On New Series – and Stalking the Muse

Last week, I started this Monday column – for lack of a better word – for a reader update on the state of the empire, so to speak, and some musings on a creative life. Last week, I wrote about the last six and a half years of being indie, and making the transition from traditional publishing. I wrote about bats, too. 🙂 This week, we’ll look ahead at the work in progress and books coming soon, then talk a bit about sewing.

Under the Mistletoe, a contemporary Christmas romance and #4 in the Secret Heart Ink series by Deborah CookeWhat can you expect in book releases from me in the next year? Well, there’s a tiny bit of finishing up to do yet. Under the Mistletoe is the fourth and final book in the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances and it will be available in September. Some Like it Hot is the seventh and final book in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances and it will be available in February. I know that all of the partners have their happily-ever-after, but I wanted to take one last peek in at the club, and leave them with a new means of recruiting models for their Times Square billboard. It’s true that there are characters who still need their stories told – Hunter, Sonja, Rachel, Nate – but the current plan is for Some Like it Hot to end the series.

It’s entirely possible that there could be a spin-off series, or that these characters could find their HEA’s in another series (which is a much more interesting proposition to me.)

Unicorn Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix, 2019 new editionOver on the historical side, my Rogues & Angels series of medieval romances is still in progress. I think this will be scheduled at a book a year or so, at least for the time being, with some shorter works or republished works in between. One Knight’s Desire is the next Rogues & Angels book, and I’m hoping to publish it in the spring. I’m enjoying researching and writing this series and want to savor the process a little. 🙂

Unicorn Bride is the next republished work for Claire and will be published later this month. I’m not sure what the next one will be. I have covers done for the Rose trilogy, but they need some work to be a more closely-knit series.

The shorter stories in between will be Kinfairlie Tales. I have covers done for three of them and will tell you more about each one when it’s available for pre-order.

Dragon's Kiss, book two of the DragonFate novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThen there’s entirely new work. The most obvious example of that is the DragonFate series of paranormal romances, which is a new series featuring my dragon shapeshifter heroes, the Pyr. The prequel, Maeve’s Book of Beasts, was published earlier this summer, and the first full-length romance in this series, Dragon’s Kiss, will be published in October.

This series is proving to be a lot of fun to write, because there are lots of other paranormal creatures in the Dragonfire world and now they all have to band together to defeat Maeve. You know that vampires aren’t going to get along with anyone, that dragon shifters are going to lose their tempers and get fiery, and that the dark fae will be tricksy. Throw in a slow-burn romance between a librarian and the hot vampire she knows is no good for her, and a firestorm between a dragon shifter and a Valkyrie, and New York night life will become very interesting.

There are a few more things in the works, but that’s plenty to talk about today.

The thing about writing for me is that I can’t write all the time. I generate new content for maybe four hours a day. In the past, when I was traditionally published, I would spend the rest of the day doing other stuff and letting my ideas for the next day’s writing percolate. Sometimes there was promotional stuff to do; sometimes there were publishing jobs (like reviewing proofs) to finish. At least half of the time, though, I would do other things, activities that had nothing directly to do with writing and publishing. I would sew. I would garden. I would knit. I would walk or ride my bike. I would go to an art gallery or a museum, or go shopping. I would cook or try out a new recipe. All of these activities – and more – cut my imagination loose to figure out what came next in my book, and by the time I sat down at the computer the next morning, I knew what to write. They also gave me a more balanced schedule and a healthier lifestyle.

Going indie changed that schedule. I still write for three or four hours each morning, but for the past few years, I had publishing tasks to do, each and every day. My ToDo lists were so long (and remain that long) that I never finished them. So, I spent more time at my desk and my imagination had less time to play. Writing became a little harder each day. I gained some weight and my stress levels rose.

On Writing by Stephen KingSo, taking a step back from the business of publishing my books is an excellent personal decision in many, many ways. I’m glad that the rate of change in the digital marketplace has slowed to the point that I feel comfortable doing that. About a year ago, I realized that my ToDo list was never going to be done and made my peace with some things just not happening. (This was tough and I still struggle with the imperfection of it.) I switched my office – which was in a large bedroom in our house – with our TV room, which is a smaller room. This felt like assigning the writing to its proper role in my life. Stephen King talks about making a similar change in his book On Writing, which is an excellent work that I think every author should read. I also divided this new office, putting my sewing table in there as well as my desk. I started to walk more last year which made me feel a lot better.

One stressful element of spending so much time at the desk, battling the endless ToDo list, is that the muse, the source of ideas and creativity, becomes more elusive. I knew I needed her back.

I revisited a favorite resource of mine, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This series of books features readings and exercises to help creatives restore and feed their souls, and I highly recommend it. It’s invaluable when trying to balance commerce and creativity. There actually are a number of books in this series – this is the first one, but I’ve worked through three of them.

I need to create other things in order to create stories. I need to play with colour and texture in order to tempt my muse to visit regularly. Sewing is one of the ways I create but I had packed it all away. I was still buying fabric, but just packing it away! Two years ago, I first tried Japanese sewing patterns, which tend to be of simple, classic shapes. This year, I have a collection of Japanese pattern books and am working on some more new garments from them. I have an astonishing stash and have begun to cut into it. This year, I also started to sew with knits for the first time and told you about that when I made some Mirri dresses.  This summer, I learned more about fitting garments, which is a fascinating business. I also pieced a new quilt top this year, the Escher quilt.

I also am making good progress on weeding and mulching my gardens this year. Weeds are similar to ToDo lists, in that they’re never all eradicated, but it’s very satisfying to clear them out all the same.

And what happens in the middle of all this? The muse appears in my peripheral vision and if I don’t spook her, she stays. Then ideas happen. Questions arise. Possibilities abound and I get very excited about new work.

We’ll talk more about that next week.

Multi-Author Kindle Unlimited Romance Promotion

The Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke

I’m participating in a romance promotion for books in Kindle Unlimited, including Wyvern’s Mate, Kiss of Fire and Snowbound. There are a lot of books included here, and they’re all romances, including series starters and paranormal romance, too.

The Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal and science fiction romances by Deborah Cooke enrolled in Kindle UnlimitedAs part of this promotion, I’ve also discounted Kiss of Fire and Snowbound to just 99 cents for the entire month. (Wyvern’s Mate was already 99 cents) – but also for five days this week, all three books will be FREE.

All of my PNR series are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited now and so is Secret Heart Ink, so you can binge-read each entire series.

The sale continues through August 21.

Check out the landing page today and find a new read!

The Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke in Kindle Unlimited

See Secret Heart Ink at Amazon.com

See the Dragonfire Novels at Amazon.com

See the Prometheus Project at Amazon.com

See the Dragons of Incendium at Amazon.com

Updated Reading Guide

Reading Guide for Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix Books 2019 EditionIn 2016, I published a reader guide for the first time as a free download. You all loved this resource, based on the number of downloads it had, so it’s been updated for 2019. Just like the last three, this little volume is thick with links. There are links to product pages as well as links to other content on my site that you might have missed—an out-take scene, family trees to download, audio samples, swag, upcoming booksignings. There are also suggestions for reading order, beyond the series order.

I changed the cover again so you’d know which version you have—the red guide is the 2016 edition, the purple guide is the 2017 edition, the gold one is the 2018 edition and the turquoise one is the 2019 edition.

You can download the Reading Guide free at:

Apple
Amazon
Nook
KOBO
GooglePlay
BookFunnel (this is a good option if Amazon doesn’t have it free in your territory.)

 

 

Made in Canada with Love Sale at Kobo

Made in Canada with Love sale at Kobo June 2019There’s a sale running at Kobo on books written by Canadian authors from June 27 through July 4. When you buy one book, you can buy a second for 50% off! The thirteen participating authors are:

Jean Oram
Toni Anderson
Ev Bishop
Elena Aitken
Jackie Lau
Margery Scott
Suzanna Medeiros
Deborah Cooke
Claire Delacroix
Molly O’Keefe
Eve Langlais
Cindy Procter-King
Kate St. James
Winter Kiss, #4 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeYou’ll find three of my Dragonfire Novels there—Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, and Winter Kiss.
You’ll also find my four time travels included in the sale—The Last Highlander, Once Upon a Kiss, The Moonstone, and Love Potion #9—as well as three of the Champions of St. Euphemia medieval romances—The Crusader’s Heart, The Crusader’s Kiss, and The Crusader’s Vow.
All of these titles will be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited in July, just FYI.
As usual at Kobo, there are territorial landing pages.
Happy shopping!

Apple’s Steals & Deals Sale, or Buy Direct

Kiss of Fire, book #1 of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeApple is running a sale on ebooks in Canada, Australia, US, UK territories. All of the featured books are discounted to $2.99 US or less from today through June 25.

You’ll find Kiss of Fire featured on the sale page, and it’s been discounted to 99cents. I’ve discounted Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate and Winter Kiss to $2.99 US for the duration of the sale at Apple.

These four titles are discounted at Amazon in the same territories for the same period.

Because I know you don’t all shop at Apple or Amazon, and you don’t all live in thes included territories, you can also buy the ebooks directly from me at these discounted prices. You’ll pay by PayPal and your ebook(s) will be delivered by BookFunnel in ePUB or MOBI.

Here’s your chance to save on the beginning of the Dragonfire series!

Buy Kiss of Fire:
Amazon.com
Apple
Books2Read Universal Link (Find other Amazon stores here.)

• Buy Kiss of Fire directly from me for 99cents US and have your ebook delivered by BookFunnel:
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Kiss of Fury, #2 of the Dragonfire novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Kiss of Fury:
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Apple
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find other Amazon stores here.)

• Buy Kiss of Fury directly from me for $2.99 US and have your ebook delivered by BookFunnel:
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Kiss of Fate, #3 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Kiss of Fate:
Amazon.com
Apple
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(Find other Amazon stores here.)

• Buy Kiss of Fate directly from me for $2.99 US and have your ebook delivered by BookFunnel:
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Winter Kiss, #4 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Winter Kiss ebook:
Amazon.com
Apple
Books2Read Universal Link
(Find other Amazon stores here)

• Buy Winter Kiss directly from me for $2.99 US and have your ebook delivered by BookFunnel:
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PNR in Kindle Unlimited

Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah CookeI’m going to enroll some titles in Kindle Unlimited, which means that they have to be available exclusively at Amazon. I have a number of promotions booked this month, which will influence both the timing of series going into KU and (frankly) how many series go into the program.

I’ve decided that the Dragonfire Novels, the Dragons of Incendium and the Prometheus Project will definitely be enrolled, probably the first week of July.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIt’s the paranormal and fantasy work that’s on the move. I plan to enroll my time travels in KU in July as well. I’m picking away at the unpublishing so you’ll see books disappearing from the various portals. Incendium, for example, is already unpublished at Nook and GooglePlay. There are collections in all three series included in a promotion at Kobo that goes through June 30, so they’ll be available there until that’s completed. The time travels are included in a promotion at Kobo that will run June 27 to July 4 so can’t move to KU until after that.

Coven of Mercy, a short story and vampire romance by Deborah CookeBut I’ve already started enrolling titles. The two short works linked to my dragon PNR series – Coven of Mercy and An Elegy for Melusine – are now enrolled in KU.

Beguiled has been unpublished from other portals and is available only at Amazon, because those two shorts are included in it, but that collection is not in KU.

Snowbound, #1 of the Secret Heart Ink series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeSecret Heart Ink is also enrolled in KU now, and I’ve dropped the prices on all five of these books to 99cents, too.

I’m still thinking about my historical romances. We’ll see how this month’s sales go first.

If you’re missing any of these titles in your collection and prefer to shop at other portals than Amazon, this is a good chance to grab those books.

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?

Dragonfire Reunion Today!

Dragonfire Reunion, the third Dragonfire digital bundle including Flashfire, Ember's Kiss, Harmonia's Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Dragonfire Reunion is the third digital bundle in The Dragonfire Novels: The Complete Series and includes the books that feature the gathering of outcasts and outsiders of the Pyr, to aid in the Dragon’s Tail Wars between the Pyr, dragon shifters pledged to defend the treasures of the earth, and the evil Slayers, dragon shifters bent on destroying both the Pyr and the humans they protect.

In Flashfire, Lorenzo has no interest in joining his fellow dragon shifters until his destined mate, Cassie, tracks him down in the hope of photographing one of the Pyr. Lorenzo makes a deal with her, never guessing that the defense of his mate will persuade him to embrace the powers he’s denied for centuries.

In Ember’s Kiss, Brandon distrusts his shifting abilities, but one look at Liz sets his dragon on fire. Liz understands the burden of a powerful legacy all too well, since she’s on the run from her own—can Liz and Brandon work together to defeat the evil Slayer who has cursed Brandon, and claim the promise of the firestorm?

In Harmonia’s Kiss, the Dragon’s Tooth Warriors return to the place of their enchantment to battle an ancient and wily foe. They thought Cadmus defeated before: will he defeat them in this fight or will they destroy his wickedness forever?

In Kiss of Danger, the Dragon Legion travel back in time with the aid of the darkfire crystal, in search of their firestorms, their mates, and their lost pasts. Alexander has a second chance with his beloved Katina, but she has secrets that challenge his trust.

In Kiss of Darkness, Damien finds his mate pregnant and captive in the underworld, but Petra’s influence is just as powerful as ever. Will the heartbreaker of the Pyr risk even his own heart to save his mate and their son?

In Kiss of Destiny, Thad follows the spark of the firestorm to his mate, a nymph named Aura. He enters the realm of the gods in pursuit of her heart, but finds a greater enemy, demanding vengeance upon the Pyr. Will Aura be the demanded price? Or can Thad save her, his firestorm, and the future of his kind?

Dragonfire Reunion, the third Dragonfire digital bundle including Flashfire, Ember's Kiss, Harmonia's Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeBuy Dragonfire Reunion:
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Dragonfire Elixir Available Now!

Dragonfire Elixir, the second Dragonfire digital bundle including Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss and Darkfire Kiss of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke Dragonfire Elixir is the second digital bundle in The Dragonfire Novels: The Complete Series and includes three books that feature the battle between the Pyr, dragon shifters pledged to defend the treasures of the earth, and the evil Slayers, dragon shifters bent on destroying both the Pyr and the humans they protect. These three books feature the Pyr‘s mission to destroy the Dragon’s Blood Elixir which gives the Slayers the power to raise the dead.

In Winter Kiss, Delaney Shea who has been forcefed the Elixir is determined to destroy its source alone, no matter the cost to himself. On the eve of his suicide mission, he feels the spark of his firestorm and seduces Ginger Sinclair to leave a legacy for the future. But Ginger isn’t so easily abandoned, even for her own safety—she follows Delaney and becomes part of the mission to destroy the Elixir’s source, and save Delaney for herself and their son.

In Whisper Kiss, Niall Talbot has vowed to hunt down and eliminate the remaining shadow dragons, then is targeted by the Slayers himself. When his firestorm ignites and his mate—the feisty tattoo artist and dragon enthusiast Rox Kincaid—is at risk, Niall will do anything to defend her—even abandon his own assumptions when opposites attract.

In Darkfire Kiss, Rafferty Powell is bent on the destruction of the Slayer Magnus, since the two old foes have exchanged challenge coins and vowed to battle to the death. He doesn’t expect his destined mate to step between them, but reporter Melissa Smith will take any risk to get the real story—even enter the dragon’s den, fight fire with fire, and fall in love with the greatest romantic of the Pyr. Will it be enough to save them both from Magnus’ vengeance?Dragonfire Elixir, the second Dragonfire digital bundle including Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss and Darkfire Kiss of the Dragonfire Novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Available now!

Buy Dragonfire Elixir:
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