MORE Audio Reviews from Eileen

I told you that I had to catch up Eileen and her audio reviews! Here are a couple more that I missed sharing with you.

The Renegade's Heart audiobookEileen reviewed my medieval romance, The Renegade’s Heart, in audio, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Here’s part of what she had to say:

“I’m delighted to continue the story of the Lammergeier sisters.  Saskia Maarleveld does such a great job telling the story, touching the very essence of each character’s spirit. I’m amazed with her range of voice portraying males, children and females. I never tire of listening to her….

Ms. Delacroix provides a delightful, appealing, fantastical historical romance that continues to amuse, beguile and enchant.  She and the narrator will propel you into their medieval world and you will be ensnared as I am.  On that you can rely!”

You can read all of Eileen’s review on her blog, right here.

Have you listened to The Renegade’s Heart yet? Here’s a sample to tempt your ears!

The Renegade’s Heart in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

The Rose Red Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixAnd Eileen also reviewed my medieval romance, The Rose Red Bride, also narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Here’s part of what Eileen had to say:

“With eloquence, wry humor and gems of wisdom strewn at my feet this story unfolds in the velvety voice of narrator Saskia Maarleveld. The combination of voice and eloquent dialog was more than a listen. It was an experience!

I’m captivated with the story, this part of me which loves fae lore, fairy tales and an undying sense of honor where word means truth…If you are of the ‘tartan’ inclination, enjoy intrigue, bravery, sensitivity and passionate men and women of Scotland, you’ll have no problem enjoying both the read and the listen. “Of that you may be sure!”’

You can read the rest of Eileen’s review on her blog, right here:

Have you listened to the Jewels of Kinfairlie in audio yet? Here’s a sample from The Rose Red Bride.

The Rose Red Bride in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

August Audio

There’s something about August that makes me want to crash out – preferably in a hammock or a cushy chair on the porch – and read. I want to be lazy. And really, why turn the pages? Listen to an audiobook instead!

That’s why I’m having a promotion this month. Every Saturday, I’ll list an audiobook of mine. At the end of the week, I’ll give away 7 copies of it – one for each day of the week. So long as we’re still in August, I’ll list another audiobook on Saturday, give away 7 copies at the end of the week, etc. etc.

If you haven’t listened to an audiobook before, here’s a chance to try one out for free!

You can only win once in this contest, so if you want to peek at my audiobooks and decide which week to enter, you can see them all AND listen to audio samples right here. The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio editionThis week’s audiobook is The Rogue. I love this book to pieces and I love the narration of the audiobook, too. All you have to do is comment on this post for your chance to win.

I’ll choose the 7 winners next weekend, and post a new August Audio contest on Saturday.

There are some other authors joining in, so look for the #augustaudio tag on Twitter. I’ll try to retweet as many as I can. Good luck!

Edited to add – we have winners!

Kinfairlie Knights Promotion

Kinfairlie Knights, a digital bundle of three medieval Scottish romances, all first in a series, by Claire DelacroixMy digital bundle, Kinfairlie Knights, includes three full length medieval Scottish romances, each first in one of the series set at Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. It includes The Rogue, The Beauty Bride and The Renegade’s Heart. Its list price is $9.99.

Since Kinfairlie Knights was selected for a $2.99 promotion this weekend at Kobo, I’m offering the same price at other portals. The Kobo deal is supposed to be for US and Canada only, but I’ve extended the offer to the rest of the world—I won’t say at “equivalent prices” because the currency conversions at the portals come out to be wildly different (and then there’s VAT). The bundle will be discounted this weekend, no matter where you are. (The price won’t change at Kobo until Saturday, just FYI.)

Happy reading – and welcome to Kinfairlie!

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Reader Letter from The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

Welcome back to Ravensmuir!

I was very excited to have the chance to finally return to that fictional estate myself, as there was plenty of work to be done there. The ravens were gone, the keep itself had collapsed, the black horses bred at Ravensmuir had been moved to Kinfairlie because the new laird, Malcolm, had decided to go abroad and seek his fortune as a mercenary—and this despite his brother’s disapproval. Malcolm’s homecoming would be a renaissance for Ravensmuir, in my mind, and he required special woman to help him recover from all he had experienced. I was sure I knew the perfect one. My favorite characters are the ones who have their own opinions about how their story should be told. Catriona proved to be one of those characters—while I believed that I’d known her story and the balance she would bring to Malcolm’s life, Catriona showed me that I had it all wrong. As is so often the case—and is the reason I love opinionated characters so much—her version of events is much more interesting than the one I had planned. In fact, I think this pragmatic and wounded woman is a much better partner for Malcolm than the Catriona I had originally envisioned. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

The next and final medieval romance in the True Love Brides series will be Elizabeth’s book, which is called The Warrior’s Prize. You’ll catch a glimpse of Elizabeth’s story at the end of this book, and there’s an excerpt from The Warrior’s Prize as well. That book will be a December 2014 release and is available for pre-order at some portals now. You can find the links on my website, http://www.delacroix.net.

The family trees for Kinfairlie and my other linked historical romances have also been updated on my website, up to the end of The Warrior’s Prize, and made more pretty by Kim Killion. You’ll find them under the Claire Delacroix tab, all on a page called Family Trees. There’s also a bookmark designed by Kim, which lists all of my books. You’ll find that under About Deborah on the Complete Book List page. These are all PDF files that you can download and print on an 8.5” by 11” sheet of paper.

There is one more exciting piece of news about Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir as I write this: there are audio editions in production for both The Rogue and The Beauty Bride. The Rogue is the first book in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances and was my first visit to Ravensmuir. The Beauty Bride is the first book in my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy, which is the beginning of the linked stories about these eight siblings seeking their happily-ever-afters. These are the first of my books to have audio editions, so I’m looking forward to having them available to you all.

Finally, some of you have probably noticed that of the eight siblings at Kinfairlie, Ross will be the only one whose story won’t be told by the completion of the True Love Brides series. In The Beauty Bride, Ross went to Inverfyre, as you might recall, to train under the Hawk of Inverfyre, along with his cousins and that man’s sons. (The Hawk’s story is told in The Warrior.) My plan is for Ross’s story to be part of another series, yet to come—we’ll move up into the Highlands and Inverfyre for that linked series and see some of those cousins married off, as well. First though, we’re going to take a little break from Kinfairlie in 2015 and follow a band of knights as they journey home from crusade. Look for more news about that series coming soon to my website and blog.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

 

Beguiled

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeBeguiled, my new collection of novellas and short stories, is available today!

Tales of fantasy, romance and forbidden love…

A collection of my own short stories and novellas, including:

An Elegy for Melusine by Claire Delacroix
Amor Vincit Omnia by Claire Delacroix
The Leaves by Deborah Cooke
The Kiss of the Snow Queen by Claire Delacroix
Coven of Mercy by Deborah Cooke
The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix

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Reader Letter from Beguiled

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah Cooke

Dear Reader,

I don’t write a great many short stories, although in assembling this collection, I have to wonder why that is. A shorter work is an opportunity—if not an invitation—to try something different in terms of style or to play with an unusual idea. Short stories are fun to write for that reason, and in addition, offer different structural challenges than books. I love to read short stories: they can be tantalizing in themselves, and also can provide a telling introduction to an author’s work.

The works included here were all written as the result of an invitation for me to participate in an anthology with other authors. In the past, invitations have been the only reason I wrote short—though that might change! I was glad to be invited to participate in all of those volumes, but is often the nature of short stories to remain available to readers for only a limited time. So, I’m very pleased now to have the opportunity to pull these works into a collection of my own and make them available to you again.

In addition, putting the stories together makes their similarities to each other more clear. Most of these works have a medieval setting, and all of them include both romance and fantasy elements. Each of them features a strong heroine who makes a choice, a choice that might end up costing everything she holds dear. Historians called the ability to influence one’s own situation “agency” and it’s an idea that I like to explore in all of my work. In the medieval era, women had more agency than many people believe, and we, too, have agency in our era, although maybe it’s less than many people believe. What we choose and why fascinates me. For the women in these stories, the opportunity to choose is more important than the result: I don’t know that even Melusine would regret her decision, though the end result is not what she had hoped to gain.

I’ve included an introductory note before each story, telling you a bit of how it came to be and its history. I’ve also included an excerpt from my medieval romance, The Rogue, because in reviewing these shorter stories, it’s clear that Alix and Melusine led me directly to Ysabella. Finally, there’s an excerpt from my upcoming medieval romance, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss. This is the third book in my True Love Brides series, and features the return of Malcolm to Ravensmuir from his time as a hired mercenary in Europe. He’s earned a fortune, but believes it has cost him his soul (and possibly his sanity) until he meets Catriona, a woman who shows him how to rediscover goodness. Catriona, however, has dangerous secrets of her own, ones that can threaten everything they build together. Malcolm and Catriona’s book will be published in August 2014.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best—

Deborah
also writing as Claire

Pre-Order Beguiled

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThere are pre-order links available for Beguiled on Kobo and iBooks right now.

There will be a pre-order link at All Romance eBooks in about a week. The book will be available on Amazon, B&N, and Createspace on July 24th, then availability on the print edition will perk out to other portals over the following week or so.

September & Scottish-set Romances

September always makes me think of Scotland, possibly because my husband and I were married in September and had our honeymoon in Scotland. The first books in a couple of my linked series are available at discounted prices this month, in celebration of romance and Scotland!

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixThe Countess is the first book in my Scottish medieval Bride Quest II trilogy. Right now, the digital edition is available for $2.99.The Rogue, book #1 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Rogue is the first book in my Scottish medieval Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy. The digital edition is now just $2.99.

The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix, first in the bestselling trilogy of medieval romances The Jewels of Kinfairlie.The Beauty Bride is the first book in my medieval Scottish Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. The digital edition is now available for just $2.99.

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross)The Last Highlander isn’t the first of my time travel romances, but it’s a Scottish one (which keeps the pattern) and is one I really like. The digital edition is just $2.99 right now.

Here’s a chance for a little armchair traveling to Scotland!

September Reader Contest

It’s time for another reader contest! The prize for September is a signed trade paperback copy of The Beauty, a medieval romance that was my first New York Times’ bestseller. This is the second book in the Bride Quest II trilogy.

The Beauty by NYT Bestselling Author Claire DelacroixAll you have to do to have a chance to win is comment on this post. How easy is that? At the end of the month, I’ll choose a winner. As usual, for every 25 entries, I’ll add another prize. Good luck!