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.

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 Warrior’s Prize – on sale today!

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesToday’s the day – and it’s early, a Christmas present from me to you! The Warrior’s Prize, which is Elizabeth’s book and the final book in my medieval romance series, The True Love Brides, is available today!

The maiden was just another treasure to be won—until she stole his heart and changed his life forever.

Outraged that her beloved brother’s soul is to be the Fae tithe to Hell, Elizabeth knows that she must save him. She is the only one in her family who can see the Fae, after all, and is already cursed by their king herself. Malcolm may have offered to replace his comrade out of honor, but Elizabeth knows who better deserves to live—and it is not the handsome rogue, Rafael, who is concerned with his own welfare alone. It should be easy to make a wager with a mercenary, especially as Elizabeth does not care about the cost to herself. To her surprise, though, Rafael proves to be the man who not only takes her dare, but banishes the Fae king’s curse with kisses that turn her blood to fire. Could this hardened warrior, who appears to have no heart, be the destined love she has awaited?

At first glimpse, Rafael believes Elizabeth to be an angel sent to judge him—and he knows what her verdict will be. He has made choices in order to survive, and is not proud of them. But Elizabeth dares him to change, with an audacity that awakens a nobility of purpose that Rafael has forgotten he possessed. Can this bold maiden heal the wounds of his past? Can Rafael earn the right to grant her the life she deserves—and do so before the Fae king springs his trap, making Elizabeth his captive forever?

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These books will ship in early January 2015.

Oopsie on The Warrior’s Prize

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesAnd so, I have erred. Somehow when I was uploading the final version of The Warrior’s Prize, I managed to put it on sale at iBooks. The pre-orders began to deliver today. If you only buy books once they’re live for sale, it’s right here.

This isn’t an epic issue—it just means that you will get an early Christmas present from me!—but it does trash my beautifully synchronized release date.

Because the book has been up for pre-order at Amazon, I have limited options in making it available to you earlier than the 29th. The 21st is the soonest date, so those of you who have pre-ordered it there will have it delivered that day. Here’s the Amazon link.

The on sale date for both KOBO and All Romance eBooks is now December 21.

There was no pre-order at B&N so I’ll just go and publish it there. It will probably take a day or two to be processed and made available for sale.

The trade paperback edition is in its final proofing. It will be available from Createspace first, then will perk through to Amazon and other portals.

ARGH – and yes, Merry Christmas!

New Excerpt for The Warrior’s Prize

The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides SeriesThe Warrior’s Prize, which is Elizabeth’s book and #4 of my True Love Brides series, will be available on December 29. The book manuscript has just gone back to my editor again, and I expect that few of you will be surprised that Rafael insisted upon telling the story his way instead of mine. I had originally thought that Elizabeth and Rafael’s romance would begin at Christmas at Kinfairlie, but as soon as I dug into the story, I realized that it had to begin when they first meet at Ravensmuir, because that’s when they begin to influence each other. So, the beginning of The Warrior’s Prize now overlaps the ending of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in terms of time – but there are scenes we didn’t witness in Malcolm and Catriona’s book, and perspectives we didn’t see.

I’m really happy with the shape of the book – Rafael was right! – and can’t wait for you to read it, too. As a result of this change, though, I’ve updated the excerpt from the book on the website. The cover copy will be tweaked before publication as well, but I’m waiting on my editor’s input on that. You might want to hop on over and read the new excerpt this morning. 🙂

Remember also that there’s a Goodreads Giveaway still in process, with ten signed trade paperback copies of the book available to be won. You can enter for a chance to win, right here.

Audio Review for The Rogue

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio editionAs many of you know, my medieval romance, The Rogue, is now available in an audio edition. One of the exciting things is to hear back from readers that they’ve enjoyed the audio production – like this:

If you haven’t read The Rogue this is a fantastic way to experience it the first time and if you’ve already had the pleasure of these character’s company it’s a fabulous way to reacquaint with them. I highly recommend this.

That’s from a new review of the audio from Debbie Haupt at the Reading Frenzy – you can read the whole review right here.

The Rogue on Audio

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio editionThe Rogue is now available in an audio edition! (The link on the audio cover above and on the title at the start of this paragraph will take you to the book’s page here on my website.) You can listen to an audio sample on any of the portals where it’s available – check it out at Amazon, Apple, or Audible.

I was really interested in the process of taking a book to audio, so I’ve done an interview with Ashley Klanac, who narrated the audio edition of The Rogue. Check back tomorrow for that.