July Update

Since we’re in the lull before the storm – as I move to having new releases finished several months before publication – I thought it would make sense to start giving you a monthly update of my progress. This way, you’ll see that things are happening, even though there aren’t covers etc. to share just yet. I’ve been less active on social media this year, which is great for my writing but not so great for visibility. Writing makes me happier, so I’m going to continue on this path.

Let’s have a look at what’s in the works.

A Baron for All Seasons, book three of the Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romances by Claire Delacroix

I’ve been writing several projects simultaneously, which is always a happy situation when I can make it happen. I have nearly finished A Baron for All Seasons, which is book #3 of my Brides of North Barrows series of Regency romance novellas. (It might be done by the time you read this.) The plan is for it to be included in a holiday anthology this fall – details to come – then it will be published on its own, probably in March or so. This is Anthea and Rupert’s story – we met them both in book #2, A Duke by Any Other Name. Novellas always take me longer than I expect: even though they have a lower word count, I have to be more careful with the structure to fit everything in.

I’ve also written about half of Eurydice’s story, which will be book #4 and the final story in the series. Details on that to come, though it will probably have a simultaneous (or close to it) publication with book #3. It’s interesting to me how different the two stories are in some ways: Anthea’s book is a second chance romance with elements from previous books to resolve, too, while Eurydice’s book is straightforward fun. Moving between the two stories helps me make progress.

The Pinterest board is still in work.

There will be a boxed set of this series available in ebook and trade paperback, likely in time for Christmas 2022. (It felt odd to type that date!)


Just the Wrong Twin, book nine of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve also been working on Sonia and Nate’s story, Just the Wrong Twin, which is a lot of fun. The first third of a book always involves a lot of back and forth for me, and reconsideration of the structure, as well as getting to know more about the characters. You can see some of my ideas about Nate and Sonia on the Pinterest board for the book. This story will be published in October.

In the Flatiron Five world, there’s a new boxed set for Flatiron Five Tattoo, available in both ebook and trade paperback. I’m debating how to break up the main series into boxed sets (two or three?) and you should see some thing available soon.

When I get stuck on Just the Wrong Twin, I’ve been diving into Aidan’s book – again, this is a similar dynamic. Sonia and Nate’s story has a lot of elements to carry forward from previous books, some that need to be resolved in this book, and I need to ensure consistency with the existing world of Flatiron Five Fitness. Aidan’s book, in contrast, will be the launch of a new series with new characters. There aren’t that many details about that corner of my fictional world that have been defined. There’s a Pinterest board for the new series, as well, but I haven’t made it public yet – I’ll do that when the book has a title, cover, and publication date. For the moment, though, I’m loving how sparks fly between Aidan and Meredith. Talk about opposites attracting! My hope is to have the first two books at least publish next summer, so we can have a more rapid publication schedule. That means getting them written and edited ahead of time.


My other project in the works is the next book in my Blood Brothers series, The Hunter & the Heiress, which I’d like to see published in December or January. (Fingers crossed.) I’ve booked the narrator for the audio already and am trying to have a simultaneous audio-ebook-print publication for the first time.

Book #1, The Wolf & the Witch, is available now. Here’s the Pinterest board for the series:

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

I have a new boxed set from Claire of series starters called First Knights, which will be published in August. This sampler is a good deal and a chance to see which of my medieval romance series you like best.

I’m also looking at updating some covers. My time travel romances have come out of Kindle Unlimited and are due for a fresh look. I’ll wait on the new covers before republishing them at the other portals. My cover designer is really busy this summer!


Translations are continuing, too. I have two new Spanish editions each month and the pre-orders are available for them through the end of the year. So far, my team has completed the Champions of St. Euphemia series and Flatiron Five Tattoo. We’re working on the Jewels of Kinfairlie and Flatiron Five Fitness now. The full-length romances are available in both ebook and trade paperback in translation.

I also have German, Italian and Portuguese translations of my medieval romances available and more in the works.

DragonFate is also being translated, which is quite cool. Maeve’s Book of Beasts is available in Italian now, as well as in Spanish, and I expect Dragon’s Kiss to be available in both languages in August or September. Maeve’s Book of Beasts should be available in Portuguese then, too.

And that’s where I’m at for the end of July. 🙂 I’ll keep writing (and weeding my garden) and will give you another update in a month. I hope you’re well!

Just the Wrong Twin

I put up the pre-orders for Sonia’s book this past weekend. Just the Wrong Twin, Flatiron Five Fitness #9, is coming in October!

Just the Wrong Twin, book nine of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Sonia is ready to take a chance…

Broken-hearted thanks to her twin sister’s meddling, Sonia has chosen peace and quiet over drama for years—but working from home for three months leaves her hungry for more. Jacquie and Pierce’s wedding at Flatiron Five Fitness might offer the perfect opportunity to step out of her comfort zone. When boy-next-door Nate Buchanan arrives looking hot and dangerous, Sonia can’t resist her impulse to invite him home. She’s sure that a hot one-nighter with no future expectations is just what she needs—but there’s something about Nate that keeps Sonia coming back for more. She’s falling hard when her twin sister turns up to make trouble again—will Nate fall for the wrong twin? Or has he already fallen for the twin who’s wrong for him? 



Nate won’t miss his chance…

Thanks to a job offer from Pierce, ex-Marine and former weightlifting coach Nate has a chance to reinvent himself again. One last visit to F5F, the place where he rediscovered his mojo, to attend Pierce’s wedding is the perfect way to say farewell to Manhattan—but the day only gets better when gorgeous Sonia propositions him. Nate isn’t going to turn down the woman who has his undivided attention, no matter what her twin sister said to him in the past. He discovers an unexpected passion in Sonia, one that he can’t resist. With her doubts about commitment and despite the interference of her family, can Nate convince Sonia to take a chance on forever—with him?

Available October 26.


Visit the the Pinterest board for Just the Wrong Twin.


Read an excerpt.


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Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set

This July, you’ll be able to buy all four of the contemporary romances in the Flatiron Five Tattoo series in a single digital boxed set.

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

The Flatiron Five Tattoo Boxed Set includes all four emotional contemporary romances in the Flatiron Five Tattoo series.

Three friends on a girls’ weekend in New York City attend Chynna’s gala opening of her Flatiron Five Tattoo shop – where Liv wins a free tattoo rumored to bring true love to the recipient. Liv doesn’t believe in magic (or maybe even love) but her friends encourage her to get her first tattoo from the legendary artist. When they get back to Honey Hill, Maine, that little tattoo heart starts to work its magic…

In Just One Snowbound Night, encouraged by her new tattoo and her friends, Liv takes a chance and seduces Spencer, her best friend’s brother and long time crush. It’s just one night of temptation before she leaves for England, but Spencer immediately realizes the identity of his secret lover—and wants more than one night with Liv. When they’re stranded in his cabin by a snowstorm, can he convince Liv to give them a chance before the weather turns?

In Just One Vacation Night, Reyna is sure that once will be enough with Kade, the cop on vacation in the sleepy town of Honey Hill, Maine. But Kade not only realizes that Reyna is the woman he’s been waiting for—he’s prepared to do whatever is necessary to earn her trust. Reyna finds herself falling when her past returns to haunt them both. Can Kade banish Reyna’s ghosts and ensure that they have a future together?

In Just One Unforgettable Night, Lexi surrenders to a night with Gabe, only to discover that he’s the mystery lover who changed her life years before. Gabe has always hunted for Lexi and has been waiting for her to realize their shared past—this time, he wants a shot at forever and doesn’t care how many secrets have to be revealed to make it happen. Can Lexi and Gabe create a life together in this second-chance romance?

In Just One Christmas Night, Chynna attends Lexi and Gabe’s Christmas wedding in Honey Hill, never expecting a hot hook-up with an irresistible stranger. Chynna knows she was lucky to have known a great love once, even though she still mourns her husband’s loss, and is sure she’ll never love again. When Trevor is convinced that she’s the one, will she be able to move past her pain to fall in love again? Will Trevor, who has always focused on his career, be able to make room in his life for a partner?

Is Chynna’s full moon tattoo really magic—or does it open the recipient’s eyes to the love that was waiting for her all along? In the small town of Honey Hill, Maine, love makes happily-ever-after possible, with the help of a heart tattoo.


Coming July 20
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Coming Soon – Flatiron Five Fitness in Spanish

Now that Flatiron Five Tattoo has been translated into Spanish – book four comes out this month – we’re starting to work on Flatiron Five Fitness. This project will take us through the end of the year. There are new pages on the website for the series and a new menu under Español on the Translations tab..

Following my new rule, I’ll set up the pre-orders when I have finished book files.

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
June
Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
July
Just One Night Together, book three of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, Spanish edition
August

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?

Available Today!


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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: