March Sale

Jewels of Kinfailie Boxed Set by Claire Delacroix

I’m having a sale. From March 4 to March 31, the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set will be specially priced at $2.99 at KOBO, Amazon, Apple and B&N. This digital boxed set includes The Beauty Bride, The Rose Red Bride, The Snow White Bride and the Ballad of Rosamunde.

Here are the buy links for
Amazon
Amazon UK
Apple US
B&N – note that the file has been uploaded again so the issue people had in December should be fixed.
KOBO

I’d appreciate your help in spreading the word. It’s time to get more people reading about Kinfairlie, so we’ll all be ready for The Highlander’s Curse in April!

A New Edition of THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE

There’s a new digital edition available now for THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE. The text is the same as the file that’s been out for a while, but this one includes the short story “The Ballad of Rosamunde”. It’s priced at $3.99 instead of $2.99. (But the novella alone is 99 cents, so it comes out the same.)

I created this edition when I started to distribute to Overdrive for libraries, as I thought it would keep things simpler. Distributing individual novellas just sounds like a lot of trouble! But now that Smashwords has opened to several library portals, I published this same edition there, as well. It’s only available through the portals there for libraries (right now that’s Axis 360 and LibraryDirect) but if you would prefer to have it all in one volume, you can buy this edition directly from Smashwords, right here.

This edition won’t be distributed through the other bookstores channels, which means that at Amazon, B&N, KOBO, Apple, etc. you’ll still be able to buy THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE and “The Ballad of Rosamunde” separately.

Incidentally, the new trade paperback edition of THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE also includes “The Ballad of Rosamunde”. Remember that the version of Rosamunde’s story that I’m publishing is the unabridged story. It was included in the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance, but Rosamunde’s story was edited due to space constraints there.

Now you know!

Overdrive’s Content Reserve

This winter, we have been working through the process of listing digital books with Overdrive for their Content Reserve portal. This is how many libraries buy digital books for their collections, and as of Friday, there are twelve Claire Delacroix books newly available on Overdrive’s Content Reserve. They are:

Once Upon A Kiss
The Last Highlander
The Moonstone
Love Potion #9

The Beauty
The Temptress

The Rogue
The Scoundrel
The Warrior

The Beauty Bride
The Rose Red Bride
The Snow White Bride (this edition includes “The Ballad of Rosamunde”)

Phew! I’m excited that the books are finally available. There will be more added later in the summer.

In the meantime, please tell your local librarian(s).

May Contest

And so the day many of you have been waiting for – contests return to Alive & Knitting! Contests are fun and I miss them. Soooo, every month we’ll have a contest here on the blog. It will post on the 15th of the month and you’ll have until the 30th to enter. You’ll enter by posting a comment. Easy peasy.

This month, since we’re all anxiously awaiting the release of THE RENEGADE’S HEART, the prize is a signed copy of new trade paperback edition of THE BEAUTY BRIDE. THE BEAUTY BRIDE is the first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. THE RENEGADE’S HEART is the first book in the True Love Brides series, which continues the story of the Lammergeier siblings after the Jewels of Kinfairlie. So, you can meet Madeline and Rhys, and also get acquainted with the rest of the family.

To enter, post a comment here. Tell me why you love historical romances.

Edited to add – comments are now closed on this post because I’ve picked a winner. Congrats to Dana Luthi! Dana, please check your inbox for a message from me! On to June’s contest!

More on Printed Editions

If you’ve been looking to buy the new printed editions of my backlist titles, I apologize for any delays you might have experienced lately. I’ve been changing the files and the books can’t be produced so long as the content file is being modified. The change involves adding the publishing history on the copyright page of each book, something I should have thought of doing in the first place. This is a good way to acknowledge that a title is a reprint.

The reason it’s taken longer to get everything finalized is that I believed that previous ISBN#’s had to be listed along with the previous editions. This is incorrect. Apparently, there can only be one ISBN# listed on the copyright page, and that would be the ISBN# for the current edition. The past edition is listed without an ISBN# – just the publisher, format and date of publication. Many thanks to the team at Createspace for helping me to get this straightened out.

As of right now, there are eight titles available in new printed editions. They are:

The Rogue
The Scoundrel
The Warrior
The Beauty Bride
The Rose Red Bride
The Snow White Bride (which includes “The Ballad of Rosamunde”)
Once Upon A Kiss
The Last Highlander

There are three more titles in process. I’m waiting on proofs and expect these to be available in April.

The Countess
The Beauty
The Temptress

Next up will be the other two time travels – Love Potion #9 and The Moonstone – but I’m not sure whether they’ll get formatted in April or June. My next priority is getting The Renegade’s Heart finished and formatted for May. The tt’s will have to wait their turn!

As for shopping options, all of the new editions are (or will be) available at both Createspace and at Amazon. Titles can be made available through extended distribution channels, but this is a bit of an odd thing. I have to pay a fee to have books put through extended distribution, and then I make considerably less royalty per sale through those channels. It’s not entirely clear to me how many outlets will pick up these titles, even if they are available – theoretically, they should be offered at Barnes & Noble, and should be available for order through any bookstore.

Part of the spirit of indie publishing is experimentation. So, I’m doing a test with this distribution option and my backlist titles – five titles are available through extended distribution and depending upon how well they do, I’ll decide what to do with the rest of the backlist. (As a new title, The Renegade’s Heart will definitely go through extended distribution.) The books available through extended distribution are:

The Beauty Bride
The Rose Red Bride
The Snow White Bride
Once Upon A Kiss
The Last Highlander

It may take time for the books to show up at your outlet of choice – Createspace notes 6 to 8 weeks as average – or that outlet might not choose to stock them. I’m not quite sure what to expect, so let me know what you see at your end.

And now, back to Murdoch and Isabella…

Bundle Up!

The Jewels of Kinfairlie is now available as a boxed set. THE BEAUTY BRIDE, THE ROSE RED BRIDE, THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE and that novella “The Ballad of Rosamunde” all together in one file. This saves you a bit of money, if you know you want to read the whole series.

The bundle has a TOC (table of contents) so in the course of putting it together, we added TOC’s to all three books and uploaded new files for them, too.

You can find this bundle at Amazon, and Smashwords, and they will perk through to B&N, Sony, Apple, Diesel, Scrollmotion and KOBO, too.

The idea here is that the entire series is available in advance of the release of Murdoch’s book in May. You’ll have time to read all six books (3 Rogues of Ravensmuir books, then 3 Jewels of Kinfairlie books) and the novella about Rosamunde, just in time to be ready for more Kinfairlie. 🙂

Pop by the Jewels of Kinfairlie page on my site for more buy links.

Books!

Because I know that some of you really like print editions of books (and because I like them too) I decided to dip my toes into the print-on-demand pond a little bit. The result is new print editions of the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy.

They are more expensive than the original mass market paperback editions, both because they are POD and because they are trade paperbacks. The list price of each book is $14.99US.  I’m quite happy with the quality of the final books and I’ve tried to ensure that they look worth it. They have those lovely new covers from Kim Killion on them, too.

Here are the buy links:

THE BEAUTY BRIDE

THE ROSE RED BRIDE

THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE – which includes “The Ballad of Rosamunde” as a bonus read.

You can also order them on Amazon.com (and maybe other outlets too.) The discount code offered to readers through my listserve, Chestwick, only works on the links above – and it’s only good until Valentine’s Day.

POD Progress

One of the exciting things I’ve been doing this month is putting together the files for new print editions of the Jewels of Kinfairlie. These will be print on demand editions, which means that they will be trade paperbacks – and also more expensive than the original mass market editions. I know that there are some of you who want these books for your keeper shelf, which is why I’m doing this, and also why I’m trying to make them as pretty as possible. I also like print books and I was never that happy with the original covers on this series, which is another reason I’m doing it – it’ll improve the look of my own bookshelf!

The new editions will have the new covers, the ones designed by Kim Killion, which are in the left column here. The first two books will have a sample chapter of the next book in the back, and THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE in this edition includes the short story “The Ballad of Rosamunde” as a bonus read.

It’s been a really interesting process, with lots of variables to juggle. It’s also reminded me of days past when I worked in the printing business, mostly in pre-press and typesetting. Who knew how useful all that experience would be once I became a writer?!

One of the balances that must be struck is between type size and the number of pages. Obviously, books with fewer pages are cheaper to produce, which results in a lower retail price for the book for readers. On the other hand, books with teeny tiny type are hard to read. My medievals also are pretty long books, being over 100,000 words in length. They have a lot of dialogue too, which means they have a high page count. I’ve spent tons of time looking at books and type, and tried to make good choices. I’d hoped to keep the price below $10US but the books are just too long – and I don’t want you to need a magnifying glass. In the end, I chose to make the book look as good as possible, and price it so that I still make some money on each sale, regardless of the sales channel. (There are a bunch of sales channels and it’s quite interesting how the royalty rate changes.) We’ve ended up with a price point of $14.99US on trade paperbacks that are roughly 300 pages in length.

I’m waiting on proofs now, so we’re getting close.

So, a word to the wise (and the frugal) – if you are interested in these editions, please join my Chestwick listserve on YahooGroups. I’m going to provide discount coupon codes there for readers, but that’s the only place they’ll be posted.