Flatiron Five: The First Collection on the Charts!

Flatiron Five: The First Collection, a digital bundle of the first three contemporary romances and romantic comedies in the Flatiron Five series by Deborah Cooke

Yesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for Flatiron Five: The First Collection, a newly released bundle of three contemporary romances. It’s 99 cents now, but will ultimately be $9.99.

A boxed set including the series starter is a great introduction for new readers to a series. Promoting it at a special price (this one is 99 cents until Saturday) is an excellent way to find those new readers, in my experience. There are still three more books in the series available and the series is complete, two more reasons to create and advertise this bundle. And BookBub is the most effective way to promote a sale.

Let’s look at yesterday’s results.

At Amazon, the book rose to #79 paid in the Kindle store as of this morning (it was at #161 by noon yesterday) as well as ranking in the sports and military romance categories. Because this series isn’t in Kindle Unlimited, I didn’t have high hopes for the charts at Amazon. This is a very nice showing – and a lot of units sold at Amazon.

Flatiron Five, the First Collection, a digital bundle of three contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke at #79 overall paid in the Kindle store on January 23, 2020


At Kobo, the bundle was at #2 in Contemporary Romance last night, as well as #1 in Sports Romance.

Flatiron Five, the First Collection, a digital bundle of three contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke at #1 in Sports Romance and #2 in Contemporary Romance in the Kobo store on January 22, 2020


At Nook, the bundle rose to #7 overall paid, and #2 in Romance, a lovely surprise.

Flatiron Five, the First Collection, a digital bundle of three contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke at #7 overall paid in the Nook store on January 22, 2020


I was most excited about the results at Apple. This series sells very well at Apple, so I was hoping to find more readers there. Last night, the F5 bundle was #3 overall in the Apple bookstore, which is fabulous.
Flatiron Five, the First Collection, a digital bundle of three contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, at #3 overall in the Apple store on January 22, 2020

This morning, it had dropped to #4 overall, but was #2 in the Romance category. (Now I’m wondering if it was #1 in Romance last night. I should have looked!) Flatiron Five, the First Collection, a digital bundle of three contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, at #2 in Romance in the Apple store on January 23, 2020

I didn’t take a screen shot of it, but Going to the Chapel, the short story in the Flatiron Five series was sitting at #145 paid in the Apple store last night, proof that Apple readers are already continuing with the series.

Flatiron Five: The First Collection, a digital bundle of the first three contemporary romances and romantic comedies in the Flatiron Five series by Deborah CookeOverall, I’m very pleased with the results. 🙂

Flatiron Five: The First Collection will remain 99¢ only through Saturday January 25. Be sure to get your copy today!

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Flatiron Five: The First Collection Available Today

Flatiron Five: The First Collection, a digital bundle of the first three contemporary romances and romantic comedies in the Flatiron Five series by Deborah Cooke

Flatiron Five: The First Collection includes the first three contemporary romances and romantic comedies in the Flatiron Five series featuring the founding partners at the hottest fitness club in Manhattan. They haven’t had time for love—and some of them think they never will—but that’s about to change…

In Simply Irresistible, Tyler is sure that a fake date will be the ideal answer to his family’s inevitable matchmaking efforts at his sister’s wedding. He likes to solve things himself and keep control. He chooses a cute woman who works in his office building—he calls her the librarian because of her conservative appearance, but Amy has a lot of surprises in store for Tyler when she lets down her hair. In fact, her unpredictability and verve makes her irresistible: what will it take for Tyler to convince Amy to make their relationship real?

In Addicted to Love, Kyle’s assumptions are challenged by the one-who-got-away. He’s always known that Lauren was the only one for him, but she married someone else. He’s been content to play the field and intends to continue for the duration—until Lauren gets divorced and calls him, but just for a one-nighter. Kyle is shocked that’s he’s the one who wants more, but Lauren is skeptical of all men, thanks to him and her ex. Can he change her mind about giving him a second chance?

In In the Flatiron Five: The First Collection, a digital bundle of the first three contemporary romances and romantic comedies in the Flatiron Five series by Deborah CookeMidnight Hour, Damon is struggling with his mother’s terminal illness and hasn’t confided in his partners. He takes refuge with a compassionate nurse, more than happy to teach her therapeutic massage—and follow wherever that leads. Haley loves unravelling secrets and she’s found a treasure trove of them in enigmatic Damon. If she helps him heal from the wounds of the past, can they have a chance at forever?

Come to the hottest club in Manhattan for three emotional contemporary romances and romantic comedies. Come to Flatiron Five and fall in love!

Coming January 21, 2020

This bundle will be specially priced at 99¢ only through January 25. Be sure to reserve your copy today!

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New Covers for The Champions of St. Euphemia

My alter ego has been busy this month. The Champions of St. Euphemia series are getting new covers. I just love how these came out!
The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Heart, book two of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Kiss, book three of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Vow, book four of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Handfast, book five of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Champions of St. Euphemia Boxed Set including all five medieval romances in the series by Claire Delacroix
I’m updating the book interiors in both the ebook and print editions, and also revising the copy for each book. This is in the works right now, so you might see mixed images in the series at your portal of choice until it’s all done.

If you’ve already purchased any of the ebooks, the new version should be available from your portal of choice as a free update. (The links have remained the same.)

The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in audio   The Crusader's Heart, book two of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio
The audiobook covers have also been updated for The Crusader’s Bride and The Crusader’s Heart. You should also be able to update your cover image, UNLESS you bought the ebook before February 1, 2019 at a portal other than Audible/Amazon.

I also have the print editions to update. Since a new cover requires a new ISBN#, it may take me a week or more to get the new print editions linked to the ebook versions. I’ll let you know when they’re live.

What do you think?

Here Be Dragons

Here be Dragons, the Dragonfire Companion and guide to the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeDive deeper in the world of the Dragonfire Novels!

This companion guide to the world of Deborah Cooke’s bestselling Dragonfire series of paranormal romances includes summaries of all fourteen stories, along with comments from Deborah. There’s a glossary and a list of characters, as well as eleven family trees for the Pyr and six interviews with the Pyr. The short story Harmonia’s Kiss is also included in this volume.

Available Today!

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Some Like it Hot Cancelled

Some of you have probably received notices that your pre-order of Some Like it Hot has been cancelled, or you may have noticed that the book has vanished from my website. The reason is simple: I’ve decided not to finish and publish Aidan and McKenna’s story.

There are a bunch of reasons here. The first is that I need to take a break. I can’t do that and publish this book on time. I keep thinking I can push on for one more book, but I’ve been doing that for a while. My body is starting to insist otherwise. It’s time to listen.

The second, smaller, reason is that I want to get ahead of the publishing curve this year. I really need to manage this, to help with my time management. I can accomplish that pretty quickly if I step back from Some Like it Hot and write Dragon’s Heart now. There’s a lot of time to spare, so I can get it all locked and loaded in advance. Phew! Just typing that makes me feel good.

The third reason is that I think I’ve explored F5 pretty thoroughly. Simply Irresistible was published in November 2016, more than three years ago. It’s time for a fresh series and a new cast of characters. The pre-orders on Some Like it Hot aren’t awesome, which probably indicates that all of you agree that it’s time for a new series. I learned a lot last fall about structuring series and continuing on after the original characters have had their stories told isn’t considered to be a good strategy. It looks like we all agree.

Fourth, I was excited about writing this book, but I also recognize that adding to the F5 series keeps me from making choices about going forward. The hardest thing in my experience is choosing which series or book idea to develop – having partners on that process is one of the things I miss most from traditional publishing. I hate choosing between my ideas, since I know that the ones I don’t choose now will be left behind. I love them all! But that doesn’t solve anything. Without Aidan and McKenna’s story on my desk, I’m going to make the choice, then dive into another world.

The idea is that I’ll publish books more closely together, so I’ll let you know when the series is ready to launch.

I feel good about this decision, which is a sign that it’s the right one for me. Thanks for your undertanding!

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A Peek at Here Be Dragons

Here be Dragons, the Dragonfire Companion and guide to the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeSome of you have asked me why Here Be Dragons is taking so long to reach publication. Part of the answer is that it’s a big book! I wanted to give you a peek today at what will be in the book, and a glimpse at the process that’s taking the time.

The table of contents for Here Be Dragons looks like this right now:

1. The Books

  • The World of Dragonfire
  • Overview
  • Kiss of Fire
  • Kiss of Fury
  • Kiss of Fate
  • Winter Kiss
  • Harmonia’s Kiss
  • Whisper Kiss
  • Darkfire Kiss
  • Flashfire
  • Ember’s Kiss
  • Kiss of Danger
  • Kiss of Darkness
  • Kiss of Destiny
  • Serpent’s Kiss
  • Firestorm Forever

2. Glossary of Terms

3. List of Characters

4. Family Trees

  • The Byzantine Line
  • The Caledonian Line
  • The Caledonian Line II
  • The Line of the Cantor
  • The Celtic Line
  • The Dragon Legion
  • The Line of the Drakkir I
  • The Line of the Drakkir II
  • The Eastern Line
  • The Hibernian Line
  • The Roman Line I
  • The Roman Line II
  • The Line of the Smith

5. The Interviews

  • Quinn on hereditary roles
  • Donovan on Pyr vs. Slayer
  • Erik on the Pyr
  • Delaney on the Dragon’s Blood Elixir
  • Niall on affinities
  • Rafferty on the firestorm

6. Harmonia’s Kiss


Right now, the book is about 190,000 words and I’m still compiling. Firestorm Forever, in contrast, is 211,000 words and is 612 pages in trade paperback. Here Be Dragons is getting close to that size, but will be a bit smaller.

I had started this world guide myself, and then hired someone with experience in compiling other world guides to take over and finish it. Her contribution took almost a year, for a whole bunch of reasons, and she focused on compiling chapter-by-chapter summaries of the books. These are great, but I wanted a character list and a glossary, too. That’s what I’ve been working on.

For example, here’s my original listing for Marco, the Sleeper:

Marcus Maximus aka Marco (the Sleeper)—The nephew of the Slayer Magnus Montmorency and ward of Rafferty’s grandfather, Pwyll. When Magnus murdered his brother Maximilian because that Pyr had a firestorm, Maximilian’s mate and infant son were taken into protective care by Rafferty’s grandfather. The boy was enchanted to sleep until the darkfire burned, in order to hide him from Magnus. The Sleeper awakens in Darkfire Kiss. Marco is particularly tranquil and observant, and has the ability to both control and anticipate darkfire. Marco has his firestorm with Jacelyn in Firestorm Forever.

I intended for this to be fleshed out with his role over the series, each time he appeared. The world guide compiler added these details:

Dark hair
Dark eyes
Black with blue-green shimmer in dragon form
Affinities: Fire and air
First appears in Darkfire Kiss, Ch. 19 (though is seen “sleeping” prior to that)

That’s great, but still a lot less than I’d hoped. Here’s Marco’s current entry in the world guide, which does still need to be edited – I’ll format the excerpts so they look different from the main text:

Marcus Maximus aka Marco (the Sleeper)—The nephew of the Slayer Magnus Montmorency, son of Maximilian and Cornelia, and ward of Rafferty’s grandfather, Pwyll. When Magnus murdered his brother Maximilian out of jealousy for that Pyr’s firestorm, Cornelia and her infant son were taken into protective care by Rafferty’s grandfather. The boy was enchanted to sleep until the darkfire was released, in order to hide him from Magnus, and has been hidden at Bardsey Island by Rafferty. Pwyll used the power of darkfire to cast his spell over Marcus, and trapped the rest of the darkfire within three quartz crystals.

At the beginning of Darkfire Kiss, Chen shatters one of the three darkfire crystals and looses the darkfire. The Sleeper stirs in his sleep and the darkfire burns brighter in the crystal in Rafferty’s hoard, indicating his state. When Magnus abducts Melissa, he tries to barter with Rafferty, offering her life in exchange for the Sleeper. They fight instead and the fight moves to the refuge after Jorge locates the Sleeper and attacks. When Magnus is killed and Jorge trapped, Donovan carries the Sleeper to safety, only to have the Sleeper follow the darkfire to Rafferty’s lair in London. He awakens at the end of that book when Rafferty uses the darkfire crystal to rouse him. He can see the dead and talk to them, because he sees Pwyll in Rafferty’s home and facilitates a reunion between the two.

Marco is particularly tranquil and observant, and has the ability to both control and anticipate darkfire. He has dark hair and dark eyes. In dragon form, he is black with a blue-green shimmer, evocative of his bond with darkfire. His affinities are for fire and air. The Pyr find him enigmatic. The darkfire Marco commands gives him the ability to spontaneously manifest in other locations; he shows a tendency to suddenly appear when needed that hints at foresight, though it’s not clear whether Marco or the darkfire has the ability to anticipate the future.

In Flashfire, Marco manifests in Lorenzo’s car, asking that Pyr to surrender the darkfire crystal in his possession. Lorenzo admits that it’s gone (Drake has claimed it) but Lorenzo goes to the house to be sure. En route, he taunts Lorenzo with the word Diavolo, proving that he can read Lorenzo’s thoughts, a skill Lorenzo finds troubling.


It was a point of pride that he never lost control, but he had lost control in the theater.

And he’d threatened JP in old-speak.

Lorenzo frowned and accelerated, telling himself that it wouldn’t happen again.

“Yes, it will,” Marco murmured beside him.

Lorenzo glanced at his companion in wary surprise. Had he heard Lorenzo’s thoughts?

“I did,” Marco supplied, with a serenity that annoyed Lorenzo. “Again. It’s the legacy of the darkfire, I think. I can hear the thoughts of all the Pyr.”
—from Flashfire


Marco also reveals that Lorenzo’s father was involved in the disappearance of the crystal. He collects the pieces of Chen’s brand, acknowledging the darkfire linked to them, and disappears. Marco attends the repair of Lorenzo’s scale in Venice.

In Ember’s Kiss, Marco appears when Liz is battling Chen, shooting the Slayer with the darkfire crystal. He gives the darkfire crystal to Liz, whose powers as a Firedaughter are shown by her ability to use the crystal as a weapon. He advises her to embrace her powers and help Brandon. She uses the crystal to defeat Chen on their next battle.

In Serpent’s Kiss, Marco collects a prophecy from Sara, manifesting suddenly in the home she shares with Quinn. He appears to Lorenzo in Venice when Jorge is suggesting an alliance to Lorenzo in old-speak. Marco simultaneously suggests that he and Lorenzo form the alliance of five Pyr mentioned in Sara’s prophecy, including Erik, Thorolf and Brandon. He guards Cassie and Antonio while Lorenzo meets Jorge. Marco retrieves the darkfire crystal from Liz, appearing in the bedroom of Liz and Brandon’s sons during the night. He later reveals to the Pyr that Chen has a brother and uses the darkfire to help Niall in his Dreamwalking, giving him a glimpse into Chen’s lair. He breaks the crystal, releasing the darkfire, knowing it will free Lee. He waits in a market in Bangkok, ultimately finding Lee and escorting him to the other Pyr. Marco attends the repair of Thorolf’s scale at Angkor, appearing after the other Pyr are gathered in a flicker of darkfire.

In Firestorm Forever, Marco has his firestorm with Jacelyn. He meets her originally because of her interest in hunting dragons, having followed the darkfire’s urge to move into the same building in Seattle, and is the first to recognize her link with Nathaniel. He gives her Sigmund’s book—which he stole from Erik’s hoard. He also has stolen the last darkfire crystal, the one that Drake returned to Erik at the end of Kiss of Danger, because there’s a spark of darkfire in it again. The theft convinces Erik that Marco is turning against the Pyr. Marco receives the prophecy while he dreams in his apartment and writes it on the wall.

Jac sees both the prophecy and the crystal when she visits him, and joins Marco when he goes to Easter Island. There’s a strong attraction between them and they’re intimate. But Marco is horrified when Jac seizes the darkfire crystal and injures his mentor and friend, Rafferty. He abandons her to help Rafferty, which only makes it possible for Jorge to forge an alliance with Jac. The Pyr assume that Marco fired the crystal and abducted Rafferty, which reinforces the idea that he is betraying them. In fact, he takes Rafferty to Sloane, using the ability to spontaneously manifest elsewhere given to him by the darkfire, in order to see Rafferty healed and also to disguise his identity. (Rafferty is in dragon form but so badly injured that Marco knows he will rotate between forms, in front of a large crowd of people and television crews.)

Marco feels betrayed by the darkfire and refuses to help Sloane with the Cantor’s song, which Sloane hopes will draw the darkfire out of Rafferty’s body. He returns to Easter Island, argues with Jac, then finds her with Jorge. Even though he doesn’t trust her, she’s still a treasure of the earth, so he remains to defend her without her knowledge, breathing dragonsmoke around the hotel where she sleeps. When he returns to Seattle, he finds Jorge in his apartment. Jorge is stealing Sigmund’s book and has burned a spell spiral in the floor like Chen’s. Marco is trapped by the spell and has his energy drained by Jorge’s dragonsmoke, while Jorge escapes with the book.

I like that Jac rattles Marco, who has always been very composed and serene. She infuriates him and challenges his assumptions, even undermining his intuitive faith in darkfire. I think she’s good for him. Interestingly, while Marco lies ill in his apartment, Jac senses his protective presence. She even thinks she sees him one night when she wins a dart game at a local bar in Seattle. The darkfire rouses Marco during the second eclipse in Firestorm Forever, healing him, regaining his trust and giving him the power to go to Jac. She’s in Australia, hunting dragons, as arranged by Jorge. The pair reconcile and are intimate again before their firestorm sparks. His identity as a Pyr is revealed to Jac—who has read Sigmund’s book and recognizes the firestorm for what it is—and she flees, even as he feels compelled to shift to his dragon form.

Jac stumbles into Jorge’s clutches, and she realizes that he’s Slayer just before the dragonfight begins. Marco defends Jac and they fight together, until Jorge snares a wounded Marco in his dragonsmoke, draining his energy. Jorge also rips one of Marco’s dragon scales free. Marco asks for the Elixir, hoping that Jorge will take him to his lair and he’ll have the chance to trick the Slayer. Brandon hears his entreaty, which enforces the conviction of the Pyr that Marco intends to change sides, just before Jorge, Marco and Jac disappear. (Liz argues with Brandon about this, as she remains convinced of Marco’s integrity.) Once in Jorge’s lair, Marco feigns unconsciousness while Jac pumps the Slayer for information. Jorge is suspicious, though, and breaks Marco’s lost scale. The pair fight and Marco uses dragonsmoke to drain Jorge’s strength, building his own power so that they can escape the lair. With Jac’s help—she shoves a burning candle in Jorge’s eye and encourages Marco to put the Dracontias in his mouth—they escape the lair, leaving it burning with Jorge wounded on the floor.

When they manifest at the Holiday Inn in Virginia, near Sam’s house, Marco knows that the darkfire—which helped him move through space—intends for them to take the Dracontias to Sam. He’d thought that Rafferty would need it to heal, but trusts the darkfire. Jac insists that she won’t consummate the firestorm without being sure that her son will have a father, and Marco takes that as a challenge to win her heart.


“Good. It means the darkfire is working for and against us.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“That darkfire has governed my life and darkfire has its sparks in my firestorm, too. Think about it: you’re the least likely candidate to be the destined mate of a Pyr. What are the odds of my having a firestorm with the one mortal woman on the planet sworn to wipe my kind from the face of the earth?”

“Pretty long, I’d think.”

“More than long. It’s completely improbable. It defies expectation and challenges assumptions, both yours and mine.” He seemed to find this reassuring.

“Like darkfire does,” Jac said and Marco nodded.

“Darkfire pushes and pulls, inverts situations and challenges us to see things in new ways. Like the way you fought Jorge and the Slayers. Like the way we both excite and get at each other. Darkfire is lighting our firestorm and making both of us reconsider what we believe to be true.”

“But that doesn’t change everything. I’m still not going to have your son.”

Marco smiled the smile of a man accepting a challenge. He turned a glittering glance on Jac, one that reminded her of what he was and also what they’d done before, one that dissolved her resistance and put her body on his side. The flames of the firestorm seemed to sizzle with greater heat.

“Which only means that I’m going to have to change your mind,” he murmured and Jac knew it wasn’t going to be as hard for him to succeed as she might have hoped.
—from Firestorm Forever


With Marco’s encouragement, Jac tells him about Nathaniel and about her own history. He tells her that he thought Pwyll was his grandfather—obviously this was clarified when he awakened in Darkfire Kiss and met Rafferty. (There is a continuity error in the original edition of Firestorm Forever: Marco tells Jac that he’s been enchanted for “fourteen or fifteen hundred years”. This is impossible, as he was born in 1055, so it’s been corrected to “over a thousand years” in the new edition.) When Jac takes the Dracontias to Sam, Marco retrieves the darkfire crystal from Sloane’s home. He can’t separate it from Rafferty, who needs its healing power, so he takes both of them. (Rafferty is in his salamander form.) Melissa witnesses this, which adds to the Pyr doubts of Marco’s intentions. Marco and Jac then restore Rafferty with the heat of their firestorm. Rafferty then tactfully leaves, having the energy to spontaneously manifest elsewhere. Marco and Jac resolve to wait until the end of the Dragon’s Tail War before satisfying the firestorm, then are attacked by one of the Boris clones.

This clone of Boris offers Marco a deal, suggesting that they become partners, use Jorge to make a new batch of the Elixer, triumph over the Pyr and rule the Slayers together. Marco agrees, although he plans to betray the clone. He believes that the alliance will give him the inside information to ensure Erik’s survival. Marco turns on the clone when Erik is cornered and Erik sees Marco’s blood run red, which convinces him of Marco’s loyalties. Jac helps Eileen and Zoë escape, and also destroys the clone with the darkfire crystal. Marco offers the heat of the firestorm to heal Erik’s wounds and the leader of the Pyr accepts. Marco loses a scale at this moment and Jac confesses her love to him after she catches it, because she knows what it means. They retreat to satisfy their firestorm in private.

For the final battle, Marco joins Donovan, Erik, Lorenzo and Quinn at Quinn’s home to defend Erik in the inevitable attack by clones. He uses the darkfire crystal as a weapon until it goes dark. When the antidote to the Elixir is spilled, Marco goes to Sloane at Machu Picchu to get more. He takes two syringes, empties one into a Slayer brought to him by Rafferty, then returns to Michigan in time to innoculate the last clone. Erik sends him to check on the other two battles, and he witnesses the spark of Sloane’s firestorm. He spontaneously manifests with Sloane, taking Sloane closer to his mate, and they end up at Quinn’s place in Michigan. Sloane follows the spark from there. (Sam is in Ann Arbor.) Marco and Jac buy Sam’s house in California, becoming Sam and Sloane’s neighbors. Marco’s missing scale is repaired at the ceremony at Erik’s lair in Chicago and he participates in the Pyr’s last televised appearance, the darkfire indicating that his firestorm will burn forever.


Here be Dragons, the Dragonfire Companion and guide to the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeIt’s just a bit more detailed. 🙂

Here Be Dragons will be published on January 14. (There will be a new Amazon link on that day.) Have you reserved your copy yet?

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January SFF BOGO Sale at KOBO

Shop the Kobo SFF BOGO Sale January 1 - 31 2020

KOBO has a buy-one-get-one-free sale on science fiction and fantasy titles for the entire month of January, including paranormal romance and urban fantasy. You’ll find my entire Prometheus Project series included in the sale (Fallen, Guardian, Rebel and Abyss) as well as four Dragonfire Novels (Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss and Whisper Kiss) and two Dragons of Incendium books (Wyvern’s Prince and Wyvern’s Warrior.) The sale is supported in the major English language geos – US, UK, CA, AU and NZ – and there are separate landing page links for each geo.

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Felix, a New Sweater

I recently finished a new cardigan with yarn from my stash. Now that it’s blocked and finished, let’s have a look.

Felix cardigan knitted in Rowan Renew by Deborah Cooke

The pattern is Felix, (that’s a Ravelry link) a boxy top-down raglan cardigan with a nice detail on the raglan increases. It knits up pretty quickly and, since it’s knit top-down, you can try it on as you go to check the fit. I used Rowan Renew, a discontinued yarn with a tweedy fleck. (That’s a Ravelry link for the yarn, since it’s not on Rowan’s website anymore.) The yarn is made of recycled wool – hence the name – which is pretty cool.

I really like that raglan detail and I love this yarn. It has a subtle stripe as well as the tweedy fleck.

Felix cardigan knitted in Rowan Renew by Deborah Cooke

The red colourway is called Pick-up, but I didn’t have enough of it for the whole sweater. I added the dark grey, also Renew, in the colourway Lorry, and modified the pattern to have striped edges in garter stitch. It turned out that I used 1.4 balls of grey and had 1 ball of red left over, so I could have almost made it all red. The buttons came from my stash, too. I like the leaves on them for this sweater, since the red reminds me of autumn colours.

Here’s my Ravelry project page for this sweater.

In addition to modifying the ribbed hems and button band to be garter stripes, I made the sleeves narrower at the cuff. I like the narrower sleeves on my Koigu Lunenberg cardigan. This was all good until I washed the sweater to block it. It stretched like mad! I put it flat to dry but knew all that extra length wasn’t going to just disappear – so I tossed it into the dryer when it was still damp. This meant that the wool fulled as the sweater shrank back to its original length. It’s thicker and softer than it was, which is good, but it’s also a little bit narrower. The sleeves still fit, but I can’t push them up as much as I like to. (Maybe this will break my bad habit…) I’m curious about this stretching and wonder whether it had something to do with the wool having been recycled. (?)

Either way, I’ve cast on another Felix in Rowan Renew in a green colourway called Digger. I have twelve balls of this colour and the sweater takes 11.5 so it can all be one colour. I’ll make the sleeves a few stitches wider at the cuff on this one, in case the same thing happens when it’s washed. I haven’t decided whether to rib the cuffs and button band, like the pattern, or do them in moss stitch. Here’s that Ravelry project page.

What do you think?

Welcome to 2020!

It’s a brand new year! What will you do in 2020? What will you change? What will you accomplish?

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions but I’ll take any opportunity to review and revise. The start of a new year is a good time to do that. First, let’s take a look at things I learned in 2019.

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeAccomplished in 2019
• I published four new books last year: Bad Case of Loving You, Under the Mistletoe, Maeve’s Book of Beasts and Dragon’s Kiss.

• I also published revisions of three titles: One Knight’s Return, Unicorn Bride and Pearl Beyond Price.

• I published four new Dragonfire boxed sets: Dragonfire Quest, Dragonfire Elixir, Dragonfire Reunion and Dragonfire Triumph.

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah Cooke• I started to initiate translations of my historical romances and published my first two Italian translations. (You can find Claire’s translations here.)

• I attended two conferences, a reader conference (Romancing the Capital) and a writers’ conference (Romance Mastermind). I taught a workshop at RTC.

Lessons from 2019:
Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new edition• A year ago, I was wondering where my days were going. It seemed that I didn’t have much time to write, even though I planned to do so every morning and spent all day at my desk. So, I started a spreadsheet, documenting exactly what I did every day and how long it took. The answer became clear very quickly: I knew that being my own publisher took time, but those publishing jobs were taking a lot more time than I’d realized. Part of this was because I’ve republished a lot of older books in the last couple of years. I’ve been streamlining my publishing processes, experimenting with timing – either a publishing day per week or a few publishing afternoons in a row seems to work well.

Dragonfire Quest, volume one of the Complete Dragonfire Novels digital bundles including Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate from the Dragonfire novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• I experimented again with KDP Select and was underwhelmed again by results. Switching between wide distribution and exclusive-to-Amazon distribution is a lot of work, so I’m sticking with wide distribution for the foreseeable future. I may write some projects specifically for KDP Select, but we’ll see.

• Recognizing that my focus had shifted from writing to publishing, I started a creativity journal last winter. I bought a planner and a lot of stickers, then tracked and celebrated how much I wrote each day. Having it open on my desk helped me to write first, then turn to the other jobs after the writing was done. I really like the stickers, which is silly but it’s effective. I wrote 700K words last year, which is really a lot for me. I’ve already set up my new journal for 2020. (And it has stickers in it already!)

One Knight's Return, book #2 of the Sayerne series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix• Those are pretty big take-aways from 2019, but there was another big one. A year ago, I thought I could republish some older Claire Delacroix titles easily. I knew I had a full schedule with launching DragonFate, plus finishing up Flatiron Five and Secret Heart Ink, and didn’t want Claire’s readers to be neglected. I chose three books that had been published by Harlequin, blocked in a week to proofread the scanned book files, and scheduled them for publication. That plan had worked well for the Bride Quest and Dragonfire. It didn’t work for these books. They needed revisions to the point that it would have been easier to just write new books. Those revisions added a ton of stress to my year, because I miscalculated and hadn’t left enough time for them. There isn’t a lot of upside to doing these revisions either – while it’s nice to have the books available again, they aren’t the stories I’d write now and they don’t have a huge following. My time really would be better spent writing new books. At this point, four of Claire’s eleven Harlequin Historicals have been revised and republished in new editions, and there won’t be more in the foreseeable future.

Pearl Beyond Price, book two of the Unicorn Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix• Another milestone from 2019 was initiating translations of my books. My Italian translator and I are making good progress on the Jewels of KinfairlieThe Beauty Bride is available and The Rose Red Bride is publishing, while she is translating The Snow White Bride. I’m waiting on the Portuguese (Brazil) translation of The Beauty Bride and will have the German translation this winter. It’s been a very interesting process, with lots to learn, and many new connections to make.

The Year Ahead
Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeFor the past year or so, I’ve been aware that I’m coming to the end of existing series for each of my author brands. Last year, I launched DragonFate for my Cooke paranormals, and I’m really pleased with Dragon’s Kiss. I’m having fun with that series and looking forward to its continuation. I’m in a similar place with my contemporary romances – Secret Heart Ink is done and after Some Like it Hot, Flatiron Five will be done. (Maybe. I’m not sure where Nate’s story fits yet. It might be a novella at the end of the series.) And Claire needs a new series, too. So, I’ve been planning and dreaming. The hardest part is always deciding between competing ideas.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah CookeRight now, these titles are scheduled for publication in 2020:
Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion – January
Flatiron Five: The First Collection – January
Some Like it Hot – February
All’s Fair in Love and War – March
Dragon’s Heart – May
Dragon’s Mate – October

That’s about 300K of new words right there.

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI really want to get ahead of the publishing cycle this year, and get back to having books done and uploaded at least a month or two before their publication dates. I also want to publish linked books more closely together. That means the calendar is going to look empty for a bit as I write and work to get ahead of the curve. (You can see that gap in the schedule above.) The plan is that by the time you see the cover reveal and the pre-order, the book will be complete.

I’ll be filling some of those inevitable gaps with boxed sets. The new Flatiron Five bundle Flatiron Five: The First Collection comes out this month, at a special price. Claire has a new boxed set, All’s Fair in Love and War, coming in March and there will be other trope-based bundles. I’m hoping to write and publish some shorter works, too, to keep you reading while I write away.

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’m also revising my schedule to keep my focus squarely on writing. I’m not teaching anymore or making treks to writing group meetings. I attended two conferences last year and while they were great, this year, I’m staying home to write.

This year, it’s all about the words—and the self-care. A year and a half ago, I started walking 4 km every day and that’s become a habit. I really miss it if I skip a day. I’ve added yoga at least three times a week, too. I’m still not very good at it, but it does make me feel better. 🙂 I’ve cut back on social media commitments, too.

Of course, there’s still knitting and crafting. I’ll show you a new sweater tomorrow on Fiber Friday.

I hope you have exciting plans for 2020. Let’s make it a great year!