Monthly Feature: Holiday Romances

Welcome to my new monthly feature! For December, my focus is on holiday romances—since I write mostly medieval romances, these are Christmas romances.

The Mercenary's Bride, #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances

First up is The Mercenary’s Bride, a Christmas novella, which is now available in audio. This is book #1 of my Brides of Inverfyre series, and is the story of Mhairi, the first of the children of the Hawk of Inverfyre to have her tale told. This is a forbidden romance—Quentin was the Captain of the Guard at Inverfyre, until the Hawk caught him teaching Mhairi to throw a knife. (She asked.) The Hawk banished Quentin, who resolved to earn enough money as a mercenary to return to Inverfyre and ask for Mhairi’s hand. Things didn’t go according to plan, though, and this story opens with Quentin’s return to Inverfyre. Having lost everything, he thinks he can only keep his promise to Mhairi to bring her a good knife—but it’s Christmas at Inverfyre and there’s more love in Mhairi’s heart than Quentin dares to expect. I particularly love happy endings that aren’t expected by the characters, so this is a special story for me.

The Snow White Bride, #3 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

The Snow White Bride is the third book of my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances. It’s the story of Madeline and Vivienne’s revenge on Alexander for arranging their marriages, even though both matches worked out well. The sisters also perceive that their older brother is too busy managing Kinfairlie to even think about marriage—when a beautiful woman seeks sanctuary in Kinfairlie’s chapel on Christmas Eve, her appearance seems fortuitous. Eleanor is only too happy to have a new husband and defender, but she expects a lot less from marriage than Alexander. Can this charming laird win her reluctant heart? (Of course, he can!) I really enjoy the holiday festivities at Kinfairlie in this book, including the Feast of Fools. Eleanor and Alexander’s story is also available in audio.

The Rogue, #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

The Rogue is the first book of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances. This story introduces the family at Ravensmuir (and ultimately Kinfairlie) and includes some suspenseful elements. I think of it as a gothic romance. Ysabella and Merlyn are estranged and haven’t seen each other for years—until Merlyn returns at Christmas to ask Ysabella for help. Someone, he says, is trying to kill him. Ysabella is skeptical, though. She knows her husband is a charming rogue and believes he will say anything to get what he wants. She refuses, and is shocked by the subsequent news that Merlyn has been killed and has made her heir to Ravensmuir. She decides to solve the murder and finds a great deal more than expected during this particular Christmas. Can love triumph over the injuries and secrets of the past? You know it will. 🙂 I love this book and I adore Merlyn. The Rogue is also available in audio.

A Duke By Any Other Name, #2 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

A Duke by Any Other Name is a Regency romance, which was originally written for an anthology—all of the stories took place when families gathered for a Christmas wedding. Alexander is a duke and a spy, who pretends to be a fashionable fop so that he’s underestimated. He’s on the hunt for a jewel thief, but instead he finds love unexpected—he falls hard for Daphne Goodenham, which puts him in a pickle. How can he court her when he’s in disguise? But how can he be certain of her motives? He could reveal himself and put his entire mission in peril. I had fun with this story of love triumphing over obstacles at Christmas.

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Boo! A 99¢ Halloween Romance Sale

99¢ Halloween Historical Romance SaleSomething Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire DelacroixReady for Halloween? I’ve got just the sale for you! Our multi-author Halloween Historical Romance Sale runs from October 27-November 2, and all titles are $0.99. You’re sure to find a new Gothic, mysterious, suspenseful, or paranormal romance to read on a chilly night by a crackling fire.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is a paranormal Regency romance novella and the first book in my Brides of North Barrows series, is included in the sale.

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Boo! 99 cent Halloween Reads!

Madeline Martin's 99¢ Halloween Romance Sale October 2018Something Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire DelacroixMadeline Martin is featuring historical romances with spooky elements on her website this week. Each story is priced at 99 cents for the promotion. You’ll find Something Wicked This Way Comes on the landing page, as well as a lot of other historical romances perfect for Halloween reading.

The landing page is right here.

The sale lasts through October 28.

Happy shopping!

Print Editions of the Brides of North Barrows

A Duke By Any Other Name, #2 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire DelacroixI decided to try a little experiment this month and am pretty happy with the results so far. My Brides of North Barrows Regency romances are novellas. This means their word count is between 25,000 and 30,000 words – while my books are closer to 100,000 words. I’ve had people ask about getting these stories in print editions, but in trade paperback, they’d make pretty thin books.

My Dragons of Incendium books – which end up being between 40,000 and 50,000 words, because they include a longer novella and a short story – are available in a special size from Amazon, which is 4″ by 6.5″. I like these mini-books a lot. The problem is that they can’t be distributed beyond Amazon and not all of you want to shop there. They aren’t even available to readers in all Amazon territories.Something Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

The other company I use for print editions is Ingrams, and books from them are in wide distribution internationally. So, I tried out a new size there. It’s 4.25″ by 7″ which is pretty close to the mass market trim size of 4.125″ by 6.75″. The first two books I tried in this size were the two Regency novellas, Something Wicked This Way Comes and A Duke By Any Other Name. They’re about 1/4″ thick.

My copies arrived today, and here they are:

Print editions of the Brides of North Barrows Regency romances

The buy links for them are also live at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve added them to the book pages.

You can also order signed copies directly from me in my online store. These will also include the digital version of the story, which will be delivered by BookFunnel once your purchase is complete in the store. Right now, the print edition of Something Wicked is available in the store, while the one for A Duke will be available on March 27.