Monday, January 11, 2021

Creating a Series and a Giveaway

L. Diane Asked: How did you come up with the Disaster Crimes series?


Chrys Fey’s Answer: It wasn’t intentional. I had only wanted to write Hurricane Crimes after reading a book set during a blizzard that made me go, “Hmm…I’ve read many books set during blizzards but never weather I know…Florida weather…a category five hurricane.” So, I set out to right that one story, as a way to break in to publishing. It was supposed to end with the insta-love ending.

Afterward, it wasn’t until I read a couple of reviews that expressed interest in wanting to know what happened with Donovan before the opening of Hurricane Crimes and wondering about what’ll happen next when I realized a bad guy was still at large. And how the heck could I leave things like that? I couldn’t. While thinking of a sequel, my first and only thought was that I needed to continue the disaster and criminal themes. Immediately, I was like, “A series that does that would be awesome!” I wanted to write that series, following one couple, from disaster to disaster. I jotted down the disasters that I could do for the next few books—earthquake, tsunami, wildfire. A blizzard wasn’t a disaster I was planning in the beginning of this series’ creation because of that thought I’d had, “I’ve read many books set during blizzards.”

The Disaster Crimes series unfolded from there.


Pages: 154

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Heat Rating: Hot



*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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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.





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




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




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.

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Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Great idea to expand the series to answer reader questions. I like to read my reviews, too...we can get lots of ideas that way!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Chrys!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love that your readers gave you the idea to continue the series!

Chrys Fey said...

I don't make it a habit to read reviews anymore. lol I try to avoid them if possible, for my own sanity, but I am really glad that I read those reviews. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Alex!

Chrys Fey said...

I am really grateful for their interest. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for participating in my blog tour, Diane!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome that reader questions led you to expand this into a series. Congrats on your new book!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Natalie! I'm not sure where I'd be if I hadn't saw those reviews and realized more needed to be written.

Liz A. said...

What an interesting way to get started. Yeah, there aren't a lot of stories I know set during a hurricane.

Sarah Foster said...

That first story just wanted to be turned into a series!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations, Chrys. More good reading ahead. Need longer days.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You are most welcome.

Powdered Toast Man said...

Way to follow your passion and ideas. Not many people can say that.

nashvillecats2 said...

Have been a follower of Chrys for quite a while now Diane, very talented writer. Good luck to her.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Congratulations Chyrs - sounds like it's a great read ... and so fascinating to see how you started ... also how you've progressed after your first series. Thanks Diane - great introduction to Chrys' new book ... all the best to you both - Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

I actually found a couple just the other day. One by Danielle Steel and one by Meg Cabot. Both were published after I published Hurricane Crimes. I thought that was interesting. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It did! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Beverly!

Chrys Fey said...

I was very fortunate in that way. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Yvonne!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Hilary! I was looking back recently at the growth of the series and myself as a writer since I published Hurricane Crimes. It's nice to see that. :)

H. R. Sinclair said...

Cool. Thanks for sharing the innards of your thinking, Chrys.

Lynn J Simpson said...

Loved the excerpt! Congratulations!

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, H.R.!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lynn! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. said...

Go Chrys, go!

Sandra Cox said...

Loved reading how you came to write this series, Chrys.
'Lo, Di:)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hi Sandra - hope you're having a good week.

Fundy Blue said...

I hope that Chrys does really well with her new book!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Congrats Chrys said...

Congratulations, Chrys!

Sandra Cox said...

It's going fine.
Hope yours is. I know you're busy.

DMS said...

So excited for Chrys. Wishing her all the best. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow, Chrys did a great job coming up with such a good idea and running with it. Verrrry impressive. It seems I have a little bit of catching up to do.

Sandra Cox said...

Hope sales are zooming for the Disaster Series and for Dancing Lemur Press.
Stay safe.Be well.