Throwback Thursday – eBook Covers

I thought it would be fun to look at some old book covers, and play compare and contrast. We’ll start with my first four ebook covers for my first four indie-published books. I created these covers and was quite pleased with them, way back in 2011. I think I’ve learned a bit about covers since then…The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II, an anthology of vampire romances including "Coven of Mercy" by Deborah Cooke

original ebook cover for Coven of Mercy, a vampire romance and short story by Deborah CookeFirst up, Coven of Mercy, my vampire romance and short story. This was first published in an anthology, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II (which was called Love Bites in the UK, a title I still love) in print only. The anthology cover is on the right. At left is the cover I created for it in 2011.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeHmm. I knew I didn’t have it right, so had a new cover designed. Here’s the second cover on the right.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeAt left is the current cover, which I love. This guy looks just as I envision Micah.

Every time I write about this story, I’m reminded that it was supposed to be the first in a series. Then I try to figure out when I’m going to write that series. I’ll let you know when I do solve that riddle!

In the meantime, Coven of Mercy is available at all e-retailers.
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Amor Vincit Omnia is a short story, a medieval romance that was originally published in a digital anthology called the Seven Deadly Sins. This story isn’t available on its own anymore, but is included in my anthology, Beguiled, in both digital and print formats.

The Leaves, a short story by Deborah Cooke, in its original ebook editionI also got some extra mileage out of that image I licensed for Coven of Mercy and used it for the cover of The Leaves, a short story I’d written and never published before this ebook edition in 2011. This story is also available now in the anthology, Beguiled.

The interesting thing here is that, in 2011, we weren’t sure people would read long stories in digital editions. Popular thinking was that short stories would rule the format, which of course, hasn’t proven to be true at all – but that’s why I published short stories first.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeWriting this post made me realize that Beguiled hadn’t been updated for a while and was no longer available at all retailers – I had to take it down when the Ballad of Rosamunde was in Kindle Unlimited – so I’ve fixed that this week. I also am in the process of republishing the print edition, which disappeared in my distribution transition from Createspace to Ingrams.

Buy Beguiled in ebook at:
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Apple
Nook
KOBO
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Books2Read Universal Link (find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Deborah Cooke, published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and republished as a Claire Delacroix titleOnce Upon a Kiss is a Scottish time travel romance that was published in 1998 by Berkley and was the first book I published under the name Claire Cross. Here’s my first ebook cover for it, at left.

Here’s the Berkley mass market edition at right.

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixAnd here’s its current cover at right, created by Kim Killion back in 2011 when I realized that my cover wasn’t getting the job done.

Of course, Once Upon a Kiss is currently available at all ebook retailers, with the pretty cover by Kim.

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Original ebook cover for Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke, first published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and now a Claire Delacroix title

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Love Potion #9 is a paranormal romance and romantic comedy, and was my fourth book published under the pseudonym Claire Cross. My first ebook cover is at left. The original mass market cover is at right. I always liked the cover art, which was painted by Judy York. It depicts a scene in the book, which is a rare and wonderful thing.

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixLove Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire DelacroixI subsequently licensed the cover art from Judy and she added type to it for me. (You can see with this title that we didn’t have fixed proportions for ebook covers for a while.)

Eventually, I had Kim make the type consistent with my other books, and this edition on the right is the one that’s available now.

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(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Huge BOGO Sale!

BOGO deal at Kobo January 2018If you have a device (phone, tablet, computer), that can download an app and you like saving money on books, this announcement is for you!

This spring, a few of our fabulous, forward-thinking publishing partners are enabling us indie authors to start offering readers amazing new book deals we haven’t been able to before. This means that over the next couple of months, you’ll be seeing thousands of brand new deals popping up from hundreds of bestselling romance authors. And it all starts NOW!

First up is a month of fantastic BOGO (Buy One, Get One FREE) deals from some of your favorite authors (see list below).

All you need to do is download the free Kobo reading app (available on the Google Play store or via the link below) for your iPhone, android phone, tablet, or computer — whatever you device you want to read on. We’re talking some huge savings here folks. 700+ deals this month alone! And next month, there will be a whole new set of bestselling authors bringing you more incredible BOGO savings.

Download the Kobo reading app for Android
Then after that, beginning in March, you’ll be able to start getting even more new deals via the free B&N reading app as well, similarly available for download from the Google Play store for all your devices.

Before you ask, yes, this will be a way for us to start bringing you audiobook discounts as well (more info on audio deals later in the spring). And for you paperback lovers, we’ll soon be able to offer paperback discounts too, just like the traditional publishers, right around the same time. So much savings!!

As one more added bonus, you automatically get $5 credit to use on your first book immediately after downloading the free Kobo reading app. How awesome is that?!

So, who’s ready to start the new year shopping for BOGO deals and binge reading galore?

This month, you can save on books by Addison Moore | Aleatha Romig | Alexis Abbott | Brenda Rothert | Carly Phillips | Carrie Ann Ryan | Cassia Leo | Chelle Bliss | Christine Bell | Ciara Knight | Claire Delacroix | Colleen Gleason | Cora Seton | Daisy Prescott | Deborah Cooke | E.M. Gayle | Ember Casey | Emily Snow | Erika Wilde | HM Ward | Jami Davenport | Jessica Scott | Jill Sanders | Jillian Dodd | Jules Barnard | Juliana Stone | K. Bromberg | K.A. Linde | K.M. Scott | Kate Perry | Kennedy Layne | Lauren Blakely | Lila Monroe | Marie Force | Melanie Shawn | Meli Raine | Melissa Foster | Melissa Storm | Nana Malone | Rachel Van Dyken | Sawyer Bennett | Sharon Hamilton | Skye Warren | Stacey Lynn | Susan Hatler | Susan Stoker | Tawdra Kandle | Tina Folsom

What a fabulous group of participating authors! There are over 700 titles included in this promotion!

This sale is supported in US, CA, UK, AU and NZ.

This sale runs from today through February 3.

 

 

Boxing Day Sale

Boxing Day SaleToday, I’m having a Boxing Day sale on ebooks in my Selz store. Save 50% on ebooks! Your ebooks will be delivered by BookFunnel in either ePUB or MOBI, and they’ll make sure that you get your ebook onto your reading device of choice. Recent releases like The Runaway Bride are excluded from the sale, and so are books that are usually 99-cent reads. (The store won’t process sales for less than 99-cents US.)

But there are lots of books included, so this is a great chance to fill the gaps in your collection.

Please use this code in the discount field at check-out and click APPLY to get your discount:

RA7KDOV5

You might want to cut and paste it to make sure you have it exactly right. 🙂

Remember that the store operates in Canadian dollars. Right now, $1 CA is about $0.74 US.

This is a one-day sale, so don’t delay!

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Print Copies of Wyvern’s Angel

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe minibooks have arrived!

I have 4 x 6.5″ print editions of Wyvern’s Angel (which includes Nimue’s Gift) available signed in my online store today. This is the trim size of the editions available only through Amazon. If you order elsewhere, it’ll be the Ingrams edition, which is 4.25″ x 7″. (Read more about that in this post on the Dragons of Incendium blog.)

buy minibook directly from Deborah in her Selz store.

I’ve also updated the print bundle for the Dragons of Incendium in the store. Now it includes five mini-books. You can find it right here.

Order Kiss of Fire for 99 cents!

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe ebook of Kiss of Fire is discounted to just 99 cents on the pre-order and will remain on sale until July 6. If you’ve already ordered it, the sale will be processed at the discounted price on the on-sale date by your portal of choice. If you haven’t already ordered it, don’t miss out. This book has never been discounted before.

New Edition June 26, 2018
Order Kiss of Fire ebook:
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iBooks
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KOBO
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Buy Kiss of Fire in print:
signed trade paperback from Deborah
– which includes the ebook
• trade paperback from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
The list price is $13.99 US although it may be discounted by the portals.

signed hardcover collectors’ edition from Deborah – which includes the ebook and free shipping to the US and Canada
• hardcover collectors’ edition from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

signed mass market paperback from Deborah (the original Penguin edition.)

Wyvern’s Angel

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWyvern’s Angel has been published!

I was a little late with this one, but the book is available now. Phew!

Wyvern’s Angel is book #9 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances featuring dragon shifter princesses from space. Bond, the hero of this one, is a fallen angel with a taste for the pleasures of the material world, while Percipia doesn’t have a lot of patience for savoring. I like these two together and how they shift each other’s assumptions. 🙂

Buy Wyvern’s Angel at:
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iBooks
• Nook
KOBO
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buy directly from Deborah’s Selz store. (The ebook will be delivered by BookFunnel.)

The print mini-book will be available once Nimue’s Gift is published.

One Knight Enchanted Goes Wide

One Knight Enchanted is now available at all portals. Come join the adventure of Rogues & Angels!

One Knight Enchanted, #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixCursed to take the form of the wolf by day, Rolfe de Viandin is skeptical that love can save him. All he wants is to return home from crusade by the Yule and even the pleasures of a magical palace cannot console him…until a beautiful and bold maiden arrives at his gates, seeking sanctuary, and Rolfe’s hope is restored.

Hunted in the forest, Annelise de Sayerne has to surrender her desire to wed for love, as the price of entering the only refuge is marriage to its enigmatic lord. She fears he must be a monster, but once she experiences his kindness, Annelise resolves to find love with her new husband—if she can just claim his heart.

One Knight Enchanted, book #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Download a One Knight Enchanted page to print and colour!

Even as Rolfe is beguiled by his bride and Annelise unravels his secrets, a spurned suitor pursues Annelise, determined to claim her legacy at any price. If Rolfe’s curse is not broken, how can he defend his beloved wife from the villain? Will their future be lost before it is truly won—or will Rolfe be convinced of the power of love in time?

An earlier version of this story was published under the title Enchanted.

Buy the ebook:
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iBooks
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Buy eBook directly from Claire

Buy in print:
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Barnes & Noble
Indigo
Order a signed Trade Paperback copy from Claire and get the ebook free

 

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.

One Knight Enchanted Today!

One Knight Enchanted, #1 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Buy NowCursed to take the form of the wolf by day, Rolfe de Viandin is skeptical that love can save him. All he wants is to return home from crusade by the Yule and even the pleasures of a magical palace cannot console him…until a beautiful and bold maiden arrives at his gates, seeking sanctuary, and Rolfe’s hope is restored.

Hunted in the forest, Annelise de Sayerne has to surrender her desire to wed for love, as the price of entering the only refuge is marriage to its enigmatic lord. She fears he must be a monster, but once she experiences his kindness, Annelise resolves to find love with her new husband—if she can just claim his heart.

Even as Rolfe is beguiled by his bride and Annelise unravels his secrets, a spurned suitor pursues Annelise, determined to claim her legacy at any price. If Rolfe’s curse is not broken, how can he defend his beloved wife from the villain? Will their future be lost before it is truly won—or will Rolfe be convinced of the power of love in time?

An earlier version of this story was published under the title Enchanted.

Buy eBook today:
Amazon

Buy eBook directly from Claire (Available January 2 – 15)

Order a signed Print Edition from Claire.

On January 16, One Knight Enchanted will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and be available only at Amazon.

Save 25% on Wyvern’s Outlaw Today!

Wyvern's Outlaw, book #4 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeToday’s the publication date for Anguissa and Ryke’s book!

Ryke wants nothing more than to escape the space pirates of the Gloria Furore and go home to his young son. He’s pretended to share their views and has worked his way up the ranks to co-pilot of the Armada Seven, commanded by the most vicious space captain of all. The capture of Princess Anguissa and her ship, the Archangel, is a moment of triumph for his superior—except that Anguissa never plays by anyone’s rules. In a flash of dragon fire, she incinerates most of the crew and takes command of the Armada Seven. Ryke is spared, but he’s not sure why—what plans does the beautiful dragon princess have for his future? And what will she demand to grant his wish of returning home?

Get your copy of Wyvern’s Outlaw at:
Buy at Amazon US Buy at iBooks Buy at Barnes & Noble Buy at Kobo Buy at Amazon CA Buy at Amazon UK Buy at Amazon DE

The mini-book print edition isn’t linked to the digital edition on Amazon yet, but you can order it here. You can also order a signed copy directly from me, right here.

I’m testing a new method of delivering digital books bought in my online store. You buy the book at Selz, which processes your payment, then you receive an email from BookFunnel to download your book. BookFunnel has great technical support and will ensure you get your book onto your reading device of choice. As a thank-you for testing this for me, you can save 25% on Wyvern’s Outlaw today by buying it in my online store. (So far, this is the only book offering this delivery method.)

Remember that the store operates in Canadian dollars—the price will display as $3.74, discounted from $4.99. $3.74 CA is about $2.99 US. The discount code is embedded in the link on the button below. Please comment on this post to let me know how it goes!

Celo's Quest, a short story and #8 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy at Deborah's Selz Store

The next short story in the Dragons of Incendium series is Celo’s Quest, coming December 26. It’s available for pre-order at all portals now.

In this short story, Celo, the hidden prince who understands the language of wild creatures, unearths a forgotten secret. He accepts a challenge and embarks on a quest, seeking the solution to the riddle beyond the forests of Regalia.

Coming December 26.

Celo’s Quest is a short story and is included in the print edition of Wyvern’s Outlaw.

Pre-order available at some portals.

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