In the Midnight Hour Sample

In the Midnight Hour, book #3 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeI’ve updated the free downloadable sample from In the Midnight Hour in my online store. It’s now two complete chapters, which gives you a much better introduction to Haley and Damon. It’s also available in the iBookstore.

You can download the MOBI here and the EPUB here.

Remember also that the Flatiron Five series has a dedicated newsletter. When you subscribe, you’ll receive a sequence of emails bringing you up to date on the series so far. This newsletter is separate from my monthly newsletter, Knights Dragons and Heroes. You can belong to either or both.

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Guides to Fictional Worlds

One of the (many) things I’ve been working on this summer is compiling all the various details about my fictional worlds into comprehensive guides. This includes lists of characters and details about those characters, family trees and family relationships, relevant dates and events for those characters, as well as known information about the world itself and a glossary of terms.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe first of these that I began to compile was for Dragonfire. In addition to the above, that world guide includes the lore of the Pyr and their history, as well as an explanation of their powers. Since I began compiling the world guide when I was writing Firestorm Forever, it’s proving to be a bit of a slog. There’s a lot of back-and-forthing in the books and my notes to be done, and so I have an assistant helping me on this project. It still won’t be done for a while. Because many readers have asked about it, there will be a published Dragonfire companion volume, which will be released as part of the publication schedule of the new editions of the first eight books.  My assistant is also writing synopses of all of the stories and I’m adding some additional notes about the creation of Dragonfire. It’s going to be a big fat book and I’m excited about it.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn contrast, the world guide for the Dragons of Incendium is evolving as the stories are written. My idea here was that I’d be more organized and avoid all this digging through the past by working in real-time. This world guide is on the Dragons of Incendium website under the tab “Guides” and it’s updated after the publication of every new book in the series. You’ll find a cast of characters and a glossary there, as well as some additional references like a Brief History of Incendium. The inclusion of these references is one of the reasons that these dragons have their own website.

On the historical side, I haven’t been nearly as organized. I have family trees compiled and available for free download in my online store—and I update those as various members of each family marry. There’s also a cast of characters for Kinfairlie that was compiled around the time I wrote The Renegade’s Heart, but beyond that, we’re talking file folders and piles of notes. I’m realizing how inefficient this is as I retrace everything I’ve said about Ross.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixIn preparing the new editions of the Bride Quest books, I had a question and unearthed my old notes—I found a map of Tullymullagh that I’d drawn! That got me to thinking about connecting my historical worlds and I wrote a blog post about that in June. The thing is that to make the worlds intersect plausibly, I need to compile world guides for my own reference.

Which explains where I am right now. I have a Dragonfire companion volume in the works. I have a Dragons of Incendium world guide on the website. I am currently creating a Bride Quest world guide and a Ravensmuir/Kinfairlie/Inverfyre world guide for my own reference. And that brings me to the question of the day—what should I do with all these world guides when they’re done?

There’s a poll below about world guides and companion volumes. I’d love if you took a moment to share your thoughts. I’ll leave it open for quite a while, since these references will take some time yet to be completed.

Don’t worry – The Dragonfire companion volume will definitely be published. The cover is done! It’s the others that I’m wondering about.

Here’s a poll about whether or not you use these volumes – and whether or not you buy them:

 

Here’s a poll about which series of mine for which you’d like to have a world guide:

 

And finally, here’s a poll about what you expect to find inside a world guide, just to make sure I don’t miss anything! There’s room for you to add suggestions.

Spellbound is Free

Spellbound, a Regency romance anthology by Claire Delacroix, Jane Charles and Claudia DainThe Haunting of Castle Keyvnor authors have a present for you! For one week only, the anthology Spellbound is free at digital portals. This is one of the four anthologies in the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor collection – the twelve Regency romance novellas in the series all take place during the same week at a haunted castle in Cornwall, where the characters have gathered for the reading of a will. You can read the novellas in any order.

Spellbound includes the novellas:

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Claire Delacroix
Seven years ago, Sophia Brisbane lost everything—her father, her brother, her family fortune—but worse, was rejected by the man she loved. She’s determined not to yearn for the past and its pleasures—until she encounters Lucien de Roye again. Although he knew Sophia could never be his own, Lucien vowed to retrieve her squandered inheritance—even wagering his very soul to a demon. When Sophia learns what he has done, no force on heaven or earth will convince her to let him pay the demon’s due, no matter what the cost to herself.

Her Gypsy Lord by Jane Charles
Lady Charlotte Beck craves just one little adventure, which is nearly impossible as her older brothers are the most diligent of chaperones. However, when her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great-uncle’s will, Charlotte can hardly contain her excitement. Ghosts, magic and gypsies seem to be the ingredients to the adventure she’s been searching for. However when she meets Adam Vail in the nearby gypsy camp, it may be another adventure all together that calls to her soul…if she can survive Castle Keyvnor and one very murderous ghost.

Lord Death and Lady Ghost by Claudia Dain
Hal Mort, Viscount Blackwater, visits Keyvnor Castle in the company of friends and atop his new stallion. How was he to know that ghosts awaited him? Hal does not believe in ghosts. Unfortunately for Hal, the ghosts take an interest in him. One ghost wants to see him married to the lovely Lady Morgan. Another ghost is just as determined to see him slip the noose. As the ghosts work their supernatural magic, Hal can’t determine if the intense attraction he feels for Morgan is coming from him or from them. And after a few magical kisses, he’s not sure he cares.

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In the Midnight Hour Sample

 

There’s a sample in my online store of the next Flatiron Five book, which is Damon’s story.

In the Midnight Hour, book #3 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeDamon has a secret…

Every Friday night, the F5 partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five. Where does he go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s illness. She’s the only family he’s ever known, the anchor in his life, and he can’t imagine how he’ll go on without her. In the middle of the night, when he’s most alone, he wants proof that he’s not completely powerless. He doesn’t expect to find such a willing, or seductive, volunteer.

Haley loves solving mysteries…

Especially ones like the gorgeous guy who visits her favorite patient every Friday night. He must be Natalia’s son, but is he also the model on the billboard for that fitness club downtown? Where did he learn therapeutic massage? Even though she’s a nurse, Haley’s interest in his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin. Late one night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to learn that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can give.

Coming January 25, 2018

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Addicted to Love Downloadable Sample

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke The publication of Addicted to Love is coming soon, on June 29!

This past weekend, I updated the free downloadable sample available in my online store. Now, the sample has the first two chapters, as well as more buy links. I also updated the file at Book Funnel.

Download the first chapter free from my online store:
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Or download the first chapter free at Book Funnel.

Pre-order at these portals:
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Book Boyfriend Giveaway

This weekend, I’m participating in the monthly Book Boyfriend Bed Hop promotion hosted by Shannyn Leah, which features over fifty free and 99-cent romance reads in a variety of sub-genres. You’ll find The Beauty Bride and Wyvern’s Mate among the offerings. In addition to the free and discounted reads, there’s a chance to win one of four Amazon gift cards. The promotion continues through April 16th.

Here’s the landing page. Have fun!

Addicted to Love Sample

Book #2 in the Flatiron Five series is Addicted to Love, coming next June. The pre-order is up at Apple and Kobo, and you can download a sample chapter in my online store.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeKyle wants it all…

Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him that there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to more than a single hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s marriage collapses and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she turns to for comfort.

Lauren demands his all…

When Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure and sensation. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, the eternal playboy, who seduced her so deliciously years before? It was a night Lauren never forgot, and now that she wants to forget everything, Kyle is the only man she wants. Will she be able to accept his terms of no love or romance? Or will Lauren convince Kyle to take a chance on wanting more?

Coming June 15, 2017!

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New Tricks

In a constantly changing market, there are always new marketing methods to explore. Some work, some don’t. Most work for some authors and genres, and not so well for others. There’s really only one way to find out for sure – experimentation. This week, we’re not only having Wild West Thursday on Wednesday, but we’re taking a look at my newest experiments.

The Beauty Bride, first book in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe first one isn’t that new. I tried out a couple of multi-author promotions last summer and found them to be a both fun and effective. Free books have lots of downloads in these promotions, probably because they’re exposed to a lot of readers who don’t already know your work. I think these promotions are a good way to get more exposure for a free title that introduces readers to an author’s work and/or a specific series. I’ve signed up for a few more of them for November, for The Beauty Bride and Double Trouble.

One of the terms for participating in these promotions is always that each author shares the promotion with his or her followers, in order to spread the word. That’s the point, really, to expose the landing page to more people. So, you’ll be seeing more of these promotions posted here and will receive notices of them if you subscribe to my newsletter. I’m booked into four this month, although news of two of them will ride in the already scheduled newsletters for my November releases. Some of them are sorted by genre or sub-genre, and I’m curious to see how that affects results.

Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeMy second experiment is a new thing: I’m trying out a service called Instafreebie, which delivers free books to readers. You can find The Beauty Bride and Double Trouble there, at least until November 20. (The titles are linked to the IF giveaway page.)

At first glance, this service wouldn’t seem to add anything beyond having the book free in my online store or at various portals, but IF gives people the option of opting into the author’s newsletter. My online store does that, but the various portals don’t.

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.IF also offers the option of offering a free read to specific readers – to set up advance reading copies, for example, or to reward regular readers and newsletter subscribers with a bonus read free. This offers more control over pricing and the availability of a free read. I noticed authors using it for sneak peeks and samples of upcoming books, too. IF has a special category for excerpts, which should help to avoid any confusion for readers. I’ve added my medieval romance sampler, Knights & Rogues, to IF as well as the sample file of the first chapter of Simply Irresistible, the sample files of the first chapter of Wyvern’s Mate and Wyvern’s Prince.

The third bonus of IF is that they feature books and promotions on their own site and blog, and there are many, many (MANY) multi-author promotions that are set up to feature IF titles. Several of the promotions I’m participating in during the month of November are of this type. I like when authors work together for everyone’s advantage, so am excited about these promos.

Finally, my theory is that IF will offer the opportunity to get new visibility for a free title on an ongoing basis. In the past, a free title might stick on the bestseller list for a particular genre or sub-genre at any given portal, which would provide visibility for it. As more and more books enter the marketplace and more authors use a free series opener to find new readers, this is a less reliable strategy. Free books spike and drop on the lists, just like paid books do, and once the free book drops below a certain point, it’s not achieving the goal of aiding in discovery. I’m curious to see whether this works better.

If you’re an author and would like to try Instafreebie, you can follow this referral link to sign up and put a little $ in my budget for telling you about it. 🙂

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My third experiment is one that I find geeky but cool. I set up an onboarding sequence for my newsletter, using the automation feature at my newsletter service provider. An onboarding sequence is a series of emails that welcomes new subscribers to the list, orients them with regard to the product or service (in this case, my book series and author brands) and engages with them. The idea is that they’ll be more likely to remain subscribers with this kind of a welcome transition. Does that work? I have no idea but am intrigued.

I set up a sequence of four emails (actually there are several series of four emails, which vary based upon how the person subscribed to the newsletter). It’s set up to give them an overview of my books and series, as well my social media, but divided into stages. Even better, the newsletter service offers many nifty stats and graphs of who’s opening what and which links are being clicked. It’s just a trickle of activity now, which is how I wanted to start, but will start to cast more results as these promotions run and more readers step into the stream. The sequence began to run on the 29th of October, so if you subscribed after that date, you’ll receive the emails. You could also subscribe to my newsletter right now if you haven’t already. As a side bonus of doing this, I found a new template in my newsletter service which I like better than the one I was using, so my newsletter has also gotten a fresh new look.

There are the new tricks and some treats from my end for November. Do you subscribe to any newsletters with onboarding sequences? Do you like them? Do you find new authors with free reads? Where do you find free reads?

Downloadable Samples of Wyvern’s Prince

Wyvern's Prince, #2 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Engaged to the crown prince Urbanus of Regalia, Gemma knows that her fiancé was the one to try to arrange Drakina’s assassination. She intends to keep the betrothal and take vengeance upon Urbanus from inside his palace. She’s not counting on more dark revelations about her betrothed, much less his beguiling charm. Alone in Urbanus’ palace, Gemma can only rely upon herself to ensure her survival—or can she trust the mysterious stranger who pledges to aid her, for his own reasons?


Publication date: September 20, 2016

Download a free sample from my online store in EPUB or MOBI.

There’s more information about the series (as well as buy links) on the Dragons of Incendium website, right here.