Boxed Set Sale at KOBO

40% off Selected Boxed Sets at KOBO March 26 - April 1
KOBO is having a boxed set sale through April 1. You can save 40% on selected boxed sets!

Dragonfire Reunion, volume three of the Complete Dragonfire Novels digital bundles including Flashfire, Ember's Kiss, Harmonia's Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny from the Dragonfire novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke  The True Love Brides Boxed Set of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix  The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke

You’ll find Dragonfire Reunion, the True Love Brides Boxed Set and The Coxwells Boxed Set included in the sale.

Here’s the landing page at KOBO – remember to use the promo code MARBOX at checkout to save!

New Contemporary Romance Editions in the Works

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.I’m making some changes to the Flatiron Five series and the Secret Heart Ink series, and I thought we’d talk about that today.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, Heroes & Happy Endings, or belong to my Facebook Readers Group, you know about this upcoming change already. (If you don’t subscribe, why not??? 🙂 )

When I started to write Flatiron Five, I had a plan of what the books would be like, based on what I saw as strong trends in the market. By the second book, though, I was telling the kind of stories I like to tell, which was a little bit different from the original plan. I really like Simply Irresistible and Snowbound – okay, mostly I like Tyler and Spencer! – but the fact is that they’re a bit different from the other books in both series. That makes them less effective as series-starters. In terms of good marketing, a series starter should demonstrate what a reader can expect from the rest of the series.

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeIn addition, the two series don’t look similar in their branding. I like the covers, but they’re not doing their job as well as they should. At a glance, readers may not realize the stories are set in the same world.

I had been mulling over all of this since finishing Bad Case of Loving You and Under the Mistletoe last year, then I went to a conference that offered a lot of amazing workshops on marketing. Wow! I learned so much – and developed a new plan. I need to do a better job of marketing these books, so there are changes ahead.

First of all, I’m changing the covers on both series, both to look more like other contemporary romances and romantic comedies and to look more like each other. I’m working with a new-to-me cover artist with fabulous credentials in this niche and I’m thrilled with our progress so far. (I love even her first draft!) I’ll be revealing those covers first in my newsletter and Facebook group, hopefully later this month. They’ll appear here on the site on April 15.

Secondly, I’m making some changes to the books. Some are small – like fixing the continuity error of Sonia/Sonya/Sonja’s name being spelled differently over the course of the series ARGH! – some are medium – like changing the titles – but one is bigger.

The big change is that Tyler is getting a new story, with a new heroine. He’s still the same finance guy who needs to be nudged out of his comfort zone, but Shannyn is a lot more forthright than Amy was. She’s sure Tyler doesn’t remember her from college, and really hopes he’s forgotten her telling him off at a party. But Ty remembers Shannyn very well – and he’s intrigued by the changes in her. She’s not his type and he knows he’s not hers, so she might be perfect for a fake date to his sister’s wedding. Ty suggests a deal and Shannyn surprises him with her terms. Ty takes it as a personal challenge to surprise her in return – and that’s only the beginning of these two shattering each others’ assumptions….

I’m having so much fun with this new book and I think you’ll love it!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeThis change will have a ripple effect and create some smaller continuity changes through the other books. For example, one of the things that I wanted to address was that Amy doesn’t have much of a role in the later books. There’s not much for her to do at F5, since she’s a writer. Shannyn, though, is a photographer and the whole idea of the billboards for the club is now her idea. She’ll be more actively engaged in the promotion plans for the club, which I like. She also has tattoos, so we’ll get to meet Chynna sooner. There are a lot of small tweaks like this that will add to the cohesion of the books in the series.

I’ll also make some revisions to Snowbound, to make it more similar to the other books in that series. (I’m still deciding whether I’ll lengthen the books in the Secret Heart Ink series to make them more similar to Flatiron Five. I need to finish Ty’s new story before I can think about that.) Those new editions will probably be available this summer.

And this will all set things up well for me to write a new series set in the same world as Flatiron Five. Yay! That will mean that some of the existing characters will make cameo appearances in the new books and is part of the reason I’m working on the Character List here on the site. I’ll tell you more about that new series later this year, once all these changes are published.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeIf you’ve bought the books, you’re probably wondering how the mechanics of all this will work. Don’t worry! It’s pretty simple. Simply Irresistible will be unpublished and become unavailable. The new series starter will be published and will be a free download. If this doesn’t happen immediately at the portals, subscribers to my newsletter will be able to download a free copy from BookFunnel.

The new versions of the other books, with their new covers, new titles, and slight content changes, will be published under the same ISBN#’s and ASIN#’s, since the changes are minor. This means you’ll be able to download an update free of any of the books you’ve bought. It also means the buy links to the portals will remain the same. I’ll add a note to the metadata of the revised books of their previous titles, so their history will be clear on the portals and at Goodreads.

But if you want any of these books in their current print editions, you should buy them now, as those editions will soon be going away.

Phew! That’s my big news! To be the first to see the new covers, and to have a chance to download Tyler’s new book free, please be sure to sign up for my newsletter, Heroes & Happy Endings!

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!

Buy Flatiron Five: The First Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
GooglePlay
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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!

Buy Flatiron Five: The First Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
GooglePlay
Books2Read

Goodreads

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!

New Flatiron Five Boxed Set Coming Soon

It’s time for the first Flatiron Five boxed set! This bundle includes the first three romances in the series, and will be specially priced at just 99 cents for the pre-order and the first week on sale. Pre-order is only available at some portals, although it will be available everywhere on January 21. Reserve your copy 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 CookeFlatiron 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!

Pre-order Flatiron Five: The First Collection at:
• Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
• GooglePlay
Books2Read

Goodreads

New Newsletter Subscriber Bonus

I’ve 3-book Exclusive bonus for subscribers to Deborah Cooke's Heroes and Happy Endings newsletteradded a bonus for subscribers to my Heroes & Happy Endings newsletter for my contemporary romances. This exclusive bundle is free for subscribers and includes romances from three different series. The bundle includes Double Trouble, Simply Irresistible and Snowbound.

If you already subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll have a chance to download your copy in the December Heroes & Happy Endings monthly newsletter.

If you haven’t subscribed, this is a great chance to do so!

Sign up for Heroes & Happy Endings.

 

 

GoodReads

Last weekend, I attended the Romance Author Mastermind conference in Houston, hosted by Skye Warren. It was a terrific conference, and like all the best ones, it sent me home with a huge list of ideas.

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeOne of the things I realized that I’m under-utilizing – or maybe not using well at all! – is GoodReads. I think of it as a reader environment, where readers can talk about books with other readers. This is all good, but there are still things I can do there.

About once a year, I go into GR and update or correct the information about my books – the description, the ISBN’s and the series information, typically – but that has been the extend of my engagement in recent years. I’ve been lucky to have readers add my books for me there, but now I’m going to be more pro-active.

You can follow me at Goodreads. I have three profiles, although only two of them are active.

First, there’s my Deborah Cooke profile. This blog posts automatically on that profile.

It’s right here.

You can also add my upcoming books to your To Read Shelf. The cool thing is that when you do this, GR sends you a notification when the book is published.

Here’s Dragon’s Kiss, coming December 10.Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Here’s the Dragonfire Companion, coming December 31.

Here’s Some Like it Hot, coming February 25.

Here’s Dragon’s Heart, coming May 26.

Here’s Dragon’s Mate, coming October 27.

I see that I’m due to sort out some series details again – this happens because Amazon doesn’t allow decimals in their numbering, or prequels numbered 0. The other portals and GR do, but now Amazon feeds metadata to GR. I’ll dig in over the holidays.

Pearl Beyond Price, book two of the Unicorn Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI also have a Claire Delacroix profile. The blog from Claire’s website (http://delacroix.net) posts automatically on that profile.

Here’s Claire’s profile on Goodreads.

Right now, there’s only one book you can add. Here’s Pearl Beyond Price, coming December 31.

When I get a few minutes, I’ll add GR links to the individual book pages on my websites.

More Paperback Editions

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeUntil about two years ago, I was creating two editions of each of my paperbacks. One was published through Createspace (an Amazon company) and made available to Amazon stores. The other was published through Ingrams and made available everywhere else. The two editions were the same, except that there were slight differences in the width of the cover spine, probably because the two print-on-demand outlets use different paper for the interior pages. (At one point, I also created editions at Nook of some books for B&N stores, which also have slightly different spine widths, but don’t see enough sales on those editions to justify paying the designer to tweak the spine, so I’ve stopped doing them.)

About two years ago, Amazon began merging Createspace (the POD publishing platform) into KDP (the ebook publishing platform) which made a lot of sense. Many indie books are available in both POD and ebook, and creating both through the same portal, with the same metadata, and reporting sales for both in the same place was a good plan IMO. Also the Createspace interface was older. The KDP interface was being updated, so the print update was rolled into that. Authors could migrate their titles from Createspace to KDP. There were some (inevitable, in such a big transition) hiccups, but ultimately, Createspace was closed to new content.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionSince then, I chose to create my print-on-demand editions only at Ingrams, and have them distributed everywhere. Another variable was that I’ve been creating mass market sized paperbacks and during the initial transition, KDP didn’t support this format although Createspace had.

Recently, writer friends have shared that their Ingrams-print edition is showing a delayed delivery on Amazon – of about 60 days. Also, the Ingrams editions aren’t eligible for free shipping through Amazon Prime, which is a big deterrent to Amazon Prime shoppers. So, this week, I added KDP print editions for the books that didn’t have them before, just for the Amazon stores. They’re all going live now, and as they do, the Amazon edition will replace the Ingrams edition on the same link in the Amazon store. (This is because they have the same ISBN.)

So, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer and you’ve been holding off on buying print copies of these titles for your keeper shelf, now’s the time!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeBad Case of Loving You

Snowbound

Spring Fever

One Hot Summer Night

Under the Mistletoe

The Mercenary’s Bride

The Runaway Bride

Unicorn Bride

Maeve’s Book of Beasts

 

Print Copies of Under the Mistletoe

I received my print copies of Under the Mistletoe! Aren’t they pretty?

Under the Mistletoe, book four of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I had to laugh when I added a copy to my bookshelf. My plan with Secret Heart Ink was to write some shorter stories set in the Flatiron Five world, which could be published more quickly. Um. That didn’t work out so well. You can see how the stories kept getting longer by the widths of the spines.

The Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke in print

Looks like I need to face the fact that I write longer books. 🙂