July Update

Since we’re in the lull before the storm – as I move to having new releases finished several months before publication – I thought it would make sense to start giving you a monthly update of my progress. This way, you’ll see that things are happening, even though there aren’t covers etc. to share just yet. I’ve been less active on social media this year, which is great for my writing but not so great for visibility. Writing makes me happier, so I’m going to continue on this path.

Let’s have a look at what’s in the works.

A Baron for All Seasons, book three of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

I’ve been writing several projects simultaneously, which is always a happy situation when I can make it happen. I have nearly finished A Baron for All Seasons, which is book #3 of my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romance novellas. (It might be done by the time you read this.) The plan is for it to be included in a holiday anthology this fall – details to come – then it will be published on its own, probably in March or so. This is Anthea and Rupert’s story – we met them both in book #2, A Duke by Any Other Name. Novellas always take me longer than I expect: even though they have a lower word count, I have to be more careful with the structure to fit everything in.

I’ve also written about half of Eurydice’s story, which will be book #4 and the final story in the series. Details on that to come, though it will probably have a simultaneous (or close to it) publication with book #3. It’s interesting to me how different the two stories are in some ways: Anthea’s book is a second chance romance with elements from previous books to resolve, too, while Eurydice’s book is straightforward fun. Moving between the two stories helps me make progress.

The Pinterest board is still in work.

There will be a boxed set of this series available in ebook and trade paperback, likely in time for Christmas 2022. (It felt odd to type that date!)

Just the Wrong Twin, book nine of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve also been working on Sonia and Nate’s story, Just the Wrong Twin, which is a lot of fun. The first third of a book always involves a lot of back and forth for me, and reconsideration of the structure, as well as getting to know more about the characters. You can see some of my ideas about Nate and Sonia on the Pinterest board for the book. This story will be published in October.

In the Flatiron Five world, there’s a new boxed set for Flatiron Five Tattoo, available in both ebook and trade paperback. I’m debating how to break up the main series into boxed sets (two or three?) and you should see some thing available soon.

When I get stuck on Just the Wrong Twin, I’ve been diving into Aidan’s book – again, this is a similar dynamic. Sonia and Nate’s story has a lot of elements to carry forward from previous books, some that need to be resolved in this book, and I need to ensure consistency with the existing world of Flatiron Five Fitness. Aidan’s book, in contrast, will be the launch of a new series with new characters. There aren’t that many details about that corner of my fictional world that have been defined. There’s a Pinterest board for the new series, as well, but I haven’t made it public yet – I’ll do that when the book has a title, cover, and publication date. For the moment, though, I’m loving how sparks fly between Aidan and Meredith. Talk about opposites attracting! My hope is to have the first two books at least publish next summer, so we can have a more rapid publication schedule. That means getting them written and edited ahead of time.

My other project in the works is the next book in my Blood Brothers series, The Hunter & the Heiress, which I’d like to see published in December or January. (Fingers crossed.) I’ve booked the narrator for the audio already and am trying to have a simultaneous audio-ebook-print publication for the first time.

Book #1, The Wolf & the Witch, is available now. Here’s the Pinterest board for the series:

First Knights, a boxed set of four medieval romance series starters by Claire Delacroix

I have a new boxed set from Claire of series starters called First Knights, which will be published in August. This sampler is a good deal and a chance to see which of my medieval romance series you like best.

I’m also looking at updating some covers. My time travel romances have come out of Kindle Unlimited and are due for a fresh look. I’ll wait on the new covers before republishing them at the other portals. My cover designer is really busy this summer!

Translations are continuing, too. I have two new Spanish editions each month and the pre-orders are available for them through the end of the year. So far, my team has completed the Champions of St. Euphemia series and Flatiron Five Tattoo. We’re working on the Jewels of Kinfairlie and Flatiron Five Fitness now. The full-length romances are available in both ebook and trade paperback in translation.

I also have German, Italian and Portuguese translations of my medieval romances available and more in the works.

DragonFate is also being translated, which is quite cool. Maeve’s Book of Beasts is available in Italian now, as well as in Spanish, and I expect Dragon’s Kiss to be available in both languages in August or September. Maeve’s Book of Beasts should be available in Portuguese then, too.

And that’s where I’m at for the end of July. 🙂 I’ll keep writing (and weeding my garden) and will give you another update in a month. I hope you’re well!

Just One More Time in Spanish

Just One More Time is available in a new Spanish edition!

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Kyle lo quiere todo…
Kyle Stuyvesant no cree en el amor y el romance.  Sus padres le enseñaron que no existe la eternidad y él se tomó la lección en serio.  Después de todo, solo hay una mujer que lo tentó a querer más que una noche caliente juntos.  Afortunadamente para sus convicciones, ella está casada con otro hombre.  Problema resuelto, hasta que el esposo de Lauren la engaña y Kyle no es solo el portador de malas noticias, sino el hombre al que ella llama para que la consuele.

Lauren lo exige todo…
Después de que el matrimonio de Lauren se derrumba, ella quiere perderse en el placer.  ¿Quién conoce ese territorio mejor que Kyle, quien una vez la sedujo por completo?  Lauren nunca olvidó esa noche maravillosa y, ahora que de repente está soltera, la regla de Kyle de no tener amor ni romance tiene un nuevo atractivo.  Todo lo que ella quiere es satisfacción, pero cuando Kyle se dé cuenta de que necesita más, ¿podrá convencer a Lauren para que vuelva a arriesgarse de nuevo, esta vez con él?

Esta es una traducción al español neutral de América Latina.

Just One Fake Date in Spanish

Just One Fake Date is available in a new Spanish edition today!

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Tyler McKay tiene un plan…
Y no incluye una relación seria en el corto plazo.  Entre su trabajo diario y ser socio de Flatiron 5 Fitness, está ocupado invirtiendo en el futuro.  Pero Ty sabe que ir soltero a la boda de su hermana animará a los casamenteros de la familia: él necesita una cita falsa, rápido, en defensa propia.  Cuando la única mujer que lo odia entra en F5F, Ty sabe que ha encontrado a la candidata perfecta, que Shannyn no siga las reglas de nadie, solo deja a Ty con ganas de más…

Shannyn Hawke ha terminado con sus planes y sueños…
Ella tenía planificada toda su vida, pero todo salió mal.  Ahora, ella se está ocupando del número uno y vive el momento, sin preocuparse por el futuro.  Si su enamorado de la universidad quiere negociar una cita falsa para una boda por satisfacción física, Shannyn está de acuerdo. Pero solo una noche demuestra que Tyler es todo lo que ella cree que un hombre debería ser, y además él se toma como un desafío hacer que ella cambie de opinión sobre él.  Shannyn  no quiere que le vuelvan a romper el corazón, pero se está enamorando fuerte y rápido.  ¿Podrá ella recordar que es solo para aparentar?  ¿O Tyler convencerá a Shannyn para que vuelva a arriesgarse para siempre?

Esta es una traducción al español neutral de América Latina.

Just the Wrong Twin

I put up the pre-orders for Sonia’s book this past weekend. Just the Wrong Twin, Flatiron Five Fitness #9, is coming in October!

Just the Wrong Twin, book nine of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Sonia is ready to take a chance…

Broken-hearted thanks to her twin sister’s meddling, Sonia has chosen peace and quiet over drama for years—but working from home for three months leaves her hungry for more. Jacquie and Pierce’s wedding at Flatiron Five Fitness might offer the perfect opportunity to step out of her comfort zone. When boy-next-door Nate Buchanan arrives looking hot and dangerous, Sonia can’t resist her impulse to invite him home. She’s sure that a hot one-nighter with no future expectations is just what she needs—but there’s something about Nate that keeps Sonia coming back for more. She’s falling hard when her twin sister turns up to make trouble again—will Nate fall for the wrong twin? Or has he already fallen for the twin who’s wrong for him? 

Nate won’t miss his chance…

Thanks to a job offer from Pierce, ex-Marine and former weightlifting coach Nate has a chance to reinvent himself again. One last visit to F5F, the place where he rediscovered his mojo, to attend Pierce’s wedding is the perfect way to say farewell to Manhattan—but the day only gets better when gorgeous Sonia propositions him. Nate isn’t going to turn down the woman who has his undivided attention, no matter what her twin sister said to him in the past. He discovers an unexpected passion in Sonia, one that he can’t resist. With her doubts about commitment and despite the interference of her family, can Nate convince Sonia to take a chance on forever—with him?

Available October 26.

Visit the the Pinterest board for Just the Wrong Twin.

Read an excerpt.

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Chynna’s Book in Spanish

Today, the fourth and final book in the Flatiron Five Tattoo series is available in Spanish. It’s pretty exciting to have a complete series available in another language. Pick up your copy today!

Just One Christmas Night, book four the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Chynna ha amado y perdido… 
A pesar de que han pasado años, la Navidad le recuerda a Chynna la muerte de su esposo y hace que lo extrañe aún más.  Asistir a la boda de Lexi y Gabe en Navidad suena como un recordatorio de todo lo que ella perdió, hasta que la convencieron de ir y compartir su alegría.  Una vez allí, una relación con Trevor, el guapo amigo de Gabe, podría ser otra forma de superar su dolor, y Trevor hace que tomar ese riesgo valga la pena, volviendo a despertar a Chynna la sensación y la pasión.

Trevor nunca ha tenido tiempo para el amor … 
Él siempre se ha centrado en lograr el éxito.  Pero ahora que se lograron las ambiciones financieras de Trevor, él se dio cuenta de que no tiene a nadie con quien disfrutar de las recompensas.  La boda de su amigo Gabe le hace consciente de que ya no quiere estar solo.  Chynna es la mujer más atractiva que ha conocido en años y Trevor sabe que tomará más que una noche juntos para satisfacerlo.  Chynna es la mujer que ha estado esperando; todo lo que tiene que hacer es convencerla de que vuelva a arriesgarse con el amor, con él.

Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set

This July, you’ll be able to buy all four of the contemporary romances in the Flatiron Five Tattoo series in a single digital boxed set.

The Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set, including all four contemporary romances in the series by Deborah Cooke

The Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set includes all four emotional contemporary romances in the Flatiron Five Tattoo series.

Three friends on a girls’ weekend in New York City attend Chynna’s gala opening of her Flatiron Five Tattoo shop – where Liv wins a free tattoo rumored to bring true love to the recipient. Liv doesn’t believe in magic (or maybe even love) but her friends encourage her to get her first tattoo from the legendary artist. When they get back to Honey Hill, Maine, that little tattoo heart starts to work its magic…

In Just One Snowbound Night, encouraged by her new tattoo and her friends, Liv takes a chance and seduces Spencer, her best friend’s brother and long time crush. It’s just one night of temptation before she leaves for England, but Spencer immediately realizes the identity of his secret lover—and wants more than one night with Liv. When they’re stranded in his cabin by a snowstorm, can he convince Liv to give them a chance before the weather turns?

In Just One Vacation Night, Reyna is sure that once will be enough with Kade, the cop on vacation in the sleepy town of Honey Hill, Maine. But Kade not only realizes that Reyna is the woman he’s been waiting for—he’s prepared to do whatever is necessary to earn her trust. Reyna finds herself falling when her past returns to haunt them both. Can Kade banish Reyna’s ghosts and ensure that they have a future together?

In Just One Unforgettable Night, Lexi surrenders to a night with Gabe, only to discover that he’s the mystery lover who changed her life years before. Gabe has always hunted for Lexi and has been waiting for her to realize their shared past—this time, he wants a shot at forever and doesn’t care how many secrets have to be revealed to make it happen. Can Lexi and Gabe create a life together in this second-chance romance?

In Just One Christmas Night, Chynna attends Lexi and Gabe’s Christmas wedding in Honey Hill, never expecting a hot hook-up with an irresistible stranger. Chynna knows she was lucky to have known a great love once, even though she still mourns her husband’s loss, and is sure she’ll never love again. When Trevor is convinced that she’s the one, will she be able to move past her pain to fall in love again? Will Trevor, who has always focused on his career, be able to make room in his life for a partner?

Is Chynna’s full moon tattoo really magic—or does it open the recipient’s eyes to the love that was waiting for her all along? In the small town of Honey Hill, Maine, love makes happily-ever-after possible, with the help of a heart tattoo.

Coming July 20
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Coming Soon – Flatiron Five Fitness in Spanish

Now that Flatiron Five Tattoo has been translated into Spanish – book four comes out this month – we’re starting to work on Flatiron Five Fitness. This project will take us through the end of the year. There are new pages on the website for the series and a new menu under Español on the Translations tab..

Following my new rule, I’ll set up the pre-orders when I have finished book files.

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
Just One Night Together, book three of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

New Spanish Edition in F5T

I have a new Spanish release today – it’s the translation of Just One Unforgettable Night and it’s available at all portals now.

Just One Unforgettable Night, book three of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Lexi es perseguida por su pasado … 
Una calurosa noche de verano, Lexi se arriesga y se rinde a la tentación.  Ella ha estado interesada en el misterioso Gabe durante mucho tiempo y no le sorprende descubrir que él comprende el placer lo suficientemente bien como para haberlo inventado.  Pero los secretos salen a la luz por la mañana: Gabe y Lexi se habían conocido antes; él recuerda lo que ella ha tratado de olvidar.  Él no sabe sobre el bebé que ella entregó y ella no sabía sobre la esposa que él tomó para honrar la memoria de su hermano.

Gabe quiere a Lexi en su futuro … 
Hace catorce años, Gabe encontró a la mujer de sus sueños y pasó una noche perfecta con ella, solo para despertarse solo.  Encontrarse de nuevo con Lexi, como la hermana de su nuevo socio, fue agridulce, ya que ella no lo recordaba.  Gabe sabe que él y Lexi deben estar juntos, al igual que él es consciente de que tiene que ayudarla a sanar de una herida secreta antes de que puedan tener un futuro.  Atrapado entre sus principios y su amor por Lexi, ¿podrá Gabe encontrar una solución que termine felizmente para todos?

Solo una noche nevada

Solo una noche nevada is the Spanish edition of Just One Snowbound Night. It was enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and exclusive to Amazon, but now is available at all portals. Start the series today!

Just One Snowbound Night, book one of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition

Olivia confía en el aquí y el ahora…
Olivia no cree en la magia ni en el amor eterno; después de todo, ella es una científica, pero ganarse un tatuaje de Chynna la convence de arriesgarse. Ella siempre ha admirado al hermano mayor de su mejor amiga Lexi, Spencer, tal vez porque los opuestos se atraen. ¿Cómo sería seducirlo? ¿Terminaría eso con su fascinación por él? Con un poco de ayuda de sus amigos y una venda para los ojos, Liv decide averiguarlo. La ventaja es que Spencer nunca sabrá que su amante secreta era ella…

Spencer cree en lo eterno...
Pero Spencer adivina la verdad casi de inmediato. Es bueno que Olivia lo desee; tenerla sola en su cabaña es la oportunidad perfecta para enseñarle a confiar en las sensaciones y en él. Una tormenta interfiere con el plan de Olivia, lo que le da a Spencer más tiempo para trabajar en su propia magia persuasiva. Él sabe que una noche o dos serán solo el comienzo de lo que él quiere que dure para siempre. ¿Podrá él convencer a Olivia de que pruebe el amor o ella lo dejará para siempre tan pronto como la nieve se derrita?

Wonderful New Review for Just One Silver Fox

It’s always a fun thing to receive a new review. Here’s a terrific one for Just One Silver Fox – I think she liked Pierce as much as I do!

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

“I loved this one a lot. I didn’t know what to expect from a romance with an older couple but it was a nice, fresh change. They knew what they wanted and were blunt and honest about it. I liked it a lot. The characters were strong and the story was great. I enjoyed watching the drama with Farah and Pierce. The back and forth with Pierce and Jacquie was also fun to watch and how he finally wins her is sweet and romantic. Pierce definitely stands out as the most compelling character, out of the two, his back story was fascinating and his whole personality just jumps off the page. He is definitely a character that stays with you even after you finish the book. Loved it.”

You can read the entire review at Rendezvous with a Romance, right here.

You can read more about Just One Silver Fox, right here.