I’ve just launched a new newsletter for the Champions of St. Euphemia series. This series is complete, so the newsletter offers a series of five newsletters. Each one focusses on the writing of each book, giving you a glimpse behind the scenes. There are also discounts for shopping in my online store. At the end of the sequence, you’ll be automatically unsubscribed.
And yes, there are still MORE new covers to show you!
The Rogues of Ravensmuir series originally had “candy box” covers. This means they had no people on them: candy box covers have flowers or ribbons instead of people. The covers for this series were done by Alan Ayers and intended to evoke the style of the original Bride Quest covers, which he also designed. The difference was that the Bride Quest titles had step-back covers (well, the first five of them did) with the candy box on the outside and an image of the couple on the next page. This is kind of the best of both worlds—each reader gets the kind of cover image he/she prefers—but makes for an expensive book in production. It has two covers, and the second one (the step-back) has to be tipped into the finished book by hand. Step-back covers are also more inclined to be damaged in distribution, so they have a higher waste rate even when returned to the publisher for credit.
Here are Warner’s original covers for the mass market editions of The Rogue, The Scoundrel, and The Warrior:
When the rights to publish the books reverted to me, I wanted to have the heroes on the covers. I “met” Eithne O’Hanlon, a very talented illustrator, on Facebook and she offered to work on cover illustrations for me. This is when I learned that illustrators who create cover images for publishing houses don’t create the type. These are the covers that Eithne created for the books:
I LOVED these images, but wasn’t as happy with the type. Hmm. I had a talk with Kim Killion, who has a wonderful talent for type, and she expressed concern about the amount of space left for the type. After attending a conference and hearing about the selling power of man-chest, I decided to redo these covers. This is the next generation of covers for this series, created by Kim Killion:
By this point in time, Kim had created some lovely branding for Claire’s name, which is used consistently across the list. I loved the type on these and was happy with these covers. The magic selling power of man-chest didn’t happen for these books, though, and I think it’s because they’re not that sexy. Readers wanting a sexy read might not like the suspenseful Gothic medieval romance they get and readers wanting a suspenseful Gothic medieval romance wouldn’t expect it from these covers. So, we tweaked to make the covers better convey the books. Here are the new covers:
This also means that there are MORE print books in the sale bin in my online store.
What do you think?
It’s that time again! Today’s audiobook prize as part of XmasAudio’s month of daily audiobook prizes is…
The Rogue is the first book of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances, and our first introduction to the families at Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. This audiobook is narrated by Ashley Klanac.
Booktalk with Eileen said this about the audiobook production:
“I was entirely enraptured with Claire Delacroix’s spellbinding gothic medieval romance between Merlyn and Ysabella. Ashley Klanac’s voice with its fiery portrayal of Ysabella sharpened the enjoyment of an already remarkable sensual story, taking me beyond myself and thrusting me into the castle of Ravensmuir with its secrets and dark, damp passages hidden within its walls and floor.
This is one of those stories which I shall happily read or listen to again. The descriptive detailed scenes, the conspiracy within, and eloquently phrased dialogue with wonderful dialect and thought put me in awe of the author and this production. She has entranced me.”
Read an interview with narrator Ashley Klanac.
For your chance to win, add a comment to this post explaining why you like audiobooks – or why you’d like to try one. Only those who have not already won an audiobook from me this year are eligible to win. As always, if and when you win an audiobook, it’s lovely for you to leave a review. 🙂
There are four prizes, one for each of four days, so we’ll pick and post winners on Tuesday. There will be another audiobook giveaway posted then.
This digital bundle includes all of the urban fantasy romances in the Prometheus Project, which features fallen angel heroes and the women who love them in a dystopian future. Included in the bundle are Fallen, Guardian, Rebel and Abyss.
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. This 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!
Tupperman’s story Abyss is available! Phew – I’m glad to see this one published. Because it’s a bit shorter than the others in the series, the price is a bit lower. 🙂
At the beginning of the 22nd century, humanity has survived a challenge to its survival and has commenced the task of rebuilding. An elite corps of fallen angels called the Watchful Host remains in the earthly realm to help—but someone is hunting them.
Once the angel Turiel, Tupperman chose to remain in this realm after his mission was completed in order to aid the Watchful Host. When he is framed as the person behind the deaths of the soldiers, Tupperman knows not only that he will be sacrificed next, but that it’s time for his final quest. His only clue is a stone, which leads him to New Mexico—and a woman who enchants him completely. Tupperman never counted on finding love, nor that his mission would include a challenge from a dark force and known cheat. Can he save Kara and complete his quest, or will taking Lucifer’s wager cost him the woman who has claimed his heart?
From today though the 21st, the digital edition of my urban fantasy romance and romantic suspense Fallen is on sale for just 99 cents. This is the first book in my Prometheus Project series, which is set in a dystopian future and features heroes who are fallen angels.
Book Buyer’s Best Award
for Best Paranormal, Time Travel or Fantasy Romance
“Beautifully written, intensely passionate and gripping, FALLEN grabbed me from the first sentence and didn’t let go. It’s Matrix, Blade Runner and Terminator rolled into a riveting love story and made better. Perfect. A must-read by an author who keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Award-winning author of Shades of Dark