New Editions of The Dragon Diaries

Today, all three books in The Dragon Diaries trilogy are available in new editions!

Flying Blind, book #1 of the Dragon Diaries series of paranormal YA novels by Deborah Cooke

Zoë is the Wyvern of the Pyr—the one female dragon shape shifter with special powers.  But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr, and her powers are AWOL. Worse, there’s no reference book to consult, and the last Wyvern is dead….

Everything changes when Zoë’s best friend is bullied and Zoë reacts. Before she can blink twice, her inner dragon is loose, and she’s suspended from school and headed to a shape shifter boot camp with guys she’s known all her life. But soon she’s doubting her powers—and even some of her friendships.

Zoë quickly realizes she has to master her powers yesterday—there’s danger ahead and boot camp is a trap. A secretive group, the Mages, want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line—unless Zoë and her friends can solve the riddle and work together to save their own kind…

“Zoe is a wonderful heroine–smart, strong and sympathetic. Bring on book two!”
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Kelley Armstrong

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Winging It, book #2 of the Dragon Diaries YA 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!”—Fresh Fiction

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Blazing the Trail, #3 of the Dragon Diaries YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Zoë Sorensson’s love life is heating up. Cute, loyal, and understanding, wolf shifter Derek is pretty much the perfect guy. He likes Zoë, and he knows what it’s like to have to keep a secret. Yet, Zoë can’t help but wish it was rebel rocker Jared asking her to the Valentine’s dance instead. But Jared’s too busy playing hot and cold with her heart, calling Zoë his dragon girl one minute and then taking special interest in her best friend the next.

Zoë is just about ready to breathe fire, especially once she uncovers a new threat that targets her friends. Although Zoë thought the Mages were defeated, they’re back and have invoked an old spell to give them new power—they plan to eliminate all shape shifters on the night of the big dance. Now, Zoë must lead an alliance of young shifters to battle the Mages and figure out exactly what—and who—she wants, before it all goes up in smoke…

“I have been a huge fan of Deborah Cooke for many years. When a new release comes across my path, I truly do a happy dance. Cooke has lived up to her previous work with BLAZING THE TRAIL. I loved how Zoe deals with the everyday issues in front of her while trying to save the world with the Pyr and fellow shifters.”—Fresh Fiction

New edition September 25, 2018

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New Covers for the Dragon Diaries

The Dragon Diaries is a paranormal YA trilogy which is a spin-off from Dragonfire. It tells the story of Zoë Sorensson’s coming of age as the next Wyvern of the Pyr. There will be new editions of all three books in September of this year – although the new editions of the first two books won’t be available in all territories.

Here are the new covers. Once again, I was able to license the original cover illustration from the artist.

Flying Blind, book #1 of the Dragon Diaries series of paranormal YA novels by Deborah Cooke Winging It, book #2 of the Dragon Diaries YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke Blazing the Trail, #3 of the Dragon Diaries YA trilogy by Deborah Cooke

The Allison & Busby Commonwealth English editions of the first two books remain available in both print and digital, exclusively in the exclusive territories and non-exclusively in the non-exclusive territories. (What does that mean? The UK is an exclusive territory, therefore only the A&B editions are available there. Canada is a non-exclusive territory, therefore both the A&B editions and my new editions are available there.) The A&B editions look like this:

Flying Blind, first of the paranormal young adult Dragon Diaries trilogy by Deborah Cooke, UK edition Winging It, second of the paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke, UK edition

Since A&B didn’t acquire the rights to Flying Blind, the new edition of that book will be available everywhere.

Click through on the covers to my Dragonfire website, where the detail about these books resides, to find more information about each book and pre-order links (more will be added as they become available).

Winging It

Winging It, second of the paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries by Deborah CookeRecently, the rights to Winging It, book #2 of my paranormal YA trilogy, The Dragon Diaries, reverted to me. This means that the publisher can still sell their existing print stock of the book but not reprint more. It also means that their digital edition has been removed from sale.

In the case of this particular trilogy, the reversion of the books is based upon the number of units sold: when sales drop below a certain threshold, the books are eligible for reversion. Because I’d like to have the rights to other two books in the trilogy revert to me as well, I’ve removed the buy links here on my site to both Flying Blind and Blazing the Trail. You can still buy them, but I’d prefer you didn’t. Once I have the rights back to all three books–whenever that happens, and it might take a while–I’ll republish them in new editions.

Winging It, second of the paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke, UK edition

UK edition

The interesting wrinkle in this situation is that my publisher had sold subsidiary rights for both Flying Blind and Winging It to a second publisher based in the UK. That UK publisher never did acquire the rights to book #3, Blazing the Trail. Their edition of Winging It is the one on the left. It will remain available in some territories in both print and digital formats because that contract remains in effect. If you think this is a bit strange and confusing, you’re not alone! I’m sure things will be sorted into some kind of coherence eventually, so please stay tuned.

All Roads Lead To Rome

This week, I took the next step in the Great Website Amalgamation. If you’ve been peeking at my purple Château Delacroix site, you may have discovered that the delacroix.net url now brings you here. The url for the Dragon Diaries (www.thedragondiaries.com) also brings you here now, as does the Claire Cross url (www.clairecross.com).

You can find information about all of my books on this single site. If you had bookmarked individual pages on any of those sites, clicking on them will bring you here and give you a 404 message. The content is all relocated to this site, but the urls will have changed. Simply use the drop down menus to find what you were looking for.

Everything about my books is now in one place, which makes me happy. 🙂

New Swag – Jewelry

This new swag was also inspired by Coastal Magic Reader Conference. They had a number of vendors there, Including Leslie’s shop Aunt Matilda’s Jewelry Box with wonderful steampunk-medieval-pirate jewelry. I bought a pair of dragon earrings, and on the way home had an idea. Leslie was excited about it and so we have Dragonfire Earrings.

Dragonfire Earrings

Leslie created these earrings to match the colors of the Pyr. The earrings have Czech glass crystals that catch the light. From the top left, we have Quinn, Donovan and Erik. In the second row from left we have Delaney, Niall and Rafferty. In the third and last row, we have Lorenzo, Brandon and Thorolf. Leslie has written the name of the appropriate Pyr on the back of the earring card in silver ink.

And not to forget our special girl, the star of the Dragon Diaries and the Wyvern-to-be, here’s earrings for Zöe:

Zöe the Wyvern heroine of The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke

Leslie also created some medieval jewelry for me for Kinfairlie. Look at this necklace, which I’m calling the Kinfairlie Cross and will be using for promotion for the True Love Brides Series. It’s quite large, more than four inches long, and the faceted stones are a beautiful shade of aquamarine. (They look a bit paler in the picture). Any of the sisters of Kinfairlie could have a necklace like this – I might need to write it into Elizabeth and Malcolm’s books!

Kinfairlie Cross

Finally, Leslie created a Prometheus Project watch for me. It’s a bit steampunk, but has angel wings too – I can easily imagine Lilia wearing this:

Prometheus Project timepiece

I’ll be using these as prizes in contests and also in raffle baskets, but you’ll also be able to buy them directly from Leslie’s Etsy store. She’s created a page for the Dragonfire earrings, right here, where you can easily order a pair of earrings in the colors of your favorite Pyr. There’s also a listing for the Kinfairlie cross, and another one for the Prometheus Project steampunk crystal ball watch.

What do you think? I love them all!

Psst – there will be a contest for newsletter subscribers in May, with shiny prizes. Hmm. I wonder what those prizes could be…

The Dragon Diaries

I’ve had a lot of email from readers lately about The Dragon Diaries, specifically asking what’s next for Zoë and the guys now that BLAZING THE TRAIL has been published.

The Dragon Diaries was always intended to be a trilogy, featuring Zoë and her coming of age as the new Wyvern of the Pyr. So, with the publication of book #3, The Dragon Diaries is complete.

Cover for WINGING IT, YA #2

There does remain, however, the question of the guys (Liam, Garrett and Nick) and their stories, as well as the entwined stories of Meagan, Jared, Isabelle. There’s also the question of the stories of the other shifters, Derek, Kohana and Jessica. Phew! I like how the series ended (no spoilers here) with lots of questions about the future of the various surviving shifters and their new alliance.

There are no additional books featuring these characters scheduled or contracted at this time. Part of the reason for that is that I can’t see them as young adult novels. The dragon guys are going to make key decisions about their lives and face big challenges during their firestorms, which means that their books will be paranormal romances. It seems reasonable that similar challenges will be faced at the same time by the other shifters and the humans, too. I’m thinking of leaving them all to grow up a bit – both in their timeline and in ours – then revisiting them as they join forces for another big quest. Tentatively, I’m calling this series Dragonfire II, but the first thing on my agenda is finishing Dragonfire I. That’s my plan for 2013, then I’ll get back to Zoë and her pals again.

So, stay tuned!

Dragons in My Future – and Yours!

We’re talking about linked series this week, keeping the faith with readers, and future plans for existing series of mine. Today we’re talking about my dragons. (Well, actually, they’re dragon shape shifters.)

I have two dragon series, Dragonfire, which is paranormal romance, and The Dragon Diaries, which is a spin-off paranormal YA series.

1/ The Dragon Diaries
First, the executive summary.

My idea for the Dragon Diaries grew out of story, not out of a particular desire on my part to write YA. I realized that Zoë, who is the daughter of Erik Sorensson and believed by her father to be the next Wyvern of the Pyr, would come into her powers at puberty. This development would be more challenging for her than for the other Pyr teenagers, because there is only ever one Wyvern at a time so there’s no one to give Zoë advice. Also, previous Wyverns have been mysterious and elusive – even her dad isn’t sure of everything they could do. I thought her coming of age would be a fun teenage adventure, and it was terrific fun to write. Book #3, BLAZING THE TRAIL, will be published in June.

People have already asked me where the teenage dragons go from here. I really like where the series ends (no spoilers from me!) and the possibilities it opens for the future of these kids. On the other hand, I don’t really see the stories of the kids we’ve met so far as YA books. The Pyr guys, for example, will see major character developments when they have their respective firestorms. Maybe they are “new adult” books. Or maybe there could be a spin-off paranormal romance series featuring the next generation. There are also all of the younger Pyr who were too young to have roles in this YA series. It’s possible that they could have their own YA series. So, I’m not sure where this goes, at least not right now. Ideas are simmering, and I need to wait for one to come to the boil.

As a result, the YA book that I have in work is totally unconnected to the Pyr. It’s paranormal YA, and in very early stages. At this point, I’m not sure there will be dragons in it at all. In a way, that’s part of the adventure of writing it!

2/ Dragonfire
Again, an executive summary.

This paranormal romance series currently stands at seven novels in print and one short story. Dragonfire #8 will be published in October of this year and is called EMBER’S KISS. I’ve always thought there would be a total of 13 books in the Dragonfire series, but have been playing around with that assumption this year. Thorolf and Sloane will have their own books – and Sloane will be last, as the Apothecary must heal the world – but in documenting my loose ends, I’m thinking of different ways to resolve them.

There is Marco, the Sleeper, whose story even I don’t know in its totality. He’s interesting, though, and likely merits his own book. (I really do want to see Marco be surprised, and have to think of what kind of woman would be able to surprise him. Hmm.)

There is Drake and also his Dragon’s Tooth Warriors. One of the things that can be frustrating about writing a linked series is that I like to have an over-riding story arc. So, Drake and his guys disappeared in DARKFIRE KISS. I know where they are and what they’re doing, but each time I add a scene to update readers about Drake’s adventures, my editor thinks it distracts from the story at hand. It’s very hard to build the over-arching story if virtually all scenes have to be in the POV of the hero and heroine of the moment, and have to directly impact the resolution of their conflict. So, I’ve been trying to think of ways to tell the adventures of Drake and his dudes. I think digital-first novellas might work, so I plan to write the first novella this summer and see how it works out on the page. I still suspect that Drake will get his own book, but shouldn’t his guys get their HEA’s too?

In addition, there are a few new loose ends that you don’t know about yet because you haven’t read EMBER’S KISS. They might also be well resolved in novellas.

I’m now looking at either ten books plus novellas (depending on how the novella plan works out) or twelve (maybe thirteen) books.

(N.B. – someone mentioned on FB, that not all readers read digital novellas – I know that because I’m one of them! I should make clear here that my intention would be to gather the novellas together into anthologies, which would be available both in both print and digital formats. That’s what I like about the idea of doing them in groups.)

There’s also a new possibility for another spin-off paranormal romance series, given the events in EMBER’S KISS.

My dragons are in flight right now, and I’m still watching their flight patterns to see their destinations! I’ll let you know when I know.

3/ Other Stuff
I also would like to diversify my Cooke brand a bit – that’s publisher-talk for my writing paranormal romance that stars creatures other than dragon shape shifters. I wouldn’t mind getting back to my Coven of vampires, for example, and there is another idea taking shape on my hard drive. I doubt that much will come together before the fall, partly because it’s so exciting to think about possibilities (and partly because I have Claire’s stories and dragon stories to tell.)

So, now you know what I know! Things can change due to opportunities arising, but this is my working plan right now. I like it.