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!

More PNR in KU – and a FREE Read!

The Dragons of Incendium series has been enrolled in KDP Select, which means the entire series is available exclusively at Amazon and that you can read the series free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. It also means that Wyvern’s Mate, book one of the series, is free through May 8 so you can start the series.

The Dragons of Incendium series of science fiction and fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke in Kindle Unlimited

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Troy will do whatever is necessary to earn his freedom from solitary confinement on the penal colony of Xanto, even assassinate a princess of Incendium. Being a MindBender, he has a serious advantage as a predator and thinks the princess in question doesn’t have a chance. Only one of them can survive and Troy knows who it will be—until he meets Drakina.

Royal dragon shifter Drakina has a quest of her own, to seduce her destined mate and conceive the crown prince of Incendium. Her father will free her from all other responsibilities if she completes this one task. Drakina craves her independence enough to seduce the unattractive Terran who is the Carrier of the Seed. She’s sure it will be a quick seduction—until she meets Troy.

Worlds collide when Troy and Drakina meet, and passion flares. The attraction is so powerful that they both choose to put their goals aside for one night of passion together. When their respective secrets are revealed, will the truth turn one against the other? Or will destiny allow this star-crossed pair to save each other and their unborn son?


“WYVERN’S MATE is a quick read; a fast paced novella length story of romance and love; duty and honor; magic and dragons…The premise is entertaining-almost science fiction is its presentation; the characters are colorful and animated; the romance is a quick build to a happily ever after. A wonderful start to a new series.”—The Reading Cafe


The Dragons of Incendium series is enrolled in KDP Select: the ebooks are available exclusively at Amazon and you can read the series free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.


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Wyvern’s Mate is also available in audio. The audio edition is narrated by Saskia Maarleveld.


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PNR on the Move

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

I’m moving my paranormal romances into KDP Select this spring, which means you’ll be able to read them free in Kindle Unlimited. The move will be made in stages because there are so many books.

First will be the Prometheus Project and the Dragon Diaries. I’ve unpublished both of these series at KOBO and the aggregators. By the end of March, I’ll unpublish them everywhere else and move them into KU.

In April, I’ll move the Dragonfire Novels and the Dragons of Incendium.

In May, I’ll move the DragonFate Novels. By June 1, the transition will be done.

As with my historical romances, all new releases will be available in wide distribution for a week before being made exclusive to Amazon.

If you’re missing a title and you shop at a portal other than Amazon, now’s the time to fill the gaps!

KOBO SFF Audiobook Sale

This month, KOBO has a sale on science fiction and fantasy audiobooks, which includes paranormal romance and science fiction romance. You’ll find the new reading of Kiss of Fire as well as the audiobook of Wyvern’s Kiss discounted for the sale.

Kiss of Fire, book one of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, AI-narrated audiobook edition
Kiss of Fire
Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audio
Wyvern’s Mate

Kiss of Fire is $3.99CA/AU/NZD, $2.99US and £1.99.

Wyvern’s Mate is $2.99CA/AU/NZD, $1.99US and £1.99.

The sale runs through March 30.