Wyvern’s Warrior Sample

Wyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeWyvern’s Warrior, book #3 in my Dragons of Incendium series will be available January 19. Today, the free downloadable sample is available in my online store.

A mysterious stranger arrives on Incendium in secret, but is intercepted by princess Thalina when he tries to break into the palace. Thalina is intrigued by the dangerous mercenary and cyborg, so lets him abduct her to learn more. Acion is seldom surprised, but this dragon princess challenges all of his assumptions—while Thalina’s realization that Acion is her destined mate changes her own plans. Can she win the heart this warrior doesn’t appear to have—or will the truth of Acion’s nature break Thalina’s heart instead?

Coming January 19.

Download a free excerpt from my online store! Here’s the EPUB and here’s the MOBI.

GoodReads Giveaway of Wyvern’s Mate

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’ve set up some Goodreads Giveaways, and they go live today.

First, you can win a signed print copy of Wyvern’s Mate, which is the first book in my Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances. This is Drakina and Troy’s story. Although Drakina is a dragon shifter princess from space, and Troy has been traveling the universe, their story begins on earth.

You can enter the giveaway right here. Winners will be chosen on January 30, 2017.

Wyvern’s Warrior Pub Date

Wyvern's Warrior, #3 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe publication date for Wyvern’s Warrior has moved to January 19.

My concern is with the processing of the final book file during the holiday season. All of the portals have fewer people working during the holidays so are slower to post new content. This year, though, Apple sent a notice that files had to be delivered by December 12 to ensure delivery before the end of the year. That’s a week earlier than I expected, so let’s avoid the stress. They’ll also be backlogged when they get back to work, so January 19 it is.

The book will probably be available in my online store earlier than that, so stay tuned to the blog for updates on that.

Arista’s Legacy Today!

Arista's Legacy, #2.5 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeA Warrior Maiden of Cumae and a mercenary for hire, Arista is used to both hunting and being hunted. She accepts an assignment from Queen Arcana of Regalia so that she’ll have a chance to find the secret that can save both Regalia and Incendium from destruction. Arista never expects to be helped by one of Arcana’s own sons, much less that she will fall in love. How can she choose between defending her beloved and completing her quest?

Available today!

Arista’s Legacy is available in a digital edition. It’s also included in the mini-book print edition of Wyvern’s Prince.

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Audio Review for Wyvern’s Mate

Yesterday, Debbie Haupt posted a review of the audio edition of Wyvern’s Mate on her blog, The Reading Frenzy. It’s  a lovely review, so I’m sharing it with you today.

Wyvern's Mate, book #1 of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke, in audioHere’s a good bit:
Deborah Cooke’s first in her new Dragons of Incendium series is a masterful melding of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal romance. Her cast of characters are colorful in dragon or human form, her imaginative world is both familiar and foreign and her stars, the defiant yet compassionate heroine and school of hard knocks hero, rock the universe. Her dialogue is fast paced and fluent and she completes her tale brilliantly in an economy of pages. I can’t wait for the next dynamic dragon tale!

The sultry voice of Saskia Maarleveld is the perfect choice for Cooke’s debut Fantasy series in audio, starring Troy and Drakina the shape-shifting princess of Incendium. Listening to the novel enhances the enjoyment of Wyvern’s Mate in multiple ways; one is learning the correct pronunciations another is the satisfying pace, inflections and emotional narration of Saskia.”

Thanks, Deb, for the wonderful review!

You can listen to a sample of Wyvern’s Mate narrated by Saskia Maarleveld on the audio page of the Dragons of Incendium website or right here:

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The Fiery Portal

The Dragons of Incendium is a paranormal romance series featuring dragon shape shifter heroines. These are also SF romances – Incendium is the home planet of these shifters. These are novellas, with short stories released in between. They should be read in order.

This series is completely separate from Dragonfire.

On the far side of the galaxy, two planets, Regalia and Incendium, are locked into orbit around a dying sun. Since the Queen of Regalia has twelve sons, and the King of Incendium has twelve daughters, it is clear to both monarchs that the time has come to put their differences aside and compel at least one pair of their children to marry. A prophecy that Drakina, the oldest daughter of the house of Incendium, will bear a son who will save the planet simply adds to the parental desire for a wedding, soon.

The sons of Regalia are champions and knights. The daughters of Incendium are dragon shifters, fiery princesses with appetites beyond all expectation.

The first royal match does not work out well.

The Dragons of IncendiumWyvern's Mate, book #1 in the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke have their own website. You’ll find book descriptions, character listings, a glossary and buy links on that site. There’s just a list of the books on this site – look on the menu bar under Deborah Cooke Books. There’s a tab called Incendium and you can see the books in order, but the links on that page will take you to the Dragons of Incendium site. Clicking on the cover below is like stepping into a wormhole in space – click and *whoosh* you’ll be on the Incendium site. 🙂

The Dragons of Incendium series begins with:

Wyvern’s Mate

Nero’s Dream
(a short story)

Wyvern’s Prince

 

Guest Author S.E. Smith

I met Susan Smith almost a year ago at RTC in Ottawa. Not only are we both big fans of dragon shifters, but we hit it off and had some wonderful discussions. She’s just a wonderful person. 🙂 I’m very pleased to have her visiting my blog today. Please welcome S.E. Smith!

NYT Bestselling author S.E. SmithIt never ceases to surprise me that people like my books. I know that sounds a little strange, so let me take you back to the start. In 2012, I knew that I had to write down the stories that flowed around my head day and night.

I sat down and wrote them but didn’t tell anyone about them until I shared them with my sister, Linda. She immediately told me to publish them.

From what I have read, this is not such an unusual beginning for many writers. We write our stories because they demand to be told and I never thought that others would want to read my stories too.

I received this wonderful post from a reader the other day: “Susan, last night when I was on the phone with tech support about my kindle, I had a super nice lady and while we had down time while the kindle rebooted we talked books and how we can’t live without our kindle! So I said… do you read S.E. Smith? She says YES!! Then we traded fave stories and books for the next hour, lol.”

It is stories like this that readers share with me that warm my heart. It is important to remember my readers when I am writing; however, first and foremost comes my characters. There are times when my characters demand a story go a certain way and I know that I will get criticism from some of my readers. Being authentic as a writer is important and keeping the stories as told by the characters is part of this.

I listen to my readers; but what is even more important is I listen to my characters. They are the ones telling the story and they know what will happen next. Sometimes I wonder why a certain scene plays out. Eventually, the characters let me know the answer. I just ask that my readers be patient until they do.

Challenging Saber by S.E. SmithLet me give you an example. I recently released Challenging Saber, Book 4 in The Alliance series. I didn’t understand why Razor’s Traitorous Heart (Book No. 2) had to be the next one told after Hunter’s Claim until it was time to write Dagger’s Hope (Book 3). After all, Razor was only mentioned once in Hunter’s story.

I even had readers asking why I wrote Razor’s story instead of Jordan or Taylor’s. In my head, both girls needed to grow up before their story could be told, but it was more than that, Jordan couldn’t do it alone. That was when I understood how the puzzle pieces were beginning to fall into place. I needed Razor’s story because he and Kali were going to help Jordan. Without them, the story couldn’t happen.

Now, with the completion of Challenging Saber, Taylor and Saber’s story, even more of the puzzle has been revealed and I’m beginning to see the universe that makes up this amazing series – and more! Each book, each character, is so important in the larger picture of what is going to happen.

So, if you wonder why an author writes the way they do, keep an eye out for the clues hidden within the pages, because sometimes, the author doesn’t even know until the story is written!

S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY, International & Award Winning Bestselling author who has always been a romantic and a dreamer. A prolific writer, she spends her days and weekends writing and her nights dreaming up new stories. She enjoys camping and traveling. Readers can find out more about her stories at http://sesmithfl.com

The Experiment

In the quest to do things better and more efficiently, I’ve done some analysis of the year past to plan for the year ahead. One of the things bugging me has been the sales of my print editions. I’ve made them available to the widest number of portals, but that’s meant that the prices on the trade paperbacks have ended up higher than I’d like. There aren’t that many units selling through extended distribution, particularly of backlist titles. I think this might be because there are still used mass market editions out there available cheaply for many of those titles.

So, the experiment begins. I’ve made all of my backlist titles available exclusively through Amazon. This means that the prices have dropped on those editions, particularly in the US. They’ve also dropped a bit in the UK. The difference is pretty significant: instead of most of these titles having a list price of $14.99US and £9.99, they’re now list-priced at $9.99US and £7.99. Some of the longer books—like Fallen—are still more than $10, but not as highly priced as before.

This experiment DOES NOT include the new titles that I’ve indie-published, like The Dragon Legion Collection and Serpent’s Kiss, the True Love Brides Series, Abyss and Beguiled.

Firestorm Forever WILL HAVE extended distribution, too.

We’ll see how this shakes out, then I’ll decide what to do with the Champions of St. Euphemia. Stay tuned!