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. There isn’t a pre-order at GooglePlay, so there’s nothing to change or update there. Nook is having some difficulties this month and authors can’t access anything there—normally, I’d be able to change the date there, like Apple and Kobo, but I have a feeling that this time, the pre-orders will just be cancelled since there isn’t a book file. (Even if I had the book file, I wouldn’t be able to upload and publish it, given the troubles at Nook right now.) I’ve asked Amazon if they’ll move my pre-order by a month: if they agree, your pre-orders will remain in place. If they don’t, they’ll all be cancelled. I’ll let you know when I hear back from them.

Edited to add – Amazon has moved the publication date and the pre-orders remain in place. 🙂

Edited to add – I managed to get into my Nook dashboard this morning (the 22nd) and have updated the publication date there, too.

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.

Dragon’s Heart Print Edition

Look what arrived! It’s the trade paperback edition of Dragon’s Heart.

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke in trade paperback

I’m adding the print links to the book page as they go live. You can also buy a signed copy from me for the cost of the book plus postage, or you can get a signed bookplate from me free for the asking. Just let me know if either option is of interest.

Dragon’s Heart

Review of Dragon’s Heart at The Reading Cafe

Dragon's Heart, book three of the DragonFate novels series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeThe Reading Cafe has posted a wonderful review of Dragon’s Heart!

Here’s the end bit:
“DRAGON’S HEART is a passionate and detailed story that recounts several histories and the mythology of magic beginning with the selkie, and the origins of the dragons on Earth. We are up close and personal as Eithne, an ancient witch, recounts the comprehensive history of the species; and as Lila recites the exhaustive mythology of the Selkie, the gem of the hoard, and the Isle of the Blessed. The premise is exciting, dramatic and intense; the romance is emotional and seductive; the characters numerous, edgy and animated.”

On GR, they gave the book 4.5 stars! Thank you, Sandy!

You can read the entire review right here.

You can read an excerpt from the book and find buy links here.

Dragon’s Heart Today!

Today’s the day for Rhys and Lila’s story and the next installment in DragonFate!

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke

Her kiss will rock his world…

Dragon shifter Rhys believes in what he can hold in his talons. A chef with his own restaurant, he is organized, practical, and distrusts surprises. When his firestorm sparks in the realm of Fae, he’s sure it’s an illusion created by the Dark Queen and a trap. Even though he wants a partner and family again more than anything else, Rhys isn’t going to be seduced by a fake destined mate—even if the kiss of that beautiful selkie melts his very soul and is one temptation he can’t resist…

Selkie Lila learned long ago that her independence is her most precious possession. But Rhys challenges everything she believes to be true about mortals—he defends her right to choose, even at his own peril, and that’s more seductive than Lila wants to admit. Is it just a trick to convince her to bear his son? Or is this Pyr warrior as honorable as he appears to be?

When an ancient and evil dragon prince joins forces with the Dark Queen to eliminate both the Pyr and the selkies, Rhys and Lila must work together to save their kinds—and each other. When they plunge into unknown realms with only each other to rely upon, will their combined abilities be enough to triumph—or will they have to surrender more for their unborn son and the chance of a future together?

Available today!

Some early reviews:
“Deborah digs deep into the paranormal, shifter world to pull us into a world of intrigue, murder & mayhem, evil Fae. Grab this page turner to see if the dragon keeps his heart. Loved it!!”—GoodReads Reviewer

“DRAGON’S HEART is a passionate and detailed story that recounts several histories and the mythology of magic beginning with the selkie, and the origins of the dragons on Earth. We are up close and personal as Eithne, an ancient witch, recounts the comprehensive history of the species; and as Lila recites the exhaustive mythology of the Selkie, the gem of the hoard, and the Isle of the Blessed. The premise is exciting, dramatic and intense; the romance is emotional and seductive; the characters numerous, edgy and animated. 4.5 Stars!”—The Reading Cafe

Buy ebook at:
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Apple
KOBO
Nook
GooglePlay
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Buy print book at: (these links are populating and will be added when live)
Amazon.com
• Barnes & Noble
• Indigo

Dragon’s Mate Update

The description for Dragon’s Mate has been updated—it will still probably change a bit—and I’ve also posted an excerpt from Hadrian and Rania’s book on the Dragon’s Mate page here on the website. It’s also in the end matter of Dragon’s Heart in both ebook and print.

Dragon's Mate, book 4 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeHer kiss will shatter realms…

Dragon shifter and artisan blacksmith Hadrian is determined to strength his fellow Pyr warriors in the battle against the Fae by making them talons of steel. He won’t be seduced by the sensual promise of what has to be a fake firestorm—even to help a beautiful warrior escape the clutches of the Fae Queen.

Rania is a swan-maiden and Fae assassin, compelled to serve the Dark Queen’s will in exchange for her own survival. Hadrian is the last of the dozen assigned victims that will fulfill her revolting bargain, but this dragon shifter isn’t easy to kill. It’s more than dragon vitality that helps him survive her lethal kiss, but Rania won’t surrender to his potent touch for any price when her own life hangs in the balance.

Compelled to join forces against the Dark Queen’s deceit, can Hadrian and Rania overcome their distrust of each other to defeat a common foe? Can Hadrian unfurl the painful secrets of Rania’s past to give them a future? When worlds collide and barriers are destroyed, can love conquer the obstacles between these destined mates?

Coming October 27, 2020

Pre-order ebook at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
• GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link

Goodreads

About Dragon’s Heart

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’m so glad this book is done—and that I love it as much as I do! These books are challenging to write, but very satisfying to complete. What’s the difference between them and the Dragonfire Novels? A few things:

• The heroines have powers of their own.
Bree in Dragon’s Kiss is (was) a Valkyrie who could talk to the dead. Lila in Dragon’s Heart is a selkie who can heal. Rania in Dragon’s Mate is a swan-maiden sworn to (or snared in) the service of the Dark Queen, Maeve.

Ember's Kiss, #9 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookThe inclusion of empowered heroines has been a gradual change: it started with the elemental witches in Ember’s Kiss, Kiss of Danger, Kiss of Darkness and Kiss of Destiny. Chandra in Serpent’s Kiss was a goddess, which took us into new realms, too. This series continues on this trajectory.

• So far, the heroines have also been immortal, while the Pyr are long-lived but mortal. That means world-building and backstory for each of them and their respective worlds. I love this part!

Dragon's Kiss, book #2 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIt means we visit new realms, too. Damien pursued Petra to Hades in Kiss of Danger, and Chandra took Thorolf into Myth in Serpent’s Kiss. Jorge, the Slayer, was the first to succumb to Maeve’s charms in Firestorm Forever, and now we visit Fae in each book. Bree could have taken Kristofer to Valhalla in Dragon’s Kiss, but chose not to, while Lila and Rhys visit the lost city of the Isle of the Blessed in Dragon’s Heart.

• Maeve, the Dark Queen, has a scheme to eliminate all shifters, so the Pyr and their mates are targets in each book. That gives us a story arc that stretches over the length of the series as well as some fun fight scenes, in and out of Fae. That brings us a huge cast of characters, as the Others (most shifters) are allied in the battle against Maeve, in the hope of ensuring their own survival.

Darkfire Kiss, #7 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• There’s magick—three different kinds of it.
In this series, we have the earth magick commanded by the Fae, the dragon magick commanded by Embron and Blazion, and the darkfire of the Pyr. We also have a battle for control of all the magick, which is just good fun. We first learned about the unpredictable force of darkfire in Rafferty’s book, Darkfire Kiss, because his grandfather Pwyll was the Cantor who commanded it. It was dissipated in Firestorm Forever, but everyone who can is busily gathering it up again. Which kind of magick will prove to be the most powerful? (I think you can guess.)

Firestorm Forever, #14 of the Dragonfire Novels, a series of paranormal romances by Deborah Cooke• Dragons don’t stay put.
The dragons from my other series keep sneaking into DragonFate and you know that I can’t turn down a dragon shifter. The DragonFate warriors include many of those who followed Drake in the Dragon Legion: Kristofer, Rhys, Arach, Balthasar, Alasdair, Hadrian, Theo and Kade. We met them all in Firestorm Forever and I thought that would be plenty of dragons for one series.

But the Pyr who have had their firestorms in Dragonfire keep turning up to help, as well. Of course, Quinn, the Smith of the Pyr (Kiss of Fire), needs to repair their scales and his partner, Sara, continues to receive prophecies about firestorms. Erik, leader of the Pyr (Kiss of Fate) is involved in planning the battle against Maeve. Rafferty, the great romantic of the Pyr, (Darkfire Kiss) can’t resist the lure of a firestorm—or the unexpected spark of darkfire. These three all joined the fight in Dragon’s Kiss, as well as seven lost Pyr, who had been enchanted for 1500 years. Rafferty had mentored Kristofer, which was another reason for him to support the firestorm. In Dragon’s Heart, Donovan and Alex (Kiss of Fury) help Rafferty with the so-called “seven thieves”, along with Marco and Jac (Firestorm Forever). I’ve already heard that Brandon (Ember’s Kiss) and Sloane (Firestorm Forever) are on their way to join the fight, along with their mates and sons.

Kraw's Secret, book six of the Dragons of Incendium series of paranormal romances featuring dragon shifter princesses from space by Deborah CookeBut the Pyr aren’t the only dragons muscling into this series. The dragon princes Blazion and Embron, exiled from Incendium, are making trouble on Earth, too. They’re mentioned in the story Kraw’s Secret as part of the history of the Dragons of Incendium. You can count on a dragon shifter princess from space joining the conflict, too, before it’s all done. (Is it a spoiler to tell you that she’ll have a firestorm with one of the Dragonfate Pyr?)

I’m still deciding what to do about Sebastian the vampire and Caleb the Lucan in terms of their stories. They’ll likely get their own books, too, but whether they should be part of DragonFate or standalone PNR novels, I’m not yet sure.

Maeve's Book of Beasts, book 1 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIf you want to know more about Micah, the lead vampire, you can read his story, Coven of Mercy. You might also want to read An Elegy of Melusine, which will tell you the backstory of the bartender, Mel, who vanishes into Fae with the Pyr Theo.

And then there’s the fallen angel who started it all, by stealing Maeve’s Book of Beasts. I’m quite sure he has connections with the angels of the Prometheus Project. He might even have been on a divine quest…

Dragon’s Heart is 110,000 words long, chock full of romance, battles, and fantasy. I love the intersection of all my paranormal worlds. I hope you pick up a copy and that you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!


Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeHer kiss will rock his world…

Dragon shifter Rhys believes in what he can hold in his talons. A chef with his own restaurant, he is organized, practical, and distrusts surprises. When his firestorm sparks in the realm of Fae, he’s sure it’s an illusion created by the Dark Queen and a trap. Even though he wants a partner and family again more than anything else, Rhys isn’t going to be seduced by a fake destined mate—even if the kiss of that beautiful selkie melts his very soul and is one temptation he can’t resist…

Selkie Lila learned long ago that her independence is her most precious possession. But Rhys challenges everything she believes to be true about mortals—he defends her right to choose, even at his own peril, and that’s more seductive than Lila wants to admit. Is it just a trick to convince her to bear his son? Or is this Pyr warrior as honorable as he appears to be?

When an ancient and evil dragon prince joins forces with the Dark Queen to eliminate both the Pyr and the selkies, Rhys and Lila must work together to save their kinds—and each other. When they plunge into unknown realms with only each other to rely upon, will their combined abilities be enough to triumph—or will they have to surrender more for their unborn son and the chance of a future together?

Coming August 11, 2020

Pre-order ebook at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
• GooglePlay (this link will go live on the 11th, with no pre-order)
Books2Read Universal Link

GoodReads

Print book buy links are processing….

Update on Dragon’s Heart

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeIf you pre-ordered Rhys and Lila’s book, you might have had a notification from your portal of choice that the publication date for Dragon’s Heart has been delayed. Events of this spring really trashed my ability to write and that’s put me behind schedule. I’m working well now, but still need to make up that delay.

I believe the book will be done in a week, so technically, it could be uploaded and published on the 22nd. I don’t want to bypass proofreading on it, though, as there are so many details to pull together. (There are a lot of dragon shifters on the stage!) So, I’ve added three weeks to the schedule, and booked two proofreaders. I’m aiming to have everything locked and loaded with time to spare. The paperback should be available a little sooner than the ebook, too.

I’ll dive right into Dragon’s Mate to get Hadrian’s story done on time, then we should be back on track.

Thanks for your patience. I think you’re going to love this book. I do!

Remember that there’s a Pinterest board for the DragonFate series, which is a work-in-progress. I’ve been adding images for Rhys and Lila.

Dragon’s Heart and Pinterest

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeI’m charging along on Dragon’s Heart, which is Rhys and Lila’s book, and having a wonderful time with their story. It’s so interesting to include heroines with powers of their own, and I’m loving the challenge of building out each heroine’s world, history and abilities, then fitting that in with the world of the Pyr. Lila is a selkie with an intriguing past who challenges Rhys’ expectations in so many ways. (It’s good for him to have things shaken up a bit. He likes to think he has everything sorted out, planned and organized.) She’s one of my favorite kinds of characters, a healer who is wounded herself. I think you’ll really enjoy their story!

I’ve also been adding to the Pinterest board for their book, and you can have a peek at my inspiration right here.

I’ve also been working on Sebastian and Sylvia’s story, which will ultimately become a book in its own right – and that has drawn me into the Coven of Mercy, with all of those characters’ stories. I think I’m going to be in the realm of DragonFate for a while!

Have you ordered your copy of Rhys and Lila’s story yet? July 22 isn’t that far away!

Pre-order Dragon’s Heart at:
Amazon.com
Apple
KOBO
Nook
• GooglePlay
Books2Read Universal Link

GoodReads

Moving Publication Date

Dragon's Heart, book 3 of the DragonFate series of paranormal romances by Deborah CookeLike so many of you, I’m having trouble concentrating during these unsettling times. That’s affecting my writing and my productivity. As a result, I’ve pushed back the publication date on Dragon’s Heart (the DragonFate Novels #3) to July 22.

If you’ve preordered the book, you’ll probably get a notification from your portal of choice. If you ordered at Amazon, you’ll get two, because the date had to be moved 30 days at a time (instead of just 60 days all at once).

I apologize for the delay, but I know the book will be much better this way.

Learn more about Dragon’s Heart.