Fanning the Flames Blog Tour: Author Interview with Chris Cannon


Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1) by Chris Cannon

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on June 30th, 2014

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy


If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

Bridges Burned (Going Down in Flames #2) by Chris Cannon

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on January 19th, 2015

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy


Don’t just fight the system…burn it.

Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…

But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.

Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.

Trial by Fire (Going Down in Flames #3)

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on April 4th, 2016


Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare of a Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.

The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

She may have to live in their world, but she doesn’t have to play by their rules.

Fanning the Flames (Going Down in Flames #4) by Chris Cannon

Published by Entangled Teen

Published March, 2017

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy





Bryn McKenna has it all. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting in the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparent’s want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. 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 and snarky contemporary romance.


Twitter: ccannonauthor



Read Below for an Author Interview with Chris Cannon:

Can you tell us about your newest book, Fanning the Flames, in 40 words or less?

Bryn discovers she’s a shape-shifting dragon when flames shoot out of her mouth. She’s forced to attend a magical boarding school, where the students view her as a mutant, which leads to adventure, snarky banter, and romance.

What was your favorite scene to write?

There’s a scene where Bryn has lunch at Westgate manner and she discovers the absurdity of Jaxon’s home life. His father is so arrogant that even the silverware is monogrammed. Gold, as in real gold, W’s are inlaid in the foyer floor and they have an arbor-rarium which is essentially a forest inside of their mansion.  It gives her a peek into his mind and also a glimpse of the nightmare her life might become if their marriage contract is approved.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I wrote a scene about a cave-in where one of the characters is injured and/or kidnapped. It just didn’t work with the rest of the book so I had to cut it.

What theme song would you give Fanning the Flames?

I Will Burn by The Incurables.

Will this be the last book in the series or do you have plans for more?

The next book might finish out the series from Bryn’s point of view, but I’d like to write more in this world.

What else are you currently working on?

I’m working on the next book in the Boyfriend Chronicles.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Anything by Cassandra Clare, Rachel Caine, or Richelle Mead.