Monthly Feature – Holiday Romance

This month, my feature is on holiday romances. I have a few to share with you.

A Berry Merry Christmas, a holiday romance novella by Deborah Cooke

A Berry Merry Christmas is a standalone contemporary romance and a novella, with a touch of magic. Natalie has been orphaned and lives with her Uncle Drew, who works too much to have time for romance. She writes to Santa, asking for a new mommy, and an elf who needs to find her niche is assigned to the job. Holly thinks she’ll be matchmaking in the mortal realm, but finds herself falling in love instead. This is a sweet fun romance that one of my readers said would make a great Hallmark movie.

Just One Second Chance, book six of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just One Second Chance is a contemporary romance and part of my Flatiron Five Fitness series. Theo fell hard for Lyssa years ago, but she broke up with him. He thought it was to pursue her ambition of becoming a super-model. He’s in the middle of a holiday promotion for F5F when Lyssa turns up again, wanting to talk. There’s something she didn’t tell him—he should be furious with her, but the magic is still there. Can they trust each other enough to build a new future together?

Just One Christmas Night, book four of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just One Christmas Night is the fourth and final book in my Flatiron Five Tattoo series. (It happens at the same time as Theo’s book, Just One Second Chance.) Chynna’s tattoo played a role in Lexi and Gabe finding their HEA in Just One Unforgettable Night—now they’re having a Christmas wedding in Honey Hill and Chynna is invited. She’s reluctant to attend, since Christmas is a hard time of year for her, but finds unexpected romance and love. This is a story of healing and new beginnings that’s a perfect holiday read.

Just Home for the Holidays, a Christmas romance novella and #7 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just Home for the Holidays is a Christmas romance and #7 in the Flatiron Five Fitness series. Chloe hates surprises and plans every detail in her life, so she needs a plus-one for her mom’s annual party—when Hunter volunteers, she knows there’s no chance of her falling for a bad boy like Hunter who lives in the moment. But when Chloe learns that Hunter hates Christmas, she wants to know why—and learning Hunter’s secrets puts her heart in danger after all. Can she convince Hunter to take a chance on the future together?

Pre-order available at some portals.
Coming December 10!

Just One Night Together is 99¢!

This week, Damon and Haley’s book is on sale for just 99 cents! Just One Night Together is book three of my Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances – it’s a sensual fling-to-forever story about two people who both need to heal to build a future together. You might need a tissue or two with this one! It’s discounted to 99 cents at major portals until November 29, so grab your copy today.

Just One Night Together, book three of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Damon has a secret…
Every Friday night, the F5F partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five without explanation. Where does Damon go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s battle with cancer. She’s the anchor in his life and he doesn’t know how he’ll go on without her. In the middle of the night, when he’s most alone, he wants to control all the variables for someone, to prove 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 Natasha’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 him and his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin, for as long as possible. One night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to discover that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can satisfy.

“Book three in the Flatiron Five series was passionate, with a well developed plot and great characters. Book 2 is definitely still my favorite in the series, but this one is a close second….I really like how the characters in this book, and in book 2, were honest and straightforward. They didn’t play games. They didn’t say one thing but mean another. Haley was straight up honest with Damon and it was that which pulled him in, just like Lauren and Kyle. Loved it and am definitely now looking forward to more in this series. So good.”

—Rendezvous with a Romance

An earlier version of Damon and Haley’s story was published under the title In the Midnight Hour. This version includes changes made for consistency with the new series starter, Just One Fake Date. It also has a slightly different ending and new epilogue. If you bought In the Midnight Hour in ebook, you should be able to download Just One Night Together as an update from the portal where you made your purchase. The update will replace the old book on your reading device.

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Sensual Small Town Romance

Small Town Romance November 2020 BookFunnel promotion

I’m participating in a multi-author promotion at BookFunnel this month, featuring sensual small town romances. It runs through the end of November – from the landing page, you can find each book at your portal of choice. Some of the books are on sale. Some are series starters. It’s a great opportunity to find a new author.

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

You’ll find Just One Snowbound Night included on the landing page, which is book one of my Flatiron Five Tattoo series.

Spencer and Olivia’s book is discounted to 99cents this month, too.

Visit the landing page.

Flatiron Five Tattoo Sale

This month, there’s a sale on my Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances. These romances feature three friends from my fictional town of Honey Hill, Maine, each of whom gets a heart tattoo from Chynna that is supposed to bring them true love. (It does.) The fourth book in the series is Chynna’s own story.

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

The series begins with Just One Snowbound Night. Olivia gets the first tattoo, which is a first for her, too. It prompts her to take a chance on seducing Spencer, the big brother of her friend, Lexi. She has no illusions about romance lasting forever, but she’s been crazy about Spencer for as long as she can remember. Since she’s leaving town for good to do graduate work in the UK, this is her last chance. Little does she realize that Spencer feels the same way about her—except that he’s not willing to let once be enough. Unfortunately for Olivia, the weather is on Spencer’s side…

This month, you can buy Just One Snowbound Night for 99cents, discounted from $2.99 US.

Just One Vacation Night, book two of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

The series continues with Just One Vacation Night, which is Reyna and Kade’s story. Reyna is on the run from her past and disinterested in emotional commitments of any kind. She’s opened a cupcake bakery in Honey Hill, and when she spots Kade, a cop visiting his retired aunt and uncle in town, she knows he’s just the treat she needs. Kade isn’t looking for a fling, though, and he quickly realizes that Reyna is the woman for him. All he has to do is persuade her to give them a chance. Good thing he likes a challenge.

This month, you can buy Just One Vacation Night for $1.99 US, discounted from $4.99.

Just One Unforgettable Night, book three of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Next up is Lexi and Gabe’s book, Just One Unforgettable Night. Lexi is Spencer’s sister and Gabe is Spencer’s partner at Wolfe Lodge. They were together once in the past, but only Gabe remembers that the woman who seduced him completely was Lexi. Lexi remembers a night of passion with a stranger and the child she gave up for adoption. In this emotional second-chance romance, these two finally sort out the wounds of the past and chart themselves a new future.

This month, you can buy Just One Unforgettable Night for just $2.99 US, discounted from $4.99.

Book four in the series is Chynna’s book—Just One Christmas Night—she comes to Honey Hill for Lexi and Gabe’s wedding, only to discover the love she never expected to find.

Monthly Feature – Small Town Romance

This month, I’m starting a new monthly column here (and also on the Delacroix blog) spotlighting books of a certain trope. I’ll pick a trope or theme each month, then tell you about a few of my books that fit. I’m also going to experiment with discounting those titles for newsletter subscribers when they buy directly from me.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

This month, let’s talk about small town romance. I’m thinking about small towns right now because I’m planning Aidan’s book, which will begin a series set in Harte’s Harbor, a fictional small town on the east coast. I’ve got a map done and a few landmarks—because Tyler and Shannyn were married in Harte’s Harbor in Just One More Time—but am building out the town even more. I love doing this! And yes, I’ve done it before. Let’s have a look:

Third Time Lucky, book #1 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke (writing as Claire Cross)

My fictional town of Rosemount, MA turns up in my Coxwell series, which is where the Coxwell siblings grew up. We first visit to Rosemount in Third Time Lucky: Phil has mixed feelings about her hometown, and Nick was always considered to be from the wrong side of the tracks. These two carry a lot of emotional baggage from their high school years, and I like that they both find roots in the town where they grew up. (Spoiler: they end up living there together.)

All or Nothing, book #4 of the Coxwell series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I think All or Nothing shows Rosemount with the most affection, since Zach and Jen buy a building downtown at the end of the story. Jen opens a yarn shop in that building on the main street and they live upstairs. I love the scene in All or Nothing where Zach takes Jen to his hometown on the way to a holiday dinner at the family home: she’s enchanted by Rosemount, decorated for Christmas, and he sees the familiar with new eyes.

My fictional small town of Honey Hill, ME, has a cameo role in my Flatiron Five Tattoo series: the three friends who get tattoos from Chynna at Flatiron Five are on a girls’ weekend in New York City, then return to this small town. Spencer, the hero of Just One Snowbound Night, grew up in Honey Hill and has opened a lodge there—Wolfe Lodge—with his partner, Gabe, who is the hero of Just One Unforgettable Night. (Spencer’s sister, Lexi, is the heroine of that one.)

Just One Vacation Night, book two of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

My favorite depiction of the quiet little town of Honey Hill is in Reyna’s story, Just One Vacation Night. She’s deliberately chosen a sleepy location to hide from her past, and runs a cupcake bakery in town. The hero, Kade, is a cop from Portland on leave who comes up to Honey Hill to help his retired aunt and uncle with some renovations on their house in town. Reyna just wants a fling, but once with Kade just isn’t enough. 🙂

There’s going to be a sale on Flatiron Five Tattoo this month, available at all portals, and I’ll put a special on the Coxwells in my Heroes & Happy Endings newsletter. (Click the link if you haven’t subscribed yet!) As usual, when you buy ebooks directly from me, I’ll provide a link that will take you first to Paypal, then will redirect to BookFunnel once you’ve paid for your book. The people at BookFunnel are awesome at making sure you get your ebook onto your reading device of choice, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help.

What do you like best about small town romance?

Downloadable Booklists

Inspired by an article I saw online, I’ve been creating some booklists for you. These are PDF files that you can download and print out to keep track of which books you’ve read and which ones you want to read. They also list each of my series in reading order.

Here’s a screenshot of the top of the Delacroix list, so you can see what they’re like:

Editions with a red dot are no longer available. Editions with a green dot are available. There’s a list at the end of the abbreviations used for print editions.

Each list “lives” on my appropriate sub-genre website, so the second link will take you to

Download the Deborah Cooke book list

Download the Claire Delacroix book list

Just One Fake Date on the Charts

On Saturday, the first BookBub Featured Deal for Just One Fake Date ran and the results were very satisfying. 🙂 This book hadn’t had a promotion before, and it is currently 99cents at all portals. It’s the new first book in the Flatiron Five Fitness series.

I wasn’t really on top of this on Sunday morning, but grabbed these screen shots later in the day. It’s entirely possible (and likely) that the rankings were higher earlier in the day.

By the time I looked at Amazon, Tyler and Shannyn’s book was at #129 overall in the store, #4 in sports romance and #15 in romantic comedy.

At Barnes & Noble, Just One Fake Date earned a bestseller ribbon (yay!).

It was also #8 overall in the store when I looked (although a reader said she’d seen it at #5 earlier in the day.)

At Apple, Tyler and Shannyn’s story was #14 overall in the store when I looked:

It was also included on a carousel for first-in-series bestsellers at Apple – notice that it’s the first one in the listings that’s a paid read, which is cool.

At KOBO, Just One Fake Date was #1 in sports romance, #4 in contemporary romance and #5 in contemporary women.

Just One Fake Date is still 99 cents at the major portals, so if you don’t have your copy yet, grab it today!

New F5F Postcards

I’ve ordered some new postcards for the Flatiron Five Fitness series, with Flatiron Five Tattoo on the back. They’ll be 5″ by 7″.

I can’t wait to see the finished postcards when they arrive.

As always, postcards are free for the asking. If you’d like some of these, you can comment on this post or send me an email. I’m not sure how long it will take for them to arrive from the States, but I’ll send them out once they do.

Just One Fake Date is 99¢!

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

This week, Just One Fake Date, the first book in the Flatiron Five Fitness series is on sale for the first time. You can pick up a copy for 99cents at any of the major portals.

This is Tyler’s new story, with a new heroine, Shannyn.

The sale is only until the 8th, so get your copy today!

Website Reorganization

I’m updating my websites (again – this feels like an endless task sometimes) in order to add some features. First, I’m updating to the new WordPress block editor, which should improve how the sites look, especially on your phone.

While doing that, I’m adding more buy links, particularly for print editions, and updating to cool little buy buttons.

Thirdly, this update allows me to add Paypal buttons for you to buy signed print books directly from me.

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve finished the updates on my contemporary romances, so if you look at the individual book pages for The Coxwells, Flatiron Five Fitness and Flatiron Five Tattoo, you’ll see those features. I’m offering both individual books for sale and series bundles of print books – they’re both listed on each book page. On the Store page, you’ll find the series bundles only. Once I get this update done across all of my sites, I’ll dig out my inventory of original print editions and add them to the book pages. I think, for example, that I still have some of the Berkley editions of the Coxwells in trade paperback.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

The final change will affect my other sites: I’m going to move the Dragons of Incendium to the Dragonfire Novels site, which will leave me with three websites to manage instead of four. All the PNR will be on the Dragonfire site. I’ve already got the individual books there, under their own Incendium tab – and I learned that there’s a new cool option to display audio samples from Soundcloud, like the one for Wyvern’s Mate. I’ll do the PNR site next, then the Delacroix site last.

I’ll let you know when everything is done!