The Beauty Bride is Free!

The Beauty Bride, book one of my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances, is free at major portals again. Do you have your copy yet?

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix
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More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

The Beauty Bride, book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
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She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

Nominee – 2005 Quill Award
Publishers’ Weekly

A #1 Kindle Bestseller

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

“Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance—I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance. Five angels!”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters.”—Rendezvous

“Once again, Claire Delacroix comes through with an historical romance that does not disappoint…There are few medieval writers who can sweep me away as Claire Delacroix can. I cannot wait for the following books of this trilogy.”—Romance Reader at Heart

“Ms. Delacroix has painted a tale of love and romance fit to be framed…I quite literally devoured this book in a single day of reading. It was so entertaining and well written that I could not bring myself to put it down. I even forgot to eat because I was so wrapped up in this wonderful tale and, gasp, there was chocolate in the house!”—Coffee Time Romance

“After reading this magnificent book, it’s easy to see why Ms. Delacroix is considered one of the best medieval romance authors around. With careful attention to detail and a beautiful writing style, she whisks you to the Middle Ages for a grand romantic adventure…The Beauty Bride is a fabulous read!”—The Romance Studio

“Ms. Delacroix has a wonderful way of pulling you into the story…you will not be able to put the book down until you are finished.”—The Romance Readers Connection

The Beauty Bride is a book that captures you from the first page…a magical and inspiring story. Four hearts!”—Pink Heart Reviews

“An exciting action tale fully packed with an assortment of well-defined forceful characters, both old and new…This is a prime example of the highly imaginative and entertaining novels Delacroix is celebrated for, in a stellar start to what looks to be a sensation new medieval series that is heading straight for my ‘keeper shelf’!”—Historical Romance Writers

The Beauty Bride is a gripping read—a passionate, compelling treasure of a book.”—Julianne Maclean, bestselling author

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The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

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An excerpt from The Beauty Bride:

The lady Madeline was perfect.

She was the proper age to be the surviving child of Rhys’ cousin Madeline Arundel. She shared her mother’s coloring and her mother’s name. Her supposed family were so anxious to be rid of her without a dowry that they resorted to this vulgar practice of an auction, something no man would do to his blood sister.

And Rhys had to admit that he liked the fire in this Madeline’s eyes. She was tall and slender, though not without womanly curves. Her hair was as dark as ebony and hung unbound over her shoulders, her eyes flashed with fury. Rhys had seen many women, but he had never glimpsed one as beguiling as this angry beauty.

A single glimpse of her had been all it had taken to persuade Rhys that buying Madeline’s hand was the most effective solution to his woes.

After all, with Caerwyn beneath his authority, he would have need of a bride to have an heir. And wedding this woman, if she indeed proved to be Madeline’s daughter and the sole competing heir for Caerwyn, would ensure that no one could challenge his claim to the holding. He did not fool himself that he had sufficient charm to win the hand of such a bride any other way. Rhys had no qualms about wedding his cousin’s daughter, if Madeline proved to be that woman. In Wales, it was not uncommon for cousins to wed, so he barely spared the prospect of their common blood a thought.

Indeed, she would be compelled to wed some man this night, and Rhys doubted that any would grant her the even-handed wager that he was prepared to offer to his bride. Rhys had to believe that he could grant a woman a better life than that offered by her family or this irksome boy, Reginald.

Marriage was a perfect solution for both of them.

And so he bid.

And so the chamber fell silent.

It was as simple as that. Madeline would be his.

Rhys strode forward to pay his due, well content with what he had wrought.

The young Laird of Kinfairlie responsible for this foolery spoke finally with vigor. “I protest your bid. You were not invited to this auction and I will not surrender my sister to your hand.”

Before Rhys could argue, Tynan granted the younger man a poisonous glance. “Did I not warn you that matters might not proceed as you had schemed, Alexander?”

Alexander flushed. “But still…”

“The matter has passed from your grasp,” Tynan said with finality. Rhys knew that Tynan would indeed have cast him out if Rosamunde had not vouched for his character. The lady Madeline had some souls concerned for her future, at least.

“You cannot claim her!” Alexander cried. “I will not permit it.”

Rhys smiled a chilly smile and let his gaze drift over the younger man. “You cannot stop me. And you cannot afford to exceed my bid.”

The young laird flushed crimson and stepped back with a murmured apology to his sister, which Rhys thought long overdue.

Rhys then turned to the huffing Reginald Neville. “Have you no more coin?”

Reginald’s face turned red and he threw his gloves onto the floor. “You cannot have that much coin!”

Rhys arched a brow. “Because you do not?”

Anger flashed in the boy’s eyes. “Show your coin before we continue. I insist upon it!” Reginald flung out his hands and turned to the assembly. “Can we trust a man of such poor repute to honor his debts?”

A murmur passed through the company and Rhys shrugged. He sauntered to the high table, removing a chamois sack from within his leather jerkin. The lady caught her breath when he paused beside her and Rhys studied her for a heartbeat. Her eyes were wide, a glorious simmering blue, and though he sensed her uncertainty of him, she held her ground.

It was not all bad that she was as aware of him as this. He liked the glitter of intelligence in her eyes, as well as the fact that she had tried to halt this folly. He was accustomed to women who spoke their minds and a bride who did as much would suit him well.

He smiled slightly at her, hoping to reassure her, and she swallowed visibly. His gaze lingered upon the ruddy fullness of her lips and he thought of tasting her, knowing then how he would seal their agreement.

But first, the agreement had to be confirmed.

“You need not fear, sir,” Rhys said coolly. “I will owe no debt for the lady’s hand.” There were more than enough gold coins in his sack, but Rhys was not anxious to flaunt his wealth. He cautiously removed only the amount necessary, and stacked the coins upon the board with care. Tynan bent and bit each one of them to test their quality, then nodded approval.

“Then, have her!” Reginald spat in the rushes with poor grace and stormed from the room. His gallantry, in Rhys’ opinion, was somewhat lacking.

There was utter silence in the chamber as Rhys reached out and laid claim to Madeline’s hand, such silence that he heard her catch her breath. His hand was much larger than hers and her fingers trembled within his grasp.

But she did not pull her hand from his and she held his gaze steadily. Again, he admired that she was stalwart in standing by the terms of agreement. He bent and brushed his lips across her knuckles, feeling her shiver slightly.

Alexander placed a hand upon Rhys’ arm. “I do not care for convention or broken agreements. You cannot wed my sister—you are charged with treason!”

Rhys spoke softly, not relinquishing the lady’s hand. “Do not tell me that the Laird of Kinfairlie is not a man of his word?”

Alexander flushed scarlet. His gaze fell upon the stack of coins and Rhys knew that he had desperate need of those funds.

He leaned closer to the boy, the lady’s hand yet firmly clasped in his own, and dared the new heir of Kinfairlie. He would show the lady, at least, what manner of man her brother was. “I will grant you a chance to rescind your offer, though it is more than you deserve. Reject my coin, but solely upon the condition that the lady shall not be sold to any man.”

It was clear that the younger man struggled with this decision. He appealed to his sister with a glance. “Madeline, you must know that I would not do this without cause.”

And he reached for the coin.

“Cur!” she cried, her scorn matching Rhys’ own. Rhys turned to her, his breath catching at the fury that lit her expression. “Take it then, Alexander! Take it, for whatever debts you have, and reject whatsoever loyalty Papa might have thought you owed to your siblings.”

Alexander’s hand shook slightly as he claimed the coins. “Madeline, you do not understand. I must think of the others…”

“I understand as much as I need to understand,” she said, her words as cold as ice. “God save my sisters if you think of them as you have thought of me.”

“Madeline!”

But the lady turned her back upon her sibling, her bearing as regal as that of a queen, her gaze locking with Rhys’ own. He saw the hurt that she fought to hide and felt a kinship with her, for he too had been betrayed by those he had believed held him in regard.

“I believe there is a meal laid to celebrate our pending nuptials, sir,” she said, her words carrying clearly over the hall.

Aye, this bride would suit him well. Rhys lifted her hand in his grip and bent to brush his lips across her knuckles in salute. She shivered and he smiled, knowing their nuptial night would be a lusty one.

“Well done, my lady,” he murmured, liking that she was not readily daunted. “Perhaps our agreement should be sealed in a more fitting way.”

A beguiling flush launched over the lady’s face and her lips parted as if in invitation. Rhys gave her hand a minute tug as the company hooted, and she took a pace closer. He could fairly feel the heat of her breath upon his cheek and her own cheeks flushed. Still she did not look away, though her breath came quickly in her uncertainty.

Rhys entwined their fingers, then lifted his other hand to her face. He moved slowly, so as not to alarm her, well aware of her uncertainty. She would be a maiden, without doubt. It would not do to make her fearful of his touch. Rhys tipped Madeline’s chin upward with his fingertip. Her flesh was soft beyond belief, her valor admirable. He smiled slightly, saw a spark in her eyes that reassured him as little else might have done. This was no fragile maiden who would fear her own shadow.

Rhys bent and captured Madeline’s sweet lips beneath his own. To his satisfaction, the lady did not flinch, nor did she pull away.

Aye, this was a wife who would suit him well.

Excerpt from The Beauty Bride Copyright ©2005, 2011 Claire Delacroix, Inc.

Jewels of Kinfairlie Audiobook Sale

I have a sale this month on my audiobooks in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series. The discounted prices are available at Apple and KOBO from today though November 18. The same audiobooks are also on sale at Chirp, from October 25 through November 18. The regular price of all three audiobooks is $14.99US or $19.99CA each. This series is narrated by the fabulous Saskia Maarleveld.

The Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, on sale in audiobook starting October 21, 2020

The audiobook of The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $1.99 US or $2.99 CA.

The audiobook of The Rose Red Bride, book two of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $4.99 US or $6.49 CA.

The audiobook of The Snow White Bride, book three of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $7.99 US or $9.99 CA.

NookAudio is also having a sale from October 20 to November 3, offering 25% off selected audiobooks. They’ve included The Beauty Bride and The Rose Red Bride in their sale.

I’ve included all of the links below in case you have a subscription elsewhere. Plus I have no idea whether other portals will match the sale price. Happy listening!


The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

“Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance—I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance. Five angels!”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters.”—Rendezvous

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The Rose Red Bride, #2 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, is available in audio

“A beautiful, heart-wrenching, deeply emotional story. Five hearts!”—The Romance Studio

“Claire Delacroix has woven a tale that is a whirlwind of action and betrayal…What a wonderful plot! Throughout this amazing tale, Ms. Delacroix doesn’t let up for a second. There are lighthearted moments and tender love scenes that will delight historical romance lovers everywhere. Five hearts!”—www.loveromances.com

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The Snow White Bride, #3 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“Delacroix provides an excellent end to a terrifically captivating series.”—Booklist

“Another keeper penned by a master storyteller. Don’t miss out on this medieval series.”—Writers Unlimited

“Terrific!”—TheBestReviews.com

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The Beauty is on the Charts!

Yesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Beauty, book five of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances, promoting its sale price of 99cents. Let’s have a look at the results.

At Amazon, The Beauty earned TWO orange bestseller ribbons, one for #1 in Medieval Romance and one for #1 in Scottish Historical Romance.

The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, earns its #1 bestseller in Scottish Historical Romance ribbon at Amazon.com on September 20, 2020
The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, earns its #1 bestseller in Medieval Romance ribbon at Amazon.com on September 20, 2020

The book also rose to #27 overall in the Kindle store!

The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, at #27 overall in the Kindle store, #1 in Medieval romance and #1 in Scottish historical romance at Amazon.com on September 20, 2020

At KOBO, The Beauty rose to #4 in Historical romance and #5 in Romantic Suspense.

The Beauty, book five in the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, ad #4in historical romance at KOBO on September 20, 2020

At Apple, The Beauty is #12 overall in the store:

The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, at #12 overall in the Apple store on October 20, 2020

It’s also #6 in Romance:

The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, at #6 in Romance in the Apple store on October 20, 2020

At Nook, of course, the sale wasn’t supported because their backend systems are down and the price change didn’t go through. Fingers crossed that they get that fixed soon.

The Beauty, book five of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, is just 99cents, October 19 - 26, 2020

The Beauty remains on sale this week, so if you don’t have your copy yet, get it now!

The Beauty is 99¢ !

The Beauty, book five of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances, is discounted to just 99 cents through October 26. You can read this book as a standalone or as part of the series. The Bride Quest series of six books also breaks into two trilogies, so you could begin with either The Princess or The Countess if you want to read the whole series. There are also free family trees available for download for this series, right here.

NB – The price change hasn’t gone through at Nook, so I’ve set up a link for you to buy the book directly from me for 99 cents.


The Beauty, #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Certain she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches Jacqueline from her saddle and spirits her away with him.

He is Angus MacGillivray—not the black-hearted ravisher she fears but a valiant man of honor who has returned to Scotland seeking justice…and revenge. Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birthright seized. Sworn to reclaim his rightful lands, he has kidnapped the stepdaughter of Duncan, chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie — Angus’s avowed enemy.

But his lovely captive refuses to be the chattel—or ransom—of any man…until Jacqueline senses the yearning heart beneath Angus’s embittered facade. In spite of himself, Angus has let this defiant beauty touch his very soul. And as desire flames between them, a lady fair and her battle-scarred knight will fight for a love that could banish all the sorrows of the past…

“Four stars! A tale to warm a winter’s night.”—Romantic Times

USA Today Bestseller

New York Times Bestseller

Winner
2001 Best Long Historical Romance
Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers’ Best Awards

A Rhapsody Book Club Selection

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Note that as of this morning, Nook’s systems are still down and the price changes hasn’t posted – The Beauty is displaying there as $4.99 US. I’ve set up a BookFunnel link so that you can buy the ebook directly from me for 99cents. The link will take you to Paypal, then once you pay, you’ll be redirected to BookFunnel to download your book. Their support staff do an excellent job of ensuring that your ebook gets onto your reading device of choice, so please reach out to them if you have any issues.

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Buy the Bride Quest Series

Buy signed trade paperbacks of all six books in the Bride Quest series from Claire. The price is in US dollars and includes postage to the US or Canada.

89.99 $


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The Mercenary’s Bride in Audio

The audiobook of The Mercenary’s Bride moved out to the portals very quickly! Here are the links for you:

 

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

The Mercenary’s Bride
Narrated by Tim Campbell