New Pub Date for Dragon’s Mate

Dragon's Mate, book 4 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

I’ve moved the publication date for Hadrian and Rania’s story to November 24. Dragon’s Mate has been challenging to write—these two characters have run off with the story multiple times and made it into their own. I love when this happens because it creates a better book, but I also want to ensure that the book is published as it should be. This extra month will give me time to think about the story and ensure all the ends are tucked into place. I’ll be able to get the print edition published in advance of the ebook, and will be able to give my ARC reviews more than a heartbeat to read the book.

How this will shake down for you varies by portal. Apple and Kobo allow me to change the publication date and I’ve done that already. Nook had some issues this month, but I’ve managed to update the publication date there, as well. There isn’t a pre-order at GooglePlay, so there’s nothing to change or update there. I asked Amazon if they’ll move my pre-order by a month and they agreed so pre-orders there will remain in place.

If you follow me on Amazon, you will likely get a release announcement for Dragon’s Mate next Tuesday, even though the book won’t be published. It appears that the dates on those announcements can’t be changed or updated.

I appreciate your understanding and support on this. 2020 has been quite a year so far and not an easy one for creative endeavors. I hope things settle down soon. In the meantime, I’m thinking about changing my processes for the future. More about that in another blog post, coming soon.

Modifying the Schedule

I’ve been feeling a bit tense so far this year, and this past weekend, I figured out why. I had originally scheduled the four books in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series to be published at three month intervals – that meant I’d be writing and publishing four new medieval romances in a year. I’ve done that before – although I usually do three books a year – and thought that would be fine.

The Crusader's Handfast, #5 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThen I added Duncan and Radegunde’s story to the schedule. Another book (actually a bit of a long one) published in 6 installments as well as in its entirety in a single volume. That brings me to five books.

Then I had to get Simply Irresistible on to the schedule to launch that new contemporary romance series before the summer. Six books.

If you’ve had a peek at my sampler, you know there’s another novella on the schedule, too.

I also have a lot of travel booked in May. Hmm.

It’s obvious when I review it all that I’ve maxed out. I’ll be making my partners crazy if I try to keep to this schedule, and I’ve never wanted to be the crazymaker. I’ve worked with enough of them to know how destructive they can be. And by the middle of the summer, even if I did manage to keep all the dates and publish all the books, there’d just be an expectation that I continue to publish at that rate. Five books is a good goal for the year, but the fifth book has to be Simply Irresistible.The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix, book #4 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series of medieval romances.

So, there will be two modifications to the schedule:

The Crusader’s Vow will now be an August 23, 2016 release.

The complete volume of The Crusader’s Handfast will now be an October 18, 2016 release.