New Cover for When Annika Met Thom

When Annika Met Thom, book ten of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

The plan was for When Annika Met Thom to be a novella to wrap up the Flatiron Five Fitness series, at least for now. That’s why the cover was just type, so everyone would know at a glance that it was a shorter work, like Two Weddings & a Baby. But you know what they say about best laid plans: they go awry.

I really like this couple and they were a lot of fun to write about. Their story kept getting longer until it grew into a book. It’s about the same length as Just Home for the Holidays, which meant it needed a couple on the cover to show that it’s a complete romance. Fortunately, my amazing cover artist came to the rescue in a hurry.

This also means that the price of the book will increase on the publication date, because it’s a longer work. All the more reason to pre-order today!

Here’s the new cover and the new copy. This book will also be available in a paperback edition.


When Annika Met Thom, book ten of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Annika is done with waiting…
She’s known since kindergarten that Leo is the one and as soon as she gets to New York, their shared future will begin. But she arrives to find out that Leo is avoiding her and has to make a deal with Leo’s grumpy but hot roommate, Thom. It’s amazing that he can make her simmer with just a glance—never mind that she forgets all about Leo in Thom’s presence. When she learns that Leo has dumped her for someone else, Annika realizes she has no tears to shed. Seducing Thom seems like the ideal way to make up for lost time—but can she persuade him that all she wants is to feel alive again?

Thom is prepared to wait for the good stuff…
He’s learned the hard way that romance on the rebound never works—and he won’t be burned again. He never would have expected to even like Leo’s fiancée, much less to find Annika just about perfect. Temptation is impossible to resist: not only are they sharing a small apartment, but they’re working together at F5F for the same two weeks—and Annika makes steady progress over his objections. Just when Thom realizes he’s falling fast, Leo tries for a reconciliation. It’s the same story all over again—but this time, can he convince Annika to choose a future with him?

Coming April 19, 2022.

Pre-order available at some portals.

Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 3

The pre-order is up at some portals for the third Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set, coming in December 2022! The copy will probably change because I don’t love it yet – I have time to tweak it! – but the links are live now.


Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 3, including books 7 - 10 of the contemporary romance series by Deborah Cooke

Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 3 includes the final four books in the series: Just Home for the Holidays (Hunter and Chloe), Just One Silver Fox (Jacquie and Pierce), Just the Wrong Twin (Sonia and Nate) and When Annika Met Thom.

In Just Home for the Holidays, Hunter volunteers to be Chloe’s fake date to her mother’s charity event. Cautious Chloe presents him with a list of rules, which just means he has to break every single one. It’s not just the principle, but the best way to keep F5F’s problem solver from digging into his secrets—but once Chloe realizes Hunter hates Christmas, she won’t rest until she knows why.

In Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie takes a chance on Pierce, the hottest silver fox at F5F. Pierce wants more than a night, but Jacquie won’t risk her heart again. Can Pierce convince Jacquie to believe in the future again, with him?

In Just the Wrong Twin, Sonia indulges in one night with Nate before he leaves the club forever. But Nate can’t resist Sonia or his own need to protect her from the shadows of her past. Drawn to each other repeatedly, these two unveil each other’s secrets, heal old wounds, and find a love for all time—if they can both trust in its power.

When Annika Met Thom is the story of the couple who started the legend of finding romance at Flatiron Five Fitness. When circumstances compel Thom to share his apartment with his former roommate’s jilted girlfriend and her pet ferret, the powerful attraction between them can’t be denied. But Thom doesn’t believe in happiness and forever—can Annika change his mind in just two weeks?

Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 3 includes the final four books in the series: Just Home for the Holidays (Hunter and Chloe), Just One Silver Fox (Jacquie and Pierce), Just the Wrong Twin (Sonia and Nate) and When Annika Met Thom. Return to Flatiron Five Fitness for more heartfelt and steamy contemporary romances!

Coming in December 20, 2022

An Excerpt for Just A Small Town Romance

The excerpt from Just a Small Town Romance is posted on the book’s landing page. Hop on over and meet Aidan and Merry, then reserve your copy today!

Just a Small Town Romance, book one of the Heroes of Harte's Harbor series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Aidan Hawke’s legendary good luck has bailed…
Coming home to Harte’s Harbor to start a craft brewery was the perfect solution to everything—until his landlord died and left everything to his daughter. By-the-book Merry has always been the one person immune to Aidan’s charm and she’s ready to evict his start-up, sell the building and leave town forever. Worse, now Merry’s a hotshot Boston lawyer—with legs that go on forever—and even less inclined to compromise than ever. Aidan will do anything to change her mind—even take Merry on as his partner…but when their partnership-of-opposites works like a charm, can he convince her to take a chance on him, too?

Meredith Sinclair is on the road to success…
Her hard work is paying off and she’s in the running to make partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston. At the worst possible moment, she has to return to Harte’s Harbor—the backwater she couldn’t wait to leave—to settle her father’s estate. It just figures that her dad made one of his handshake deals with Aidan Hawke, her secret high school crush. That crooked smile still has a dangerous effect on her pulse, but Aidan is the last person Meredith needs complicating her life. Too bad Aidan’s suggestion of a temporary partnership makes more sense it should. It’ll just be business, for their mutual benefit, and just temporary—so long as Meredith doesn’t forget everything she’s learned about love and Aidan “Footloose” Hawke.


Coming July 2022 in ebook and trade paperback

Pre-order available at some portals:

Q1 E-Book Specials

Last year, we had a good long run with some free series starters. Just One Fake Date was free from April to the end of the year. Kiss of Fire was free most of the year. Wyvern’s Mate, my other PNR series starter, was 99 cents last year. The Beauty Bride was free until my medieval romances went into Kindle Unlimited. It’s time to switch things up!

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

For my contemporary romances, my two series starters are 99cents for first quarter of 2022. You can get Just One Fake Date or Just One Snowbound Night for just 99 pennies. Remember that there are now boxed sets available for both series, and those are more economical ways to continue reading. You can find the Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set here, and the main series boxed sets here.

Also, for Q1, my contemporary romance and romantic comedy, All or Nothing, is a free read. I love this book so much: Zach and Jen are fun together and so good for each other. It’s set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but a fun read no matter what the season.

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
All or Nothing

It’s book 4 in the Coxwell Series, and I’ve also discounted the Coxwell Series Boxed Set from $14.99 to $9.99 in case you want to read the other books in the series. (The bundle is available at Amazon again, too.)

Amazon may or may not support the free price – I can only set a book to 99¢ there and ask them to match the free price at other portals – so be sure to check the price before you download it. It’s free internationally at other portals, and you can download a MOBI file from Smashwords if Amazon doesn’t have the book free in your geo.

Dragons First, a digital bundle of three paranormal romance series starters by Deborah Cooke
Dragons First
3 Dragon Shifter Romance Series Starters

For my paranormal romances, Kiss of Fire and Wyvern’s Mate have returned to their regular prices because there’s now a bundle of series starters called Dragons First. Dragons First includes three dragon shifter romance series starters: Kiss of Fire, Wyvern’s Mate and Dragon’s Kiss. (It also includes the DragonFate prequel, Maeve’s Book of Beasts, and the Dragons of Incendium short story, Nero’s Dream.) Right now, it’s just 99 cents which makes it a great way to meet my shifters.

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

Again, you can continue reading with boxed sets: Dragonfire Quest includes the first three books in the Dragonfire series while Dragonfire: The Complete Series includes (surprise!) all fourteen works in the complete series. I’m going to include that cover here, just because I like it so much. 🙂 There’s a bundle for the first six works in the Dragons of Incendium series called The Dragons of Incendium: the First Collection.

There are also discount codes available for KOBO, Barnes & Noble, GooglePlay and Smashwords, so you can save when you continue reading. These digital coupons are a bit of a new thing so I’m giving them a try. You can find the details in the password-protected area of the Dragonfire website called The Lair. You can get the password in my PNR newsletter.

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

My medieval romances can be read free in Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe. That means they’re available exclusively at Amazon and that they’re otherwise at their regular prices. If you’re looking for value, my boxed sets are a better deal than buying books individually – here are the trope-based bundles. First Knights is my most recently published bundle: it contains four medieval romance series starters. There are also bundles for many of my series.

If you’re looking for a new medieval romance to love, The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of my Blood Brothers series will be publishing soon.

That’s the big plan for Q1!

December Update

Compiling these monthly posts is becoming addictive! It really gives me a sense of accomplishment. Let’s take a look at what was completed in December.

New Release

This month, as is so often the cast at the end of the year, I published two new boxed sets: Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 1 and Dragons First, a bundle of three first-in-series dragon shifter romances.

Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 1, including the first three contemporary romances in the series by Deborah Cooke
Dragons First, a digital bundle of three paranormal romance series starters by Deborah Cooke

Boxed sets are a good way to save money on ebooks – FF1, for example, is priced at $9.99US, while the individual books are $5.99US each. Just One Fake Date is sometimes free, but even so, the bundle is a better deal than buying the books individually. Dragons First similarly is a better deal than buying all three books—it’s 99cents right now, so even if you picked up Kiss of Fire free, it’s a good deal. Better yet, Dragons First has discount codes after each book to save when you continue the series at some portals. (Nook, KOBO, GooglePlay and Smashwords). These codes are comparatively new and I’m curious to see how many of you like them. There’s more detail in this post on my Dragonfire website—plus I got to add a password-protected area there called The Lair. 🙂

One other extremely cool thing happened this month: I regained all of the rights for my Dragon Diaries paranormal YA series and was able to publish my editions in all markets. That was the last of the rights to revert from previous publishers, and it felt really good to have everything back. I’ve gotten used to having the control over my work. 🙂

Flying Blind, book one of the Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke
Winging It, book two of the Dragon Diaries YA paranormal trilogy by Deborah Cooke
Blazing the Trail, book three of the Dragon Diaries paranormal YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke

Pre-Orders

For a while, I’d sworn off pre-orders but have been making up for that this fall. There are three pre-orders for upcoming contemporary romances: Aidan’s book, Just A Small Town Romance, which is book one of my upcoming contemporary romance series, the Heroes of Harte’s Harbor; When Annika Met Thom is the 10th and (at this point) final romance in the Flatiron Five Fitness series, coming in April; The Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 1 is the first series bundle and will publish in December. I’ve also got the pre-order up for The Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 2, coming in June. The third bundle will publish next December. You can find the links for all of them on the F5F Boxed Set page.

Just a Small Town Romance, book one of the Heroes of Harte's Harbor series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
Just a Small Town Romance
When Annika Met Thom, book ten of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
When Annika Met Thom
Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 2, including books 4 to 6 of the contemporary romance series by Deborah Cooke
Flatiron Five Fitness Boxed Set 2

Claire has four pre-orders right now: first, there’s The Hunter and the Heiress, book two of my Blood Brothers series of medieval Scottish romances. This month, I also added the pre-order for Rafael’s book, #3 in that series, The Dragon and the Damsel. That book will be coming in September. I also added a character list for the Blood Brothers series on the Delacroix website.

The Hunter & the Heiress, book two of the Blood Brothers series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
The Hunter & the Heiress
The Dragon & the Damsel, book three of the Blood Brothers series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix
The Dragon & the Damsel

In March, the fourth and final book in the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romance novellas, A Most Inconvenient Earl, will be published. There’s an upcoming bundle, the Brides of North Barrows Boxed Set, which will publish in August in ebook and trade paperback, too. This one was put together early because I saw this cover art and just fell in love. It’s perfect for Sophia and Lucien, who earn their HEA at Samhain. Don’t forget there’s a family tree for North Barrows that you can download free from the Delacroix site.

An Most Inconvenient Earl, book four of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix
A Most Inconvenient Earl
The Brides of North Barrows Boxed Set, including four Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix
The Brides of North Barrows

As for my dragons, the next DragonFate paranormal romance, Dragon’s Wolf, is up for pre-order. It will be pubilshed in May.

Dragon's Wolf, book five of the DragonFate novels paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke
Dragon’s Wolf

Translations

As seems to be the norm now, I had a number new translations published in December. Let’s have a look at a summary:

In Spanish, my one translation teams is continuing with Flatiron Five Fitness and The True Love Brides—in December, I published Just Home for the Holidays and The Frost Maiden’s Kiss in Spanish editions. I also published Dragon’s Heart in Spanish.

Just Home for the Holidays, book seven of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
Español
The Frost Maiden's Kiss, book three of rht True Love Brides series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix, Spanish edition
Español
Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate novels paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
Español

Also this month, Just One Fake Date was published in a Portuguese edition for Brazil. There were a couple more translations that were pushed off to January, which is fine.

Phew! Next I’ll do a round-up of the year. That should be quite a post!