Website Reorganization

I’m updating my websites (again – this feels like an endless task sometimes) in order to add some features. First, I’m updating to the new WordPress block editor, which should improve how the sites look, especially on your phone.

While doing that, I’m adding more buy links, particularly for print editions, and updating to cool little buy buttons.

Thirdly, this update allows me to add Paypal buttons for you to buy signed print books directly from me.

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve finished the updates on my contemporary romances, so if you look at the individual book pages for The Coxwells, Flatiron Five Fitness and Flatiron Five Tattoo, you’ll see those features. I’m offering both individual books for sale and series bundles of print books – they’re both listed on each book page. On the Store page, you’ll find the series bundles only. Once I get this update done across all of my sites, I’ll dig out my inventory of original print editions and add them to the book pages. I think, for example, that I still have some of the Berkley editions of the Coxwells in trade paperback.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

The final change will affect my other sites: I’m going to move the Dragons of Incendium to the Dragonfire Novels site, which will leave me with three websites to manage instead of four. All the PNR will be on the Dragonfire site. I’ve already got the individual books there, under their own Incendium tab – and I learned that there’s a new cool option to display audio samples from Soundcloud, like the one for Wyvern’s Mate. I’ll do the PNR site next, then the Delacroix site last.

I’ll let you know when everything is done!

Signed Print Books

Since closing my store, I’ve been considering different ways to sell signed print books. I had set up one method here on the site, but it was a little bit buried – the links are at the bottom of the book series pages, but they’re easy to miss there.

To simplify things, I’ve put the Store tab back on the menu bar. There are bundles of print books priced there to include shipping from Canada to destinations in the US or Canada. I’ve collected entire series because postage from Canada can be high – it works out better if you buy multiple books at once. The postage is a guess, since it will vary based on your location – if it’s too much, I refund you the difference. I charge actual postage with no handling fee. If you live outside the US and Canada, you can just email me and we’ll work it out.

I have a LOT of titles, so they’re not all listed on the page. Again, if there’s a title you’d like—or a series—please just email me about it. If you’d prefer, you can comment on the Store page and ask any questions.


January Giveaway – Highland Heroes

Highland Heroes, a digital boxed set of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThis month’s signed print book giveaway is for a copy of Highland Heroes. This volume includes three of my medieval Scottish romances – The Beauty, The Rose Red Bride, and The Warrior. I have just one print copy left, and it will be this month’s prize.

All you have to do for your chance to win is comment on this post. Tell me something, anything, or wish everyone a happy new year.

The giveaway is open to readers in US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ.

Edited to add – we have a winner! Josée has won the signed print copy of Highland Heroes. Thanks to everyone who entered. Please check the blog for the February book giveaway and good luck!

Don’t forget that I also have THREE Goodreads giveaways running this month.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeClick here to enter the GR giveaway for a signed copy of Wyvern’s Mate.

Click here to enter the GR giveaway for a signed copy of Simply Irresistible.

Click here to enter the GR giveaway for a signed copy of The Crusader’s Kiss.

Good luck!

Signed Book Bundles

The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve put together series bundles of print books in my online store and priced them at a discount. This is a good way to get a whole series in matching editions and formats, and to have them signed, too. Each series bundle comes with a free tote bag.

All prices in the store are in Canadian dollars, so there’s a discount in the currency conversion for those of you south of the border. I think the Canadian dollar is worth about 75 cents US these days, which looks like a 25% discount to me.

We also pack each order from the store with postcards and other goodies.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIn the Series Bundles category of the store, you’ll find Bargain Bundles of Bargain Bundles of The Bride Quest II, The Coxwells, The Jewels of Kinfairlie, The Prometheus Project and The Rogues of Ravensmuir. You’ll also find Series Bundles of The Champions of St. Euphemia, The Jewels of Kinfairlie (with the new covers) and The True Love Brides Series.

If you like the mass market editions of my books (or the Berkley trade paperbacks of The Coxwells), be sure to look in the Collectors’ Editions category of the store. Buy three or more books from any department and I’ll include a free tote bag – so if you build your own series, you’ll still get a bag to carry them in.

New Layout at the Store

Having an online store really keeps me hopping, and not just with orders to fill. The application I use (Selz) has been growing and offering new functionality at a dizzying pace. I think it’s wonderful how they listen to their customers and add features to serve our needs. I tend to fall behind in integrating the cool new stuff they introduce, though, because the new features are coming fast and furious. (And I have, you know, writing to do.)

Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBut a week or so ago, I finally dug in and updated the store. I changed the theme and added new graphics, and am quite pleased with the result. As mentioned previously, the store pricing is in Canadian dollars, and all physical items will be shipped from Canada. Right now, the shipping calculator is set up for US and Canadian destinations—if you live elsewhere, I’m happy to fill your requests for signed books, but you’ll need to email me to have a shipping cost calculated for your order. Please include which books you’d like and your mailing address, and email me at
chestwick AT bell DOT net
(You know what to do with those caps and spaces!)

You can visit the store right here.

What’s in the store?

• My online store is the best way to get signed print copies of my books, because you order them directly from me. See all the available signed print books in the store. If you’re interested in discounted titles and editions, visit the Sale Book category.

Knights and Rogues of Medieval Romance by Claire Delacroix• You can download free samples of my books in the store, and read a longer excerpt on your e-reader rather than the short ones on my website. See all the available book samples in the store.

• You can download free family trees for my book series in the store. Note that these are PDF’s and won’t display well on your e-reader. You can download them to your computer or tablet and print them out. See all the available family trees in the store.

• You can download free reads in my online store, including free titles like The Beauty Bride and Double Trouble, as well as samplers. See all the free reads in the store.

• You can download five-minute audiobook samples from the store or buy audiobooks on physical CD’s directly from me. Visit the Audiobook Sample category, or shop the Audio Boxed CD’s category.

That’s a summary of what’s currently in the store. Is there anything you’d expect to find in my online store that isn’t available there?

New Reader Discussion Groups

I’ve finally created two reader discussion groups on Facebook, where we can chat about my books.

Making Medieval Magic Facebook discussion group for Claire Delacroix medieval romances
Making Medieval Magic
is a place to talk about my Claire Delacroix medieval romances.

Dragon Warriors Facebook reader discussion group for Deborah Cooke paranormal romances
Dragon Warriors
is a place to talk about my Deborah Cooke paranormal romances, which pretty much all feature dragon shapeshifters.

You’re welcome to join either or both groups, and participate in the discussions there. There is a signed print book giveaway in each forum to get things started, so please stop by!

The Store is Back

My online store is back in business again. You can find it right here.

The Prometheus Project Boxed Set of urban fantasy romances by Claire DelacroixYou might remember that I had planned to dismantle the store and only offer free downloads there. As is so often the case in this market, I’ve changed my mind, and here’s why. First off, I discovered that disabling the payment options at the store meant that it didn’t work at all. If payment options aren’t enabled, then you can’t even download free stuff. I’d disabled them because all the content there was free, so that was an oopsie on my part. Selz isn’t a portal designed for delivering free content, so in hindsight, this makes perfect sense. Several of the popular portals designed for delivering free content don’t work for people outside the US (ha! Like me!) so reconfiguring my existing store was the simplest solution.

I’d also disabled the payment options because they require me to pay a monthly subscription fee. That’s okay if I’m selling content and can cover the cost as an expense, but when the content is free, it made little sense to me. (I didn’t realize the store wouldn’t work at all without them.) So, now that the payment options are enabled again, the content for sale is back, too.

I could have just put the PDF’s – like the family trees – back on my website, but several other cool changes have happened since I put the store on hiatus a few months ago, and those changes meant the store was a good solution. First of all, Selz now integrates with Facebook. You’ll be able to shop from my store on either of my Facebook pages, either Claire Delacroix or Deborah Cooke. See? The Store is on the tab under the banner, after Timeline and About. Click through and you can shop from within FB. I think that’s very slick!

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah CookeAlso, Selz now offers the Send to Kindle app which I’ve enabled at the store, so this should mean that those of you who read on Kindles won’t have to figure out how to sideload content. Anything you buy in my online store should be delivered right to your Kindle for you to read. This is also pretty cool.

There are still a couple of challenges that are ongoing. One is sales tax calculation and submission for other territories. Ugh. If you remember, the EU began requiring ALL parties to submit sales tax for each territory in the EU last summer. (There are a lot of them!) There’s no way I’m undertaking that kind of paperwork, so for the moment, the store is configured for sales to US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand only. I’m hoping that the EU – or at least the UK – comes up with a better solution for small businesses that sell online (like me!). Fingers crossed that we can open up in other territories soon.

The Crusader's Handfast: Part Two by Claire DelacroixThe other challenge, which is the calculation of shipping costs from me (in Canada) to you (wherever), remains a bit complicated. Shipping calculators are scarce for these kind of store facilities – those with look-up tables that give accurate results seem to be part of custom store software. For the moment, this is partly solved by restricting the territories of sale at the store, and partly by my listing bundles of books for sale instead of individual titles. The bundles come out to weights in the same price class this way. The postage should work out pretty well for US and Canada, but when you order through the store, I’ll let you know if you’re getting a refund or need to pay a bit more. I don’t make money on postage, but I don’t want to lose money on it either. The book bundles include a tote bag, too, and are similar to the show specials that I offer for booksignings. I think this is a good compromise and hope you do, too.

So, what’s in the store?
• Free downloadable PDF family trees

• Free downloadable excerpts for upcoming books, in both EPUB and MOBI

• Signed print copies of my books for sale, specially priced in series bundles

• Downloadable audiobook samples, which are MP3 files. You can listen to these 5 minute samples online here on my site or my Soundcloud page, but if you want to download them, they’re in the store.

The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix• Digital copies of my books for sale. Although I’m loading the same individual titles you can buy at major online portals in my store, I’m also including content that isn’t available everywhere. There’s going to be more of that. For example, the new $14.99 boxed sets which are available at Kobo and iBooks – The Coxwells Boxed Set, The Prometheus Project Boxed Set and, coming in February, The True Love Brides Boxed Set – are in the store now. If you want a MOBI version of any of these boxed sets, you’ll need to buy it from me. 🙂

Also, I’ll be moving some content into the store that I’d like to price below $2.99US or which is already below that price. The individual Dragon Legion novellas are currently on the move, and will soon be available individually only from my store. The Dragon Legion Collection will remain in wide distribution. An Elegy for Melusine, Kinfairlie Knights, Highland Heroes, and Harmonia’s Kiss will soon be available exclusively from my store.

Check back tomorrow for more about my plans for the store!