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!

Flatiron Five Fitness Print Editions

Copies of the new trade paperbacks for Flatiron Five Fitness arrived last week and I forgot to show them to you! I really like these new covers from designer Elizabeth Mackey.

The Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, in trade paperback

They’re available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Book Depository. The links are on the individual book pages:

Just One Fake Date

Just One More Time

Just One Night Together

Just One Hometown Hero

Two Weddings & a Baby

Just One Second Chance

My copies of the new editions of Flatiron Five Tattoo in print are on their way. I’ll show them to you when they arrive.

What do you think?

New Editions of Flatiron Five Tattoo

The updated editions of Flatiron Five Tattoo (previously called Secret Heart Ink) have now been published at all portals.

The new editions have the beautiful new covers and revised titles shown below.

Just One Snowbound Night, book one of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Just One Vacation Night, book two of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
Just One Unforgettable Night, book three of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Just One Christmas Night, book four of the Flatiron Five Tattoo series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

The contents are the same as the original versions, but I added a reader letter and introduction to Just One Snowbound Night. If you bought the books in their earlier editions, you should be able to download the new edition as an update. It will over-write the old edition, so you have to choose whether to have the old one or the new one.

At Kindle, it’s a little more complicated as they don’t always push out updates. I’ve asked them to do as much with this one – just as they said they would with Flatiron Five Fitness – but you may have to request it at your end, as well.

Next week, I’ll update the F5F Character list.

My Bookshop.org Virtual Bookstore

Here’s a new shopping option if you collect print editions of my books.

If you live in the US, you can order my books directly from Ingrams, the company that produces my print books, through my affiliate shop at Bookshop.org. This has the advantage of lower shipping costs and since my books are print-on-demand, Ingrams will be making them just to fill your order. I also earn a little bit of affiiliate income by sending you there. The books are organized in collections by series.

Deborah Cooke's Bookshop.org virtual bookstore

Thirty Books

One of the games I play with myself is inspired by Agatha Christie’s foresight in writing Curtain decades before it was actually pubished (to make sure that Hercule Poirot’s series had a beginning and an end. I talked about that in this blog post.) I’ve been writing and publishing for 28 years. That’s not going to continue indefinitely. (Sadly, I am not immortal.) So, if I write 4 books a year and I actively write for another ten years, that’s forty more books from my fingertips. Let’s round down and say thirty since this publishing stuff seems to get more demanding all the time.

Which thirty books do I most want to write?

Which thirty books would be smartest for me to write? There are plenty of variables to juggle here, including creative fulfillment, growing revenue, completing series, and making my readers happy.

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI could just carry on as I have been in recent years, creating a series, writing the books in it, then creating a new series. I could continue to alternate between sub-genres – which is good for creativity and replenishing the well, but less good for building momentum in digital sales.

Or I could make a plan. I like plans so this is a tempting option.

What open tickets do I have?

First, there are pre-orders:
Dragon’s Heart (July) and Dragon’s Mate (October) , books 3 and 4 of the DragonFate Novels.
Just One Silver Fox (January), book 7 of Flatiron Five Fitness
The Wolf and the Witch (April), book one of a new trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, Blood Brothers. (This is one of those publishing decisions: Scottish-set medieval romances are more popular and I have an idea for a trilogy. I’m curious to see how it performs compared to my other medieval romances.)

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSo, that’s four books.

Then there’s what has to be written to complete various book series but hasn’t been scheduled yet:
• two more DragonFate Novels, one for Theo and Mel, plus one for Sebastian and Sylvia
• the other two books in that new Scottish medieval trilogy, Blood Brothers
• two more Brides of Inverfyre books, The Stolen Bride and Nigel’s book
• two more Brides of North Barrows books, Anthea’s story and Eurydice’s story
• six more medieval romances in the Rogues & Angels series, starting with One Knight’s Desire
• three medieval romance novellas in the Kinfairlie Tales series
Wyvern's Wizard, book 11 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• three more Dragons of Incendium stories, starting with Wyvern’s Wizard

That adds twenty more works, although not all are 100K in length. Am I going to write all of these books? I’m not sure. I should think like a publisher and concentrate on the stories that are going to build my sales.

At a minimum, I see the DragonFate Novels (4 in total), Blood Brothers (3 in total) and Just One Silver Fox (1) for a total of eight books.

I also want to write a spin-off series in the F5F world, set in Harte’s Harbor and beginning with Aidan’s book. This makes sense both creatively and financially, as my contemporary romances sell well and I enjoy writing them. So, I’ll plan for that series to be seven books long, a book every seven months, starting next summer. I’m up to 15 books and my plan carries me into 2025.

What about the other fifteen books out of that thirty? There are lots of candidates. I’ll have to compare results at the end of 2021 and see whether Blood Brothers or DragonFate performed better, then choose between those sub-genres for my 2022 not-contemporary-romance schedule. I’m not looking forward to that decision, but in the meantime, there are plenty of books to be written and published, and I have a plan.

Review for Just One Fake Date at Rendezvous with a Romance

Just One Fake Date, book one of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeHere’s a wonderful way to start the day – with a glowing new review for Tyler’s new book, Just One Fake Date, thanks to Heather at Rendezvous with a Romance:

Deborah Cooke decided to re-write the first book of the Flatiron Five Fitness with a new female lead for Tyler, Shannyn Hawke, with a whole new plot. Shannyn is a freelance photogapher who went to college with Tyler and she has a job to cover the alumni who own Flatiron Five Fitness. From the moment she walks into his office, sparks fly and the story vibe was a lot different from the original book.  I liked it a lot. I liked the chemistry between Shannyn and Tyler, I enjoyed watching Tyler fight for a real relationship with her, and the passion was great between the two.  The original book had Tyler playing two characters, him and a BDSM character with Amy and I just didn’t like how Amy had difficulty seeing how Tyler is the man for her.  In this one, Shannyn had commitment issues, and I liked that conflict better. Tyler had to fight to prove to her that a relationship could work and that he wasn’t going anywhere. There was no need for any subterfuge in this one and I loved how the story flowed and concluded. Overall, so much better start to a series that was awesome! I just want to know what his new billboard looks like with Shannyn 🙂

The billboard is described in book two, Just One More Time.

You can see the review on the Rendezvous with a Romance site, right here.

Thank you, Heather!