Burning Down the House with Chrys Fey

Did I ever tell you guys about the time I saved my family home from burning down?

When I was but a wee little girl, barely tall enough to reach the sink faucets without the aid of my step stool, I exorcised my house of a cursed object that was certainly channeling the fires of hell that it planned to unleash on my family as we slept.

In truth, my dad was given a cutesy, cartoony devil that was wearing a tee-shirt that said, "horny little devil". I hated that damned thing. I wasn't fooled by its happy smile. It had horns and a forked tail. As far as I was concerned, a devil was a devil.

So, I threw it away. Repeatedly. It had a diabolical way of making its way back to my dad's book shelf every single time.

Finally, I took it to my mother and told her of its evil and she disposed of it.

Years later, I realized that my childish motivations might not have been rooted in logic, so I asked my mother why she listened to me. She told me she figured she'd taught me to trust in angels, it was only reasonable that I feared devils.

And besides, she was a big fan of the horror genre and she knew that people who ignored the instincts of dogs and children usually died, and we were NOT that foolish. We were not the sort of people who were guided by something as irrational as reason. 

That's my fire story. Now, here's Chrys Fey with her fire story. 

Chrys is promoting her new book, which I just know will be a good read! 

Now, here's Chrys!

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 #4Page Count: 304 Digital Price: 4.99 Print Price: 16.99
Rating: Spicy (PG13) 



Days later, my family and I drove around our neighbor, seeing exactly where the fire had been. While we wound our way from street to street, I saw a flicker in the woods. A single flame wavered in the middle of ashes. My dad got out of his truck and stomped on the flame with his work boots.

To this day, fire terrifies me. I keep all of my notebooks and writing essentials in a backpack in case I ever have to evacuate due to a fire. And if I see smoke rising toward the sky as I drive home, that same fear I experienced so long ago returns.

I pray that another fire will never be right next to my house.

But in Florida, when the ground gets dry, and there’s no rain, there’s never any telling which areas would be safe from fire and which areas would be impacted. And the city I live in now is the city I lived in then, which happens to be a place that becomes very active with fires each year, especially during the month of April…my birth month.


Beth’s drive from city to city was smokier than it had been the day before. While on the highway, she saw three plumes of smoke on the right and two on the left. Five fires burning within miles of each other. More fires were active in other cities farther way. In Palm Bay, there were ten fires burning alone. That was about an hour drive where she lived now. You couldn’t drive anywhere without seeing the sign of a fire. You couldn’t even turn. She wondered if someone was taking a joy ride through Central Florida, tossing lit matches from their car window every ten miles or so. Did they pull over to watch each match ignite? Did they relish the sight of the fire growing from a single flame to a brush fire? Or did they just toss and drive with the goal of setting as many fires in the shortest timespan?

There was no way all those fires were caused by the hot sun and the dry ground. But what did someone have to gain from starting the fires? What was the purpose?

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.

Time for my small things check-in. Thanks to our hosts LexaL  .G, and Tonja Drecker for this weekly reminder to look for the good things in life!

We had some trouble with some rented college textbooks from Amazon and long story short, we thought we were going to be out a few hundred dollars, but a call to Amazon customer service and the problem was solved. It's hard to beat Amazon's customer service. 

Son #4, Conner, only had to suffer through a day and a half of school this week, thanks to snow, ice, and freezing temps.

I'm down to the last few chapters of my next book. But that just means that as I close in on adding, "The End", my mind is already filling up with all the changes and plot tweaks that need to be made. But it will still be great to have the first rough draft done. 

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