Your Black Friday Buy List and Hurricanes

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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.

chrysfeyAUTHORPICChrys 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.

BIG FLORIDAFor 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 . . .

HurricaneCrimes_8342_750Book 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?


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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.

Happy Reading!

Linda Joyce

About Linda Joyce

Award-winning writer and author Linda Joyce has deep southern roots intertwined with her Japanese heritage. She was born in Mississippi, though she considers New Orleans home. She has lived coast to coast in the United States and spent four years in Japan. She married her college sweetheart and now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three dogs: General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack, and Masterpiece Renoir. (Beau, Jack, and Reni.) She’s still trying to convince “the boys” that they are her pets, and not the other way around. Beau in particular is not buying it. She loves boiled peanuts, sushi, and grits. She and her husband share a passion for college football. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, Atlanta Writer’s Club, and several other writing groups.
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11 Responses to Your Black Friday Buy List and Hurricanes

  1. Chrys Fey says:

    Thank you so much for having me today, Linda! I love the post! It looks great and what you added at the beginning is perfect. Thank you for your hospitality and support. I really appreciate it. :)

  2. A friend of mine live near Fort Walton Beach, Fla, and I recall her describing their preps for the hurricanes. They live on the water, and one of the hurricanes (can’t recall which) left their sea wall in shambles and their back yard and house’s lower level under water. Fortunately, no one was injured in their neighborhood, but the damage was terrible everywhere. I’m looking forward to reading your book!! Best of luck with it.

    • Chrys Fey says:

      Barbara, the hurricanes and even tropical storms that come near Florida cause a lot of damage to the beaches. Truckloads of sand have to be brought in to restore the shorelines, and a lot of houses fall apart because the sea walls crumble. It is terrible. But I am glad no one was injured in your friend’s neighborhood.

      Thank you so much for your comment! And thank you for the luck. Whenever you read Hurricane Crimes, I hope you like it. :)

  3. Oops, a friend of mine “lives” there :O

  4. L. A. Kelley says:

    I live in Florida, too, and have been through my share of hurricanes. You know it’s bad when you look outside and it’s raining sideways. Not fun at all.

  5. I’m so excited to hear about Chrys Fey’s release of her debut book, Hurricane Crimes! It sounds like such an intriguing story and I’m fascinated with the idea because I was actually in Florida when a hurricane hit (I believe it may have been Rita, but I vaguely recall). The only thing I remember was walking down passed the restaurants and sidewalk shops on a really beautiful and sunny day with my boyfriend at the time. Then, literally, out of no where, clouds, winds, lightening and rain came raging down on the streets. I slipped so many times as I was running in my flip flops back to our hotel. Thankfully, we didn’t have to evacuate but we did have to stay in our room for the duration of the Hurricane. This memory of mine was in South Beach so it still plays vividly in my mind. Just another reason why I will be gravitating toward Chrys Fey’s book even more so! Congrats and best of luck my friend!

    • Chrys Fey says:

      Thank you for your comment, Gina! And for sharing your story. That must’ve been exciting. I’ve experienced a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms, but I was never outside in one while it was raging. Unlike Beth Kennedy in my book. ;) Thank you for your support and friendship, Gina!

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