Welcome to Chrys Fey, author of A FIGHTING CHANCE, the final book in her Disaster Crimes series. This is a romantic-suspense novella and a spin-off of the series featuring a new couple so 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?
Excerpt from A Fighting Chance:
Not daring to move, he listened to the sound of her shoes when she went to the back.
Something cracked into his kneecap.
Reagan’s toy rattle lay on the ground next to him. He shifted to see her standing in the bouncer, with her hand on her hip and her small, round face scrunched up in a glare that clearly said, “You’re such an idiot.”
“You do take after your mom,” he muttered.
Beside her, Ryan tilted his head back and let out baby giggles that reminded him too much of Donovan making fun of him.
“And you’re just like your dad.”
He bent down and picked up the rattle. “Promise to not hit me in the head?”
Reagan eyed him.
Skeptical, he gave the rattle back to her.
She took it and bashed it on her bouncer a couple
of times, not taking her glare off him.
“What did I do?” he asked.
She let out a huff.
“Okay, so I screwed up.” He glanced toward the hallway. “What should I do?”
Ryan leaned forward and babbled something in baby language. Reagan turned to him and shot back a string of gibberish. She lifted her left hand and moved it from side to side, signaling Ryan to let her handle this. Ryan leaned back against his bouncer, as if to say, “Okay. This will be entertaining.”
Thorn gaped. “My God, you really are like your parents.”
Ryan burst into giggles again.
Reagan shook the rattle urgently to shut him up. Then she pointed the rattle at Thorn and went into a long speech that he couldn’t understand, and yet…he
could. He nodded when she went quiet. “I’ll do my best. I promise.”
A smile bloomed on her face, and she let out a happy squeal.
Chrys Fey’s A Fighting Chance is the story of one woman’s fight against an abusive mate, a battle that doesn’t end just because she escaped him. Although Amanda left her home and now hides even from friends, the horror of the abusive relationship with Damon still haunts her as she tries desperately to move on in her life. Her ex boyfriend beat her horrifically when they lived together, scarring her both physically and emotionally. Escaping took everything she had and she isn’t sure she can ever love again without fear that it too will end as this last one did. Thorn wants to change that and starts by displaying patience, empathy, and love in the most dramatic of circumstances.
This is a well written boy-meets-girl story but at its core is a story of survival against seemingly impossible and deadly odds. It engenders a discussion of domestic violence which Fey carries on in a new website, The Fighting Chance (see below) . You can’t read this book without coming away wanting to stop the horror. It is so realistic I can’t imagine the author didn’t go through this herself. But I hope not.
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Chat with Chrys about Disaster Movies
Before we get into the short Q&A, Chrys is launching a website, TheFightingChance.org, inspired by the Disaster Crimes series and dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Please click the link and check it out.
Q: What are your favorite disaster or tornado movies?
A: I love disaster movies. That’s part of the reason why I was drawn to write a series of books featuring different disasters. I find disaster movies exciting and even fun. (Far from disasters in real life that are definitely NOT fun.) I also enjoy reading books set during stormy weather. Go figure.
My top 10 favorite disaster movies are:
The Day After Tomorrow
The Towering Inferno
My Top 8 Favorite tornado movies are:
Night of the Twisters
The Day After Tomorrow
Hours (actually about a hurricane but so good)
Into the Storm
The Wizard of Oz
Hard Rain (not really a tornado)
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.