New Contemporary Romance Editions in the Works

Simply Irresistible, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke and first in the Flatiron Five series.I’m making some changes to the Flatiron Five series and the Secret Heart Ink series, and I thought we’d talk about that today.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, Heroes & Happy Endings, or belong to my Facebook Readers Group, you know about this upcoming change already. (If you don’t subscribe, why not??? 🙂 )

When I started to write Flatiron Five, I had a plan of what the books would be like, based on what I saw as strong trends in the market. By the second book, though, I was telling the kind of stories I like to tell, which was a little bit different from the original plan. I really like Simply Irresistible and Snowbound – okay, mostly I like Tyler and Spencer! – but the fact is that they’re a bit different from the other books in both series. That makes them less effective as series-starters. In terms of good marketing, a series starter should demonstrate what a reader can expect from the rest of the series.

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeIn addition, the two series don’t look similar in their branding. I like the covers, but they’re not doing their job as well as they should. At a glance, readers may not realize the stories are set in the same world.

I had been mulling over all of this since finishing Bad Case of Loving You and Under the Mistletoe last year, then I went to a conference that offered a lot of amazing workshops on marketing. Wow! I learned so much – and developed a new plan. I need to do a better job of marketing these books, so there are changes ahead.

First of all, I’m changing the covers on both series, both to look more like other contemporary romances and romantic comedies and to look more like each other. I’m working with a new-to-me cover artist with fabulous credentials in this niche and I’m thrilled with our progress so far. (I love even her first draft!) I’ll be revealing those covers first in my newsletter and Facebook group, hopefully later this month. They’ll appear here on the site on April 15.

Secondly, I’m making some changes to the books. Some are small – like fixing the continuity error of Sonia/Sonya/Sonja’s name being spelled differently over the course of the series ARGH! – some are medium – like changing the titles – but one is bigger.

The big change is that Tyler is getting a new story, with a new heroine. He’s still the same finance guy who needs to be nudged out of his comfort zone, but Shannyn is a lot more forthright than Amy was. She’s sure Tyler doesn’t remember her from college, and really hopes he’s forgotten her telling him off at a party. But Ty remembers Shannyn very well – and he’s intrigued by the changes in her. She’s not his type and he knows he’s not hers, so she might be perfect for a fake date to his sister’s wedding. Ty suggests a deal and Shannyn surprises him with her terms. Ty takes it as a personal challenge to surprise her in return – and that’s only the beginning of these two shattering each others’ assumptions….

I’m having so much fun with this new book and I think you’ll love it!

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeThis change will have a ripple effect and create some smaller continuity changes through the other books. For example, one of the things that I wanted to address was that Amy doesn’t have much of a role in the later books. There’s not much for her to do at F5, since she’s a writer. Shannyn, though, is a photographer and the whole idea of the billboards for the club is now her idea. She’ll be more actively engaged in the promotion plans for the club, which I like. She also has tattoos, so we’ll get to meet Chynna sooner. There are a lot of small tweaks like this that will add to the cohesion of the books in the series.

I’ll also make some revisions to Snowbound, to make it more similar to the other books in that series. (I’m still deciding whether I’ll lengthen the books in the Secret Heart Ink series to make them more similar to Flatiron Five. I need to finish Ty’s new story before I can think about that.) Those new editions will probably be available this summer.

And this will all set things up well for me to write a new series set in the same world as Flatiron Five. Yay! That will mean that some of the existing characters will make cameo appearances in the new books and is part of the reason I’m working on the Character List here on the site. I’ll tell you more about that new series later this year, once all these changes are published.

Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah CookeIf you’ve bought the books, you’re probably wondering how the mechanics of all this will work. Don’t worry! It’s pretty simple. Simply Irresistible will be unpublished and become unavailable. The new series starter will be published and will be a free download. If this doesn’t happen immediately at the portals, subscribers to my newsletter will be able to download a free copy from BookFunnel.

The new versions of the other books, with their new covers, new titles, and slight content changes, will be published under the same ISBN#’s and ASIN#’s, since the changes are minor. This means you’ll be able to download an update free of any of the books you’ve bought. It also means the buy links to the portals will remain the same. I’ll add a note to the metadata of the revised books of their previous titles, so their history will be clear on the portals and at Goodreads.

But if you want any of these books in their current print editions, you should buy them now, as those editions will soon be going away.

Phew! That’s my big news! To be the first to see the new covers, and to have a chance to download Tyler’s new book free, please be sure to sign up for my newsletter, Heroes & Happy Endings!

New Covers for The Champions of St. Euphemia

My alter ego has been busy this month. The Champions of St. Euphemia series are getting new covers. I just love how these came out!
The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Heart, book two of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Kiss, book three of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Vow, book four of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Crusader's Handfast, book five of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   The Champions of St. Euphemia Boxed Set including all five medieval romances in the series by Claire Delacroix
I’m updating the book interiors in both the ebook and print editions, and also revising the copy for each book. This is in the works right now, so you might see mixed images in the series at your portal of choice until it’s all done.

If you’ve already purchased any of the ebooks, the new version should be available from your portal of choice as a free update. (The links have remained the same.)

The Crusader's Bride, book one of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix in audio   The Crusader's Heart, book two of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, in audio
The audiobook covers have also been updated for The Crusader’s Bride and The Crusader’s Heart. You should also be able to update your cover image, UNLESS you bought the ebook before February 1, 2019 at a portal other than Audible/Amazon.

I also have the print editions to update. Since a new cover requires a new ISBN#, it may take me a week or more to get the new print editions linked to the ebook versions. I’ll let you know when they’re live.

What do you think?

New Time Travel Covers

My two time travel romances, The Last Highlander and The Moonstone, have new covers!

These two books were originally published by Berkley in their Time Passages line. Here are the original mass market covers – these are digital photographs of the actual books, so the colors aren’t as saturated as on the real book covers. (Imagine. We didn’t get jpegs of our covers in those days!)

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition The Moonstone, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix (writing as Claire Cross), out of print mass market edition

These were the first books that I republished in new editions when I started to go indie. They were also the first covers that I had a cover artist design. These are the covers they’ve had since 2011:

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire Delacroix The Moonstone, a time travel romance by Claire Delacroix

I thought they were due for an update, so Kim and I went back to the drawing board. We decided to return to the “guy alone”, since these books aren’t that sexy, and to get rid of the clock. The time travel would be shown by the two locations, one modern and one medieval, behind the guy. Here are the new covers:

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix The Moonstone, a time travel romance and romantic comedy by Claire Delacroix

The new editions have been uploaded to all of the various portals. If you bought the books before, you should be able to download the new edition free. That might even happen automatically. If you can’t get it, please contact customer support at the portal.

Colouring Pages in the Store

Colouring page of Wyvern's Outlaw, a paranormal romance by Deborah Cooke, available for free download in Deborah's online storeI’ve added some colouring pages to my online store. These are black and white PDF’s that are sized to print on an 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper so you can colour them in.

You’ll find the colouring pages in the Colouring Pages category of the store.

Right now, there’s one for Wyvern’s Outlaw, one for One Knight Enchanted, one for The Beauty Bride and one for A Duke By Any Other Name.

Let me know if you like them, and which covers you’d like to see added to the collection.

Bride Quest II New Editions Available

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixTo give the Bride Quest books a consistent look, there are new covers for The Countess, The Beauty, and The Temptress. The interiors were updated as well.

I took these three books off sale while the update was in the works, but they’re available at your favorite portal again.

If you bought these books before in digital editions, you’ll be able to download the new editions as updates. At some portals, they’ll be delivered to your device automatically. At Amazon, you may have to request the new edition be delivered to your Kindle. Contact their customer service if it doesn’t come through automatically.

The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixThe Bride Quest II bundle has also been updated, as well as the print editions of all three books. There are new versions available for sale in my online store, both print and digital.

Phew! Another job done!

New Bride Quest II Editions

The new digital editions of the Bride Quest II books are now available! This latest update includes The Temptress and the Bride Quest II Boxed Set. The Countess and The Beauty were already updated. I’ve added them all to my online store, too.

If you bought these books previously, you should be able to download the new editions (with the new covers) as free updates. Amazon is the one portal where this might not be offered automatically, but you can contact their customer service to get your update.

The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixEsmeraude of Ceinn-beithe knows that she alone can name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitor to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen…

Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself…even if its price is a marriage of convenience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest — until the chase begins. Esmeraude’s challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard had dared to hope.

But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her. Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader’s worn and weary heart…a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.

“A magical tale…brims with rich, historical detail, entertaining banter and romantic tension.”
Publishers’ Weekly

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The Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixThree fairy tale medieval Scottish romances in one digital bundle, from the “Queen of Medieval Romance”!

In The Countess, Eglantine flees to a remote Scottish holding, in order to give her daughters the chance to marry for love, only to find an alluring highlander insisting Kinbeath is his possession. Duncan suggests a handfast, intending to win the heart of the alluring noblewoman during that year and a day, but Eglantine is determined to resist him, at all costs.

The Bride Quest II Boxed Set by Claire DelacroixIn The Beauty, Jacqueline chooses to join a convent instead of marry, only to be abducted by a scarred crusader intent upon avenging himself upon Duncan. Little does Angus realize that he has seized the wrong maiden, much less that she will help him to reclaim his stolen estate and claim his wounded heart as well.

In The Temptress, Esmeraude challenges those knights seeking her hand to a bride quest, intending to wed only the most worthy of the contenders. Bayard’s ambitions are bound to his success, and he is not a knight whose heart is available to be claimed – but Esmeraude will accept no less than his all.

 

This digital boxed set includes all three medieval romances in the Bride Quest II trilogy: The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress.

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Angus & Kyle

Angus and Kyle arrived yesterday afternoon in their print editions.

The Beauty, a medieval Scottish romance by Claire Delacroix, and Addicted to Love, a contemporary romance by Deborah Cooke, in print editions

Even though they were boxed up together for the trip, it looks as if they got along quite well. The books were in perfect condition! 🙂

These new print editions of The Beauty and Addicted to Love are available at booksellers, as well as in my online store.

This also means that everything has finally arrived for Romancing the Capital. Let the packing begin!

New Bride Quest Covers

Here are the new covers for the Bride Quest.

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

The new edition of The Princess will go on sale August 24, the new edition of The Damsel will go on sale September 14, and the new edition of The Heiress will go on sale October 19. The books are listed for pre-order at iBooks, Kobo and Nook.

There’s also an updated bundle The Bride Quest I Boxed Set, including the first three books, which will go on sale November 22.

Since we were updating the covers for the first trilogy, I thought it was a good idea to update the rest. Here are the new covers for the next three books:

The Countess, book #4 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Beauty, book #5 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix The Temptress, book #6 of the Bride Quest series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

These new editions will be available as soon as I get the files updated.

There’s also a new cover for the Bride Quest II Boxed Set.

If you purchased the previous editions of the Bride Quest II books or bundle with the cover illustrations by Eithne O’Hanlon (of the heroines alone), you’ll be able to download these new versions as updates.

Even though they are two trilogies, I’ve renumbered the series 1-6, since the books are linked.

Remember that there are free downloadable family trees for the Bride Quest in my online store: here’s the family tree for the first Bride Quest trilogy, and here’s the family tree for the second Bride Quest trilogy.

I LOVE these covers! What do you think?

The Rogues of Ravensmuir

There are new editions uploaded and available of my medieval Scottish romance trilogy, The Rogues of Ravensmuir. This is my first medieval romance series that introduces Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie. The books are a little bit Gothic, with dangerous heroes and a bit of intrigue.

You’ll know you have the current edition because it’ll have the new cover. 🙂

The new covers look like this:
The Rogue, book #1 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix   The Scoundrel, book #2 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix   The Warrior, book #3 of the Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy of medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix   The Rogues of Ravensmuir Boxed Set of three medieval Scottish romances by Claire Delacroix