Friday with Friends
Greetings! Hope you had a heartwarming Thanksgiving.
I’m reminded that life works out just like it’s supposed to.
Today is Black Friday, but you already know that. It’s touted as being THE biggest shopping day of the year, and once you read further, you’ll want to add Hurricane Crimes by debut author, Chrys Fey to your shopping list.
What you might not know is that there’s a special significance to this date of November 29th. Today begins the closing of the door on the 2013 Hurricane Season. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides the parameters—June 1 and November 30. So on the eve of the end of the season, I’m pleased to introduce author Chrys Fey and her debut novel, Hurricane Crimes.
Chrys Fey: Being raised in Florida, I heard the word “hurricane” a lot, but as a child, I couldn’t grasp the concept of what a hurricane was, so I imagined it to be a monster that came down from the clouds like Zeus. I was older when I learned a hurricane can be quite brutal and those experiences made their way into my debut, Hurricane Crimes, a romantic-suspense that is now available on Amazon for Kindle!
In 2004, three hurricanes hit Florida in the space of four weeks: Charley, Frances, and Ivan. Charley was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, but it was Hurricane Frances, which directly hit Central Florida three weeks later that impacted my city the most. Schools were closed for over a week due to flooding and wide-spread power outages.
I remember Frances’ visit vividly. In the pitch of the night, my family and I watched the transformer in our backyard rain sparks on the ground. We held our breaths captive in our lungs as the power flickered, threatening us with darkness. But all we could do was watch and wait. Then with a pop and a blast of yellowish-blue light, the transformer blew and all the power drained from the house. Several times I was awakened in the middle of the night to loud bangs, and each time I was glad to see the roof was still over my head. In the morning, Frances was gone and she left behind a lot of destruction. My neighbor’s sturdy fence was flat on the ground, half the roof over the front porch was missing, and the garage door was crumpled like a piece of aluminum foil.
For a week we went without power. I recall sitting on the couch after nightfall, reading a book by the light of a lantern while I munched on food from MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat). At night, I’d sleep on a mattress in the middle of the living room with the front door wide open open to catch the breeze because it was so hot.
Florida hasn’t seen a hurricane since 2005, but in Hurricane Crimes, a category 5 super storm takes a vacation over the Sunshine State and wrecks havoc during its stay.
My Three Hurricane Survival Tips:
1. Board up all the windows to your house.
2. Have a week’s supply of food, water, and batteries for flashlights.
3. Listen to a battery-operated radio for updates. You can hear news about damage, the hurricane’s location, and if there is a killer on the loose . . .
Book Links: 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?
Here’s more info about Chrys: Chrys Fey is the author of the short stories—The Summer Bride and Fallen. 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.
Linda here: I invite you to share your Florida story. Some of you may know, I graduated from Seminole High School and the University of Florida, so I, too, have a Florida connection. What’s yours?
And, be sure to add Hurricane Crimes to your shopping list.