Simply Irresistible is #1!

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Yesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Ad for Simply Irresistible, book #1 in my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances.

I watched all day as the units went out the proverbial door and Amy and Ty’s book rose up the charts.

Here’s where the book sits this morning:

Simply Irresistible is #1 in Romance in the iBooks store! This is exciting.

Simply Irresistible at #1 in Romance at iBooks on September 22, 2018And here it is #1 free overall in the iBooks store. (I like that it’s more popular than the iPhone user guide.)
Simply Irresistible, #1 free overall in the iBooks store on September 22, 2018

Simply Irresistible is also #1 in Contemporary Romance and #1 in Romantic Comedy at Amazon, as well as #3 overall free in the Kindle store.

Simply Irresistible at #1 in Romantic Comedy, #1 in Contemporary Romance and #3 overall free in the Kindle store on September 22, 2018Here are the top three in Romantic Comedy at Kindle:
Simply Irresistible at #1 in Romantic Comedy in the Kindle store on September 22, 2018And here are the top three in Contemporary Romance:
Simply Irresistible at #1 in Contemporary Romance in the Kindle store on September 22, 2018Finally, here’s the top of the overall chart for the Kindle store:
Simply Irresistible at #3 overall free in the Kindle store on September 22, 2018

Phew! What an awesome ride! Thank you to everyone who downloaded a copy of Ty and Amy’s book. Simply Irresistible is still free, so you can still start your visit to Flatiron Five with a free read.

Get Simply Irresistible now!
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Buy the ebook directly from Deborah, with delivery from Book Funnel.

Buy Simply Irresistible in print:
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Indigo
Buy a signed trade paperback from Deborah, and get the ebook free (delivered by Book Funnel.)

Print Copies of Wyvern’s Angel

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe minibooks have arrived!

I have 4 x 6.5″ print editions of Wyvern’s Angel (which includes Nimue’s Gift) available signed in my online store today. This is the trim size of the editions available only through Amazon. If you order elsewhere, it’ll be the Ingrams edition, which is 4.25″ x 7″. (Read more about that in this post on the Dragons of Incendium blog.)

buy minibook directly from Deborah in her Selz store.

I’ve also updated the print bundle for the Dragons of Incendium in the store. Now it includes five mini-books. You can find it right here.

Simply Irresistible Goes Free!

Simply Irresistible is going free!

Book #1 of the Flatiron Five series is free at iBooks, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlay and in my online store. Amazon has currently matched the free price in the US and CA stores, and I’m hoping they match it everywhere soon. If it’s not free in your market, you can get the book from my store with delivery by BookFunnel.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Tyler McKay has had enough…
Going to his fourth sister’s wedding without a date will only encourage his female relations to “help” him find romance. Ty’s ready to wait for Ms. Right and is busy enough as the finance guy for F5. When he learns that the cute woman who works in his building is in the same predicament, he’s sure that fake dates are the perfect solution. She agrees, but Ty soon realizes that there’s far more to Amy than meets the eye. When she enrolls in a bondage class at F5, he finds himself taking a disguise as dangerous Matteo to keep her safe. How far will he go to win the heart of a woman he finds…simply irresistible?

Amy Thornton can’t get enough…
Amy can’t resist another romance about a hot hero and the woman who steals his heart away with naughty games. When she decides to write her own book, she knows she needs to do research. Her fake date, Tyler, is gorgeous but too nice to play naughty games—unlike Matteo, Amy’s mysterious personal instructor at F5, who plays them so well. When Amy has to choose, will she pick the nice guy or the promise of the forbidden pleasures she finds…simply irresistible?

Buy Simply Irresistible now!
Amazon
iBooks
Nook
GooglePlay
KOBO
Buy the ebook directly from Deborah, with delivery from Book Funnel.

Buy Simply Irresistible in print:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indigo
Buy a signed trade paperback from Deborah, and get the ebook free (delivered by Book Funnel.)

One Hot Summer Night Publication Date

I’ve changed the publication date on One Hot Summer Night, essentially because Lexi and Gabe haven’t been very cooperative. As is so often the case when the characters change the story, their version is much better than mine. Their change does, however, leave me a bit in the dark – I have to run along after them, writing forward and back. It takes longer to get the book written this way, but the result will be a stronger story. I’ve learned over the years to trust troublesome characters. 🙂 I apologize for the delay, but am sure we’ll all love the finished story more than the planned one.

October 16 is the new publication date.

One Hot Summer Night, #3 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

One Hot Summer Night is Lexi and Gabriel’s story, book #3 in the Secret Heart Ink series, and a second-chance-at-love romance. You must have guessed that these two had a past together. One hot summer night, the past comes charging into the present all over again. Can Lexi and Gabe create a future together? Or will the secrets revealed drive them apart forever?

This story takes place after Some Guys Have All the Luck, and will be available October 16.

Pre-order One Hot Summer Night in ebook at:
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Ember’s Kiss Today

Today’s the day that the new edition of Liz and Brandon’s book, Ember’s Kiss, is available!

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookOnly one woman can persuade him to embrace his powers.

Brandon Merrick is determined to banish his shifter nature forever. The charismatic tattooed surfer is on the cusp of the ultimate challenge – to prove himself on the whitecaps of Hawaii and secure his future as a pro surfer. But his dragon isn’t prepared to be tamed so easily…

One look at marine biologist Liz Barrett ignites the spark of the firestorm: Liz is his destined mate and his chance for happiness. While Brandon sees their first night together as just the beginning, his dragon seizes the upper hand. Awakening in the company of a raging dragon challenges Liz’s ability to believe her own eyes. Can Brandon accept his inner beast in time to make it work with Liz?

Neither one realizes that Brandon is caught in an ancient Slayer‘s scheme to enslave him. When the deadly plot ignites, the very island will be at risk…and Brandon and his mate could be the ultimate sacrifice.

“Dodging your birthright is the theme of the latest terrific Dragonfire novel, as both the hero and heroine attempt to deny their bloodlines. Cooke introduces readers to the world of witches, opening up other intriguing plot possibilities. Ember’s Kiss is filled with passion and the power of self-discovery — another Cooke classic!”—Romantic Times Book Review

Buy Ember’s Kiss in ebook:
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iBooks
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• GooglePlay
• buy directly from Deborah in her Selz store (and have the ebook delivered by BookFunnel)

Buy Ember’s Kiss in print:
• buy signed trade paperback from Deborah
and get the ebook free
• buy trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indigo

• buy hardcover collector’s edition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indigo

20 Days of Walking

Since 2011, I’ve been spending a lot more time at my desk, getting this indie publishing thing squared away. It’s been a lot of work, plus details kept changing so the work had to be updated and done again. (And again and again and again. Gah!) I’ve also been writing new stories at the same time and publishing them myself. Right now, there are over 80 books on my dashboard at any given portal. That’s a lot of content and a lot or work. Moving to indie meant not just long days at my desk but every single day at my desk, which meant I was feeling a lot less healthy.

I tried a number of different things over the past year, none of which seemed to stick. But on August 6, I decided to walk. I’ve always liked walking and I’ve always – at least until 2011 – walked a lot. I used to walk with my dog, but she’s getting older and doesn’t always want to walk a second time each day. (She goes for a run with Mr. Math every day.) Also, she tends to dawdle on her second walk, so I decided to walk by myself. I picked a route and walked it. My phone says it’s 4.5 km, or about 5600 steps. My phone also says that it takes me between 42 and 44 minutes. That’s not even an hour. I figure I can invest an hour a day in my own well-being.

Beginning August 6, I walked that route every single day, rain or shine, for two weeks. (It was actually quite nice in the rain.) I changed the time around a bit, experimenting with what worked best for me. The next two weeks were very hot and sticky, so I only walked it six times in those 14 days. I also had my annual canning to complete during those two weeks, plus I did a lot of weeding and mulching in the garden. I was still active, just not walking every day. So, I walked my route 20 times in 28 days, which isn’t bad for a new habit. I’ll try to improve on that in the next 30 days, and do my walk every single day.

And what’s the result? I have lost a couple of pounds over the past month, which isn’t epic but is better than gaining a few. 🙂 I haven’t changed my eating habits, so didn’t expect otherwise. (I might be eating a bit more – ha! – because walking makes me hungry.) The more important thing is that I feel better. I’m sleeping better. I feel less stressed and more organized.

And the most exciting thing is that walking for 45 minutes daily is a marvelous way to unravel plot tangles. I feel joyous about writing again, and I feel creative. This next year is going to be very exciting for new stories – and maybe I’ll even lose a few more pounds.

Have you started any new habits lately and stuck with them?

 

Another Trip to the Koigu Tent Sale

It happened again! For the third time, we made the trek to the Koigu Tent Sale in August.

It was much busier this year, and it poured rain on the way there. I had a plan, though.

First, I wanted yarn for a pullover in the current issue of Pompom Quarterly. It’s called Ixchel – you can see it on the front cover of the issue preview on the PomPom site, or follow the pattern name link to the sweater on Ravelry. I chose these two colours of Koigu.

I’m a bit concerned that the blue mix might have too much going on for fair isle work, but I’ll do a swatch and see. I bought enough of the blue that I could knit a pullover in just that colour, just in case. 🙂

My second mission was to get a single skein of Mori (a silk and wool blend) in a darker colour that coordinated with the Mori I bought two years ago at the sale. I’ve chosen a pattern called Tranquil Mist and have just about exactly the right yardage. That makes me nervous, so having this purpley-black skein is a kind of insurance: if I run out of the turquoise Mori on the right, I can finish with the darker colour.

The red I bought because, well, it’s red and beautiful. I have four skeins of it and love it to bits so it will be used for something.

What about the Koigu I’ve bought at the tent sale before? Well, last year, I bought a kit with ten skeins in ranges of purple and a pattern book. I’ve knit one shawl, which used half that yarn:

Charlotte's Web shawl, knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu

That’s the other five skeins in a row on the floor. You can read the blog post about the finished shawl right here – Charlotte’s Web.

I’m also working on a cardigan in one of the colourways I bought the first year. The pattern is called Juicy Gloss and there was a post about it here. I’ve made some progress on that one in the last month or so and will show it to you when I finish the body. I’m about halfway down the lace bit, but the rows are long so each one takes a while.

What have you been knitting lately?

And what do you think of my new Koigu?

Writer Resources

Once upon a time, I wrote a lot of blog posts about writing and publishing. When I went indie in 2012, though, I wasn’t sure how applicable those posts would be to our new world (which felt a little wild for a few years there.) This past weekend at my local writers’ group, though, we started talking about resources and I realized that a great deal of that information would still be useful to writers.

I’m sifting through it in my spare time (ha) and making it live again.

I will also be doing more teaching next year, and have started to muster my support materials. I use Excel spreadsheets a lot to track results, and I don’t want to spend workshop time walking through the set-up of each one. So, I’m creating some tutorials here on the site. These aren’t the only way to do things: they’re just my way, and might be useful to other writers.

All of this lives under a new tab called Author Resources, which you can find on the menu bar. You can also search in the blog for posts in the categories Wild West Thursday, Indie Publishing, Publishing, and Writing. There is also an archive here of the blog posts I did for the writer-in-residence program at the Toronto Public Library in 2012. You can find those in the Writer-in-Residence category.

Knights in Shining Armor on the Charts!

Knights in Shining Armor, a bundle of medievla romances by Claire DelacroixAs you probably know, my boxed set Knights in Shining Armor is on sale for just 99 cents this week. Yesterday, I had a BookBub featured ad promoting the sale and the results are wonderful.

At Amazon, my Knights are #1 in Scottish Historical Romance and #1 in Medieval Historical Romance as well as #129 Paid in the Kindle store.

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, at #1 in Medieval Romance, #1 in Scottish Romance and #129 overall paid in the Kindle store on August 29, 2018

The bundle also got an orange bestseller ribbon in the store:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, and its #1 bestseller ribbon in medieval romance in the Kindle store on August 29, 2019At Kobo, my Knights are #2 in Historical Romance, #1 in Romantic Suspense and #6 in Historical Fiction.

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #2 in Historical Romance, #1 in Romantic Suspense and #6 in Historical Fiction in the Kobo store on August 29, 2019

At Barnes & Noble, Knights in Shining Armor is #17 overall paid in the Nook store:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #17 overall paid in the Nook store on August 29, 2019It’s also #7 on the list of bestselling romance titles at Nook:

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #7 on the romance bestseller list in the Nook store on August 29, 2019

Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #24 overall paid in the iBooks store on August 29, 2019

At iBooks, my Knights are #24 overall paid in the iBooks store.

They’re also #6 on the bestselling romance list at iBooks.Knights in Shining Armor, a digital boxed set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, #6 on the bestselling romance list in the iBooks store on August 29, 2019Thank you to everyone who picked up a copy of this digital bundle yesterday!

Knights in Shining Armor will remain on sale until September 2, so there’s still time to take advantage of this sale!

Buy Knights in Shining Armor: Three Medieval Heroes:
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Knights in Shining Armor boxed set, including three medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, on sale for just 99 cents August 26 to September 2, 2018

Flashfire New Edition Today!

Today’s the day! The new edition of Cassie and Lorenzo’s book, Flashfire, is available now!

Flashfire, #8 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeHe’s lost all hope…until she changes everything.

Master illusionist Lorenzo wants nothing to do with the Pyr. His dragon nature is just another secret to hide and another detail to juggle, like ensuring that each of his Las Vegas magic shows is a true spectacle. Until he feels the burn of his firestorm and his whole world shifts….

Cassie Redmond is tired of photographing celebrities. She wants to pursue her dream of serious photography—despite the lucrative offer for a shot of a dragon shifter. Las Vegas is the last place she wants to be, but Lorenzo arouses more than her curiosity when he shifts shape as the finale of his show. Instead of forcing him to reveal his secrets, Cassie gets swept away by this illusionist’s masterful touch.

Lorenzo wants to satisfy the firestorm and put it behind him. But Cassie is hard to forget—and he can’t ignore the danger when Slayers target the mate Lorenzo didn’t believe he wanted…

“In the seventh Dragonfire novel, the defeat of one Pyr’s enemies only means that a new threat rises in the form of the crafty and deadly Chen. The hero in this chapter has long denied his dragon shifting nature, but on the eve of his greatest stunt, fate intervenes. Cooke’s long-running series continues to be a sexy and thrilling winner!”—Romantic Times

Buy Flashfire in ebook:
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Buy Flashfire in print:
• buy trade paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

• buy hardcover collector’s edition from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indigo

• buy signed mass market paperback from Deborah (Penguin edition)

Flashfire, #8 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, available in a new edition August 28