Literary Swoon, Day Four: Deborah Cooke

February 9, 2012 2012, author interview, deborah cooke, literary swoon, Wendy 26

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Deborah Cooke

A YA paranormal romance book that took me by surprise last year was Deborah Cooke’s Flying Blind. With exciting aerial dragon battles, a girl with mystical powers, and cute boys, it’s the perfect book when you’re in the mood for a funny, lighthearted read! We’re happy to welcome Deborah to the blog today as part of our Literary Swoon series, in which our favorite YA authors tell us about a romantic scene that they’ve never forgotten. Don’t forget that this scene may contain a spoiler.

Deborah Cooke’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene

One of the first romance novels I ever read was Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde. I was hooked! And that story stayed with me, all these years, because it’s about a woman learning who she is and what she wants. It was probably uncommon as an historical romance then, but it would be really unusual now – it’s written in first person point of view, and she has three relationships over the course of the book. She marries for love, only to be disappointed, then she marries for money, only to be disappointed again.
Throughout the story, she has a partner and confidant, a guy who is consistently loyal and true. She values him greatly – and at the end of the book, when she’s thinking that love and marriage just aren’t for her, she reasons that at least she has this wonderful man as her pal. In the last scene, she’s having a bath before the fire, and this hidden hero, who has refrained from declaring his love because he thought the heroine could never love him, comes to declare his affections. 
It’s a wonderful, romantic scene, when she sees the truth for the first time – we readers, of course, were on to him all along! – and they end up in the tub together. The ending is sexy and romantic and also fun, a real celebration that they’ve both finally gotten their hearts’ desire. That’s what love and romance is all about, isn’t it?

Deborah Cooke is the author of the Dragon Diaries series for young adults. She has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas. Her current title Winging It is in stores now.

Check out the rest of the Literary Swoon series! 

Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless
Rebecca Lim, author of Mercy
Deborah Cooke, author of Flying Blind
Cynthia Hand, author of Unearthly
Shirley Marr, author of Fury 
Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium

Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
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26 Responses to “Literary Swoon, Day Four: Deborah Cooke”

  1. Rachel

    I haven’t heard of the Dragon Diaries before but if you say they’re like Hex Hall, I’m sold, Wendy!

    This scene sounds so delicious. I always love stories where the best friends changes to the love interest!

  2. Book Sake

    I haven’t heard of the Dragon Diaries series before but totally love the idea for it and it sounds like fun. Going to add the first book to my TBR list now, thanks!
    – Jessica @ Book Sake

  3. debbie h

    Oh Great post, I’ve followed Deb’s link from her website over here. She is undoubtably my favorite author in the genre and one of my top go to novelists to read and I always get the next book that’s out in any of her series. Her YA series is very much for the adult reader as well as the YA audience and I have enjoyed both in the series so far and am looking forward to the next, I’m as a matter of fact right now reading her latest adult paranormal dragon series that stars the parents of her dragon dairies. Flashfire is what I’m reading right not

  4. Giselle

    Ooh I actually noticed this book only like a month or 2 ago. I didn’t know it was funny and light though from the blurb. If so then I want to read it! Plus, it sounds pretty sexy! >.<

  5. Rebecca

    I love what Deborah says about love in the end of her post. How do I not know about Flying Blind?!?! Sounds like something I would love!

  6. A Canadian Girl

    A romance novel where there are three different romances sounds very different from the typical romance novel!

    I’ll have to check out Cooke’s book as I haven’t read too many books about dragons. Plus, what’s not to like about a “a girl with mystical powers and cute boys”?

  7. Mimi Valentine

    Awwwww, that scene sounds so darn adorable!! <3 I can't believe how many romantic books I'm adding to my TBR pile from your feature already! It makes me want to cuddle up with each of them on Valentine's Day and smile softly at each. I just love it when characters realize their true feelings in an epiphany sort of thing! ;)

    I’m loving all of this Literary Swoon, Wendy! You’re such a genius for coming up with this feature! :) <3

    • Wendy Darling

      I don’t know about *genius* but I am pretty pleased with myself for thinking of it! ;) It’s only great because the authors have chosen such terrific scenes. :)

  8. elena

    Oh that really does sound like a different sort of romance novel, three relationships in one book? I think I may pick up this book now, all I’ve read this year is YA + romance books, haha.

    I’m loving this feature, Wendy!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay, that makes me happy! Glad you’re enjoying. Deborah’s Dragon Diaries books are really great if you like lighthearted paranormal books with a sense of humor. :) Hope you enjoy if you decide to try them out!

  9. Jenny

    Awwww, now I really want to read that tub scene! Poor hero just having to watch her with these other men when he really wants her to himself. I kinda want to give him a hug:) I love romance novel HEAs though, so I’m glad he got her in the end!

  10. The Sagacity Quest

    I’m really loving this feature. It’s an awesome way to see author’s favorite read. The scene in Angel in Scarlet sounds hot and romantic.

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

  11. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Whoa that is quite the cover there. I admit I would likely pass on it , usually books with covers like that turn me off but I am intrigued now by Ms. Cook3’s blurb. I still need to check out this series I remember you really liked the first book Wendy.

  12. Em

    Great post, I have not read any of her books but your post has added one to my TBR.

  13. Amy

    I am really enjoying this feature. I love hearing about books and scenes that make authors swoon. I haven’t heard of these books, but I will have to look into them. Wonderful post!

  14. Sam

    They end up in the tub together? *fans self* :D It does definitely sound like a romantic book! I had to do a double-take on the cover because I thought he wasn’t wearing trousers. ;)

    Thanks for sharing this. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Andrea! We love getting book recommendations, so it totally made sense to ask for them from authors, too. :) As if our TBR lists really needed to get any bigger!

  15. Missie, The Unread Reader

    WD! I’m loving this Literary Swoon series because I love to swoon. More than that, I love knowing what makes authors swoon.

    The hero in this one sounds like a smart fellow. Coming to declare his love when the lady is relaxing the the tub. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Missie! It’s been a fun series for us, too. I love how varied all the answers have been from all our authors. :)

      And a lady is never more relaxed when she’s in the tub…

  16. Evie

    Great post, Wendy!
    I’ve heard about Deborah’s series before, but didn’t get a chance to read it yet. It looks like a fun Spring/Summer read, so perhaps I should bump it up my TBR :)

    Angel in Scarlet looks like a hot novel – I mean, look at that cover! Thanks for your recommendation, Deborah!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, Flying Blind is so fun, Evie! Hope you get a chance to read it soon, I’m really looking forward to trying out the sequels.

      Angel in Scarlet definitely looks like a fun and SOAPY read. :D