Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey (Part 4)

Hello, all! I am hosting Chrys Fey today and sharing the fourth installment of the personal story that inspired her new release Flaming Crimes. If you missed the first three installments, scroll down for links to catch up.

Take it away, Chrys!


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) 

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FLAMING GUEST POST PART FOUR:

Things happened during the fire that I didn’t know about at the time and heard about later. Like the odd thing that my mom saved from our house in the middle of all the chaos. You see, when there’s a disaster knocking at your front door and you have to dash in and grab whatever you can, your mind can go blank. You can run around in circles helplessly.

Afterward, my mom told me about a reporter taking a picture of her coming out of the house with a bag of potatoes. Yes, a bag of potatoes. A really big bag. To this day, if you ask her why she grabbed that, she’ll say, “Because I had five kids to feed, and it was a brand-new bag.”

Logical.

Luckily, we weren’t stuck eating potatoes for days.

Also, I was really glad when I saw the newspaper the next day and my mom was not in it with her bag of potatoes. That would’ve been embarrassing to explain to my classmates.


FLAMING CRIMES EXCERPT:
Karen put her arms around Beth. “It’s okay. I’m just glad our houses are still standing.”

Beth nodded. She was grateful for that, too. So far, no one’s house had been touched. “Do you need my help getting stuff out of your home?”

“I grabbed a few things already. I was running around in circles in there because I could barely think.” She gave Beth an embarrassed smile. “I actually brought out a bag of potatoes. And a reporter from the newspaper came up to me and asked me my name.” She covered her face with her hands. “He got a picture of me doing that.”

Despite the chaos, Beth gave a small laugh. “I brought out our coffeemaker and blender.”

Karen laughed, too. Then her smile faded. “If I could, I’d put a giant bag around my whole house and carry it out of here.”

Beth nodded. “So would I.”


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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24 comments:

  1. Yeah, good thing that photo never showed up in the paper. Kids are cruel and you never would've lived it down.

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    1. I was teased a lot in elementary school because my face would turn red when I got embarrassed, so I could only imagine what it would’ve been like.

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  2. A bag of potatoes? That is a good one and it makes sense in a way. One never knows what one might grab if one had to leave the house in a hurry. I hope I never have to find out

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    1. Exactly, which is why I had a character do just that. :)

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  3. Hi, Julie! Thanks for hosting me on your blog for Day 4 of my tour!

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  4. Raw potatoes for a couple days wouldn't have been much fun.

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    1. Nope, but I assume my dad would’ve gotten us a motel room like the one time when police evacuated due to a fire being so close. She could’ve managed to cook them some how. :)

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  5. I guess she was being practical. I think a bag of potatoes would be the last thing I'd think to save.

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  6. Hi Chrys and Julie - I'm loving these excerpts ... and 'seeing' real life - a bag of potatoes ... yet just so logical. I hate to think about what I'd remember to grab ... such a dreadful scenario to find oneself in - cheers Hilary

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    1. I’m glad you’re liking these posts, Hilary! I couldn’t imagine grabbing potatoes or any type of food, but that’s my mom. :p

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  7. Wow. Out of all the things someone could grab during a fire, I never would've predicted potatoes!

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  8. So true about your mind going blank in an emergency. One of my co-workers recounted seeing a a bike/car accident and said he was so shaken initially he had trouble punching 911 on his cell phone. But your mom clearly had her wits about her, with her thoughts on feeding her family.

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    1. Yes, our nerves can sure get the best of us during traumatic events.

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  9. If you guys had nothing else to eat, you'd have better appreciated those potatoes!

    I can imagine my brain would go blank too. Such a scary situation.

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    1. I think we would've complained about it, but looking back as an adult, I would've been thankful for eat tatter she saved.

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    2. That should say "each tatter." lol

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  10. Well, potatoes are useful because you can make a lot of things with them. :) If I could only bring one thing with me, I'd bring my journal, though I'd want to bring all the other journals that I already filled up, because those kinds of things can't be replaced.

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    1. Very true. Potatoes can make many great dishes...if you have the extra ingredients, that is. haha

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  11. See, if I was thinking along those lines, I would grab the cheese out of the fridge. Because, cheese. I mean, yeah. Oh, and it's the one food EVERYONE in my house eats.

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  12. My heart goes out to your mom, Chrys. I can't even imagine how difficult that must have been for her with children to care for after the fire. Such a strong woman!


    Elsie

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  13. Ah, potatoes! Ha! You know, it's food. I can totally see why she'd grab that in the moment.

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