All the Books Wide – and The Beauty Bride Free!

I’m finished republishing all of my medieval romances at all portals. They’re out of KDP Select and all available at all retailers. The ebook interiors have also all been updated, and the links at Books2Read have been updated, not just to include the new Apple links but also the audio and print links. (Phew!) The last books to be published wide were: The Beauty Bride, The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set, Kinfairlie Knights, First Knights, An Elegy for Melusine and Beguiled.

And because we’re back at all portals again, The Beauty Bride is going free. It’s already free at KOBO, Nook, Apple, GooglePlay and Smashwords. It may not yet be free (yet) at Amazon in your geographic territory. Amazon reserves the right to price-match or not, at their discretion.

You can also download a copy at BookFunnel.

I left the review quotes and the excerpt on this post. They’re copied from the book’s landing page and it is kind of fun to see it out in the world again.


The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.


Nominee – 2005 Quill Award
Publishers’ Weekly

A #1 Kindle Bestseller


A lyrical medieval-era romance!

Publishers Weekly

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Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance—I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance. Five angels!

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The Beauty Bride, book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
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Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters.

Rendezvous

Once again, Claire Delacroix comes through with an historical romance that does not disappoint…There are few medieval writers who can sweep me away as Claire Delacroix can. I cannot wait for the following books of this trilogy.

Romance Reader at Heart

Ms. Delacroix has painted a tale of love and romance fit to be framed…I quite literally devoured this book in a single day of reading. It was so entertaining and well written that I could not bring myself to put it down. I even forgot to eat because I was so wrapped up in this wonderful tale and, gasp, there was chocolate in the house!

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After reading this magnificent book, it’s easy to see why Ms. Delacroix is considered one of the best medieval romance authors around. With careful attention to detail and a beautiful writing style, she whisks you to the Middle Ages for a grand romantic adventure…The Beauty Bride is a fabulous read!

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An exciting action tale fully packed packed with an assortment of well-defined forceful characters, both old and new…This is a prime example of the highly imaginative and entertaining novels Delacroix is celebrated for, in a stellar start to what looks to be a sensation new medieval series that is heading straight for my ‘keeper shelf’!

Historical Romance Writers

Ms. Delacroix has a wonderful way of pulling you into the story…you will not be able to put the book down until you are finished.

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The Beauty Bride is a book that captures you from the first page…a magical and inspiring story. Four hearts!

Pink Heart Reviews

The Beauty Bride is a gripping read—a passionate, compelling treasure of a book.”

Julianne Maclean, bestselling author

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

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An excerpt from The Beauty Bride:

The lady Madeline was perfect.

She was the proper age to be the surviving child of Rhys’ cousin Madeline Arundel. She shared her mother’s coloring and her mother’s name. Her supposed family were so anxious to be rid of her without a dowry that they resorted to this vulgar practice of an auction, something no man would do to his blood sister.

And Rhys had to admit that he liked the fire in this Madeline’s eyes. She was tall and slender, though not without womanly curves. Her hair was as dark as ebony and hung unbound over her shoulders, her eyes flashed with fury. Rhys had seen many women, but he had never glimpsed one as beguiling as this angry beauty.

A single glimpse of her had been all it had taken to persuade Rhys that buying Madeline’s hand was the most effective solution to his woes.

After all, with Caerwyn beneath his authority, he would have need of a bride to have an heir. And wedding this woman, if she indeed proved to be Madeline’s daughter and the sole competing heir for Caerwyn, would ensure that no one could challenge his claim to the holding. He did not fool himself that he had sufficient charm to win the hand of such a bride any other way. Rhys had no qualms about wedding his cousin’s daughter, if Madeline proved to be that woman. In Wales, it was not uncommon for cousins to wed, so he barely spared the prospect of their common blood a thought.

Indeed, she would be compelled to wed some man this night, and Rhys doubted that any would grant her the even-handed wager that he was prepared to offer to his bride. Rhys had to believe that he could grant a woman a better life than that offered by her family or this irksome boy, Reginald.

Marriage was a perfect solution for both of them.

And so he bid.

And so the chamber fell silent.

It was as simple as that. Madeline would be his.

Rhys strode forward to pay his due, well content with what he had wrought.

The young Laird of Kinfairlie responsible for this foolery spoke finally with vigor. “I protest your bid. You were not invited to this auction and I will not surrender my sister to your hand.”

Before Rhys could argue, Tynan granted the younger man a poisonous glance. “Did I not warn you that matters might not proceed as you had schemed, Alexander?”

Alexander flushed. “But still…”

“The matter has passed from your grasp,” Tynan said with finality. Rhys knew that Tynan would indeed have cast him out if Rosamunde had not vouched for his character. The lady Madeline had some souls concerned for her future, at least.

“You cannot claim her!” Alexander cried. “I will not permit it.”

Rhys smiled a chilly smile and let his gaze drift over the younger man. “You cannot stop me. And you cannot afford to exceed my bid.”

The young laird flushed crimson and stepped back with a murmured apology to his sister, which Rhys thought long overdue.

Rhys then turned to the huffing Reginald Neville. “Have you no more coin?”

Reginald’s face turned red and he threw his gloves onto the floor. “You cannot have that much coin!”

Rhys arched a brow. “Because you do not?”

Anger flashed in the boy’s eyes. “Show your coin before we continue. I insist upon it!” Reginald flung out his hands and turned to the assembly. “Can we trust a man of such poor repute to honor his debts?”

A murmur passed through the company and Rhys shrugged. He sauntered to the high table, removing a chamois sack from within his leather jerkin. The lady caught her breath when he paused beside her and Rhys studied her for a heartbeat. Her eyes were wide, a glorious simmering blue, and though he sensed her uncertainty of him, she held her ground.

It was not all bad that she was as aware of him as this. He liked the glitter of intelligence in her eyes, as well as the fact that she had tried to halt this folly. He was accustomed to women who spoke their minds and a bride who did as much would suit him well.

He smiled slightly at her, hoping to reassure her, and she swallowed visibly. His gaze lingered upon the ruddy fullness of her lips and he thought of tasting her, knowing then how he would seal their agreement.

But first, the agreement had to be confirmed.

“You need not fear, sir,” Rhys said coolly. “I will owe no debt for the lady’s hand.” There were more than enough gold coins in his sack, but Rhys was not anxious to flaunt his wealth. He cautiously removed only the amount necessary, and stacked the coins upon the board with care. Tynan bent and bit each one of them to test their quality, then nodded approval.

“Then, have her!” Reginald spat in the rushes with poor grace and stormed from the room. His gallantry, in Rhys’ opinion, was somewhat lacking.

There was utter silence in the chamber as Rhys reached out and laid claim to Madeline’s hand, such silence that he heard her catch her breath. His hand was much larger than hers and her fingers trembled within his grasp.

But she did not pull her hand from his and she held his gaze steadily. Again, he admired that she was stalwart in standing by the terms of agreement. He bent and brushed his lips across her knuckles, feeling her shiver slightly.

Alexander placed a hand upon Rhys’ arm. “I do not care for convention or broken agreements. You cannot wed my sister—you are charged with treason!”

Rhys spoke softly, not relinquishing the lady’s hand. “Do not tell me that the Laird of Kinfairlie is not a man of his word?”

Alexander flushed scarlet. His gaze fell upon the stack of coins and Rhys knew that he had desperate need of those funds.

He leaned closer to the boy, the lady’s hand yet firmly clasped in his own, and dared the new heir of Kinfairlie. He would show the lady, at least, what manner of man her brother was. “I will grant you a chance to rescind your offer, though it is more than you deserve. Reject my coin, but solely upon the condition that the lady shall not be sold to any man.”

It was clear that the younger man struggled with this decision. He appealed to his sister with a glance. “Madeline, you must know that I would not do this without cause.”

And he reached for the coin.

“Cur!” she cried, her scorn matching Rhys’ own. Rhys turned to her, his breath catching at the fury that lit her expression. “Take it then, Alexander! Take it, for whatever debts you have, and reject whatsoever loyalty Papa might have thought you owed to your siblings.”

Alexander’s hand shook slightly as he claimed the coins. “Madeline, you do not understand. I must think of the others…”

“I understand as much as I need to understand,” she said, her words as cold as ice. “God save my sisters if you think of them as you have thought of me.”

“Madeline!”

But the lady turned her back upon her sibling, her bearing as regal as that of a queen, her gaze locking with Rhys’ own. He saw the hurt that she fought to hide and felt a kinship with her, for he too had been betrayed by those he had believed held him in regard.

“I believe there is a meal laid to celebrate our pending nuptials, sir,” she said, her words carrying clearly over the hall.

Aye, this bride would suit him well. Rhys lifted her hand in his grip and bent to brush his lips across her knuckles in salute. She shivered and he smiled, knowing their nuptial night would be a lusty one.

“Well done, my lady,” he murmured, liking that she was not readily daunted. “Perhaps our agreement should be sealed in a more fitting way.”

A beguiling flush launched over the lady’s face and her lips parted as if in invitation. Rhys gave her hand a minute tug as the company hooted, and she took a pace closer. He could fairly feel the heat of her breath upon his cheek and her own cheeks flushed. Still she did not look away, though her breath came quickly in her uncertainty.

Rhys entwined their fingers, then lifted his other hand to her face. He moved slowly, so as not to alarm her, well aware of her uncertainty. She would be a maiden, without doubt. It would not do to make her fearful of his touch. Rhys tipped Madeline’s chin upward with his fingertip. Her flesh was soft beyond belief, her valor admirable. He smiled slightly, saw a spark in her eyes that reassured him as little else might have done. This was no fragile maiden who would fear her own shadow.

Rhys bent and captured Madeline’s sweet lips beneath his own. To his satisfaction, the lady did not flinch, nor did she pull away.

Aye, this was a wife who would suit him well.

Excerpt from The Beauty Bride Copyright ©2005, 2011 Claire Delacroix, Inc.

Second Chances Promotion

Second Chance Romance promotion 2022

Here’s another of Erica Ridley’s multi-author BookFunnel promotions. This one features second chance and reunion romances!

You’ll find A Baron for All Seasons, The Damsel and The Rogue on the landing page, as well as a lot of other historical romances. All three of my books are on sale for just 99cents. Some of the others may be on sale and some may be in Kindle Unlimited but they all have second chance or reunion romances. This promotion runs from September 30 through October 17th.

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A Duke by Any Other Name available in German

A Duke by Any Other Name, book two of my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances, is now available in a German edition. It’s enrolled in KDP Select, so you can read it free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.


A Duke by any Other Name, a Regency romance novella and book two of the Brides of North Barrows series by Claire Delacroix, German edition

Daphne Goodenham war schon immer fest entschlossen, einen Duke zu heiraten – nicht nur, weil sie feine Kleider und Partys liebt, sondern auch, weil sie sicherstellen will, dass sie und ihre Schwester nie wieder mittellos sind. Als sie den Duke of Inverfyre, einen notorischen Lebemann, kennenlernt, fallen ihr sofort faszinierende Ungereimtheiten auf. Steckt mehr hinter dem Duke, als es den Anschein hat? Warum sollte er die Wahrheit verbergen, wenn er doch attraktiv, jung, reich und ein Duke ist?

Alexander, der Duke of Inverfyre, ist fest entschlossen, einen berüchtigten Dieb zu fassen, der seine Schwester verletzt hat, koste es, was es wolle. Doch als er der schönen Miss Goodenham begegnet, ist Alexanders Tarnung kein Schutz gegen ihre Neugierde – und er kann ihrem Kuss nicht widerstehen. Wird Daphne ungewollt Alexanders Plan vereiteln? Wird er ihr Wohlgefallen opfern müssen, um seine Schwester zu rächen? Oder kann Daphne für Alexanders Triumph sorgen und sich ihren eigenen Weihnachtswunsch erfüllen?

New Apple Links

The Dragon and the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

For a whole bunch of reasons, I’ve changed how I deliver content to Apple. This means that the links for my books at Apple have changed. All of the books are still there, and any that you’ve purchased will remain on your device of choice. There are just new links for any that you buy in future.

The first change is for my upcoming releases. If you have pre-ordered any of these books at Apple, your pre-order has been cancelled (because I unpublished that edition). Please re-order again with these new links so you get your book.

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

The Dragon & the Damsel

The Masquerade of the Marchioness

The Scot & the Sorceress

One Knight’s Desire

When the last of my historical romances come out of Kindle Unlimited, they’ll be republished at Apple with new links.

The second thing is that the links in the Reading Guide that was available at Apple won’t work anymore. I’ve unpublished that volume but the generic edition hasn’t appeared in the Apple store yet. If you downloaded yours from Apple, I suggest you delete it and either download the generic version from BookFunnel or wait for it to appear in the Apple store. The links in the generic version bring you back here to the website.

The other (horrible) thing that happens with this change is that all of the reviews on my books vanish in the Apple bookstore. This is because Apple doesn’t link various editions of a book together. So, if you reviewed any of my books on Apple before, I’d love if you posted your review again on the new edition. I’ve updated all of the links here on my site so you can follow the Apple link on the individual book page to Apple for the new edition of the book. Thank you!

I apologize for the inconvenience. Like most of these changes, all will be better once the transition is done. Thank you for your patience!

Second Batch of Books in Wide Distribution

The Runaway Bride, book #2 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

And we’re back! My medieval romances have come out of Kindle Unlimited and moving to wide distribution again. The second batch is live at the other portals now, and I’ve rebuilt the links here on my site. I also updated the links on Books2Read for print and audio editions.

The Jewels of Kinfairlie

The True Love Brides

The Brides of Inverfyre

Boxed Sets

There are a few exceptions that will join the other books in the middle of October. The Beauty Bride is still in KDP Select until October 11. That means the boxed sets which include The Beauty Bride (the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set, First Knights and Kinfairlie Knights) will have to wait to be published wide until TBB is out of KU. I’m in the midst of having new covers designed for all four of the Time Travel romances, so they’ll be republished with the new covers. And I need to update the interiors for both An Elegy for Melusine and Beguiled before they’re published at all portals again.

The Dragon and the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

The Wolf & the Witch and The Hunter & the Heiress remain in Kindle Unlimited. The Dragon & the Damsel will be published at all portals for a week, then will move into KU, too. I’ll do the same with The Scot & the Sorceress, then probably take the whole series wide again next summer. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m also going to add the Jewels of Kinfairlie series on Radish. The Rogues of Ravensmuir are already there. I don’t find that my historicals get as much traction there as contemporaries, but if this series does well, I’ll load some more books there. (It’s a bit of a labour-intensive process.)