Live and Learn

Serpent's Kiss, book thirteen of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This past week, I finished updating the ebook interiors for my paranormal romances – with the new website landing page links and the new newsletter sign-up link. I also tidied up some prices and revised some metadata. It’s a relief to have that done, but it only is finished because the books are in Kindle Unlimited – I had to update them at one portal instead of seven. I still have about 20 Delacroix books to update with the new newsletter sign-up link and will try to get them done this week.

(I included Thorolf’s cover here, just for fun. It’s one of my faves.)

It’s not a huge issue if you sign up via the old newsletter link, as I’ll be moving new subscribers each month for each newsletter from the old service provider to the new one.

If you have the books already, Amazon won’t push out the new edition to you, because it’s considered a minor update when the endmatter links change. If you buy any of them now (or take them with your KU subscription) you’ll get the new versions.

Here’s the bit I learned this weekend. I was thinking that the old endmatter links to the book landing pages would go 404, since the domain names DragonsofIncendium.com and DragonfireNovels.com have been repointed to this site. And this was my mistake. Once upon a time, when setting up a website/blog at WordPress, you had to choose a name for the site. This predates the ability to register a domain name through WP. Now, you can either choose a free url (which includes “wordpress”) or you can buy a domain. Both of these websites are legacy sites, so they both have default WP domain names: DragonfireNovels.com has the default WP url of https://dragonfirenovels.wordpress.com; while DragonsofIncendium.com had the default WP url of https://incendiumblog.wordpress.com

And when the domains are repointed, the default url – which is a free site – remains live. Both urls bring you here, but those sites are still out there. That’s one thing I learned.

Here’s the second. There are two links available for a page on a WP website. One is the long link which includes the path, like this:
https://deborahcooke.com/pnr/dragonfire/kiss-of-fire/

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This tells you that Kiss of Fire is under the Dragonfire tab, which is under the PNR option on the menu at this site. All that info is included in the long link.

The other is a shortened WP link. I like these shortened links not only because they’re less likely to break but also because if I change the location of the page on the menu or even its name, they still work. WP keeps track of that. (For example, I changed Paranormal Romance to PNR in the link to make it shorter after the page was created. The shortlink didn’t change.) The shortlink is always associated with the page. For example, here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on this website:

https://wp.me/P3H9xs-7bL

And here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on the old website:

https://wp.me/P74TXW-I

It still works! If you look at the url in your navigation bar, though, you’ll see that it’s the WP domain name, not DeborahCooke.com.

So, whenever I used the shortlink in the ebook interior – which was most of the time – it won’t go 404. It will take you to the old site. This is a great interim solution for those of you with older book files, and also explains why I still get traffic on the Incendium site, even though the url has been repointed to the Dragonfire site for a while. I’ve unpublished the Incendium site now by making it private, so following any of those old Incendium short links – which have been gone from the ebooks for two years – will take you to a WP log-in page, not a 404 page. I’ll leave the old Dragonfire site live until the end of the year, or whenever I remember to take it private again.

On to the last books that need updating!

Is it Hotter in Here?

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Since all the content is now available on this website, the urls DragonfireNovels.com and DragonsofIncendium.com now point here.

If you follow an old link to one of those urls, you’ll end up on this site but with a “content not found error”. It’s here, but the landing page urls have changed. Just hop on up to the Paranormal Romance tab and you’ll find everything on the drop-down menu.

I’ve updated the ebook interiors with new links, but some portals (like Amazon) don’t push out new content to people who already have those books. Not much I can do about that. New customers will get the new file.

When I was updating the Dragonfire Novels book interiors, I noticed that there used to be a page for the kids called The Next Generation. I found the old draft of that page in the trash (it probably went away when I built the family trees) so will update and republish that soon.

It’s always better to have an image on a post, so here’s Ember’s Kiss. I always loved this cover. 🙂

The Dragonfire Novels in KDP Select

The Dragonfire Novels have moved into KDP Select this month. You can now read the series free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

As usual, when I move a series into KU, book one is free for five days. Kiss of Fire is free from today through May 14. Download your copy of Kiss of Fire and start the series today!


Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

One kiss can change the course of destiny…

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind – or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything – even Sara’s love – to fulfill their entwined fates.


WINNER
2008 Best Paranormal,
Time Travel, Futuristic or Fantasy Romance
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence


“Wow, what an innovative and dazzling world Ms. Cooke has built with this new Dragonfire series. Her smooth and precise writing quickly draws the reader in and has you believing it could almost be real… I can’t wait for the next two books.”

Fresh Fiction

The Dragonfire Novels are now enrolled in KDP Select and available exclusively at Amazon. You can read them free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription!


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Visit the Pinterest page for Kiss of Fire.


“Cooke, a.k.a. bestseller Claire Delacroix, dips into the paranormal realm with her sizzling new Dragonfire series…Efficient plotting moves the story at a brisk pace and paves the way for more exciting battles to come.”

—Romantic Times

“Paranormal fans with a soft spot for shape-shifting dragons will definitely enjoy Kiss of Fire, a story brimming with sexy heroes, evil villains threatening mayhem, death and world domination, ancient prophesies, and an engaging love story…An intriguing mythology and various unanswered plot threads set the stage for plenty more adventure to come in future Dragonfire stories.”

—BookLoons

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“Deborah Cooke has definitely made me a fan. I am now lying in wait for the second book in this extremely exciting series.”

—Romance Junkies

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The Dragonfire Family Trees

I’ve finally uploaded the family trees for the Pyr of my Dragonfire series on this site. There are eleven of them now, which you can download free and print.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah Cooke

They also are included in Here be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion. They show the lineage of my dragon shifters through the end of the Dragonfire Novels, though there are some information gaps. I’ll probably update and add to them when the DragonFate series is complete.

You can find the family trees on this page.

This means that everything has been moved from the DragonfireNovels website to this one, so that url will be repointed to this site soon. That’s one more job off my ToDo list!