NaNoWriMo 2020

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It’s that time again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launches tomorrow. Participants aim to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Participation is free.

As usual, I’m participating. If you want a writing buddy, you can friend me at NaNo right here.

I’ll be putting down the words for Just One Silver Fox, as well as a couple of other projects.

If you want to learn more about NaNoWriMo, check out their website.

Jewels of Kinfairlie Audiobook Sale

I have a sale this month on my audiobooks in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series. The discounted prices are available at Apple and KOBO from today though November 18. The same audiobooks are also on sale at Chirp, from October 25 through November 18. The regular price of all three audiobooks is $14.99US or $19.99CA each. This series is narrated by the fabulous Saskia Maarleveld.

The audiobook of The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $1.99 US or $2.99 CA.

The audiobook of The Rose Red Bride, book two of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $4.99 US or $6.49 CA.

The audiobook of The Snow White Bride, book three of the Jewels of Kinfairlie, is discounted to $7.99 US or $9.99 CA.

NookAudio is also having a sale from October 20 to November 3, offering 25% off selected audiobooks. They’ve included The Beauty Bride and The Rose Red Bride in their sale.

I’ve included all of the links below in case you have a subscription elsewhere. Plus I have no idea whether other portals will match the sale price. Happy listening!


The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

“Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance—I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance. Five angels!”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters.”—Rendezvous

Buy The Beauty Bride in audio:


The Rose Red Bride, #2 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, is available in audio

“A beautiful, heart-wrenching, deeply emotional story. Five hearts!”—The Romance Studio

“Claire Delacroix has woven a tale that is a whirlwind of action and betrayal…What a wonderful plot! Throughout this amazing tale, Ms. Delacroix doesn’t let up for a second. There are lighthearted moments and tender love scenes that will delight historical romance lovers everywhere. Five hearts!”—www.loveromances.com

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The Snow White Bride, #3 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

“Delacroix provides an excellent end to a terrifically captivating series.”—Booklist

“Another keeper penned by a master storyteller. Don’t miss out on this medieval series.”—Writers Unlimited

“Terrific!”—TheBestReviews.com

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New Pub Date for Dragon’s Mate

Dragon's Mate, book 4 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve moved the publication date for Hadrian and Rania’s story to November 24. Dragon’s Mate has been challenging to write—these two characters have run off with the story multiple times and made it into their own. I love when this happens because it creates a better book, but I also want to ensure that the book is published as it should be. This extra month will give me time to think about the story and ensure all the ends are tucked into place. I’ll be able to get the print edition published in advance of the ebook, and will be able to give my ARC reviews more than a heartbeat to read the book.

How this will shake down for you varies by portal. Apple and Kobo allow me to change the publication date and I’ve done that already. Nook had some issues this month, but I’ve managed to update the publication date there, as well. There isn’t a pre-order at GooglePlay, so there’s nothing to change or update there. I asked Amazon if they’ll move my pre-order by a month and they agreed so pre-orders there will remain in place.

If you follow me on Amazon, you will likely get a release announcement for Dragon’s Mate next Tuesday, even though the book won’t be published. It appears that the dates on those announcements can’t be changed or updated.

I appreciate your understanding and support on this. 2020 has been quite a year so far and not an easy one for creative endeavors. I hope things settle down soon. In the meantime, I’m thinking about changing my processes for the future. More about that in another blog post, coming soon.

F5F Boxed Set Update

Earlier this year, I changed the covers, titles, and series name for Flatiron Five Fitness (it used to be Flatiron Five) and for Flatiron Five Tattoo (which used to be Secret Heart Ink.) I also wrote and published a new series starter. I like the new covers and titles much better, and the sell-through on the series (what percentage of people continue to buy books after the series starter) is much improved, which was the point of the exercise.

The Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
New Covers for the Flatiron Five Fitness series

In June, we talked about the Flatiron Five: The First Collection boxed set, which had been published last year with the original three books and is no longer available. (That blog post is here, in case you don’t remember it.) My plan in June was to update the content, cover, title and series information for that bundle sometime around the publication date of Just One Silver Fox. The idea was that any of you who had bought the bundle would be able to download the new version as an update.

As of last week, though, Amazon is no longer allowing certain metadata fields to be changed after publication, including the title, author and series name. This is new. It’s a policy change. This means that if/when I publish a boxed set of the first three books in the Flatiron Five Fitness series, that bundle will be a new product: the reviews won’t transfer to the new bundle and anyone who bought the first bundle won’t be able to download the new one as an update. You’ll have to buy it as a new product, which defeats the point of updating that bundle.

At this point, only Amazon has this rule, but it wouldn’t surprise me if other portals followed suit.

So, this is an update on the update. As a result of this policy change, I’m not planning to do any boxed sets for this series right now.

Paranormal Romance Sale

Two of my paranormal romance series starters are discounted to 99cents right now. You can pick up Kiss of Fire, book one of the Dragonfire Novels, and/or Wyvern’s Mate, book one of the Dragons of Incendium for just 99 cents in ebook.

Kiss of Fire, book one of the Dragonfire Novels, a paranormal romance series featuring dragon shifter heroes by Deborah Cooke, is on sale for 99 cents

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

One kiss can change the course of destiny…

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind – or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything – even Sara’s love – to fulfill their entwined fates.

WINNER
2008 Best Paranormal,
Time Travel, Futuristic or Fantasy Romance
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence


“Wow, what an innovative and dazzling world Ms. Cooke has built with this new Dragonfire series. Her smooth and precise writing quickly draws the reader in and has you believing it could almost be real… I can’t wait for the next two books.”

Fresh Fiction

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“Cooke, a.k.a. bestseller Claire Delacroix, dips into the paranormal realm with her sizzling new Dragonfire series…Efficient plotting moves the story at a brisk pace and paves the way for more exciting battles to come.”

—Romantic Times

“Paranormal fans with a soft spot for shape-shifting dragons will definitely enjoy Kiss of Fire, a story brimming with sexy heroes, evil villains threatening mayhem, death and world domination, ancient prophesies, and an engaging love story…An intriguing mythology and various unanswered plot threads set the stage for plenty more adventure to come in future Dragonfire stories.”

—BookLoons

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“Deborah Cooke has definitely made me a fan. I am now lying in wait for the second book in this extremely exciting series.”

—Romance Junkies

Buy Kiss of Fire in hardcover collectors’ edition:


Wyvern’s Mate, book one of the Dragons of Incendium series, is 99 cents!

Wyvern's Mate, book one of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a MindBender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.

Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.

Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?


“WYVERN’S MATE is a quick read; a fast paced novella length story of romance and love; duty and honor; magic and dragons…The premise is entertaining-almost science fiction is its presentation; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a quick build to a happily ever after. A wonderful start to a new series.”

—The Reading Cafe

Buy Wyvern’s Mate ebook:


The mass market edition of Wyvern’s Mate includes the short story Nero’s Dream.

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Wyvern’s Mate is also available in audio. The audio edition is narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.


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The Beauty is 99 cents!

The Beauty, book five of my Bride Quest series of medieval romances, is discounted to just 99 cents through October 26. You can read this book as a standalone or as part of the series. The Bride Quest series of six books also breaks into two trilogies, so you could begin with either The Princess or The Countess if you want to read the whole series. There are also free family trees available for download for this series, right here.


The Beauty, #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Certain she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches Jacqueline from her saddle and spirits her away with him.

He is Angus MacGillivray—not the black-hearted ravisher she fears but a valiant man of honor who has returned to Scotland seeking justice…and revenge. Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birthright seized. Sworn to reclaim his rightful lands, he has kidnapped the stepdaughter of Duncan, chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie — Angus’s avowed enemy.

But his lovely captive refuses to be the chattel—or ransom—of any man…until Jacqueline senses the yearning heart beneath Angus’s embittered facade. In spite of himself, Angus has let this defiant beauty touch his very soul. And as desire flames between them, a lady fair and her battle-scarred knight will fight for a love that could banish all the sorrows of the past…

“Four stars! A tale to warm a winter’s night.”—Romantic Times

USA Today Bestseller

New York Times Bestseller

Winner
2001 Best Long Historical Romance
Greater Detroit RWA Booksellers’ Best Awards

A Rhapsody Book Club Selection


Buy The Beauty ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here!)

Goodreads


New Audiobook

The audiobook of The Mercenary’s Bride moved out to the portals very quickly! This is a Christmas story, a medieval Scottish romance and a novella. It’s narrated by Tim Campbell – have a listen to the sample! I think he has a wonderful voice. 🙂

Here are the links for you:

 

The Mercenary's Bride, book one of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio

The Mercenary’s Bride
Narrated by Tim Campbell

Downloadable Booklists

Inspired by an article I saw online, I’ve been creating some booklists for you. These are PDF files that you can download and print out to keep track of which books you’ve read and which ones you want to read. They also list each of my series in reading order.

Here’s a screenshot of the top of the Delacroix list, so you can see what they’re like:

Editions with a red dot are no longer available. Editions with a green dot are available. There’s a list at the end of the abbreviations used for print editions.

Each list “lives” on my appropriate sub-genre website, so the second link will take you to Delacroix.net.

Download the Deborah Cooke book list

Download the Claire Delacroix book list

Missing NINC

This week, I should be at the Novelists Inc conference at St. Pete’s Beach in Florida, learning so much about publishing and promoting that my To Do lists have To Do lists. Instead, I’m home, thanks to Covid-19, and missing the conference, with reps from the portals, my writer friends and that beach.

One of the things that’s valuable about attending a conference is that I step away from my day-to-day rhythm and look at the broader picture of my publishing and writing goals, as well as learn about possibilities I’m overlooking (or haven’t explored yet). There are always a lot of those.

The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix in audio

Here’s an example of one thing I might reconsider after attending a workshop or having a conversation at NINC – audiobooks. I recorded a dozen audiobooks 2015-2017 (mostly historical romances) and haven’t done any since. So, if I had gone to NINC, finding out more about where the audiobook market stands right now might have been one of my action items. (I always have a list when I go to a conference.) There’s the industry at large, the trends and patterns, then there’s the strategic question of how to manage my content in that niche. Should I record my contemporary romances? Should I record my PNR? What about more historicals? Should I write and record novellas? In what sub-genre? How is the audiobook market changing? What promotional opportunities exist that didn’t before? How can I improve on what I’ve done before with audio and build for the future? I’m doing my research and considering possibilities. It’s a little harder this way than attending a session or having a drink with someone, but it’s a useful exercise. I should have a new audiobook (or two) contracted for production soon and will tell you about it when I do.

This exercise also means re-evaluating my audio distribution, which I changed in 2019. I’m mostly happy with it, but think it needs a tweak or two. For example, KOBO has opened the option of publishing audio directly to their portal: I’m going to take my audiobooks direct to them instead of using an aggregator. That means lots of uploading for me. The KOBO links for my audiobooks will change as a result. The other change I’m considering will be invisible from your end, but you can see how my To Do list is growing, just from this one item.

There are more ways to promote audiobooks than was the case four years ago, as well, and I’ve added regular promotion of my audiobooks to my monthly To Do list. You might want to follow the Delacroix blog if that interests you, because my audio backlist at this point is pretty much all historical romance. I’m sending some emails and exploring some websites and updating my idea of what’s possible to formulate a new plan.

You can see how my To Do list grew, just from that one item. I’d do the same for translations, for print editions and for getting my work into libraries. I’d probably learn more about subscription services and the exploitation of performance rights, as well as see trends in ebooks. I’d attend workshops about sending newsletters and managing social media and a host of successful marketing strategies—as well as running CPC ads. Watch that To Do list grow, even though I’m not at the conf this year.

I like how conferences like NINC compel me to plan for the future and look ahead. I bought my 2021 planner this week and have started to fill it in, both with writing and with promotion. Another thing I’m going to do this week is review the financial reports for my various book sales over the past year and look for patterns. What strategy works best? Does the answer vary by sub-genre? Does it vary by portal? It invariably does, so choosing the best path forward isn’t as easy as it might sound.

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

Another big responsibility for me is managing my backlist, to ensure that it continues to perform in a changing market. I repackaged three series this year—The Champions of St. Euphemia, Flatiron Five Fitness and Flatiron Five Tattoo. I rewrote the series starter for Flatiron Five Fitness, giving Tyler a new story. How did those efforts influence results? Was it worth doing? (Yes, it was.) If I intended to repackage another series, which one would it be? If I was going to rewrite a book, which one would it be?

One Knight's Desire, book #3 of the Rogues & Angels sereis of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Which series do I need to complete next? I already made a move on this one and set up a pre-order for book 3 of my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances, One Knight’s Desire.

Which new project should I undertake next? How do I take what I’ve learned and apply it to future efforts?

You can see that my list of things to do and explore has grown by leaps and bounds, just by composing this post—and compelling myself to take the time to take a bird’s-eye view, just as I would when attending a conference. It’s not the same. I’m not hearing the news from the portals or hearing from other authors about what’s worked for them, but it’s not all bad as a compromise. I still miss attending NINC, but these items will keep me busy for a while.

2020 Reading Guide

I finally got this updated for you. 🙂

2020 Reading guide for books by Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix

This is the cover of the new reading guide for my books. It includes information about all of my books and series, with suggestions for reading order and a bit of a peek behind the scenes. I update this digital resource every year and change the colour of the cover so you know which one you have.

The reader guide should be a free download at your portal of choice, but if it’s isn’t, you can download it free from BookFunnel.