The Bride Quest Goes to KU

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixMy experiment with Kindle Unlimited is going pretty well, so I’ll be moving the Bride Quest series into that program by January 1. I’ll have to start republishing them at the end of this week at other portals, so if you shop at other portals, this is last call.

The Bride Quest – all six books and two bundles:
• The Princess
• The Damsel
• The Heiress
• The Bride Quest I Boxed Set
• The Countess
• The Beauty
• The Temptress
• The Bride Quest II Boxed Set

 

Updated Bride Quest Family Tree

Crevy-sur-Seine Family Tree Logo for the Bride Quest series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixAs I was creating a spreadsheet of characters, names, and places this week, I discovered a mistake in the family tree for Crevy-sur-Seine.

While Kim was fixing that, I had her add the children that have already been born, since they weren’t listed yet. This won’t be all of the kids—I expect Bayard and Esmeraude had more than one child—but it’s what we know so far.

All of the family trees for my books are free downloads in my online store. If you downloaded this one before, you should have received an email that there’s an update available. Either way, you can download the updated family tree right here.

Romance Ever After Boxed Set

There’s a new multi-author boxed set available this week. Grab your copy today!

Romance Ever After, a boxed setof historical romancesA bundle of novels like nothing else you’ve ever seen before – eight bestselling authors, seven top-rated novels, and one brand-new story by a NYT Bestselling author. Welcome to ROMANCE EVER AFTER!

In this collection, you’ll be swept away on the warm breezes of Time, from the romance and chivalry of Medieval & Elizabethan England, to the raw sex appeal of the Scottish Highlands, to the pageantry of the Regency era, and finally to the beautiful yet wild lands of the American West. Every hero has a heart, every heroine a fiery spirit, and every story a soul that bleeds passion. Indulge in this limited-edition collection with some of the top authors in their genre.

This bundle includes:

My Girl by Debra Holland – (NEW STORY) When a logging accident kills his friend and Felicity Woodbury’s fiancé, Lars Aagaard steps in to lend his support. To keep Felicity’s suitors at bay during her mourning period, the two act as if Lars is wooing her. But, already smitten, Lars hopes to turn the pretend courtship to real love.

The Iron Knight by Kathryn Le Veque – When hardened knight Lucien de Russe saves the life of widow Sophina de Gournay, their wonderful chance meeting starts a chain of events that could destroy them both.

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix – Ysabella knows better than to trust her charming husband—even when he insists he is being hunted. When Merlyn is killed, Ysabella is again Lady of Ravensmuir, where the truth must be hidden. Is Merlyn dead? If so, who loves her so sweetly in the night? If not, what is that wicked rogue’s scheme?

Wicked at Heart by Danelle Harmon – A Beauty-and-the-Beast tale of love and redemption between a dark and brooding marquess and the woman who is determined to heal his tortured heart.

Highland Hunger by Eliza Knight – Ceana can’t stand the arrogant Highlander she’s up against in the war games, and yet she can’t walk away. Macrath wants nothing more than to be rid of the troublesome need to protect the warrior lass. What starts out as a race to survive turns into passion to endure together.

Lady in Waiting by Denise Domning – Christopher Hollier will do anything to reclaim the title of Lord Graistan for his invalid brother. Maid-of-honor to the Virgin Queen, Anne Blanchemain hides a dangerous secret, one that sweeps them into events that might ultimately cost them their lives, and their love.

My Lady’s Treasure by Catherine Kean – Lady Faye Rivellaux is desperate to save a kidnapped child. Former crusading knight Brant Meslarches seeks redemption from his past. Forming an uneasy alliance, they search for lost riches and find treasure worth more than gold.

A Knight to Call My Own by Sherry Ewing – Lynet of Clan MacLaren knows how it feels to love someone and not have that love returned. Ian MacGillivray has returned to Berwyck in search of a bride. Who will claim the fair Lynet? The price will be high to ensure her safety and even higher to win her love.

The Seventh Son by Ashley York – The sixth son bears a curse as certain as the seventh bears a blessing. When Tadhg MacNaughton’s betrothed is ripped from his arms and married to another, he believes the legend is true. Is the warrior’s love for the Irish beauty already doomed or does fate have something else planned?

Add this bundle to your library to savor again and again!

Because The Rogue is included in this bundle, it’s not currently available on its own.

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Back to Sayerne

A lot of you have asked me about my upcoming release, One Knight Enchanted. I did post in the description that an earlier version of this story was published under the title Enchanted. So, is this an old book or a new book? You want to know and that’s understandable—so, here we go!

Enchanted, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixEnchanted was published by Harlequin in 1997. It had a cover by Pino which looked like this. When the rights reverted to me, I didn’t have a digital book file for the interior. I had a paperback copy of the book scanned. I thought I’d probably just have to correct typos and it would be ready to be republished. That’s what I did with The Bride Quest series and book #1 of that series, The Princess, was first published in 1998. I expected the book to be pretty clean.

Then I started to read the book, making those corrections. OCR scans include a lot of mistakes. The scanner often misinterprets the letters— “corner” might be read as “comer”, the rn combination being interpreted as an m. “I” can be interpreted as the number 1 or a lower case l. Sometimes the scan isn’t too bad, and sometimes it’s a disaster. I use another proofreader to catch the typos after I’ve gone through the file, and we keep lists of typical errors.

But in this book, there was more to change. I wasn’t happy with the storytelling, which makes sense when you think about it. I should have learned a few things in twenty years of writing and publishing. I wasn’t as happy with the writing as I wanted to be. I wasn’t as happy with the editing as I wanted to be. There were a lot of repetitions in the text, and there were continuity errors. The villain seems to have died twice, for example. (He’s really bad, apparently.) The Big Finish happens off the page and is never fully explained.

There’s something great about reading favorite books again and again for nostalgia, and I have a full bookcase of keeper stories which I love to revisit. I also think that when an author makes a new edition of an old book available for sale, it should be just as strong of a book as her current releases. This book wasn’t—and I had the power to fix that.

I started to edit the book more heavily. I cut chunks of scenes and added new scenes, especially at the end. It felt like a big revision, and the result was starting to look like a different book.

My Lady's Champion, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixIn for a penny, in for a pound! Starting the revision meant that I needed to go deeper. Once the revision was finished on the book, I thought about the series. The stories I published with Harlequin were often linked, but my “series” grew out of secondary characters who had appeared in previous books. Those series grew organically and were never marketed as linked books by the house. In this case, there were three books that I considered to be a series because the protagonists were siblings. Annelise in Enchanted has a younger brother and an older one. My Lady’s Champion was the story of her older brother, Quinn, and was published first. My Lady’s Desire was the story of her younger brother, Yves, and was published third. I decided to change the order of the books in the series: even though I wrote Enchanted second, its events take place before events in My Lady’s Champion. So, One Knight Enchanted is book #1 in the new series.

My Lady's Desire, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixAlso, when I create a series now, there’s more of a connection between the books than existed in these three stories. You can see from these three Harlequin covers that the books weren’t originally branded as a series.

But I wanted a powerful linked series this time. The fact that Rolfe (hero of Enchanted) had met Quinn (hero of My Lady’s Champion) in Outremer gave me an idea to connect the books a little more strongly. What if they had more than met? What if they had fought together? What if they were members of a company of knights who fought together in the first crusade? What if they had a reputation for daring and effectiveness, one that was the result of them having nothing to lose? What if Rolfe’s mysterious bottle isn’t the only treasure brought home from that market in Palestine?

I soon had a list of knights, all returning home, each bearing a gift said to ensure his future. The series is now called Rogues & Angels and is the first series set in the Sayerne world. Rolfe’s book is the first story and Quinn’s is the second, but then we’ll visit some of those other knights in that notorious company of crusaders. The other knights will pass through Sayerne on their way home, visiting either Quinn or Rolfe (or both.) I have a feeling they’re going to fall in love. I forgot how much I liked the Lord de Tulley and his interfering ways so we’ll be seeing more of him and his legacy. (Who is Tulley’s heir? I want to know.) There are going to be lots of new connections, too. I expect you’ll see fathers and grandfathers of heroes in heroines in other books and series of mine having their stories told in this series.

One Knight Enchanted, #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixSo, on the one hand, this is an old story. The characters have the same names and the basic story is roughly the same. On the other hand, Annelise and Rolfe’s story has been so heavily revised and even changed that it’s not the same book.

One Knight Enchanted is also the launch of a new series that will have more books in it than the revisions of these three. Sayerne will be the world in which all of my republished Harlequin Historicals are set, so you can expect more connections to be built between characters, series and books.

I think that even if you read Enchanted, you’ll want to read One Knight Enchanted, too.

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Jewels of Kinfairlie Bundle on Sale

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set has been discounted to $2.99 US or equivalent for the month of December. It’s usually $9.99 US. Here’s your chance to read the whole series at a special price!

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set, a digital bundle including all four medieval Scottish romances in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series by Claire DelacroixBuy NowFour magical medieval romances from the “Queen of Medieval Romance”, Claire Delacroix. Meet the siblings in the mischievous and loving family at Kinfairlie and follow their adventures in pursuit of true love.

In The Beauty Bride, Madeline is appalled by her older brother’s determination to see her wed against her will. When he auctions her hand to an outlawed mercenary, she flees them both, certain that her fate cannot be worse. But Rhys FitzHenry is not a man to abandon what he holds dear, and Madeline’s proud beauty has captured his heart. Can a rough knight enchant her with stories and convince her to be his wife in truth, or will his enemies have their vengeance first?

In The Rose Red Bride, Vivienne is convinced that only destiny could bring such a wondrous secret lover to her chamber, but with morning’s light, her lover abducts her. Erik knows that justice can only be gained from the Lammergeier with force, especially as the fate of his young daughters hangs in the balance. Can Vivienne help this wounded highlander to regain his legacy, and win his heart for her own?

In The Snow White Bride, Eleanor seeks sanctuary at Kinfairlie on Christmas Eve. The Laird of Kinfairlie’s sisters decide that the beautiful widow will be the perfect match for their brother. Alexander’s heart is quickly lost, but as Eleanor’s secrets are revealed, he fears he has trusted too much too soon. Will Eleanor’s past jeopardize the future of this knight who has claimed her heart, or can she save him from the peril that follows her?

This digital boxed set includes all three medieval romances in the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy – The Beauty Bride, The Rose Red Bride, The Snow White Bride – as well as the linked short story, The Ballad of Rosamunde.

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