YA Dragon Shifters

June 19, 2011 at 6:13 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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!

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December Update from Deborah Cooke

December 16, 2009 at 10:30 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , )

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.

Deborah Cooke
Alive & Knitting blog

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September Update from Deborah Cooke

September 15, 2009 at 6:04 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , , , , )

There’s something about September. Maybe it’s the habit of getting ready to go back to school – even long after we’ve finished doing that! – or maybe it’s the fall snap in the air. Either way, there’s a new energy afoot in September. I find myself with lots to do each year, and lots of initiative to get things done. Septembers in publishing then start to perpetuate their energy, as most print books spend a year in the production cycle. This year, you’ll see the fruits of what I wrote last year – and what I write this year will be out next fall.

So, what’s coming up? First of all, I have a novella in the anthology THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE II – this is the one with the steampunk vampire chick on the cover. It’s my first vampire piece and I had fun with it – my contribution is called “Coven of Mercy.” The antho goes on sale September 22 but it looks as if Amazon has it in stock now.

Next up will be book #2 in my future-set fantasy romance series, featuring fallen angel heroes in a post-nuclear, pre-Apocalyptic world. GUARDIAN goes on sale September 30, and is the sequel to FALLEN. Tanzey at FreshFiction wrote a wonderful review which you can read HERE. You can read the cover copy and an excerpt – and check out the gorgeous cover! – right HERE.

Next up will be book #4 in my Dragonfire series from NAL Eclipse. WINTER KISS is Delaney’s story, and tells of his quest to eliminate the Dragon’s Blood Elixir. Of course, he isn’t planning on having his firestorm right in the middle of his mission, much less on the force of nature that is Ginger Sinclair. Tanzey was quick with reviews this summer – you can read the Fresh Fiction review of this book HERE. You can read the cover copy and an excerpt – and check out another gorgeous cover! – right HERE. WINTER KISS goes on sale November 3.

I will be the opening keynote speaker at the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in early October, plus I’ll be teaching a workshop. There’s a booksigning associated with the conference, as well, one that I believe is open to the public. I will be doing a couple of booksignings in Toronto at the beginning of November with both new titles – you can always check out my schedule on THIS PAGE of my blog.

And finally, I will be the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in October and November of this year. There are several public events associated with the residency – these are free events, but you need to register with the library that you plan to attend. One will be an intro to me and the residency, and for the other, we’ll have a panel discussion with an editor and agent about the other side of the business. If you’re too far away to attend, there is also a blog associated with the residency, which will launch on October 5. We’ll talk about the romance genre, about writing and publishing, and will have some guest bloggers, too. This is the first time that the TPL has offered a residency focussed on the romance genre, so I’m honoured to have gotten the post – and I think it will be a lot of fun! More information about the residency is posted HERE.

Phew! I think that’s enough to keep me out of mischief, don’t you?

Deborah Cooke
blogging most weekdays at Alive & Knitting

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Writer in Residence

September 1, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Deborah Cooke) (, , , , )

This is a little bit O.T. but I am the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library this fall. It’s the first time that the TPL has offered a residency focussed on the romance genre, so I’m pretty excited about the plan.

There’s more information about the residency and its associated programming here – the blog, of course, will be accessible to everyone independent of geographic location.

Today, an interview I did with Metro Morning on the CBC aired – it’s also available for download from the CBC website here.

And there’s an article on the CBC site about me and the residency, here.

So, if you’re in Toronto, please come out to the residency events, or bring your manuscript in for critique. And if you’re not in Toronto, please participate online!

See you at the library!

Deborah Cooke

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Winner of FALLEN

October 29, 2008 at 5:42 am (Contests, Deborah Cooke, Winners) (, , , )

KEIRA is the lucky winner of a signed copy of FALLEN. Keira, check your inbox for a message from me about claiming your prize.

Thanks everyone for sharing your favourite Halloween costumes!

Deborah

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You Shapeshifter, You

October 28, 2008 at 5:18 am (Contests, Deborah Cooke) (, , , , )

It’s that time of year again, the time when each and every one of us gets to shift into (or dress up as) someone or something else.

According to Celtic tradition, Samhain is the night when the veil between the worlds draws thin, when it’s easier to get in touch with the dead because they’re able to be in our midst again. Pumpkins carved into frightening faces and candles in the window are supposed to keep our demons and our dead at bay, and dressing up was a means of disguising yourself from any ghouls out to get you. Samhain became All Hallows Eve, the night before All Souls Day, when the Christian monks arrived in what is now the U.K.

And we still dress up, though whether it’s to deceive the living or the dead is anyone’s guess.

Which brings me to the question of shape shifting – what will you “be” this Halloween?

If you’re not dressing up, what was your favourite Halloween costume ever?

Tell me why and you’ll be eligible to win a copy of FALLEN, as a little spooky Halloween prize.

I’ll start – my favourite costume was one that we threw together when I was about ten. I was at my friend’s family cottage the weekend before Halloween and it turned out their local community centre was having an early Halloween party. I didn’t have a costume, because I hadn’t known to bring one, so we rummaged around the cottage. I became a gypsy fortune teller – the best part of it was that my “crystal ball” was an upside down goldfish bowl. Remember the round glass ones? My friend’s mom came up with that idea, and she tied a flowing scarf around the mouth of the bowl so it wasn’t obvious what it was. We ran around chanting “eenie meenie jelly beanie” for a while, probably long enough to drive the adults nuts. It was fun.

Your turn!

Deborah Cooke
Alive & Knitting blog

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Are Fallen Angels Shape Shifters?

September 16, 2008 at 6:10 am (Deborah Cooke) (, , , )

I’m asking this, not just because FALLEN which comes out at the end of this month features a hero who is a fallen angel, but because I can’t decide. I hadn’t thought of this series as having anything to do with shape shifters, then my husband said “well, why not?”

You know how it is with those questions tossed across the dinner table. Sometimes they make you stop and think. If nothing else, they make you doubt your assumptions.

Why not?

FALLEN

FALLEN

First, let me tell you a bit about this new world of mine. It setting is the late 21st century, the world has survived a number of nuclear attacks, and spontaneous mutations are common among humans. Mutated humans, though, are called shades – because they have failed the criteria outlined in the Sub Human Atomic Deviancy Evaluation – and essentially enslaved to do manual labour. The shades are out of sight and essentially out of mind for many. There is a group of scientists called the Society of Nuclear Darwinists who do ongoing investigations of the effects of radiation upon humans – their shade hunters also “harvest” shades that they discover, and send them either to the Society’s research labs or surrender them to the federal government.

It’s not a nice world, but you probably picked that up already.

But it’s also a world on the cusp of the Apocalypse, and the angels are intervening to save humanity from ourselves. Angels, in this scenario, volunteer to take flesh. As angels, they are beings of light and energy, who can choose to reveal themselves to humans or not. They are above and beyond sensation and sensory detail. But those volunteers have their wings removed, sacrificing their angelic status to become human. They become mortal, and are indistinguishable from “norms” — except for the two diagonal scars on their backs (which would condemn them as shades, if revealed.) Each takes a mission, and once that mission is complete, regains his wings and his angelic status.

(It’s not a spoiler to tell you that so far, I’m two-for-two on fallen angel heroes who choose to stay on earth, for the love of the good woman they’ve found. These are romances, after all!)

But you see, there is a transformation, from a being of light to a mortal man. And I guess that could be considered shape shifting. I didn’t think of that before because for me, shape shifting is a more back-and-forth thing, changing at the full moon or at will, or on some more regular basis than, um, ONCE.

What do you think? Is this shape shifting? Or not?

Deborah Cooke
who also writes as Claire Delacroix, in case you’re confused!

Alive & Knitting blog

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