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) 



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.”


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.

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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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

First IWSG of 2018!

Hello and Happy New Year! Today is the day for the monthly meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by our Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. To view list members and this month's co-hosts, visit the IWSG page here.

I would like to be able to say I feel motivated and ready for a productive 2018 writing-wise but unfortunately that would be a lie. I spent December like I spent most of the past year - not doing anything constructive related to writing or blogging, I didn't even get the story I planned to write for the December WEP hop finished. 😞

But when I thought back on 2017 overall I realized that it was a good year in ways that had nothing to do with writing, and I was reminded of something I read on Nicki Elson's blog back in December. She wrote that she "enjoyed separating from my writer-self and seeing that I'm still a whole person without it." 

I can't say that I enjoyed not doing much writing, as I found it frustrating, but I did enjoy recognizing that, like Nicki, I'm a whole person without it too. I enjoyed finding new interests, like running, and getting back to old ones, like reading. My job changed in all good ways and I am feeling more productive and happy at work than I have in quite a while. And most importantly I spent lots of great times with loved ones, topping that off with the best Christmas I've had in years.

So while I'm insecure about my writing slump I am trying to balance that with gratitude for the fact that I have lots of other things in life to feel good about. I hope my writing mojo will return but I am trying not to stress about it. I have learned that the more I try to force it the more I wind up with nothing but a blank page.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great end to 2017. Here's to a fantastic 2018 for all of us!