Just One Silver Fox Today!

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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she admits that she only wants a fling, how far will he go to convince her to try for forever—or will his past threaten their chance of a future?

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Two Days to Just One Silver Fox

Just One Silver Fox, book 8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, coming February 25, 2021

Just two days until Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie and Pierce’s story, is published! The pre-order is available at most portals, and don’t forget that book #1 in the series, Just One Fake Date, is free.

Here’s an excerpt:

Jacquie straightened. “You have a deal, Pierce.”
He couldn’t keep from smiling when she stood up and slid her hand in his, decisive and strong. He couldn’t resist temptation either, and gave her hand a little tug. She took the step between them, guessing exactly what his plan was and obviously having no issues with it. Her eyes shone as she placed her free hand on his shoulder, then gave him a little caress.
“I think an agreement like this should be sealed with a kiss, don’t you?” he said, watching her gaze drop to his lips.
“Definitely, but only if it’s longer than the one last night.”
Oh, there was a lot to like about a woman who told him exactly what she wanted. Pierce couldn’t wait for Jacquie to tell him more.
“I can guarantee that,” he murmured for the moment, then bent to capture her lips beneath his own.


Excerpt from Just One Silver Fox Copyright ©2021 Deborah A. Cooke


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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she admits that she only wants a fling, how far will he go to convince her to try for forever—or will his past threaten their chance of a future?

Coming February 25, 2021


Pre-order at these portals:

Three Days to Just One Silver Fox

Just One Silver Fox, book 8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, coming February 25, 2021

Just three days until Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie and Pierce’s story, is published! The pre-order is available at most portals, and don’t forget that book #1 in the series, Just One Fake Date, is free.

Here’s an excerpt:

Jacquie gestured to the restaurant. “This is new. This is wonderful. I miss romance, Pierce, and I miss great sex. I don’t need more obligations and commitments and responsibilities. I don’t need someone else to take care of. I want to have fun. I want to be seduced. I want to be spontaneous and impulsive, and I don’t care if whatever happens between us lasts only a week or only a night.” She took a sip of her wine and he knew she wasn’t done. “So, if you’re looking for more than that, you should look elsewhere.”
“I consider myself warned.”
She smiled at him, those hazel eyes glowing. “Yet you’re not running for the door?”
“Of course not. You’ve issued a challenge and I’m going to take it,” he said, raising his glass. “Here’s to romance, seduction and great sex.”
“Not necessarily in that order,” she replied.
Pierce smiled and leaned closer. “I choose to accept this mission,” he murmured, touching his glass to hers and watched Jacquie’s eyes light with anticipation.


Excerpt from Just One Silver Fox Copyright ©2021 Deborah A. Cooke


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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she admits that she only wants a fling, how far will he go to convince her to try for forever—or will his past threaten their chance of a future?

Coming February 25, 2021


Pre-order at these portals:

Four Days to Just One Silver Fox

Four Days until the publication of Just One Silver Fox, book eight in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just four days until Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie and Pierce’s story, is published! The pre-order is available at most portals, and don’t forget that book #1 in the series, Just One Fake Date, is free.

Here’s an excerpt:

On impulse, Pierce leaned across the table. “What if I promised you the most epic Valentine’s Day ever?”
Jacquie’s eyes glinting with sensual promise. “Then I’d definitely make it worth your while.”
“Second date then.”
“Looks like it.”
“I can’t say I’m disappointed.”
“Me, neither.”
They smiled at each other for one of those potent intervals and Pierce knew he had to completely ace this.


Excerpt from Just One Silver Fox Copyright ©2021 Deborah A. Cooke


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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she admits that she only wants a fling, how far will he go to convince her to try for forever—or will his past threaten their chance of a future?

Coming February 25, 2021


Pre-order at these portals:

One Week to Just One Silver Fox

Just One Silver Fox, book 8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, coming February 25, 2021

Just one week until Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie and Pierce’s story, is published! The pre-order is available at most portals, and don’t forget that book #1 in the series, Just One Fake Date, is free.

Here’s an excerpt – Jacquie and Pierce have been kickboxing:


“You have to be holding back,” Jacquie accused, hoping it wasn’t so.

Pierce’s grin caught her by surprise. “Maybe a little.” His gaze swept over her with admiration. “Maybe not as much as you think. You’re good.”

“So are you.”

“Maybe you’re the one holding back.”

“Maybe I am,” Jacquie said, then ducked the blow he’d intended to be a surprise.

She flipped him over, hearing his exhalation of laughter before he hit the mat, then he caught her around the knees with one leg and she fell down beside him. He rolled her to her back before she caught her breath, angling his weight over her and the world stopped cold.

His eyes were so green.

His mouth was so close.

The hard heat of Pierce’s body pressed Jacquie into the mat and there was nowhere else she wanted to be. She could feel his heart pounding against her own chest and smell the musk of his skin. He was studying her, as if she was a miracle, as if he couldn’t learn enough. She watched his dark lashes sweep down as his gaze fell to her mouth. He inhaled sharply and might have moved away, but Jacquie stopped that.

On impulse, she locked one arm around his neck and held him there. Pierce met her gaze, his own simmering, his every muscle taut. Even angled over her, he felt so good.

So male.

She shivered, deep down inside, and felt her body respond to his.

Then she deliberately ran the tip of her tongue across her lips.

Pierce swore under his breath, which astonished her, then he bent to brush his mouth across hers. His touch was tantalizing, a tease and a sample, a touch to leave her simmering. His gaze searched hers as he held himself over her and she realized that he was asking permission.

Her heart thundered at that. The knowledge that he was a gentleman dismissed the last of her reservations.

Jacquie rolled him to his back, and locked her mouth over his, claiming him with a kiss. Pierce didn’t hesitate. His arms closed around her like steel bands, and he welcomed her kiss. She had the sense that he was letting her have her way with him, which suited her just fine.

The kiss was amazing. Potent. Persuasive. A promise of passion to come. It was hungry and demanding, as if they couldn’t get enough of each other, as if she hadn’t been the only one wanting this to happen. It was a kiss to dream on, one to keep her warm at night and fuel her fantasies, the kind of kiss she’d been needing for years, and Jacquie never wanted it to end.


Excerpt from Just One Silver Fox Copyright ©2021 Deborah A. Cooke


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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she decides to help him by unravelling his secrets, will Pierce be able to deny his perceptive new lover, even to defend those he is sworn to protect?

Coming February 25, 2021


Pre-order at these portals:

Two Weeks to Just One Silver Fox

Just One Silver Fox, book 8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, coming February 25, 2021

Just two weeks until Just One Silver Fox, Jacquie and Pierce’s story, is published! I’m so excited about this one, book #8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series. The pre-order is available at most portals, and don’t forget that book #1 in the series, Just One Fake Date, is free.

These two have given me quite a ride – here’s an excerpt from the start of the book – Meesha, Sonia and Jacquie are in the Flatiron Five Fitness offices:


Sonia’s expression turned stubborn. “Maybe I’m just waiting for Mr. Right.”

“Some day your prince will come?” Meesha shook her head. “Are you really going to find him in your apartment making dinner when you get home?” She waved a hand. “You need to make something happen sometimes. Take a chance. Do something different to get different results.”

“I did!” Sonia insisted, pointing at her new tattoo.

Meesha turned on Jacquie. “And you,” she continued. “I thought you were going to go wild when your kids moved out.”

“It wasn’t as easy as I expected,” Jacquie said, feeling herself bristle.

“They’ve been gone since New Year’s,” Meesha reminded her, even though Jacquie could have told her the exact number of days. “It’s been six weeks. Haven’t you gotten any yet?”

Jacquie shook her head. As much as she’d intended to take advantage of finally having some privacy, the reality of an empty apartment was another thing. She missed her kids, their noise, their demands and their mess. She wasn’t entirely sure that she knew who she was without them around, but she’d never make Meesha understand that.

The two younger women then closed ranks together, folding their arms across their chests and staring Jacquie down.

“It’s been a long time since Mitchell died,” she insisted. “I haven’t been impulsive in years.”

“Start now,” Meesha advised.

“I’ve been making a plan.”

Meesha snorted, her opinion of that clear. “Plans, schmans,” she muttered. “It’s action that matters. How is a plan going to help you be spontaneous?”

“What kind of plan?” Sonia asked.

“I’ve been making a list of contenders,” Jacquie said. “This place is full of them. Now I have to choose the lucky candidate.”

“There’s nothing wrong with letting one choose you,” Meesha grumbled, then shook her head. “Okay. Choose now.”

Jacquie glanced out the door, just in time to see the man in the number one position on her list. He was headed across the lobby with his usual purpose, no doubt headed for the men’s change room. Right on time. He was wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt and jacket, as well as those horn-rimmed glasses that she loved. His hair was more salt than pepper, but he was in perfect shape.

Pierce was at the rock wall every Monday at six, and Jacquie had taken in the view more than once. Her heart fluttered just a little. “Okay,” she said, feeling bold. “Him.”

Sonia and Meesha leaned forward as one, looking out of the office without revealing themselves. Sonia smiled. “Pierce Aston. Good choice.”

“Mmmm hmmm,” Meesha said. “Now that’s a silver fox.”

“Not one ounce of body fat,” Sonia added.

“Rock hard abs,” Meesha said. “Probably the endurance of a man half his age. Nate said he used to be a Navy SEAL.”

“No. Really?” Sonia asked and Meesha nodded, her gaze unswerving. Sonia sighed. “Check out his butt.”

“I do,” Jacquie admitted and they laughed again.

“He looks intellectual, too,” Sonia said. “Like that hot professor at college.”

“Which hot professor?” Meesha demanded and Sonia blushed.

“Or, or, the geek who’s got more than meets the eye,” Sonia said quickly. “It’s the glasses.”

“Uh huh,” Meesha teased. “Who exactly are we discussing?”

“It doesn’t matter,” Sonia said, so red that Jacquie knew it did.

“But he has contacts for working out,” Jacquie said, hoping Meesha would give Sonia a break.  

Her plan succeeded, but that meant Meesha turned her attention on Jacquie. “So, what’s stopping you from doing something about it?” she demanded. “Tick tock.”

“He seems a bit mysterious,” Jacquie admitted, instead of confessing that she’d never asked a man out before. “I don’t think he socializes much at the club. I wonder what kind of secrets he has.”

“The point of being impulsive is that you leap before you look,” Meesha noted.

“I don’t want to regret anything.”

“There you go. Playing it safe.” Meesha yawned elaborately. “No wonder this show isn’t getting off the road.”

“But you like mysteries,” Sonia noted.

“True. I don’t like surprises, though.”

“The spice of life,” Meesha insisted.

“You could check his file,” Sonia suggested.

“That would be inappropriate and a breach of policy,” Jacquie said, even though she’d thought about it.

“And who would know?” Meesha asked. “I wouldn’t tell.” She held Jacquie’s gaze in challenge.

“You could get a tattoo,” Sonia suggested.

Jacquie laughed. “No.”

“You have forty-eight hours,” Meesha said, her eyes bright with challenge. “Do something by Wednesday night’s meeting.”

“Or?” Jacquie asked.

“Or I’ll do something for you,” the younger woman threatened, looking as if she’d love it. She shook a finger at Sonia as she grabbed her pink shearling coat. “That counts for you, too.”

Jacquie wondered just what Meesha would do—then she didn’t want to think about it.

It would be better to make a move herself.

Even if she’d never done it before.

There was a first time for everything and that time was now.


Excerpt from Just One Silver Fox Copyright ©2021 Deborah A. Cooke


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

Jax Morgan is an open book…
Married young and widowed soon after, Jacquie can’t remember a time that she wasn’t defending and protecting someone. When her baby goes to college and her nest is empty, she decides to indulge herself. Attending the F5F Valentine’s Day “come disguised as your favorite superhero” party seems like the perfect solution—but the better one is taking “Superman” home for the night, knowing exactly who is behind the mask.

Pierce Aston has a hidden past…
It’s a history he’d rather forget, so Pierce is building himself a new life, with no commitments or responsibilities. F5F club provides a perfect place to find his new balance, with the bonus opportunity to admire kickboxing queen and human resources manager, Jacquie. Going to a party in disguise is right in his toolbox, as is a covert mission for seduction—but being with Jacquie is far more addictive than Pierce expects. When she decides to help him by unravelling his secrets, will Pierce be able to deny his perceptive new lover, even to defend those he is sworn to protect?

Coming February 25, 2021


Pre-order at these portals:

An Upside Down Month

Things have been a little quiet around here lately, so this morning, I thought I’d explain why.

Four weeks ago, my laptop booted up, then the screen went black. That woke me up faster than a strong cup of coffee! I had everything backed up (twice) and I did manage to coax it back to life intermittently, but its untimely demise forced some changes on my daily routine.

Fortunately, there’s nothing wrong with my last laptop that a battery recharge wouldn’t fix – I’d upgraded because I wanted a lighter laptop for traveling. So, I loaded the old one up with the files for everything that’s happened in the past seven years. Its modem was never configured, because that used to be my trick to staying offline and getting more writing done. Now, it would need a lot of software updates to go online, and I’m not sure its OS would support them all. I really don’t have time to sort it out. Instead, it’s acting like a glorified typewriter, and I’m using Mr. Math’s computer when I need to go online.

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

We’ve both discovered that I go online a lot more than suspected!

As a result, I’m behind on social media stuff, and have been quiet. I do my publishing and research work in those moments online when I get the chance. The upside is that I’ve been writing a lot, which is a good thing – and I’m loving Jacquie and Pierce’s book. Sonia has a cameo in Just One Silver Fox that has convinced me that her book will be next. (More about that in March.)

I’ve also published some new translations this month—The Crusader’s Bride was published in Spanish at the end of December, then The Crusader’s Heart followed in January. The Rose Red Bride was published in German in January and my first contemporary romance translation, Just One Snowbound Night, was also published in Spanish in January. Some of the books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

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

I have two Spanish translations—one Delacroix and one Cooke—and a German one for Delacroix due in February, plus am waiting on two Portuguese translations of Delacroix books. Publishing these editions means getting the cover translated by the designer, formatting the interior, then publishing the book and putting up pre-orders when possible. I’ve also set up new website pages and newsletters for each language, with the help of the respective translators, so I send a newsletter when there’s a new release. And I’ve contracted with some new translation teams for more foreign editions. Phew! It’s a lot of work but exciting too—Mr. Math thinks it’s cool to look at the locations of the various members of my team.

You can see the current translations (and some of the upcoming ones) on each of my websites:


Translations of my contemporary romances

Translations of my paranormal romances

Translations of my historical romances

Stolen Brides, a digital boxed set featuring four full-length medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

Claire has a new boxed set coming out this week, a themed bundle of Beauty-and-the-Beast medieval romances called Stolen Brides. It’ll be 99-cents through February 15 and includes four full-length novels.

I published some of my books on Radish this month, and need to upload more content there.

And I’m participating in three BookFunnel promotions this month, too – these are the ones where readers sign up for an author’s mailing list in exchange for downloading a free book. Here’s one for contemporary romances – there will be a second one in the middle of the month. Here’s a paranormal romance one.

I’m running behind on creating memes and blog posts and getting newsletters prepped, and I haven’t created my monthly features on this blog or the Delacroix blog for trope of the month. At this point, I’ll wait until March to feature another one. I plan to be back on track by the end of the month, after Jacquie and Pierce’s book is all set up for publication in digital and print. Then it’ll be on to Max and Alys, then Sonia and….(?)

I hope your January was a little less challenging than mine!

The Champions of St. Euphemia in Spanish

The Crusader’s Bride and The Crusader’s Heart are now available in Spanish editions!

I’ve set up pre-orders at some of the portals for the next three books in this series as they’re being translated right now. How exciting! Bartholomew’s story will be available in March; Fergus’ story will be available in April; Duncan’s story will be available in May. The first two books are available now. Just click through on the cover for more details on each one.

The Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in Spanish

Los Campeones de Santa Eufemia sigue a un grupo de caballeros a quienes se les ha confiado un tesoro en Jerusalén que ellos deben entregar de manera segura a París.  En el camino encuentran aventuras y peligros, además de romance.  Dado que las historias se superponen y se construyen unas sobre otras, deben leerse en orden.

El tablero de Pinterest de la serie está aquí.

The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in Spanish
The Crusader's Heart, book two of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in its Spanish edition
The Crusader's Kiss, book three of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in its Spanish edition
The Crusader's Vow, book four of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in its Spanish edition
The Crusader's Handfast, book five of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in its Spanish edition

2021 Publication Plans

This is going to be a busy year, although it looks right now as if it has a big publication hole in the middle of it. I’ll explain that in a minute.

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

First, let’s talk about what’s on the schedule. Just One Silver Fox will be coming in February. This is Jacquie and Pierce’s story and #8 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series. It’s a seasoned romance and has a touch of suspense, thanks to Pierce’s background. I’m having a lot of fun writing this story, especially as it’s giving me lots of threads to follow in future. You’ll see what I mean about that when you read the book!

I’ve also started to publish my books on Radish, a reading app for serialized fiction. If you like short reads on your phone, check it out.

Writing as Claire Delacroix, I have two new books on the schedule for this year: The Wolf & the Witch, which is the first book in a new trilogy called Blood Brothers, will be published in the spring. One Knight’s Desire, which is the third book in the Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances will be published in the fall. There will also be new audiobooks and translations from Claire: you can read more about her schedule in this blog post on the Delacroix site.

Then there’s the big hole in the schedule. There are no paranormal romances officially on the schedule as yet. (Yikes!) Will those three scheduled titles be all my new books? No, but 2021 is the year that I’m determined to get ahead of my schedule. My plan is to finish books and then put them up for pre-order, so that everything isn’t so much of a rush at the last minute. There will be a little gap in the release schedule this year—between those two medievals—then things should heat up in the fall. After that, I’ll be able to tell you better what’s coming when and won’t be pushing off publication dates anymore. (I might sleep better, too.)

Who’s in the crowd around my desk, wanting their stories told? Well, in terms of contemporary romances, Annika and Thom have already started talking to me. There’s another Flatiron Five Fitness story in the works, too, one that interests me a great deal. Sonia is in that one, but there’s more than one romance in the book. I’ll have to finish it before I can decide how best to publish it. When you read Just One Silver Fox, you’ll probably guess the identity of one more hero who has found his way back to my office. And then, of course, there’s Aidan and the spin-off series set in Harte Harbor. There’s also a cluster of PNR heroes fighting for my attention. (You can read about that in this post on the Dragonfire blog.) So many stories—we’ll see which one pushes to the front of the line. No matter which one it is, though, this is going to be a great year.

2020 Summary

There have been a lot of graphics in my feed on Facebook of authors sharing the books they published in 2020. It’s inspiring to see everyone’s accomplishments, so I did a graphic of my own.

2020 new releases by Deborah Cooke (also writing as Claire Delacroix)

Pearl Beyond Price is a teensy bit of a cheat, as it was published in the last week of 2019. (I felt badly that “Claire” had no new releases in 2020.) I published the All’s Fair boxed set, but it was composed of previously published content, which doesn’t count for this graphic.

Claire also had new translations published in 2020, including The Beauty Bride in Portuguese and German, The Rose Red Bride and The Snow White Bride in Italian, and The Ballad of Rosamunde in Portuguese. I have the Spanish translation of The Crusader’s Bride but it won’t appear in stores until 2021. Claire also had a new audiobook, The Mercenary’s Bride, recorded by Tim Campbell.

The first two books shown here, Pearl Beyond Price and Just One Fake Date, were revisions and rewrites. I’ve learned that these take me longer than just writing a new book, so won’t be rushing to do any more of them. (Even though I have more Claire Delacroix books from Harlequin Historicals, they all need that kind of revision. I’m going to leave them alone for the time being.)

Another project that consumed a lot of time was repackaging books. I repackaged The Champions of St. Euphemia series, as well as Flatiron Five Fitness and Flatiron Five Tattoo. I’ll take a break from that job in 2021, too!

The obvious question is: What’s coming in 2021?

When I was traditionally published, the schedule was made a year in advance of publication and books were delivered, formatted, etc., about six months before publication. I’m trying to get back to that place without leaving too many gaps in my schedule. It’ll take me a couple of years, but I’m making progress. The big challenge with publishing is that I like to alternate between sub-genres and worlds. I think it’s necessary to my creative process, so that means that the publication of series will stretch out over time.

So far in 2021, I have two historical romances scheduled for publication, The Wolf & the Witch and One Knight’s Desire. I have two books scheduled for audiobook production: The Wolf & the Witch and The Runaway Bride. Both will be recorded by Tim Campbell. I already have a number of translations scheduled for delivery and publication in 2021: The Rose Red Bride in German, The Rose Red Bride and The Snow White Bride in Portuguese, The Ballad of Rosamunde and The Renegade’s Heart in Italian, and The Crusader’s Bride in German, too. The rest of the Champions of St. Euphemia series will be translated into Spanish, too. (As mentioned above, The Crusader’s Bride in Spanish is being published now.) Many of these translation teams will continue the series with the next book after they deliver the one currently in the works. Claire has a new boxed set coming in February, Stolen Brides, and will have a second boxed set published some time during the summer.

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

For my contemporary romances, Just One Silver Fox is scheduled already for 2021. I plan to publish Annika and Thom’s story—which is becoming longer than I’d initially expected, no surprise to any of you in that!—but won’t set a publication date for that until it’s done. I have another secret Flatiron Five project in the works, but it’s too soon to talk about that. 🙂 Of course, there’s the F5F spin-off series in Harte’s Harbor, too, but I’d like to be able to schedule the first three on a fairly rapid release, with the books being done. Ha. I’m thinking that series will likely be a 2022 launch.

For my paranormal romances, there’s nothing officially booked at this time. I’m hoping to publish the next DragonFate novel, possibly next summer, and am working on the next Incendium story, Wyvern’s Wizard. (The issue with Wyvern’s Wizard is that I suspect four princesses are going to weigh in and entangle their storylines with Peri’s, so it’s not a case of getting one book written—it’s a case of getting four books written.) I’m still having various characters weigh in about their story needing to be told next. Once The Wolf & the Witch is done, I’ll make a decision and dive in.

In the meantime, there are promotions to schedule and all the rest of the jobs that come with indie-publishing. I’m hoping to have a very productive 2021, and this is my plan at the moment. I have the spreadsheets to show for it!