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January 20, 2016

B - Beth Kennedy + 3 Excerpts





Beth Kennedy is the heroine of the Disaster Crimes series (Hurricane Crimes and soon-to-be published Seismic Crimes). She is smart, tough, and romantic; what every good heroine should be.

Character Profile:
Name – Bethany Grace Kennedy
Occupation – Self-Defense Instructor
Location – Central Florida
Doppelganger – Kate Beckinsale
Love Interest – Donovan Goldwyn
Likes – Canoeing, boxing, writing poetry, poker, the beach
Dislikes – Snakes, hurricanes, cheating ex-fiancés, car troubles


Here are some special never-before-shared teasers from Seismic Crimes to illustrate just how smart, tough and romantic Beth really is.

Smart Teaser:

“Chewy, one of the cops…” She stopped suddenly, her face burning as she looked at the four officers in front of her. What if one of them is in league with Chewy? What if they all are? They could kill me and then kill Donovan.

“It’s okay, Ms. Kennedy,” Officer Burnett said. “Please go on.” His gentle smile and sincere, brown eyes calmed her, and she found the courage to tell the truth.

“Chewy was in the house when Donovan went in to retrieve the footage. I heard a gunshot, and I got out of the canoe to help him.”

“And all you had was a shovel?”

“That’s right.” Beth explained how she saw Chewy hit Donovan and hold him under the water in Ryan’s living room. “I hit Chewy in the back with the shovel so he’d release Donovan. He fired a shot at me and told me to drop the shovel. I did and that was when I stepped on another gun under the water. It’s in the canoe outside. I’m sure if you checked it, you’d find it’s registered to Chewy.”

“We’ll check,” Burnett reassured her.

“I told Chewy I had Ryan’s journal in the canoe because I knew he wouldn’t want any evidence out there for someone to use against him. Chewy held the gun to Donovan’s head and told me to back out of the house. I dragged the gun under my shoe down the driveway to the canoe and slowly reached inside. I brought out a journal, but it wasn’t Ryan’s. It was mine. When I saw Ryan’s journal was identical to the one I wrote poetry in, I thought we could replace Ryan’s with it. Before Chewy could take my journal, though, I threw it. He went after it, and I went for the gun. When I came back up out of the water, Chewy had his gun pointed at me. I fired before I could even think. The bullet hit him in the head.”

Tough Teaser:

“Empty out your pockets. Now!”

“All right.” She slowly dipped her hands into her pockets and pulled them inside out to show she didn’t even have a gum wrapper. Lint occupied the deepest recesses of the cotton squares. “See,” she said, forcing calm. “I don’t have any money. Now let me go.”

“Turn around.”

“What?”

“I said, turn around. I want to see your back pockets.”

Beth glared at him as annoyance washed over her. I don’t have time for this. I have to get back to Donovan. She grabbed his wrist, stepped around him, and wrenched his arm behind his back, forcing his hand toward his head while twisting his wrist at an awkward angle. He let out a growl and released the blade. It clattered to the asphalt at her feet. She didn’t waste a second to peer down at it. She kicked the back of his knee with the side of her foot as hard as she could. He crumbled and she let him fall. When he was on the ground, she gathered a fistful of his dark hair and slammed his forehead into the ground, knocking him unconscious. Then she launched into an all-out sprint.

Romantic Teaser:

She helped him back into bed and even stretched out beside him. Her fingers stroked his temple and combed through his hair. It wasn’t long before his breathing became deep with sleep.

Mid-day, she peeled the gauze off his burn to clean it and reapply salve. Removing tape from skin and hair—not to mention from an irritated wound—always hurt, so she barred her teeth and lifted the strips centimeter-by-centimeter. Donovan’s eyelids fluttered open when she was half-way through the task. Her fingers stilled.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered. “Your burn needs to be cleaned.”

He made a soft humming sound from deep in his throat before his lids lowered, curtaining his worn-out eyes. Stroking his brow, she murmured endearments to him even though she figured her words wouldn’t have enough power to penetrate his subconscious. Regardless, she hoped he could hear them in his dreams.



To read more of these scenes, pre-order Seismic Crimes on Amazon.




QUESTION: Which teaser did you like more? The smart teaser, tough teaser, or romantic teaser?

38 comments:

sherry fundin said...

I love strong female characters so this is easy, the tough teaser, but they are all good. I loved this story and can hardly wait for the next one. :-) Great post and character profile, Chrys.

sherry @ fundinmental

Pat Hatt said...

All the teasers are good, but I'd go with the smart one if I had to pic. Now I'll go back to staring at Kate.

betty said...

I liked the tough one the best of the teasers :) Looking forward to seeing about the giveaway in your newsletter :)

betty

Chrys Fey said...

I love strong female characters too. That's why mine are always tough. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks. LOL. Stare away. :p

Chrys Fey said...

The tough teaser was definitely the most fun to write.

Kelly Hashway said...

I like them all. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! :D

Crystal Collier said...

The tough one is my favorite for sure, followed by the romantic one.

Chrys Fey said...

I would put them in that order too. :)

Liz A. said...

I like the smart teaser...right now. My mood changes.

Mary Kirkland said...

Beth Kennedy sounds like a great character.

Nas said...

Like them all!

Denise Covey said...

Seismic Crimes should be great! I like the romantic teaser of course. Congrats on being part of the IWSG admin team! :-)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you like the smart teaser. It took a lot of thinking to write that obe.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I'm glad you think so. :D

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

They're all great, but I think the Tough Teaser is neat.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Tough is first in my book, followed by romance. I'm looking forward to Seismic crimes.

nashvillecats2 said...

I liked all of them. Great post to read.
Yvonne.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Medeia!

Chrys Fey said...

Woot! Thank you, Yvonne!

Christine Rains said...

All the teasers were great, but if I have to pick one, the tough teaser! :)

Nicola said...

I like the 'smart' teaser. Kate Beckinsale is one tough girl. Perfect Doppelganger!

Misha Gerrick said...

I like the romantic teaser. :-)

Chrys Fey said...

Yay! Thanks for reading!

Chrys Fey said...

I love Kate. She's a great actress.

Chrys Fey said...

Great. :)

Lisa Thomson said...

I like the tough one and the romantic one best but they're all intriguing. I can't wait for this read! Great teaser, Chrys!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you'll think they're all intriguing. :)

Jeffrey Scott said...

Nice preview. I can't wait to read it.
I liked the tough preview the most. It helps remind us she's a self defence instructor.
So, this seems to be a direct continuation from the last story. Cool.

Chrys Fey said...

Yup. It picks up right where Hurricane Crimes left off. :)

Colleen said...

I vote tough teaser! Great writing and exciting scene.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for voting! :D

sage said...

She likes to canoe in Florida but doesn't like snakes :) I'd vote for the first teaser.

Chrys Fey said...

I imagine there are others who canoe and hate snakes too. :P