Pearl Beyond Price

Book two of the Unicorn Trilogy is Pearl Beyond Price and it’s scheduled for publication in December. Check out the gorgeous new cover by Dar Albert! Amazon now allows longer pre-orders so it’s available for pre-order at that portal, too.

Pearl Beyond Price, book two in the Unicorn Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire DelacroiBlack Wind, the Mongols hailed him. Swift, fierce and proud. Yet Kira looked upon Thierry de Pereille and saw, not a man marked by legend, but a warrior who had taken her from the life she knew…to a place of passion beyond her wildest dreams.

The woman was a witch. Truly, who else could make pearls drop from her mouth? Or ensare a man with nothing more than a touch? Yet, even as he fought the power that bound them together, Thierry knew he could not deny that the gentle Kira was his destiny.

“Another dazzling Delacroix delicacy!”—Affaire de Coeur

Book #2 of the Unicorn Trilogy

Coming December 31, 2019

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Short Stories

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and romances by Deborah Cooke and Claire DelacroixSome of my books have come out of KDP Select and are back in wide distribution.

An Elegy for Melusine is one of them. This is a retelling of a medieval fairy tale and also linked to the DragonFate series – Mel and the ghost Raymond are characters in that series.

Coven of Mercy is a short story, also available at all portals again. This story introduces Micah and Rosemary, as well as the Coven of Mercy itself. They all appear in DragonFate, too.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories, is available in wide distribution again. It had to be taken down because two of the stories included in it were enrolled in KDP Select.

Unicorn Bride Today!

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixToday’s the day! Unicorn Bride is available in a new edition today!

The buy link is populating at GooglePlay this morning, and should be live by tomorrow morning. Info about the print edition is also perking its way through to the portals.

For 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

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Reader Letter from Unicorn Bride

Dear Reader;

Unicorn Bride is a book close to my heart and I’m very excited to make it available to readers again—especially with Dar Albert’s beautiful cover! Alienor and Dagobert’s story was one I wrote before I had learned any “rules” of writing historical romance, and a love story I wrote exactly the way I wanted it to be told. To me, it has some of the flavor of historical fantasy, a genre which I love to read. Unicorn Bride was the second book I sold to a publisher, but was published third. It was part of Harlequin Historicals’ launch of bigger books, and had a beautiful cover painted by Judy York in its original edition. That was June 1994.

I was a little bit concerned when I began to edit the book file. It had been more than twenty-five years since I’d last read the book—I don’t re-read my books after they’re published—and while I remembered how much I loved the book, I feared it might not stand the test of time very well. To my relief, I still loved the story. If I wrote this story now, I might tell it in a different way, but I liked the way it unfolded in this version. There are some changes in this edition, but not many. I used an inverted sentence structure to give a medieval flavor to my early books, and I’ve taken that out in this edition, as it seemed cumbersome to me now. Phrases like “fearless he was” have become “he was fearless.” Some adverbs have been deleted—oh, I used to love them!—and some long sentences have been broken into smaller ones. While this made for a fairly intense edit at my end, I doubt that this edition will read very differently from your memory of its earlier version, if you read it before.

There is a Pinterest page for Unicorn Bride, where you can see some of my inspiration.

I always considered Unicorn Bride to be book one of my Unicorn Trilogy and you will find it labeled as such on many reader review sites—even though that designation was never on the cover or in the metadata. Book two in this trilogy is Pearl Beyond Price, the story of Alienor and Dagobert’s son, Thierry. It is currently unavailable in e-book, although you may find an old mass market edition available online. My plan is for it to be the next backlist medieval romance that I republish, so please watch my website for updates on that.

I hope you enjoy Unicorn Bride.

All my best—
Claire


Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix

For 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

New edition coming August 20, 2019!

Pre-order ebook at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
Books2Read Universal Link