Pre-order for Just Home for the Holidays

Hunter and Chloe’s story is coming December 10! This is a holiday romance, one that I wasn’t expecting to write this year. It’s long for a novella but shorter than a book.

Just Home for the Holidays, a Christmas romance novella and #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Chloe Richardson is on track…
Running the finances at Flatiron Five Fitness West is a dream job and it’s steadily making her goal of financial independence come true. She lives to work, and likes her schedules just fine. Returning to New York for Christmas should be routine, but her mom starts matchmaking—and Chloe needs a plus-one fast. When Hunter volunteers, Chloe decides he’s the perfect choice—she’ll never get emotionally involved with a guy who refuses to make plans and she knows Hunter is all about variety. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot, or that he kisses like he invented it—but when Chloe discovers that Hunter hates Christmas, she knows she has to fix that. When she realizes that she’s falling fast for the Hunter no one else sees, can she convince him to give them a chance?

Hunter Tate lives in the moment…
He’s learned the hard way that tomorrow might never come and is determined to make every day count. The problem is Christmas—he needs a major distraction to keep his memories at bay. A fake date to a fancy charity event with his hot co-worker, Chloe, is definitely out of the ordinary for him, but Hunter loves a challenge. What could be a better one than breaking every one of Chloe’s rules? It’s all fun until Chloe decides to help Hunter put the past behind him—she gets to him and demands more, but can Chloe’s love convince Hunter to commit to the future?

Coming December 10, 2020.

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Just Home for the Holidays will also be available in mass market paperback.

A Surprise Holiday Romance

As I was working on Just One Silver Fox, I realized that there had been a lot of events at Flatiron Five Fitness since Theo and Lyssa’s story, Just One Second Chance. That book ends in March 2019 while Jax and Pierce’s book begins in January 2020. There are babies – and we know that someone has to have fallen in love. I could have packed them all into Just One Silver Fox as backstory, but thought it would be a lot more interesting to write one of those romances.

What better than a Christmas romance – except one with love unexpected. And here it comes – Just Home for the Holidays is Hunter and Chloe’s story and it takes place in Manhattan at Christmas.

I’ll publish this book as soon as it’s ready to go. There won’t be a pre-order so keep your eyes open.

Just Home for the Holidays, a Christmas romance novella and #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Chloe Richardson is on track…
Running the finances at Flatiron Five Fitness West is a dream job and it’s steadily making her goal of financial independence come true. She lives to work, and likes her schedules just fine. Returning to New York for Christmas should be routine, but her mom starts matchmaking—and Chloe needs a plus-one fast. When Hunter volunteers, Chloe decides he’s the perfect choice—she’ll never get emotionally involved with a guy who refuses to make plans and she knows Hunter is all about variety. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot, or that he kisses like he invented it—but when Chloe discovers that Hunter hates Christmas, she knows she has to fix that. When she realizes that she’s falling fast for the Hunter no one else sees, can she convince him to give them a chance?

Hunter Tate lives in the moment…
He’s learned the hard way that tomorrow might never come and is determined to make every day count. The problem is Christmas—he needs a major distraction to keep his memories at bay. A fake date to a fancy charity event with his hot co-worker, Chloe, is definitely out of the ordinary for him, but Hunter loves a challenge. What could be a better one than breaking every one of Chloe’s rules? It’s all fun until Chloe decides to help Hunter put the past behind him—she gets to him and demands more, but can Chloe’s love convince Hunter to commit to the future?

Coming in December 2020.

Just One Night Together is 99¢!

This week, Damon and Haley’s book is on sale for just 99 cents! Just One Night Together is book three of my Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances – it’s a sensual fling-to-forever story about two people who both need to heal to build a future together. You might need a tissue or two with this one! It’s discounted to 99 cents at major portals until November 29, so grab your copy today.


Just One Night Together, book three of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Damon has a secret…
Every Friday night, the F5F partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five without explanation. Where does Damon go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s battle with cancer. She’s the anchor in his life and he doesn’t know how he’ll go on without her. In the middle of the night, when he’s most alone, he wants to control all the variables for someone, to prove he’s not completely powerless. He doesn’t expect to find such a willing, or seductive, volunteer.

Haley loves solving mysteries…
Especially ones like the gorgeous guy who visits her favorite patient every Friday night. He must be Natasha’s son, but is he also the model on the billboard for that fitness club downtown? Where did he learn therapeutic massage? Even though she’s a nurse, Haley’s interest in him and his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin, for as long as possible. One night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to discover that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can satisfy.


“Book three in the Flatiron Five series was passionate, with a well developed plot and great characters. Book 2 is definitely still my favorite in the series, but this one is a close second….I really like how the characters in this book, and in book 2, were honest and straightforward. They didn’t play games. They didn’t say one thing but mean another. Haley was straight up honest with Damon and it was that which pulled him in, just like Lauren and Kyle. Loved it and am definitely now looking forward to more in this series. So good.”

—Rendezvous with a Romance

An earlier version of Damon and Haley’s story was published under the title In the Midnight Hour. This version includes changes made for consistency with the new series starter, Just One Fake Date. It also has a slightly different ending and new epilogue. If you bought In the Midnight Hour in ebook, you should be able to download Just One Night Together as an update from the portal where you made your purchase. The update will replace the old book on your reading device.


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Buy Just One Night Together

Buy a signed trade paperback of Just One Night Together 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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Sensual Small Town Romance

Small Town Romance November 2020 BookFunnel promotion

I’m participating in a multi-author promotion at BookFunnel this month, featuring sensual small town romances. It runs through the end of November – from the landing page, you can find each book at your portal of choice. Some of the books are on sale. Some are series starters. It’s a great opportunity to find a new author.

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

You’ll find Just One Snowbound Night included on the landing page, which is book one of my Flatiron Five Tattoo series.

Spencer and Olivia’s book is discounted to 99cents this month, too.

Visit the landing page.

Flatiron Five Tattoo Sale

This month, there’s a sale on my Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances. These romances feature three friends from my fictional town of Honey Hill, Maine, each of whom gets a heart tattoo from Chynna that is supposed to bring them true love. (It does.) The fourth book in the series is Chynna’s own story.

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

The series begins with Just One Snowbound Night. Olivia gets the first tattoo, which is a first for her, too. It prompts her to take a chance on seducing Spencer, the big brother of her friend, Lexi. She has no illusions about romance lasting forever, but she’s been crazy about Spencer for as long as she can remember. Since she’s leaving town for good to do graduate work in the UK, this is her last chance. Little does she realize that Spencer feels the same way about her—except that he’s not willing to let once be enough. Unfortunately for Olivia, the weather is on Spencer’s side…

This month, you can buy Just One Snowbound Night for 99cents, discounted from $2.99 US.


Just One Vacation Night, book two of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

The series continues with Just One Vacation Night, which is Reyna and Kade’s story. Reyna is on the run from her past and disinterested in emotional commitments of any kind. She’s opened a cupcake bakery in Honey Hill, and when she spots Kade, a cop visiting his retired aunt and uncle in town, she knows he’s just the treat she needs. Kade isn’t looking for a fling, though, and he quickly realizes that Reyna is the woman for him. All he has to do is persuade her to give them a chance. Good thing he likes a challenge.

This month, you can buy Just One Vacation Night for $1.99 US, discounted from $4.99.


Just One Unforgettable Night, book three of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Next up is Lexi and Gabe’s book, Just One Unforgettable Night. Lexi is Spencer’s sister and Gabe is Spencer’s partner at Wolfe Lodge. They were together once in the past, but only Gabe remembers that the woman who seduced him completely was Lexi. Lexi remembers a night of passion with a stranger and the child she gave up for adoption. In this emotional second-chance romance, these two finally sort out the wounds of the past and chart themselves a new future.

This month, you can buy Just One Unforgettable Night for just $2.99 US, discounted from $4.99.


Book four in the series is Chynna’s book—Just One Christmas Night—she comes to Honey Hill for Lexi and Gabe’s wedding, only to discover the love she never expected to find.

Monthly Feature – Small Town Romance

This month, I’m starting a new monthly column here (and also on the Delacroix blog) spotlighting books of a certain trope. I’ll pick a trope or theme each month, then tell you about a few of my books that fit. I’m also going to experiment with discounting those titles for newsletter subscribers when they buy directly from me.

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

This month, let’s talk about small town romance. I’m thinking about small towns right now because I’m planning Aidan’s book, which will begin a series set in Harte’s Harbor, a fictional small town on the east coast. I’ve got a map done and a few landmarks—because Tyler and Shannyn were married in Harte’s Harbor in Just One More Time—but am building out the town even more. I love doing this! And yes, I’ve done it before. Let’s have a look:

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

My fictional town of Rosemount, MA turns up in my Coxwell series, which is where the Coxwell siblings grew up. We first visit to Rosemount in Third Time Lucky: Phil has mixed feelings about her hometown, and Nick was always considered to be from the wrong side of the tracks. These two carry a lot of emotional baggage from their high school years, and I like that they both find roots in the town where they grew up. (Spoiler: they end up living there together.)

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I think All or Nothing shows Rosemount with the most affection, since Zach and Jen buy a building downtown at the end of the story. Jen opens a yarn shop in that building on the main street and they live upstairs. I love the scene in All or Nothing where Zach takes Jen to his hometown on the way to a holiday dinner at the family home: she’s enchanted by Rosemount, decorated for Christmas, and he sees the familiar with new eyes.

My fictional small town of Honey Hill, ME, has a cameo role in my Flatiron Five Tattoo series: the three friends who get tattoos from Chynna at Flatiron Five are on a girls’ weekend in New York City, then return to this small town. Spencer, the hero of Just One Snowbound Night, grew up in Honey Hill and has opened a lodge there—Wolfe Lodge—with his partner, Gabe, who is the hero of Just One Unforgettable Night. (Spencer’s sister, Lexi, is the heroine of that one.)

Just One Vacation Night, book two of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

My favorite depiction of the quiet little town of Honey Hill is in Reyna’s story, Just One Vacation Night. She’s deliberately chosen a sleepy location to hide from her past, and runs a cupcake bakery in town. The hero, Kade, is a cop from Portland on leave who comes up to Honey Hill to help his retired aunt and uncle with some renovations on their house in town. Reyna just wants a fling, but once with Kade just isn’t enough. 🙂

There’s going to be a sale on Flatiron Five Tattoo this month, available at all portals, and I’ll put a special on the Coxwells in my Heroes & Happy Endings newsletter. (Click the link if you haven’t subscribed yet!) As usual, when you buy ebooks directly from me, I’ll provide a link that will take you first to Paypal, then will redirect to BookFunnel once you’ve paid for your book. The people at BookFunnel are awesome at making sure you get your ebook onto your reading device of choice, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help.

What do you like best about small town romance?

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.

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.

Just One Fake Date on the Charts

On Saturday, the first BookBub Featured Deal for Just One Fake Date ran and the results were very satisfying. 🙂 This book hadn’t had a promotion before, and it is currently 99cents at all portals. It’s the new first book in the Flatiron Five Fitness series.

I wasn’t really on top of this on Sunday morning, but grabbed these screen shots later in the day. It’s entirely possible (and likely) that the rankings were higher earlier in the day.

By the time I looked at Amazon, Tyler and Shannyn’s book was at #129 overall in the store, #4 in sports romance and #15 in romantic comedy.

At Barnes & Noble, Just One Fake Date earned a bestseller ribbon (yay!).

It was also #8 overall in the store when I looked (although a reader said she’d seen it at #5 earlier in the day.)

At Apple, Tyler and Shannyn’s story was #14 overall in the store when I looked:

It was also included on a carousel for first-in-series bestsellers at Apple – notice that it’s the first one in the listings that’s a paid read, which is cool.

At KOBO, Just One Fake Date was #1 in sports romance, #4 in contemporary romance and #5 in contemporary women.

Just One Fake Date is still 99 cents at the major portals, so if you don’t have your copy yet, grab it today!

New F5F Postcards

I’ve ordered some new postcards for the Flatiron Five Fitness series, with Flatiron Five Tattoo on the back. They’ll be 5″ by 7″.

I can’t wait to see the finished postcards when they arrive.

As always, postcards are free for the asking. If you’d like some of these, you can comment on this post or send me an email. I’m not sure how long it will take for them to arrive from the States, but I’ll send them out once they do.