Great Start to the Year

We started the new year off well with that sale on The Wolf & the Witch. Even when I returned it to the regular price yesterday, Maximilian was still on the charts. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a long tail on a BookBub Featured Deal. He is one stubborn guy. LOL

The Wolf & the Witch at #2 in Ancient World Romance and #7 in Medieval Romance at Amazon.com on January 9, 2023

I’m also thrilled with the results of my first Kickstarter campaign ever. The 15th Anniversary HardCover Omnibus Editions of the Dragonfire Novels funded at 350%, which was great. My plan for 2023 is to work on building my platform at KS, so I’ll be offering other existing series in new editions. Based on this campaign’s performance, I’m not going to bother with stretch goals and my new campaigns will be shorter. They’ll be more like flash sales and limited-time opportunities to buy both digital content from me and signed print books. I’ll only be selling print books directly through Kickstarter. In 2024, I plan to offer more new content through Kickstarter and Patreon early, before it’s available at the portals.

Kickstarter requires one campaign to be completely fulfilled before I can create even a landing page for a new one, so my planned campaigns for this year won’t have long previews. I hope to have four campaigns per year, two for my PNR and two for my historicals. We’ll see how the timing works out on that!

The Bride Quest 25th anniversary hardcover omnibus editions by Claire Delacroix at Kickstarter

My second campaign at Kickstarter will feature hardcover omnibus editions of the Bride Quest trilogies. (Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the publication of The Princess?) There will be two omnibus editions, one for each trilogy, and the covers will look a lot like the digital bundles. There will, of course, also be some exclusive swag and the omnibus editions will only be available through Kickstarter. This first campaign will be your opportunity to have your copies signed and the page edges gilded. (This is one of my new tricks!) That will run in the spring, ideally in April, but maybe in May.

My third campaign will be for a hardcover omnibus edition of The Dragon Diaries with interior illustrations. I’d like to run another Delacroix Kickstarter in the fall, but we’ll see how the timing works out. Fulfillment of print editions can be an issue in November and December.

If you love special editions for your keeper shelf or early access to new stories, you’ll want to follow me at both Kickstarter and Patreon so you don’t miss out. Short campaigns mean you need to act quickly!

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I’m also going to start sharing Kickstarter campaigns with you that I find intriguing, so that you can get an idea of what’s available there. Here’s an upcoming campaign from Christina Phillips for her Scottish medieval romances, The Highland Warrior Chronicles. You can follow the campaign now and be notified when it launches.

2022 In Review

Some years fly by in a hurry and some move a little more slowly. 2022 seemed like a slow-mover to me, but maybe I was the one moving slowly. Covid really gave me a kick in January and it took me a while to get back to my regular speed. I took the month of May off, choosing to spend it in my garden and rethink my work schedule. That was great and I may make a habit of it. After that, I decided to concentrate on my historical romances for the rest of the year.

Claire Delacroix 2022 New Releases in historical romance

New Releases:

The Hunter & the Heiress was a surprise addition to the Blood Brothers series – I hadn’t originally expected Amaury to need his own book, but I was happily mistaken in that. The Dragon & the Damsel was just as much fun to write as I’d anticipated as Rafael and Ceara were a great match for each other. Both of these books were also published in large print hardcover editions, like The Wolf & the Witch, and The Hunter & the Heiress is also available in audio.

The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of the Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix
The Dragon and the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

I also returned to the Regency era and that interesting courtesan Esmeralda Ballantyne. She inspired a new series called The Ladies’ Essential Guide to the Art of Seduction. I published the first two works in that series, both of which were longer than I’d originally expected. I had this notion that they would be novellas of 25K words or so. Nope. The Christmas Conquest is 40K words and The Masquerade of the Marchioness is close to 70K. I need to block out more time to write these because they are longer, but they are a lot of fun to write.

The Christmas Conquest, a Regency romance novella by Claire Delacroix
The Masquerade of the Marchioness, a Regency romance by Claire Delacroix

I also participated in several multi-author anthologies this year, including Twelve Lords for Yuletide and Rogues, Ladies and Mistletoe.

Translations:

This year was enormously busy for translations of my historical romances. As you can see below, there were thirty-two of them altogether. While it’s fun to see my books in other languages, I’ve dialed it back twice already because the formatting and uploading is just too much work. I’d rather be writing new stories.

Claire Delacroix 2022 German Historical Romance Translations
Claire Delacroix 2022 Spanish Historical Romance Translations
Claire Delacroix 2022 Italian Historical Romance Translations
Claire Delacroix 2022 Portuguese Historical Romance Translations

Other Changes:

I did have most of my books in Kindle Unlimited for about a year, but decided this past fall that it wasn’t working out for me. They’re available at all portals again – although my Apple links have changed – and the reloading is a job I’m glad to have done. Some of my translations are still enrolled in KU and we’ll see how that goes in 2023. My newsletter moved to a new service, as well.

Coming in 2023:

I have several pre-orders already listed for the year ahead. First, there will be the next book in the Regency series, The Widow’s Wager, which features the younger sister of the Duke of Haynesdale and her secret crush, her brother’s best friend. The Scot and the Sorceress will be next – that’s Murdoch and Nyssa’s story and the finale of the Blood Brothers series. After that, I’m returning to the Rogues & Angels series with One Knight’s Desire, a tale of disguise and unexpected love. It’s pretty clear what I’ll be doing for the first six months of the year!

The Widow's Wager, book 3 of The Ladies' Essential Guide to the Art of Seduction series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix
The Widow’s Wager
The Scot and the Sorceress, book four of the Blood Brothers trilogy by Claire Delacroix
The Scot & the Sorceress
One Knight's Desire, book three of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
One Knight’s Desire

The Wolf & the Witch on the Charts

The Wolf & the Witch is discounted to 99cents this week, and I had a BookBub Featured Deal yesterday to promote the sale. This book has never been discounted before and it’s a series starter. Let’s have a peek at results.

The book earned an orange #1 bestseller ribbon at Amazon, in the US store, the CA store, the UK store and the AU store which is pretty exciting. I’m not sure that’s happened for one of my books before. Here’s the US store ribbon:

The Wolf & the Witch a #1 bestseller in medieval historical romance at Amazon.com on December 28, 2022

The ranking in that store was #201 paid overall in the store, #1 in Scottish historical romance and #1 in medieval historical romance.

The Wolf & the Witch a #1 bestseller in medieval historical romance at Amazon.com on December 28, 2022

At the CA store, The Wolf & the Witch is #122 paid overall in the store (yay!), as well as #1 in Scottish historical romance and #2 in medieval historical romance.

The Wolf & the Witch a #1 bestseller in medieval historical romance at Amazon.ca on December 28, 2022

In the UK store, Maximilian and Alys’ book is #680 overall paid in the store, as well as #1 in medieval historical romance and #2 in Scottish historical romance.

The Wolf & the Witch a #1 bestseller in medieval historical romance at Amazon.co.uk on December 28, 2022

In the AU store, The Wolf & the Witch is #139 overall paid in the store, plus #1 in medieval historical romance, #1 in ancient world historical romance and #1 in Scottish historical romance. Yay, Australia!

The Wolf & the Witch a #1 bestseller in medieval historical romance at Amazon.acom.u on December 28, 2022

At KOBO, The Wolf & the Witch is #2 in historical romance, and #2 in romantic suspense this morning.

The Wolf & the Witch a #2 bestseller in historical romance at KOBO on December 28, 2022

At Nook, The Wolf & the Witch is #12 on the Top 100 ebook list.

The Wolf & the Witch at #12 on the top 100 ebook list at Nook on December 28, 2022

It’s also #3 on the Top Indie bestseller list at Nook:

The Wolf & the Witch at #3 on the top Indie bestseller list at Nook on December 28, 2022

And it’s #1 in both Historical Romance indie reads and Romance indie reads at Nook, too. Phew!

The Wolf & the Witch at #1 on the romance Indie bestseller list at Nook on December 28, 2022
The Wolf & the Witch at #1 on the historical romance Indie bestseller list at Nook on December 28, 2022

Finally, at Apple, The Wolf & the Witch is #75 overall paid in the store:

The Wolf & the Witch at #75 overall paid in the Apple store on December 28, 2022

And it’s #27 paid on the Romance bestseller list at Apple.

The Wolf & the Witch at #27 paid in Romance in the Apple store on December 28, 2022

That was quite a ride! Thank you to everyone who bought a copy yesterday and helped to make this possible. Alys and Maximilian’s book will be discounted until January 7, so don’t miss your chance to grab this deal!

The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Denied his rightful legacy, Maximilian de Vries devised a plan to avenge himself upon his father and see his own future secured. Allied with his two half-brothers, he descends upon ancient and mysterious Kilderrick, determined to seize the keep once promised to him, regardless of the price. A woman rumored to be a witch is the sole one bold enough to defy him but Maximilian has a solution—he will take her to wife, whether she be willing or nay, and seal his claim.

But this powerful warrior has yet to match wits with Alys Armstrong, a maiden with a thirst for vengeance and a fury that might exceed his own. Alys has no intention of capitulating to the proud and powerful rogue who stole everything from her—no matter how seductive his touch might be—and she does not share his compulsion to fight fair.

Bitter enemies from the outset, Maximilian and Alys’ match is a battle of wills. When passion flares, will either of them be able to resist temptation? And when Kilderrick itself is in peril, will they join forces to save the holding they each prize—and the unexpected love they value above all else?

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The Wolf & the Witch is 99¢ !

This week, The Wolf & the Witch, book one of my Blood Brothers series of medieval romances, is discounted for the first time and is just 99¢ at the major portals. Now’s the time to dive into this series if you haven’t started it already. There are three books published in the series so far. The fourth book and series finale, The Scot & the Sorceress, will be published in the spring and is available for pre-order now.

The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Denied his rightful legacy, Maximilian de Vries devised a plan to avenge himself upon his father and see his own future secured. Allied with his two half-brothers, he descends upon ancient and mysterious Kilderrick, determined to seize the keep once promised to him, regardless of the price. A woman rumored to be a witch is the sole one bold enough to defy him but Maximilian has a solution—he will take her to wife, whether she be willing or nay, and seal his claim.

But this powerful warrior has yet to match wits with Alys Armstrong, a maiden with a thirst for vengeance and a fury that might exceed his own. Alys has no intention of capitulating to the proud and powerful rogue who stole everything from her—no matter how seductive his touch might be—and she does not share his compulsion to fight fair.

Bitter enemies from the outset, Maximilian and Alys’ match is a battle of wills. When passion flares, will either of them be able to resist temptation? And when Kilderrick itself is in peril, will they join forces to save the holding they each prize—and the unexpected love they value above all else?


Five star review for The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Here’s a blog post about my inspiration for Kilderrick.


Here’s a blog post about William II de Soulis, inspiration for Robert Armstrong.


Here’s a blog post about 14th century mercenaries
– like Maximilian, Jean le Beau and Rafael.


Here’s a blog post about King Robert II of Scotland,
the reigning monarch during this series.


Here’s a blog post about “poppy powder”.


Five star review for The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

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Five star review for The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

The Hunter & the Heiress Audiobook at More Portals

The Hunter & the Heiress is available in an audiobook narrated by Tim Campbell. I moved this into wider distribution, and it turned out that the links populated at pretty much the same time as the ebook came out of KU. How perfect is that?

The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of the Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

Nothing could be further from Amaury de Vries’ expectations than joining his half-brother’s company of mercenaries in the wilds of Scotland. A knight and a champion at the joust, he expected to inherit a holding—until the man he has known as his father revealed a terrible truth and disavowed him. Left with nothing, Amaury rides to Kilderrick, where he loses his heart to a beautiful noblewoman in the forest. A practical man, he knows he has no right to court the lady, but when she is abducted, Amaury follows, determined to fulfill his knightly duty by aiding a damsel in distress.

Elizabeth d’Acron has been a pawn and a prize, pursued for her father’s wealthy holding, and wants only to be desired for herself. Seized again, she vows she will surrender to no man—even the handsome knight who comes to her rescue. And truly, there could be no one more vexing than this confident yet inscrutable man, so concerned with duty that he could be wrought of stone—but Elizabeth soon learns that she can trust Amaury to defend her at any cost. She does not expect the seductive fire awakened by his touch, much less his conquest of her wary heart—but has she fallen in love with a man whose affections are already claimed?

Snared between duty and passion, Amaury finds himself beguiled by the lady who challenges his every expectation, but knows he has little to offer her. But when Elizabeth is threatened by a former suitor who will not be refused, Amaury risks his all in her defense, hoping it will be enough. But can he intervene in time? And will love alone convince Elizabeth to place her hand in his for all time?

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