Flatiron Five Fitness Cover Reveal

This winter, I’ve been doing some work on my main contemporary romance series and today’s the day to show you some of the results.

First up, Flatiron Five will have a new series name: Flatiron Five Fitness. The books have new titles and new covers – and Tyler has a brand new book.

Let’s look at the covers first – here they are in order. I just love them!

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

Just One Hometown Hero, book four of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Two Weddings and a Baby, book five of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke Just One Second Chance, book six of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

Just One Fake Date is a new book. Tyler is still the hero of book one, but he has a different partner now. I love how Shannyn challenges him and his assumptions, and how Tyler wins her wary heart. There won’t be a pre-order on this – I’ll just publish it as soon as it’s ready to go.

The other five books have new titles and covers, but are the same stories. They’re being tweaked, to ensure consistency with the changes to Tyler’s story, and to fix a few inconsistencies. Sonia’s name, for example, will now be spelled the same way throughout the entire series. And of course, any appearances from Amy will now be appearances by Shannyn – and Shannyn will be more involved with the club. Since these are just updates and not new stories, if you’ve purchased any of them, you’ll be able to download the new version as an update at your portal of choice. I plan to have the updates done in May and will update Goodreads then, too.

As a result of this transition being in the works, the website is a little wonky right now, since it still shows both series.

Just One More Time is Kyle and Lauren’s story.

Just One Night Together is Damon and Haley’s story.

Just One Hometown Hero is Cassie and Reid’s story.

Just One Second Chance is Theo and Lyssa’s story.

The most exciting thing for me is that this change sets up the series to continue. I’ll have news for you tomorrow about that.

What do you think of the new covers?

DragonFate Covers

Maeve's Book of Beasts, book 1 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe DragonFate series features the Pyr‘s battle against Maeve, the dark Fae queen who wants to exterminate all species she considers unnatural (because they are half human). We met Maeve in Firestorm Forever and glimpsed her souvenir gallery of species she had already eliminated. In this series, she targets the Pyr and other species in the world – and the Pyr come to the defense of shifters like themselves, led by the spark of the firestorm. What I like about this series is that there are lots of paranormal creatures in the cast, as well as some humans and an opinionated ghost.

Dragon's Kiss, book #2 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWhat I like about this series is that the heroines will also have special powers of their own, and this is going to complicate matters with their dragon shifter heroes and destined mates. We’ll see an over-arching romance between Melusine and Theo, one that is complicated both by her special powers and the persistent ghost of her dead husband, Raymond. There will also be another over-arching romance between a very human librarian and a hot vampire who is part of the team battling Maeve. We’ll also explore the origins of the Pyr. This is a big canvas and I’m excited about all my plans and possibilities.

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeMy original scheme was for DragonFate to be four books. The working titles were Hot-Blooded, Spell-Bound, Star-Crossed and Dusted, but I’ve since learned it would be better for discoverability if the titles to include the word Dragon. Donna Grant has also published a dragon shifter book called Hot-Blooded (as well as one called Dragonfire) in the interim, so it’s better to avoid confusion.

I’ve gone with Dragon’s Kiss, Dragon’s Heart and Dragon’s Mate for the first three books. The pre-quel is called Maeve’s Book of Beasts and will launch in August. Dragon’s Kiss will be published in October, followed by Dragon’s Heart in January and Dragon’s Mate in April.

Dragon's Mate, book 4 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeOne of the things I really like about these covers is that the artist used the colours of each Pyr in his dragon form on his book cover. Kristofer (Dragon’s Kiss) is peridot and silver in his dragon form, and has blond hair and blue eyes in his human form. Rhys (Dragon’s Heart) is garnet and silver in his dragon form, and has dark hair and dark eyes in his human form. Hadrian (Dragon’s Mate) is emerald and silver in his dragon form, and has auburn hair and green eyes in his human form.

Another thing I noticed later which I think is funny – the model chosen by the artist for Rhys on Dragon’s Heart is the same model I chose for Some Like It Hot in the Flatiron Five series. He looks a bit different with his shirt off and a dragon tattoo. I think it’s also possible that the model on Dragon’s Mate is the same one used on Some Guys Have All the Luck, but am not positive about that. This is why so many covers show the models without their faces, but I like to see their eyes.

Pre-order links are populating now and will be added to the landing pages for each book as they go live.

This series lives on the Dragonfire website, since it’s set in the same world. You can find it here.

What do you think?

Cover Reveal for Bad Case of Loving You

And, here’s Theo’s cover!

Bad Case of Loving You, book #5 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeTheo knows what’s possible…
Because he’s learned the hard way what’s not. The internationally successful supermodel known as Angel stole his heart forever when she was shy Lyssa Monroe. There’s never been another woman who could compete—he even loved Lyssa enough to walk away when she told him they had to part. When he sees her at F5, he’s resolved to make one glimpse of her sustain him for another ten years. When she offers him one night together, Theo can’t say no—even though he knows a taste will only tempt him to hope for more all over again.

Lyssa has tasted forbidden fruit…
And she can’t forget it, no matter how hard she tries. Theo’s love is a touchstone for all that is pure and good in the chaos her life has become. When their gazes meet across the dance floor at F5, everything is simple for once and only one choice is possible. The secrets she keeps from him could destroy everything, but surely she can keep them hidden for just one night. How much will she sacrifice to defend the past—and how far will Theo go to discover the truth?

Coming January 22, 2019

The pre-order links are live at Kobo and Nook now, as well as at iBooks. The pre-order will be up at Amazon in November, and the book will be available at GooglePlay on its on-sale date in January.

Available for pre-order at:
• iBooks
Nook
KOBO

Cover for The Mercenary’s Bride

The Mercenary's Bride, book #1 of the Brides of Inverfyre series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixThe Mercenary’s Bride is a Christmas novella and my contribution to The Nutcracker Reimagined, a 2017 multi-author anthology for Christmas. It’s also 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 Mercenary’s Bride will be available in a digital edition on its own in 2018. I’m excited to have the cover done already and wanted to show it off to you. Since this story is a novella, there won’t be a print edition of it – it’ll be tucked into the print edition of book #2 in the Brides of Inverfyre series instead.

What do you think of the cover? The couple are exactly perfect for Mhairi and Quentin.

 

In the Midnight Hour Cover

Book #3 of Flatiron Five is coming in January and it’s Damon’s book.

In the Midnight Hour, book #3 of the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeDamon has a secret…
Every Friday night, the F5 partner who is the quiet powerhouse leaves on the dot of five. Where does he go? What does he do? His partners want to know, but Damon can’t bring himself to share the truth about his mom’s descent into dementia. She’s the only family he’s ever known, the anchor in his life, and he can’t imagine 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 his skill isn’t just professional. She wants to feel those hands on her own skin, for as long as possible. Late one night, she takes a chance and asks for a lesson from him, only to learn that she has a hunger for the sensation only Damon can give.

Coming January 25, 2018

Available for pre-order:

Buy at iBooks

The Bride Quest

As I told you recently in Exciting News, the rights to my original Bride Quest trilogy have reverted to me. The trilogy includes The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress. This means that I’m in the midst of creating new editions of these books for publication, which means that they need new covers.

The Princess, book #1 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix  The Damsel, book #2 of the Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix  The Heiress, book #3 of the Bride Quest trilogy of Scottish medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

I decided this was an excellent opportunity to update the covers of the second Bride Quest as well—The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress—so that the whole series has similar graphical branding.

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix  The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire Delacroix  The Temptress, book #3 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire Delacroix

As of today, the house has removed their digital editions from sale, so it’s time to move forward!

My plan is to relaunch the first Bride Quest in August. I’m in the midst of removing the digital editions of the second Bride Quest trilogy from sale, so that I can relaunch the whole series with shiny new covers and updated interiors.

The new covers will be revealed in my May newsletter.

So, if you’re looking for these titles, don’t think your eyes are deceiving you. They’ll be back!

 

New Covers for My Angels

The Prometheus Project has new covers, which actually are new versions of their original covers.

Yes, that makes sense. Read it again. 🙂

Here’s what happened. When Fallen, Guardian, and Rebel were originally published, TOR commissioned cover illustrations from artist Larry Rostant. I loved these images and the resulting covers. Here they are:

Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition Guardian, book #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition Rebel, book #3 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix, out of print mass market edition

When the right to publish the books reverted to me, I tried to contact Larry to find out if I could license the illustrations for the new images. I didn’t have any luck finding him, though. (My message probably went to spam.) So, I had Kim Killion design new covers with stock photographs. I decided to try something different and focus on the heroines for the covers—a strong tradition in urban fantasy romance—and these are the covers:

Fallen, an urban fantasy romance by Claire Delacroix Guardian, an urban fantasy romance by Claire Delacroix Rebel, an urban fantasy romance by Claire Delacroix

There also were two additional covers, one for Tupperman’s store, Abyss, and one for the digital bundle of the entire series:

Abyss, an urban fantasy romance by Claire Delacroix The Prometheus Project Boxed Set of urban fantasy romances by Claire Delacroix

Fast forward to last spring. I saw a beautiful cover illustration on Pinterest, pinned by Larry Rostant. It was one of his newer works, and just beautiful. I tried to contact him again, and this time, it worked! I licensed the three images for my editions of the first three books. I hired Frauke Spanuth to create the covers (the illustrations have no type on them) and asked if she could possibly come up with something similar for Tupperman’s book, Abyss. Well. She knocked it out of the park, as far as I’m concerned.

I also took this opportunity to change the author name on the books. Although TOR wanted to publish the series as Claire Delacroix books, and I thought at the time that Claire might focus on urban fantasy from that point onward, it hasn’t worked out that way. Claire is writing and publishing medieval romance, so these books look out of place on her list. Deborah, though, is writing a lot of paranormal romance. Urban fantasy romance isn’t quite the same, but it makes more sense for the angels to be with the dragons than with the knights.

Here are the new covers for my fallen angel books:

Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Guardian, #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Rebel, #3 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke Abyss, #4 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

The book pages here on the website have moved to the list of Deborah Cooke books, too.

Expect the new editions to be available in your bookstore of choice in October. I’m not changing the ISBN#’s, but am just uploading these as new editions. (All the books already listed both Deborah and Claire as authors in their metadata.) You should be able to download the new editions if you’ve bought the earlier ones. And yes, that means more print books in the sale bin at my online store.

What do you think of the new covers?

Simply Irresistible Cover Reveal

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.Here’s the cover for my upcoming contemporary romance, Simply Irresistible, which will be available in June. It’s first in a series called Flatiron Five, which has five planned titles. The series is about five good friends, who have built a successful gym together in – you guessed it – the Flatiron district of New York City. Tyler, the hero of book #1, is the money guy. He also has four younger sisters – his claim to fame is that he knows Mr. Darcy’s lines from Pride & Prejudice better than Colin Firth – and the last one of them is getting married. Confronted with the possibility of dozens of relatives matchmaking for him, Ty has a solution. He thinks it will be simple. He thinks it can’t fail. That’s pretty much because he hasn’t talked to Amy yet – once he does, things rapidly become both complicated and fascinating.

Right now, Tyler and Amy’s book is an exclusive pre-order at iBooks.

2016 Book Sampler by Deborah Cooke and Claire DelacroixYou can read more about it, including an excerpt, right here. The same excerpt is also included in the 2016 Sampler, which you can download free in EPUB or MOBI.

And, I have some pretty new bookmarks, which show the first three covers in the series. They’re yours for the asking – just comment on this post and say that you want some and I’ll email you to get your mailing address.

Bookmark for Deborah Cooke's Flatiron Five and Ella Ardent's Tales of Euphoria

What’s that on the other side of the bookmark? Tune in tomorrow to hear more about an interesting twist with this series…

The Crusader’s Bride Cover Reveal

The Champions of Saint Euphemia is a new medieval romance series, launching in May 2015, with book #1, The Crusader’s Bride.The Crusader's Bride, first in a new series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixA company of Templar knights, chosen by the Grand Master of the Temple in Jerusalem to deliver a sealed trunk to the Temple in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Muslims prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess…

Gaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

Gaston has had his fill of war and the Latin Kingdoms when he learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France. He accepts one last quest for the Templars, the order he has served for fifteen years, and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he now has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage catches his eye, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting the offer of this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to remain alive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize for his or her own, regardless of the cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

The Crusader’s Bride is available for pre-order at a discounted price at these portals:
Buy at iBooks Buy at KOBO

You can also download a free EPUB excerpt from my store (one that’s longer than the one here on the website), right here.