New Dragonfire Covers

Along with renumbering the Dragonfire series, I’m updating the covers of my indie-published titles to make the branding consistent.

Here are the updated covers:

Kiss of Danger, a Dragonfire novella and #10 in the paranormal romance series by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Darkness, a Dragonfire novella and #11 in the paranormal romance series by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Destiny, a Dragonfire novella and #12 in the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeThe Dragon Legion Collection, a Dragonfire bundle, by Deborah Cooke

The interiors have just had the series numbering updated, as well as my booklist. If you bought them before, you can download the new editions free at your portal of choice.

Instead of the Dragon Legion Collection being #9 and the novellas being #9.1, 9.2 or 9.3, the numbering now is whole numbers only (because that’s what Amazon likes best). Kiss of Danger is now Dragonfire #10, Kiss of Darkness is now Dragonfire #11 and Kiss of Destiny is now Dragonfire #12. (The jump happens because Harmonia’s Kiss is #5 now instead of #4.5.) The collection is outside of the series as a bundle because I can’t see another way around it.

You’ll see the new covers on your portal of choice before the series numbering gets fixed. That always takes longer!

Harmonia’s Kiss also has an updated interior, although the cover has remained the same. You can tell the difference between the editions by the book list—the updated one includes the Dragons of Incendium.

Next up, we’ll update the interiors of Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever. Since those covers won’t change, I’ll let you know when the new interiors have been uploaded.

Dragons of Incendium Series Numbering

Wyvern's Outlaw, book #4 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’ve gotten one job done this week: I’ve renumbered the Dragons of Incendium series and uploaded updated versions at all the portals. They’ll still perking through to the product pages and to some new portals, too.

The order of the books in the series and the stories themselves remain the same – but there are no fractional numbers anymore.

Here’s the series now:

  1. Wyvern’s Mate
  2. Nero’s Dream
  3. Wyvern’s Prince
  4. Arista’s Legacy
  5. Wyvern’s Warrior
  6. Kraw’s Secret
  7. Wyvern’s Outlaw

I haven’t figured out the short story titles yet, but #9 will be Wyvern’s Angel. I know the title of #11, too, but that will be a surprise. 🙂

Amazon is working on correcting the series page, now that the metadata supports it. That’ll take a few days.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeI’ve also added some additional distribution portals, which might interest you. My books are available (or becoming available) at Inktera and Tolino, as well as subscription services like Scribd, 24 Symbols and Playster.

Next up, Dragonfire will be renumbered. I’ll start with the books that are currently available (Harmonia’s Kiss, the Dragon Legion Novellas, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever) and will let you know when they’re done.

Guides to Fictional Worlds

One of the (many) things I’ve been working on this summer is compiling all the various details about my fictional worlds into comprehensive guides. This includes lists of characters and details about those characters, family trees and family relationships, relevant dates and events for those characters, as well as known information about the world itself and a glossary of terms.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe first of these that I began to compile was for Dragonfire. In addition to the above, that world guide includes the lore of the Pyr and their history, as well as an explanation of their powers. Since I began compiling the world guide when I was writing Firestorm Forever, it’s proving to be a bit of a slog. There’s a lot of back-and-forthing in the books and my notes to be done, and so I have an assistant helping me on this project. It still won’t be done for a while. Because many readers have asked about it, there will be a published Dragonfire companion volume, which will be released as part of the publication schedule of the new editions of the first eight books.  My assistant is also writing synopses of all of the stories and I’m adding some additional notes about the creation of Dragonfire. It’s going to be a big fat book and I’m excited about it.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn contrast, the world guide for the Dragons of Incendium is evolving as the stories are written. My idea here was that I’d be more organized and avoid all this digging through the past by working in real-time. This world guide is on the Dragons of Incendium website under the tab “Guides” and it’s updated after the publication of every new book in the series. You’ll find a cast of characters and a glossary there, as well as some additional references like a Brief History of Incendium. The inclusion of these references is one of the reasons that these dragons have their own website.

On the historical side, I haven’t been nearly as organized. I have family trees compiled and available for free download in my online store—and I update those as various members of each family marry. There’s also a cast of characters for Kinfairlie that was compiled around the time I wrote The Renegade’s Heart, but beyond that, we’re talking file folders and piles of notes. I’m realizing how inefficient this is as I retrace everything I’ve said about Ross.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn preparing the new editions of the Bride Quest books, I had a question and unearthed my old notes—I found a map of Tullymullagh that I’d drawn! That got me to thinking about connecting my historical worlds and I wrote a blog post about that in June. The thing is that to make the worlds intersect plausibly, I need to compile world guides for my own reference.

Which explains where I am right now. I have a Dragonfire companion volume in the works. I have a Dragons of Incendium world guide on the website. I am currently creating a Bride Quest world guide and a Ravensmuir/Kinfairlie/Inverfyre world guide for my own reference. And that brings me to the question of the day—what should I do with all these world guides when they’re done?

There’s a poll below about world guides and companion volumes. I’d love if you took a moment to share your thoughts. I’ll leave it open for quite a while, since these references will take some time yet to be completed.

Don’t worry – The Dragonfire companion volume will definitely be published. The cover is done! It’s the others that I’m wondering about.

Here’s a poll about whether or not you use these volumes – and whether or not you buy them:

 

Here’s a poll about which series of mine for which you’d like to have a world guide:

 

And finally, here’s a poll about what you expect to find inside a world guide, just to make sure I don’t miss anything! There’s room for you to add suggestions.

More Dragonfire Novels Reverted

Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeYesterday, I received some welcome news. The rights to two more of the Dragonfire novels have reverted to me. I have Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate back. This means that you will only be able to buy NAL’s mass market editions, at least as long as they have inventory. There are NO legitimate digital editions available of these books right now.

As of today, NAL holds the rights to only one of the Dragonfire novels – Kiss of Fire. I’m hoping that the rights to that book revert soon. The reversion of rights is triggered by sales volume – when sales drop below a certain threshold of units per year, it’s possible for the book rights to revert to the author. If you haven’t started the series, it would be great if you could wait to buy the first book until the new editions of the entire series are available.

Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWhen I have the rights back to Kiss of Fire, I’ll republish the first eight books in new editions, in both digital and trade paperback format. Also, when Dragonfire is republished, there will also be a companion guide. I’ve talked about this before, and it’s in the works.

So, hold tight – the Pyr are gathering. I hope to be able to set them loose on the world again soon.

Bad Boy Heroes

This week’s Trope Tuesday is on Monday – because Ty and Amy’s book goes on sale tomorrow so they get the blog post spot. 🙂

These romance tropes focus on the characterization of the hero. What kind of hero do you like best?

Wealthy Hero – This is a trope in which the hero is rich, often considerably richer than the heroine. He might also be an Alpha Hero, who is used to demanding what he wants. He might just be accustomed to things going his way or having more opportunity. When I write one of these heroes, the heroine invariably sets him straight. Sometimes, as in Double Trouble, I take all the hero’s advantages away. Invariably, the hero realizes in these stories that money can’t buy everything.

Double Trouble, book #2 in The Coxwells Series, by Deborah Cooke All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series. The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

Hidden Heir/Heiress – one of the protagonists is either in hiding or unaware of his/her inheritance of a kingdom, title or fortune. In a way, this is a variation of the Wealthy Hero, except that he might not be aware of his wealth – or he might not be able to claim it. The Snow White Bride and The Heiress are the odd stories out here, as in these books, the heroine is secretly wealthy.

The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire Delacroix The Snow White Bride, third in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Highlander's Curse by NYT Bestselling author Claire Delacroix, #2 in her True Love Brides series of medieval romances. The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series. The Crusader's Kiss, #3 in the Champions of St Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixWyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Bad Boy Hero – the hero has a dark reputation but the heroine sees the good in him, and her love redeems him. This is a classic trope of love conquering all, and I’m not really surprised that it’s one of my favorites. Another variation of it is Fake Rake, in which the hero (usually in a Regency) pretends to be worse than he is, for reasons that seem like a good idea at the time.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke flashfirevsm Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah Cooke Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Rose Red Bride, book #2 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix The Renegade's Heart, book #1 of the True Love Brides Series of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire Delacroix The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.

There are more tropes featuring heroes and their traits, but we’ll examine them next week.

Do you love these three tropes as much as I do?

Dragons are Patient

I was really hoping to have great Dragonfire news for you by now, but no luck.

The reversion process continues, very slowly. Right now, the rights to the first three Dragonfire novels are still held by NAL – that’s Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate. They’re available in the NAL editions in both print and digital formats.

Harmonia's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, a Dragonfire storyThe short story, Harmonia’s Kiss, has reverted to me and is available in a digital edition. The current edition looks like the image to the right.

The next five Dragonfire novels have reverted to me. That’s Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss. Because I want to repackage and relaunch the entire series once I have all of the rights back, these books are not currently available in digital editions. NAL has the right to sell their remaining print stock (those are the mass market editions) so you may find those available for sale, and of course, there are probably used print copies out there, too.

Dragonfire was completed with the Dragon Legion novellas (Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness, and Kiss of Destiny, which are available in digital editions individually or gathered together in the Dragon Legion Collection in print and digital formats), Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever. These books remain available in digital and print editions. The print editions are trade paperbacks.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe YA spin-off trilogy, The Dragon Diaries, has mostly reverted to me. NAL sold UK and some commonwealth Engligh rights to the first two books to Allison & Busby. They still have those rights, but the rest have reverted to me. So, you might see the UK editions of Flying Blind and Winging It around in print or digital, but not the US one. Blazing the Trail is unavailable in digital, though NAL may still be selling some print editions. This confuses me a bit, but I’ll work it out when Dragonfire is republished.

My plan was (and is) to relaunch the series once I have all the rights, making every Dragonfire book available in a new digital edition and a trade paperback edition. Then, I’ll continue with DragonFate. The companion volume, Here Be Dragons, will be published as part of the same relaunch. The Dragonfire novels will have their own website, too.

Similarly, I’ll republish the YA trilogy, then continue with the stories of the second generation as new adult romances. ALL the Pyr need to get their happy endings!

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn the meantime, I’m writing the Dragons of Incendium, because I need some dragon shifters in my office.

This process is taking longer than I’d expected or hoped. It would move more quickly if people stopped buying those first three books, but “don’t buy my books” is a pretty strange request for an author to make. I’ve taken the buy links off my site for these first three books, in the hope that it will speed the process along.

Fortunately, dragons are patient. I’m a little bit less so, and maybe you are, as well. (I don’t even want to think about how many more dragon shifters have been conceived while the Pyr were waiting on this.)

Now you know where we stand. It’s going to be awesome. 🙂

New Reader Discussion Groups

I’ve finally created two reader discussion groups on Facebook, where we can chat about my books.

Making Medieval Magic Facebook discussion group for Claire Delacroix medieval romances
Making Medieval Magic
is a place to talk about my Claire Delacroix medieval romances.

Dragon Warriors Facebook reader discussion group for Deborah Cooke paranormal romances
Dragon Warriors
is a place to talk about my Deborah Cooke paranormal romances, which pretty much all feature dragon shapeshifters.

You’re welcome to join either or both groups, and participate in the discussions there. There is a signed print book giveaway in each forum to get things started, so please stop by!

More Dragonfire Reversions

Winter Kiss, #4 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeSlowly, slowly, progress is made.

Rights to several more of the Dragonfire novels appear to be in the process of reverting  to me. The digital editions of Winter Kiss and Darkfire Kiss are becoming unavailable, which is a sign that the reversion is in progress. The publisher has the right to sell their existing print stock of these titles, so you may be able to still find mass market copies.

The books in this series are reverting (more or less) in reverse order, and of course, I need to begin republishing them with the first book, Kiss of Fire. It will be the last one to revert. Reversions become possible when the sales drop below specified thresholds, so I’m hoping that fewer people will start the series since the middle books are currently unavailable.

Once I have them all back, I’ll let you know the plan for republishing them. Those of you who like your print books to line up on the shelf will be happy to learn that the new print editions will be in trade paperback, of the same size as The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever.

Dragonfire Update

There have been a number of questions recently about the availability of my Dragonfire novels, so it seems time for an update.

Kiss of Fire, a paranormal romance and first in the Dragonfire series, by Deborah CookeThe first eight Dragonfire novels (Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss, plus the short story, Harmonia’s Kiss) were published by NAL, which is a division of Penguin. My contract with them gives them the right to print and distribute the books, but also defines when those rights return to me. This process is called the reversion of rights. Once upon a time, when a book reverted to an author, it often became unavailable forever, unless another publisher wanted to buy the right to print and distribute them. In this market, though, authors can republish the books themselves. (Yay!) That’s what I’ve done with so many of my historical romances that were previously published–when the rights reverted to me, I republished them in new trade paperback and digital editions myself.

That’s what I’ll do with Dragonfire, once I have all eight books back in my possession.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeRights reversion can be triggered by anything, and the terms are specified in the contract. For these books, the reversion becomes possible when unit sales for the title drop below a certain threshold. That’s a pretty common trigger. Sales had been slowly dropping, as one would expect, but I was surprised by what happened when I published Firestorm Forever last spring. Evidently a lot of people don’t want to begin reading a series until they know it’s complete, because sales shot up for ALL of the books in the series concurrent with that release. This is why the publication of DragonFate has been delayed—I won’t publish any more stories with the Pyr, until the rights to those first eight books revert to me. It’s difficult to manage a series when individual books are managed by different publishers. It’ll all be much simpler when I hold them all again.

Harmonia's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, a Dragonfire storyRight now, I have the rights to Harmonia’s Kiss, which has been republished in a digital edition. I also have the rights for Whisper Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss. We’re almost halfway! Many of the rights for the Dragon Diaries have also reverted to me – I have all rights to Blazing the Trail, while Allison & Busby retains the rights they acquired to Flying Blind and Winging It.

When a book reverts, the publisher removes their digital edition from sale immediately. They have the right to sell off their existing print stock, but not to print any more copies. So, for those three books, your best chance of finding a copy is to look for the mass market edition, or find a used version.

There are no legal ebook versions at this point of those three Dragonfire books.

When the books are republished in my own editions, they’ll be available in digital editions and in trade paperback, to match the print editions of The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever, which were published by me from the outset. I’ll also publish the companion volume, Here Be Dragons, along with the new editions, AND put the Dragon Diaries in new editions. Phew! There’s a lot of prep working going on behind the scenes right now! The books will all have to be re-edited and re-formatted and re-packaged. I would like to make them available in audio, as well, but we’ll see how that works out.

The last of my mass market copies of the books are available as signed print editions in my online store.

So, that’s where we stand. I’ll let you know more when I know more. 🙂

Print Editions in the Store

I’ve listed more print editions for sale in my online store, including a number of mass market copies. I don’t have a lot of these, so when they’re gone, they’re gone. All print copies will be signed before they’re mailed out – there’s a nifty new field in the check-out form for you to specify who the books should be signed for, as well as to order some additional bookplates for the books you already own.

The current print book offerings in the store are bundles of linked books. This is because the application doesn’t yet have the ability to calculate postage by weight and destination. That feature is supposed to be in the works, so I’ll add more individual titles to the store then. Here’s what I’ve added this week:

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixAll or Nothing, #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross), out of print trade paperback edition

The Champions of Saint Euphemia bundle now includes The Crusader’s Kiss.

Berkley trade paperback editions of The Coxwells

Partial set of Berkley trade paperback editions of The Coxwells

Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market editionKiss of Fire, first of the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Dragonfire 1-8
Dragonfire 1-7
Dragonfire 1-6
Dragonfire 9-11
Dragonfire 11

The Dragon Diaries

The Prometheus Project 1-3 in mass market

The Prometheus Project 2 & 3 in mass market

To see all of the print editions available, please visit my online store.