One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

The Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances continues with the tale of Quinn’s return home to Sayerne.

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixKnight and crusader Quinn de Sayerne vowed never to return home while his villainous father drew breath. Twenty years after his departure, he is notified of his father’s death and summoned by his liege lord to claim his family holding. But his overlord has a stipulation: Quinn must wed Melissande, the beauteous heiress of neighboring Annossy. Quinn hoped to make a match based on more than mutual animosity, but he is resolved to win the heart of his lady wife, at any cost.

Melissande cannot believe that her liege lord has not only compelled her to break an old betrothal but wed her to a ruffian—and granted the seal of Annossy to him, despite her expertise. It is the dream of Quinn’s father brought to fruition, for the holdings will be merged just as he long schemed. But her overlord cannot be defied and she finds herself the chattel of this rough knight, despite her every protest.

Can Quinn win his lady’s reluctant heart? Or is he doomed to lose Melissande forever when her betrothed returns?

An earlier version of this story was published as My Lady’s Champion. What’s different? Ha. Pretty much everything – except Quinn, who I still adore. 🙂 The book has been completely revised, and there are new scenes linking the company of Rogues & Angels to the story. Tulley has a niece now, too.

Coming April 23, 2019.

Pre-order One Knight’s Return in ebook:
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Read an excerpt here.

New Trope Buttons

First in SeriesI had an idea over the holidays and put it to work earlier this month. We all have our favorite tropes – like Second Chance or Marriage of Convenience or Hidden Heir – so I’ve added some buttons to the index page of my site. (Scroll down from Next & New to find them.)

Enemies to LoversI’ve sorted my books by trope, so each button takes you to a gallery of covers for books that fit that trope. You can click on the cover to go to the detail page for that book.

I think this is fun. What do you think? Is it useful to you? What tropes do you think I missed?

Start 2019 with a BOGO Sale!

BOGO deal at Kobo January 2018If you have a device (phone, tablet, computer), that can download an app and you like saving money on books, this announcement is for you!

This spring, a few of our fabulous, forward-thinking publishing partners are enabling us indie authors to start offering readers amazing new book deals we haven’t been able to before. This means that over the next couple of months, you’ll be seeing thousands of brand new deals popping up from hundreds of bestselling romance authors. And it all starts NOW!

First up is a month of fantastic BOGO (Buy One, Get One FREE) deals from some of your favorite authors (see list below).

All you need to do is download the free Kobo reading app (available on the Google Play store or via the link below) for your iPhone, android phone, tablet, or computer — whatever you device you want to read on. We’re talking some huge savings here folks. 700+ deals this month alone! And next month, there will be a whole new set of bestselling authors bringing you more incredible BOGO savings.

Download the Kobo reading app for AndroidThen after that, beginning in March, you’ll be able to start getting even more new deals via the free B&N reading app as well, similarly available for download from the Google Play store for all your devices.

Before you ask, yes, this will be a way for us to start bringing you audiobook discounts as well (more info on audio deals later in the spring). And for you paperback lovers, we’ll soon be able to offer paperback discounts too, just like the traditional publishers, right around the same time. So much savings!!

As one more added bonus, you automatically get $5 credit to use on your first book immediately after downloading the free Kobo reading app. How awesome is that?!

So, who’s ready to start the new year shopping for BOGO deals and binge reading galore?

This month, you can save on books by Addison Moore | Aleatha Romig | Alexis Abbott | Brenda Rothert | Carly Phillips | Carrie Ann Ryan | Cassia Leo | Chelle Bliss | Christine Bell | Ciara Knight | Claire Delacroix | Colleen Gleason | Cora Seton | Daisy Prescott | Deborah Cooke | E.M. Gayle | Ember Casey | Emily Snow | Erika Wilde | HM Ward | Jami Davenport | Jessica Scott | Jill Sanders | Jillian Dodd | Jules Barnard | Juliana Stone | K. Bromberg | K.A. Linde | K.M. Scott | Kate Perry | Kennedy Layne | Lauren Blakely | Lila Monroe | Marie Force | Melanie Shawn | Meli Raine | Melissa Foster | Melissa Storm | Nana Malone | Rachel Van Dyken | Sawyer Bennett | Sharon Hamilton | Skye Warren | Stacey Lynn | Susan Hatler | Susan Stoker | Tawdra Kandle | Tina Folsom

What a fabulous group of participating authors! There are over 700 titles included in this promotion!

This sale is supported in US, CA, UK, AU and NZ.

This sale runs from today through February 3.

 

 

New Links for Audio

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioAs I mentioned to you a while back, my audio distribution changed as of January 1. This means new links for my audiobooks at the portals other than Audible and Amazon.

The links at NookAudio are now live. 🙂 I’ve updated them on the individual book pages, but you can see all eleven historical romance audiobooks on this page of search results at NookAudio.

The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioThe links at Kobo are also live, with a few tweaks to be made. The page links will remain the same, even after the tweaking. You can find them all on this page of search results at Kobo.

The Apple links are taking longer to populate, which is typical. I’ll let you know when they’re live.

With this new distribution agreement, my audiobooks are (or will be) available at a lot of other retail and library portals, too, including: 24Symbols, Audiobooks.com, beek, Downpour, eStories, GooglePlay, hibooks, hummingbird, Instaread, librofm, Nextory, Playster, Scribd, Storytel, 3Leaf, Baker & Taylor, bibliotheca, Ebsco, Follett, hoopla, Odilo, Overdrive, Permabound and wheelers. Phew!

 

Coming This Year

Do you get excited by the possibilities at the start of a new year? I do!

2019 is particularly exciting since a number of my series have been completed or are coming to an end. It’ll be a year for fresh starts, and I love diving into new projects and worlds. Let’s talk about one of those series today: Rogues & Angels.

One Knight Enchanted, #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixLast year, I published One Knight Enchanted, which was a revision of a story originally published under the title Enchanted. I always loved this story, which is a Beauty and the Beast tale, because Annelise and Rolfe seemed to be so very good together. At the beginning of the book, he’s cursed to be a wolf half of the time, and only true love can break the spell. Rolfe doesn’t believe in love, so he doesn’t think he’ll ever be released—until Annelise comes along. The threat to her reminds Rolfe of the knight he used to be and he defends her, which begins their unexpected courtship. He hasn’t counted on Annelise’s belief in the power of love or her determination to solve every riddle—and neither of them realize that a thwarted suitor will follow her and threaten their future.

Enchanted, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix

Original Harlequin Historical edition of Enchanted by Claire Delacroix

I remembered the story very vividly, but when I dug into the book file, I realized that my writing had developed quite a lot in the past twenty years. Instead of just correcting the scanned book file, I ended up revising the story, rewriting passages and adding new scenes. I delved deeper into the characters of both Rolfe and Annelise, and their relationship developed more dimension as a result. If you read Enchanted back in the day, you’ll find that One Knight Enchanted is similar but different. I think it’s better.

The story, Enchanted, had been the middle book in what I considered to be a trilogy, the Sayerne Series. It was never labelled as such by the original publisher, so for republication, I switched things around and created a new series with tighter links between the books. Rogues & Angels features eight knights and comrades returning home from crusade, each of whom is given a gift by their host before departure. You can read that scene here on the website and it’s the prologue of One Knight Enchanted.

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixMy Lady’s Champion was the first Sayerne book published and again, I always liked this battle of wills. Quinn returns to reclaim his family holding of Sayerne, summoned by his overlord, the Lord de Tulley, upon the death of his father. Quinn was estranged from his father and has been gone for fifteen years. He’s surprised to learn that Tulley wants him to marry Melissande, the only daughter of the neighboring estate of Annossy, but willing to do whatever is necessary to regain his family holding. Melissande, however, battled long against Quinn’s father, who schemed to join their two holdings at any price, and believes the son will complete what the father began. She doesn’t want to marry Quinn and hates that she has no choice—she also distrusts that Quinn can tempt her passion to rise so easily and fears his intentions. I chose this story to be book two of Rogues & Angels and will publish it as One Knight’s Return. Annelise, the heroine in One Knight Enchanted, is the sister of Quinn, the hero of One Knight’s Return.

My Lady's Champion, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix

Original Harlequin Historical edition of My Lady’s Champion by Claire Delacroix

Again, I remembered the story, and again, I’m doing a lot more revising and rewriting than I’d anticipated. The pacing in the original was slower than I like now, and there are a lot of exclamation marks that were cut, too. I love the fire between these two, so it’s work worth doing. I’m enjoying the deepening of their characters and their conflict. The war of wills between Quinn’s companion, Bayard, and Melissande’s maid, Berthe, remains in this new version, but also, the other knights arrive at Sayerne as arranged.

The Lord de Tulley has a niece now, and that charming rogue Niall MacGillivray glimpses his future in the heiress of Tulley. Niall and Heloise’s story will be an all-new book, coming later this year.

I see this as a series of at least eight books. The year is 1102, and this company of knights is returning home after the first crusade. We began in Jerusalem and are now in the Kingdom of Arles (part of the Holy Roman Empire, in the vicinity of Sion in modern Switzerland). Niall and Heliose’s book will take place here, too. The series then will continue to France, England and Scotland. In the coming weeks, I’ll post some more about my research for this series. I’ve started to work on Pinterest boards for this series, which you can see here.

I’ll also be creating a free guided tour of the books in this world and you can sign up now: sign up for the Rogues & Angels tour.

I’ll share the links for pre-ordering One Knight’s Return soon. 🙂

I haven’t forgotten about The Stolen Bride or A Baron for All Seasons, but I’d like to write Niall’s book first. Stay tuned for more news about those books.

Welcome to 2019! I think this is going to be a great year!