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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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!

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.

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Two New Delacroix Bundles

My boxed sets are back! These themed bundles of my books are often specially priced and are only available for a limited time. The first was briefly available at all portals, and the second was only available in Kindle Unlimited. Right now, they’re both available at all portals. :-0

Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys, a digital bundle from Claire DelacroixDo you love dangerous heroes? Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys brings you three wicked heroes of ill-repute – and the women who dare to love them.

In The Scoundrel, Evangeline is determined to recover her family’s relic from the thief Gawain. She knows he’s a charming trickster with no moral code and has vowed to play by his rules to regain the prize, never expecting that Gawain will steal her heart. Gawain is intrigued by the first lady who is his match—when he falls in love with Evangeline, will he be able to convince her that his sweet confession isn’t just another ruse?

In The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, Catriona arrives pregnant at notorious Ravensmuir, home of the Hellhound, a mercenary of dangerous repute. The last person she expects to save her child is this grim and fearless man, and she knows herself to be in his debt. When Malcolm suggests a marriage of convenience to give her son a future, Catriona knows the only way to repay the Hellhound is to save him from the curse placed upon him, whatever the cost to herself.

In The Crusader’s Heart, Christina takes a chance on Wulfe, challenging the Templar to aid her in escaping her captivity in a brothel in Venice. She will do anything to convince him that he has need of her by his side as Wulfe is the key to her safe return home. Wulfe finds himself dangerously tempted by the beautiful and resolute Christina, to the point of discarding his vows. He has nothing to offer her in his own right, but Christina’s optimism is infectious and he revisits his own past, in the hope of building a future with her.

Three bold women each dare to challenge and to love a disreputable rogue, tempting the heartbreakers to change their ways. Love does conquer all in Heartbreakers: Three Medieval Bad Boys!

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Knights in Shining Armor, a bundle of medievla romances by Claire DelacroixFall in love with three knights in shining armor!

Knights in Shining Armor is a digital bundle including The Temptress, The Snow White Bride, and The Crusader’s Kiss.

In The Temptress, Bayard answers the challenge of a new Bride Quest and seeks to win Esmeraude’s hand in marriage at his grandmother’s insistence. He doesn’t expect this mysterious maiden to offer a riddle and a challenge, much less that she will seduce him soundly when they meet. Esmeraude captivates Bayard, which means he will do anything to win her heart—even hunt and conquer the villain determined to claim her by force.

In The Snow White Bride, Eleanor seeks refuge at Kinfairlie from the vengeance of her dead husband’s brother. A marriage of convenience to Alexander, Laird of Kinfairlie, seems too good an offer to be true. Though Eleanor has learned to be skeptical of men and their promises, Alexander never fails to fulfil his pledge—even when her past catches up with her and she thinks his love is lost forever, Alexander does not disappoint.

In The Crusader’s Kiss, Anna hopes for the return of the true heir to Haynesdale, believing that all will be well when that man claims the holding again. She never imagines that the handsome knight who defies her expectations could be the heir in disguise, much less that Bartholomew will make all her dreams come true—regardless of the threat to his own survival.

These three Knights in Shining Armor go above and beyond the expectations of their lady loves, to save the day and see love triumphant forevermore!

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One Knight Enchanted Goes Wide

One Knight Enchanted is now available at all portals. Come join the adventure of Rogues & Angels!

One Knight Enchanted, #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixCursed to take the form of the wolf by day, Rolfe de Viandin is skeptical that love can save him. All he wants is to return home from crusade by the Yule and even the pleasures of a magical palace cannot console him…until a beautiful and bold maiden arrives at his gates, seeking sanctuary, and Rolfe’s hope is restored.

Hunted in the forest, Annelise de Sayerne has to surrender her desire to wed for love, as the price of entering the only refuge is marriage to its enigmatic lord. She fears he must be a monster, but once she experiences his kindness, Annelise resolves to find love with her new husband—if she can just claim his heart.

One Knight Enchanted, book #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

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Even as Rolfe is beguiled by his bride and Annelise unravels his secrets, a spurned suitor pursues Annelise, determined to claim her legacy at any price. If Rolfe’s curse is not broken, how can he defend his beloved wife from the villain? Will their future be lost before it is truly won—or will Rolfe be convinced of the power of love in time?

An earlier version of this story was published under the title Enchanted.

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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?

The Crusader’s Bride is free

The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Crusader’s Bride is free from today through the 26th at Amazon. The entire Champions of St. Euphemia series is enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re a subscriber, you can continue the adventure free.

This book is also available in audio, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, and the audiobook is in wide distribution. There are links below, as well as an audio sample.

Gaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

When the Templar knight Gaston learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France, he accepts one last quest for the order and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage snares his gaze, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings, and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to survive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize at any cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

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The Countess is FREE!

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest, is free at Amazon from today through February 3.

The Countess, #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Buy NowDriven from her late husband’s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin — and a clan chieftain standing guard. Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love. But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land—and the fiery countess—in a war of sweet seduction…

Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian. Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before. She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day—and make her his pagan bride.

Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price. Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess.

“Master storyteller Claire Delacroix has done it again with this marvelous medieval romance. The Countess is a keeper!”—Old Book Barn Gazette

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