Friday, November 20, 2009

Guest Author - Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke (Dragonfire Giveaway)

My special guest today is Claire Delacroix (aka Deborah Cooke). In addition to her many historical (medieval) romances, she has a futuristic urban fantasy series and a paranormal romance series on the go at the moment, each with a new release. Guardian, the second book in the Eyes of the Republic series (following Fallen) was released at the beginning of October and Winter Kiss the fourth book in the Dragonfire series hit the shelves November 3. You can read my review of Fallen here and Winter Kiss here. I haven't had a chance to write up my review of Guardian yet but I assure you it is as big a treat as Fallen. Romance, terrific world-building and engaging characters and a little scifi!

Deborah will be dropping by to answer questions so please leave a comment or say hello.

In celebration of the launch of Winter Kiss, I am having a giveaway of a complete set of the Dragonfire series  (Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate and Winter Kiss) to share this great series with one lucky winner.  I have a signed copy of the first book and signed bookplates for the others thanks to the generosity of Deborah Cooke. Giveaway is open worldwide. You can check for details at the end of the post.


SFG: For readers that may not be familiar with your work, can you give us the who’s who about Claire Delacroix versus Deborah Cooke?

Well, I’ve written as Claire Delacroix since 1992. When I sold my first book, it was common for authors to take pseudonyms, so when the house suggested as much, I did. The Delacroix books have been – until recently – medieval romances, often with fantasy elements. I’ve also done some novellas that were fantasy with romantic elements. It was interesting to me that when the Republic series went to Tor, my editor there was insistent that it was a Delacroix series, even though it was set in the future. She was convinced of this because of the worldbuilding – the strong sense of being in another place and time, which she found characteristic of my medievals – as well the blend of fantasy and romance elements. This series does have a darker tone than the Kinfairlie series or my Bride Quest titles, but it has a lot in common with the Ravensmuir series and several of my earlier Harlequin Historicals.

In contrast, when I sold Dragonfire, that editor was convinced that the work was too different from what I’d done before as Delacroix, so she suggested it be branded with a different author name. This seemed to be mostly about the contemporary setting. I suggested my name (!) and so those books have been published under the name Deborah Cooke. As I said in my keynote in Seattle at ECWC, it is kind of odd to be me again after so many years!

SFG: A few weeks ago Guardian, the second book in your Republic futuristic urban fantasy series was released. Can you give us an overview of the book, the series and the final book in the trilogy Rebel?

The idea behind this series is that the world is on the cusp of the Apocalypse. The world of the Republic is post-nuclear and quite gritty, and a kind of slavery has been reinstated as a society norm. Certain angels actively choose to surrender their wings in order to take an assignment on earth in an effort to save humanity from ourselves. So, the heroes in this series are fallen angels, and each book follows the story of one on his assignment. These are romances, so no surprise that each meets a mortal woman whose love persuades him to stay after his assignment is successfully completed.

In the first book, FALLEN, Lilia sets out to prove that her husband’s death wasn’t an accident, as is the official ruling. She finds her sole informant murdered, then meets adversity in a homicide detective named Adam Montgomery. Montgomery is the fallen angel in this book, but his mission is being kept from him. He knows Lilia isn’t telling even a small percentage of what she knows and is determined to find out more. When his contact is murdered in the same way, right after Lilia met that person, the two are driven to work together – and unravel each other’s secrets.

In the second book GUARDIAN, the daughter that was taken from Lilia has her chance at a better destiny. Rafe has been assigned to help Delilah assume her destined role as Oracle of the Republic, but doesn’t remember his own past. Delilah isn’t sure whether this man is friend or foe, whether he is saving her from the people who want her dead or delivering her personally to them. (You can probably guess.)

I just finished writing REBEL, which features Theodora, a professional assassin with a secret cause. The angel in question is Armand, who remembers all of his mission and his past, has doubts. Can he persuade Theodora to fulfill his assignment for him? At what cost? And how will working with an idealistic angel change Theodora’s very earthy and cynical perspective? I like this book because the worst case scenario is realized and yet there’s still an HEA.

There are excerpts from the first two books in the trilogy on my website, and review quotes on my blog. The publication date for REBEL isn’t finalized yet, but it will be late 2010. As soon as the cover is done, I’ll get it and an excerpt on my site.

SFG: Winter Kiss is only just out and doing very well on the romance lists. Tell us a little about Winter Kiss and especially about Delaney and the world of the Pyr. What comes next in the Dragonfire series?

One of the challenges in a continuing series is ensuring that each book is different from its predecessors. As a reader, I don’t want to read the same story twice, yet when an author constructs a world, there are certain parameters inherent in the story’s structure. So, each of the Dragonfire books features the firestorm of one of the Pyr (dragon shape shifter) heroes. The firestorm is a physical reaction when the Pyr hero meets his destined mate – sparks literally fly and continue to do so until their relationship is consummated. The idea is that the firestorm indicates the Pyr’s opportunity to create an heir, and in most cases, that happens the first time the couple are intimate.

There is a difference in the characterization each time, in both the hero and heroine, but I also like playing with the firestorm itself. In KISS OF FIRE, the firestorm and the need to protect his mate was part of what brought Quinn back into the circle of his fellow Pyr. In KISS OF FURY, the partnership with Alex helped Donovan fulfil his own destiny, although he had to face his own concerns about commitment. In KISS OF FATE, Erik had a second chance at a firestorm, another chance to get it right after his first firestorm ended badly.

WINTER KISS was another twist on the firestorm. Delaney, having been compelled to drink the Dragon’s Blood Elixir, had been turned into a variation of a shadow dragon. The trick was that he hd been Pyr and had not been dead long when forced to consume the Elixir. So there was still a spark of goodness in him, one that was kindled by Donovan’s firestorm. What better to drive the last of the darkness from him than his own firestorm? Really, the premise of a romance is that love heals all wounds and Delaney had a considerable one. This book is a bit darker than the first three in the series, but I like it a lot. It seems as if readers do too! It doesn’t hurt that the cover is fabulous.


Next up is WHISPER KISS, in which Niall takes on the task of eliminating the last of the shadow dragons. This trilogy is focussed on the Dragon’s Blood Elixir – Delaney destroys the source, Niall gets rid of the shadow dragons and Rafferty…well, you’ll have to wait for that bit! Niall’s twin brother is a shadow dragon, so he has a personal stake in this quest. The trick is that when he fights Phelan, his twin, Phelan isn’t a zombie anymore. Something has animated him, although he’s still a shadow dragon, and Niall wonders whether Phelan can be healed as Delaney was. It’s no coincidence that Phelan has been drawn to Niall’s own firestorm – much less that Rox, Niall’s mate, is a woman who believes that we all have an obligation to try to change the world. I like Rox a lot. She challenges Niall and shakes up his assumptions – and of course, he shakes her world, too. WHISPER KISS will be an August 2010 release – I’ll put the excerpt and out-takes on my site when I get the cover art and can share it.

I’m working on Rafferty’s book, but no spoilers on that just yet.

SFG: You are participating in a unique writer-in-residence program with the Toronto Public Library. Can you tell us something about the program and the response it has received?

The Toronto Public Library routinely runs writer-in-residence programs, but this is the first time they’ve ever had one focussed on the romance genre. (There was one for the mystery genre in the spring, and will be an SFF one next spring.) So, I was pretty excited to get the post. A big part of the residency is critiquing manuscripts from aspiring authors, then meeting one-on-one with a number of those authors to discuss their work. There are some public events – we had an opening reception and an online chat, which is archived HERE.

There will be a closing reception next Thursday, with a panel discussion. Brenda Chin from Harlequin and Amy Moore-Benson from AMB Literary Management will be joining me to discuss “The Other Side of the Story”, essentially what this whole process of publishing is like for agents and editors. If you’d like to attend, you just have to let the library know – more information HERE.

The TPL also wanted a blog associated with the residency, so I chose to build a resource for aspiring romance writers. We’ve had a number of guests on the blog, and it’s been a lot of fun – it’s HERE.

The response has been really good, and the library is quite pleased. I’ve read a lot of wonderful work and met some interesting people. It’s busy, but fun.


SFG: With the two book releases out very close together, the TPL residency and working on your next books, how do you manage your time? Any secrets?

I’m planning to sleep in December!

SFG: When the Republic series concludes, do you have other writing projects waiting in the wings?

I always have a lot of ideas, more ideas than I will ever have time to write, so the hard part is choosing between them. One of the benefits of having an established editorial relationship is that I can toss out all the possibilities and discuss their pros and cons with my editor. I’m looking forward to having a couple of those discussions in the near future – in the mean time, there’s still Rafferty’s firestorm to navigate.

SFG: Do you think urban fantasy and paranormal romance are a phase that will burn out or do you see these genres as being here to stay? What attracted you to write in these genres?

I’ve always liked to include fantasy elements in my romances, so the hybrid is a natural fit for me. I was writing paranormal and fantasy romance in the 90’s when it wasn’t selling nearly as well. So, it’s exciting to see this surge in reader interest. I like urban fantasy and the active female protagonists, so that’s a fun new trend too.

Everything is cyclical, so I expect at some point in time, another subgenre will take the lead in terms of market growth. Every popular new subgenre eventually establishes a sales plateau that is sustainable, and I expect that will happen with both urban fantasy and fantasy romance. My crystal ball is a bit foggy, though, so there’s no telling when that will be.

SFG: What do you like to read for leisure? Any favourite books or authors? What are you reading now?

Most writers I know were avid readers first, and I’m no exception to that. I have read voraciously most of my life, and could be found in both the SFF section as well as the romance section – as well as all over the library. One of the casualties of writing for a living, though, is that I don’t read as much for leisure. This is true of many of my author friends, as well many editors. I don’t read fiction, for example, when I’m writing a book. In the past few years, that’s been pretty much all the time, so my TBR pile is really high. My plan is to dig in a bit in December, after I get some sleep!

SFG: If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Oh, I’d want to be the Wyvern, the only female Pyr. How cool would it be to possess the wisdom of the ages and the ability not only to see the future but to shape shift into a dragon?

That’s a gimme!


Thank you so much Deborah for appearing here today.

Readers wanting to learn more about Deborah Cooke/Claire Delacroix can visit her at these locations -
Claire Delacroix Website | Deborah Cooke Website | Alive and Knitting Blog

Giveaway Guidelines:
One lucky winner will receive a complete set of the Dragonfire series (Kiss of Fire, Kiss of Fury, Kiss of Fate and Winter Kiss). I will send a signed copy of the first book along with signed bookplates and the other three books will be sent via The Book Depository.
  1. To enter leave a comment or question for Deborah or tell us which you prefer - urban fantasy or paranormal romance, and why.
  2. Open to anyone anywhere in the world The Book Depository ships to.
  3. Leave a way to notify you if you should win.
  4. Blog, tweet, post on Facebook or other social network sites for an extra entry. Leave a comment here to let me know.
  5. Giveaway open until Midnight, November 30 EST.

83 comments:

  1. I prefer paranormal romance romance because I love romantic things. :)
    Please count me in to the giveaway! :)

    milkavainamo@lyseo.edu.ouka.fi

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  2. I read to escape and the paranormal just seem to pull me away from reality. There is just something in it that is very "attention-retaining" to me.

    Re-posted your contest at http://contests-freebies.blogspot.com/2009/11/entire-dragonfire-series-giveaway-at.html

    mischivusfairy-inbox12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  3. I really enjoyed the first in the Dragonfire series but lo and behold reading this interview and I have to find Fallen and Guardian as well. I like the;

    quote post: Romance, terrific world-building and engaging characters and a little scifi!

    Thanks for a wonderful interview SciFi Guy and Deborah! It was a great way to start my morning ;)

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  4. I go for the paranormal romance because I've always just had an affinity for the paranormal and the romance makes it even better!

    lilazncutie1215@yahoo.com

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  5. Hi :)
    Thank you for the excellent indepth interview! I really enjoyed learning more about Deborah and her writing. I was wondering if Deborah is going to go on Twitter? I'm looking forward to Whisper Kiss being released in 2010.
    I prefer Urban Fantasy slightly over Paranormal Romance but they are sometimes so close its hard to choose and the only way to tell the genres apart is if there is a HEA at the end.
    :)
    Thank you again,
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    :)
    PS - I posted about this excellent interview & giveaway on my blog for Fri Nov 20th 5am EST.

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  6. Thanks for the great interview! I love both paranormal and UF,but if I have to chose it will be paranormal, I want the happy endings in my books and in UF you have to wait for it!

    eva.silkka at gmail.com

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  7. Deborah: who would win in a cage fight between shape-shifting dragons and fallen angels ?

    dani_babe87@hotmail.com

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  8. Heeey, I didn't know Claire was Deborah! Cool! :) I haven't your books but definitely going on my list!

    Even though I love UF, I'd have to go with PNR. It's kind hard to choose though, and it definitely depends on my mood. ;)

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  9. In a cage fight, I think it would be the dragon, Danielle. Provided something convinced the fallen angel and the dragon that they really were on opposite sides.

    In winning the heroine, though, it'd be even money!

    RK, no plans for Twitter at this time. My own blog keeps me busy enough!
    http://www.delacroix.net/blog

    d
    aka c

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  10. I prefer Urban Fantasy because I like the grittier style. I could never understand why publishers want authors to use differnt names for differnt styles. Readers are smart enough to handle differnt story lines. I alway admire that authors don't set boundries on their styles. Please count me in for the give away.
    cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  11. Hello, Deborah & Doug! Thank you for a fabulous interview and giveaway! For me personally, this has to be one of my favorite posts of all time! Deborah, you are definitely a lady who writes for someone like me: A true romantic who is also a Sci-Fi aficionado! As a child, I loved dolls and collected them, played house and dress-up and other girlie things. However, I also loved secret agents, Sci-Fi, paranormal and Westerns! Today, I'm just an adult-sized version of that kid. I am so delighted to know Ms. Delacroix/Cooke continues to explore and expand her creative universe! If I have to choose a favorite, I will say paranormal romance is a little closer to my heart. Urban fantasy is great for an adrenaline jolt!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  12. I like both, but I prefer urban fantasy. I'm not much into romantic things (altough I read them, once in a while).

    carianmoonlight at gmail dot com

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  13. -Great interview. I am not familiar with this series. It sounds like a fantastic read.
    -I prefer UF, I do like a romantic element, but I would rather have a story plot and adventure.
    -zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom
    Elie (Ellz Readz)
    -I tweeted your giveaway. Here is the link. http://twitter.com/EllzReadz/status/5889660778

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  14. Hi Deborah!
    How cool is it that you got to participate in your library's Author-in-Residence program? I work in a small public library system, and we also have that program and it's really fun, and well received by the public too!
    While I enjoy urban fantasy, I do prefer paranormal romance because I love to see a happy ending~

    cheryl.mcinnis@yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Its a tough choice for me, but given a choice, I would prefer Paranormal romance ! I just love the way I feel when I read such books :)

    Please enter me, icejew at gmail dot com

    I have posted the contest on my sidebar
    http://icejewel.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the contest.

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  16. I have read a couple of the Dragonfire series and really liked them. I didn't expect to enjoy the urban fantasy series but I think that one is my favorite.

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  17. cfisher - everything is cyclical. I think it was very fashionable to divide the work of any given author by subgenre, because publishers believed that readers only read one subgenre. Time has proven that readers follow authors - they read by voice, not subgenre, plus are a pretty savvy bunch - so I think a lot more authors will have the option of putting everything under one "author brand". The internet also means that it's easier to find all of an author's brands.

    Virginia - I wrote a serious scififan geek post over at RomConInc.com this week, about dystopian societies. You might enjoy it.

    SandyH - I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Dragonfire. I'm hearing from a lot of people who don't usually like fantasy romance that they like this series, which is interesting. I wonder what's different about it?

    d
    aka c

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  18. I am enjoying your Eyes of the Republic series and am interested in reading the Dragonfire books. Normally I prefer paranormal romances over urban fantasy.

    kathybaug at aol dot com

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  19. Excellent I loved her novels under Delacroix -- and I love paranormal fiction too -- so now I have another set of novels to read -- thank goodness I am totally out of new books to read -- that's pretty hard for a Librarian you know ; )

    contestmom@hotmail.com

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  20. Oops forgot to mention I also posted it on twitter mountie9 and on facebook jennifer porter rayment

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  21. I would love to win a set of this series.

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  22. I prefer paranormal romance over urban fantasy because I belive it offers more variety. I can escape to other worlds and realities.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I read both Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy and while hard to say either one is a favorite have to pick Urban Fantasy mostly because more action oriented than "girly". However the Happily Ever After in the paranormal romance is nice change of pace from all the gore, etc in the fantasies.
    I love the Deborah Cooke "Dragonfire" Series although discovered the books some time after the first one came out. I have to say since childhood have been fascinated by dragons and love the different sects that have been created in the books with different story lines for each main character. Cannot wait for "Winter Kiss" to come out and would love a chance at this drawing can recycle my books and keep the signed book and bookmarks and have posted this contest at my blog site:
    http://jacaburintexas.blogspot.com/2009/11/scifiguyca-guest-author-claire.html
    Posted link also on my Facebook Profile at:
    http://www.facebook.com/jacabur?ref=profile

    jacabur2008@gmail.com

    Jackie B Central Texas

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  24. It all depends on my mood. Sometimes I enjoy the urban fantasy because of the kick-butt heroines. And then there are times I want the romance with the paranormal aspect and the happy ever after.

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

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  25. Paranormal romance is my favorite. When a friend introduced me to The Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon I became obseesed with vampire series. I'm always looking for new authors and series in this genre!

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  26. Honestly, I don't have a preference. When I'm in the mood for romance, that's what I read. Otherwise, it's urban fantasy.

    LOVE the Dragonfire series by the way!!

    jsuhrmacher AT yahoo DOT com

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  27. Hi Deb!
    Stopping by to second the SciFiGuy's opinion - 'Fallen' was EXCELLENT and 'Guardian', which I'm reading now, shows all the signs of being the same.

    One of the aspects that intrigued me was how in this future society, a way that government responds to the overwhelming and frightening changes that have occurred is to try and impose control of women, by way of strictly enforcing decency standards for clothing. Rang some scary bells.

    Maya

    (no need to enter my name)

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  28. Hi Deborah :D
    wow, that are great news - I didn't know you are Claire Delacroix... loved Kiss of Fire and Fallen was fantastic *sigh*
    Wish you all the best,
    Ina

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  29. I prefer urban fantasy, I'm just not much of a fan any of the "romance" genres.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  30. I love both paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but I guess I lean more toward the romance since I like to have a happy ever after. Both have that mystic and fantasy escape for me though.

    Dragons hold a real appeal for me ever since I read the Dragon Singer trilogy as a young teen. Shape shifting dragons are even better.

    Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. It's always nice to get some insight from the creator of some of our favorite characters. I'm now going to have to look into your UF series as well.

    I've posted this on my blog - http://daelith.blogspot.com/

    cheleooc at yahoo dot com

    Thank you, Doug.

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  31. Oh no don't make me choose, I still can't see the difference. I have read both and I feel they are the same so I will go with both ;)

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

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  33. Hi Claire, I haven't spoken to you since you guest appeared at B&N to talk about Guardian. Which was WONDERFUL by the way. I haven't got a favorite between urban fantasy and paranormal, I guess I just need to have a great story and hope at the end, I don't always need the HEA that is so popular in romance but I need to know that the couple will probably make it.
    Thanks and I would love to be entered into the contest for the books.
    my contact info is dhaupt@falkharrison.com

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  34. Hi! You know, I really like both genres very much, but I guess paranormal romance a slight edge. I really enjoy the romance. It makes me feel good. Fantastic post and I love the Dragonfire series. I have read the first 2 books. Count me in for the contest. Have a good weekend. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net

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  35. I prefer Urban Fantasy because I don't need my main characters to have a happily-ever-after and I don't like the focus of the book to always be the relationship between the main character and the love interest. I'm more into the action and fighting.

    I've been seeing these books (both the Republic series and the Dragonfire series) at the bookstore a lot, and now I'm even more excited to read them. I'd love to win!

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  36. Wow, it sounds as if you're super busy. No wonder you intend to sleep in Dec. I like both paranormal romance and urban fantasy, although I think paranormal romance edges ahead a fraction because of the extra focus on the romance portion of the story.

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  37. I really enjoy author interviews and this is no exception! Thanks Deborah and Doug!

    Deborah, I see that you are a knitter. Does this help you relax, work out a story line, something else?

    I posted the contest on the sidebar at http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/

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  38. I read them both and love them both for different reasons depending on my mood. I havent had the chance to try Deborah's books yet though.

    Linked on sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  39. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  40. I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

    Thanks,
    jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

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  41. I prefer paranormal romance over urban fiction because of the HEA! I like urban fiction okay tho!


    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  42. I prefer paranormal romance, romance is always good. Mabey cause I'm a girl ;)
    timesurge at live dot ca

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  43. Hi debbie - Nice to "see" you again, and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed GUARDIAN. You were waiting on your copy when last we talked. :-)

    And Patricia, I do find that knitting helps with my writing. It keeps my hands busy while my mind wanders, finding plot solutions. No one will ever accuse you of daydreaming when you're knitting!

    Thanks again everyone for stopping by and thanks to Doug for inviting me. I'll leave the tough job of choosing a winner to our host!

    d

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  44. I prefer paranormal romance because it is usually more exciting.

    treerose AT yahoo DOT com

    I tweeted about the contest: http://twitter.com/eheinlen/statuses/5951395190

    I also posted it to my Facebook status.

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  45. I love the "feel" of urban fantasty, however I have and probably will always have a thing for paranormal romance. I like mine mixed up, shaken...not stirred, thank you =)

    Deborah I had planned on reading your Dragonfire series for quite some time now. I just haven't had the chance to get my hands on book one. I'm extremely pleased to hear you have other books out there as well, very different from the ones you are currently releasing. I love all sorts of books and I agree with a comment you posted: readers follow the voice more than the sub-genres. If I like an author's writing I will want to read whatever he/she wrote =)

    Anywho, this would be such an excellent win but I'm still very much planning on reading your work Deborah if I'm not lucky enough this time around.

    I really enjoyed the interview!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

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  46. Thanks for a wonderful interview SciFi Guy and Deborah!

    I like UF and PNR, but if I'm going to choose between the two, I'd have to go with UF. I love to escape into a well built fantasy world and I don't always need that HEA like I used to.

    I posted this contest on Facebook for the extra entry. http://facebook.com/fictionvxn

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  47. I'm sure I'm too late for this but my question for Deborah is what is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

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  48. Diving in from the shallow end of the pool, I have to say these books have nice-looking covers. :D

    I love both paranormal romance and UF, but lately, I've been more drawn to UF. But I do like a little romance in that, too.

    (misnoumer/at/yahoo/dot/com)

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  49. Hi Tracey D -

    I think that all promo an author does is great. Author-driven promo can work to build awareness of the books, as well as potentially build sales. The thing is that there are only so many hours in a day, and it's important to protect one's writing time first.

    Without new books, there's nothing to promote!

    So, all authors have to choose what to do and what not to do. I haven't done book trailers because I know I would have so much fun and spend WEEKS on each one. Maybe it's a case of recognizing your own weaknesses and choosing accordingly!

    Thank Mishel - I hope you enjoy the books when you do get to them. I'm having a lot of fun with them.

    d

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  50. I prefer paranormal romance. I do enjoy urban fantasy but I love having romance at the core of the story.

    crazy_canadian_chick37@hotmail.com

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  51. I prefer urban fantasy because my life is has all the romance I need:)

    kathydetweiler@gmail.com

    Tweeted here
    https://twitter.com/kdet62/status/5995717365

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  52. >Theodora, a professional assassin with a secret cause

    Sign me up!!!

    I enjoyed FALLEN and am looking forward to GUARDIAN. No need to put my name in the hat--just stopping by to say thanks for your art, Claire!

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  53. I love paranormal romance. I am a romantic at heart. Please count me in.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  54. I haven't read any of the series so I must enter !

    I prefer urban fantasy to paranormal because I must admit I am getting a bit overloaded with all the vampires, werewolves etc.

    Neville


    buddyt {at} gmail DOT com

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  55. It is so hard to choose between the two. I guess I would say I have a slight preference to paranormal romance...I am a romantic and it provides a break from reality especially romance with paranormal elements.

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  56. When I started reading romance, I started with historical and your Bride Quest books were some of the first I read and I loved them. Now, I've moved to paranormal romance and urban fantasy so when I saw that Deborah Cooke and Claire Delacroix were the same author... Whohoooo! Had no idea. I will definitely be checking out your other series!

    roxane [dot] elder [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. I've recently gotten into the paranormal romance because its a nice escape from reality.. the men are sexy and dangerous and yet so warm.

    On another note, these books look like a great read. :)

    ronitie.85 at gmail.com

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  58. hey
    great giveaway, thanks for posting it.
    my question to Deborah is whats your stance on wearing odd socks?
    and for my opinion, i prefer paranormal romance because as soon as your eyes hit the page your in your own world, run by your terms, its only how you see it; no one else will read it the same as you, and it has the traits of good novels; as in it has storylines to that of out of this world hopeful things, and also the whole "you want what you cant have" so yeah. :D

    email: wateva_08@ hotmail (dot) com
    +1 tweeted about comp:
    http://twitter.com/bianca_riot
    thanks.

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  59. I love them both, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It depends on the mood I'm in!
    Ramona - ramonalaz@gmail.com

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  60. I love paranormal romance. It's just a true escape from everyday life. Great contest!

    Contact me at
    http://twitter.com/WhatSarah

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  61. I read and enjoy both urban fantasy and paranormal romance. If I must choose, I'll go with paranormal romance. Such a difficult question. Since I do really like them close to equally I'm not sure what reason I can give - I guess because I'm more familiar with PR.

    jump_up_thrice[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  62. I love both urban and paranormal.. those are my favourite genres of all the time! I can read all books of this kind and I get bored pretty easily with historic book.. so I would say urban-paranormal romance

    +1 tweeted
    http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/6063700951

    sheere.dry@gmail.com

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  63. I prefer urban fantasy but I really like everything. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. My preference is urban fantasy. Give me action and a cool setting any day. Those are some hot book covers up there;)

    llt806(at)optonline(dot)net

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  65. paranormal, though i do love suspsense too

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  66. I prefer paranormal romance, because I'm a romantic. However, I like a good story and not just all sex.

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  67. I prefer paranormal romance because I love reading about people falling in love with a paranormal twist. I've always loved the paranormal and romance and when they are combined in a great book by a talented author, it's amazing!

    Sidebar: http://goodgonegirl.blogspot.com

    Anna ♥
    goodgonegirl@gmail.com

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  68. I would like to enter your contest, but I am not familiar with either genre. The Kiss series seems interesting though.

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  69. I discovered Clair Delacroix in “To Weave a Web of Magic” anthology book. I liked the story, so I’ve started the Bride series. Haven’t read anything of her other pseudonym.

    calcamanin AT gmail DOT com

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  70. I love bot Urban fantasy and paranormal romance but if i had to choose, I would have to say I enjoy the Urban fantasy more. Especially the somewhat dark stories that cover all the fantasy groups.

    would love to be part of this giveaway.

    Twolilstarz@gmail.com

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  71. Oh my, you're a very busy woman Deborah. I can't choose between urban fantasy and paranormal romance, I love them both. There are a lot of urban fantasy stories with elements of romance and lots of paranormal romance with action and tortured characters, sometimes the lines blur so that you can't really tell what genre they fall into. So I just read them all and enjoy!

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  72. Urban fantasy for me... I am not big on the whole romance thing.

    What an awesome giveaway!

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

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  73. While I like Paranormal Romance, I'm actually on an Urban Fantasy bender right now. I've read Karen Marie Moning Fever Series, Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer, Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan and Patricia Briggs Marcy Thompson series all in row and I'm still loving it! So, I'm up to reading a new (to me) author's work.
    Count me in too!

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  74. I enjoy both PR and UF so I really can't pick one over the other as both have their charm!

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  75. I like both: urban fantasy because I've always been drawn to humanity's more base/darker impulses and the what/why motivation contained therein; paranormal romance 'cause I'm a sucker for anything supernatural, and (yeah) I love me a HEA. Even though dragon shifters aren't on my auto-buy supernatural creatures list, both Ms. Cooke/Delacroix's series are right up my alley (I have own the first two books the Dragonfire & Guardian series).

    catherinejames77(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. You've written several series of books. Do you write just one series at a time or do you work on multiple series at one time?

    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  77. I love both genres but I'm currently in my urban fantasy with a hint of romance phase. There's definitely a sequence that all romances follows and I really enjoy that there's something beyond the finding a special someone in urban fantasies. Now, if only I could live in the author's heads until the series ended *sigh*

    Thanks for the contest, it'd be great to finally find the first book!

    chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

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  78. I prefer urban fantasy to paranormal romance. I'm not into romnce novels in general, I'm more a sci-fi/fantasy fan.

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  79. Oops, my contacts:

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  80. I like both paranormal romance and urban. It just depends of the author. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    lneslo@aol.com

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  81. I prefer urban fantasy, though paranormal romance comes in a very, very close second. In my personal experience, urban fantasy heroines are just a teensy bit more kick-ass, and since the heroine is the most important part of the book for me, that tips the balance. But I do love romance, so there needs to be a decent dose of it for me to really fall for a series.

    Huzzah for last-minute entries!
    lynzajw[at]gmail[dot]com

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  82. Sorry everyone, that it took me so long to get back to your questions. I've been in NYC, a busy and fun trip!

    Roxy - Thank you! I am amazed at the number of people who have followed me from Bride Quest to both Dragonfire and the Republic - but then, markets change because readers' tastes change, so it makes sense. Glad you're still with me, and hope you enjoy these books too!

    wateva 08 - I think mismatched socks are so cool, but I can never bring myself to wear them. I have recently knit a few pairs that didn't match perfectly (the joys of small balls of self-striping yarn) and didn't have nightmares so there's hope yet!

    catie_james - Thanks for the kind words. I'm so glad you're enjoying both series. I'm having a terrific time writing them.

    CherylS22 - I like to work on two projects at once, and alternate between them. (One book from one world, then one book from the second, then back to the first world.) I find that keeps my perspective fresh - when I come back to a series after a "vacation", I see it in new ways and I like that.

    Deborah

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  83. Oh Welcome back Deborah, glad you had a fun and successful trip.
    Deb

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