Ooops

Well, this is embarrassing. I learned this past weekend that I’d uploaded the wrong interior file for Just Home for the Holidays to Amazon in December. I uploaded Just One Fake Date instead.

I haven’t made that mistake for about three years. :-/

I’m really grateful for the reader who contacted me, saying she’d expected Hunter and Chloe but got Tyler and Shannyn instead.

The issue is for books purchased between December 19 (when I thought I uploaded the version with updated links in the endmatter) and January 16.

I uploaded the correct file on Saturday and asked Amazon to push it out to all customers. They’ve agreed, so if you bought the book there, you should get a notification of an updated file being available, or it might just appear on your device (depending on your settings.) If you don’t get the file in the next week or so, please contact Amazon customer support.

The new file will over-write the existing file, but you don’t have to lose Just One Fake Date. That book is currently free at Amazon, so you can just download it as a separate book product.

I am sorry for the mix-up.

Radish Reading App

I’ve started to publish my books on a reading app called Radish. This is an interesting thing: books and stories are serialized, so that each episode is a short chapter. This is an idea that’s been around for a while, that of reading snippets of a story on your phone, maybe while standing in line or waiting for an appointment.

I’ve started with the Flatiron Five Tattoo series and will also post Dragonfire there this quarter, too. It takes a bit of work to set up each story in the format, but seeing people jump on it and start reading is fun.

You can learn more about Radish on their website, right here.

Book Winner

Home for the Holidays, a Christmas romance and number seven in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Last month, I created a free online puzzle of the meme for Just Home for the Holidays. Those who sent me their time for completing the puzzle were entered in a draw for a free signed copy of the book. The books have (finally) arrived – shipping has been really slow! – and we have a winner.

Congratulations to Christine, who was the first to finish the puzzle and report her time. It was a tough one – most people took over an hour to complete it. 🙂

The puzzle is still available. You can find it right here.

The Rogue is 99 cents

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 trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is on sale for 99 cents

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!

Booklist

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 series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio, narrated by Ashley Klanac

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Monthly Feature – Second Chance Romance

This month, I’m featuring second chance romances. This is probably my favorite trope and one I return to often in my books. There’s something so seductive about lovers having another chance to get it right. Here are a few of my favorites.

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross)

Third Time Lucky was the first contemporary romance I wrote, and it’s a second chance romance. Philippa had a crush on Nick in high school, but thought he was too cool to take her seriously (even though they shared a very special moment once). He comes back to town and asks for her help—but Phil’s not the same shy starry-eyed girl she used to be and isn’t interested in just being useful, even for Nick. I love how these two unravel their tangled past and build a future together. Third Time Lucky is also book one of the Coxwell Series – the other three books tell the stories of Phil’s brothers.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just One More Time is book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series. Kyle and Lauren had a fling years ago, before Kyle realized that Lauren was Tyler’s sister—and before Tyler warned Kyle never to get involved with any of his sisters. When Lauren’s husband messes around, it’s Kyle who brings her the bad news—because her husband has been caught in the act on a security video at the fitness club. She turns to Kyle for consolation. She knows he can’t commit to more than pleasure, but that’s exactly what Lauren thinks she needs. I love how well she understands Kyle, and how she refuses to demand more of him that she thinks he can give. But Kyle has grown since their fling and Lauren’s presence in his life makes him realize what he’s been missing—I love that this time, he’s willing to fight for her love and their shared future.

Double Trouble, book #2 in the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah Cooke

Double Trouble is the second book in the Coxwell Series and a second chance romance with a bit of a twist: Maralys and James met years before, but he eventually married her twin sister. Maralys always thought that was because love triumphed over lust, but when her sister walks out on James, she learns the truth. There’s a lot of hostility and emotion between these two, but once they start to sort out what actually happened in the past, it’s not long before they have to acknowledge their true feelings—and recognize how good they are together. There are plenty of obstacles to the course of true love in this book but I like that James doesn’t let Maralys just slip away again.

Just One Second Chance, book six of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

No surprise that Theo’s book, Just One Second Chance, is a second chance romance! This is book #6 of the Flatiron Five Fitness series and an interracial romance. No one is more surprised than Theo when Lyssa appears in his life again, just as suddenly as she disappeared years before. Turns out that Lyssa has a secret, one that she was afraid to share, but she knows she has to finally tell Theo the truth. How can he forgive the woman he loved and lost, when he discovers that she’s hidden his son from him? These two have a lot of work to do to rebuild the trust they’ve lost, but Theo isn’t going to let Lyssa’s past choice stand in the path of their future.

Second chance romances tend to be emotional reads with high stakes, with secrets that have to be revealed and old wounds that need to be healed. Maybe that’s why I like them so much—I feel like the characters really have to work for their HEA. Do you love second chance romances? If so, tell me why.

2021 Publication Plans

This is going to be a busy year, although it looks right now as if it has a big publication hole in the middle of it. I’ll explain that in a minute.

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

First, let’s talk about what’s on the schedule. Just One Silver Fox will be coming in February. This is Jacquie and Pierce’s story and #8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series. It’s a seasoned romance and has a touch of suspense, thanks to Pierce’s background. I’m having a lot of fun writing this story, especially as it’s giving me lots of threads to follow in future. You’ll see what I mean about that when you read the book!

I’ve also started to publish my books on Radish, a reading app for serialized fiction. If you like short reads on your phone, check it out.

Writing as Claire Delacroix, I have two new books on the schedule for this year: The Wolf & the Witch, which is the first book in a new trilogy called Blood Brothers, will be published in the spring. One Knight’s Desire, which is the third book in the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances will be published in the fall. There will also be new audiobooks and translations from Claire: you can read more about her schedule in this blog post on the Delacroix site.

Then there’s the big hole in the schedule. There are no paranormal romances officially on the schedule as yet. (Yikes!) Will those three scheduled titles be all my new books? No, but 2021 is the year that I’m determined to get ahead of my schedule. My plan is to finish books and then put them up for pre-order, so that everything isn’t so much of a rush at the last minute. There will be a little gap in the release schedule this year—between those two medievals—then things should heat up in the fall. After that, I’ll be able to tell you better what’s coming when and won’t be pushing off publication dates anymore. (I might sleep better, too.)

Who’s in the crowd around my desk, wanting their stories told? Well, in terms of contemporary romances, Annika and Thom have already started talking to me. There’s another Flatiron Five Fitness story in the works, too, one that interests me a great deal. Sonia is in that one, but there’s more than one romance in the book. I’ll have to finish it before I can decide how best to publish it. When you read Just One Silver Fox, you’ll probably guess the identity of one more hero who has found his way back to my office. And then, of course, there’s Aidan and the spin-off series set in Harte Harbor. There’s also a cluster of PNR heroes fighting for my attention. (You can read about that in this post on the Dragonfire blog.) So many stories—we’ll see which one pushes to the front of the line. No matter which one it is, though, this is going to be a great year.

Lemonade for 2021

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021.

The new year is always a chance to change things up and try something different. I don’t make resolutions, but I do make plans. 🙂 Sometimes they come together and sometimes they don’t – 2020 was certainly a good example of things not proceeding according to plan. What about this year?

One of the changes brought by Covid-19 is the produce section at my local grocery store. The produce is a lot less fresh than it used to be, and sometimes it’s more expensive. The discounted produce section has grown and often that produce isn’t much different than what’s at the front of the store. I always check it out. This week, there were lemons in the discount bin, probably hundreds of them. I brought home more lemons than I need, because you don’t often get 14 lemons in Canada for less than $1 and I couldn’t resist them. Then I had to figure out what to do with them.

This brings me to an old saying which I’m choosing as my slogan for 2021:

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

2020 gave many of us a lot of lemons, maybe too many lemons to manage well. But maybe you’ve caught your stride in this new world of ours or can find a better rhythm. I know a writer who treated 2020 like a personal retreat, focused on her work and produced more new books than she ever had before. I wish I’d done that myself since people were reading more last year and hungry for new content. (I was busy catching lemons.) My plan is to give that strategy a try this year and put this situation to work for me.

What about you? Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? I learned to make sourdough bread last year, which was new for me and now is part of my weekly routine. Is there a book you’ve been waiting to read? An online course you’ve been wanting to take? A new skill you’ve never gotten around to learning? If you’re in lock-down, quarantine or self-isolating, this might be the perfect opportunity to do any or all of those things, and create some lemonade of your own.

I’ll tell you a bit next week about what’s in my writing and publishing plans for 2021 and will post my monthly feature on Monday, but today, have a think about what you can change to have more lemonade in your life. Let’s make 2021 a year of lemonade!

As for those lemons, I’m working my way through them. I made Mr. Math’s favorite sour cream coffee cake already (it’s lemon) and will be making our version of Chicken Piccata this weekend (we grill the chicken instead of breading and frying it). I’ll make my mom’s lemon loaf recipe today and put some in the freezer to give to her the next time we meet. I’ve always wanted to find a recipe for lemon poppyseed muffins. We’ll have Madhur Jaffrey’s Lemony Coriander Chicken for dinner one night, too. The list goes on and every single item will be yummy. I’ll be out of lemons in no time!

2020 Summary

There have been a lot of graphics in my feed on Facebook of authors sharing the books they published in 2020. It’s inspiring to see everyone’s accomplishments, so I did a graphic of my own.

2020 new releases by Deborah Cooke (also writing as Claire Delacroix)

Pearl Beyond Price is a teensy bit of a cheat, as it was published in the last week of 2019. (I felt badly that “Claire” had no new releases in 2020.) I published the All’s Fair boxed set, but it was composed of previously published content, which doesn’t count for this graphic.

Claire also had new translations published in 2020, including The Beauty Bride in Portuguese and German, The Rose Red Bride and The Snow White Bride in Italian, and The Ballad of Rosamunde in Portuguese. I have the Spanish translation of The Crusader’s Bride but it won’t appear in stores until 2021. Claire also had a new audiobook, The Mercenary’s Bride, recorded by Tim Campbell.

The first two books shown here, Pearl Beyond Price and Just One Fake Date, were revisions and rewrites. I’ve learned that these take me longer than just writing a new book, so won’t be rushing to do any more of them. (Even though I have more Claire Delacroix books from Harlequin Historicals, they all need that kind of revision. I’m going to leave them alone for the time being.)

Another project that consumed a lot of time was repackaging books. I repackaged The Champions of St. Euphemia series, as well as Flatiron Five Fitness and Flatiron Five Tattoo. I’ll take a break from that job in 2021, too!

The obvious question is: What’s coming in 2021?

When I was traditionally published, the schedule was made a year in advance of publication and books were delivered, formatted, etc., about six months before publication. I’m trying to get back to that place without leaving too many gaps in my schedule. It’ll take me a couple of years, but I’m making progress. The big challenge with publishing is that I like to alternate between sub-genres and worlds. I think it’s necessary to my creative process, so that means that the publication of series will stretch out over time.

So far in 2021, I have two historical romances scheduled for publication, The Wolf & the Witch and One Knight’s Desire. I have two books scheduled for audiobook production: The Wolf & the Witch and The Runaway Bride. Both will be recorded by Tim Campbell. I already have a number of translations scheduled for delivery and publication in 2021: The Rose Red Bride in German, The Rose Red Bride and The Snow White Bride in Portuguese, The Ballad of Rosamunde and The Renegade’s Heart in Italian, and The Crusader’s Bride in German, too. The rest of the Champions of St. Euphemia series will be translated into Spanish, too. (As mentioned above, The Crusader’s Bride in Spanish is being published now.) Many of these translation teams will continue the series with the next book after they deliver the one currently in the works. Claire has a new boxed set coming in February, Stolen Brides, and will have a second boxed set published some time during the summer.

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

For my contemporary romances, Just One Silver Fox is scheduled already for 2021. I plan to publish Annika and Thom’s story—which is becoming longer than I’d initially expected, no surprise to any of you in that!—but won’t set a publication date for that until it’s done. I have another secret Flatiron Five project in the works, but it’s too soon to talk about that. 🙂 Of course, there’s the F5F spin-off series in Harte’s Harbor, too, but I’d like to be able to schedule the first three on a fairly rapid release, with the books being done. Ha. I’m thinking that series will likely be a 2022 launch.

For my paranormal romances, there’s nothing officially booked at this time. I’m hoping to publish the next DragonFate novel, possibly next summer, and am working on the next Incendium story, Wyvern’s Wizard. (The issue with Wyvern’s Wizard is that I suspect four princesses are going to weigh in and entangle their storylines with Peri’s, so it’s not a case of getting one book written—it’s a case of getting four books written.) I’m still having various characters weigh in about their story needing to be told next. Once The Wolf & the Witch is done, I’ll make a decision and dive in.

In the meantime, there are promotions to schedule and all the rest of the jobs that come with indie-publishing. I’m hoping to have a very productive 2021, and this is my plan at the moment. I have the spreadsheets to show for it!

An Awesome Way to Start the Day

Just One Fake Date has just gone free for the first time. After my newsletter went out yesterday, apparently a lot of people took advantage of that! I woke up this morning to discover this:

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, at #224 overall free in the Kindle store December 24, 2020

Shannyn and Tyler’s book is at #224 overall in the Kindle store, #4 in sports romance, #34 in romantic comedy and #52 in contemporary romance. Wow! Those are impressive rankings, even more impressive since there’s been no advertising to drive that. Just one newsletter and a whole lot of enthusiastic readers.

If you downloaded a copy, thank you very much! If you didn’t grab a copy yet, the book is still free.


Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Tyler McKay has a plan…
And it doesn’t include a serious relationship anytime soon. Between his day job and being a partner at Flatiron 5 Fitness, he’s busy investing in the future. But Ty knows that going stag to his sister’s wedding will encourage the family matchmakers: he needs a fake date, fast, in self-defense. When the one woman who hates him walks into F5F, Ty knows he’s found the perfect candidate—that Shannyn doesn’t play by anyone’s rules just leaves Ty wanting more…

Shannyn Hawke is done with plans and dreams…
She had her whole life mapped out, but it all went wrong. Now, she’s taking care of number one and living in the moment, with no concern for the future. If her college crush wants to trade a fake wedding date for physical satisfaction, Shannyn is in. But just one night proves that Tyler is everything she believes a guy should be, plus he takes it as a challenge to change her mind about him. Shannyn never wants to have her heart broken again, but she’s falling hard and fast. Can she remember that it’s just for show? Or will Tyler convince Shannyn to take a chance on forever again?


“JUST ONE FAKE DATE is a story of family, friendships, business and love; of heart break and revelations; of acceptance and hope The premise is engaging and inviting; the characters are stubborn, quirky, and energetic; the romance is spicy and moving.”

—The Reading Cafe

N.B. Just One Fake Date is NOT Simply Irresistible with a new cover and title. It’s a new book for Tyler, with a new heroine, different tropes and a new story. Some of the scenes with the partners are similar, but this is a different book and a new series starter. The rest of the books in the series have been updated as a result of this change.


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(N.B. The reviews for Simply Irresistible and Just One Fake Date have been merged at Goodreads, even though they are different books. Just One Fake Date was published on May 20, 2020 so reviews posted after that date will be for JOFD. I’ve tried to have this corrected, without success.)


Deborah Cooke decided to re-write the first book of the Flatiron Five Fitness with a new female lead for Tyler, Shannyn Hawke, with a whole new plot. Shannyn is a freelance photogapher who went to college with Tyler and she has a job to cover the alumni who own Flatiron Five Fitness. From the moment she walks into his office, sparks fly and the story vibe was a lot different from the original book.  I liked it a lot. I liked the chemistry between Shannyn and Tyler, I enjoyed watching Tyler fight for a real relationship with her, and the passion was great between the two.  The original book had Tyler playing two characters, him and a BDSM character with Amy and I just didn’t like how Amy had difficulty seeing how Tyler is the man for her.  In this one, Shannyn had commitment issues, and I liked that conflict better. Tyler had to fight to prove to her that a relationship could work and that he wasn’t going anywhere. There was no need for any subterfuge in this one and I loved how the story flowed and concluded. Overall, so much better start to a series that was awesome!”

—Rendezvous with a Romance

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$19.99


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Just One Fake Date is FREE!

You knew it was coming, and now it’s here – just in time for the holidays! If you haven’t started the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances yet, now’s the time: Just One Fake Date, book one in the series, is free!

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Tyler McKay has a plan…
And it doesn’t include a serious relationship anytime soon. Between his day job and being a partner at Flatiron 5 Fitness, he’s busy investing in the future. But Ty knows that going stag to his sister’s wedding will encourage the family matchmakers: he needs a fake date, fast, in self-defense. When the one woman who hates him walks into F5F, Ty knows he’s found the perfect candidate—that Shannyn doesn’t play by anyone’s rules just leaves Ty wanting more…

Shannyn Hawke is done with plans and dreams…
She had her whole life mapped out, but it all went wrong. Now, she’s taking care of number one and living in the moment, with no concern for the future. If her college crush wants to trade a fake wedding date for physical satisfaction, Shannyn is in. But just one night proves that Tyler is everything she believes a guy should be, plus he takes it as a challenge to change her mind about him. Shannyn never wants to have her heart broken again, but she’s falling hard and fast. Can she remember that it’s just for show? Or will Tyler convince Shannyn to take a chance on forever again?


“JUST ONE FAKE DATE is a story of family, friendships, business and love; of heart beak and revelations; of acceptance and hope The premise is engaging and inviting; the characters are stubborn, quirky, and energetic; the romance is spicy and moving.”

—The Reading Cafe

N.B. Just One Fake Date is NOT Simply Irresistible with a new cover and title. It’s a new book for Tyler, with a new heroine, different tropes and a new story. Some of the scenes with the partners are similar, but this is a different book and a new series starter. The rest of the books in the series have been updated as a result of this change.


Buy Just One Fake Date in ebook:

(N.B. The reviews for Simply Irresistible and Just One Fake Date have been merged at Goodreads, even though they are different books. Just One Fake Date was published on May 20, 2020 so reviews posted after that date will be for JOFD. I’ve tried to have this corrected, without success.)


Deborah Cooke decided to re-write the first book of the Flatiron Five Fitness with a new female lead for Tyler, Shannyn Hawke, with a whole new plot. Shannyn is a freelance photogapher who went to college with Tyler and she has a job to cover the alumni who own Flatiron Five Fitness. From the moment she walks into his office, sparks fly and the story vibe was a lot different from the original book.  I liked it a lot. I liked the chemistry between Shannyn and Tyler, I enjoyed watching Tyler fight for a real relationship with her, and the passion was great between the two.  The original book had Tyler playing two characters, him and a BDSM character with Amy and I just didn’t like how Amy had difficulty seeing how Tyler is the man for her.  In this one, Shannyn had commitment issues, and I liked that conflict better. Tyler had to fight to prove to her that a relationship could work and that he wasn’t going anywhere. There was no need for any subterfuge in this one and I loved how the story flowed and concluded. Overall, so much better start to a series that was awesome!”

—Rendezvous with a Romance

Buy A Signed Trade Paperback

Buy Just One Fake Date in trade paperback directly from Deborah. The price is in US dollars and includes postage to the US or Canada.

$19.99


Buy Signed Copies of Flatiron Five Fitness

Buy signed copies of the Flatirion Five Fitness series directly from Deborah. Currently, this bundle includes five trade paperbacks and a mass market paperback. The price is in US dollars and includes postage to the US or Canada.

$79.99


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