In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay hit Florida. She became the first storm in recorded history to make landfall in Florida four times! She released so much rain from her cloudy hands that the road and field across from my trailer flooded, making it look like I lived in the middle of a lake. I watched the water rise with growing anticipation. When the water lapped at the top step, I was afraid it would spill over and leak across my living room.
While I nervously kept an eye on the water, a cat fish swam up to greet me. He hung out around my front steps for several minutes before swimming away. I remember hoping he’d find a lake or pond before the earth swallowed the rain, but it continued to rain for days. I was strained in my trailer for about a week, writing and suffering from cabin fever.
Tropical Storm Fay (as well as Hurricane Francis) inspired Hurricane Crimes. She also had another impact on me. Shortly after she finally decided to leave I came up with the last name for my pen name: Fey. Although I chose it for its magical meaning, I still believe the storm gave my muse a nudge in the right direction.
And that cat fish I saw later became the star of Seismic Crimes.
Mosquitoes swarmed inside the car, attracted to the foot of murky water at the bottom. The hum of their music beat against her eardrums.
She moved to the driver’s door and bent down to peer through the window. For a moment, she saw Donovan sitting there, his body hunched over the steering wheel. She nearly lifted her hands to bang on the window as she had done before, but she heard his voice behind her and knew the vision wasn’t real. When she blinked, her eyelids swiped the vision away like windshield wipers. Movement caught her attention. Cupping her hands against the glass, she saw ripples dance along the water’s surface. She squinted to see better and vaulted backward when something leapt out of the water, somersaulted in the air, and landed with a splash. A catfish had made Donovan’s car into a swimming pool. She couldn’t stop the laughter from bubbling out of her mouth.
Donovan came up beside her. “What’s so funny?”
Beth pointed. “You have a catfish in your car.”
Donovan bent down to have a look for himself. “So I do.”
Title: Seismic Crimes
Author: Chrys Fey
Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Digital and Print
An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.
Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.
When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?
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