Throwback Thursday – eBook Covers

I thought it would be fun to look at some old book covers, and play compare and contrast. We’ll start with my first four ebook covers for my first four indie-published books. I created these covers and was quite pleased with them, way back in 2011. I think I’ve learned a bit about covers since then…The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II, an anthology of vampire romances including "Coven of Mercy" by Deborah Cooke

original ebook cover for Coven of Mercy, a vampire romance and short story by Deborah CookeFirst up, Coven of Mercy, my vampire romance and short story. This was first published in an anthology, the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance II (which was called Love Bites in the UK, a title I still love) in print only. The anthology cover is on the right. At left is the cover I created for it in 2011.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeHmm. I knew I didn’t have it right, so had a new cover designed. Here’s the second cover on the right.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeAt left is the current cover, which I love. This guy looks just as I envision Micah.

Every time I write about this story, I’m reminded that it was supposed to be the first in a series. Then I try to figure out when I’m going to write that series. I’ll let you know when I do solve that riddle!

In the meantime, Coven of Mercy is available at all e-retailers.
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Amor Vincit Omnia is a short story, a medieval romance that was originally published in a digital anthology called the Seven Deadly Sins. This story isn’t available on its own anymore, but is included in my anthology, Beguiled, in both digital and print formats.

The Leaves, a short story by Deborah Cooke, in its original ebook editionI also got some extra mileage out of that image I licensed for Coven of Mercy and used it for the cover of The Leaves, a short story I’d written and never published before this ebook edition in 2011. This story is also available now in the anthology, Beguiled.

The interesting thing here is that, in 2011, we weren’t sure people would read long stories in digital editions. Popular thinking was that short stories would rule the format, which of course, hasn’t proven to be true at all – but that’s why I published short stories first.

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeWriting this post made me realize that Beguiled hadn’t been updated for a while and was no longer available at all retailers – I had to take it down when the Ballad of Rosamunde was in Kindle Unlimited – so I’ve fixed that this week. I also am in the process of republishing the print edition, which disappeared in my distribution transition from Createspace to Ingrams.

Buy Beguiled in ebook at:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish time travel romance by Deborah Cooke, published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and republished as a Claire Delacroix titleOnce Upon a Kiss is a Scottish time travel romance that was published in 1998 by Berkley and was the first book I published under the name Claire Cross. Here’s my first ebook cover for it, at left.

Here’s the Berkley mass market edition at right.

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixAnd here’s its current cover at right, created by Kim Killion back in 2011 when I realized that my cover wasn’t getting the job done.

Of course, Once Upon a Kiss is currently available at all ebook retailers, with the pretty cover by Kim.

Buy eBook:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook

KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Original ebook cover for Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke, first published under the pseudonym Claire Cross and now a Claire Delacroix title

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

Love Potion #9 is a paranormal romance and romantic comedy, and was my fourth book published under the pseudonym Claire Cross. My first ebook cover is at left. The original mass market cover is at right. I always liked the cover art, which was painted by Judy York. It depicts a scene in the book, which is a rare and wonderful thing.

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixLove Potion #9, a paranormal romance and romantic comedy by Claire DelacroixI subsequently licensed the cover art from Judy and she added type to it for me. (You can see with this title that we didn’t have fixed proportions for ebook covers for a while.)

Eventually, I had Kim make the type consistent with my other books, and this edition on the right is the one that’s available now.

Buy eBook
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Christmas at Castle Keyvnor Anthologies

In September 2017, we return to Castle Keyvnor for a wedding! There are twelve never-before-published Regency romance novellas from your favorite authors included in this collection of anthologies.

The Earl and Countess of Banfield cordially request your attendance at the wedding for their daughters:
Lady Tamsyn Hambly
to Mr. Gryffyn Cardew,
&
Lady Morgan Hambly
to Harold Mort, Viscount Blackwater,
on the 24th day of December, 1811, at Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.

Tempted at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances
Tempted at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Kate Pearce, Jane Charles and Elizabeth Essex.

Available September 26, 2017

Pre-order now at:

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Kissed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology and part of the Christmas at Castle Keynor series

Kissed at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Christina McKnight, Ava Stone and Michelle Willingham.

Available September 26, 2017

Pre-order now at:

Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at GooglePlay Buy at Kobo Buy at Amazon.ca Buy at Amazon.co.uk Buy at Amazon.de

 

Enchanted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology and part of the Christmas at Castle Keynor seriesEnchanted at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Christy Carlyle, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Claudia Dain.

Available September 26, 2017

Pre-order now at:

Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at GooglePlay Buy at Kobo Buy at Amazon.ca Buy at Amazon.co.uk Buy at Amazon.de

 

Charmed at Christmas, one of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor anthologies of Regency romances, including one by Claire Delacroix

Charmed at Christmas

Including Regency romance novellas by Claire Delacroix, Deb Marlowe and Erica Monroe.

Available September 26, 2017

Pre-order now at:

Buy at iBooks Buy at Amazon.com Buy at Barnes&Noble Buy at GooglePlay Buy at Kobo Buy at Amazon.ca Buy at Amazon.co.uk Buy at Amazon.de

A Cover Tease

Charmed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle KeyvnorI’ve hinted at this upcoming project but will tell you a little more today. (There’s more in my May newsletter, too.)

We’re returning to Castle Keyvnor for Christmas!

There will be four new anthologies published this fall, each including three Regency romance novellas, revisiting the characters at Castle Keyvnor as they assemble for a wedding at Christmas. (Twelve novellas in all!)

My novella is Daphne’s story, and will be book#2 of the Brides of North Barrows when released on its own next spring. Daphne will get her duke – plus a lot more than she’s bargained for. My story will be in the anthology Charmed at Christmas.

The cover reveals will be in my June newsletter, along with pre-order links. The books will go on sale in September.

If you haven’t visited Castle Keyvnor, the four Regency romance anthologies of the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor remain available.

If you want to stalk the new series, it has a landing page right here.

Tempted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle KeyvnorKissed at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle Keyvnor Enchanted at Christmas, a Regency romance anthology set at Castle Keyvnor

 

More Matte Covers

I’ve changed most of my titles over to matte covers now, because I just like how the finish looks. I’ve left the Dragonfire titles with the shiny finish, as well as the Prometheus Project, because those covers are dark (and the matte finish makes the covers a bit darker again.) These are the covers that are matte, now:

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire DelacroixThe Time Travels

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell Series of contemporary romances, by Deborah CookeThe Coxwells

The Countess, book #1 of the Bride Quest II trilogy, by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II

The Rogue, book #1 in the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Rogues of Ravensmuir

The Beauty Bride by Claire Delacroix, first in the bestselling trilogy of medieval romances The Jewels of Kinfairlie.The Jewels of Kinfairlie

The Renegade's Heart, first in the True Love Brides series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The True Love Brides

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah Cookeand Beguiled.

The Dragon Legion Novellas

I was going to talk about this on November 1, and in fact, that post is still queued up. But since I showed you these covers on my Facebook page, I might as well share them here as well. You can still read more detail about the future of Dragonfire on November 1 – and hey, you can look at the covers again. By then, I should have the detail page up on my website, too.

Next up in the Dragonfire series are the Dragon Legion Novellas. These three novellas follow the adventures of Drake and the Dragon’s Teeth Warriors. Remember that they collected the third darkfire crystal in FLASHFIRE and haven’t been seen by the Pyr since. We’re going to catch up with them in this series – you can guess that the crystal has been making trouble for them all. It also is causing some unexpected results.

There will be three Dragon Legion Novellas. They will be released in digital editions first, at monthly intervals, then all three will be gathered into an anthology that will be published in print and digital. You don’t need to read my digital short story, Harmonia’s Kiss, to read these novellas, but you’ll meet Alexander there.

Here are the covers, nice and big:

KISS OF DANGER is Alexander’s story. It’ll be available in February 2013.

KISS OF DARKNESS is Damien’s story. It’ll be out in March 2013.

KISS OF DESTINY is Thad’s story. It’ll be available in April 2013. The anthology will follow, in print and digital, after that.

How do you like these covers?

Bride Quest II Boxed Set

Another digital bundle of my books is now available this month.

The second Bride Quest, sometimes called the Scottish Bride Quest, is now available in a boxed set. THE COUNTESS, THE BEAUTY and THE TEMPTRESS are all included in this digital bundle. Once again, you save a bit of money over buying the e-books individually when you buy them all together.

Because THE COUNTESS is still in that promotion at Amazon (and has to be available exclusively there in its digital edition for the duration of the promo), this boxed set is only available at Amazon for now.

Here’s the link.

Bundle Up!

The Jewels of Kinfairlie is now available as a boxed set. THE BEAUTY BRIDE, THE ROSE RED BRIDE, THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE and that novella “The Ballad of Rosamunde” all together in one file. This saves you a bit of money, if you know you want to read the whole series.

The bundle has a TOC (table of contents) so in the course of putting it together, we added TOC’s to all three books and uploaded new files for them, too.

You can find this bundle at Amazon, and Smashwords, and they will perk through to B&N, Sony, Apple, Diesel, Scrollmotion and KOBO, too.

The idea here is that the entire series is available in advance of the release of Murdoch’s book in May. You’ll have time to read all six books (3 Rogues of Ravensmuir books, then 3 Jewels of Kinfairlie books) and the novella about Rosamunde, just in time to be ready for more Kinfairlie. 🙂

Pop by the Jewels of Kinfairlie page on my site for more buy links.