Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey (Part 7)

Please welcome the lovely Chrys Fey to the blog today!!!

AUTHOR NOTE: Many scenes in Flaming Crimes (Disaster Crimes #4) came from real life. For this short blog tour, I am sharing my memories as a ten-part continuous story, so hop along for the entire experience.

Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 


I returned home at dusk. When I walked in the house with my family, the first thing we saw was one of our cats lying right there in the walkway, as if nothing had happened. I remember thinking that if the house would have burned down, this cat would’ve died.

Before we went to bed, Monkey, the pregnant cat who had run out of my sister’s arms came back home. She was okay. But…another one of our cats had run out the door in the chaos and was still out there, somewhere.

When I went to bed, I had been afraid. The house stank like burned wood. A brush truck purred loudly in the woods next to my bedroom, making sure the fire was out and no hotspots would flare up. I woke up several times in the middle of the night, thinking the house was on fire, because smoke was imprinted on my sight. I could see it in the darkness, filling my bedroom. It wasn’t real, but it was to me. 


Trying to walk quickly, but not too fast to frighten the cat, was tricky. Beth made shooshing noises, as if she were comforting a baby, and fluffed the fur on Misty’s chest with her fingers, hoping the contact would soothe her. At Mrs. Caraway’s car, she slowly lowered her right hand to open the back door. Her plan was to gently toss the cat inside and shut the door before she could escape. She pulled on the door handle and had the door cracked open when Misty panicked. The cat fought her. Claws pierced through her T-shirt and sliced the skin on her stomach. Beth attempted to keep her hold on the lashing cat, but Misty let out a yowl and ran her nails up Beth’s arm. She let out a startled cry and instinctively released Misty, who darted across the lawn and into the woods. In her fear, Misty ran right to the thing she should’ve been running from—the fire.

The story will continue on these blogs:

1/8Circle of Friends Books - Part 1
1/9Sandra CoxPart 2
1/10Elements of EmaginettePart 3
1/11Julie FlandersPart 4
1/12I Think; Therefore, I YamPart 5
1/15Alex J. CavanaughPart 6
1/16Just JemiPart 7
1/17Sandra DaileyPart 8
1/18FundinmentalPart 9
1/19Elizabeth SeckmanPart 10

About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

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Thank you for reading this post! Don’t forget to hop along to the other posts on their designated days for the full fiery story.

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Thanks Chrys! What a fascinating story. Looking forward to the next few posts to see the whole story!

We've luckily been untouched by fire (with one close call). How about you? Any fire stories to share?


  1. I imagine that smell lingered for a very long time.

  2. Thank you for hosting me today for day 7 of my tour, Jemi!

    1. So happy to have you here!! Your story is SO intriguing! :)

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  4. I love that one of your cats was lying there nonchalantly. Very cat-like :-) I hope the third cat made its way back safely at some point.

    1. It shocked me to see that cat lying there. With all the noise and everything, it was completely at home.

  5. You know, the cats reactions are almost like humans. How many people don't face up to danger until it's too late?

  6. I'm glad you found two of the cats. I hope the other one returned.

  7. So glad that two of the cats (and more with the pregnancy) were safe. I hope the last cat was safe too. I can imagine how scary it would be going to bed after the fire and the smoke!

    1. It was really scary. I hadn’t expected we would be able to sleep at home that night, so that didn’t help since my fear hadn’t had tioto diminish.

  8. Living in a place where fires are all too frequent I appreciate how you've captured the sitch so well, Chrys. Congrats on the book.

  9. That smell gets deeply imprinted on your senses. My parents had a major house fire 25 years ago, and I still remember that smell quite distinctly.

    Congrats on the new book!

  10. Hey Jemi and Chrys,

    Relieved to know about the cats being safe, Chrys.

    Well done on the new book.

    Of course, I will now duly share this post. Correction, Penny the Pawblisher will now duly share this pawst.

    Penny's human dad,


  11. Congratulations to Chrys on the release of her Flaming Crimes!

  12. I lost a good friend to a house fire. She was a beautiful vibrant young woman. The loss was great to our community. She was an elementary school teacher/librarian.

  13. Yeah, we've had quite a few close calls, and it's something that would be great if we didn't get a repeat.

  14. Now you've got me worried about Misty. Arg!!

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  16. I have never experienced such a terrifying event but I share your fear...
    I hope you find your lost cat