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. 🙂

Apple Feel Good Romance

All or Nothing included in Apple Feel Good Romance Sale October 2019Apple has a promotion running from October 1 through October 8, featuring Feel Good Romances. The promotion is available in US, UK, CA, AU and NZ territories.

You’ll find All or Nothing included in the sale, and discounted to 99cents for these dates in these territories. I’ve also discounted Zach and Jen’s book at the other portals. This is a holiday story, a romantic comedy, and a fun read with some bits that will have you reaching for the tissues, too. If you haven’t read this story yet, this is a great chance to do so.

Scroll down for more information and links.

The landing page for the Apple Feel Good Romance Promotion is right here.


Some people will do anything for true love — even if they have to fake it.

Jen Maitland had no use for handsome guys with easy charm — until she met Zach. He’s the perfect fake date to end her mother’s matchmaking scheme before it starts. Besides, he’d probably just use her and leave her like her ex-fiancé did. At least that’s what Jen tells herself. The only problem is that Zach isn’t as predictable as he appears…

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date — only to invite him to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile — and he’s betting that he can unravel her mysteries — even if he has to do it over candied yams.

A tofu turkey, a sister who threatens to have Zach’s love-child, the untimely appearance of a knitted avocado — and Zach’s discovery of her real motive — combine to turn Thanksgiving dinner into Jen’s worst nightmare. Zach, on the other hand, has the time of his life. And when he makes Jen smile, he finally finds a commitment he’s willing to make…but persuading Jen to believe him will take everything he’s got.

“Five hearts! Tender, sweet, and a lot of fun. A highly recommended read.”
The Romance Studio

“Five blue ribbons! A fantastic book.”
Romance Junkies

A #1 Kindle Bestseller

Buy All or Nothing ebook:
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Apple
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FREE Series Starters!

Start the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke free

Simply Irresistible, book one of my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances, was a free read last summer. I realized last week that it had returned to its regular price at KOBO and Nook – oops! – but now it’s FREE at all portals again. Get your copy of Tyler and Amy’s book today!

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis story also introduces you to some of the characters in the Secret Heart Ink series, which is set in the same world. Right now, Snowbound, book one in that series, is a 99 cent read.

Also, if you read historical romances,

The Beauty Bride, book one of my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances, is a free read. This story introduces you to a much longer series of books – the heroine, Madeline, has seven siblings, each of which has his/her own story told. She also has an unconventional aunt and some cousins. The Jewels of Kinfairlie series is set in the same world, featuring the same family, as The True Love Brides series and The Brides of Inverfyre. If you want to read about the previous generation of this family, you can also read The Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy.

Start the medieval Scottish series of romances with The Beauty Bride!

Start the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix free

Save 40% on Selected Boxed Sets at Kobo

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set, a digital bundle including all four medieval Scottish romances in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series by Claire DelacroixThe Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah CookeKobo has a boxed set sale running this week, from September 25 through September 30. You can save 40% on selected boxed sets by using the code at check-out.

You’ll find The Coxwells Boxed Set included in the sale, as well as three of my medieval romance bundles: Highland Heroes, Kinfairlie Knights and the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set.

The titles above are linked to the landing pages for the books here on my website. The covers are linked to KOBO.

The landing page for the promotion is right here. Happy shopping!

Highland Heroes, a digital boxed set of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixKinfairlie Knights, a digital bundle of three medieval Scottish first-in-series romances by Claire Delacroix

 

Read Under the Mistletoe Today!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeHere comes Chynna, better late than never!

Chynna has loved and lost…
Even though it’s been years, Christmas reminds Chynna of her husband’s death and makes her miss him even more. Attending Lexi and Gabe’s Christmas wedding sounds like a reminder of everything she’s lost, until she’s persuaded to go and share their joy. Once there, a hook-up with Trevor, Gabe’s handsome partner, could be another way to move beyond her grief—and Trevor makes taking that risk more than worthwhile, re-awakening Chynna to sensation and passion.

Trevor has never had time for love…
He’s always been focussed on building success. But now that his financial ambitions are achieved, he’s realized that he has no one to enjoy the rewards with him. His friend Gabe’s wedding makes him aware that he doesn’t want to be alone anymore. Chynna is the most attractive woman he’s met in years and Trevor knows that it will take more one night together to satisfy him. Chynna is the woman he’s been waiting for—all he has to do is convince her to take a chance on love again, with him.

Available today!

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Buy mass market paperback at:
• Amazon.com
• Barnes & Noble
• Indigo

Secret Heart Ink & Short Stories

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSome of my books have come out of KDP Select and are back in wide distribution.

The first three books in Secret Heart Ink are available wide again, just in time for Chynna’s story to join them.

In Snowbound, you’ll meet the three friends from Honey Hill, Maine, on their girls’ weekend trip to New York – they attend the opening of Chynna’s tattoo parlor at Flatiron Five and Olivia wins the first moon tattoo from Chynna. It tempts her to take a chance and be with Spencer, Lexi’s big brother and Olivia’s secret crush. Snowbound has been discounted to 99 cents at all portals.

Spring Fever is Reyna and Kade’s story. Reyna is an established customer of Chynna’s but when she accepts a secret heart tattoo, her romantic luck changes—but can she leave her past behind to trust in a future with Kade? Spring Fever is now priced at $2.99 US.

One Hot Summer Night, #3 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeOne Hot Summer Night is a second chance romance for Gabe and Lexi. Gabe reveals an old secret and learns of an even bigger one that Lexi has kept. Can this pair heal each other and build a future together? It’s their Christmas wedding that Chynna attends in Under the Mistletoe, which pretty much tells you the answer. One Hot Summer Night is now priced at $2.99 US.

Don’t forget to pre-order Under the Mistletoe, coming September 24. This is Chynna’s story and a holiday romance – you’ll also see Theo get his tattoo in this story, which takes place at the same time as Bad Case of Loving You.

An Elegy for Melusine is one of the short stories. This is a retelling of a medieval fairy tale and also linked to the DragonFate series – Mel and the ghost Raymond are characters in that series.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeCoven of Mercy is a short story, also available at all portals again. This story introduces Micah and Rosemary, as well as the Coven of Mercy itself. They all appear in DragonFate, too.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories, is available in wide distribution again. It had to be taken down because two of the stories included in it were enrolled in KDP Select.

Binge-Worthy Series on Sale at Apple!

The Coxwell Series of contemporary romances and romantic comedies by Deborah Cooke, on sale in the Binge-Worthy Series Sale at Apple August 27 - September 3 2019

Apple is having a sale in their store through September 3 featuring binge-worthy romance series. The sale is supported in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. You’ll find All or Nothing in the featured titles, as well as The Crusader’s Bride. They’re both on sale for just 99cents!

I’ve also discounted some of the linked books. In the Coxwell Series, Double Trouble is also 99 cents this week in these territories, while Third Time Lucky and One More Time are $2.99US/£2.49/$3.99CA/$3.99AU/$4.99NZ

In the Champions of St. Euphemia series, The Crusader’s Heart and The Crusader’s Kiss are both discounted to $2.99US/£2.49/$3.99CA/$3.99AU/$4.99NZ

The same sale prices are supported in the same territories at Amazon and GooglePlay, as well. Now’s a great chance to stock up on fall reading!


All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross)Some people will do anything for true love — even if they have to fake it.

Jen Maitland had no use for handsome guys with easy charm — until she met Zach. He’s the perfect fake date to end her mother’s matchmaking scheme before it starts. Besides, he’d probably just use her and leave her like her ex-fiancé did. At least that’s what Jen tells herself. The only problem is that Zach isn’t as predictable as he appears…

Zach Coxwell hates commitment, but loves a challenge. Like the pretty bar waitress who turned him down flat for a date — only to invite him to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Zach knows he can make Jen smile — and he’s betting that he can unravel her mysteries — even if he has to do it over candied yams.

A tofu turkey, a sister who threatens to have Zach’s love-child, the untimely appearance of a knitted avocado — and Zach’s discovery of her real motive — combine to turn Thanksgiving dinner into Jen’s worst nightmare. Zach, on the other hand, has the time of his life. And when he makes Jen smile, he finally finds a commitment he’s willing to make…but persuading Jen to believe him will take everything he’s got.

“Five hearts! Tender, sweet, and a lot of fun. A highly recommended read.”
The Romance Studio

“Five blue ribbons! A fantastic book.”
Romance Junkies

Buy All or Nothing ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)


The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixGaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

When the Templar knight Gaston learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France, he accepts one last quest for the order and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage snares his gaze, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings, and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to survive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize at any cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioBuy eBook
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Hard Cover Editions with Cloth Covers

Ingrams, the supplier I use for printing my books, has announced that they will be discontinuing their clothbound books. From their email: “On October 22, 2019, we will be retiring our blue and grey cloth covers and gold foil spine stamping in favor of a blue and grey digital cloth image with linen textured lamination.”

I really like the clothbound editions so am disappointed by this, although I understand that it must be a more complicated production process.

Right now, I have the Flatiron Five series and the Dragonfire Novels available in these clothbound hardcover editions. Both have blue cloth. The interiors are the same as the trade paperbacks and the books are just a little larger for the case. Here are my Dragonfire editions beside each other on the shelf:

The Dragonfire Novels by Deborah Cooke, in their print editions

If you’d like any of these books in the clothbound hardcover editions, you should order them soon. You can order them from the usual online portals – there are links on the landing pages for the books – or you can order signed copies directly from me.

Here’s a link for ordering the Dragonfire Novels in hardcover from me:

The Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke in Kindle Unlimited

Buy Signed Hardcovers of the Dragonfire Novels

Buy directly from Deborah and get signed copies of all eleven Dragonfire Novels in hardcover collector's editions – Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire, Ember’s Kiss, The Dragon Legion Collection (which includes Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever – as well as some swag. The price is in US$ and includes $40 US postage from Canada.

$324.99

If you’re interested in Flatiron Five, please add a comment and I’ll email you. 🙂