfire full-length novels in the sale, as well as the four books in the Prometheus Project. The links below will take you to a carousel featuring just my books.

Remember you can download the KOBO reading app for other devices.

Kobo also offers a $5 credit for downloading the app, but note that you have to buy an ebook that costs more than $5.99 to get the credit.

The BOGO sale ends February 3, so don’t miss your chance to save!

Here are links to the carousels of my books included in the sale:

Claire’s Carousel for US readers

Claire’s Carousel for CA readers

Claire’s Carousel for UK readers

Claire’s Carousel for AU readers

Claire’s Carousel for NZ readers

One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

The Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances continues with the tale of Quinn’s return home to Sayerne.

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixKnight and crusader Quinn de Sayerne vowed never to return home while his villainous father drew breath. Twenty years after his departure, he is notified of his father’s death and summoned by his liege lord to claim his family holding. But his overlord has a stipulation: Quinn must wed Melissande, the beauteous heiress of neighboring Annossy. Quinn hoped to make a match based on more than mutual animosity, but he is resolved to win the heart of his lady wife, at any cost.

Melissande cannot believe that her liege lord has not only compelled her to break an old betrothal but wed her to a ruffian—and granted the seal of Annossy to him, despite her expertise. It is the dream of Quinn’s father brought to fruition, for the holdings will be merged just as he long schemed. But her overlord cannot be defied and she finds herself the chattel of this rough knight, despite her every protest.

Can Quinn win his lady’s reluctant heart? Or is he doomed to lose Melissande forever when her betrothed returns?

An earlier version of this story was published as My Lady’s Champion. What’s different? Ha. Pretty much everything – except Quinn, who I still adore. 🙂 The book has been completely revised, and there are new scenes linking the company of Rogues & Angels to the story. Tulley has a niece now, too.

Coming April 23, 2019.

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Read an excerpt here.

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.

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The Runaway Bride Today!

The Runaway Bride, book #2 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Aoife MacNeill is a beauty and a prize, a former heiress who wants to marry for love, but her father has arranged her marriage to Nigel Armstrong, the oldest son and heir of the Hawk of Inverfyre. One look confirms that Nigel will never possess her heart—although his cousin, Ross of Kinfairlie, is another matter. Aoife knows she cannot escape her fate, but yearns for one last adventure: she will flee Inverfyre and hope that Ross will be sent in pursuit. She tells herself that one kiss will be sufficient…

Ross of Kinfairlie is a mercenary with a blade for hire; a knight without the coin to claim a bride. When his cousin’s betrothed flees, he lends chase, for the Hawk of Inverfyre trained him. Ross suspects that Aiofe plays a game, but her ploy is dangerous—the treacherous MacLaren clan, always seeking to undermine Inverfyre, take her captive. In the course of rescuing Aoife and ensuring her safety, Ross finds himself captivated by the fierce and beautiful maiden. How much will Ross surrender to guarantee Aoife’s safety? And how much will Aoife offer to protect the man who has captured her heart?

Available today!
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Read an excerpt from The Runaway Bride.

Virtual Tours of Fictional Realms

Virtual Tour of Ravensmuir & Kinfairlie by Claire Delacroix

I’ve started to create virtual tours of the worlds featured in my books, and the first tour is now running. It’s of Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Inverfyre. The idea is to give you a peek behind the scenes in the creation of each book set in a particular fictional world of mine – in this case, Ravensmuir. The tour “visits” each book in turn and in order – this one starts with The Rogue. There’s “stop” – or an email message – once a week on the tour once you join. As well as more information about the book, there are discounts and links to other free resources. I think it’s fun and hope you do, too.

You can join the tour at any time. New subscribers will receive the first message after joining the tour. Everyone receives a message once a week until the tour is completed.

If you haven’t signed up for the virtual tour of Ravensmuir and Inverfyre yet, you can do that right here.

Virtual Tour of Dragonfire by Deborah Cooke

The second tour I’m setting up is of Dragonfire, and will begin with Kiss of Fire. This virtual tour is still being organized, and I expect it to launch in January 2019. You can sign up now, though, and will get your first message in January.

You can sign up for this tour right here.

There will be more tours set up in 2019 and I’ll let you know when sign-up is available.

Knights in Shining Armor on the Charts!

Knights in Shining Armor, a bundle of medievla romances by Claire DelacroixAs you probably know, my boxed set Knights in Shining Armor is on sale for just 99 cents this week. Yesterday, I had a BookBub featured ad promoting the sale and the results are wonderful.

At Amazon, my Knights are #1 in Scottish Historical Romance and #1 in Medieval Historical Romance as well as #129 Paid in the Kindle store.

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, at #1 in Medieval Romance, #1 in Scottish Romance and #129 overall paid in the Kindle store on August 29, 2018

The bundle also got an orange bestseller ribbon in the store:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, and its #1 bestseller ribbon in medieval romance in the Kindle store on August 29, 2019At Kobo, my Knights are #2 in Historical Romance, #1 in Romantic Suspense and #6 in Historical Fiction.

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #2 in Historical Romance, #1 in Romantic Suspense and #6 in Historical Fiction in the Kobo store on August 29, 2019

At Barnes & Noble, Knights in Shining Armor is #17 overall paid in the Nook store:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #17 overall paid in the Nook store on August 29, 2019It’s also #7 on the list of bestselling romance titles at Nook:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #7 on the romance bestseller list in the Nook store on August 29, 2019

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #24 overall paid in the iBooks store on August 29, 2019

At iBooks, my Knights are #24 overall paid in the iBooks store.

They’re also #6 on the bestselling romance list at iBooks.Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #6 on the bestselling romance list in the iBooks store on August 29, 2019Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of this digital bundle yesterday!

Knights in Shining Armor will remain on sale until September 2, so there’s still time to take advantage of this sale!

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Knights in Shining Armor boxed set, including three medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, on sale for just 99 cents August 26 to September 2, 2018

24 Books

This year has been a really busy one for me in terms of publishing, but I didn’t realize how busy until I sat down and made a list last weekend. I love lists and this is yet more evidence why.

I’ve been publishing a LOT of books this year. Here’s the list so far:

One Knight Enchanted, book #1 of the Sayerne series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix1. One Knight Enchanted
This was a revision of an older title (originally published in 1998 as Enchanted) which I thought would be quick and easy. Instead, it turned out to be such a huge editorial process that it would have been easier to just write an entirely new book.

2. In the Midnight Hour
Book #3 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romance. This is Damon and Haley’s book.

3. A Duke By Any Other Name
This is book #2 in my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances. It was originally published in the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthology Charmed at Christmas, but I published it on its own in March.

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke4. Wyvern’s Angel
Book #9 in my Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances.

5. Kiss of Fire
A new edition of the paranormal romance and book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels. Again, I thought this would be an easy update, but it was more work than I expected – plus there were seven more titles to be prepped for publication. The titles that were already available all had to be updated, as well.

6. Kiss of Fury
A new edition of book #2 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

Kiss of Fate, #3 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke7. Kiss of Fate
A new edition of book #3 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

8. Winter Kiss
A new edition of book #4 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

9. Whisper Kiss
A new edition of book #6 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

10. Darkfire Kiss
A new edition of book #7 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

Flashfire, #7 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke11. Flashfire
A new edition of book #8 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

12. Ember’s Kiss
A new edition of book #9 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances.

13. Snowbound
Book #1 of Secret Heart Ink, a contemporary romance series that is also set in the Flatiron Five world.

14. Spring Fever
Book #2 of Secret Heart Ink.

Some Guys Have All the Luck, #4 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke15. Some Guys Have All the Luck
This is book #4 of my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romance.

That’s where I’m at so far. Some of these haven’t been published yet, but they’re all locked and loaded at the portals and thus are off my desk (and off my To Do list).

Still to come for this year are the following titles:

16. Nimue’s Gift
A short story set in the Dragons of Incendium world, and #10 in that series, coming later this month (along with the print edition of Wyvern’s Angel).

17. Flying Blind
This is book #1 of the Dragon Diaries, a paranormal YA trilogy set in the world of the Dragonfire Novels, follows Zoë’s coming of age as the new Wyvern. It’s being republished in a new edition.

Winging It, book #2 of the Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke18. Winging It
This is book #2 of the Dragon Diaries, a paranormal YA trilogy set in the world of the Dragonfire Novels, follows Zoë’s coming of age as the new Wyvern. It’s being republished in a new edition.

19. Blazing the Trail
This is book #3 of the Dragon Diaries, a paranormal YA trilogy set in the world of the Dragonfire Novels, follows Zoë’s coming of age as the new Wyvern. It’s being republished in a new edition.

20. Here Be Dragons: A Dragonfire Companion
A world guide for the Dragonfire Novels, coming in October.

One Hot Summer Night, #3 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke21. One Hot Summer Night
Book #3 of Secret Heart Ink, coming in September. This Gabe and Lexi’s second chance romance.

22. Going to the Chapel
A short story set in the Flatiron Five world and #4 in the series, coming in September. My working title for this is Two Weddings and a Baby, which tells you all you need to know about it.

23. Under the Mistletoe
Book #4 of Secret Heart Ink and Chynna’s story, as well as a Christmas story, coming in October.

24. The Runaway Bride
Book #2 of my Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances and Ross’s story, coming in October.

Phew! This list makes me realize why I feel like I’ve been working all the time! It’s good to have all these books available again, but I’m glad to be moving on to new work. There won’t be 24 releases next year, though!

More Medieval Bad Boys

Heartbreakers:Three Medieval Romances in one bundle from Claire DelacroixMany of you have grabbed a copy of my boxed set Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys while it’s been on sale. That bundle features three of my bad boy heroes: Gawain in The Scoundrel, Malcolm in The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, and Wulfe in The Crusader’s Heart. If you like bad boy heroes, I have more. 🙂

The Heiress – Only a bad boy would buy a female slave to serve his pleasure, except that Rowan buys “Hibernia” because he feels sorry for her. She finds the first chink in his armor without even meaning to do so. Wait until she tries to touch his heart…

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Rogue – This second chance romance begins when Merlyn comes to his estranged wife Ysabella to ask for her help. Someone is trying to kill him but, given her knowledge with Merlyn’s deceptions, Ysabella is tempted to help the villain not her spouse.

The Warrior – Any marriage that starts with an abduction has to feature a bad boy groom. The Hawk wants a wife only to have a son, and intends to keep his many secrets to himself. Too bad Aileen is so curious…

The Beauty Bride – What would you do if your hand was sold to an outlaw? Madeline runs on the night before her marriage to Rhys, never expecting him to follow her and save her – much less to steal her heart. Can she capture his before his past catches up with him?

The Rose Red Bride, #2 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Rose Red Bride – Another marriage that begins with an abduction. Another bad boy – but Erik doesn’t even intend to marry Vivianne. He just wants a son. Unfortunately for his plans, Vivianne is alluring, clever, and determined to see the hero within him.

The Beauty – Here’s another match that begins with an abduction (and Jacqueline is en route to a convent!) and another hero driven by a need for revenge. Jacqueline isn’t so easily intimidated, though, or so ready to believe the worst of Angus – in fact, she helps him regain his stolen legacy, and that makes her impossible to resist.

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Renegade’s Heart – Murdoch has nothing to lose, given that his soul has been claimed by the Fae queen, so he’ll do whatever is necessary to retrieve the relic stolen from his family by the Lammergeier. Isabella is snared by the twinkle in this knight’s eyes and decides to help him against her own family – but falling in love with a renegade means she has to try to save his soul, whatever the price.

The Warrior’s Prize – Mercenaries are often bad boys, but Rafael is worse than my other mercenary heroes. The problem is that he thinks Elizabeth is an angel come to judge him, and one who finds him lacking. He can’t resist her, even though he knows he’ll only soil her, but her conviction that he can do better encourages Rafael to risk his all to save her.

The Mercenary's Bride, #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romancesThe Mercenary’s Bride – Here’s another mercenary driven by a need for revenge, then saved by love. Quentin was cast out of Inverfyre for daring to desire the laird’s daughter, but made a promise to her before he left. He’s lost everything on his quest but comes back to Inverfyre to keep his pledge to Mhairi – only to discover that thanks to Mhairi, he still has a future, after all.

There are a few more bad boy heroes to keep you warm at night!