Friday, January 15, 2021

More Romance, Crime, and Disaster from Author Chrys Fey!

My awesome blogging buddies know I am a big fan
of the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG).
I've been reading a lot of books written by members,
and I'm happy to help them out with blog tours on the release of a new book.

One member who really inspires me with her writing life is Chrys Fey,
and she is out with her latest book:  A Fighting Chance.
This is Book Six in her Disaster Crimes series, but it can be read as a standalone book.
It is a spin-off that introduces a new couple, Thorn and Amanda.

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

Chrys is known for delivering fast-paced novels that blend romance, crimes, and disasters.
Beth, her protagonist in the earlier books, grows stronger through adversity.
As a reader, I love a strong woman as a protagonist!

Amanda has survived abuse and sexual assault,
and while she may be scared about a new romance and terrified by her stalker of an ex,
I'm betting on her surmounting her challenges and finding happiness.

I haven't had a chance to read A Fighting Chance yet.
It's my stack of books-to-be-read,
a pile so high it is in danger of toppling over
and spilling across my bedroom carpet.
I'm looking forward to reading Amanda's story very soon.

I love a good guy in books and in real life.
Beth's Donovan in the earlier Disaster Crimes books is definitely a good guy.
I'm counting on Thorn to come through for Amanda too.

And besides, is there a better time to indulge in a steamy romance than right now?

Genre: Romantic-Suspense

Heat Rating: Hot

EXCERPT from A Fighting Chance:
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.

Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes

A Question for Chrys:
Many of us are spending time reading while we're staying safer at home, but lots of us are also watching great movies on television.  I asked Chrys what her top ten favorite movies about domestic abuse were.  Here's what she shared:

Sleeping with the Enemy
A Vigilante
Fried Green Tomatoes
Domestic Disturbance
The Color Purple
No One Would Tell (2018)
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Big Little Lies (okay, this is a show)

Chrys commented:
Enough and Sleeping with the Enemy influenced me a lot while writing A Fighting Chance. Certain scenes pop into my head at random. Both of these women are strong and did what they had to do to survive and get away.

There are some movies I haven’t seen yet that I suspect will make this list, like The Invisible Man with Elisabeth Moss and ‘Til Death Do Us Part. A lot of good movies didn’t make the cut, but are still important movies, like The Girl on the Train, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (I love all the Swedish-produced films), and even Kindergarten Cop.

Read on for a free short story, an important new website,
and a giveaway from author Chrys Fey: 




Book Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iTunes

Author’s Note: I wrote The Disaster Curse to answer a few lingering questions readers may have after reading A Fighting Chance, and to tie the whole series together with a neat, shiny, perfect little bow. Plus, there was one disaster that I hadn’t written about yet. *wink*



The Disaster Crimes Series:

*The Crime Before the Storm (prequel)

Hurricane Crimes (novella, #1) Amazon

Seismic Crimes (#2) Amazon

Lightning Crimes (free short, #2.5) Amazon

Tsunami Crimes (#3) Amazon

Flaming Crimes (#4) Amazon

Frozen Crimes (#5)  Amazon

A Fighting Chance (spin-off, #6) Amazon

The Disaster Curse (short story, #7)  Amazon

*Free exclusive story to newsletter subscribers.


***LAUNCHING A WEBSITE*** is a website dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Inspired by the Disaster Crimes series.




Prizes: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes 1) and Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2) eBooks (mobi or epub), Hurricane Crimes Playing Cards, Girl Boss Sign, and a Volcanic Blast Scented Candle




Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She also authored Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book! She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and is also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.
Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes.

Author Links:

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I wish Chrys lots of success with her latest book!

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

On the Bay of Fundy
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved


  1. Congratulations, Chrys! Sadly, domestic violence really increased this past year with everyone stuck at home, another casualty of the lockdowns.

    1. Thanks, Alex.

      Yes, domestic violence did increase while everyone had to stay home. I also saw many people striving to help those in such situations. I saw them put up messages telling women how to safely ask for help by sending a message inquiring about wanting to buy soap or mascara or something (that way abusers would think the conversation was only about buying soap, etc.) And then the person would contact the police with the "shipping address" and other info provided by the victim. I put up such a message.

    2. Hi, Alex and Chrys! The pandemic has aggravated so many things. Domestic abuse is a terrible thing. Chrys, your new A Fighting is a great resource. Thank you for taking a stance to help. And good luck with your latest book!

  2. Congratulations, Chrys. That's an interesting choice of movies.

    1. Hi, Jeff and Chrys! I've seen many of these movies, and they are excellent. Movies can be a release and an inspiration. It is horrifying when someone you loved as a life partner can turn on you and threaten your life. I know first hand. I've been there.

  3. Congrats on your new book, Chrys! Like Alex said, it's sad that domestic violence is getting worse, not better, with the pandemic.

    1. It is sad. I'll copy my reply to Alex and paste it below about how many people had also tried to help those in such situations. It doesn't change that there was an increase in domestic violence, but it was a bit of positivity and goodness, and I hope it saved women. <3

      I saw many people put up messages telling women how to safely ask for help by sending a message inquiring about wanting to buy soap or mascara or something (that way abusers would think the conversation was only about buying soap, etc.) And then the person would contact the police with the "shipping address" and other info provided by the victim. I put up such a message.

    2. Hi, Natalie and Chrys! Such good information, Chrys! Too many women end up in an abusive, violent situation and can't believe that it happened to them. Your "The Fighting" will help victims of domestic violence. You, Chrys, are amazing. Thank you for caring and taking action.

  4. There was also a movie from the 80's called The Burning Bed.

    1. I've heard about that one but haven't seen it yet.

    2. Hi, Diane and Chrys. I had forgotten "The Burning Bed" until you mentioned it, Diane. It was really good. I can't remember the details, but I remember the emotions it provoked in me.

  5. Really enjoyed this book. Even the title is not what you'd expect. Great review and congrats to Chrys!

    1. Thank you so much, Jacqui! Don't forget to post your review on Amazon and Goodreads. ;) lol But seriously, thank you so much!

    2. Hi, Jacqui and Chrys! I'm glad you enjoyed Chrys' book, Jacqui. Reviews, I'm learning are so important. Writing them is going to be a focus of mine in the next couple of months. I wish I could write as fast as I can think and read.

    3. I think I did but now I'm going to check! And Bookbub?

    4. Hey Jacqui, yes, please on Bookbub, too, if you are there and have the time. No pressure. <3 And thank you so much!

  6. Hey, Louise! Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the things you said! You made my day. :)

    1. Thanks, Chrys! I always enjoy having you on my blog. I keep saying you are inspiring, and you truly are. I've explored your website several times, and it gets better and better each time. Any writer who wants to develop an author's site would learn a whole lot from examining yours. I didn't get my site developed like I wanted to during this crazy year, but I'll get there eventually. Your writing journey, your suspenseful and passionate novels, your excellent craft books, your website to help victims of assault and domestic violence are such accomplishments. I can't wait to see what you do next! Good luck and congratulations!

    2. Your comment has made me speechless. All I can say is...THANK YOU!!! <3

  7. Hi Louise, thanks for todays post and Chrys, I need to find your books down here in our library or online? Thrilling, scary, exciting, I wanted to know what happened in the library!!!

    1. HI, Jean! Chrys is an amazing person! Many IWSG books are available on Kindle through Amazon. I don't know how that works from New Zealand. New Zealand ~ It is an oasis of safety and sanity. I hope your country never has to experience what ours is right now. I admire your Prime Minister greatly. You are coming into spring, and I wish you much joy in beautiful flowers. May you continue to be blessed with Hugh and your family, health, and safety. Sending you and Hugh big hugs and love!

    2. Hi, Nancy! My books won't be available in your library, although you could request them there. My books can be found online as eBook and/or print. You can check out my website to read about each book and find links, or go to your preferred online retailer and type in my name. :)

  8. Great post Louise! Thanks for all the information! Congrats on the new book Chrys! Sounds amazing! Big Hugs Louise!

    1. Hey, Stacy! Chrys is someone with a whole lot of heart, hence her new website to help women who are experiencing/have experienced abuse and violence. Have a good, good weekend, my friend, and a big hug back at you! :>

    2. Thank you so much, Magic Love Crow/Stacy! :)

  9. Have been a follower of Chrys's for a long time. I wish her well Louise.
    Great post.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne! I am so inspired by Chrys! I can see why you have followed her for a long time. Sending you a big hug, and I hope your hand is feeling better!

  10. Very nice post about your friend Louise! When I read the excerpt, then her top 10, I could see the similarities.

    1. Thanks, Ms Rain! My mouth is still watering from seeing Alex's delicious birthday treats on Instagram! I love how you live your life on your terms, drenched in creativity. Hugs to you, my friend!

    2. Hey, Rain! Thank you for your comment! Those movies definitely influenced me. :)

  11. Chrys inspires me too, Louise! She is totally amazing! Chrys this sounds wrong, but I loved the Fried Green Tomatoes movie. So powerful! And I saw Gaslight as a play. Another amazing story script. Truly many great movies out there, as well as books. All best to you both, Louise and Chrys!

    1. Thanks, Victoria! I loved the movie Fried Green Tomatoes too. Take care!

    2. Aw. Thank you, Victoria! And there is so much to love about the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

  12. Chrys sure has a great website with lots of relevant info and keeps on adding to it. Fried Green Tomatoes and Enough were both good ones. Congrats on the new release.

    1. So true, Pat! I'm trying to add to my website, and I'm getting lots of ideas from Chrys and others. I'll get there. Take care, my friend!


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