Guides to Fictional Worlds

One of the (many) things I’ve been working on this summer is compiling all the various details about my fictional worlds into comprehensive guides. This includes lists of characters and details about those characters, family trees and family relationships, relevant dates and events for those characters, as well as known information about the world itself and a glossary of terms.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe first of these that I began to compile was for Dragonfire. In addition to the above, that world guide includes the lore of the Pyr and their history, as well as an explanation of their powers. Since I began compiling the world guide when I was writing Firestorm Forever, it’s proving to be a bit of a slog. There’s a lot of back-and-forthing in the books and my notes to be done, and so I have an assistant helping me on this project. It still won’t be done for a while. Because many readers have asked about it, there will be a published Dragonfire companion volume, which will be released as part of the publication schedule of the new editions of the first eight books.  My assistant is also writing synopses of all of the stories and I’m adding some additional notes about the creation of Dragonfire. It’s going to be a big fat book and I’m excited about it.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn contrast, the world guide for the Dragons of Incendium is evolving as the stories are written. My idea here was that I’d be more organized and avoid all this digging through the past by working in real-time. This world guide is on the Dragons of Incendium website under the tab “Guides” and it’s updated after the publication of every new book in the series. You’ll find a cast of characters and a glossary there, as well as some additional references like a Brief History of Incendium. The inclusion of these references is one of the reasons that these dragons have their own website.

On the historical side, I haven’t been nearly as organized. I have family trees compiled and available for free download in my online store—and I update those as various members of each family marry. There’s also a cast of characters for Kinfairlie that was compiled around the time I wrote The Renegade’s Heart, but beyond that, we’re talking file folders and piles of notes. I’m realizing how inefficient this is as I retrace everything I’ve said about Ross.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn preparing the new editions of the Bride Quest books, I had a question and unearthed my old notes—I found a map of Tullymullagh that I’d drawn! That got me to thinking about connecting my historical worlds and I wrote a blog post about that in June. The thing is that to make the worlds intersect plausibly, I need to compile world guides for my own reference.

Which explains where I am right now. I have a Dragonfire companion volume in the works. I have a Dragons of Incendium world guide on the website. I am currently creating a Bride Quest world guide and a Ravensmuir/Kinfairlie/Inverfyre world guide for my own reference. And that brings me to the question of the day—what should I do with all these world guides when they’re done?

There’s a poll below about world guides and companion volumes. I’d love if you took a moment to share your thoughts. I’ll leave it open for quite a while, since these references will take some time yet to be completed.

Don’t worry – The Dragonfire companion volume will definitely be published. The cover is done! It’s the others that I’m wondering about.

Here’s a poll about whether or not you use these volumes – and whether or not you buy them:

 

Here’s a poll about which series of mine for which you’d like to have a world guide:

 

And finally, here’s a poll about what you expect to find inside a world guide, just to make sure I don’t miss anything! There’s room for you to add suggestions.

Spellbound on the Charts!

As you know, our Regency romance anthology Spellbound is free until Sunday. Yesterday, it had a BookBub featured ad and this morning – thanks to all of you – it’s riding high on the charts. Let’s take a look.

At Amazon.com, Spellbound rose to #3 overall free in the Kindle store, as well as #1 in Regency romance.

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, at #3 overall free in the Amazon store on July 5, 2017

Here’s the top of the free chart:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.com on July 5, 2017

And here’s the top of the Regency romance chart:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #1 free in Regency romance at Amazon.com on July 5, 2017At Amazon UK, Spellbound was #7 overall free and #1 in Regency romance:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #7 overall free at Amazon.co.uk on July 5, 2017

At Amazon CA, Spellbound was #3 overall free and #1 in Regency romance:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.ca on July 5, 2017Here’s the top of the free chart in the CA store. Usually, there are regional variations, but today, the US and the CA chart – at least at the very top – are the same.
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, was #3 overall free at Amazon.ca on July 5, 2017Over at iBooks, Spellbound is also doing really well. It’s #2 overall free in the store:
Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, #2 overall free at iBooks on July 6, 2017

And it’s #1 in Historical Romance:

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology, #1 free in historical romance at iBooks on July 6, 2017

What a great suite of results! Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy. If you haven’t grabbed yours yet, Spellbound is still free through the weekend.

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Spellbound is Free

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainThe Haunting of Castle Keyvnor authors have a present for you! For one week only, the anthology Spellbound is free at digital portals. This is one of the four anthologies in the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection – the twelve Regency romance novellas in the series all take place during the same week at a haunted castle in Cornwall, where the characters have gathered for the reading of a will. You can read the novellas in any order.

Spellbound includes the novellas:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Claire Delacroix
Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Her Gypsy Lord by Jane Charles
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Lord Death and Lady Ghost by Claudia Dain
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

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For Libraries

My books are available to libraries!

Digital editions of my books are available to libraries through Overdrive and Bibliotheca. This includes my new releases, as well as new editions of many backlist titles. I used to upload directly to Overdrive, but now am using Pronoun (a Macmillan company) to deliver to both of these library portals. Their interface is easier for me, so new releases will appear more quickly on Overdrive than they did before. I also like their version control better.

Print editions of my books are available to libraries through Ingrams. Some of my books are also available in hard cover editions from Ingrams. You can find them on the Collectors’ Editions page here on the site.

My audiobooks are available to libraries through Overdrive and Blackstone Library. Blackstone makes physical cd’s of my audiobooks for libraries, as well as offering digital download licensing.

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection TODAY!

It’s release day for the collection!

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection including the first six works in Deborah Cooke's paranormal romance series

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection

Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

In Wyvern’s Mate, Drakina intends to fulfill her obligation as the oldest daughter by seducing her destined mate and winning her freedom. Troy’s lovemaking leaves Drakina hungry for more, until she discovers that he’s an assassin and she’s his intended victim. Will his MindBending powers condemn him in the fiery princess’s view or see him saved?

In Wyvern’s Prince, Gemma agrees to an arranged marriage with the crown prince of Regalia, to build an alliance between the two kingdoms. She expects duty, not love, but finds both when her new husband’s discredited twin brother proves to be her destined mate—but Venero has been enchanted. Can Gemma break the spell cast upon her prince or will she share his fate?

In Wyvern’s Warrior, Thalina intercepts an intruder in Incendium’s palace, allowing herself to be taken captive to learn his plan. To her delight, Acion is a highly developed android and she wants nothing more than to study him thoroughly, especially his amorous abilities—but Acion’s presence on Incendium violates the law. Will he be exterminated before Thalina satisfies her curiosity?

This bundle includes the first three romances in the Dragons of Incendium series, as well as three short stories linked to the series: Nero’s Dream, Arista’s Legacy, and Kraw’s Secret.

Available in digital and trade paperback format.

Available today!

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The book is still processing at GooglePlay. Link to come!

The Dragons of Incendium Collection at the Store

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection including the first six works in Deborah Cooke's paranormal romance seriesIf you don’t want to wait until May 25, you can buy the Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection now at my online store!

You can also pre-order a signed print copy of the book. I’m guessing on the weight as my copies haven’t yet arrived, but we always charge the actual postage. If it’s lower than my estimation, you’ll get a refund when the book is shipped.

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The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection

The first digital bundle and trade paperback in the Incendium series is available for pre-order, to deliver on May 25.

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection including the first six works in Deborah Cooke's paranormal romance series

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection

Once, in the Kingdom of Incendium, there were twelve princesses of the realm, each a dragon shifter. Each fiery and passionate. Each possessed of an appetite for pleasure that only her destined mate can satisfy. Twelve men are expected in Incendium, each with special powers of his own, each with the gift to claim one dragon princess’s heart forever.

In Wyvern’s Mate, Drakina intends to fulfill her obligation as the oldest daughter by seducing her destined mate and winning her freedom. Troy’s lovemaking leaves Drakina hungry for more, until she discovers that he’s an assassin and she’s his intended victim. Will his MindBending powers condemn him in the fiery princess’s view or see him saved?

In Wyvern’s Prince, Gemma agrees to an arranged marriage with the crown prince of Regalia, to build an alliance between the two kingdoms. She expects duty, not love, but finds both when her new husband’s discredited twin brother proves to be her destined mate—but Venero has been enchanted. Can Gemma break the spell cast upon her prince or will she share his fate?

In Wyvern’s Warrior, Thalina intercepts an intruder in Incendium’s palace, allowing herself to be taken captive to learn his plan. To her delight, Acion is a highly developed android and she wants nothing more than to study him thoroughly, especially his amorous abilities—but Acion’s presence on Incendium violates the law. Will he be exterminated before Thalina satisfies her curiosity?

This bundle includes the first three romances in the Dragons of Incendium series, as well as three short stories linked to the series: Nero’s Dream, Arista’s Legacy, and Kraw’s Secret.

Available in digital and trade paperback format.

Coming May 25, 2017

Pre-order now! It will be available at GooglePlay on the on sale date, and in print on that date, too.

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May Signed Book Giveaway

Last month’s signed book giveaway was for a copy of The Warrior, and the winner could choose which version she/he liked best. Our winner was Judy Miles and she chose the new edition of The Warrior as her prize. Congrats to Judy!

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThis month, I think we need to show the dragons some love!

Our prize book this month is a signed print copy of Wyvern’s Mate, the first book in my Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances.  this is the mini-book edition—it’s about the size of a mass market paperback—and it includes both Wyvern’s Mate and the short story Nero’s Dream.

Because this was a new format for me to use, there are some pictures of this book in this blog post.

For your chance to win, please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to be a dragon shifter. Good luck!

Edited to add – this month’s winner is Leasa Gowitt. Congrats, Leasa, and thanks to everyone who entered. Please check the June book giveaway. 🙂

Wyvern’s Warrior Mini-Book

Wyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeNow that Kraw’s Secret is done and published, the mini-book print edition of Wyvern’s Warrior – which includes Kraw’s Secret – is also available. It’s almost the same size as the print edition of Wyvern’s Prince – 264 pages as opposed to 268. I love these cute little books!

I just approved the proof this morning, so it’s available now at Createspace. The information is perking through to Amazon and I’d expect the book to be listed as available there by the weekend. I’ve also listed it for sale in my online store if you’d like a signed copy – I won’t have copies for a week or so, but you can order anytime.

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Kraw’s Secret

The next story in the Dragons of Incendium series is available! Kraw’s Secret is a short story, which should be read after Wyvern’s Warrior. It’s #3.5 in the series.

Kraw's Secret, a short story and #3.5 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeViceroy Kraw is invited to witness whatever prediction the ShadowCaster has brought to Incendium, along with King Ouros and Queen Ignita. Although the royal couple can make little sense of the vision shown by the strange creature, Kraw knows his family’s ancient betrayal has to finally be revealed to the dragon kings. Will the fury of Ouros be as fierce as Kraw fears? What will be the future of the viceroy?

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