Dragonfire Reunion Today!

Dragonfire Reunion, the third Dragonfire digital bundle including Flashfire, Ember's Kiss, Harmonia's Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Dragonfire Reunion is the third digital bundle in The Dragonfire Novels: The Complete Series and includes the books that feature the gathering of outcasts and outsiders of the Pyr, to aid in the Dragon’s Tail Wars between the Pyr, dragon shifters pledged to defend the treasures of the earth, and the evil Slayers, dragon shifters bent on destroying both the Pyr and the humans they protect.

In Flashfire, Lorenzo has no interest in joining his fellow dragon shifters until his destined mate, Cassie, tracks him down in the hope of photographing one of the Pyr. Lorenzo makes a deal with her, never guessing that the defense of his mate will persuade him to embrace the powers he’s denied for centuries.

In Ember’s Kiss, Brandon distrusts his shifting abilities, but one look at Liz sets his dragon on fire. Liz understands the burden of a powerful legacy all too well, since she’s on the run from her own—can Liz and Brandon work together to defeat the evil Slayer who has cursed Brandon, and claim the promise of the firestorm?

In Harmonia’s Kiss, the Dragon’s Tooth Warriors return to the place of their enchantment to battle an ancient and wily foe. They thought Cadmus defeated before: will he defeat them in this fight or will they destroy his wickedness forever?

In Kiss of Danger, the Dragon Legion travel back in time with the aid of the darkfire crystal, in search of their firestorms, their mates, and their lost pasts. Alexander has a second chance with his beloved Katina, but she has secrets that challenge his trust.

In Kiss of Darkness, Damien finds his mate pregnant and captive in the underworld, but Petra’s influence is just as powerful as ever. Will the heartbreaker of the Pyr risk even his own heart to save his mate and their son?

In Kiss of Destiny, Thad follows the spark of the firestorm to his mate, a nymph named Aura. He enters the realm of the gods in pursuit of her heart, but finds a greater enemy, demanding vengeance upon the Pyr. Will Aura be the demanded price? Or can Thad save her, his firestorm, and the future of his kind?

Dragonfire Reunion, the third Dragonfire digital bundle including Flashfire, Ember's Kiss, Harmonia's Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Dragonfire Reunion:
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The Nutcracker Reimagined Anthology Today!

The Nutcracker Reimagined, a Christmas romance anthologyThis year, I’m participating in a second themed anthology of romance novellas for Christmas. These are all new stories which haven’t been published before. The Nutcracker Reimagined features stories that involve elements of that classic Christmas story, The Nutcracker.

My contribution is a medieval romance called The Mercenary’s Bride. This novella is the first story in the Brides of Inverfyre series. It’s the story of Mhairi, daughter of the Hawk of Inverfyre and his wife Aileen. (The family tree for Ravensmuir and Inverfyre is a free download in my online store, right here.) Mhairi is the middle child of five and the second daughter. She’s a crack shot with a crossbow and a bit of a tomboy, and she’s unafraid to defy her father. Her interest was why the mercenary Quentin was dismissed from Inverfyre, but when he returns, bitter and wounded, Mhairi is the only one who can see his merit. Can her love heal him? I think you can guess, but I hope you’ll join me for their adventure.

The Nutcracker Reimagined is specially priced at just 99 cents.

The Mercenary's Bride, book #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixGet your copy today at these portals:
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There’s also a four-day feature on the anthology running at Rae’s blog, including reviews of the ten stories. Rae is giving away some prizes, too, although I think they’re limited to US readers. Here’s Day #2, which includes a review of my contribution, The Mercenary’s Bride.

The Coxwells on the Charts!

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah CookeThis week, the Coxwells Boxed Set is on sale for just 99 cents, and yesterday, I had a BookBub ad to promote the sale. It went pretty well, so I wanted to share the results with you.

On Amazon.com, the bundle rocked its way up to #25 overall in the Kindle store, but I didn’t take a screen shot of that. 😦 This morning, it’s sitting at #27 overall, though its category ratings are the same.

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke #27 overall paid in the Kindle store June 15, 2017

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke #27 overall paid in the Kindle store June 15, 2017

That’s pretty exciting as it’s for the total Kindle store!

The categories are exciting too. As you see above, the bundle is #4 in Romantic Comedy:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke #4 paid in Romantic Comedy in the Kindle store June 15, 2017

And #4 in Women’s Sagas:
The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke #4 paid in Women's Sagas in the Kindle store June 15, 2017

It’s also #5 in Romance Fiction:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke #5 paid in women's romance fiction in the Kindle store June 15, 2017

And it’s #7 in Contemporary Romance:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke at #7 in contempporary romance at Amazon.com on June 15, 2017

At Amazon.ca, the bundle is also doing well—#10 overall, #2 in Contemporary Women, and #3 in Contemporary romance:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke at #10 overall in the Amazon.ca store

Phew! What a great showing!
At Barnes & Noble, The Coxwells are #10 overall in the Nook store:

The Coxwells Boxed Set at #10 overall paid at Nook on June 15, 2017

It’s #1 in Romance:
The Coxwells Boxed Set at #1 in romance in the Nook store on June 15, 2017

And #1 in Contemporary Romances, too:
The Coxwells Boxed Set at #1 in contemporary romance in the Nook store on June 15, 2017

At Kobo, the news is also good. The Coxwells are also high on the charts. (I’m not sure what’s up with those reviews. Two people left only ratings. I’m guessing they had trouble with the big book file on their device, but wish they’d said as much.)

The Coxwells Boxed Set at Kobo on June 15, 2017

#3 in Contemporary Romance:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke at #3 in contemporary romance at Kobo on June 15, 2017

#1 in Humorous Fiction:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke at #1 in Humorous Fiction at Kobo on June 15, 2017

And #4 in Romance overall:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke at #4 in Romance at Kobo on June 15, 2017

And finally, on to iBooks, which is a very happy place for the Coxwells this morning. My bundle is the #1 bestseller in the iBooks store this morning:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke, #1 paid title at iBooks on June 15, 2017

It’s also #1 in Romance:

The Coxwells Boxed Set by Deborah Cooke, #1 bestseller in Romance at iBooks on June 15, 2017

 

Wow, what a ride! Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of the bundle yesterday. It’s still on sale and will remain so until Sunday, so make sure to grab a copy before the price goes back up.

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The Dragons of Incendium Collection at the Store

The Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection including the first six works in Deborah Cooke's paranormal romance seriesIf you don’t want to wait until May 25, you can buy the Dragons of Incendium: The First Collection now at my online store!

You can also pre-order a signed print copy of the book. I’m guessing on the weight as my copies haven’t yet arrived, but we always charge the actual postage. If it’s lower than my estimation, you’ll get a refund when the book is shipped.

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The End of Free?

We’ve talked about authors making books free in past posts here on Wild West Thursday, and about the way that free can give visibility to an author. (Here’s one of my earliest posts about free, and some reflections on implications, then a more recent one about free’s effectiveness.) The benefit of free is particularly seen in linked titles — for example, when Double Trouble was free, sales of One More Time, All or Nothing and Third Time Lucky increased dramatically. In a nutshell, making Double Trouble free gave the Coxwell series the visibility it needed to populate the algorithm at the various online portals and to find readership.

Free, however, doesn’t directly make money for the online bookseller. It creates expense but not revenue. It requires capacity in the network and storage space on the servers. There are many authors who don’t use free strategically to drive sales of other titles. Before Christmas, the rumor was that there were over 2 million titles that were free on Amazon, and that 3000 – 4000 titles went free every single day on that site through KDP Select. With that kind of volume of titles available free, it’s fair to say that a culture is being established that ALL books should be free—or at least that an ever-growing number of readers are coming to believe that they need never again pay for a book.

It stands to reason that online booksellers would want free to go away. The question is how will they do it — and the problem is that it works so very well to promote linked titles. (I talked about this a bit in January.)

Amazon is one portal on which authors can’t set a free price. Every book must have a minimum price of 99 cents. (B&N is another portal that doesn’t allow authors to make a book free.) Amazon chooses to match a free price elsewhere, or not, at their own discretion. What authors often do is make a title free at Apple, KOBO, and/or Smashwords (which feeds content to both of those portals as well as B&N and others.) Amazon then may choose to match the price. The other option is to register a title in KDP Select, which allows the author to pre-select 5 free days in a 90 day period, but also requires exclusivity of that title for those 90 days.

In my experience, going free everywhere has been much more effective. It has helped to build my sales on every portal by populating their respective algorithms, which diversifies my income source. It also doesn’t require exclusivity, which is something resented by readers who shop at portals other than Amazon. You can probably guess that having done this has weakened my own relationship with Amazon: in December 2012, probably 95% of my online indie sales were made at Amazon. In December 2013, that would have been closer to 60%. My sales at KOBO and Apple exploded in the last half of 2012, and B&N grew significantly, as well. That’s a big change and if my experience is mirrored across the entire publishing platform, that’s an issue from Amazon. (Last week, I saw an industry report that Amazon’s market share had dropped from 90% to 60%, which indicates that my results are typical.)

In December, I had several books free on all portals, which were driving sales of linked titles very nicely. I was all ready for the Christmas gifts of e-readers and finding new audience with those free titles. To my surprise, Amazon unmatched free on my books just before Christmas, returning them to their regular prices. My marketing plan, at least on that portal, was completely trashed. I think they must have had some pushback from customers, though, because they were matching free again before New Year’s. The momentum had been lost for my titles, though, so I returned them to regular prices elsewhere, too, and changed strategies.

By mid-January, though, free was back in place at Amazon, much as it had been a month before. It appears that the first attempt to get rid of free – by teaching new Kindle users that content must be bought – was unsuccessful.

Tomorrow, the next stage in the plan goes into effect: Amazon has changed the rules for Amazon Associates accounts. These are sites that drive traffic to Amazon with buy links and receive a percentage of all purchases made by those customers who follow their link. Although the amount of money per unit sale is small, sites that drive high volumes of traffic—like many of the services that advertise free books to readers—do well enough to pay their expenses. As of March 1, however, Amazon has changed the terms of payment. If most of the downloads/sales driven by an associate’s links are for free books or if downloads of free books exceed a specified number of units, that associate will forfeit payment from Amazon for that month.

This is an interesting strategy and it remains to be seen whether it changes the game or not. Either way, get ready for more discounted books and fewer free ones. Will Amazon continue to encourage authors to sign up for KDP Select? I suspect they will, and as getting rid of the free price-match may be a means to compel authors to use KDP Select to get books free on Amazon. We’ll see.

But the funny thing is I had booked a sale for March well in advance of this announcement. I feel psychic!

Jewels of Kinfailie Boxed Set by Claire Delacroix

March 4 – 31, the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set will be discounted from $9.99 to $2.99. That’s three  full length medieval romances and a linked short story for less than $3. It’ll be on sale at Amazon, KOBO, B&N and Apple.

Check back on Monday for one-click buy links.