Spooky Books

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you read spooky books at this time of year? I do, so I thought you might like a list of what’s spooky in my list. There are ghosts, or suspected ghosts, warning dreams, cursed heroes and heroines, a nightmare of a future world and more in this collection of my spooky books.

Fallen, first in the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

An Elegy for Melusine, a retelling of a medieval French fairy tale by Claire Delacroix

The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Spellbound, part of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series of Regency romance novellas, by Claire Delacroix

The Warrior, #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

 

Reader Letter from An Elegy for Melusine

An Elegy for Melusine: A Medieval Fairy Tale by Claire DelacroixAn Elegy for Melusine is a fantasy novella with romantic elements that I wrote for an anthology several years ago. It’s currently available in Beguiled, the collection of my own shorter works, in both print and digital editions. In a few days, it will be available on its own in a digital edition: read on to find out why.

An Elegy for Melusine will be available from my online store next week to be downloaded immediately, and up for pre-order on the various portals for September 15 delivery.


 

Dear Reader;

An Elegy for Melusine is my retelling of a medieval fairy tale. This story features Melusine, who is cursed to become half-snake, or half-dragon, for one day out of each week. The curse upon her will be broken if she can find true love with a mortal man. She decides to keep her curse secret from the man she marries, hoping to preserve Raymond’s love for her by protecting him from her truth. Her plan doesn’t work, although you’ll need to read the story to discover the details. Even though it doesn’t end well, there are many wonderful elements in this story and it’s a favorite fairy tale of mine.

I’ve always wanted to give Melusine her happy ending—and find her the man worthy of her love—but the first order of business in doing that is introducing her to my readers. The story of Melusine is more commonly known in French than in English, partly because Melusine and her story are associated with the Lusignan family in France—Melusine is said to be one of their forebears. The story has similarities to the fairy tales we know but doesn’t have the happily-ever-after we expect. I believe that’s because it is a kind of a warning about the perils of fairies and mortals falling in love.

It might be a warning against more than that. The story was first written down in French by Coudrette in the late fourteenth century, although the more famous version is the slightly later one recorded by Jean d’Arras. Scholars believe that the story was recounted orally much earlier than this, partly because both of these versions are in verse. It could have been a story told merely for entertainment. It could have been indicative of a change in belief, because in the middle ages, fairies became associated with the devil. Or, in a medieval Europe that was more mobile and mingled than it had been previously, the story simply could have been a warning against marrying outside of one’s own “kind”.

Of course, in our time, we are more readily convinced that partnerships between different “kinds” can be successful. That belief is behind the popularity of paranormal romances in our time, which do have happy endings. So, Melusine has waited centuries, but now she will get her HEA: she’s a continuing character in my upcoming DragonFate series and I promise you that she will meet her match. Raymond also has a role in this series, as the ghost who haunts her. I’ve included an excerpt from Hot Blooded, the first book in the new series, at the end of this digital book.

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Until next time, I hope you have plenty of books to read!

All my best—
Claire

Another FB Launch Party

I’ll be attending the FB launch party for my friend Terry Spear’s new paranormal romance, Hero of a Highland Wolf, next Tuesday, August 5. Terry and I met (once upon a time) when we both blogged at Shapeshifter Romance: she writes about wolf shifters and I write about dragon shifters. At her launch party, there will be lots of chatter, excerpts to read and also prizes to be won – and it’ll all be about paranormal romance.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeYou know I’ll be talking about Dragonfire. 🙂

Here’s the link to the event. Will I see you there?

July Reader Contest

It’s that time again—the first of the month means a new reader contest.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeThis month’s prize is a signed trade paperback copy of Beguiled, the new collection of my previously published short stories and novellas being published this month. As usual, the contest is open internationally and, as usual, I’ll add another prize for every 25 entries. Good luck everyone!

Serpent’s Kiss Winners

There were two different contests that finished yesterday. The first was the mid-month celebration, and the second was the nomination of a Dragonfire title for the Character Couch. We have four winners, all of whom will receive the same prize: a signed trade paperback copy of Serpent’s Kiss, a Serpent’s Kiss tote bag, a pair of Dragonfire earrings in Thorolf’s color and some Dragonfire temporary tattoos.

Mid May Reader Prize for Serpent's Kiss by Deborah Cooke

First, the winners for the mid-month contest. We had 48 entries, so that means TWO prizes. Our winners are Alyssa and MIchelle. I’ve emailed both of you so please look for my message. Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners!

Edited to add – we now have the winners for the Character Couch draw with the same prize. emb4s and aviscauley2002, please check your email!

Print Edition of Serpent’s Kiss

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeFor those of you hunting a print edition of Serpent’s Kiss, it’s available at some more outlets now.

Of course, it’s available at Createspace, right here.

This Amazon link will take you to the print book. They should link the digital and print editions soon.

If you’re in another Amazon market (UK or DE, for example), the quickest way to find the book on that site is to copy the url from Amazon.com, paste it into a new browser window or tab, then change .com to the right suffix.

So, here’s the Amazon US link:
http://www.amazon.com/Serpents-Kiss-Dragonfire-Deborah-Cooke/dp/1927477379

Change the suffix to .co.uk and you find the book in the UK store:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Serpents-Kiss-Dragonfire-Deborah-Cooke/dp/1927477379

And the DE store:
http://www.amazon.de/Serpents-Kiss-Dragonfire-Deborah-Cooke/dp/1927477379

The book will also be available from the other European Amazon portals.

And finally, Barnes and Noble has both print and digital editions linked, right here. Note that B&N is selling the title from their website, but probably won’t stock it in individual stores.

Edited to add – Here’s the link at the Book Depository, so new that it doesn’t even display a cover yet.

Serpent’s Kiss Print Edition

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeMany of you have been asking about the print edition of Serpent’s Kiss – and whether there will be one. There is, but I couldn’t set it up for pre-order. It was available from Createspace yesterday, and last night, it appeared on the Amazon site. Here’s the link for the print edition on Amazon – within a day or two, the digital and the print will be linked. It takes up to 72 hours for that to happen.

The information about the print book’s availability is perking through databases as we speak. It will appear on B&N and the Book Depository, but there’s no telling how long that will take. We’ll just have to keep our eyes open.

And yes, this is a trade paperback. It’s the same size as The Dragon Legion Collection in print. I know many of you like to line books up on the shelf (because I do, too) so I chose the size closest to that of The Dragon Diaries US trade paperback edition. I have the mass market Dragonfire books followed by The Dragon Legion Collection, followed by The Dragon Diaries on my shelf, and they look great together.

There is no physical distribution of this book – that means you won’t walk into your local bookstore or drug store and find a copy. You will have to order one online. Technically, any bookstore can order a copy for you, but in my experience, they don’t bother. On the upside, this is print on demand, which means that they’ll make a copy just for you when you do order it. You won’t get some copy that’s been fingered and read, has its corners turned and its cover scuffed.

This is the only way that I could finish the series, and given that, moving from mass market to trade isn’t that bad of a compromise.