Dragonfire T-Shirts

To celebrate the republication of Dragonfire in new editions, I decided to have some t-shirts printed. I chose a shaped black t-shirt. I was a bit worried about the orange printing well on the black, but they came today and I think they’re awesome!

My Nelly agreed to model for us:

Dragonfire t-shirts for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

She’s wearing a black skirt but you can see where the t-shirt ends. The color on this shot is more true than on the ones below, which were taken outside.

Here’s what the logo looks like: Dragonfire t-shirts, for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

I’m really pleased with them!

The vast majority of these shirts are going to Romancing the Capital for their swag bags. I’ll be giving away the rest of the t-shirts on my Dragonfire blog and in my Dragons & Angels newsletter in June, so keep your eyes open!

New Dragonfire Print Editions

As the new Dragonfire editions are formatted for digital and print, I’ve been ordering single copies of the print books. I want to read them one more time for typos before the books are published. OCR scans leave a lot of teeny tiny typos, and we want to catch them all.

This also gives me the chance to show you all the new print books. They’re trade paperback, the same trim size as the conclusion of the series. Here are the new editions of Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate and Winter Kiss with the original mass market editions.

New Dragonfire trade paperback editions published by Deborah CookeThe Dragonfire editions that are in trade paperback already have the gloss covers and I can’t change that setting. (That’s The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever.) I tried Winter Kiss in the matte finish here, because pale covers look good with that finish. It looks nice, but I’m going to change it to glossy to match the others. I think the glossy finish echoes the finish of the original books, which had foil stamping and embossing too. Kiss of Fury even had a tint varnish in its original edition, which was kind of a silvery-blue and very pretty.

New Dragonfire trade paperback editions, published by Deborah CookeIf you’re looking for mass market editions to complete your collection, they’re getting pretty scarce. The rest of mine are listed for sale in my online store as signed editions. You can find them in Collectors Editions, starting here on page two of the listings. And yes, there’s a new cover of Kiss of Fire shown there, too. That’s the hardcover edition.

What do you think? I’m really pleased with them. 🙂

New Dragonfire Bookmarks

Here’s a day I’ve been waiting for! Since all the covers are updated, I’ve ordered new Dragonfire bookmarks. Here’s a screenshot of what they look like – they’ll be 2″ by 8″ and the finished bookmarks will have rounded corners. The screenshot will probably show better color than any photograph I take of the actual bookmarks. 🙂

Bookmark design for the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI should have these in a couple of weeks. If you’d like a couple, please comment on this post. You don’t have to include your email or mailing addy in your comment – I’ll contact you to ask for it, so it isn’t sitting on the internet for anyone to slurp.

What do you think?

Dragonfire Pre-Order Links

The pre-order links are live for the new editions first three Dragonfire books, all coming on June 26.

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeKiss of Fire is Quinn and Sara’s story and the launch title of the Dragonfire series. You can read an excerpt on the Dragonfire site, on the Kiss of Fire page.

Pre-order Kiss of Fire:
Amazon
iBooks
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
signed trade paperback from Deborah – which includes the ebook
signed hardcover collectors’ edition from Deborah – which includes the ebook and free shipping to the US and Canada

signed mass market paperback from Deborah


Kiss of Fury, #2 of the Dragonfire novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeKiss of Fury is book #2 of the Dragonfire Novels. This is Alex and Donovan’s story, the scientist meets the bad boy dragon shifter hero. You can read an excerpt on the Dragonfire site, on the Kiss of Fury page.

Order Kiss of Fury:
Amazon
iBooks
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
signed trade paperback from Deborah – which includes the ebook
signed mass market paperback from Deborah

 


Kiss of Fate, #3 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Kiss of Fate is #3 of the Dragonfire novels. It’s Eileen and Erik’s story, a second chance romance. You can read an excerpt on the Dragonfire site, on the Kiss of Fate page.

Order Kiss of Fate:
Amazon
iBooks
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
signed trade paperback from Deborah
signed mass market paperback from Deborah

Changes Between Dragonfire Editions

Winter Kiss, #4 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeOne of the most frequent questions about the new editions is whether they are different from the original editions. Of course, you want to know whether you need to buy the new editions of the books. So, I’ll let you know here on the blog and on the pages for the individual books what the differences are, if there are any. This is evolving as we work through the books.

For Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, and Kiss of Fate, there are no significant changes between editions.

For Winter Kiss, there is an additional scene. I wrote a scene about Magnus and Mona which was cut from the prologue of the original edition. Because I thought you needed to know what Magnus was up to, it’s been available as a free read on my website ever since. It also foreshadows Darkfire Kiss, because Mona’s death is the reason that Melissa wants revenge upon Magnus. In the new edition of Winter Kiss, this scene has been added back into the prologue.

Darkfire Kiss, #7 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWe’re still working through the books and I’ve just found a bunch of old files, so I’ll keep you updated as we go.

Covers for New Editions

The other day, I had an email from a reader who wasn’t happy that the Dragonfire covers would be changed for the new editions of the books. I’m not changing the covers to create confusion: I have to change the covers because the original publisher holds the rights to the original covers. When the rights to the book revert to the author, it’s only the book itself (the inside bit) that reverts because that’s the part the author created.

The interesting thing is that sometimes the publisher contracts with an illustrator or photographer for the image for the outside cover. (Other times, people working at the house create the cover art.) When an outside artist is commissioned, the rights to the illustration or photograph can revert to the artist, just the way the book can revert to the author. When this happens, it’s possible that the artist might license the rights to the image to the author for a new edition of the work. The cover won’t be exactly the same, but it can be similar.

The first time I did this was for Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross. I loved Judy York’s cover art, because it was actually a scene from the book, and was very excited when she agreed to license it to me. Here are the two covers, my edition on the left and the original Berkley edition on the right:
Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix  Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

The next time I was able to do this was with the Prometheus Project covers. I licensed the original art for the first three books from the artist Larry Rostant. I love these illustrations, so was pretty excited about that. Here’s Fallen, first book in the series, my edition on the left and Tor’s edition on the right:
Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke  Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition

That’s what’s happened with Dragonfire, too. Tony Mauro, the artist who created the illustrations for the first eight books, has licensed those images to me to be used on the new editions. I don’t think you’ll be very confused about which book is which, as a result.

For example, here’s the new cover for Kiss of Fire on the left, and the original mass market cover on the right. We have a new little dragon logo for the series, too.

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

Books, Books, Books

In the Midnight Hour, book #3 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis past weekend, I received the trade paperback print editions of In the Midnight Hour, so Damon and Haley’s book is now available for sale in my online store. You can check out the listing in my Selz store right here.

And there’s something new!

Since I have the link to BookFunnel for delivering digital content, I’ve added a feature to the online store: if you buy a print copy of a book from me, you’ll get the ebook of that same title for free. I’m pretty excited about this: I’ve wanted to offer this since I originally set up the store, but there was no easy mechanism to make it happen. Now there is! I’m still setting up the files for this, but right now, the Flatiron Five books are done.

You can browse all the print books in the store right here.

Finally, I’m adding more hard cover Collectors’ Editions. There’s a hard cover edition of Kiss of Fire available for pre-order in the store right now. This option includes the hard cover signed edition of the book, the postage (to US or Canada) and a copy of the ebook, delivered by BookFunnel. Please comment here if you’re outside the US and Canada and interested in this book – I’ll need to figure out some postage costs. Also, I may put together a second version – it would be $10 more and include dragon swag. What would the swag be? Beaded bookmarks, maybe book charms, maybe temporary tattoos. I can think of lots of fun dragon-themed goodies! If you’re interested in that, please let me know. I’ll list that option when I can show you the swag. These kinds of bundles work best if there are at least 50 people interested. Talk to me about it!

 

Dragonfire

Well, this is a very happy post to be sharing with you all. The rights to Kiss of Fire, the first book in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances, have now reverted to me. This means that the rights to ALL of the books that I sold to New York publishers are now back in my possession. (Yay!)

This also means that Dragonfire can be republished in new editions this year.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeSo, how does this work? The digital edition of Kiss of Fire has already been removed from digital portals. The house will continue to sell their remaining copies of the mass market editions, until they are gone. They won’t reprint more, so if you really want a mass market edition, get it now. (There are still some mass market copies in my online store, which you can order from me and have signed.)

The Dragonfire Novels now have their own dedicated website, which you can visit right here. The pages for the books will remain here as a reference, but news about Dragonfire will be posted on the blog on the new website.

The next thing that needs to happen at my end is that the first eight books have to be re-edited, re-proofed and re-packaged. It’s possible that there will be some changes from the previous editions as we work through this process. I’ve also licensed the original cover art from the artist, Tony Mauro. The publication schedule looks like this:
Kiss of Fire – June 26, 2018
Kiss of Fury – June 26. 2018
Kiss of Fate – June 26, 2018
Winter Kiss – July 10, 2018
Whisper Kiss – July 24, 2018
Darkfire Kiss – August 14, 2018
Flashfire – August 28, 2018
Ember’s Kiss – September 11, 2019

Pre-orders are already listed for most of the books at iBooks and KOBO.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah CookeWe’ve also been working on the Dragonfire companion volume, Here be Dragons, in anticipation of this reversion and republication. That will also be available later this year.

The Dragon Diaries will be launched in new editions, too, hopefully this year. I’m hoping that in 2019, I’ll be able to continue the stories of the next generation as they find their HEA’s. I’ll also be able to carry on with the story of the Pyr and the launch of DragonFate.

There’s a lot of work to be done, even though some of it has been started. I’m excited, though! Welcome back to Quinn and the Pyr!

2018 Dragonfire Editions

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeI’ve been sick this week, which means that no writing is getting done. Being under the weather is a good time to catch up on other jobs, though, like formatting, and that’s what I’ve been doing. Updated versions of Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness, Kiss of Destiny, The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss, and Firestorm Forever are now available at all digital portals.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThis included updating the series information. The series is now called The Dragonfire Novels, and numbers from 1 – 14, with every story having a whole number (no more decimals).

I also updated the print interiors for The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss, and Firestorm Forever. Now there are dragons inside!

POD interior of Firestorm Forever by Deborah Cooke

 

A while ago, I found a fun display font with dragons that I wanted to use in my book interiors – now that I use drop caps, I knew that this font would be perfect. Here’s what it looks like on the page:

POD interior of Firestorm Forever by Deborah Cooke

 

Buying this font meant that I got dragon-y dingbats, too, instead of the stars used in the previous edition:

POD interior of the Dragon Legion Collection by Deborah Cooke

What do you think? I’ve very happy with these updates.

There’s more Dragonfire news, too, but I’m waiting on documentation before I can share. 🙂 Stay tuned!