Monday, April 4, 2016

**** Review & Book Tour For Trial by fire by Chris Canon & note from Kimmie Sue ***

~*~*~ Note From Kimmie Sue ~*~*~

First I need to let you all know something. Saturday 
morning I woke up to the right side of my ear & head 
hurting. Asked my hubby to take a look for me. He turned 
on the light and took one look, winced and said "get 
dressed. Your going to the doctor." So off we go. Dr 
says it is cellulitis. I'm thinking huh fat ear. But 
actually it is a deep bacterial infection of the skin. 
She told me if got worse don't play around with it. Go 
to the ER!!! So this morningwoke up an all the way 
down my neck. So off to ER. I've beenadmitted till at 
least the 6th, depends on how it reacts toantibiotics. 
It is a little worse than Dr thought. And I am still 
waiting on test. Doc said I do have cellulits, but also 
have mastoiditis as well. What fun I am having now. 
I will keep you updated as this progresses.

Now I will try and get my post up. If I can, but it took me 5 hours to do the blog post using the blogger app and Google browser. Normally takes me 20 minutes. So may be not as fancy a post.


Trial By Fire by Chris Cannon
April 4, 2016

Oh how I love this series. It may be a YA book but it is amazing.
 It is so well written, that it just flows. And time passes buy 
before you know it. I picked it up after dinner to read, and next 
thing I know it's 5am. This time Bryn is stuck living with the 
blues. And man what a bunch of snobs they are. Once again she
 is under attack, but Grandma has the solution. Her knight 
Valmont can stay with her to protect her. And then the fun 
begins, well not all fun Jackson is back and Bryn may be stuck 
with him forever.  I cannot wait till read about what Valmont
and Bryn found. I could go on and on about this book. SSufice to 
say. It is one hell of a book. Now I need to sit it before I ruin the 
book for you. I hope you love this book as much as I did. If you 
do, please leave a review. Authors love your opinions too.

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.

Chapter One
She must’ve been insane when she’d planned this. Sure it had seemed like a good idea at the time. Let’s throw a Welcome Back to School party so students injured in the attacks on campus would receive a formal invitation to return to school. This was meant to circumvent the Directorate’s policy of suggesting injured students stay at home with a private tutor. The Directorate’s sucky rationale? Something about culling the weak from the herd, which was total crap since the Directorate had failed to protect the students in the first place. So, this may have been her plan, but it was her grandmother and Jaxon’s mother Lillith’s idea that she host with him. She didn’t know what his problem was, but he was being more obnoxious than usual.
“Jaxon, I swear to God, if you don’t stop bitching, I will set your hair on fire.” Bryn spoke through clenched teeth as she smiled and nodded at the students streaming past her into the Welcome Back to School Gala. “Aren’t you supposed to have this fake socialite crap down to a science?”
“It’s not the greeting people I mind.” He nodded at a group of students who entered the dining hall. “It’s your proximity.”
That was it. She didn’t care what her grandmother and Lillith wanted. If she had to listen to Jaxon make one more rude comment, she was going to lose it and roast him like a marshmallow.
“Bryn.” Garret walked toward her, his dark complexion a bit pale for a Green dragon, his brown eyes appeared wary, and his injured left arm hung limp in a sling.
And now she remembered why she was doing this. “I’m so glad you came.” Only half of all the students injured during the attacks at the Institute for Excellence, aka shape-shifting dragon school, had been willing to return. The other less-than-perfect dragons had allowed the Directorate, the governing body of Dragon society, to bully them into private tutors.
A ghost of a smile crossed Garret’s face. “I told the Directorate my left arm may not work and I may not be able to fly, but my mind was still functional, and they owed me for failing to provide adequate protection. You should’ve seen the looks on their faces.”
“Good for you.”
Garret headed toward the tables where the Green dragons sat. The color-coding still threw Bryn sometimes. All the Greens had the same dark hair, eyes, and skin as Garret. All the upper-class Blues, like Jaxon, had golden-tan skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. The artsy Black dragons always looked a bit Goth with their ivory skin, black hair, and dark eyes. The middle class Reds seemed Irish with their red hair, green eyes, and freckled skin. The two lone Orange dragons with their bronze hair, skin, and eyes, looked Hawaiian. Since her mom had been a Blue and her dad a Red, Bryn didn’t fit in with any group of dragons. She wasn’t as thickly muscled as the Reds and not as graceful and lithe as the Blues. She’d changed her blond, red, and black striped hair to blond, to make peace with her grandfather, but she still didn’t blend in with the Blues. Far from it.
She envied the greeting Garret received from his Clan and loved that they acted like nothing was wrong. Then again, they were the smartest dragons, so it made sense they’d figured things out. Now, if only the rest of the Clans would catch up and realize the injured students didn’t reflect badly on them, life would be good.
“You think this is a positive development,” Jaxon said, “but you’re wrong.”
“That’s it.” Fire crawled up the back of Bryn’s throat. Smoke drifted from her lips as she spoke. “Get the hell away from me.”
“Gladly.” Jaxon stalked off to join his Clan-mates.
Bryn’s best friend, a Black dragon named Ivy, bounded over with her boyfriend Clint in tow. “I won,” Ivy announced.
“You won what?” Bryn asked.
“She bet you’d try to roast Jaxon within the hour.” Clint ran his fingers through his Mohawk. “I bet within the first thirty minutes.”
“You made it forty minutes.” Ivy grabbed Bryn’s hand. “I declare your door greeting duties officially over.”
Once they were seated at their usual table, Bryn sighed. “Finally, I can relax.”
Ivy’s eyebrows went up. “Maybe not.”
Bryn heard the click of high heels on the marble tile. She cringed. That had to be her grandmother, Marie Sinclair.
“Bryn, why aren’t you greeting people at the door?”
Turning to face her grandmother, Bryn gave a tight smile. “Most of the guests are here, my feet hurt, and I was five seconds from setting Jaxon’s hair on fire.” The woman could choose whichever reason she liked.
Her grandmother frowned. “It’s inappropriate to leave the entrance unless you find someone else to greet your guests.”
“This isn’t my party. It’s a school party.”
“That’s not what we discussed,” her grandmother said.
“I didn’t realize you meant I had to stand at the door all night.”
Marie Sinclair appeared unswayed.
Bryn pushed to her feet. “If I find someone to greet people, will that make you happy?”
“No.” Her grandmother said in her cold, upper-class Blue dragon tone. “But it will do.”
“Fine.” Bryn scanned the room. Who did she want to dump door duty on? Better yet, who could she convince to do it?
Rhianna stood on the outskirts of the Blue Clan, clutching a glass of punch. Coming back to school after her injury was one thing. Playing hostess was another. Still, it didn’t hurt to ask.
Bryn approached Rhianna and spoke in a quiet voice. “I have a favor to ask. My grandmother won’t let me sit down unless someone else takes over greeting guests. Do you think you’re up for it?”
“I’m not sure.” She nodded at her classmates. “My reception hasn’t been what I hoped for.”
“Idiots.” Bryn frowned. Where was Jaxon? And then it came to her. “You could ask Jaxon to go with you. He’d be far happier standing up there with you than he was with me.”
“Maybe.” Rhianna caught Jaxon’s gaze and waved.
He said something to the group of males he stood with and came over to hold Rhianna’s hand. “What’s wrong?”
“Bryn needs someone to take over greeting at the door. Would you do it with me?”
“Of course. We should have done it that way in the first place.”
Okay, he was being nice to Rhianna, but did he have to be such a jerk to her? Not wanting to deal with him, Bryn clamped her lips shut and rejoined her friends at their table.
Clint pointed to her hair. “I see you decided to go native.”
She rolled her eyes. “My grandfather interpreted my red, blond, and black-streaked hair as lack of pride in my Blue Clan heritage. So I went blond to appease him.” She reached up to touch the inch-wide red streak by her temple. “He still hates this nod to my father’s Clan, but I refuse to change it.”
“I miss the black stripes.” Ivy said.
“Me, too. But my grandparents took me in, so I’m trying to keep the peace.” With her parents gone, it’s not like she had anywhere else to go. If she alienated her grandfather, she’d be homeless. “Let’s talk about something happier.”
“I got my driver’s license,” Clint said.
“That’s great.” And it gave her an idea. “Maybe you could teach me how to drive.”
Ivy shook her head. “Not a good plan. He drives like a maniac.”
“I do not.” Clint puffed out his chest. “I’m a fabulous driver.”
“You took out the bushes at the end of my driveway, on both sides.” Ivy laughed. “I don’t know who gave him his driver’s test, but they must’ve been caffeine deprived.”
“If I could have your attention.” Mr. Stanton, the Elemental Science teacher and head of the Green Clan stood near the punch bowl holding a microphone. “I’d like to welcome all of you back after the Christmas Holidays. I’m sure the new year will be an exciting time for all of us. The Directorate has taken security measures to protect the campus from any more disturbances.”
Disturbances seemed like an understatement given the severity of the attacks that had occurred on campus before Christmas.
“Please enjoy your friends’ company but remember, classes start bright and early tomorrow. Make sure you rest up this evening.”
“Please.” Clint threw his arm around Ivy’s shoulders. “I’ll be a zombie no matter what tomorrow. We might as well stay up tonight and have fun.”
A growl echoed through the room. Bryn whipped around to see Jaxon facing off with a male from his Clan. “Rhianna does not reflect poorly on our kind.”
The other male narrowed his eyes. “Really? Then why did your father void your marriage contract?”
Uh-oh. Jaxon wouldn’t speak against his father or the Directorate, which left only one option. This was about to get ugly.
The air around Jaxon shimmered as he shifted to dragon form. The other male shifted, but backed up a step. Big mistake. Ceding ground showed weakness. Jaxon lunged, blasting frozen flames and striking out with his talons. The coppery scent of blood filled the air.
Jaxon backed the boy up to the wall and pinned him there with his talons digging into the boy’s neck.
“That’s enough.” An all too familiar voice boomed through the room. Her grandfather, Ephram Sinclair, was here. Great.
Jaxon released the boy’s neck, but didn’t retreat.
“Shift back,” her grandfather ordered. “Now.”
Even though he shifted back to human form, Jaxon never took his gaze from his opponent.
“Jaxon Westgate, what do you have to say for yourself?” her grandfather asked in a voice that rang throughout the room.
“What I have to say, sir, is that the members of my Clan will treat Rhianna with respect.”
“Not just me.” Rhianna stepped forward. “My injury wasn’t my fault. Neither was Garret’s or any of the other students who were injured in the attacks. We have every right to be here. Don’t you agree, Mr. Sinclair?”
Holy crap. Rhianna had just called her grandfather out in front of all these people. Bryn wasn’t sure if she should cheer, or duck and cover.
“You raise an interesting point, young lady. It was brave of you and the other injured students to return to the Institute,” her grandfather said. “I would like to think your classmates would recognize that bravery and treat you accordingly. Now, I believe it’s time for everyone to retire to their dorms.”
The injured Blue slunk away, blending in with the other members of his Clan. How many of them felt Rhianna didn’t belong? Would they act on that feeling? Jaxon couldn’t fight all of them. Then again, if he went all Westgate on them and proved he was the alpha male, he might not have to.
“Is it me,” Clint said, “or did your grandfather wiggle out of answering that question?”
“He’s a master of Directorate double-speak,” Bryn whispered.

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern
Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the
shihtzu 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.

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear you are sick. I hope you recover quickly. And thank you for posting even though you feel like crap. And thanks for reading and reviewing Trial By Fire.