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!

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. 🙂