Updating eBooks

This is a behind-the-scenes post, since things have been pretty quiet on this blog lately. It’s busy in my office!

As you know, I write contemporary romances and paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and historical romances as Claire Delacroix. This year, I amalgamated my PNR websites into this one, leaving me with two websites instead of four, which means the urls for all the book landing pages changed. I also moved my three English newsletters to a new service, which meant the sign-up links changed. Both of these changes meant updating my ebook interiors with the new links.

My historical romances have been in KDP Select since last fall, so I did the updates only at Amazon. My PNR went into KDP Select in the spring, so again, I did the updates only at Amazon. Now (haha) the books are coming out of KU and going into wide distribution again, which means updating the ebook files at the other portals. I load directly to Apple, KOBO, GooglePlay, Nook, Draft2Digital, Smashwords and PublishDrive. I also sell some books directly with delivery via BookFunnel. That’s 7 or 8 uploads per title. Some portals process uploads quickly. Some take forever to chew through each one.

In August, 22 of my medieval romances came out of KDP Select and were republished wide. There’s a blog post about that on the Delacroix site, right here.

In September, 22 more of my Delacroix romances (medievals, time travels and boxed sets) come out of KDP Select to be republished wide. The one hold-out will be The Beauty Bride, which leaves KDP Select in October. (It was enrolled later.) I’ve already updated the files at most portals and just need to republish them when the time comes—with the exception of the time travels, which will get new covers first.

In October, 45 of my paranormal romances and boxed sets come out of KDP Select and will be republished wide.

Also in October, the Spanish editions of 15 contemporary romances come out of KDP Select and will be republished wide. These are delivered to the non-Amazon portals from an aggregator, Draft2Digital, so that will save me some uploading time.

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Taking the books wide again also means setting first-in-series free and booking promotions for it. The Countess is free this month, and by November, The Beauty Bride will be a free series starter for my historical romances again. Also by November, Kiss of Fire will be a free series starter for my PNR. Of course, Just One Fake Date remains a free series starter for my contemporary romances. I’ll probably book a sale on the two bundles of series starters, First Knights and Dragons First, as well. As I write this, I realize that Claire didn’t have a new trope boxed set this year. Oops. I’ll add that to my To Do list.

But by November (when I stop to catch my breath!) over 100 of my backlist books will have beautifully updated interiors at all of the portals and some will even have new covers. At the end of the year, I’ll be able to unpublish the two paranormal romance websites, and discontinue my former newsletter service. It’s been a big transition and is a job I’ll be glad to see done.

Next year, I’ll be able to focus on writing, which is the most exciting part of all!

An Elegy for Melusine in Italian

My retelling of a medieval fairy tale, An Elegy for Melusine, is now available in Italian!


An Elegy for Melusine, a medieval fairy tale retold by Claire Delacroix, Italian edition

Condannata da una maledizione a cambiare forma un giorno a settimana, Melusine sa che solo l’amore può renderla libera. Quando incontra Raymond, un affascinante cavaliere con un disperato bisogno di aiuto che solo lei può soddisfare, crede che la sua occasione sia arrivata. Giura di diventarne la moglie devota e di guadagnarsi il suo amore, anche se sceglie di tenere segreta la sua maledizione. Quando la loro felice unione viene messa alla prova dalla sfortuna, Raymond giura di dimostrare che le malelingue si sbagliano. Sarà tentato di rompere la sua promessa a Melusine per scoprire la verità? E l’amore per la sua sposa sopravvivrà se il segreto di lei verrà svelato?

“Elegia per Melusine” è la rivisitazione di una famosa fiaba francese. Ha un finale triste, ma potrai incontrare di nuovo Melusine, detta Mel, e il fantasma che la perseguita, nella serie “Il Destino dei Draghi”, in cui lei troverà il suo lieto fine.

Q1 E-Book Specials

Last year, we had a good long run with some free series starters. Just One Fake Date was free from April to the end of the year. Kiss of Fire was free most of the year. Wyvern’s Mate, my other PNR series starter, was 99 cents last year. The Beauty Bride was free until my medieval romances went into Kindle Unlimited. It’s time to switch things up!

The Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set, including all four contemporary romances in the series by Deborah Cooke
Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set

For my contemporary romances, my two series starters are 99cents for first quarter of 2022. You can get Just One Fake Date or Just One Snowbound Night for just 99 pennies. Remember that there are now boxed sets available for both series, and those are more economical ways to continue reading. You can find the Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set here, and the main series boxed sets here.

Also, for Q1, my contemporary romance and romantic comedy, All or Nothing, is a free read. I love this book so much: Zach and Jen are fun together and so good for each other. It’s set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but a fun read no matter what the season.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
All or Nothing

It’s book 4 in the Coxwell Series, and I’ve also discounted the Coxwell Series Boxed Set from $14.99 to $9.99 in case you want to read the other books in the series. (The bundle is available at Amazon again, too.)

Amazon may or may not support the free price – I can only set a book to 99¢ there and ask them to match the free price at other portals – so be sure to check the price before you download it. It’s free internationally at other portals, and you can download a MOBI file from Smashwords if Amazon doesn’t have the book free in your geo.

Dragons First, a digital bundle of three paranormal romance series starters by Deborah Cooke
Dragons First
3 Dragon Shifter Romance Series Starters

For my paranormal romances, Kiss of Fire and Wyvern’s Mate have returned to their regular prices because there’s now a bundle of series starters called Dragons First. Dragons First includes three dragon shifter romance series starters: Kiss of Fire, Wyvern’s Mate and Dragon’s Kiss. (It also includes the DragonFate prequel, Maeve’s Book of Beasts, and the Dragons of Incendium short story, Nero’s Dream.) Right now, it’s just 99 cents which makes it a great way to meet my shifters.

Dragonfire: the Complete Series, a digital bundle including all fourteen paranormal romances in the Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke
Dragonfire: The Complete Series

Again, you can continue reading with boxed sets: Dragonfire Quest includes the first three books in the Dragonfire series while Dragonfire: The Complete Series includes (surprise!) all fourteen works in the complete series. I’m going to include that cover here, just because I like it so much. 🙂 There’s a bundle for the first six works in the Dragons of Incendium series called The Dragons of Incendium: the First Collection.

There are also discount codes available for KOBO, Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay and Smashwords, so you can save when you continue reading. These digital coupons are a bit of a new thing so I’m giving them a try. You can find the details in the password-protected area of the Dragonfire website called The Lair. You can get the password in my PNR newsletter.

First Knights, a boxed set of four medieval romance series starters by Claire Delacroix
First Knights
4 Medieval Romance series starters

My medieval romances can be read free in Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe. That means they’re available exclusively at Amazon and that they’re otherwise at their regular prices. If you’re looking for value, my boxed sets are a better deal than buying books individually – here are the trope-based bundles. First Knights is my most recently published bundle: it contains four medieval romance series starters. There are also bundles for many of my series.

If you’re looking for a new medieval romance to love, The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of my Blood Brothers series will be publishing soon.

That’s the big plan for Q1!

2021 in Review

This year has been a wild ride. I’m looking forward to tallying it all up in this post today. 🙂

New Releases

I wrote my usual amount this year, which is always a cool thing. I published three full-length books and two novellas this past year. (I’ve also written a lot of words for books that will be published next year, including most of The Hunter & the Heiress.)

A Most Inconvenient Earl is odd – it’s both published and on pre-order, since it was published in the anthology Twelve Lords for Christmas and is available for pre-order on its own for March.)

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
Just One Silver Fox
Just the Wrong Twin, book nine of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
Just the Wrong Twin
The Wolf and the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix
The Wolf & the Witch
A Baron for All Seasons, book #3 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix
A Baron for All Seasons
An Most Inconvenient Earl, book four of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix
A Most Inconvenient Earl

Then there were new boxed sets published of existing content:

Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 1, including the first three contemporary romances in the series by Deborah Cooke
Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 1
The Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set, including all four contemporary romances in the series by Deborah Cooke
Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set
Dragonfire: the Complete Series, a digital bundle including all fourteen paranormal romances in the Dragonfire series by Deborah Cooke
Dragonfire: The Complete Series
Dragons First, a digital bundle of three paranormal romance series starters by Deborah Cooke
Dragons First
First Knights, a boxed set of four medieval romance series starters by Claire Delacroix
First Knights
Stolen Brides, a digital boxed set featuring four full-length medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
Stolen Bridees
Twelve Lords for Christmas, a Regency romance holiday anthology
Twelve Lords for Christmas

Plus I was thrilled to participate in this multi-author boxed set of Regency Christmas romances, Twelve Lords for Christmas. Because this bundle has done so well, we’re going to do another together next year – so Esmeralda Ballantyne will have her story told, too!

I also put my medieval romances into Kindle Unlimited.

I regained all of the rights to my YA trilogy, The Dragon Diaries, and published my editions in all markets.

The Wolf & the Witch, book one of the Blood Brothers series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, audio edition narrated by Tim Campbell
The Wolf & the Witch in audio

I also published one new audiobook in 2021 – the narration of The Wolf & the Witch by the amazing Tim Campbell.

I don’t even want to think about the translations! 2021 was insane for them. (The links below will take you to the relevant translation page on my websites.) Let’s see: in Spanish, I published Claire’s The Champions of St. Euphemia, The Jewels of Kinfairlie and most of the True Love Brides, as well as Flatiron Five Tattoo and most of Flatiron Five Fitness. I’m in the midst of publishing the first Flatiron Five Fitness book in Portuguese and there’s an Italian translation on the way, too.

There were also Spanish editions of three of the DragonFate novels. There were Italian editions of two of the DragonFate Novels and The Renegade’s Heart, as well as Portuguese editions of the first DragonFate novel and the first two books in the Champions of St. Euphemia series. And there were more German editions, The Rose Red Bride and the first two books in the Champions of St. Euphemia series. I’m counting 35 translations for 2021 (but I might have missed one or two.) I actually did pre-orders for translations, which was new and different.

What’s in store for 2022? Well, the pre-orders give a hint of what’s in the works. I listed A Most Inconvenient Earl at the top of the page, but here are the other releases already scheduled for 2022:

When Annika Met Thom, book ten of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
When Annika Met Thom
Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 2, including books 4 to 6 of the contemporary romance series by Deborah Cooke
Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 2
Just a Small Town Romance, book one of the Heroes of Harte's Harbor series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
Just a Small Town Romance
The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of the Blood Brothers series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
The Hunter & the Heiress
The Dragon & the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
The Dragon & the Damsel
The Brides of North Barrows Boxed Set, including four Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix
The Brides of North Barrows
Dragon's Wolf, book five of the DragonFate novels paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke
Dragon’s Wolf

I hope you’re as pleased with your accomplishments in 2021 – and looking forward to 2022 as much as I am!