Audiobooks & Chirp

This month, two of my audiobooks are on sale. The Beauty Bride and The Crusader’s Bride have been discounted to $4.99US or equivalent at all portals except Amazon and Audible. It’s possible that Amazon will match the price (? I’m not sure how that works.)

There will also be a sale at Chirp on the audiobook for The Beauty Bride on October 21st. It will be 99cents there, which is a terrific deal.

Chirp is a website started by BookBub specifically to promote audiobooks. They are a retailer platform so you’d buy the audiobook from Chirp. Like BookBub, you can sign up for free and receive emails on special offers for audiobooks in your genre of choice.

Here’s the website for Chirp.

Edited to add – Lisa asked about Chirp for Canadian listeners. Chirp is currently available only to US listeners, because it’s new. I’m hoping they roll out their service in other territories once they iron out any kinks and have volunteered to beta-test for Canada, if they need beta-testers. Stay tuned!

And here’s the information about The Beauty Bride and The Crusader’s Bride. Happy listening!

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

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The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixGaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

When the Templar knight Gaston learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France, he accepts one last quest for the order and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage snares his gaze, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings, and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to survive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize at any cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

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Review for Wyvern’s Mate in Audio

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeKim at Caffeinated Book Reviewer posted a 4-star review for Wyvern’s Mate. She listened to the audio edition. Here’s some of what she said:

“Both Drakina and Troy are well developed. She is snarky and will eat you if you piss her off. He is smart and lethal. I loved seeing them trade barbs and their sizzling chemistry curled my toes. I adore when characters have clear goals, but upon meeting, it all goes to hell in a hand basket. It is always fun seeing how it all works out, even while worrying that something will go awry. I enjoyed watching the romance that developed. Cooke offered some laugh aloud moments allowing me to connect to these strong individuals.

Despite Cooke introducing this world, the length of the tale made things develop quickly. While this is dubbed book one, it read more like a prequel. I loved the Dragons, from the stubborn entitled Kings to the reader of prophecy. Some of the tidbits from pregnancy to diet were fabulously entertaining. I do marvel at Cooke’s vivid imagination.

Wyvern’s Mate is a complete story regarding the couple, but there is so much more to learn about these planets, their sun and the other planets in their galaxy.

Saskia Maarleveld once again narrates for Cooke, and she is such a perfect match for these stories. She captures Drakina’s personality, sets the pace, and her male voices aren’t raspy.

If you love Dragons, off planet stories and paranormal romance you’ll want to grab a copy of Wyvern’s Mate.”

Thanks Kim!

You can read the full review, right here.

Learn more about Wyvern’s Mate, or listen to a sample from the audiobook:

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5 Star Review for Wyvern’s Mate

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audioHere’s a wonderful new review for Wyvern’s Mate. Heather reviewed the audio version of the story, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

Here’s a bit of what she said:
“For lovers of romance, adventure, and science fiction, this book is a must read! A sci-fi passion is a must as the story includes multiple worlds and characters with superhuman powers and who transform shape. Deborah Cooke delivers a gripping story which makes the novel hard to put down.

I listened to the audiobook version, read by Saskia Maarleveld, which was outstanding! Saskia Maarleveld has a beautiful voice that is clear, easy to listen to and adds character to the story. She is one of my favorite narrators out there and to listen to her tell a tale is a true delight. The combination of an amazing narrator and an amazing author makes this novel a must listen-to story!”

You can read all of Heather’s review on Goodreads and learn more about Wyvern’s Mate on the Dragons of Incendium website.

Here’s a sample of the audiobook, so you can have a listen:

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Audio Review for Wyvern’s Mate

Yesterday, Debbie Haupt posted a review of the audio edition of Wyvern’s Mate on her blog, The Reading Frenzy. It’s  a lovely review, so I’m sharing it with you today.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audioHere’s a good bit:
Deborah Cooke’s first in her new Dragons of Incendium series is a masterful melding of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal romance. Her cast of characters are colorful in dragon or human form, her imaginative world is both familiar and foreign and her stars, the defiant yet compassionate heroine and school of hard knocks hero, rock the universe. Her dialogue is fast paced and fluent and she completes her tale brilliantly in an economy of pages. I can’t wait for the next dynamic dragon tale!

The sultry voice of Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect choice for Cooke’s debut Fantasy series in audio, starring Troy and Drakina the shape-shifting princess of Incendium. Listening to the novel enhances the enjoyment of Wyvern’s Mate in multiple ways; one is learning the correct pronunciations another is the satisfying pace, inflections and emotional narration of Saskia.”

Thanks, Deb, for the wonderful review!

You can listen to a sample of Wyvern’s Mate narrated by Saskia Maarleveld on the audio page of the Dragons of Incendium website or right here:

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Wyvern’s Mate in Audio – on CD!

I love getting boxes in the mail. Last week, I received a box with a few of these in it:

Wyvern's Mate, audio cds, a paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

They’re the physical CD copies of Wyvern’s Mate in audio. Aren’t they cool?!

Have a listen:

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The audiobook of Wyvern’s Mate goes on sale September 13, just in time for you to listen up before Wyvern’s Prince goes on sale September 20. Saskia Maarleveld narrated this audiobook and will be continuing with the series: she’ll be recording Nero’s Dream at the same time as Wyvern’s Prince and (fingers crossed) Arista’s Legacy.

The Rose Red Bride Blackstone Edition

The Rose Red Bride by Claire Delacroix, Blackstone audio edition

Another present in the mail yesterday!

This is the physical edition of The Rose Red Bride in audio, from Blackstone Audio. It’s available to libraries and also will be in physical distribution to bookstores. Use either the Downpour or the Blackstone link to order one, and change the option on the dropdown menu to CD’s. (It defaults to digital download.) It’s also interesting to me that Blackstone offers an audio rental option, through Downpour. Check that out on the Downpour product page!

The Blackstone Audio editions are also distributed to Barnes & Noble, so you can order them online from their site. The audio appears as another format option on the book product page – here’s the one for The Rose Red Bride at B&N.

Here’s a sample of the audiobook, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, as well as the other buy links.

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Fabulous Audiobook Review for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix There’s a wonderful new review of the audiobook of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss at Rabid Reads this morning. This is pretty much the best way to start a day, in my opinion. 🙂 Here’s a snippet:

“The Fae aspect of this book wound through the story in different ways, all the while taking a backseat to the romance between Malcolm and Catriona. While it’s not the focus, it is however the catalyst for many of Malcolm’s decisions concerning Ravensmuir and Catriona. Storytelling back then was one of the few ways of entertainment the people had. A lot of it is in the form of poems and songs. Catriona sings of the Fae, but doesn’t believe in them. This was one aspect that I enjoyed listening to, rather than reading. Not that the narrator sings, but I found it easier to listen, when I would probably have skimmed that part of the book, had I been reading.

I did think the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld did a really good job. She was excellent at the accents she used, all the while keeping it clear for the reader to understand every word. Sometimes a Scots accent is hard to understand for the average person(Outlander anyone?), but not so here. I would like to listen to other audio books by this narrator as she added a lot to the story for me, especially as she portrayed the depths of feelings between the two main characters.

I don’t read that many historical books, although I do like them for a change of pace sometimes, and this one really fit the bill for me. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, reading the obviously well researched historical aspects, and of course, the romance. As far as the Fae, we do see just enough of them to see how evil they are, and also see how much havoc they can create. There’s threats of war, and someone from Catriona’s past comes around just to cause more drama. There’s some twists here, and I think this is the perfect story for adult historical romance readers that enjoy a paranormal element in their stories.

FYI-It’s not necessary to read any of the other books in this series, in order to enjoy this one.”

Thank you, Lorna at Rabid Reads! And thank you, also to Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviews. You can read the whole review on the blog, right here.

You can read the whole review on the blog, right here.

You can also listen to a sample from the audiobook of The Frost Maiden’s Kiss.

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Audiobooks in Physical Distribution

I received a very cool package last week – actually, there were two packages. Here’s what was inside them:

Blackstone Audio editions of The Beauty Bride and The Rogue, medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

These are the physical DVD editions of my audiobooks, The Beauty Bride and The Rogue. I like that Blackstone offers an option other than downloading the files – they say that libraries like this format.

Blackstone Audio editions of The Beauty Bride and The Rogue, medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Buy at DownpourYou can pre-order these editions directly from Blackstone through their DownPour portal – that’s the link on the icon with the arrow logo. I’ve linked to the download version for each book, but there’s a little dropdown menu at the top right of the product page. You can toggle between download and CD. They might be available at retailers like B&N when these editions release in August. Libraries can order them through the Blackstone Library portal.

Here are the free samples of each book, so you can have a listen. The Rogue was narrated by Ashley Klanac.

Read an interview with narrator Ashley Klanac.

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The Beauty Bride was narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

Read an interview with narrator Saskia Maarleveld.

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An Audio Review from Eniko

It seems to be the week for great audio reviews, which makes me very happy. Here’s an awesome one from Eniko for the audiobook of The Warrior’s Prize.

The Warrior's Prize audiobookIt’s a five star review!

“I think this has to be my fave of the series. I loved them all, but this one speaks to me more. Elisabeth is a woman after my own heart, she believes in herself and goes for what she wants and she wants Raphael. I want him too LOL he joins the ranks of my fave book boyfriends. He is rough around the edges because of his life from an early age, but he is a good man. What a twist in the middle of the story, and a bigger one towards the end, bigger than the usual ones the author throws into the story. The story weaves wonderfully, I found myself one moment saying YES and the next OH NOOOO, or laughing the next, it kept me on the edge for sure. A true love-conquers-all story with a well deserved HEA ending *sigh*
Saskia Maarlaveld delivered a gem of a story as usual. Her talent amazes me every time, and her voice is truly a marvel. Thank you for the enjoyable story and the many hours of listening bliss.”

Isn’t that a great review?

Have a listen:

The Warrior’s Prize in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

MORE Audio Reviews from Eileen

I told you that I had to catch up Eileen and her audio reviews! Here are a couple more that I missed sharing with you.

The Renegade's Heart audiobookEileen reviewed my medieval romance, The Renegade’s Heart, in audio, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Here’s part of what she had to say:

“I’m delighted to continue the story of the Lammergeier sisters.  Saskia Maarleveld does such a great job telling the story, touching the very essence of each character’s spirit. I’m amazed with her range of voice portraying males, children and females. I never tire of listening to her….

Ms. Delacroix provides a delightful, appealing, fantastical historical romance that continues to amuse, beguile and enchant.  She and the narrator will propel you into their medieval world and you will be ensnared as I am.  On that you can rely!”

You can read all of Eileen’s review on her blog, right here.

Have you listened to The Renegade’s Heart yet? Here’s a sample to tempt your ears!

The Renegade’s Heart in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.

The Rose Red Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixAnd Eileen also reviewed my medieval romance, The Rose Red Bride, also narrated by Saskia Maarleveld. Here’s part of what Eileen had to say:

“With eloquence, wry humor and gems of wisdom strewn at my feet this story unfolds in the velvety voice of narrator Saskia Maarleveld. The combination of voice and eloquent dialog was more than a listen. It was an experience!

I’m captivated with the story, this part of me which loves fae lore, fairy tales and an undying sense of honor where word means truth…If you are of the ‘tartan’ inclination, enjoy intrigue, bravery, sensitivity and passionate men and women of Scotland, you’ll have no problem enjoying both the read and the listen. “Of that you may be sure!”’

You can read the rest of Eileen’s review on her blog, right here:

Have you listened to the Jewels of Kinfairlie in audio yet? Here’s a sample from The Rose Red Bride.

The Rose Red Bride in audio is available at Amazon, Audible and Apple.