Nook has a recommended reads list on their blog of historical romance novels and series that are perfect for binge-reading – while you await season two of the Bridgertons! I’m delighted that they’ve included my medieval romance, The Princess, which is book one of the six-book Bride Quest series.
This month, I’m starting a new column on the blog, by featuring books of a certain trope or theme. For November, my focus is on romances featuring arranged marriages. I love these stories of love conquering all, even when it’s unexpected. As part of this new column, the featured titles may be on sale at the retail portals, or newsletter subscribers will have the chance to buy one or more directly from me, at a discount.
Probably my most popular medieval romance featuring an arranged marriage is The Beauty Bride, and it’s free at the online portals right now. This is the first book of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series: when Alexander suddenly inherits his family holding, he discovers that his carefree days are over. The treasury is empty and he has five unwed sisters, each of whom is determined to marry for true love or not at all. He knows he has to see at least two of them married before the winter and resolves to begin with his oldest sister, Madeline, who is the most stubborn of them all. Since she won’t listen to reason, he feels compelled to make a choice for her. Madeline, however, has never followed anyone’s rules—and if her brother thinks she’ll meekly put her hand in that of a renowned mercenary, both he and the bridegroom, Rhys, can think again. The Beauty Bride is also available in audio.
The Princess, book one of the Bride Quest, also features a defiant maiden unwilling to marry the man chosen for her. Brianna’s family estate is captured by a mercenary who insists she marry one of his three sons to solidify his victory. He leaves the choice to her. Brianna has no intention of marrying any of the three rogues, so she gives them a test: she pledges to marry the one who brings her a gift that makes her laugh. She’s pretty sure she can keep from laughing at anything and so avoid the old warrior’s plan. She’s not counting on Luc, though, who is done with the life of a warrior and has no patience with spoiled women who think they can make everyone obey their whims. He refuses to accept the quest, which infuriates Brianna—and you can guess what happens while Luc’s brothers are gone. I really enjoy the battle of wills in this one—it makes their dawning love all the sweeter.
Unicorn Bride is an older book of mine, which has been revised and republished. I just love the new cover! I also love this story of a woman fulfilling an arrangement made when she was in her cradle. Alienor has never met her husband-to-be, although she’s heard a lot of stories about strange doings at his remote keep of Montsalvat. She finds a bridegroom in disguise, as well as enough intrigue in her new home to tempt her to flee—but her mysterious new husband is a passionate lover by night, which leaves her torn. Trust is hard-won between these two, but love does conquer all when Dagobert chooses his new bride over his inherited responsibilities.
One Knight’s Return is also a revised older title—I’m realizing as I compose this that I wrote a lot of arranged marriages when I was traditionally published, but haven’t written many since then. Maybe I need to mix that up a bit!—also revised and republished with a new cover. Quinn returns home from the crusades to his family holding, only to discover that his overlord has put a price upon the ruined Sayerne: Quinn has to marry the beautiful and independent Melissande from neighboring Annossy to have any chance of claiming the holding that should be his. He’s perfectly willing to do this, as he probably needs a wife and isn’t romantic at all. Melissande, however, is not thrilled with the plan. She’s not a romantic either, but sees this move as the overlord’s attempt to seize her prosperous family holding. Let the battle begin! This one is a battle of wills between two strong warriors, each of whom has to learn to compromise and delegate.
Part of this new column is that I’ll provide a discount in my newsletter for the featured books. The Beauty Bride is already free, so one of the other titles will be offered for 99¢ when subscribers buy directly from me. (Which one will it be???) If you haven’t subscribed to my Knights & Rogues newsletter yet, this might be a good time to sign up.
My medieval romance One Knight Enchanted is on sale for just 99 cents right now. On Saturday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal to promote the sale, which propelled Rolfe and Annelise’s book up the bestseller charts.
Let’s have a look.
At Amazon.com, One Knight Enchanted rose to #49 overall in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Medieval Romance and #1 in Shifter Romance.
Here’s that orange bestseller ribbon:
Over at Nook, Rolfe and Annelise’s book also did really well. It rose to #13 overall in the Nook store:
It was also #3 in Romance:
And #1 in Historical Romance:
At Kobo, One Knight Enchanted rose to #1 in Paranormal Romance, #1 in Fantasy Romance and #3 in Historical Romance:
Kobo is the only store that currently has book #3 in the series, One Knight’s Desire, listed for pre-order. It’s coming October 2021. I’ll be able to add the pre-orders at Nook and Apple at the beginning of November.
At Apple, One Knight Enchanted rose to #23 overall in the Apple store:
And #3 in Romance:
Phew! What a wonderful array of results! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, One Knight Enchanted is still on sale for just 99cents.
My boxed set Kinfairlie Knights is available again! This bundle includes three first-in-series medieval Scottish romances set at Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. Like many of my other books, Kinfairlie Knights is now enrolled in KDP Select, which means you can read it free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.
Welcome to Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir! Claire Delacroix’s fictional medieval Scottish estate of Kinfairlie and its sister holding of Ravensmuir are the location for many of her bestselling medieval romances. Included in this digital bundle are three first-in-series medieval Scottish romances: The Rogue, The Beauty Bride, and The Renegade’s Heart.
In The Rogue—book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy—Ysabella’s estranged husband returns to beg for her help. Does she dare to trust Merlyn again, knowing that he stirs her passion as easily as he hides his truth?
In The Beauty Bride—book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series—Madelyn flees her arranged marriage to a notorious outlaw, only to be pursued, wooed and seduced by Rhys FitzHenry. Can she save him from the legacy of his own past?
In The Renegade’s Heart—book #1 of the True Love Brides series—Isabella is intrigued by the bold knight who makes accusations against her own brother. When she follows Murdoch to discover the truth, she finds herself enraptured by his touch and determined to defend his cause. Can her love save Murdoch from his curse and see justice served, too?
Come to Kinfairlie, for adventure and romance, passion and pageantry, and loves that will endure for all time.
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KISSED BY A ROGUE by Tanya Anne Crosby Book 1 of her Redeemable Rogues series England and The Colonies, 1763: Jessamine Stone vows to wed no man but her onetime fiancé, Christian Haukinge, but Christian is resolved to vengeance. He breaks her heart, only to discover that only the lady he has betrayed can heal his deepest scars.
THE BEAUTY BRIDE by Claire Delacroix Book 1 of her Jewels of Kinfairlie series
Scotland, 1421: Madeline flees her arranged marriage to the notorious outlaw Rhys FitzHenry, never expecting the taciturn warrior to pursue her and defend her—much less steal her heart away. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, will Madeline and her newfound love be enough to save him?
ROGUE’S HONOR by Brenda Hiatt Book 1 of her Saint of Seven Dials series London, 1816: A duke’s daughter in disguise is rescued by legendary Regency Robin Hood, the Saint of Seven Dials. Love is the last thing either needs, but when was love ever wise?
THE VISCOUNT’S CHRISTMAS TEMPTATION by Erica Ridley Book 1 of her Dukes of War series London, 1815: Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fête of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!
LOST IN TEMPTATION by Lauren Royal Book 1 of her Chase Family Series: The Regency England, 1815: Lady Alexandra Chase has always done what was expected of her. But when the man she’s loved since her girlhood returns from a long spell abroad, she quite suddenly finds herself hoping the fine lord her brother has picked for her won’t propose…
SILVER STORM by Cynthia Wright Book 1 of her Rakes & Rebels: The Raveneau Family series Connecticut & Virginia, 1781: Untamable privateer Captain André Raveneau saves Devon Lindsay when the British burn her town. He reluctantly agrees to deliver her to her fiancé, but doesn’t count on falling in love with the spirited minx himself…