Recently, I did an interview with Debbie Haupt of The Reading Frenzy, and today, that interview is posted on her blog.
The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, a medieval romance and book #3 in my True Love Brides Series, is available today!
The incredible thing I realized last week was that Malcolm and Catriona’s story is my 50th full length book published. Wow. I guess I’ve been doing this for a while. 🙂
Without further ado, then, here are the deets:
She enchanted him with a kiss—but winning her love would demand all he possessed.
After eight years abroad, Malcolm returns to Scotland with a fortune, a companion even more hardened than he and a determination to restore his inherited holding. But when that companion falls into peril, Malcolm seizes the chance to repay an old debt, trading his own soul for that of his doomed comrade. Knowing his days are limited and determined to leave a legacy of merit, Malcolm rebuilds Ravensmuir with all haste, though he fears he will never have an heir.
A night of violence has left Catriona with no home and no faith in the honor of men. She expects little good from a visit to her lady’s brother, Laird of Ravensmuir, a known mercenary. But the handsome laird challenges her expectations with his courtesy, his allure—and his unexpected proposal. Knowing it is her sole chance to ensure her child’s future, Catriona dares to accept Malcolm’s hand. She soon realizes that this warrior fights a battle of his own and that she holds the key to his salvation. Little does she realize her past is in hot pursuit, seeking to destroy all she holds dear—including the laird who has thawed the frost of her reluctant heart.
You can read an excerpt on the book page, right here.
This weekend, my medieval romance The Renegade’s Heart has been #1 in medieval romance and #2 in Scottish romance on Amazon! This is pretty exciting stuff. Thanks to all of you who picked up a copy of Murdoch and Isabella’s book this weekend!
And if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, it’s still 99 cents at Amazon, B&N, iBooks and Kobo. Links and an excerpt are right here.
The print copies of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss arrived! Aren’t they beautiful?
I feel the urge to give at least one away. Comment on this post and tell me why you should be the lucky recipient! I’ll choose a winner Friday night.
You know the drill – the contest is open internationally, and for every 25 entries, I’ll add another prize. Good luck!
As you all know, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss, which is book #3 in my Claire Delacroix True Love Brides series of Scottish medieval romances, goes on sale Tuesday, August 26. In order to get you all caught up with the story, this weekend, the digital edition of The Renegade’s Heart, which is the first book in the same series is on sale for just 99 cents US (or equivalent) at Amazon, Apple iBooks, B&N Nook and KOBO.
There’s a pre-order option for the PRINT edition of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss on Amazon this morning. This book is longer, around 110,000 words, and that shows up in the number of pages in the print edition.
I’m asking but I doubt there will be a pre-order on Amazon for the digital edition. It’ll be available on Amazon on the 26th. The print edition will be available at other portals (like B&N) within a couple of days of the 26th – the Book Depository always takes about 10 days to process the information, so it’ll be a bit later.
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,
Since the family tree for Kinfairlie had to be updated for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss and The Warrior’s Prize, I decided it was time to have all of the Delacroix family trees tarted up. The Kinfairlie family tree is final now, although there will be a few spoilers (in terms of babies) until you read The Frost Maiden’s Kiss. Kim Killion has done a wonderful job once more, and I’m really pleased with the results.
The family trees are PDF files, designed so that you can download them and print them out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. The Kinfairlie one is available in both B&W and color, while the others are just B&W. There are four altogether: The Bride Quest I family tree, the Crevy-sur-Seine family tree which is for the Bride Quest II, the Ravensmuir and Inverfyre family tree, which is for the Rogues of Ravensmuir and the Kinfairlie family tree, which is for the Jewels of Kinfairlie and the True Love Brides.
You can find them all on (surprise!) the page under Claire Delacroix Books called Family Trees.