Schedule Changes & Amazon Pre-Orders

Dragon's Kiss, book #2 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn writing and publishing circles, there’s a lot of discussion about rapid release schedules, i.e. publishing linked books in rapid succession. While I think this is a good idea, it’s not my preferred way to work. I like to take a break from a given world and then come back to it with fresh eyes for the next book in the series. So, I’m going back to my tried and true, because I think I write better books that way. So, I’ve moved the publication dates for the next three DragonFate novels, which will give me time to do other writing in between.

Also, Amazon opened the option of creating longer pre-orders yesterday, so I’ve added the Amazon pre-orders for Some Like It Hot (February) and Pearl Beyond Price (December).

Dragon’s Kiss will be published in November instead of October. This is the last of the halo from Bad Case of Loving You requiring a big revision. The pre-order is up at all portals, now.

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeDragon’s Heart will be published in May. I’ve just added the pre-order for Amazon.

Dragon’s Mate will be published in October 2020. This date will remain incorrect at Nook until November, as pre-orders can’t be scheduled more than a year in advance at that portal. (I just learned that. Who knew?) There isn’t a pre-order at Apple anymore, because they can’t be scheduled more than a year out. The listing disappeared when I moved the date and I expect it will reappear at the end of October. There isn’t a pre-order at Amazon on this one because it’s too far out.

Here be Dragons, the Dragonfire Companion and guide to the paranormal romance series by Deborah CookeOn the upside, some other things can slide into the months in between. For example, Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion will be published on December 31. The pre-order links are live for this one now, even at Amazon, and it’s going to be a fat book.

I’m excited about this. Having the pre-orders up makes me feel organized and I like having a bit more time between books.

Secret Heart Ink & Short Stories

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSome of my books have come out of KDP Select and are back in wide distribution.

The first three books in Secret Heart Ink are available wide again, just in time for Chynna’s story to join them.

In Snowbound, you’ll meet the three friends from Honey Hill, Maine, on their girls’ weekend trip to New York – they attend the opening of Chynna’s tattoo parlor at Flatiron Five and Olivia wins the first moon tattoo from Chynna. It tempts her to take a chance and be with Spencer, Lexi’s big brother and Olivia’s secret crush. Snowbound has been discounted to 99 cents at all portals.

Spring Fever is Reyna and Kade’s story. Reyna is an established customer of Chynna’s but when she accepts a secret heart tattoo, her romantic luck changes—but can she leave her past behind to trust in a future with Kade? Spring Fever is now priced at $2.99 US.

One Hot Summer Night, #3 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeOne Hot Summer Night is a second chance romance for Gabe and Lexi. Gabe reveals an old secret and learns of an even bigger one that Lexi has kept. Can this pair heal each other and build a future together? It’s their Christmas wedding that Chynna attends in Under the Mistletoe, which pretty much tells you the answer. One Hot Summer Night is now priced at $2.99 US.

Don’t forget to pre-order Under the Mistletoe, coming September 24. This is Chynna’s story and a holiday romance – you’ll also see Theo get his tattoo in this story, which takes place at the same time as Bad Case of Loving You.

An Elegy for Melusine is one of the short stories. This is a retelling of a medieval fairy tale and also linked to the DragonFate series – Mel and the ghost Raymond are characters in that series.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeCoven of Mercy is a short story, also available at all portals again. This story introduces Micah and Rosemary, as well as the Coven of Mercy itself. They all appear in DragonFate, too.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories, is available in wide distribution again. It had to be taken down because two of the stories included in it were enrolled in KDP Select.

Kindle Unlimited Update

This summer, I put some books into KDP Select, which means you can read them free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. This was an experiment – I think KU skews to new content not backlist, and also to frequent publicataion. My suspicions have been proven right this summer, at least for my books. As a result, these titles will be going back into wide distribution at the end of their 90 day term in KU and I wanted to give you fair warning of the change.

The Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
The first three books in the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances are currently in KU, but will finish their term September 1 and go wide again. This will make them available at all portals in time for the publication of the fourth and final book in the series, Under the Mistletoe.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah Cooke An Elegy for Melusine: A Medieval Fairy Tale by Claire Delacroix Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah Cooke

Coven of Mercy and An Elegy for Melusine will also finish their term in KU on September 1 and go wide. This will make them available at all portals before Dragon’s Kiss is published, which is good since they are connected to the DragonFate Novels. I’ll also republish the collection Beguiled (which includes both of those stories) at all portals in September.

If you’re a KU subscriber, grab your copies this month!

On New Series – and Stalking the Muse

Last week, I started this Monday column – for lack of a better word – for a reader update on the state of the empire, so to speak, and some musings on a creative life. Last week, I wrote about the last six and a half years of being indie, and making the transition from traditional publishing. I wrote about bats, too. 🙂 This week, we’ll look ahead at the work in progress and books coming soon, then talk a bit about sewing.

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeWhat can you expect in book releases from me in the next year? Well, there’s a tiny bit of finishing up to do yet. Under the Mistletoe is the fourth and final book in the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances and it will be available in September. Some Like it Hot is the seventh and final book in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances and it will be available in February. I know that all of the partners have their happily-ever-after, but I wanted to take one last peek in at the club, and leave them with a new means of recruiting models for their Times Square billboard. It’s true that there are characters who still need their stories told – Hunter, Sonja, Rachel, Nate – but the current plan is for Some Like it Hot to end the series.

It’s entirely possible that there could be a spin-off series, or that these characters could find their HEA’s in another series (which is a much more interesting proposition to me.)

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionOver on the historical side, my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances is still in progress. I think this will be scheduled at a book a year or so, at least for the time being, with some shorter works or republished works in between. One Knight’s Desire is the next Rogues & Angels book, and I’m hoping to publish it in the spring. I’m enjoying researching and writing this series and want to savor the process a little. 🙂

Unicorn Bride is the next republished work for Claire and will be published later this month. I’m not sure what the next one will be. I have covers done for the Rose trilogy, but they need some work to be a more closely-knit series.

The shorter stories in between will be Kinfairlie Tales. I have covers done for three of them and will tell you more about each one when it’s available for pre-order.

Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThen there’s entirely new work. The most obvious example of that is the DragonFate series of paranormal romances, which is a new series featuring my dragon shapeshifter heroes, the Pyr. The prequel, Maeve’s Book of Beasts, was published earlier this summer, and the first full-length romance in this series, Dragon’s Kiss, will be published in October.

This series is proving to be a lot of fun to write, because there are lots of other paranormal creatures in the Dragonfire world and now they all have to band together to defeat Maeve. You know that vampires aren’t going to get along with anyone, that dragon shifters are going to lose their tempers and get fiery, and that the dark fae will be tricksy. Throw in a slow-burn romance between a librarian and the hot vampire she knows is no good for her, and a firestorm between a dragon shifter and a Valkyrie, and New York night life will become very interesting.

There are a few more things in the works, but that’s plenty to talk about today.

The thing about writing for me is that I can’t write all the time. I generate new content for maybe four hours a day. In the past, when I was traditionally published, I would spend the rest of the day doing other stuff and letting my ideas for the next day’s writing percolate. Sometimes there was promotional stuff to do; sometimes there were publishing jobs (like reviewing proofs) to finish. At least half of the time, though, I would do other things, activities that had nothing directly to do with writing and publishing. I would sew. I would garden. I would knit. I would walk or ride my bike. I would go to an art gallery or a museum, or go shopping. I would cook or try out a new recipe. All of these activities – and more – cut my imagination loose to figure out what came next in my book, and by the time I sat down at the computer the next morning, I knew what to write. They also gave me a more balanced schedule and a healthier lifestyle.

Going indie changed that schedule. I still write for three or four hours each morning, but for the past few years, I had publishing tasks to do, each and every day. My ToDo lists were so long (and remain that long) that I never finished them. So, I spent more time at my desk and my imagination had less time to play. Writing became a little harder each day. I gained some weight and my stress levels rose.

On Writing by Stephen KingSo, taking a step back from the business of publishing my books is an excellent personal decision in many, many ways. I’m glad that the rate of change in the digital marketplace has slowed to the point that I feel comfortable doing that. About a year ago, I realized that my ToDo list was never going to be done and made my peace with some things just not happening. (This was tough and I still struggle with the imperfection of it.) I switched my office – which was in a large bedroom in our house – with our TV room, which is a smaller room. This felt like assigning the writing to its proper role in my life. Stephen King talks about making a similar change in his book On Writing, which is an excellent work that I think every author should read. I also divided this new office, putting my sewing table in there as well as my desk. I started to walk more last year which made me feel a lot better.

One stressful element of spending so much time at the desk, battling the endless ToDo list, is that the muse, the source of ideas and creativity, becomes more elusive. I knew I needed her back.

I revisited a favorite resource of mine, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This series of books features readings and exercises to help creatives restore and feed their souls, and I highly recommend it. It’s invaluable when trying to balance commerce and creativity. There actually are a number of books in this series – this is the first one, but I’ve worked through three of them.

I need to create other things in order to create stories. I need to play with colour and texture in order to tempt my muse to visit regularly. Sewing is one of the ways I create but I had packed it all away. I was still buying fabric, but just packing it away! Two years ago, I first tried Japanese sewing patterns, which tend to be of simple, classic shapes. This year, I have a collection of Japanese pattern books and am working on some more new garments from them. I have an astonishing stash and have begun to cut into it. This year, I also started to sew with knits for the first time and told you about that when I made some Mirri dresses.  This summer, I learned more about fitting garments, which is a fascinating business. I also pieced a new quilt top this year, the Escher quilt.

I also am making good progress on weeding and mulching my gardens this year. Weeds are similar to ToDo lists, in that they’re never all eradicated, but it’s very satisfying to clear them out all the same.

And what happens in the middle of all this? The muse appears in my peripheral vision and if I don’t spook her, she stays. Then ideas happen. Questions arise. Possibilities abound and I get very excited about new work.

We’ll talk more about that next week.

Dragon’s Kiss and Under the Mistletoe Pre-Orders

We have pre-orders!

Under the Mistletoe is the fourth and final book in the Secret Heart Ink series.

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeAlthough Chynna is a complete romantic, she avoids weddings because they renew the pain of losing her beloved husband. So does Christmas, so an invitation to Lexi and Gabe’s holiday wedding should be easy to decline. All the same, she’s tempted to see three recipients of her secret heart tattoos happily in love, and with some encouragement, agrees to attend. A hook-up with Trevor, Gabe’s handsome partner, seems like the ideal way to settle her nerves—but Trevor wants a lot more than one night with the most attractive woman he’s ever met. Chynna is the woman he’s been waiting for—all he has to do is convince her to take a chance on love again, with him.

Coming September 24!

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Dragon's Kiss, book #2 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Dragon shifter and Pyr warrior Kristofer follows the spark of his firestorm into Maeve’s dark realm, only to discover that it’s an illusion and a trap, not his firestorm at all. The fake mate who lures him into Fae is another species threatened by Maeve – Brianna is a Valkyrie, whose sister has been imprisoned by the dark queen. Brianna has to collect a Pyr soul to save her sister, but Kristofer doesn’t intend to die just yet. Trapped by Maeve, Kristofer and Brianna reluctantly join forces to save her sister—even when they discover that their skills are complementary, they know that there can be no future between a mortal Pyr and an immortal collector of souls. How much will either surrender to triumph over Maeve? And what will they do when the firestorm sparks in truth?

Coming October 22, 2019

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Amazon Pre-Order for Bad Case of Loving You

 Since Theo and Lyssa’s book is finally off to my editor, I’ve listed the pre-order at Amazon. I’m so much happier with this version of their story and hope you think it worth the wait!

Bad Case of Loving You, book #5 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Theo knows what’s possible…
Because he’s learned the hard way what’s not. The internationally successful supermodel known as Angel stole his heart forever when she was just Lyssa Monroe. There’s never been another woman who could compete—he even loved Lyssa enough to let her walk away when she said it was over. When he sees her again, he’s resolved to make one glimpse of her sustain him for another ten years. When she offers him one night together, Theo can’t say no—even though he knows a taste will only tempt him to hope for more all over again.

Lyssa has tasted forbidden fruit…
And she can’t forget it, no matter how hard she tries. Theo’s love is a touchstone for all that is pure and good in the chaos her life has become. When she sees him again, everything is simple for once and only one choice is possible. The secret she keeps from Theo could destroy any chance of a future together, but surely she can keep it hidden for just one more night. Or maybe two. How much will she sacrifice to defend her son—and how far will Theo go to give them a second chance?

Coming July 23, 2019

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Schedule Updates

Some Like It Hot, book #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI’ve been moving my schedule around to accommodate the new publication date of Bad Case of Loving You. I also want to start some new projects.

One of the results of this reorganization is that Some Like It Hot has been moved to a February 2020 publication date. That will take my contemporary romance publication schedule back to two titles a year. (Theo and Lyssa messed me up, but in 2020 we’ll be on track again.)

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeThe contemporary romance after that (summer 2020 pub date) will be a Coxwell book. I also want to set some romances at Flatiron Five West, and will be attending RWA National in San Francisco in July 2020 with the plan of doing some research there.

I’m planning to finish up Under the Mistletoe and publish it this fall, so it will be my 2019 holiday romance read. First, Theo and Lyssa, then Chynna.

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionAs for Claire’s books, there will be One Knight’s Return this month, which has proven to be another one of those little republication projects that ended up taking a huge amount of time. (The second half of the book is all new and the first half has significant changes. It would have been faster to just write a new book!) Then there will be a republication of Unicorn Bride in August, which really will be a republication and very close to the original.

That’s where we stand!

New Edition of Unicorn Bride Coming Soon

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, in its original mass market editionUnicorn Bride was the second book I sold to Harlequin Historicals and it was originally published in June 1994. The cover on the right is the original mass market edition, with a cover painted by Judy York. I loved this book, which is set in what is now southern France, and was very pleased to discover that I still love it just as much as I did almost thirty years ago.

So, I’m very excited to be preparing this book for republication in a new edition. There are a few changes, but no so many that I think this version merits a new title. It’ll be published in August, and is available for pre-order now. The new cover is by Dar Albert and I love it to pieces.


Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire DelacroixFor generations, legend had stalked the battlements of the fortress Montsalvat. And now Alienor de Perpignan found herself promised in marriage to the man at the heart of the oft-whispered tales: Dagobert, Count de Pereille. A near-mythic being rumored to be a beast by day – and more than a man by night.

That Alienor was his true-destined bride, Dagobert de Pereille had no doubt. Indeed, with her exotic beauty and blade-bright spirit, she could be none other. But could he who bore the mark – and the curse – of ancient kings ever trust her enough to open his heart?

“Another delicious Delacroix delight!”—Affaire de Coeur

Finalist
Best Foreign Historical Romance
Affaire de Coeur

Available August 20!

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Translations

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixI’ve embarked on a new adventure these past couple of weeks – I’ll be having translations done of some of my books. This will be a huge job, since each translation will take several months. I’m starting with some Delacroix titles until I get the hang of this process.

First up will be the Jewels of Kinfairlie. I’ve contracted for an Italian edition of The Beauty Bride. There was a Mondadori edition before, but it was available only in print. This will be a new translation and it will be available in ebook as well as print. I hope it will be available by the fall. If all goes well, that translator and I will continue on to The Rose Red Bride.

I’ve also signed a contract for a Portuguese translation of The Beauty Bride for the Brazilian market. It should be available by the end of the year.

There’s a new page on the Delacroix site for Translations, and each language will have its own page there. Here’s the Italian one – the Portuguese one is in the works. Each language will also have its own New Release newsletter, in that language.

Claire Delacroix's newsletter for her medieval romances in ItalianFor example, if you sign up for my Italian newsletter, you’ll get a message whenever a new translation is published or when there’s a special offer.

Sign up for the Italian newsletter right here.

 

One Knight’s Return Pre-Order

One Knight's Return, #2 of the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixOne Knight’s Return will be published May 21.

This is the second book in my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances. Like One Knight Enchanted, it’s set in medieval Burgundy in an area we’d now call French Switzerland. You can see some pictures of the area on the Pinterest page for the series.

This is also the second of the books I originally published with Harlequin Historicals that I’ve revised for republication. One Knight Enchanted had new scenes and changes to the ending, as well as minor changes throughout from the original book, Enchanted. One Knight’s Return came out of My Lady’s Champion, but has so many changes in the first half that the second half is all new.

The rest of the books in this series will be all new works. You can meet the knights – each of whom will have his own book – in this excerpt from the prologue of One Knight Enchanted.

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