Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5) by Chris Cannon Blog Tour with Giveaway :)


Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5)
by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen


Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.


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***GUEST POST***

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This scene takes place after Bryn shoots a fireball at Jaxon’s head because he’s being a total asshat. I ended up cutting it because it didn’t change her outcomes. It was more like a venting session with her grandmother. Since it didn’t move the story along, it had to go.

Once she was back in her room, she wasn’t sure what to do. She could call her mom, but her parents already wanted her to get out of her marriage contract so that wasn’t a good idea. Who else could she gripe to that would understand and maybe have helpful advice? No one. She could call her grandmother but she was pretty sure any advice given would be of the let him go his way and you go your way variety. And that didn’t work for her at the moment.
When her phone rang, she just stared at it. Did she want to engage with anyone? It’s not like the person calling would know if she was in her room. She needed to speak to someone about updating the campus phones to have caller ID. Not that they’d go for it, but it would make life so much easier if she knew who was calling.
The phone stopped ringing, and she grabbed a pillow off her bed. Maybe she’d nap on the couch. She’d barely closed her eyes when the phone rang again.
Fine.” She stalked over, braced for impact, and answered the phone. “Hello?”
Bryn, I was hoping you’d be in your room. I wanted to stop by and have you try on dresses for the Christmas Ball,” her grandmother said.
Crap. “That sounds great,” Bryn said. “But you need to know that I’ve changed my hair and you have to let me explain why before you lecture me.”
This should be interesting,” her grandmother said. “I’ll see you in fifteen minutes.”
Bryn went to her bathroom mirror and stared at her hair. Should she soften it a bit? Go back to the dark golden blond with a few blue and purple stripes? No. She’d let her grandmother see it full on and that would give her room to negotiate.
When her grandmother knocked, Bryn ran to the door.
Her grandmother nodded. “I see what you mean. Good thing you thought to warn me.”
Bryn stepped aside so her grandmother could come in along with a Red who was carrying several large white rectangular boxes.
You can set those on the table,” her grandmother said, “and then wait outside.”
Yes ma’am.” The guard did as she instructed and then retreated to the hallway.
What on earth brought this on?” her grandmother asked.
Bryn retreated to the couch. “Have a seat.”
Her grandmother sat in one of the winged back chairs.
Where to begin. “Okay this morning when I woke up I was all excited about the snow.” Bryn proceeded to tell her grandmother about how Jaxon behaved and then how he morphed into an asshat. “And it totally caught me off guard. Do you have any helpful advice besides telling me to ignore him when he’s being a jerk?”
Eyes narrowed, her grandmother said. “His rude behavior, in public no less is unacceptable.” She pointed at Bryn’s hair. “That is also unacceptable. Your grandfather would have a coronary. Change your hair back while we discuss your options.”
Dang it. She really wanted to keep her hair blue but she didn’t want to get on her grandfather’s bad side. “Can I keep it like this while I’m at school but change it when I come home?”
No.”
No room for argument there. “Fine.” She closed her eyes and changed her hair back to dark blond with a single cherry red stripe at her temple.
Let’s look at dresses while we mull things over,” her grandmother said.
Promise that you’re not going to just tell me ignore him,” Bryn said.
No. His behavior warrants a well thought out response which will keep him from engaging in this behavior ever again,” her grandmother said.
Thank you.” Bryn walked over and opened of the first dress box she came to. Silver blue crystals winked at her from the bodice of a strapless dress which looked like it was made from ice crystals. “Oh my gosh. It’s beautiful.” Bryn pulled the dress from the box. “If this fits I don’t think we even need to open the other boxes.”
Her grandmother’s smile was genuine. “Try it on.”
Bryn carefully carried the delicate dress into her bedroom and undressed in a flash. The dress itself was made of some sort of silk covered in a fine mesh of crystals. The dress was amazing, but the silver blue color didn’t look as good on her as she’d hoped it would. It was made for someone with tan golden skin.
Her enthusiasm diminished as she walked back out to show her grandmother. She felt like the dress was mocking her pale freckled skin. As she walked, the crystals rustled against the fabric.
What’s wrong?” her grandmother asked. “Don’t you like it?”
Time for a little diplomacy. “It’s amazing, but it’s noisy.” She demonstrated by walking across the living room.
Oh dear,” her grandmother said. “I see your point. That’s a shame.”
Bryn grabbed the other two dress boxes. “Good thing you brought options.”
In her bedroom, she slipped off the noisy gown and opened the lids on the other two boxes. There was a toga type dress made of black silk and a strapless navy dress with silver accents on the bodice.
She tried the black dress on. It was far more flattering to her coloring, and it fit like it had been made for her. The slit on the thigh was a bit more daring that she normally would have chosen, but it didn’t look inappropriate.
She walked out into the living room to model for her grandmother. “This one works for me.”
It is elegant. We should keep it even if you don’t wear it for the Christmas Ball. Try on the last dress for me.”
Bryn went back into the bedroom and changed into the navy dress. It seemed more formal for some reason. She headed back out to her grandmother. “I think I like the black one the best.”
Me too.” Bryn carefully boxed up the dresses since she knew her grandmother would take them both back to Sinclair Estates. Then she came back out and plopped on the couch. “Have you come up with a plan yet?”
Several actually. My first instinct is to call and ask him to come over here and explain himself, but no matter what his reason whether it’s due to unresolved feelings over Rhianna or fear of bonding with you his behavior was unacceptable. And the fact that he acted as if you weren’t part of the Clan is most disturbing. And he made up that part about Blues eating breakfast together after the first snow.”
What?” Fire flared in Bryn’s gut.
Exactly,” her grandmother said. “So I think you should call him on his bahavior so he knows that he can’t treat you like this again.”
Didn’t I do that?” Bryn asked.
On a small scale, yes.”
I could disinvite him from the Christmas Ball,” her grandmother said.
That would hurt Lillith more than him,” Bryn said.
I didn’t say Ferrin and Lillith would be off the list, just Jaxon.”
Bryn could picture Jaxon in a snit as he was escorted from Sinclair Estates, but then she’d be by herself at the party again. “No. That would bother me as much as it bothered him.”
Okay, What does he own that he’s the most proud of?”
No contest. “His car.”
We could try to have it recalled,” her grandmother said with an evil grin. “If you donate enough money to a company they can become surprisingly helpful.”
Bryn smiled. “I like it, but what can we do that doesn’t involve his favorite possession? Because I will have to live with him after this…if I don’t kill him.”
Good point. And I’m proud that you’re planning on facing this head on.”
I thought my hair was a good idea.”
We’ll save that as a last resort,” her grandmother said. “Part of me wants to demand an explanation.”
We are on the same page,” Bryn said.
Call and invite him over. Don’t mention that I’m here.”
Seriously?” There were so many ways that could go wrong.
You want answers and you won’t get them unless you ask,” her grandmother reminded her.
I know, but part of me is holding out hope that he’ll come to me and apologize like he did last time,” Bryn said. “He has to know what he did was wrong.”
Well whether he’s willing to make amends is an entirely different story. How you let him treat you now is how he’ll treat you in the future,” her grandmother warned.
Did I mention that I told him he was being a jerk and I shot a fireball at his head?” She didn’t want her grandmother to think she let Jaxon walk all over her.
No,” her grandmother smiled. “You did not. And while I shouldn’t approve of your actions since other people witnessed the transaction, I do.”
Cool. “And I may have said that he’d be dodging fireballs for the rest of his life if he acted like this again.”
Since that’s the case, maybe you should wait for him to come to you.”
And if he doesn’t?” Bryn asked.

Then you’ve given him fair warning,” her grandmother said. “And he should act accordingly or suffer the consequences.”

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