Finally stopped back here for a visit – it’s been a crazy spring. Here’s a big wave to everyone!
My paranormal YA series, THE DRAGON DIARIES launched this month. This series is a spin-off of my Dragonfire series, featuring dragon shape shifters. FLYING BLIND is the first book in a trilogy, featuring the coming of age of Zoë. She’s the only dragon shapeshifter and so she should be the Wyvern and have special powers. The problem is that her powers are AWOL and she has no idea how to develop them. In book one, her first shift is triggered so she gets sent to dragon shifter boot camp with the other dragon shifters – where the young dragons discover that it’s up to them to save their kind from a new threat. Book #2, WINGING IT, will be out in December, followed by book #3, BLAZING THE TRAIL, next June.
You can read more about The Dragon Diaries on my website for it, right here. I’m also in the midst of a blog tour this month, so there are reviews, and guest posts and copies of the book to be won – read more here.
In Dragonfire, DARKFIRE KISS was released in May. That’s the story of Rafferty’s firestorm, and it had awesome reviews – you can read about the book right here. There are two more Dragonfire titles scheduled: FLASHFIRE in January 2012 and Dragonfire #8 in October 2012 (no title on that one yet.)
Lots of dragons in my office this year!
In other news, I’ve been republishing some of my Claire Delacroix backlist digitally this year. All of these books are available for Kindle for $2.99, and at Smashwords – they are perking their way to other distributors like Apple, Sony, KOBO and Barnes & Noble.
The Rogues of Ravensmuir is a medieval trilogy, each book featuring a hero with something to hide. These are a bit Gothic, and I’m glad to see them available again – especially with wonderful new covers. They are THE ROGUE, THE SCOUNDREL and THE WARRIOR. You can see the covers and read excerpts here, plus connect to buy links.
Three of my time travels are also available again. LOVE POTION #9, THE MOONSTONE and ONCE UPON A KISS were originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross and have been unavailable for a long time. It’s exciting to have new covers on them, too. You can read about them right here.
And last but not least, the only wolf shifter book I’ve ever written was a medieval published by Harlequin Historicals called ENCHANTED. I’ve just learned that they’re going to re-release that book digitally in July. This book features a hero cursed to be a wolf half of the time, a fairy tale feel, and a heroine who just doesn’t take no for an answer – especially when her HEA is at stake. I love this book and am quite excited about this. There’s a bit more about it here on my site, but you’ll have to scroll way down.
Edited to add – Actually, Harlequin is going to republish that entire trilogy. Links and stuff on my blog, right here.
Phew! That’s all my news!
Hi Everyone –
I’ve been writing like crazy lately, and not keeping up with my blog posts! BUT here’s some good news – I have a new website for my dragon shifter YA series, and it’s live today.
FLYING BLIND, the first book in the series, will be a June 2011 release, followed by WINGING IT in December 2011 and book 3 in June 2012. Those of you who have been reading my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances – featuring dragon shifter heroes – will have met Zoë. This YA series focuses on Zoë’s coming of age and coming into her powers as the new Wyvern. The previous Wyvern – Sophie – also gets her HEA in this trilogy.
I’m so excited! I’ve got the cover for FLYING BLIND, the first in the trilogy of dragon YA titles coming from NAL next summer. These are linked to my Dragonfire series – the trilogy is called The Dragon Diaries.
The trilogy focuses on Zoë coming into her powers as the new Wyvern. FLYING BLIND is book #1 and will be released in June 2011. Tentative pub dates for #2 and #3 are December 2011 and June 2012.
Hop over to my blog and take a peek!
I’ve been a slacker in the blogosphere, but that’s because I’ve been writing. This week my new Dragonfire novel – WHISPER KISS by Deborah Cooke – went on sale! Woo HOOO! I’m really excited about this one, because I had so much fun writing Rox and Niall’s story.
Here’s the yummy yummy cover:
There have been lots of great review quotes already. Here’s the Romantic Times review – they gave it 4.5 stars!
“Cooke introduces her most unconventional and inspiring heroine to date with tattoo artist Rox. Although the sparks are instantaneous between Rox and the Pyr Niall, each has baggage that makes their firestorm problematic. These highly likeable protagonists invest readers immediately in their hazardous journey. Cooke aces another one!”
Right here and now, I think we should have a contest. (Don’t you?) So, tell me what you think is SEXY about dragon shape shifters – or even about one of my Pyr dragon dudes. I’ll pick a winner on Monday August 9 – the winner will get a signed copy of WHISPER KISS.
Hi all –
The cover for WHISPER KISS, my fifth Dragonfire title, is done. I love it! This is Niall’s book, and will be released August 3, 2010. Have a peek:
Pop over to my blog to read the copy and see a much larger version. For some reason, it’s coming up small here.
Do you love it as much as I do?
Well, better late than never! Sorry I didn’t get to this posted n the 15th as planned – it’s been one of those weeks.
But there’s lots of good news! WINTER KISS has been chosen as a Blue Ribbon Favourite Read by the reviewers at Romance Junkies! And WINTER KISS has also been nominated by Romantic Times for their Best ShapeShifter Romance of 2009 award! Woo-HOO!
January will see the release of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF IRISH ROMANCE. I have a novella in this anthology called “The Ballad of Rosamunde” – Rosamunde was a secondary character in my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy, one who was trapped in the realm of Faerie at the end of the series. (Because I, incorrectly, believed that there would be more books in that series, and thus time to give Rosamunde her H.E.A.) Well, she gets her H.E.A. in this novella, which is a huge relief to me. Any of you who remember Rosamunde will guess that she has been a particularly noisy ghost, haunting my office these past years. She is, after all, a pirate queen, and a little more boisterous and unconventional than your average historical romance novel heroine.
Other than that, I’m just writing along. Dragonfire #5, which is Niall’s book and is called WHISPER KISS, will be out next August. I’ll tell you more about it in the new year, but I think you’re really going to like the heroine, Rox. And I’m busily writing Rafferty’s book, tentatively scheduled for an April 2011 release. The angel trilogy is done at my end as well – book #3 in my Claire Delacroix angel series from Tor is called REBEL and will be released in September 2010. No yummy covers to show you yet, but that will probably change in the next couple of months.
Meanwhile, it’s the holidays! I hope you have a lot to celebrate this holiday season, and lots of loved ones close by to share the festitivities with you. All the best to you and yours for 2010 – and may we all always have lots of good books to read.
What a wild month this has been for me! It says something that I’m looking forward to the hustle and bustle of December and the holidays – for the chance to slow down!
The most exciting news is about WINTER KISS, #4 in my Dragonfire series, which went on sale at the beginning of this month. Delaney and Ginger’s book is doing well out there in the world – it was #20 at Borders and #18 at Barnes and Noble on the mass market romance list for the first week on sale. Yippee! Of course, the cover is gorgeous – it’s there on the right sidebar. I like the book, too (ha!) and so did a lot of reviewers. You can read an excerpt HERE, and check out reviews on my blog HERE. Just choose Dragons from the sidebar to bring up all the Dragonfire-related posts.
As the Dragonfire series progresses, it becomes more likely that readers will pick up a book other than the first book and start reading. Because you might have questions, I’ve added a new feature to my website. I interviewed the Pyr – about firestorms and the Dragon’s Blood Elixir and the history of the Pyr and a bunch of other topics – and put their answers on the site. You can find the links on the index page.
I’m also hip-deep in the residency program. As some of you know, I was selected to be the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library this fall, for the first residency ever focussed on the romance genre. There’s a blog associated with the residency, which is a resource for aspiring romance authors – you can check it out HERE. I’m doing a bunch of critiques for writers, as well, and there’s one more public event left – on November 26, we’ll have a panel discussion called “The Other Side of the Story” with an editor and an agent. Brenda Chin from Harlequin and Amy Moore-Benson from AMB Literary Management will be my guests. If you’re in the GTA, you might want to check it out – more information on the library site HERE.
I’ve also been doing a lot of guest blogs and there are more coming for the week ahead. Pop by my blog for pointers – sometimes there’s a doorprize!
That’s it for this month. Stay warm and be sure you have lots of good books to read!
I was invited to post today, RomConInc. So, there’s my poor lonely post, with a signed copy of WINTER KISS as a doorprize, and only the moderator has commented. They’ll pick a winner at midnight, and I don’t think the mod should win!
What a busy month! But I’m making progress on my To Do list, one item at a time.
First up this month was the opening reception at the Toronto Public Library. I’m the writer-in-residence there for this month and next month, the first time that TPL has offered a residency focussed on the romance genre. The opening reception went really well and I had fun meeting many other authors. Later this month, there will be an online chat hosted by the library as part of their Book Buzz program – that will be on October 28th. And throughout this month and next, I’m building a blog for the library, which is a resource for aspiring writers about writing and publishing in the romance genre. You can check out the blog HERE - I’ll add a link for the online chat closer to the date.
I also just got home from the Emerald City Writers’ Conference hosted by the Greater Seattle RWA chapter, where I taught two workshops and gave the opening keynote. It was a terrific conference, attended by 250 people, and I had a great time. The bookfair was wonderful, not just for the opportunity to meet attendees but because it was open to the public.
Another exciting event this month was a complete surprise. Eloisa James gave my second fallen angel book, GUARDIAN, a great review in her column on the Barnes and Noble site, and made it the feature book for October on the reader forum. I was the guest author on October 5 there, which was a lot of fun.
Back at the home office, Niall’s book has gone into Production. That’s Dragonfire #5 and it will be out next August. I’ll tell you more about it when Delaney’s book has had its moment in the sun.
Because, yes, WINTER KISS will be on sale in just a few short weeks! You can read the excerpt and back copy HERE, an out-take scene HERE, and reviews HERE and HERE. I love this book and hope that you all enjoy it as well.
What’s next on my desk? Rafferty’s book, of course. But no spoilers on that any time soon.
I hope your October is busy and happy, and will be back to talk to you on November 3, when Delaney makes his debut in the world.