The Prometheus Project

Phew! They’re all done, AND the new boxed set, too.

Fallen, #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke   Guardian, #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke   Rebel, #3 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke   Abyss, #4 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke   The Prometheus Project Boxed Set of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

There are new editions uploaded of my Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances. You’ll know you have the current edition because it’ll be a Deborah Cooke book (instead of a Claire Delacroix book) and it’ll have the new cover.

Also, Fallen, book #1 of that series, is discounted to 99 cents right now.

Fallen, first in the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Deborah Cooke

Go South

Take a look over on the sidebar and you’ll see the link for Coastal Magic 2015. This reader conference will be in February in Daytona Beach Florida, which is not a bad place to be in February (even if it rains that weekend, as it did this year. You don’t have to shovel rain.) The conference focuses on paranormal romance and urban fantasy, and it’s a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the chance to chat with fans. It’s not a huge conference (like RT or RWA) which makes it more casual. I’ll be a featured author again at the conference next February and would love to see some of you there.

The list of attending authors will be posted in June, and registration opens July 1. Have a think about coming south next winter and being part of the fun.

Bitten by Books Review of Guardian

Guardian, book #2 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire DelacroixToday, I’m continuing to share Carol Malcolm’s wonderful reviews of my Prometheus Project series of urban fantasy romances. Here are her concluding comments in her review of Guardian:

“No mean feat, the author ably sustains the suspense of the characters on the run in a cat-and-mouse game for the duration of the novel, resulting in a page-turning reading experience with thrills and surprises. Delacroix creates a stark, horrifying, and heartbreaking world visited by brief moments of beauty when the angels come to call. The introduction of the wraiths, the shadowy former citizens who will do any job for a price, adds an eerie quality to the narrative. The mixture of futuristic science fiction and angel lore works due to the strong characterizations of both Delilah and Rafe as the threads binding the two aspects together. Though a bit more of a paranormal romance than its predecessor, this book should also please urban fantasy fans. This reviewer looks forward to the next installment in the series.”

You can read the entire review on the Bitten by Books site right here, and you can read an excerpt from Guardian on this site right here.

Bitten by Books Review of Fallen

Fallen, book #1 of the Prometheus Project of urban fantasy romances by Claire DelacroixOne of the fun things about attending conferences is meeting reviewers, readers and other writers. I met Carol Malcolm from Bitten by Books at the Coastal Magic Conference and we ended up talking about my Prometheus Project. She said she’d reviewed the books when they were originally published, but I had never seen the reviews. Well, she very kindly sent me the links, so I’m going to share these wonderful reviews with you.

Here’s the concluding paragraph of her review of Fallen:
“Delacroix’s fully-realized, disturbing world pulls the reader in on the first page and the narrative maintains both its suspenseful pace and intriguing storyline for the duration of the novel. The appealing Lilia and Adam and their respective backstories set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic landscape combine to provide a multi-layered reading experience. This absorbing and compelling urban fantasy/science fiction hybrid will satisfy fans of both genres and has this reviewer looking ahead to book two.”

You can read her complete review right here, and you can read an excerpt from Fallen, right here.

 

Ten Reasons to Love the Coastal Magic Readers’ Convention

I’m home and still running with a nice thrum of energy from spending last weekend at the Coastal Magic Readers’ Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida. Here’s my top ten list of why it was so great.

1. Readers
Wow. I’ve never gone to a readers’ con before, and now I’m wondering why. It was such fun talking to readers, as well as meeting people in person who I’ve known online for a while. Jennifer’s book club came to get their copies of Dragonfire signed. The book club from Michelle’s book store A Novel Idea made a road trip from Ocala to get their copies of Kiss of Fire signed. Mindy came to have her copy of The Rogue signed, as well as to get more books. It was fabulous to meet lots of excited readers and have my picture taken with many of them. I was having a great time before the booksigning, but after that, I was walking on air. (They need to figure out how to put that kind of energy in a jar.)

2. Books
I got books and bought books, although I wasn’t nearly organized enough to get them all signed at the book fair. 😦 The “bookstore” was in the corridor, which was a stroke of genius – every time I passed to go to another panel or whatever, a cover caught my eye. It was wonderful to sit down, talk to people about books (their own books or books they loved) then be able to step right out and pick up a copy.

3. Authors and Bloggers
It’s always good to see authors I know in person and to have a chance to catch up a bit. For example, I saw the fabulous Linnea Sinclair for the first time in ages, and even though she called me a crazy Canadian for wearing sandals in weather she found cold (come visit my world, Linnea. I’ll show you cold!), it was great to see her again. She also told me that she’s still using the prologue from Fallen in her writing workshop and suggested I should have it on my website. Now it is. (As if the fabulous quote she gave that book wasn’t enough. Thanks, Linnea!) I met so many authors I’d never met before – and bought a bunch of their books, too. Now I have to get reading!

4. New Perspectives on Old Skills
Amy Lane
taught me why knitting is the essential skill for surviving the zombie apocalypse. You can check out her list on her blog, right here.

5. The Beach
Seagulls, pelicans and crashing surf. I found and brought home a seashell. 🙂

6. No Snow
It rained, but really, after the winter we’ve had, I’m not that picky. I wore sandals, after all. I had curly hair for three days. No mittens. No hats, No coat. No chance of frostbite. No shoveling. It all worked for me.

7. Hoard Enhancement
Besides new books, I made a few other acquisitions in my travels. Some wonderful new dragon earrings, for example, more blank books (I can’t have too many), Sharpie markers in more colours (again, it’s impossible to have too many) plus even a research book for Thorolf’s story.

8. Alligators
Yes, I saw one, basking in the sun and not in a park or zoo. We did not, however, pursue an intimate acquaintance.

9. Panel Discussions
I had the chance to sit on multi-author panels and bounce around ideas about myths and fairy tales in urban fantasy and paranormal romance with Boone Brux, Lucienne Diver, Aria Kane and Amanda Carlson; compare notes on angelology, demonology (and even moral ambiguity) with Damon Suede, Rosalie Lario, Kait Ballenger, Lea Nolan and Ciara Knight; dragon shape shifter and other heroes with more with Kristin Painter, Carrie Ann Ryan, and Mari Mancusi; and also picked up some chitty chat about publishing. These casual panels were fun and interesting, but also led to more book purchases. (I like hearing authors talk about their books.)

10. Bloggers and Other New Contacts
I met people who do lots of great things for authors and readers and books, including virtual assistants, bloggers, reviewers, cover artists and more. I’m hoping to put some new ideas into action this year, and put those new connections to work. You’ll have to stay tuned for that.

Best of all, when I got home, Thorolf was still waiting in my office for the rest of his story to be told. 🙂

Bonus Content?

It’s been quiet here this week, because I’ve been lost in the realm of the Republic – or maybe, its netherzones. I’ve been working on the new editions of the Prometheus Project trilogy. This is a wonderful opportunity to go through the books again. Most ongoing series end up with a few continuity errors—because the books are written and published incrementally, not all at once—so it’s fabulous to have a chance to tweak the book files.

Fallen, an urban fantasy romance by Claire DelacroixFallen, first in the series, is also an interesting book, because I wrote it several times and there were major changes between each version. The first version was very different from what was originally published: the idea was that an historian was trying to document the events in the book, several years after the fact. For various reasons, the only source document available to the historian was Lilia’s diary, presenting her version of events. The historian believed that Lilia was an unreliable narrator (good observation there) and had annotated her diary with footnotes, as well as splicing in newspaper articles and other documents to make her references more clear. The book was written in first person, because it came from that diary.

There were a lot of changes to the story and the book’s structure on the way to publication, including the change to third person POV. The historian disappeared, along with her annotations and footnotes, the story ended differently, and it was structured differently. One major addition was my favorite in the whole book, the opening scene in Montgomery’s POV, which only became possible because of the shift to third person POV. We know a lot more about Montgomery and fallen angels in the final version of the story, but less about Lilia and her opinions.

The point here is that I have a lot of extra content associated with this story that has never been published before. I’d thought of preparing it as a companion volume, but it only exists for Fallen, not for the other books in the series. (And quadrupling the content isn’t a job I want right now.) So, I’m going to include some of it as bonus content in the new edition of Fallen—my question to you is how much bonus content do you prefer? Lots? A little? None? Should bonus content about a world be unequivocably true? Or can it be biased, thus showing as much about the character writing it as the world? I’m thinking that articles are more interesting than chronologies of events, but maybe you have a different view.

Tell me what you think. 🙂

 

New Cover for GUARDIAN

Another new cover to share (isn’t this fun?), this time for book #2 in the Prometheus Project. Here’s the new cover for GUARDIAN, which will be republished in a new edition this fall:

Guardian, an urban fantasy romance by Claire Delacroix

You can read the excerpt and check out a bigger version of the cover on my website, right here.