Live and Learn

Serpent's Kiss, book thirteen of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This past week, I finished updating the ebook interiors for my paranormal romances – with the new website landing page links and the new newsletter sign-up link. I also tidied up some prices and revised some metadata. It’s a relief to have that done, but it only is finished because the books are in Kindle Unlimited – I had to update them at one portal instead of seven. I still have about 20 Delacroix books to update with the new newsletter sign-up link and will try to get them done this week.

(I included Thorolf’s cover here, just for fun. It’s one of my faves.)

It’s not a huge issue if you sign up via the old newsletter link, as I’ll be moving new subscribers each month for each newsletter from the old service provider to the new one.

If you have the books already, Amazon won’t push out the new edition to you, because it’s considered a minor update when the endmatter links change. If you buy any of them now (or take them with your KU subscription) you’ll get the new versions.

Here’s the bit I learned this weekend. I was thinking that the old endmatter links to the book landing pages would go 404, since the domain names DragonsofIncendium.com and DragonfireNovels.com have been repointed to this site. And this was my mistake. Once upon a time, when setting up a website/blog at WordPress, you had to choose a name for the site. This predates the ability to register a domain name through WP. Now, you can either choose a free url (which includes “wordpress”) or you can buy a domain. Both of these websites are legacy sites, so they both have default WP domain names: DragonfireNovels.com has the default WP url of https://dragonfirenovels.wordpress.com; while DragonsofIncendium.com had the default WP url of https://incendiumblog.wordpress.com

And when the domains are repointed, the default url – which is a free site – remains live. Both urls bring you here, but those sites are still out there. That’s one thing I learned.

Here’s the second. There are two links available for a page on a WP website. One is the long link which includes the path, like this:
https://deborahcooke.com/pnr/dragonfire/kiss-of-fire/

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This tells you that Kiss of Fire is under the Dragonfire tab, which is under the PNR option on the menu at this site. All that info is included in the long link.

The other is a shortened WP link. I like these shortened links not only because they’re less likely to break but also because if I change the location of the page on the menu or even its name, they still work. WP keeps track of that. (For example, I changed Paranormal Romance to PNR in the link to make it shorter after the page was created. The shortlink didn’t change.) The shortlink is always associated with the page. For example, here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on this website:

https://wp.me/P3H9xs-7bL

And here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on the old website:

https://wp.me/P74TXW-I

It still works! If you look at the url in your navigation bar, though, you’ll see that it’s the WP domain name, not DeborahCooke.com.

So, whenever I used the shortlink in the ebook interior – which was most of the time – it won’t go 404. It will take you to the old site. This is a great interim solution for those of you with older book files, and also explains why I still get traffic on the Incendium site, even though the url has been repointed to the Dragonfire site for a while. I’ve unpublished the Incendium site now by making it private, so following any of those old Incendium short links – which have been gone from the ebooks for two years – will take you to a WP log-in page, not a 404 page. I’ll leave the old Dragonfire site live until the end of the year, or whenever I remember to take it private again.

On to the last books that need updating!

Solo una noche nevada is free

Today through May 15, Solo una noche nevada (which is Just One Snowbound Night in Spanish) is free. The Flatiron Five Tatuaje series has been enrolled in KDP Select, so if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can read the entire series free at Amazon.


Just One Snowbound Night, book one of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Olivia confía en el aquí y el ahora…
Olivia no cree en la magia ni en el amor eterno; después de todo, ella es una científica, pero ganarse un tatuaje de Chynna la convence de arriesgarse. Ella siempre ha admirado al hermano mayor de su mejor amiga Lexi, Spencer, tal vez porque los opuestos se atraen. ¿Cómo sería seducirlo? ¿Terminaría eso con su fascinación por él? Con un poco de ayuda de sus amigos y una venda para los ojos, Liv decide averiguarlo. La ventaja es que Spencer nunca sabrá que su amante secreta era ella…

Spencer cree en lo eterno...
Pero Spencer adivina la verdad casi de inmediato. Es bueno que Olivia lo desee; tenerla sola en su cabaña es la oportunidad perfecta para enseñarle a confiar en las sensaciones y en él. Una tormenta interfiere con el plan de Olivia, lo que le da a Spencer más tiempo para trabajar en su propia magia persuasiva. Él sabe que una noche o dos serán solo el comienzo de lo que él quiere que dure para siempre. ¿Podrá él convencer a Olivia de que pruebe el amor o ella lo dejará para siempre tan pronto como la nieve se derrita?


Esta es una traducción al español neutral de América Latina.


Solo una noche nevada está ahora en KDP Select: está disponible exclusivamente en Amazon y puedes leerlo gratis con una suscripción a Kindle Unlimited.


Is it Hotter in Here?

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Since all the content is now available on this website, the urls DragonfireNovels.com and DragonsofIncendium.com now point here.

If you follow an old link to one of those urls, you’ll end up on this site but with a “content not found error”. It’s here, but the landing page urls have changed. Just hop on up to the Paranormal Romance tab and you’ll find everything on the drop-down menu.

I’ve updated the ebook interiors with new links, but some portals (like Amazon) don’t push out new content to people who already have those books. Not much I can do about that. New customers will get the new file.

When I was updating the Dragonfire Novels book interiors, I noticed that there used to be a page for the kids called The Next Generation. I found the old draft of that page in the trash (it probably went away when I built the family trees) so will update and republish that soon.

It’s always better to have an image on a post, so here’s Ember’s Kiss. I always loved this cover. 🙂