Live and Learn

Serpent's Kiss, book thirteen of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This past week, I finished updating the ebook interiors for my paranormal romances – with the new website landing page links and the new newsletter sign-up link. I also tidied up some prices and revised some metadata. It’s a relief to have that done, but it only is finished because the books are in Kindle Unlimited – I had to update them at one portal instead of seven. I still have about 20 Delacroix books to update with the new newsletter sign-up link and will try to get them done this week.

(I included Thorolf’s cover here, just for fun. It’s one of my faves.)

It’s not a huge issue if you sign up via the old newsletter link, as I’ll be moving new subscribers each month for each newsletter from the old service provider to the new one.

If you have the books already, Amazon won’t push out the new edition to you, because it’s considered a minor update when the endmatter links change. If you buy any of them now (or take them with your KU subscription) you’ll get the new versions.

Here’s the bit I learned this weekend. I was thinking that the old endmatter links to the book landing pages would go 404, since the domain names DragonsofIncendium.com and DragonfireNovels.com have been repointed to this site. And this was my mistake. Once upon a time, when setting up a website/blog at WordPress, you had to choose a name for the site. This predates the ability to register a domain name through WP. Now, you can either choose a free url (which includes “wordpress”) or you can buy a domain. Both of these websites are legacy sites, so they both have default WP domain names: DragonfireNovels.com has the default WP url of https://dragonfirenovels.wordpress.com; while DragonsofIncendium.com had the default WP url of https://incendiumblog.wordpress.com

And when the domains are repointed, the default url – which is a free site – remains live. Both urls bring you here, but those sites are still out there. That’s one thing I learned.

Here’s the second. There are two links available for a page on a WP website. One is the long link which includes the path, like this:
https://deborahcooke.com/pnr/dragonfire/kiss-of-fire/

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

This tells you that Kiss of Fire is under the Dragonfire tab, which is under the PNR option on the menu at this site. All that info is included in the long link.

The other is a shortened WP link. I like these shortened links not only because they’re less likely to break but also because if I change the location of the page on the menu or even its name, they still work. WP keeps track of that. (For example, I changed Paranormal Romance to PNR in the link to make it shorter after the page was created. The shortlink didn’t change.) The shortlink is always associated with the page. For example, here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on this website:

https://wp.me/P3H9xs-7bL

And here’s the short link for Kiss of Fire‘s page on the old website:

https://wp.me/P74TXW-I

It still works! If you look at the url in your navigation bar, though, you’ll see that it’s the WP domain name, not DeborahCooke.com.

So, whenever I used the shortlink in the ebook interior – which was most of the time – it won’t go 404. It will take you to the old site. This is a great interim solution for those of you with older book files, and also explains why I still get traffic on the Incendium site, even though the url has been repointed to the Dragonfire site for a while. I’ve unpublished the Incendium site now by making it private, so following any of those old Incendium short links – which have been gone from the ebooks for two years – will take you to a WP log-in page, not a 404 page. I’ll leave the old Dragonfire site live until the end of the year, or whenever I remember to take it private again.

On to the last books that need updating!

Is it Hotter in Here?

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Since all the content is now available on this website, the urls DragonfireNovels.com and DragonsofIncendium.com now point here.

If you follow an old link to one of those urls, you’ll end up on this site but with a “content not found error”. It’s here, but the landing page urls have changed. Just hop on up to the Paranormal Romance tab and you’ll find everything on the drop-down menu.

I’ve updated the ebook interiors with new links, but some portals (like Amazon) don’t push out new content to people who already have those books. Not much I can do about that. New customers will get the new file.

When I was updating the Dragonfire Novels book interiors, I noticed that there used to be a page for the kids called The Next Generation. I found the old draft of that page in the trash (it probably went away when I built the family trees) so will update and republish that soon.

It’s always better to have an image on a post, so here’s Ember’s Kiss. I always loved this cover. 🙂

The Dragonfire Novels in KDP Select

The Dragonfire Novels have moved into KDP Select this month. You can now read the series free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

As usual, when I move a series into KU, book one is free for five days. Kiss of Fire is free from today through May 14. Download your copy of Kiss of Fire and start the series today!


Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

One kiss can change the course of destiny…

When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind – or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything – even Sara’s love – to fulfill their entwined fates.


WINNER
2008 Best Paranormal,
Time Travel, Futuristic or Fantasy Romance
Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence


“Wow, what an innovative and dazzling world Ms. Cooke has built with this new Dragonfire series. Her smooth and precise writing quickly draws the reader in and has you believing it could almost be real… I can’t wait for the next two books.”

Fresh Fiction

The Dragonfire Novels are now enrolled in KDP Select and available exclusively at Amazon. You can read them free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription!


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“Cooke, a.k.a. bestseller Claire Delacroix, dips into the paranormal realm with her sizzling new Dragonfire series…Efficient plotting moves the story at a brisk pace and paves the way for more exciting battles to come.”

—Romantic Times

“Paranormal fans with a soft spot for shape-shifting dragons will definitely enjoy Kiss of Fire, a story brimming with sexy heroes, evil villains threatening mayhem, death and world domination, ancient prophesies, and an engaging love story…An intriguing mythology and various unanswered plot threads set the stage for plenty more adventure to come in future Dragonfire stories.”

—BookLoons

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“Deborah Cooke has definitely made me a fan. I am now lying in wait for the second book in this extremely exciting series.”

—Romance Junkies

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An Update on Dragon’s Wolf

Dragon's Wolf, book five of the DragonFate novels paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

If you had pre-ordered Dragon’s Wolf, you’ve probably received a message from your portal of choice that the publication of Arach and Wynter’s story has been cancelled.

It’s actually delayed, but since I don’t know how long it will be, I’ve cancelled the pre-order.

This means that the DragonFate novels have begun their move to KDP Select, along with Coven of Mercy. They’ll be available in KU later this month. Once that series is enrolled, the boxed set Dragons First will also be enrolled and this whole transition will finally be done. (Phew!)

What’s going on? Well, several things. First, I’ve dug into the worldbuilding for Wynter’s side of the story and am discovering so many interesting things about wolves (and wolf-shifters) that I don’t want to rush. I want to spend time with the worldbuilding, and also create a spin-off series for the wolf-shifters Wynter knows.

Secondly, I’m not putting down the words as quickly as was once the case. After ten years of indie publishing, I’m a bit tired.

What’s happened in the last ten years? In the transition from traditional publishing to indie, I became my own publisher. That means commissioning covers, hiring editors, formatting book interiors and doing promotion, all the jobs that are done by the house, as well as writing. In recent years, the pace of publication has increased, so I’ve written and published more books, as well as doing all those other jobs. I’ve also exercised subsidiary rights, commissioning audiobooks and translations of my works. And I had the rights revert to me from publishers for titles that were originally published by them, which meant those books needed to be republished in new editions.

Let’s look at the tally. In indie, I’ve written and published 17 new historical romances, revised and republished 4 backlist titles, and republished 17 older books in new editions. (We won’t count boxed sets here.) In PNR, I’ve written and published 5 Dragonfire stories to complete the series, compiled a world guide, written and published 15 new paranormal romances, and republished a YA trilogy, three urban fantasy romances, a short story and 8 Dragonfire novels. In contemporary romance, I’ve republished 5 romances, written and published 15 new books. Hmm. That’s 52 new stories in ten years, plus 43 older books republished. Just for comparison’s sake, I wrote those 43 books over my twenty years of traditional publishing plus 7 more that haven’t been republished for 50 books in total over 20 years. In indie, I’ve written 52 stories in just 10 years, so my writing output was doubled up, even while I was doing all the other stuff.

Phew. No wonder I need a little time to restore the well. I’ll be back with more stories after I catch my breath. 🙂

Thanks for reading my books!