A Surprise Holiday Romance

As I was working on Just One Silver Fox, I realized that there had been a lot of events at Flatiron Five Fitness since Theo and Lyssa’s story, Just One Second Chance. That book ends in March 2019 while Jax and Pierce’s book begins in January 2020. There are babies – and we know that someone has to have fallen in love. I could have packed them all into Just One Silver Fox as backstory, but thought it would be a lot more interesting to write one of those romances.

What better than a Christmas romance – except one with love unexpected. And here it comes – Just Home for the Holidays is Hunter and Chloe’s story and it takes place in Manhattan at Christmas.

I’ll publish this book as soon as it’s ready to go. There won’t be a pre-order so keep your eyes open.

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

Chloe Richardson is on track…
Running the finances at Flatiron Five Fitness West is a dream job and it’s steadily making her goal of financial independence come true. She lives to work, and likes her schedules just fine. Returning to New York for Christmas should be routine, but her mom starts matchmaking—and Chloe needs a plus-one fast. When Hunter volunteers, Chloe decides he’s the perfect choice—she’ll never get emotionally involved with a guy who refuses to make plans and she knows Hunter is all about variety. It doesn’t hurt that he’s hot, or that he kisses like he invented it—but when Chloe discovers that Hunter hates Christmas, she knows she has to fix that. When she realizes that she’s falling fast for the Hunter no one else sees, can she convince him to give them a chance?

Hunter Tate lives in the moment…
He’s learned the hard way that tomorrow might never come and is determined to make every day count. The problem is Christmas—he needs a major distraction to keep his memories at bay. A fake date to a fancy charity event with his hot co-worker, Chloe, is definitely out of the ordinary for him, but Hunter loves a challenge. What could be a better one than breaking every one of Chloe’s rules? It’s all fun until Chloe decides to help Hunter put the past behind him—she gets to him and demands more, but can Chloe’s love convince Hunter to commit to the future?

Coming in December 2020.

F5F Boxed Set Update

Earlier this year, I changed the covers, titles, and series name for Flatiron Five Fitness (it used to be Flatiron Five) and for Flatiron Five Tattoo (which used to be Secret Heart Ink.) I also wrote and published a new series starter. I like the new covers and titles much better, and the sell-through on the series (what percentage of people continue to buy books after the series starter) is much improved, which was the point of the exercise.

The Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke
New Covers for the Flatiron Five Fitness series

In June, we talked about the Flatiron Five: The First Collection boxed set, which had been published last year with the original three books and is no longer available. (That blog post is here, in case you don’t remember it.) My plan in June was to update the content, cover, title and series information for that bundle sometime around the publication date of Just One Silver Fox. The idea was that any of you who had bought the bundle would be able to download the new version as an update.

As of last week, though, Amazon is no longer allowing certain metadata fields to be changed after publication, including the title, author and series name. This is new. It’s a policy change. This means that if/when I publish a boxed set of the first three books in the Flatiron Five Fitness series, that bundle will be a new product: the reviews won’t transfer to the new bundle and anyone who bought the first bundle won’t be able to download the new one as an update. You’ll have to buy it as a new product, which defeats the point of updating that bundle.

At this point, only Amazon has this rule, but it wouldn’t surprise me if other portals followed suit.

So, this is an update on the update. As a result of this policy change, I’m not planning to do any boxed sets for this series right now.

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.

Two Weddings and a Baby

The new version of the Flatiron Five Fitness novella is available. If you bought Going to the Chapel as an ebook, you’ll be able to download Two Weddings and a Baby as an update. The big change in this one is the name of Tyler’s partner.

Two Weddings and a Baby, book five of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeIt’s September in Manhattan and the weather is perfect for a wedding – if not two! Cassie and Reid tie the knot with style in this short story, while Haley and Damon take their vows surrounded by friends and family. Will Shannyn and Tyler’s son arrive in time for the festivities? Join the F5F crew as they celebrate two weddings, welcome the first child of the partners, and make changes to build the future of their fitness club.

Two Weddings and a Baby takes place after Just One Hometown Hero and before Just One Second Chance.

There’s a Pinterest board for this story right here.

“This was a fun and fast glimpse of what happened after the last page of all of the prior books in the series. I loved watching the weddings of Cassie and Damon, and the birth of Ty’s son. It was very enjoyable and sweet. Loved it.” —Rendezvous with a Romance

Buy Two Weddings and a Baby at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link (Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Just One Night Together

The new edition of Damon and Haley’s story is available! If you bought In the Midnight Hour as an ebook, you can download Just One Night Together as an update. The one change in this new edition is that there’s now an epilogue, showing Damon and Haley’s return to New York.

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

Buy Just One Night Together ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
GooglePlay
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Buy Just One Night Together in trade paperback:
• Amazon
• Barnes & Noble
• Indigo

Just One More Time

The new edition of Kyle and Lauren’s book is available! If you bought the ebook of Addicted to Love, you’ll be able to download Just One More Time as an update. The biggest change in this new edition is that Tyler and Shannyn’s wedding takes place in Harte’s Harbor instead of Brooklyn.

Just One More Time, book two of the Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeKyle wants it all…
Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to want more than one hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s husband cheats and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she calls for comfort. 

Lauren demands his all…
After Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure. Who knows that territory better than Kyle, who once seduced her completely? Lauren never forgot that wonderful night and, now that she’s suddenly single, Kyle’s rule of no love or romance has a new appeal. All she wants is satisfaction, but when Kyle realizes he needs more, will he be able to convince Lauren to take a chance on forever again, this time with him?

“Loved every second of it. It has the kind of character development rarely seen in romance novels. Everything happens within a few days, maybe a week or two, but this one started twelve years ago when they first met, then flash-forward to present day and he is her brother’s best friend, their past is a secret, she is married and he is the bearer of bad news. From that moment on it is a slow burn and a strong build up to a great relationship. It spans months and Cooke does it seamlessly with no dull parts. It was great. I loved the slow build. I loved that Kyle had to work for it and that Lauren refused to settle. The progression of the book was great and the conflicts were strong. I loved how Lauren set her cheating ex-husband straight in front of a group of strangers, and I love how Kyle grew from a man who wanted nothing but one night stands, to one who wanted forever and how he grew as a character. There isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book.” —Rendezvous with a Romance

Buy Just One More Time ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
Nook
GooglePlay
KOBO
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find international stores and other Amazon stores here)

Buy Just One More Time in trade paperback:
• Amazon.com
• Barnes&Noble
• Indigo

Just One Silver Fox

Flatiron Five Fitness continues! You’ll meet Jacquie (aka Jax), the human resources manager at the club, in Just One Fake Date. I loved this character as soon as she stepped onto the page. Cassie called her “the original woman of few words and F5F’s kickboxing queen”. Cassie also admitted she wanted to be Jax when she grew up. That made me curious about Jax’s story.

This is the working copy:

Just One Silver Fox, book six of Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeJacquie 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 January 26, 2021

Pre-order available at these portals:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
• GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link

Goodreads

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?