Welcome to my beach, Chrys! I know your no stranger to the Florida beach scene, so make yourself comfortable with a cold drink and lounge chair.
Don’t mind if I do! I’ll just slip on my shades and kick off my flip-flops. So where are the cute lifeguards? Oh, there we go. *grins* Now I’m ready.
When I read HURRICANE CRIMES I loved the way you made Sabrina a character in the story. We Floridians are on a first name basis with our storms. What real-life hurricane do you remember most and why?
Hurricane Frances from 2004 was the storm that influenced Sabrina. She was only a category four storm, but she caused a large sinkhole to open under Interstate 95 and even closed theme parks. She tore apart the roof above my porch, crumbled my garage door, flattened my neighbor’s fence, and left me to live without electricity for about a week.
It’s my guess your characters, Beth and Donovan, will weather the next storm together as a couple. What three things will they be sure to have in supply that they didn’t have during Sabrina?
2. Rain gear (pants and boots).
3. Plenty of birth control. *coughs* *winks*
Give our guests three words to describe Donovan.
Athletic, passionate, and dangerous.
What three words would he use to describe Beth?
Fierce, witty, and beautiful.
Now that you’ve been through the publishing process and have another story on the way, what advice would you give a first time writer? Give us your biggest DO and biggest DON’T.
Do your research! You have to know how to edit a manuscript, build your platform, write a query letter and synopsis, and where to find possible agents/editors who take stories like the one you created.
Don’t ever give up! You’ll run into roadblocks. You’ll receive handfuls of rejections. You’ll even feel as though you’ll never get published, but whatever you do, don’t give up! Move around the roadblocks, brush off the rejections, and keep the faith that you will make it!
*Hurricane Crimes is a short story.*
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
I’ve already enjoyed this great story, (and written my review on Amazon), but we should give our guests a peak of what’s inside.
On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.
She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.
“The name of the—”
The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.
Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.
She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.
“Oh my god,” she gasped.
She had brought a murderer into her home!
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You’re such a fun person to hang-out with. Everyone wants to get to know you better.
Chrys Fey’s debut, Hurricane Crimes, was published by The Wild Rose Press. Mid 2014, she will be coming out with her second romantic-suspense eBook, 30 Seconds. She created the blog Write with Fey to offer aspiring writers advice and inspiration. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.
Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey
You’ve been a terrific guest, Chrys, and HURRICANE CRIMES has my endorsement. I hope you’ll come back for more parties in the future.
Thank you for inviting me to your beach, Sandra! The sun is brighter here, the water clearer, the sand softer. I will definitely be coming again!
Before everyone runs off, feel free to ask Chrys questions or give a comment below. Thanks for coming to the party!