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The Rogues of Ravensmuir hard cover Collector's edition, including all three medieval Scottish romances in the Rogues of Ravensmuir series by Claire DelacroixIn my most recent newsletter, I asked if you preferred linked titles or standalone romances. I had a lot of answers, and am really not surprised that most of you prefer linked stories. It makes sense that you get more invested in the characters and their world when there are more books set in that world. I was intrigued that so many of you dislike serialized stories, but then, that’s not such a thing in historical romance.

The winner of the signed copy of The Rogues of Ravensmuir Collectors’ Edition in hardcover was Billie.

Congratulations to Billie, and thanks to everyone who entered!

One Knight’s Return Today!

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixQuinn de Sayerne vowed never to return home while his wicked father drew breath. Twenty years after his departure, the knight and crusader is summoned to claim his family holding after his father’s death. But the overlord decrees that Quinn must wed Melissande, the beautiful but frosty heiress of neighboring Annossy. Quinn resolves to win the heart of his lady wife, no matter what the cost, and thence the seal of Sayerne.

Melissande cannot believe that her liege lord has ignored her betrothal and wed her to a mercenary. Worse, he has granted her beloved Annossy to her new husband against her every protest. Though Melissande finds herself the chattel of this rough knight, she is determined to fight Quinn on every front—for the sake of her betrothal, Annossy, and her own pride.

But Annossy itself is in danger with brigands raiding its borders. Quinn is charged to oust the villains, but soon fears his lady wife is in peril—or is she allied with the brigands? Can this pair come to trust each other in time to work together for the sake of the future, or will a villain’s evil scheme cost them both everything they hold dear?

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.

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Quinn and One Knight’s Return

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixNext week, I’ll be publishing a new medieval romance, called One Knight’s Return. It’s a revision of a story that was published under the title My Lady’s Champion by Harlequin Historicals in 1996. I know that some of you have been reading my books since those days, and suspect others are wondering why I changed the title.

Well, the book is quite different. The hero is still Quinn de Sayerne and the heroine is still Melissande d’Annossy. They still have an arranged marriage and are compelled to wed against their respective wills in order to keep (or obtain) their family holding. Sparks still fly between this pair. The story is still set in the fictional realm of Tulley, which is loosely based on the Valais canton in modern Switzerland, which is around the city of Sion. Berthe (Melissande’s maid) and Bayard (Quinn’s companion knight) are still interested in each other. 🙂

My Lady's Champion, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixThere are many differences, even so. First off, the book is now part of the Rogues & Angels series, featuring eight knights who served together in Palestine. Both Quinn and Bayard were in that company, which agreed to gather again at Sayerne. Those other knights make appearances in this book now – plus Bayard now has a gift from the tavern keeper in the Holy Land, which influences his story. The second half of the book is new and I like the development of Quinn and Melissande’s relationship better. Lord de Tulley has a niece now, Heloise von Idelstein, who has come to live with her uncle after the demise of her parents. There are quite a few differences, so if you read My Lady’s Champion, you’ll still find a lot that’s new—as well as some parts that are familiar. I still love Quinn so he didn’t change very much. 🙂

If you intend to continue reading the series, you’ll want to meet Niall and Heloise, too, and witness their first meeting. They’ll star in the next book in the series, One Knight’s Desire. I’m already wondering how that charming rogue Niall MacGillivray will convince the stern Lord de Tulley to consider him a suitable spouse for Heloise—and what Heloise might do to encourage Niall.

One Knight’s Return will be available at GooglePlay on the publication day. The print editions might be available a little earlier, depending on the processing time at the various portals.

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New Edition of Unicorn Bride

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, in its original mass market editionUnicorn Bride was the second book I sold to Harlequin Historicals and it was originally published in June 1994. The cover on the right is the original mass market edition, with a cover painted by Judy York. I loved this book, which is set in what is now southern France, and was very pleased to discover that I still love it just as much as I did almost thirty years ago.

So, I’m very excited to be preparing this book for republication in a new edition. There are a few changes, but no so many that I think this version merits a new title. It’ll be published in August, and is available for pre-order now. The new cover is by Dar Albert and I love it to pieces.


Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixFor generations, legend had stalked the battlements of the fortress Montsalvat. And now Alienor de Perpignan found herself promised in marriage to the man at the heart of the oft-whispered tales: Dagobert, Count de Pereille. A near-mythic being rumored to be a beast by day – and more than a man by night.

That Alienor was his true-destined bride, Dagobert de Pereille had no doubt. Indeed, with her exotic beauty and blade-bright spirit, she could be none other. But could he who bore the mark – and the curse – of ancient kings ever trust her enough to open his heart?

“Another delicious Delacroix delight!”—Affaire de Coeur

Finalist
Best Foreign Historical Romance
Affaire de Coeur

Available August 20!

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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!