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Monday, May 30, 2016

Guest Post with Chrys Fey with a Giveaway

I am happy to host Chrys Fey on my blog today whose blog is Write With Fey. She is current doing a blog tour for her latest book Seismic Crimes.  Her guest post is below, but I wanted to give a brief review of her book here on my blog.

Seismic Crimes is actually the second book in her disaster crimes series. The first one is called Hurricane Crimes.  I read that one shortly before Seismic Crimes and was disappointed that it was a relatively short book (more the length of a long short story). I wanted to read more about the main characters in the book, Beth and Donovan.

Beth and Donovan meet during a hurricane in Florida.  The town she lives is is recommended to evacuate, but for a variety of reasons she is not able to. She prepares her house for the approaching hurricane in hopes to try to weather the storm when she looks outside and sees a car careening down the street and it hits into a tree. Concerned, she goes to see if she can offer help and meets Donovan, who she aids in his injuries and has him come into her house. She sees that he is wanted for the murder of his brother, but after he tells is side of the story, she starts to believe he is not the murderer the press is making him out to believe.

That story ends with them being able to find and kill one of his brother's murderers but the second one is still on the loose.

Seismic Crimes begins where basically Hurricane Crimes ends. It gives a little background in case one didn't read the first book in the series. Donovan is on a mission to find the second killer of his brother, and Beth is on a mission to be with him, them having fallen in love over the short course of the first book. Their search for the killer finds them in San Francisco, where in the midst of the search a terrible devastating earthquake occurs. Won't spoil the rest of the book but basically all ends well, except for an ominous phone call Beth gets at the very end of the book.

My take, I liked both books; I enjoyed that Seismic Crimes was longer and went into more character description; got to know Donovan and Beth more in the second book. Chrys writes very descriptively and I felt I was there during the earthquake with the ground shaking. I would definitely recommend both books. They are romance based books and I will give the caveat that there are some lovemaking scenes in the book.  I look forward to wherever the series goes next in Chrys' writings with disaster and will definitely read what is next to keep up with the doings of Beth and Donovan.

And without further ado, please welcome Chrys to my blog and enjoy her recipe shared here, the excerpt from her book, and enter the giveaway she is hosting.

Snow Ball Cookie Recipe + Seismic Crimes Excerpt

Snow Ball Cookies

1 Cup Soft Butter
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Water
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 ¼ Cup Flour
½ Cup Chopped Pecans

1. Combine all wet ingredients with the sugar.
2. Add flour and pecans. Mix Well.
3. Form 1-inch big balls and place on a cookie sheet. Note: Dough is thick.
4, Bake for 10-15 minutes at 325 degrees.
5. Cool then roll in powdered sugar.


Warmth spread through him as he watched Beth exchange hugs with them.

“Oh, Beth, we’re so happy you came,” his mom said. “I brought cookies. They’re in the car.”
“I can never pass up cookies,” Beth said.

In the backseat of his mom’s van, she cracked open a red and gold tin canister. The aroma of the snowball cookies Donovan grew up eating wafted out and touched his nose. Beth selected a cookie on top, bit into it, and let out a content moan. “These cookies are delicious.”

“I’ll have to give you the recipe. They’re easy to make,” his mom said.

“That would be great. Thank you.”

Grandma turned in her seat and held out a thermos.

“Don’t forget the hot chocolate. It’s the real stuff, too, none of that instant crap from a package.”

Donovan took the thermos, unscrewed the cap, and gave it to Beth. She took a sip.

“Wow. Can I take the two of you home with me?”

Laughter filled the van.

Seeing Beth getting along so well with the two other women he loved brought up a surge of emotions he couldn’t tamp down. Didn’t want to tamp down. As it consumed him, he had the urge to show her how much she meant to him. And he didn’t care who saw it either.

Title: Seismic Crimes
Author: Chrys Fey
Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Digital and Print
Page Count: 282




An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?


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shortybear said...

sounds like an awesome book, and yummy cookies.

jack69 said...

This is always a good read. Fascinating story lines.
Sending love from WILDwood Florida where the wild life is very calm. LOL

Eileen T said...

It sounds like an interesting read. Have added it to my ever growing list!

Bijoux said...

My son and I love those cookies at Christmas.

Mary said...

We've had a few "earth tremors", but no real earthquakes...just a little shaking of the ground!
I've been very fortunate not to experience any of the disasters mentioned!
My mom used to make those cookies every Christmas! Thanks for the memory!

Pat Hatt said...

She sure has the description down indeed at her feed.


Looks interesting. Like the recipe too.

Chrys Fey said...

Betty, thank you so much for the review. I've had readers say the same thing about Hurricane Crimes...that they were disappointed it was short. I say it's short ;) but that just proves the story is good, right? I hope. lol

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I love being here. :)

Chrys Fey said...

@shortybear, thanks for commenting!

@Jack, always nice to encounter another Floridan in the blogosphere. :)

@Eileen, thank you for adding it to your TBR list! :D

@Bijoux, who can resist them? YUM.

@Mary, hopefully all you ever experience are tremors. You're welcome for the Christmas memory. :)

@Pat, I love descriptions.

@TARYTERRE, thanks for visiting!

Sharon said...

Sounds like a wonderful series, and I do love a good mystery! Thanks, Betty, for featuring Chrys and her stories, and thank you, Chrys, for writing them - (and the snowball recipe is a nice addition, too!!)


Saleslady371 said...

A good read and a cookie recipe to boot. I feel like I just hit the jackpot. Thank you. I love to read!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Your review was a bit spoilery Betty but I loved it. Chrys books sound like great quick reads that don't skimp on quality or content. That excerpt made me want to reach in and grab those cookies. Thanks for having Chrys over Betty and congrats on your latest book Chrys.

Liuba said...

I would love to try this recipe hehehe maybe one day when my son will grow a little bit and he will be able to eat solid foods. Thank you for this lovely post. Sending you hugs and kisses, Liuba x

Thea O'Brian said...

Sounds like a great read to me too! My list just gets longer and longer. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

The recipe sounds great.. and I will definitely check out the books. Thanks for sharing!!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Sounds like a great read. And cookies, too! It doesn't get any better than that :)

Elizabeth said...

Great review, Betty! I need to catch up on my reading list, I still have Hurricane Crimes to read. I love how we get an excerpt and a recipe from Chrys today :) Taste what we're reading, that's fun!

yaya said...

Yummy cookies and a good read...nothing better! Thanks for the review and the excerpt made me want to find out more!

Liz A. said...

Congrats, Chrys. And cookies, too.

Paula Kaye said...

I love this genre of books. I will try that cookie recipe too!!

Intense Guy said...

I am glad you are finding time to read - these books sound like good escape the real world stories!

Chrys Fey said...

@Sharon, Hi! Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you like the sound of my series and the cookies. God bless!

@Saleslady, "hit the jackpot" I like that! ;)

@Sheena, there were a few slight spoilers in Betty's review, but there's plenty more in the stories. :)

@Liuba, I'm sure your son will love these cookies when he can eat harder foods. :)

@Thea, I know what you mean about reading lists getting longer.

@Bobbi and Gracie, thank you! :D

@Martha, thanks for visiting.

@Elizabeth, I shared a coffee recipe with a coffee scene on Loni Townsend's blog. :)

@yaya, that's what I like to hear. ;)

@Liz, thanks!

@Paula, I hope you enjoy the cookies.

@Intense Guy, a nice escape with some disasters. ;)

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I love this cover! I have Chrys's other book (which I still need to read). I'll have to check this one out too!

Mevely317 said...

Hi Betty! I wasn't expecting to be drawn in ... but your review has me intrigued ... and definitely short-listing this on my reader!

Chrys Fey said...

@Megan, thank you so much! :D

@Mevely, thank for for short-listing Seismic Crimes.

Melanie said...

Oh yes, I have had my share of disasters!! I live in South Louisiana so we are in hurricane central!
PS I make those cookies often - my kids request them!

Stephen Tremp said...

Cookies and crime. It's as good as chocolate and peanut butter. Best wishes to Chrys and Seismic Crimes! Worthy of a Tweet.

baili said...

story seems very interesting and worth reading to me dear ,hope next book is even better and achieve more success then previous one ,recipe sounds delicious ,thank you for interesting sharing ,have a blessed pleasant days ahead

DMS said...

Congrats to Chrys! I have been seeing her book everywhere and it sounds great. The cookies sound tasty too! :) Thanks for sharing.

Chrys Fey said...

@Melanie, South Louisiana does get hit a lot.

@Stephen, cookies and crime! Yes! ;)

@Baili, thank you for the lovely comment.

@DMS, thank you. MY blog tour has been hopping from place to place. :)

Nick Wilford said...

I've read others of Chrys' books but need to read these two. Chrys' writing is very vivid.

Altruistic Existentialist said...

I love Chrys :) she is awesome. And now I am craving cookies :)

Weekend-Windup said...

Sounds like a wonderful book:)

Chrys Fey said...

@Nick, thank you! :D

@Keith, if only I could've delivered cookies to everyone who read this post.

@Weekend, thank you!

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds interesting. The recipe sound yummy too.