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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Tantallon, Inspiration for Ravensmuir

The Rogue, the first book set at my fictional medieval estate of Ravensmuir, is on sale this month for just 99cents. I thought we’d talk today about my inspiration for that holding.

In 1992, I visited Scotland for the first time and fell in love with it. What gorgeous inspiring countryside – and the castles were the best part of all. I toured a lot of them, most in ruins, but Tantallon left a very strong impression on me. It’s an old keep with a fascinating history. It also has a striking location.

Tantallon Castle

The picture above shows Tantallon’s gates from the west, as you approach the keep. That high curtain wall defends the point, effectively sealing it off from attack. The North Sea is directly behind it, and in the distance to the left is an island called Bass Rock. I added a moat and a defensive hedge to Ravensmuir, as well as a flock of protective ravens – who just might communicate with the laird.

Tantallon Castle from the sea

This second picture shows Tantallon from the sea side. You can see the defenses, the secured bailey, and what might be entrances to caves below. There was piracy along this coast and caves were used for hiding plunder. I decided that Merlyn’s father, Avery, would have taken one look at a ruined keep on a point much like this one and decided it was exactly what he needed to disguise his trade in religious relics.


You can see more of my inspiration for Ravensmuir on my Pinterest pages:

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The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, is discounted to 99cents

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The Rogue is 99cents!

This month, my medieval romance and series starter, The Rogue, is discounted to just 99 cents. If you haven’t been seduced by Merlyn yet, this is the perfect opportunity!

The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, is discounted to 99cents

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

Dear Reader:
Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir—never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him—willingly, trustingly, passionately—and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage…
Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again. Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands.
But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse—the rogue who destroyed my heart?
—Ysabella


A Rhapsody Book Club Selection


A beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix…readers will devour this rich and compulsively readable tale.

Publishers Weekly

Passion and intrigue test the boundaries of love and honor—The Rogue is medieval storytelling at its best!

Terry Garey, RITA award winning author of Dead Girls are Easy

An engaging tale of lost love found!

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Merlyn is a delightfully charming rogue, Ysabella an admirable heroine, and the mystery just intriguing enough to keep you interested. Ms. Delacroix evokes the era, providing us with an accuate portrait and an enchanting tale—just what readers expect from this talented author.

Romantic Times Bookclub

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The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, is on sale for 99 cents

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The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio, narrated by Ashley Klanac

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Monthly Feature: Second Chance Romances

One of my favorite tropes (maybe my VERY favorite one!) is Second Chance Romance. There’s little more appealing than being given a chance to do better, or to fix what went wrong in the past. When true love goes wrong, I love watching characters seize that second chance and work to make it right. These characters really earn their happily-ever-after. Plus, I like that they often have shared history or different memories (or interpretations) of the same event in the past. I enjoy watching them air their grievances, often while struggling against an attraction that won’t be denied. Here are a few of my own Second Chance Romances.

The Damsel, #2 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

The Damsel, book two of my Bride Quest series, is a Cinderella story with a twist. Burke fell in love with Alys years before, and has regretted that he left her behind when her parents insisted on it. Haunted by his regrets, he returns to Alys, determined to win her heart for his own. Alys, however, believes she has a duty to her family and to follow their instructions—plus she’s not sure whether to trust Burke. His touch makes her forget everything she knows to be true, and it’s only sensible to fight against that kind of influence. Unfortunately for Alys’ plan, Burke’s passion and persistence is the very essence of temptation…

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

The Rogue is book one of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series. Sparks flew on the day that Ysabella and Merlyn first met and their mutual attraction was both powerful and immediate. How could she resist this handsome laird’s insistence that they wed? Ysabella was beguiled by Merlyn, until his secret was revealed and she fled their marriage. The book opens when he returns, five years later, to ask for her help. Someone is trying to kill him, a situation Ysabella can readily understand, and Merlyn is determined to convince his estranged wife to name the villain. “The fire still burns, chère,” he murmurs when he draws near, and it certainly does. If you haven’t been beguiled by Merlyn yet, the time has come. The Rogue is discounted to just 99cents for the month of January.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of my few Regency romances. It’s a novella and the first book in the Brides of North Barrows series. Lucien de Roye broke Sophia’s heart, yet when their paths cross again, she can’t help but respond to his presence. Her former life is a memory since her father’s passing, and fortunately, she’s in disguise, working as a governess—but Lucien isn’t fooled. He recognizes Sophia and is determined to make one thing right before the curse laid upon him claims his life. This is a bit of a ghost story, influenced by Lucien’s family holding, a sugar plantation in the West Indies, and Baron Samedi has a cameo.

The Warrior, #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

The Warrior is book three of my Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances and has more of a fantasy element than the other books. The Hawk of Inverfyre is driven to reclaim his family estate from the rebels who stole it and means to secure the succession when he does. He needs a bride because he needs a son, and he doesn’t question his choice of Aileen, the overlooked daughter of an ally. He’s not a warrior inclined to negotiate and hasn’t much time: he abducts Aileen and weds her, never guessing that his touch awakens her dreams of their shared past, or that the bride that he seemingly chose by chance is his destined partner and true love. This is a reincarnation story, as well as a Beauty and the Beast story, and a favorite book of mine.

As you know by now, part of this feature is that at least one of the showcased books will be offered to newsletter subscribers at a discount. If you haven’t signed up for my monthly Knights & Rogues newsletter, this might be a good chance to do so.

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