About Deborah Cooke

I write romance novels, including medieval romances as Claire Delacroix, and contemporary and paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke. I also am an avid knitter and sewist.

A Duke in Spanish

A Duke by Any Other Name, book two of my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances, is now available in Spanish! It’s also enrolled in KDP Select, so it’s available exclusively at Amazon and you can read it free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

A Duke by Any Other Name, book two of the Brides of North Barrows Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix, Spanish edition

Dafne Goodenham siempre ha estado decida a casarse con un duque—no solo porque ama los hermosos vestidos, sino porque quiere garantizar que ella y su hermana nunca sean destituidas otra vez. Cuando ella conoce al duque de Inverfyre, un notorio galán, ella de inmediato descubre inconsistencias intrigantes. ¿Hay más del duque de lo que se ve a simple vista? ¿Por qué escondería la verdad si fuera apuesto, joven, rico y un duque?

Alexander, el duque de Inverfyre, está decidido a capturar al notorio ladrón que hirió a su hermana, sin importar el costo, Sin embargo, enfrentado por la adorable Señorita Goodenham, el disfraz de Alexander demuestra no tener defensas contra la curiosidad de la dama—y él no puede resistirse  a su beso. ¿Frustrará Dafne, inadvertidamente, el plan de Alexander? ¿Tendrá él que sacrificar el interés de ella para vengar a su hermana? ¿O podrá Dafne asegurar el triunfo de Alexander y hacer realidad su propio deseo de Navidad?

El disfraz del duque está ahora en KDP Select: está disponible exclusivamente en Amazon y puedes leerlo gratis con una suscripción a Kindle Unlimited.

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The Highlander’s Curse in Italian

Annelise and Garret’s Scottish medieval romance, The Highlander’s Curse, is now available in Italian!

The Highlander's Curse, book three of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, Italian edition

Era solo ed emarginato—finché lei non lo accolse nel suo cuore…

Ingannato dalla sua gente e marchiato dalla sua discendenza dalle Fate, Garrett MacLachlan è convinto che il suo destino sia di restare emarginato per sempre. Finché non incontra Annelise di Kinfairlie, una fanciulla bella e gentile capace di trasformare in dono la sua maledizione.

Riuscirà Garrett a reclamare la perduta eredità con lei al suo fianco? Sarà sufficiente per Annelise sfidare la propria famiglia nel nome dell’amore vero per salvarlo? E, se anche riuscissero ad avere la meglio sui nemici mortali, saranno in grado di pagare il prezzo richiesto loro dalle Fate?

About Quinces

Quincesa nd quicne jelly made by Deborah Cooke

I have a fascination with quinces and was very happy this year to acquire two quince trees for my garden. They’re very young, and just sticks at this point, but I’ll pamper them and hope for a harvest in a decade or so. It might just be one or two quinces, but they’ll be worth the wait.

You’ll notice from the picture above that the fruit is pale yellow. It’s paler inside and granular like a pear. Quinces are also as hard as rocks, even when ripe. They have to be cooked to be eaten. The scent is between a pear and an apple, but when quince is cooked, it turns pink and develops a kind of pineapple flavor. The flavor is distinct, both familiar and exotic. I think the way it turns pink is just magical.

Illustration from Codex granatensis, ca 1400, showing the quince
Illustration from Codex granatensis ca 1400 showing the quince

Quinces have been known for millennia. They originated in the Middle East and spread early to Europe. Some scholars believe that the golden apples of the Hesperides were quinces, and that the apple given by Helen of Troy to Paris was actually a quince.

The Romans mentioned quinces often in their literature. Pliny said it warded off the evil eye. Plutarch documented the ceremony of a newly married couple sharing a quince: since the quince was sacred to Venus, this was to ensure a sweet future together.

Quinces were included in the list of plants by Charlemagne (Capitulare de Villis) that should be grown on imperial estates.They were also planted at the Tower of London in 1275. In Old English, the fruit was called a coyne, which has evolved to the modern quince. Here’s an article by the Metropolitan Museum about the quinces that grow in the Cloisters Museum.

Illustration from Tacuinum Sanitatis, showing the quince
Illustration from Taciunum Sanitatis, showing the quince

Both of these medieval illustrations come from volumes that mention the benefits of quince upon the digestive system and its use in whetting the appetite.

What good are quinces? They are high in pectin and Vitamin C and make a lovely pink jelly. They have that marvelous flavor. This post of a medieval menu includes a recipe for quince cake. As mentioned, they have long been believed to aid in digestive issues. When Magellan undertook his voyage to the Pacific, they carried quince jelly for the officers, not realizing that the Vitamin C in it would ward off scurvy.

We planted our two quince trees this past weekend and I’m very excited to watch them grow.

A Couple of Newsletter Changes

Knights & Rogues newsletter for Claire Delacroix's medieval romances

I’ve decided this month to switch newsletter service providers. My current service has changed a number of things, so it’s time for a move. This means a bunch of work behind the scenes for me, but for you, there are two changes.

First, the Knights & Rogues newsletter will look a bit different. This new provider gears their templates toward phones, so the newsletter will look more graphic. I kind of like that. It looks fresher.

Secondly, I’ve turned off the tour for Ravensmuir & Kinfairlie for the moment. If you sign up now, your email will go into a holding file until I rebuild the tour at the new newsletter service and launch it again (probably not before the fall). If you’re already on the tour, it will continue to be delivered to you from the old newsletter service.

One thing this new service doesn’t do is allow me to send newsletters based on time zones. I like that feature, but not enough to stay at the current provider. So, depending where you are, the newsletter might drop during the night.

Another thing this new service lets you do is choose some preferences. I’ve set that up for you to tell me where you prefer to shop. That way, when there’s a special available at just one portal, I can tell the people most interested in it. So, when you get the first newsletter from the new service on April 6, please scroll down to the footer, click on Manage Preferences and tell me where you shop.

If you haven’t subscribed to Knights & Rogues yet, you can do that right here. That’s a sign-up at the new service. 🙂

Something Wicked Now Available In Spanish

It’s a busy month for new releases! Something Wicked This Way Comes, book one of my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances, is now available in a Spanish edition. It’s in Kindle Unlimited and exclusive to Amazon.

something Wicked This Way Comes, book one of the Brides of North Barrows Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix, Spanish edition

Siete años atrás, Sofía Brisbane lo perdió todo—su padre, su hermano, la fortuna de su familia—pero aún peor, fue rechazada por el hombre que amaba. Ella está decidida a no lamentarse por el pasado y sus placeres—hasta que se encuentra con Lucien de Royne otra vez. Aunque él sabía que Sofía nunca sería suya, Lucien juró recuperar su herencia perdida—incluso apostando su propia alma a un demonio. Cuando Sofía descubre lo que él ha hecho, ningún poder en el cielo o la tierra la puede convencer de dejarlo pagar la deuda al demonio, sin importar el costo para sí misma.

La apuesta del caballero está ahora en KDP Select: está disponible exclusivamente en Amazon y puedes leerlo gratis con una suscripción a Kindle Unlimited.

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