New Cover for The Last Highlander

In the past year or so, I’ve noticed that romantic comedies tend to have cartoon covers. I’d been thinking of updating the look of my time travel romances, so this time, we went with cartoon covers. The first one to be completed is The Last Highlander. I think this cover is so cute!

The Last Highlander, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix writing as Claire Cross, 2022 edition

The new edition, with this cover, is processing at the portals in both ebook and print. If you already own the ebook, this may be presented to you as a new edition to download. I’m not sure what Amazon will do as they don’t like to push out updates. If you want a print edition and prefer the 2017 cover, you can buy one directly from me.


The Last Highlander, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix writing as Claire Cross, 2022 edition

Scotland, 1314—After the Scots reclaim Edinburgh Castle, Alasdair MacAuley only wants to celebrate. But the revels are interrupted by an old crone who claims the castle’s true owner is the legendary witch Morgaine le Fee. Dared by his fellow warriors to go meet the witch, Alasdair heads down a flight of stairs—and tumbles right into another century…

Scotland, 1998—American Morgan Lafayette is in Scotland to enjoy the history, not to ogle men in kilts. So when she stumbles upon a brawny man in a kilt, she is less than enthralled. She is certain he’s drunk for he claims Morgan is a powerful sorceress who has brought him to her magical kingdom! Despite her reluctance, she is intensely drawn to this handsome Highlander and the mystery surrounding him, a mystery that has the power to alter history—and her heart—forever…


“Long after the last word, you will bask in the afterglow of this fascinating story.”

—Rendezvous

Finalist
Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence for Best Paranormal, Fantasy or Time Travel Romance


Previous Editions

The Last Highlander by Claire Cross, original mass market edition
Original mass market edition
The Last Highlander, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix writing as Claire Cross, 2011 edition
2011 edition
The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix
2017 edition

The Last Highlander is a tremendous time travel tale that stars two wondrous lead protagonists. The brisk story line will grab onto readers from page one and not let go until the story is complete.”

—Affaire de Coeur

“With an ending guaranteed to bring a tear and a smile to your face—The Last Highlander is a quick-paced, thoroughly entertaining read. A winner!”

—Writers Club Romance Group on AOL Reviewer Board

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At times humorous, at times heartwrenching, this unique time travel deftly combines historical facts with a shimmering romance that defies time and place…The resolution is simply wonderful, and I’m not going to give it away. You will just have to read it yourself to savor the feast Ms. [Delacroix] provides.

—Old Book Barn Gazette

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.)

First Batch of Books in Wide Distribution

Here we go! My medieval romances are coming out of Kindle Unlimited and moving to wide distribution again. The first batch is live at the other portals now, and I’ve rebuilt the links here on my site.

The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
The Crusader’s Bride

The Champions of St. Euphemia

The Rogues of Ravensmuir

The Bride Quest

The Unicorn Books

Rogues & Angels

I’ve also had the Boxed Sets removed from Kindle Unlimited. They won’t be available at the other retailers until all of the individual books are wide again.

The Blood Brothers series is the only one that will remain in Kindle Unlimited.

I’ve also added a lot more buy links for print editions and have added print and audio buy links to the Books2Read pages.

For September, The Countess will be a free read. It’s starting to go free at some portals – Amazon will be the last, of course, but you can grab it now at GooglePlay, Apple or Smashwords.

The rest of my medieval romance backlist comes out of KU September 14. If you have KU reading to do, now’s the time to get to it!

The Mercenary’s Bride in Spanish

My Scottish medieval romance and Christmas story, The Mercenary’s Bride, is now available in a Spanish edition!

The Mercenary's Bride, book one of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, Spanish edition

Con sus posesiones robadas, herido y dado por muerto, Quentin de Montgomerie lo ha perdido todo excepto su amor por Mhairi, la hija del Halcón de Inverfyre, y sabe quién es el culpable de su destino.  Él jura regresar a Inverfyre y vengarse del Halcón, pero llega para descubrir que la feroz doncella que posee su corazón se ha convertido en una belleza, y que su beso tiene el poder de darle esperanza para el futuro .  ¿Podrá Quentin demostrar su valía ante el Halcón y conquistar a Mhairi, o ella lo rechazará por ser menos de lo que alguna vez fue?


Esta es una traducción al español neutral de América Latina.


La novia del mercenario está también disponible en inglés como audiolibro.


Disponible el 23 de agosto


La novia del mercenario está ahora en KDP Select: está disponible exclusivamente en Amazon y puedes leerlo gratis con una suscripción a Kindle Unlimited.


Compre La novia del mercenario en ebook.

The Year Ahead

Yesterday, there was a post on the blog of my Deborah Cooke website, about my month in the garden this past May and the decisions I made while weeding. The upshot of it all is that I’ll be focussed on historical romance for the next year, to the exclusion of other sub-genres. I’m curious to see where this takes both my stress level and my sales.

This decision is why I was able to add a new Regency romance series, The Ladies’ Essential Guide to the Art of Seduction, to my schedule, and I’m looking forward to it.

So, here’s my publication schedule as it looks right now:

The Brides of North Barrows including all four Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix
The Brides of North Barrows
August 2022
The Dragon and the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix
The Dragon & the Damsel
September 2022
The Masquerade of the Marchioness, a Regency romance by Claire Delacroix
The Masquerade of the Marchioness
November 2022
The Widow's Wager, a Regency romance by Claire Delacroix
The Widow’s Wager
February 2023
The Scot and the Sorceress, book four of the Blood Brothers trilogy by Claire Delacroix
The Scot & the Sorceress
April 2023
One Knight's Desire, book three of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
One Knight’s Desire
July 2023

I know more and have my work planned through the end of 2024, but I’d rather share details once I have covers and pre-orders. There will be more stories in The Ladies’ Essential Guide to the Art of Seduction published next year, for example. That series is planned to have seven books and will finish up in early 2024.

You probably noticed that One Knight’s Desire is back on the schedule for publication next July. I’ll be continuing with the Rogues & Angels series, which also is planned to be seven books long.

I’ve also decided to take my backlist titles out of Kindle Unlimited (not Blood Brothers just yet) and republish them at the other portals. That will probably take until the end of September, but if you’re reading in KU, finish up your series now.

This is a pretty relaxed schedule for me in terms of writing, so I have a number of other histrom projects that I’m hoping to tuck into the plan. I’ll write those first, then list them for short pre-orders when they’re done.