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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…
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 http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.
I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”
“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”
“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”
And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”
He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”
She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”
He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.
She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting…which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.
Road to Publication
My road to publication took eight years. It seemed like an eternity. I made the mistake that a lot of newbie authors made which means I sent the manuscript to agents before it was truly ready. The funny thing is you don’t know that your novel isn’t ready until you join a group of writers or read books on writing your specific genre of fiction and learn all the unwritten rules of writing.
-The word that isn’t necessary in most cases.
-Adverbs are evil incarnate
-You’re only allowed one exclamation point per book per Stephen King. No one argues with Stephen King. He might send evil alien clowns to tuck you in at night.
Once I learned more about the writing craft, I started resubmitting my vastly altered novel. A helpful agent sent me a handwritten note detailing some suggestions that would make my manuscript better. She also suggested I resubmit Going Down In Flames after I’d polished it. I worked really hard to whip the first dragon book into shape. When I resubmitted, I thought she’d want to represent me. She wrote back that she loved the characters and enjoyed the story but she couldn’t sell it because funny didn’t sell in New York.
This became a theme. Over twenty agents requested a full copy of my manuscript. Not all of them liked it, but those who did told me they wouldn’t be able to represent me because funny didn’t sell. At this time Entangled Publishing and some other new publishers appeared on the scene. I investigated this new route to publication and found a pitch contest on a website where I pitched to an Entangled editor. She asked for a partial and then a full of Going Down In Flames. The night I received the email saying that Entangled wanted to acquire my dragons, I made one of those high pitched girly squealing noises, while I was eating pancakes at IHOP. A few people turned to stare, but I didn’t care. I’d finally sold my first novel.
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