GoodReads

Last weekend, I attended the Romance Author Mastermind conference in Houston, hosted by Skye Warren. It was a terrific conference, and like all the best ones, it sent me home with a huge list of ideas.

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeOne of the things I realized that I’m under-utilizing – or maybe not using well at all! – is GoodReads. I think of it as a reader environment, where readers can talk about books with other readers. This is all good, but there are still things I can do there.

About once a year, I go into GR and update or correct the information about my books – the description, the ISBN’s and the series information, typically – but that has been the extend of my engagement in recent years. I’ve been lucky to have readers add my books for me there, but now I’m going to be more pro-active.

You can follow me at Goodreads. I have three profiles, although only two of them are active.

First, there’s my Deborah Cooke profile. This blog posts automatically on that profile.

It’s right here.

You can also add my upcoming books to your To Read Shelf. The cool thing is that when you do this, GR sends you a notification when the book is published.

Here’s Dragon’s Kiss, coming December 10.Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Here’s the Dragonfire Companion, coming December 31.

Here’s Some Like it Hot, coming February 25.

Here’s Dragon’s Heart, coming May 26.

Here’s Dragon’s Mate, coming October 27.

I see that I’m due to sort out some series details again – this happens because Amazon doesn’t allow decimals in their numbering, or prequels numbered 0. The other portals and GR do, but now Amazon feeds metadata to GR. I’ll dig in over the holidays.

Pearl Beyond Price, book two of the Unicorn Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixI also have a Claire Delacroix profile. The blog from Claire’s website (http://delacroix.net) posts automatically on that profile.

Here’s Claire’s profile on Goodreads.

Right now, there’s only one book you can add. Here’s Pearl Beyond Price, coming December 31.

When I get a few minutes, I’ll add GR links to the individual book pages on my websites.

More Paperback Editions

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeUntil about two years ago, I was creating two editions of each of my paperbacks. One was published through Createspace (an Amazon company) and made available to Amazon stores. The other was published through Ingrams and made available everywhere else. The two editions were the same, except that there were slight differences in the width of the cover spine, probably because the two print-on-demand outlets use different paper for the interior pages. (At one point, I also created editions at Nook of some books for B&N stores, which also have slightly different spine widths, but don’t see enough sales on those editions to justify paying the designer to tweak the spine, so I’ve stopped doing them.)

About two years ago, Amazon began merging Createspace (the POD publishing platform) into KDP (the ebook publishing platform) which made a lot of sense. Many indie books are available in both POD and ebook, and creating both through the same portal, with the same metadata, and reporting sales for both in the same place was a good plan IMO. Also the Createspace interface was older. The KDP interface was being updated, so the print update was rolled into that. Authors could migrate their titles from Createspace to KDP. There were some (inevitable, in such a big transition) hiccups, but ultimately, Createspace was closed to new content.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionSince then, I chose to create my print-on-demand editions only at Ingrams, and have them distributed everywhere. Another variable was that I’ve been creating mass market sized paperbacks and during the initial transition, KDP didn’t support this format although Createspace had.

Recently, writer friends have shared that their Ingrams-print edition is showing a delayed delivery on Amazon – of about 60 days. Also, the Ingrams editions aren’t eligible for free shipping through Amazon Prime, which is a big deterrent to Amazon Prime shoppers. So, this week, I added KDP print editions for the books that didn’t have them before, just for the Amazon stores. They’re all going live now, and as they do, the Amazon edition will replace the Ingrams edition on the same link in the Amazon store. (This is because they have the same ISBN.)

So, if you’re an Amazon Prime customer and you’ve been holding off on buying print copies of these titles for your keeper shelf, now’s the time!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeBad Case of Loving You

Snowbound

Spring Fever

One Hot Summer Night

Under the Mistletoe

The Mercenary’s Bride

The Runaway Bride

Unicorn Bride

Maeve’s Book of Beasts

 

My BookBub Featured Deal for The Renegade’s Heart

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixRight now, my medieval romance The Renegade’s Heart is free at all portals. I had a BookBub Featured Deal to promote the sale yesterday and wanted to share my results with you this morning.

The largest number of units always go out the door at Amazon.com, which means the book in question gets the largest bounce up the charts there. The Renegade’s Heart started at #4 in Scottish romance, #1 in Medieval romance, #75 in Romance and #417 overall free in the Kindle store. I’d already promoted it here on the blog and in my newsletter to get it started.
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #75 in romance free in the Kindle store on October 23, 2019By late afternoon, it had moved up the charts to #1 in both Scottish romance and Medieval romance, #4 in Romance and #27 overall free in the Kindle store.
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #27 in free in the Kindle store on October 23, 2019This morning, it’s sitting a little higher, still at #1 in Scottish and Medieval, but also at #2 in Romance and #9 overall free in the Kindle store.
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #9 free in the Kindle store on October 24, 2019

Let’s look at what else is on the charts at Amazon.com. Here’s the top six in Scottish romance on the free chart:
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #1 in Scottish romance free in the Kindle store on October 24, 2019Here are the top six free in Medieval Romance at Amazon.com – you’ll notice that The Beauty Bride, my other free medieval romance series starter, is at #5, which is kind of cool. (The Beauty Bride is #8 free in Scottish romance this morning, so if I had a bigger screen, I could have grabbed an image including the next row of that chart.)
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #1 free Medieval Romance in the Kindle store on October 24, 2019

The Highlander's Curse, #2 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Highlander’s Curse, book two in the same series, is also on sale – it’s discounted to 99cents.

As a result of the visibility for The Renegade’s Heart, The Highlander’s Curse also moved up the charts yesterday.

This morning at Amazon.com, it’s sitting at #22 in Scottish romance and #11 in Medieval romance on the paid charts.
The Highlander's Curse, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #11 in medieval romance and #22 in Scottish romance in the Kindle store on October 24, 2019Meanwhile, over at Apple, Murdoch and Isabella’s book is also doing well. The Renegade’s Heart is #12 overall free in the Apple store this morning. You can see that historical romance doesn’t tend to rank as well at Apple as at Amazon.
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #12 free in the Apple store on October 24, 2019And The Renegade’s Heart is #4 free in Romance in the Apple store this morning, which is a very nice showing.
The Renegade's Heart, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, at #4 free in Romance in the Apple store on October 24, 2019That’s where we stand this morning! Thanks to all of you who picked up a copy of The Renegade’s Heart yesterday! Remember that the sale lasts until the 29th, and that The Highlander’s Curse will be 99¢ until then, and book three in the series, The Frost Maiden’s Kiss will be $2.99US until then. On the 30th, all three books go back to their regular price of $4.99US.

The True Love Brides medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix on sale October 2019

The Beauty Bride in Audio for 99 cents!

This 99¢ promotion is available at Chirp in the US only. The price will vary at other portals – please check the price before you buy.

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioMore cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

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Sale on the True Love Brides Medieval Scottish Romances

The True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix on sale October 2019This month, there’s a sale on my True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances. This series comes after the Jewels of Kinfairlie and before the Brides of Inverfyre, and tells the stories of four of the eight siblings from Kinfairlie.

The Renegade’s Heart is free!

The Highlander’s Curse is 99cents

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is $2.99US.

This sale lasts through October 29 so don’t miss out!

The Renegade's Heart, #1 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

She would risk everything to save his soul…

Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution – but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.

Isabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight—especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul.

As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?

A #1 Kindle Bestselling Title!

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The Highlander's Curse, #2 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

He was outcast and alone—until she welcomed him into her heart…

Cheated of his inheritance and burdened by the legacy of his Fae blood, Garrett MacLachlan believes he is doomed to be an outcast forever—until he meets Annelise of Kinfairlie, a gentle maiden with the power to turn his curse to gift. Can Garrett reclaim his stolen legacy with Annelise by his side? If Annelise defies her family to pursue true love, will that be enough to heal Garrett? And even if they triumph over mortal foes, will the Fae demand a price neither of them can pay?

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The Frost Maiden's Kiss, #3 of the True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

She enchanted him with a kiss—but winning her love would demand all he possessed.

After eight years abroad, Malcolm returns to Scotland with a fortune, a companion even more hardened than he and a determination to restore his inherited holding. But when that companion falls into peril, Malcolm seizes the chance to repay an old debt, trading his own soul for that of his doomed comrade. Knowing his days are limited and determined to leave a legacy of merit, Malcolm rebuilds Ravensmuir with all haste, though he fears he will never have an heir.

A night of violence has left Catriona with no home and no faith in the honor of men. She expects little good from a visit to her lady’s brother, Laird of Ravensmuir, a known mercenary. But the handsome laird challenges her expectations with his courtesy, his allure—and his unexpected proposal. Knowing it is her sole chance to ensure her child’s future, Catriona dares to accept Malcolm’s hand. She soon realizes that this warrior fights a battle of his own and that she holds the key to his salvation. Little does she realize her past is in hot pursuit, seeking to destroy all she holds dear—including the laird who has thawed the frost of her reluctant heart.

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Audiobooks & Chirp

This month, two of my audiobooks are on sale. The Beauty Bride and The Crusader’s Bride have been discounted to $4.99US or equivalent at all portals except Amazon and Audible. It’s possible that Amazon will match the price (? I’m not sure how that works.)

There will also be a sale at Chirp on the audiobook for The Beauty Bride on October 21st. It will be 99cents there, which is a terrific deal.

Chirp is a website started by BookBub specifically to promote audiobooks. They are a retailer platform so you’d buy the audiobook from Chirp. Like BookBub, you can sign up for free and receive emails on special offers for audiobooks in your genre of choice.

Here’s the website for Chirp.

Edited to add – Lisa asked about Chirp for Canadian listeners. Chirp is currently available only to US listeners, because it’s new. I’m hoping they roll out their service in other territories once they iron out any kinks and have volunteered to beta-test for Canada, if they need beta-testers. Stay tuned!

And here’s the information about The Beauty Bride and The Crusader’s Bride. Happy listening!

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love…The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.

Lady Madeline’s heart is not for sale…especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline’s hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird’s command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her.

She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys’ past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent—and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

“A lyrical medieval-era romance!”—Publishers Weekly

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The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix is also available in audioBuy Audio Book
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The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixGaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

When the Templar knight Gaston learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France, he accepts one last quest for the order and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage snares his gaze, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings, and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to survive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize at any cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

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FREE Series Starters!

Start the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke free

Simply Irresistible, book one of my Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances, was a free read last summer. I realized last week that it had returned to its regular price at KOBO and Nook – oops! – but now it’s FREE at all portals again. Get your copy of Tyler and Amy’s book today!

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeThis story also introduces you to some of the characters in the Secret Heart Ink series, which is set in the same world. Right now, Snowbound, book one in that series, is a 99 cent read.

Also, if you read historical romances,

The Beauty Bride, book one of my Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances, is a free read. This story introduces you to a much longer series of books – the heroine, Madeline, has seven siblings, each of which has his/her own story told. She also has an unconventional aunt and some cousins. The Jewels of Kinfairlie series is set in the same world, featuring the same family, as The True Love Brides series and The Brides of Inverfyre. If you want to read about the previous generation of this family, you can also read The Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy.

Start the medieval Scottish series of romances with The Beauty Bride!

Start the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix free

Save 40% on Selected Boxed Sets at Kobo

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set, a digital bundle including all four medieval Scottish romances in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series by Claire DelacroixThe Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah CookeKobo has a boxed set sale running this week, from September 25 through September 30. You can save 40% on selected boxed sets by using the code at check-out.

You’ll find The Coxwells Boxed Set included in the sale, as well as three of my medieval romance bundles: Highland Heroes, Kinfairlie Knights and the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set.

The titles above are linked to the landing pages for the books here on my website. The covers are linked to KOBO.

The landing page for the promotion is right here. Happy shopping!

Highland Heroes, a digital boxed set of Scottish medieval romances by Claire DelacroixKinfairlie Knights, a digital bundle of three medieval Scottish first-in-series romances by Claire Delacroix

 

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Sale

Sale on the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances are on sale this month, from today through the 29th.

The Beauty Bride (book one) is free.

The Rose Red Bride (book two) is 99 cents.

The Snow White Bride (book three) is $2.99 US.

Remember that this series is also available in audio, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.

Schedule Changes & Amazon Pre-Orders

Dragon's Kiss, book #2 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn writing and publishing circles, there’s a lot of discussion about rapid release schedules, i.e. publishing linked books in rapid succession. While I think this is a good idea, it’s not my preferred way to work. I like to take a break from a given world and then come back to it with fresh eyes for the next book in the series. So, I’m going back to my tried and true, because I think I write better books that way. So, I’ve moved the publication dates for the next three DragonFate novels, which will give me time to do other writing in between.

Also, Amazon opened the option of creating longer pre-orders yesterday, so I’ve added the Amazon pre-orders for Some Like It Hot (February) and Pearl Beyond Price (December).

Dragon’s Kiss will be published in November instead of October. This is the last of the halo from Bad Case of Loving You requiring a big revision. The pre-order is up at all portals, now.

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeDragon’s Heart will be published in May. I’ve just added the pre-order for Amazon.

Dragon’s Mate will be published in October 2020. This date will remain incorrect at Nook until November, as pre-orders can’t be scheduled more than a year in advance at that portal. (I just learned that. Who knew?) There isn’t a pre-order at Apple anymore, because they can’t be scheduled more than a year out. The listing disappeared when I moved the date and I expect it will reappear at the end of October. There isn’t a pre-order at Amazon on this one because it’s too far out.

Here be Dragons, the Dragonfire Companion and guide to the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeOn the upside, some other things can slide into the months in between. For example, Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion will be published on December 31. The pre-order links are live for this one now, even at Amazon, and it’s going to be a fat book.

I’m excited about this. Having the pre-orders up makes me feel organized and I like having a bit more time between books.