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January SFF BOGO Sale at KOBO

Shop the Kobo SFF BOGO Sale January 1 - 31 2020

KOBO has a buy-one-get-one-free sale on science fiction and fantasy titles for the entire month of January, including paranormal romance and urban fantasy. You’ll find my entire Prometheus Project series included in the sale (Fallen, Guardian, Rebel and Abyss) as well as four Dragonfire Novels (Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss and Whisper Kiss) and two Dragons of Incendium books (Wyvern’s Prince and Wyvern’s Warrior.) The sale is supported in the major English language geos – US, UK, CA, AU and NZ – and there are separate landing page links for each geo.

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Welcome to 2020!

It’s a brand new year! What will you do in 2020? What will you change? What will you accomplish?

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions but I’ll take any opportunity to review and revise. The start of a new year is a good time to do that. First, let’s take a look at things I learned in 2019.

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeAccomplished in 2019
• I published four new books last year: Bad Case of Loving You, Under the Mistletoe, Maeve’s Book of Beasts and Dragon’s Kiss.

• I also published revisions of three titles: One Knight’s Return, Unicorn Bride and Pearl Beyond Price.

• I published four new Dragonfire boxed sets: Dragonfire Quest, Dragonfire Elixir, Dragonfire Reunion and Dragonfire Triumph.

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah Cooke• I started to initiate translations of my historical romances and published my first two Italian translations. (You can find Claire’s translations here.)

• I attended two conferences, a reader conference (Romancing the Capital) and a writers’ conference (Romance Mastermind). I taught a workshop at RTC.

Lessons from 2019:
Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new edition• A year ago, I was wondering where my days were going. It seemed that I didn’t have much time to write, even though I planned to do so every morning and spent all day at my desk. So, I started a spreadsheet, documenting exactly what I did every day and how long it took. The answer became clear very quickly: I knew that being my own publisher took time, but those publishing jobs were taking a lot more time than I’d realized. Part of this was because I’ve republished a lot of older books in the last couple of years. I’ve been streamlining my publishing processes, experimenting with timing – either a publishing day per week or a few publishing afternoons in a row seems to work well.

Dragonfire Quest, volume one of the Complete Dragonfire Novels digital bundles including Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate from the Dragonfire novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• I experimented again with KDP Select and was underwhelmed again by results. Switching between wide distribution and exclusive-to-Amazon distribution is a lot of work, so I’m sticking with wide distribution for the foreseeable future. I may write some projects specifically for KDP Select, but we’ll see.

• Recognizing that my focus had shifted from writing to publishing, I started a creativity journal last winter. I bought a planner and a lot of stickers, then tracked and celebrated how much I wrote each day. Having it open on my desk helped me to write first, then turn to the other jobs after the writing was done. I really like the stickers, which is silly but it’s effective. I wrote 700K words last year, which is really a lot for me. I’ve already set up my new journal for 2020. (And it has stickers in it already!)

One Knight's Return, book #2 of the Sayerne series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix• Those are pretty big take-aways from 2019, but there was another big one. A year ago, I thought I could republish some older Claire Delacroix titles easily. I knew I had a full schedule with launching DragonFate, plus finishing up Flatiron Five and Secret Heart Ink, and didn’t want Claire’s readers to be neglected. I chose three books that had been published by Harlequin, blocked in a week to proofread the scanned book files, and scheduled them for publication. That plan had worked well for the Bride Quest and Dragonfire. It didn’t work for these books. They needed revisions to the point that it would have been easier to just write new books. Those revisions added a ton of stress to my year, because I miscalculated and hadn’t left enough time for them. There isn’t a lot of upside to doing these revisions either – while it’s nice to have the books available again, they aren’t the stories I’d write now and they don’t have a huge following. My time really would be better spent writing new books. At this point, four of Claire’s eleven Harlequin Historicals have been revised and republished in new editions, and there won’t be more in the foreseeable future.

Pearl Beyond Price, book two of the Unicorn Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix• Another milestone from 2019 was initiating translations of my books. My Italian translator and I are making good progress on the Jewels of KinfairlieThe Beauty Bride is available and The Rose Red Bride is publishing, while she is translating The Snow White Bride. I’m waiting on the Portuguese (Brazil) translation of The Beauty Bride and will have the German translation this winter. It’s been a very interesting process, with lots to learn, and many new connections to make.

The Year Ahead
Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeFor the past year or so, I’ve been aware that I’m coming to the end of existing series for each of my author brands. Last year, I launched DragonFate for my Cooke paranormals, and I’m really pleased with Dragon’s Kiss. I’m having fun with that series and looking forward to its continuation. I’m in a similar place with my contemporary romances – Secret Heart Ink is done and after Some Like it Hot, Flatiron Five will be done. (Maybe. I’m not sure where Nate’s story fits yet. It might be a novella at the end of the series.) And Claire needs a new series, too. So, I’ve been planning and dreaming. The hardest part is always deciding between competing ideas.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah CookeRight now, these titles are scheduled for publication in 2020:
Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion – January
Flatiron Five: The First Collection – January
Some Like it Hot – February
All’s Fair in Love and War – March
Dragon’s Heart – May
Dragon’s Mate – October

That’s about 300K of new words right there.

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI really want to get ahead of the publishing cycle this year, and get back to having books done and uploaded at least a month or two before their publication dates. I also want to publish linked books more closely together. That means the calendar is going to look empty for a bit as I write and work to get ahead of the curve. (You can see that gap in the schedule above.) The plan is that by the time you see the cover reveal and the pre-order, the book will be complete.

I’ll be filling some of those inevitable gaps with boxed sets. The new Flatiron Five bundle Flatiron Five: The First Collection comes out this month, at a special price. Claire has a new boxed set, All’s Fair in Love and War, coming in March and there will be other trope-based bundles. I’m hoping to write and publish some shorter works, too, to keep you reading while I write away.

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’m also revising my schedule to keep my focus squarely on writing. I’m not teaching anymore or making treks to writing group meetings. I attended two conferences last year and while they were great, this year, I’m staying home to write.

This year, it’s all about the words—and the self-care. A year and a half ago, I started walking 4 km every day and that’s become a habit. I really miss it if I skip a day. I’ve added yoga at least three times a week, too. I’m still not very good at it, but it does make me feel better. 🙂 I’ve cut back on social media commitments, too.

Of course, there’s still knitting and crafting. I’ll show you a new sweater tomorrow on Fiber Friday.

I hope you have exciting plans for 2020. Let’s make it a great year!

The Dragons of Incendium in Wide Distribution

Wyvern's Angel, book #9 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe Dragons of Incendium have completed their term in Kindle Unlimited and are now available at all portals again.

Check the individual book pages for links!

Waiting for more dragons? If you haven’t started my new DragonFate series, you might want to do so. There are hints of Incendium appearing and there’s only a prequel and one book available so far…

Wonderful Reviews for Dragon’s Kiss

Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIt’s always great to see fabulous reviews post for a new release, particularly when it’s a book close to my heart. I’m very happy to share some reviews for Dragon’s Kiss this morning. They are the first ones, and they’re just wonderful.

“What a magical, sultry romance with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Can Kristofer convince Bree to work with him instead of against him and win her heart? Loved it!!” —Amazon Reviewer

DRAGON’S KISS is a detailed exposition of information and history connecting Norse mythology with a modern day supernatural world. With the revelation of other paranormal creatures including Valkyrie, vampires, Fae and more, the dragons find themselves no longer the oldest or most powerful beings on the planet but one of many. The enchanting premise is fascinating and intense; the characters are numerous and dynamic; the romance is passionate and seductive. DRAGON’S KISS is an imaginative take of Norse mythology and paranormal romance.—The Reading Cafe

“This was an excellent, well-written book. I could not put it down and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Bree is amazing, and I loved Kristofer’s absolute faith in the firestorm. These two were great for each other, and I enjoyed this book so much. I highly recommend it.”—Amazon Reviewer 

“Five Stars
Wow! Amazing start to a new series.”—Amazon Reviewer

“EPIC Fantasy Romance! This series is AWESOME. It’s on par with the big romance Urban Fantasy series’ that we all know. I was blown away by the hugeness of the world Deb has created and the rich characters that inhabit this complex story… I can’t wait to dig into the next story!”—Goodreads Reviewer

Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeHer kiss could be his doom…

When dragon-shifter Kristofer feels his firestorm ignite, he eagerly follows its spark to his destined mate. To his surprise, the heat leads him to a Valkyrie intent on claiming his soul. Even so, Kristofer has never met a woman as alluring as the fierce warrior before him. Trusting in the firestorm, he must convince her to fight with him instead of against him.

Trading the life of a dragon shifter for that of her sister Valkyrie is an easy choice for Bree…until she meets Kristofer. Experience taught her that dragons are evil, but in him she sees a bold and noble warrior. Finding his confidence as irresistible as his touch, Bree fears she is being tricked into abandoning her sister. But how can she take Kristofer’s life when his very presence makes her burn with desire?

When they’re compelled to join forces, Kristofer seizes the chance to convince Bree that they’re stronger together. Yet as a sinister plan unfolds, an ancient dragon is roused from his slumber. With danger closing in, can Kristofer convince Bree to surrender her immortality for their forbidden love? Or will Bree’s distrust of dragons prove justified?

Bree's Bargain, an out-take from Dragon's Kiss available to Deborah's newsletter subscribersVisit the Pinterest board for Dragon’s Kiss.

If you subscribe to my Dragons & Angels monthly newsletter, you can download a free bonus out-take scene, Bree’s Bargain, from BookFunnel. Read it at the end of the Prologue.

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Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeHer kiss could be his doom…

When dragon-shifter Kristofer feels his firestorm ignite, he eagerly follows its spark to his destined mate. To his surprise, the heat leads him to a Valkyrie intent on claiming his soul. Even so, Kristofer has never met a woman as alluring as the fierce warrior before him. Trusting in the firestorm, he must convince her to fight with him instead of against him.

Trading the life of a dragon shifter for that of her sister Valkyrie is an easy choice for Bree…until she meets Kristofer. Experience taught her that dragons are evil, but in him she sees a bold and noble warrior. Finding his confidence as irresistible as his touch, Bree fears she is being tricked into abandoning her sister. But how can she take Kristofer’s life when his very presence makes her burn with desire?

When they’re compelled to join forces, Kristofer seizes the chance to convince Bree that they’re stronger together. Yet as a sinister plan unfolds, an ancient dragon is roused from his slumber. With danger closing in, can Kristofer convince Bree to surrender her immortality for their forbidden love? Or will Bree’s distrust of dragons prove justified?

Bree's Bargain, an out-take from Dragon's Kiss available to Deborah's newsletter subscribersVisit the Pinterest board for Dragon’s Kiss.

Available today!

If you subscribe to my Dragons & Angels monthly newsletter, you can download a free bonus out-take scene, Bree’s Bargain, from BookFunnel. Read it at the end of the Prologue.

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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.

Save 40% on Dragons & Angels at Kobo

Save 40% on the Dragonfire Novels at Kobo, November 11 - 17 2019

I have a sale this week at KOBO on two complete series of my paranormal romances.

First, from November 11 through November 17, you can save 40% on the entire series of Dragonfire Novels.

Kiss of Fire, the series starter is free right now. The sale includes Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss, Harmonia’s Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire, Ember’s Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness, Kiss of Destiny, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever. Phew! That’s a lot of dragon shifter romance! This is a great chance to fill the gaps in your collection and binge-read the series in time to start DragonFate!

Save 40% on the Prometheus Project by Deborah Cooke at Kobo November 11 - 17, 2019You can also save 40% on my Prometheus Project, which features fallen angel heroes in a apocalyptic future. Fallen, Guardian, Rebel and Abyss are all included in this sale, so you can read the complete series.

The discount is applied with the code COOKE40 that you use at check-out.

Here’s the landing page at KOBO.

Happy shopping!

99cent Halloween Historical Romance Sale

99¢ Halloween Historical Romance SaleSomething Wicked This Way Comes, #1 of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

Ready for Halloween? I’ve got just the sale for you! Our multi-author Halloween Historical Romance Sale runs from October 27-November 2, and all titles are $0.99. You’re sure to find a new Gothic, mysterious, suspenseful, or paranormal romance to read on a chilly night by a crackling fire.

Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is a paranormal Regency romance novella and the first book in my Brides of North Barrows series, is included in the sale.

Shop the 99¢ Halloween Historical Romance Sale!

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