Dragons are Patient

I was really hoping to have great Dragonfire news for you by now, but no luck.

The reversion process continues, very slowly. Right now, the rights to the first three Dragonfire novels are still held by NAL – that’s Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate. They’re available in the NAL editions in both print and digital formats.

Harmonia's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, a Dragonfire storyThe short story, Harmonia’s Kiss, has reverted to me and is available in a digital edition. The current edition looks like the image to the right.

The next five Dragonfire novels have reverted to me. That’s Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss. Because I want to repackage and relaunch the entire series once I have all of the rights back, these books are not currently available in digital editions. NAL has the right to sell their remaining print stock (those are the mass market editions) so you may find those available for sale, and of course, there are probably used print copies out there, too.

Dragonfire was completed with the Dragon Legion novellas (Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness, and Kiss of Destiny, which are available in digital editions individually or gathered together in the Dragon Legion Collection in print and digital formats), Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever. These books remain available in digital and print editions. The print editions are trade paperbacks.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeThe YA spin-off trilogy, The Dragon Diaries, has mostly reverted to me. NAL sold UK and some commonwealth Engligh rights to the first two books to Allison & Busby. They still have those rights, but the rest have reverted to me. So, you might see the UK editions of Flying Blind and Winging It around in print or digital, but not the US one. Blazing the Trail is unavailable in digital, though NAL may still be selling some print editions. This confuses me a bit, but I’ll work it out when Dragonfire is republished.

My plan was (and is) to relaunch the series once I have all the rights, making every Dragonfire book available in a new digital edition and a trade paperback edition. Then, I’ll continue with DragonFate. The companion volume, Here Be Dragons, will be published as part of the same relaunch. The Dragonfire novels will have their own website, too.

Similarly, I’ll republish the YA trilogy, then continue with the stories of the second generation as new adult romances. ALL the Pyr need to get their happy endings!

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIn the meantime, I’m writing the Dragons of Incendium, because I need some dragon shifters in my office.

This process is taking longer than I’d expected or hoped. It would move more quickly if people stopped buying those first three books, but “don’t buy my books” is a pretty strange request for an author to make. I’ve taken the buy links off my site for these first three books, in the hope that it will speed the process along.

Fortunately, dragons are patient. I’m a little bit less so, and maybe you are, as well. (I don’t even want to think about how many more dragon shifters have been conceived while the Pyr were waiting on this.)

Now you know where we stand. It’s going to be awesome. 🙂

Exciting News #2

Lots of good things to share this week. 🙂

My second bit of good news involves my backlist titles: I’ve just had the rights to two more of my books revert to me.

The Romance of the Rose, book #1 of the Rose trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix   Unicorn Bride, book #1 of the Unicorn trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

What makes this particularly exciting is that these two books – The Romance of the Rose and Unicorn Bride – are the first two books I ever sold. They’re both medieval romances, and I’m very excited to have them back in my pocket again. I don’t have the text of these books in any kind of digital file, so they would need to be typed in all over again – actually, I suspect they need some revising, if not a solid rewrite, but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do this. I’ll have a look at them and decide their future over the next few months.

This means that of the eleven books I sold to Harlequin Historicals, I have the rights back for five of them. Here are the other three:

Honeyed Lies, book #1 of the Moorish series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix  The Magician's Quest, book #2 of the Moorish Series of medieval romances and a shapeshifter romance by Claire Delacroix  Roarke's Folly, book #3 of the Rose Trilogy of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix

I always loved the cover on Yusuf’s book, The Magician’s Quest! It was done by Pino. The two that just reverted and Roarke’s Folly had covers by Judy York in their original editions, and Honeyed Lies had a cover by Jon Paul. It was the first one he did for Harlequin that used a photograph as the base image instead of a painting. Lots of talent on my side!

If and when these books go back into the world, they’ll need new covers and copy, in addition to a revision and edit. More in my job jar, but happy news all the same!