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Excerpt: A Quick Death

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DEATH DIDN’T COME TODAY. Night had fallen, and the lure of sleep tugged on me. I dragged myself to my feet and dumped the now cold tea.

Maybe tomorrow, I told myself as I brushed my teeth.

I ignored the little voice that whispered it wasn’t normal to wish for Death. I understood that, but normal was boring. Normal didn’t take you on adventures around the world.

Normal didn’t introduce you to Death.

I remembered the first time we met. It had been an autumn day in New Zealand. I was waiting for the tour to start. I was finally seeing where The Hobbit had been filmed. My excitement was palatable. An older man collapsed and the medics were called. Their attempts to revive him were fruitless. That was when I saw Death.

No one else seemed aware of him. I watched him weave through the crowd. He was reaching for the body when our eyes met. Confusion flitted across his pale face. Later that night, I saw him again. He didn’t understand why I saw him. It wasn’t my time.

When, I asked.

He shrugged. One day. Then he was gone. I have been waiting for him ever since.

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About Patricia Josephine

Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She’s an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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Book Launch: Shattered by C. Lee McKenzie

I always think I’ll remember the steps it took to come from idea to book between covers, but I never do. There are so many twists and turns along that path, and even when I keep notes and old versions for reference, I can’t piece the process together. It’s always a jumble. I know that’s what my thinking process looks like–kind of messy, definitely non-linear, and quite confusing. It’s a wonder I get a book at the end.

As I was getting ready to write this post, I tried to remember where my “side-kick” character, Harley Cassiere, came from, so I went back to the first time she appeared in the story and discovered she didn’t materialize until the second draft. I’m so glad she did because she’s exactly the spirited young woman I needed–determined, feisty, and funny. In fact, I can’t imagine the book without her, so why did she arrive only after I’d written the first draft? I’ll never know.

The mystery element of the story was vaguely in the “plan”, and at first, I didn’t set out the scenes as separate chapters to develop it. Instead, I kept the plot unfolding through my main character’s eyes–Libby’s thoughts about her accident and the deductions she made. The separate chapters appeared in draft 2.5. That’s right. I stopped mid-way on my second round and decided the way I’d written this crucial part of the book was too dense. I needed to re-think how to weave it into the plot. Once I’d made the decision to change the structure, it was easier to finish the third draft.

No matter what book I write, I stumble across a major challenge when I write it. In Shattered it was writing about people adapting to physical disabilities without making the story tearfully sentimental or tragically sad. I wanted readers to relate to a larger idea–the idea that those with disabilities are people first. They’re like everyone; they have needs and desires, they have roles in their families and their communities, they have good days and rotten ones.

Another major challenge with this book was that I wanted to make it entertaining–something people would keep reading–but I couldn’t do that at the expense of being honest about what my main character faced. Libby’s story had to ring true to those who might relate to her, but it also had to appeal to a wider audience. To do that, I relied on the tone a lot, especially the interactions between Libby and Harley, but also on the internal thoughts that Libby had. Her thinking had to arc from fear, anger, and despair to acceptance, determination, and a new understanding of herself.

I hope I’ve succeeded on all fronts. I’m sure readers will let me know.

Thanks for letting me post here today, Anna. I so appreciate the generosity of bloggers who are willing to help me get the word out about this new book.

Shattered by C. Lee McKenzie
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Nineteen-year-old Libby Brown is on her way to the winter Olympics for her shot at the Gold. But on a last practice run, an out-of-bounds snowboarder collides with her, and she wakes up in a hospital unable to move her legs. Terrible accident they say, but was it? Or did someone want her off the U.S. slalom team? Libby must find the truth or remain shattered forever.

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I’m a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I write most of the time, hike and practice yoga a lot, and then travel whenever I can.

In my young adult books, I take on modern issues that today’s teens face in their daily lives. My Evernight Teen Publication, Double Negative was voted as one of the best top ten Young Adult books, 2019. My other books, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Sliding on the Edge, Sudden Secrets and Not Guilty are out to four and five-star reviews.

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Chrys Fey Guest Post: What did you research while writing A Fighting Chance?

What did you research while writing A Fighting Chance?

I read a book called Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault (edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee) that really helped me when writing the romantic scenes between Thorn and Amanda. The things I read opened my eyes and gave me ideas for what Thorn should ask, say, and do, as well as how Amanda would react in those intimate situations.

The second thing I researched was tornadoes and Florida, and I found out about the 1998 Kissimmee tornado outbreak, which produced the deadliest tornado event in Florida history and is known as The Night of the Tornadoes. In the Greater Orlando area, the tornadoes were F3, near F4. There were 42 deaths and 260 injuries. With this knowledge, I knew that it would be possible for an EF3 to touchdown and cause devastation in Central Florida.

The third thing I research a lot was…Thai food. Yup. Thai food. I’ve never tried it, but my characters wanted to eat it for a date, so I had to know what they might eat. I tend to do a lot of food research when I’m writing and always manage to sneak in food descriptions in some way. I love describing food and reading about food in fiction stories.

A Fighting Chance

by

Chrys Fey

Pages: 154

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Heat Rating: Hot

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

*A FIGHTING CHANCE is Book 6 in the Disaster Crimes series, but it’s a spin-off featuring a new couple, so it can be read as a standalone.*

Thorn has loved Amanda from afar, giving her whatever she needs as a survivor of abuse—space, protection, and stability. He yearns to give her more, though, to share his feelings, kiss her, love her, but he’s worried the truth will frighten her away.

And Amanda is afraid. She’s scared of her attraction for Thorn. Most of all, she’s terrified of her ex-boyfriend, who is lurking nearby where no one can find him. When she grows closer to Thorn, Damon retaliates, jeopardizing their happy ending.

Up against an abusive ex and Mother Nature, do Thorn and Amanda have a fighting chance?

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EXCERPT:

Amanda looked up from the current list of up-to-date payments for classes. A movement outside the glass storefront caught her eye. She tilted her head to see a man coming up the sidewalk from the side where the picnic bench sat. Through the vertical blinds, she glimpsed a square face—a short, rugged beard and long, dark hair pulled into a man bun. Her breath fled from her lungs. Her body went from icy cold to flaming hot in the span of a millisecond. She dropped to the floor and slid under the counter, beneath the ledge where they put their purses and cell phones.

“What—” Beth peeked at the windows. Then she snapped her fingers at April and pointed at the stools.

April jumped into action. She pushed the stools in so they blocked Amanda. The bell attached to the door jingled as April removed the jacket she wore and draped it across the stools, creating a curtain to shield Amanda.

From a crack, Amanda watched Beth move to stand in front of the twins, who were in their walkers playing peacefully. “I’m sorry, but we’re going to be closing.”

“I don’t give a shit. I’m here for Amanda.”

The sound of Damon’s voice had her heart beating even harder. That voice had haunted her nightmares, had come back to life in her memories.

Beth cocked her head to the side. “Who? There’s no one by that name here.”

“Don’t bullshit me. I know she works here.”

His voice was closer now.

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Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press. https://www.chrysfey.com

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Guest Post by Chrys Fey: Real-Life Memory in Frozen Crimes

When I was in fifth grade, I slept over at my best friend’s house, which wasn’t a strange thing for me to do. Nearly every weekend I’d sleep over at her house. We’d either slumber in her bedroom or set up a bunch of blankets and pillows on the floor in her living room. One night, we stayed up late watching TV in her living room. When we turned off the TV, the comforting glow disappeared. We settled down to sleep, chatting in whispers to each other.

Minutes later, we noticed strange lights flashing on and off, lighting up the living room. Shaking with chills, we sat up and followed the lights toward the kitchen, which was separated from the living room by a low wall. We peered through the opening in the wall and watched the kitchen window lit up with a car’s headlights. It’d snap on and off, on and off.

Staring at those lights, our minds ran rampant. Who was out there? What did he want? Did he know we were in the living room, two young girls? When the lights didn’t stop flashing, my best friend scurried to her parents’ bedroom to tell her dad. He hurried into the closet, got down his gun, and ran outside. But the car and the person were gone.

For Frozen Crimes, I had to write scenes where a stalker torments Beth, my pregnant heroine. I needed to do it gradually, and I wanted to do different things than what may be expected. Something I like to do for all my stories is to slip in things from my real life, and that’s what I did for this scene:

EXCERPT:

A clatter sounded from the kitchen, and Leighton hurried into the living room. “Beth, Beth, there’s someone outside.”

Beth’s insides froze. “What?” Although she had been afraid, she hadn’t believed the person, if it was a person, would come back to taunt her. And not so soon. “Did you see him?”

“Him? No. There’s a car in your driveway. The lights are flashing.”

Frowning, Beth pushed to her feet. Surely Leighton was mistaken. Someone could be having car trouble and put on their flashers. Or maybe it was her neighbor and their car’s blinker was on as they backed out of the driveway.

As she approached the kitchen, she saw the glares coming through the window, filling the room with yellowish flashes. She slowed her steps instinctively. Her hand flattened onto her belly, like a shield. She stopped behind the wall and inched closer so she wouldn’t be seen.

“Beth, be careful,” Leighton whispered.

Keeping her belly safe behind the wall, Beth peeked past the corner. All she could see was the flashing lights dominating the window space. Needing to be sure the lights were malicious, she made her way to the kitchen window.

“Beth, don’t.”

She shifted to the side and peered out the window. A dark-colored car was parked in her driveway. The inside of the car was pitch-black, and the front headlights came on and off. She studied the flashes, seeing if there was a pattern—like SOS—but there wasn’t. As soon as the lights went off, they came back on again. It was a deliberate act. Someone was sitting in that car, flashing those lights into her home.

When disasters strike around every corner, is it possible to have a happily-ever-after? 

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Beth and Donovan are expecting their first child. Life couldn’t get any better…until a stalker makes his presence known. This person sends disturbing messages and unsettling items, but it isn’t long before his menacing goes too far.

Hoping for a peaceful Christmas, Donovan takes Beth to Michigan. Days into their trip, a winter storm named Nemesis moves in with the goal of burying the state. Snowdrifts surround their house, and the temperature drops below freezing.

Except, the storm isn’t the only nemesis they must face. Everyone’s lives are at stake—especially that of their unborn child. Will they survive, or will they become a frozen crime?

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 About Chrys

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press. https://www.chrysfey.com

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Guest Post: Sherry Ellis

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure

By

Sherry Ellis

Print ISBN 9781939844750
EBook ISBN 9781939844712
Juvenile Fiction – Action Adventure/Legends, Myths, Fables-Caribbean & Latin American

About the Book

An ancient Mayan civilization!

That’s what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.

But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.

Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?

Q&A With Sherry

What about Mayan Culture drew you in?

About twenty years ago, when I was an avid SCUBA diver, I went on several dive vacations—many to places in Mexico and Central America. When I wasn’t diving, I took side trips and visited ancient Mayan ruins, such as Chitzen Itza, Tulum, and Altun Ha. Naturally, seeing these places made me want to learn more about them and the people who built them.

What surprised you?

Have you ever seen Mayan artwork? Many of the people are depicted with flat heads. I thought the artists were using artistic license to make people look that way. It surprised me to learn that those flat heads were real. The ancient Maya strapped boards to babies’ heads for six years to get them to look like that. I’m sure glad we don’t do that today!