Monday, January 11, 2021

Chrys Fey & A Fighting Chance

 Please welcome my friend Chrys Fey to the blog today!


Jemi Asked: What did you enjoy most about writing a series based on natural disasters?


Chrys Fey’s Answer: Exploring the disasters, of course! The natural disasters are why I wanted to write this series. Other authors have written about disasters, even several of them, like the I Survived series for kids by Lauren Tarshis. Writing a series that (mostly) followed a single couple through multiple natural disasters, and blended crimes and romance, was a new concept. I had a blast with it.

I’ve always been fascinated by disasters and severe weather and Mother Nature’s revenge. In school, I only enjoyed science when we got around to learning about earthquakes and volcanoes. Disaster movies are also my favorite movies to watch. So, I feel I was destined to write the Disaster Crimes series. All good things must come to an end, though. I’m glad to be ending this series with Thorn and Amanda and the disaster featured in it, which I will reveal in a later post on my tour. 😉



Pages: 154

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Heat Rating: Hot


BLURB:

*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*

Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he's worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?


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EXCERPT:

Amanda looked up from the current list of up-to-date payments for classes. A movement outside the glass storefront caught her eye. She tilted her head to see a man coming up the sidewalk from the side where the picnic bench sat. Through the vertical blinds, she glimpsed a square face—a short, rugged beard and long, dark hair pulled into a man bun. Her breath fled from her lungs. Her body went from icy cold to flaming hot in the span of a millisecond. She dropped to the floor and slid under the counter, beneath the ledge where they put their purses and cell phones.

“What—” Beth peeked at the windows. Then she snapped her fingers at April and pointed at the stools.

April jumped into action. She pushed the stools in so they blocked Amanda. The bell attached to the door jingled as April removed the jacket she wore and draped it across the stools, creating a curtain to shield Amanda.

From a crack, Amanda watched Beth move to stand in front of the twins, who were in their walkers playing peacefully. “I’m sorry, but we’re going to be closing.”

“I don’t give a shit. I’m here for Amanda.”

The sound of Damon’s voice had her heart beating even harder. That voice had haunted her nightmares, had come back to life in her memories.

Beth cocked her head to the side. “Who? There’s no one by that name here.”

“Don’t bullshit me. I know she works here.”

His voice was closer now.



***FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME***

THE DISASTER CURSE

 



 

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Author’s Note: I wrote The Disaster Curse to answer a few lingering questions readers may have after reading A Fighting Chance, and to tie the whole series together with a neat, shiny, perfect little bow. Plus, there was one disaster that I hadn’t written about yet. *wink*




 

The Disaster Crimes Series:

*The Crime Before the Storm (prequel)

Hurricane Crimes (novella, #1)

Seismic Crimes (#2)

Lightning Crimes (free short, #2.5)

Tsunami Crimes (#3)

Flaming Crimes (#4)

Frozen Crimes (#5)

A Fighting Chance (spin-off, #6)

The Disaster Curse (short story, #7)

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***LAUNCHING A WEBSITE***


TheFightingChance.org is a website dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Inspired by the Disaster Crimes series.



***GIVEAWAY***


Prizes: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes 1) and Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2) eBooks (mobi or epub), Hurricane Crimes Playing Cards, Girl Boss Sign, and a Volcanic Blast Scented Candle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press. https://www.chrysfey.com

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

IWSG & 2021 & Getting Tossed

Happy New Year everyone!

Wishing you a year filled with love, joy, success, and happy surprises!

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 The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.



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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Interesting question!!

I've always found it easy to immerse myself in stories. I can pretty easily take that leap of faith and suspend my disbelief, but when something tosses me out of the world, I have a really tough time finding my way back in.

Some things drive me a little nuts but if the story is intriguing I can put up with a bit (inconsistent world-building, backstory info dumps, stilted dialogue, too many errors). Too much of any of that will have me giving up, though.

Subject matter is probably the main reason I stop reading a book. If there is anything that crosses a line for me, I stop (anything inappropriate with kids, torture,...). If the blurb hasn't let me know that the tone of the book is that dark, I'm not going to be a happy reader.

How about you? What tosses you out of a story?

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The 6th Bloo Moose Romance will be out and about in the world in a couple of weeks!

Reaching For Trust releases January 19.

Cover of Reaching For Trust showing Trina reaching up to kiss Jack

Thanks to her outrageous onstage costumes, pop star Trina can conceal her identity while working in Bloo Moose and writing her next album, all while avoiding a stalker.

 

Running a Sugar Shack should be easy for a burned-out lawyer, but Jack is soon in over his head. His sweet and sexy new office manager isn’t helping with his focus.

 

Unaware that his last case has ongoing repercussions, Jack attributes the problems at the shack to Trina’s errors and his inexperience.

 

When evidence points to false conclusions, they’ll both have to learn how to trust if they want a future together.


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