The Rose Trilogy

This is pretty exciting news for me to share with you! The rights to many of my first published historical romances have reverted to me. I’m giving each of them a heavy edit and making a lot of changes, so will be republishing them with new titles. There will be similarities to the original editions, but a lot of changes, too.

For example, these first three books were labeled by me as a trilogy because they had common characters, but they weren’t originally structured as a trilogy and the publisher never packaged them as one: the Rose Trilogy grew organically, one book at a time. That means that the connections between the books aren’t as strong as they would have been if the series had been planned as a sereis in the first place. One of the things I’m doing in this revision is tightening the connections between the three books. There are other changes too since I’ve learned a few things in 25 years of writing and publishing.

For His Lady's Kiss, #1 in the Rose series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn For His Lady’s Kiss, Alexandria is in peril when she arrives in Jerusalem on pilgrimage with her aunt, only to find the city besieged. To her surprise, the knight who comes to her rescue proves to be Armand d’Avigny, the very man she has tried to forget. Can Armand and Alex build a future in their second chance at love, or will the past drive them apart forever?

For His Lady’s Kiss is a retelling of my book Romance of the Rose.

It’s available for pre-order at Apple and Kobo now, for April 22, 2017 delivery.

For His Lady's Heart, #2 of the Rose series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn For His Lady’s Heart, a knight defies convention by courting the outspoken daughter of a vintner, who also is rumored to have arcane powers. Is it destined love that draws Hugues to Sophie, as she insists, or has this beguiling beauty cast a spell over his heart?

For His Lady’s Heart is a retelling of my medieval romance The Sorceress. and is available for pre-order from

It’s available for pre-order from Apple and Kobo for June 22, 2017 delivery.

For His Lady's Love, #3 in the Rose series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn For His Lady’s Love, newly knighted Roarke d’Aalgen rides out in pursuit of his fortune, only to find love in the most unlikely of places. Can he convince Adela that her distrust of knights is undeserved in his case, and win her heart for his own?

For His Lady’s Love is a retelling of my book Roarke’s Folly.

It’s available for pre-order at Apple and Kobo for August 24, 2017 delivery.

All of the books will be available at all digital portals ninety days before their on-sale date. There will be sample chapters available by that time as well.

I’m leaving the Harlequin Historicals tab as it is to avoid confusion (and because those mass market paperbacks are still out there.) Look under Claire Delacroix for Medieval Romances to find the new editions. Today, The Rose Trilogy is listed, but there will be more. 🙂 I’m also including a note in the cover copy about the previous edition in an attempt to avoid any confusion. All of these books will also be available in trade paperback editions.

Kim Killion did the covers and I think they’re wonderful. What do you think?

Bad News & Good News

I thought you were all past due for an update from me, so here it is.

The “bad news” isn’t really that bad – and is far outshone by the good news. I’m sick. That’s it. I caught the flu bug that’s making the rounds, and have to take it easy for a few days. On the downside, this means that I’m not en route to the Novelists’ Ink conference which starts tonight in Myrtle Beach. I was really looking forward to the conference, to seeing some friends and learning a great deal, but there was no way I could face airline travel today. (And really, it’s better for everyone that I couldn’t. This bug has been shared sufficiently already.)

On the other hand, there’s an abundance of good news. First off, I have a job that I can still do when I’m sick 🙂 so I’ve been working away on those edits. It’s a great thing to have the opportunity to re-edit and revise all three Prometheus Project urban fantasy romances, even if I feel as if I’ve been lost in the netherzones of the Republic these past weeks. Fallen is available in its new edition, as you already know, and Guardian has gone to the formatter. Guardian should be available next week in its new digital edition. Rebel is next and I’m hoping it will be a quicker edit, then I’m expecting Abyss back from my editor this weekend. So, Rebel should be available by the end of the month (fingers crossed!) while I’m hoping that Abyss will be released in November. It’ll depend on those edits – I’ll be able to tell you more next week, after I’ve had a look at my editor’s comments. It’ll be exciting to have all of this series back out in the world again in those shiny new editions.

In other good news, All or Nothing is doing really well this week. This morning, it’s #42 overall paid in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in three categories – Romantic Comedy, Holiday Romance and Knitting Books. Its sales rank is #11 at B&N, which is pretty amazing, too. Thanks to all of you who picked up a copy at the sale price!

The Rogues of Ravensmuir Boxed Set is hanging on the lists at Amazon, too – it’s still at #17 or #18 on three of the historical romance lists (Scottish, Medieval and Medieval Historical Romance), which is fantastic. Just above it on those same lists is our multi-author boxed set, Five Unforgettable Knights, coming in #11, #12 and #13.

So, there’s your update. As usual when I’m up to my eyes in editing and other jobs, the story gremlins get busy. I have notes all over my desk for stories, so today, I’m going to treat myself to some writing time. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about an online course that has me intrigued.

My Claire Cross Backlist

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about my Claire Cross backlist titles, and I’ve finally come to a solution that makes sense to me.

The four time travel romances were easy – I’ve republished them as Claire Delacroix books, since they have a fair bit in common with my historical romances. You can read about the four of them right here, on the Delacroix site.

The contemporary romances featuring the Coxwell family were the point of indecision. I’ve decided now to put them on my Deborah Cooke site (Cooke being contemporary and Delacroix being not-contemporary). We’ll re-package and re-release the four of them, probably this summer. Here’s the new page for the Coxwells.

And, here’s a new Claire Cross page, which links it all up.

Many thanks to The Pam for helping me with the technical end of getting this right.