Schedule Updates

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI’ve been moving my schedule around to accommodate the new publication date of Bad Case of Loving You. I also want to start some new projects.

One of the results of this reorganization is that Some Like It Hot has been moved to a February 2020 publication date. That will take my contemporary romance publication schedule back to two titles a year. (Theo and Lyssa messed me up, but in 2020 we’ll be on track again.)

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeThe contemporary romance after that (summer 2020 pub date) will be a Coxwell book. I also want to set some romances at Flatiron Five West, and will be attending RWA National in San Francisco in July 2020 with the plan of doing some research there.

I’m planning to finish up Under the Mistletoe and publish it this fall, so it will be my 2019 holiday romance read. First, Theo and Lyssa, then Chynna.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionAs for Claire’s books, there will be One Knight’s Return this month, which has proven to be another one of those little republication projects that ended up taking a huge amount of time. (The second half of the book is all new and the first half has significant changes. It would have been faster to just write a new book!) Then there will be a republication of Unicorn Bride in August, which really will be a republication and very close to the original.

That’s where we stand!

Pricing on Print Editions

Wyvern's Outlaw, book #4 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’ve made some changes to the distribution details of my print editions from Ingrams, which means that you’ll see better prices at your portal of choice than has been the case to date.

I publish print editions directly through Amazon for Amazon of most titles, and to date, those have had the best prices. l publish print editions for everywhere else from Ingrams. They’ve been priced slightly higher, but these changes will make the prices the same in most cases as the Amazon-direct prices.

As an example, many of my trade paperbacks were $9.99 US on the Amazon direct version but $14.99 US if distributed by Ingrams. In most cases, they’re now $9.99 US from Ingrams, too. I have uploaded some print titles directly to Nook as well – Dragonfire, Flatiron Five, the Champions of St. Euphemia and the True Love Brides – which have similar pricing to the Amazon editions. All the other series come to B&N from Ingrams, and they will all do so in future.

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixSimilarly, the hardcover editions which come from Ingrams – Dragonfire and new ones for Flatiron Five – have dropped in price from $32.99 US or so to $24.99 US or so. The prices vary slightly from book to book – because the length of the book determines the production cost – but you’ll see an improvement.

The new prices were effective yesterday, so they should be live at your portal of choice now.

One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixOne Knight’s Return will be published May 21.

This is the second book in my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances. Like One Knight Enchanted, it’s set in medieval Burgundy in an area we’d now call French Switzerland. You can see some pictures of the area on the Pinterest page for the series.

This is also the second of the books I originally published with Harlequin Historicals that I’ve revised for republication. One Knight Enchanted had new scenes and changes to the ending, as well as minor changes throughout from the original book, Enchanted. One Knight’s Return came out of My Lady’s Champion, but has so many changes in the first half that the second half is all new.

The rest of the books in this series will be all new works. You can meet the knights – each of whom will have his own book – in this excerpt from the prologue of One Knight Enchanted.

Download a free sample from BookFunnel

Pre-order One Knight’s Return in ebook:
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Moving Dates

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis year, I’m determined to get ahead of my publication schedule, so that books are done and loaded well in advance of publication. This will make it easier for me to plan and also to promote those books. This means I need to delay publication on some things. In future, I won’t tell you what I’m working on until it’s loaded for pre-order (and done). So, we’re in a little transition phase.

First up, the publication date for Bad Case of Loving You moved to April 16.

Next, One Knight’s Return‘s publication date moved to May 21.

Third, Some Like It Hot moved the fall – it now has an October 29 publication date. At this point, I’m thinking it will be the last Flatiron Five book, but we’ll see.

What goes in the gaps?

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeUnder the Mistletoe will be a September release. It makes more sense to publish a Christmas book in the fall than in the spring, after all. I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals. Chynna’s story will be the last Secret Heart Ink book

Here Be Dragons will be a July release, one way or the other. Again, I’ll give you the links once it’s loaded at the portals.

What comes after that? I’ll tell you once the links are live! I have so many covers that I’ve already commissioned, but might do something entirely new.

 

The Beauty Bride on the Charts

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixYesterday, I had a BookBub Featured Deal for The Beauty Bride, the first book in my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances. The Beauty Bride has been free since its last BBFD, last April, so yesterday’s results were a pleasant surprise.

This is where we started yesterday morning:

The BEauty Bride on Amazon US before the BookBub Featured Deal on February 20, 2019

The Beauty Bride was already on the Scottish and Medieval romance lists, at #17 on both of them.

BookBub emails tend to go out to subscribers around or before 9 AM eastern. Here’s where we stood at 1:30:

The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, five hours after its BookBub featured deal at #26 overall free in the Amazon store

The Beauty Bride had jumped to #1 in Medieval and #2 in Scottish as well as #26 overall free in the Kindle store.

By 5:30, it had reached its highest point, #17 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in both Medieval Romance and in Scottish Romance.

The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, at #17 overall free as well as #1 in Scottish historical romance and #1 in medieval romance at Amazon on Feburary 20, 2019

This morning, it’s sticking at #19 overall free in the Amazon store, as well as #1 in both Medieval romance and Scottish romance:
The Beauty Bride, book one in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #1 in Medieval romance, #1 in Scottish historical romance and #18 overall free in the Kindle store on February 21, 2019

Over at Apple, The Beauty Bride is #9 overall free in the store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix at #9 overall free in the Apple bookstore on Feburary 21, 2019

It’s also #5 free in Romance at the Apple store:
The Beauty Bride, book one of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix at #5 free in romance at Apple Books on Feburary 21, 2019What a nice suite of results!

If you downloaded a copy, thank you! If you haven’t downloaded a copy yet, The Beauty Bride will be free until Sunday, February 24. I think it’s time for this one to go back to being a paid title.

Once Upon a Valentine ebook Bundles Today!

The Jewels of Historical Romance Once Upon a Valentine's Day collections, two digital boxed sets of historical romancesThe Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading and both are available today! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Buy Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Two New Boxed Sets for Valentine’s Day!

The Jewels of Historical Romance have compiled two new boxed sets for your Valentine’s Day reading! All of the included books are full-length reads.

Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to six full-length historical romance novels by six beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from six Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley
The Princess by Claire Delacroix
Kissed by a Rogue by Tanya Anne Crosby
The Raider’s Bride by Kimberly Cates
My Lord Wicked by Cheryl Bolen
Wild by Jill Barnett

Coming February 14!

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Pink Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection, a boxed set of historical romances from the Jewels of Historical RomanceCelebrate Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to five full-length historical romance novels by five beloved New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! More than 2000 pages of delicious love stories for a very special price!

From the glittering ballrooms of London to the dashing men of the American Revolution, read enchanting novels from five Jewels of Historical Romance!

This bundle includes:
Smuggler’s Moon by Cynthia Wright
Violet by Lauren Royal
Azalea by Brenda Hiatt
Danger’s Kiss by Glynnis Campbell
To Seduce a Scoundrel by Darcy Burke

Pre-order Once Upon a Valentine: The Red Collection at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link

New Audiobook Links at Apple

The great redistribution plan continues. 🙂 My audiobooks are available once again at Apple!

Since they are coming down a different distribution route, they’re considered to be new works at Apple. This means that if you reviewed them before, those reviews won’t be linked to the new editions. If you did review any of my audiobooks before at Apple, I’d really appreciate your posting your reviews again on the new edition.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioHere are the Apple links:
The Rogue

The Beauty Bride

The Rose Red Bride

The Snow White Bride

The Ballad of Rosamunde

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioThe Renegade’s Heart

The Highlander’s Curse

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss

The Warrior’s Prize

The Crusader’s BrideThe Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audio

The Crusader’s Heart

Remember that you can listen to samples on my Audio page.

Save on Medieval & Time Travel Romance!

Save on Knights & Rogues in Kobo's BOGO Sale!I’ve told you about this big buy-one-get-one sale at Kobo, but now I have a fun flipbook to share with you. This is an easy way to see ALL of the books included in the sale.

View the KOBO BOGO Flip Book

For my paranormal romances, you’ll find the Dragonfire full-length novels in the sale, as well as the four books in the Prometheus Project. The links below will take you to a carousel featuring just my books.

Remember you can download the KOBO reading app for other devices.

Kobo also offers a $5 credit for downloading the app, but note that you have to buy an ebook that costs more than $5.99 to get the credit.

The BOGO sale ends February 3, so don’t miss your chance to save!

Here are links to the carousels of my books included in the sale:

Claire’s Carousel for US readers

Claire’s Carousel for CA readers

Claire’s Carousel for UK readers

Claire’s Carousel for AU readers

Claire’s Carousel for NZ readers

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
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KOBO
GooglePlay
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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