Well, this is a very happy post to be sharing with you all. The rights to Kiss of Fire, the first book in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances, have now reverted to me. This means that the rights to ALL of the books that I sold to New York publishers are now back in my possession. (Yay!)

This also means that Dragonfire can be republished in new editions this year.

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeSo, how does this work? The digital edition of Kiss of Fire has already been removed from digital portals. The house will continue to sell their remaining copies of the mass market editions, until they are gone. They won’t reprint more, so if you really want a mass market edition, get it now. (There are still some mass market copies in my online store, which you can order from me and have signed.)

The Dragonfire Novels now have their own dedicated website, which you can visit right here. The pages for the books will remain here as a reference, but news about Dragonfire will be posted on the blog on the new website.

The next thing that needs to happen at my end is that the first eight books have to be re-edited, re-proofed and re-packaged. It’s possible that there will be some changes from the previous editions as we work through this process. I’ve also licensed the original cover art from the artist, Tony Mauro. The publication schedule looks like this:
Kiss of Fire – June 26, 2018
Kiss of Fury – June 26. 2018
Kiss of Fate – June 26, 2018
Winter Kiss – July 10, 2018
Whisper Kiss – July 24, 2018
Darkfire Kiss – August 14, 2018
Flashfire – August 28, 2018
Ember’s Kiss – September 11, 2019

Pre-orders are already listed for most of the books at iBooks and KOBO.

Here Be Dragons: The Dragonfire Companion by Deborah CookeWe’ve also been working on the Dragonfire companion volume, Here be Dragons, in anticipation of this reversion and republication. That will also be available later this year.

The Dragon Diaries will be launched in new editions, too, hopefully this year. I’m hoping that in 2019, I’ll be able to continue the stories of the next generation as they find their HEA’s. I’ll also be able to carry on with the story of the Pyr and the launch of DragonFate.

There’s a lot of work to be done, even though some of it has been started. I’m excited, though! Welcome back to Quinn and the Pyr!

Exciting News

A very exciting thing has just happened—the rights to three more of my books have reverted to me from the publisher. I now have the rights back to The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress. The publishing house will be removing their digital editions from sale, but retain the right to sell the rest of their print stock.

I’ve removed the buy links from the book pages here on my website.

The original covers were designed by Alan Ayers and I always liked them. The books had step-backs, too.

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

I’ll be republishing these books in new editions, as soon as I can get everything pulled together. I’m also going to take this opportunity to rebrand the Bride Quest II books with new covers. There will still be two boxed sets, one of each trilogy, and they’ll have new covers, too.

The prices on the Bride Quest will be lower than they were from the original publisher, too.

Stay tuned for updates!


More Dragonfire Novels Reverted

Kiss of Fury, #2 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeYesterday, I received some welcome news. The rights to two more of the Dragonfire novels have reverted to me. I have Kiss of Fury and Kiss of Fate back. This means that you will only be able to buy NAL’s mass market editions, at least as long as they have inventory. There are NO legitimate digital editions available of these books right now.

As of today, NAL holds the rights to only one of the Dragonfire novels – Kiss of Fire. I’m hoping that the rights to that book revert soon. The reversion of rights is triggered by sales volume – when sales drop below a certain threshold of units per year, it’s possible for the book rights to revert to the author. If you haven’t started the series, it would be great if you could wait to buy the first book until the new editions of the entire series are available.

Kiss of Fate, #3 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWhen I have the rights back to Kiss of Fire, I’ll republish the first eight books in new editions, in both digital and trade paperback format. Also, when Dragonfire is republished, there will also be a companion guide. I’ve talked about this before, and it’s in the works.

So, hold tight – the Pyr are gathering. I hope to be able to set them loose on the world again soon.

More Dragonfire Reversions

Winter Kiss, #4 in the Dragonfire series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeSlowly, slowly, progress is made.

Rights to several more of the Dragonfire novels appear to be in the process of reverting  to me. The digital editions of Winter Kiss and Darkfire Kiss are becoming unavailable, which is a sign that the reversion is in progress. The publisher has the right to sell their existing print stock of these titles, so you may be able to still find mass market copies.

The books in this series are reverting (more or less) in reverse order, and of course, I need to begin republishing them with the first book, Kiss of Fire. It will be the last one to revert. Reversions become possible when the sales drop below specified thresholds, so I’m hoping that fewer people will start the series since the middle books are currently unavailable.

Once I have them all back, I’ll let you know the plan for republishing them. Those of you who like your print books to line up on the shelf will be happy to learn that the new print editions will be in trade paperback, of the same size as The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever.

Dragonfire Update

There have been a number of questions recently about the availability of my Dragonfire novels, so it seems time for an update.

Kiss of Fire, a paranormal romance and first in the Dragonfire series, by Deborah CookeThe first eight Dragonfire novels (Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate, Winter Kiss, Whisper Kiss, Darkfire Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss, plus the short story, Harmonia’s Kiss) were published by NAL, which is a division of Penguin. My contract with them gives them the right to print and distribute the books, but also defines when those rights return to me. This process is called the reversion of rights. Once upon a time, when a book reverted to an author, it often became unavailable forever, unless another publisher wanted to buy the right to print and distribute them. In this market, though, authors can republish the books themselves. (Yay!) That’s what I’ve done with so many of my historical romances that were previously published–when the rights reverted to me, I republished them in new trade paperback and digital editions myself.

That’s what I’ll do with Dragonfire, once I have all eight books back in my possession.

Firestorm Forever, A Dragonfire Novel and paranormal romance by Deborah CookeRights reversion can be triggered by anything, and the terms are specified in the contract. For these books, the reversion becomes possible when unit sales for the title drop below a certain threshold. That’s a pretty common trigger. Sales had been slowly dropping, as one would expect, but I was surprised by what happened when I published Firestorm Forever last spring. Evidently a lot of people don’t want to begin reading a series until they know it’s complete, because sales shot up for ALL of the books in the series concurrent with that release. This is why the publication of DragonFate has been delayed—I won’t publish any more stories with the Pyr, until the rights to those first eight books revert to me. It’s difficult to manage a series when individual books are managed by different publishers. It’ll all be much simpler when I hold them all again.

Harmonia's Kiss by Deborah Cooke, a Dragonfire storyRight now, I have the rights to Harmonia’s Kiss, which has been republished in a digital edition. I also have the rights for Whisper Kiss, Flashfire and Ember’s Kiss. We’re almost halfway! Many of the rights for the Dragon Diaries have also reverted to me – I have all rights to Blazing the Trail, while Allison & Busby retains the rights they acquired to Flying Blind and Winging It.

When a book reverts, the publisher removes their digital edition from sale immediately. They have the right to sell off their existing print stock, but not to print any more copies. So, for those three books, your best chance of finding a copy is to look for the mass market edition, or find a used version.

There are no legal ebook versions at this point of those three Dragonfire books.

When the books are republished in my own editions, they’ll be available in digital editions and in trade paperback, to match the print editions of The Dragon Legion Collection, Serpent’s Kiss and Firestorm Forever, which were published by me from the outset. I’ll also publish the companion volume, Here Be Dragons, along with the new editions, AND put the Dragon Diaries in new editions. Phew! There’s a lot of prep working going on behind the scenes right now! The books will all have to be re-edited and re-formatted and re-packaged. I would like to make them available in audio, as well, but we’ll see how that works out.

The last of my mass market copies of the books are available as signed print editions in my online store.

So, that’s where we stand. I’ll let you know more when I know more. 🙂