Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Fire that Inspired Flaming Crimes by Chrys Fey (Part 8)

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) 


The next day, I saw the fire’s destruction in the light of day. The woods all around my house had burned down. Trees were blackened, without leaves and with fewer branches. The palmetto bushes had been reduced to burnt stumps. About a yard of green grass on the sides of my house was all that remained; the fire had come so close. Even the woods directly across from my house was gone. But my house still stood, untouched.
The firefighters had even stopped the fire in the back from burning our yard. They kept it at bay on all sides. Our entire property, in the middle of an ocean of blackness, was saved.
But not everything….
The cat who had run out the door had returned in the middle of the night. She was burned. Her name was Angel. She lived for a handful of days before passing away on my birthday.


Donovan scanned the road and the woods for a shuddering feline but couldn’t spot one. The lots between the few houses on this street were untouched, except for the one directly behind their house. That lot had flames taller than him. Another firetruck was posted there, draining water from its tank. He maneuvered around it to the other side and slowly drove along the edge of the road, with his eyes on the fire. Beth was silent behind him, also staring.

Near the end of the street, black stumps became visible. Everything was smoking—piles of ashes, trees, and the ground itself. Although it looked dead, he knew there was still life beneath the smoking heaps and charred bark. The trees would grow new bark, branches, and leaves. Grass would poke through the ashes, and bushes would fill it again. Not immediately, but over a few years, it would flourish into the woods it had been yesterday.

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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  1. Thank you for having me on your blog for day 8 of my tour!

  2. I was so hoping the 3rd cat would be okay!!! So sad - must have been hard!

    1. It was really tough. She was the sweetest cat. Everyone loved her. In many ways, she had taken on the role of her name...she was an angel in fur.

  3. Exciting story. It's always great to have you on the blog Chrys.