Winging It

Winging It, book two of the Dragon Diaries YA paranormal trilogy by Deborah Cooke

Zoë Sorensson yearns to come into her powers as the only female dragon shifter. But being part of two worlds is more complicated than she expected. It’s bad enough that she’s the target of the Mages’ plan to eliminate all shifters—she also has to hide her true nature from her best friend Meagan, a human. For her sixteenth birthday, all Zoë wants is one normal day, including a tattoo and a chance to see hot rocker Jared.

Instead, the Pyr throw her a birthday party but ban Meagan from attendance, putting Zoë in a tight spot. Things get even worse when Zoë is invited to the popular kids’ Halloween party and Meagan’s left out. Zoë knows the party is a trap laid by the host, an apprentice Mage. When Meagan gets a last-minute invite, Zoë must save the day—and her best friend—without revealing her fire-breathing secrets…

Sure to become a classic!
WINGING IT, Book two of the Dragon Diaries, continues with the fascinating characters introduced in first book, while adding in a few new faces. Cooke’s deliciously complex plot immerses those who met Zoё in the first of the series, Flying Blind further into the world of the Pyr while revealing the faces of other types of shifters living hidden among the humans. Her clever ability to convey what it means to be going on sixteen while being faced with dark world- altering dilemmas has created a unique and compelling young adult series bursting with magic, mayhem and danger. It will hold pride of place on my keeper shelf.

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“WINGING IT is a fun, action-packed ride from start to finish. With her trademark writing style, Ms. Cooke delivers one adventure after another as Zoe deals with everything and she really steps up to the plate here. She is definitely one kick-butt heroine that I enjoy immensely, even if she is a teenager. If you are looking for a dragon shifter series to enjoy or need your fix of the Dragonfire world, then grab the books in the Dragon Diaries series. Ms. Cooke delivers another stellar story in the world of dragons and I am eager for the final chapter for Zoe. Will Zoe, her Pyr friends and allies finally beat the Mages? Can Zoe ever live comfortably in two worlds? Find out in The Dragon Diaries Trilogy and get ready for one entertaining ride.”

Love Romances and More

“Picking up from Flying Blind, Zoë and her crew of extremely hot boys never seem to be able to catch a break. Cooke engages the readers in the world of dragons and shifters that is every bit as fantastical as the first. Not a big fan of dragons? Well, these boys might change your mind from a cool, dark and handsome to a cutie pie, there’s enough personality to please everyone.  Don’t forget Zoë, our strong heroine who kicks major booty and still manages to find time worrying about her best friend…
Winging It was an action-packed sequel. Plenty of fresh new faces and many old ones that never gets boring. It had a clear direction of where it’s heading, some place where I surely would like to find out. With new questions left to be unanswered and relationships really heating up, you can surely bet that I will be reading Blazing the Trail.”

Books by Their Cover

“WINGING IT is the worthy sequel to the excellent FLYING BLIND which introduced Zoë. She is, basically, a typical teenager, falling in love, dealing with parental issues, and having normal angst for someone her age, but with a twist, obviously. Zoë is also extremely intelligent, and amazingly brave. Her loyalty to her friends and fellow shifters is admirable, but she has also learned not to burn her bridges, especially when it comes to possible liaisons with other non dragon shifters. Hoping to get all of the shifters to work together to fight the Mages, Zoë has her hands full. Plus she needs to get her homework done!
Another terrific dragon shifter novel, WINGING IT is a fun read, and I can’t wait for the next installment.”

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An excerpt from Winging It:
Like I said, it was nearly my sixteenth birthday.

There were three things I wanted for the big day:
1) A grudge match against Kohana, the Thunderbird shifter who’d lied to me, plus worked with the Mages to nearly wipe me and the rest of the Pyr off the map
2) A tattoo
3) A chance to see Jared again, if only to find out that I was never going to see him again.

Of the above, I had a remote chance of achieving only #3. Even with it being my birthday. I knew what my dad thought about me fighting anyone, and I knew what my mom thought of tattoos. But they both knew Jared, and they knew I knew him. And his band was playing a concert right in town, on Saturday (thus not a school night) at a co-op club downtown that didn’t serve alcohol.

The way I saw it, Jared had chosen the venue because he expected me to come.

Or he was daring me.

He’s like that. Irreverent. Challenging.


Whether it was to deliver the flight on Dragon Air that I owed him, to snag another kiss—just to verify that the first one had, in fact, been amazing and of the bone-melting variety—or to barter for another peek at the book he had on my kind, didn’t really matter.

I wanted to go.

I needed to go.

Which meant that I needed to persuade my mom that going was a good idea. And do it without beguiling her. Beguiling is kind of like hypnosis and it’s a dragon trick I mastered pretty early. We conjure flames in our eyes; the humans look closer; we make suggestions. That’s beguiling. As you might expect, it works best when it’s a suggestion the person already wants to take—which meant that beguiling my mom wasn’t a good plan on a whole bunch of fronts. She’d likely catch me—she’s not stupid, either—and then I’d be toast.

Better to go with plain old begging.


Shameless groveling.

Even being a dragon girl didn’t make me think that sneaking out to go to the concert without parental approval would end well.

So, I had to convince my mom.

I was running out of time—it was Thursday and the concert was Saturday. This had to be the day.

I figured I was due for something to go right.

©2011, 2018 Deborah A. Cooke