Buy Signed Books

The Princess, #1 of The Princess, #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixSince closing my online store, I’ve been looking for a way to sell signed books directly to you from my website(s). My current solution is a little feature called Simple Payments, which I’ve installed on my main website only.

You can hop over there to the Claire Delacroix page to see some of the books I have available for sale. I have many more, of course, but thought I’d start with series bundles as the postage isn’t as daunting. If there’s a specific book you’re looking for, leave me a message on that page (or email me at deborah AT deborahcooke DOT com) and we’ll work it out. The postage estimates are for shipping to the US or Canada. If you live elsewhere, please also send me a message and we’ll work it out.

Here’s that page again.

New Prices on Paperback Editions

The Princess, #1 of The Princess, #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve decided to experiment with pricing on my trade paperback editions and one experiment starts today. The affected books are The Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy, The Rogues of Ravensmuir, The Bride Quest and my time travel romances.

All of these books are available in print-on-demand trade paperback editions from different portals. They’re also all backlist titles, so there are some mass market originals still available at some portals. The POD editions are direct-to-Amazon, or wholesale-from-Ingrams. It’s the Ingrams editions that are seeing the price change. (Some of my books have Nook print editions that publish directly to B&N and have similar pricing to the direct-to-Amazon editions, but not these titles.)

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixIf we look at The Beauty Bride, the Amazon edition displays in the Amazon store. (Naturally!) It’s priced at $9.99 US. This is a good price for a trade paperback and it’s possible because there are no charges for distributing the book to other stores.

The trade paperback listed at Barnes & Noble is the Ingrams edition. In March, it was priced at $14.99 US and discounted to $13.49 US. Similarly, the print edition listed for sale at Indigo is the Ingrams edition – in March, it was $19.50 CA. The Ingrams list price on this book in March was $14.99 US and $19.99 CA.

Because Ingrams is a wholesaler, I (as publisher) can set the discount available to booksellers. This defines their cost and also affects the price of the book—the bigger the discount I offer, the higher my list price has to be to cover it. Bookstores tend not to order and stock titles without a high discount, but they haven’t been stocking these titles.

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThese titles sell much better at Amazon than at Ingrams, and my theory is that it’s because of the price.

So, it was time for an experiment. There’s nothing like a market test to figure out what works and what doesn’t. As of April 1, I changed the discount on these titles and the list prices. They’re all $9.99 US now and most are $14.99 CA. (The Ingrams prices perk out internationally, so they will be cheaper in all territories.)

I’m curious to see how this influences both distribution and sales of these titles. They still won’t be shelved in bookstores, but they weren’t anyway. If you’re interested in having any of them in print, though, and you don’t shop at Amazon, this is the time to order a copy!

New Pages Onsite

Romance of the Rose, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, originall mass market editionI’m catching up on my To Do list this week and finally created some additional pages here on the website.

First, there’s a page for my Harlequin Historicals. They’re out of print but some of them have been revised and republished, and others will be republished, too. You can check out that page right here.

I’ve also migrated some content from my Deborah Cooke site. You’ll find a new Awards page under About Claire, as well as a new Bestselling Titles page. (I realized while doing this that all of the links on the Cooke site were broken, so I updated both pages there, too.) Finally, on the Cooke site, I republished my Workshops page.

One Knight’s Return at Amazon

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve moved the publication date for One Knight’s Return to May 21, because I’m running behind this winter.

The good news is that there’s now a pre-order link available at Amazon, since the pub date is finalized.

Download a free sample from BookFunnel

Pre-order One Knight’s Return in ebook:
Books2Read Universal Link


First-In-Series Free at Apple!

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixApple is having a First-In-Series-Free sale and it starts today!

The sale is available to consumers in the US, CA, UK, IR, AU and NZ.

You’ll find both Kiss of Fire, which is book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels, and The Crusader’s Bride, which is book #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia, among the titles offered. You don’t need a download code – the books are just free in the included territories.

The Crusader’s Bride at Apple

Both books are discounted to 99c internationally at Amazon, and it is possible that Amazon will match the free price in some territories.

The Crusader’s Bride at
The Crusader’s Bride Books2Read Universal Link (for other Amazon stores)

The sale goes until March 5, so don’t miss out!