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June 22, 2016

M - Mother Earth/Nature + Teaser



Mother Earth/Nature is an important character in the Disaster Crimes Series. Although she’s not a character in human form with eye and hair, and although she doesn’t have dialogue, she is always present. In the form of a hurricane, an earthquake and the upcoming disasters, she makes an impact. Without her, Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes would be Florida Crimes and San Francisco Crimes. They’d have the romantic element and the criminal element, but the intensity of the disasters, which makes these stories unique, would be gone.

Mother Earth is a personification of nature and all of its forces in the form of a mother. She is everything that is good, pure as well as chaotic, dangerous.


TEASER:

He dropped his hands to the table, rattling the silverware. “You’re lucky the quake happened when it did, or he could’ve riddled the two of you with bullets. I think Mother Earth had your back.”

“Yeah, I owe her big time.” While sipping the last of her green tea, Beth realized Mother Earth had introduced her to Donovan too. Without Hurricane Sabrina, they never would’ve met. Now Mother Earth had saved their asses with a seven-point-four earthquake. If Mother Earth were in human form, she would be the Maid of Honor at their wedding.

Wedding? Beth shook her head to dislodge that thought from her brain. She was positive Donovan wasn’t ready to talk about Holy Matrimony. She wasn’t even sure if she was ready.


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37 comments:

Chemist Ken said...

I do believe. A system as large and complicated as the Earth would almost have to be considered an organism of some kind. We're just too tiny to see the patterns.

betty said...

I believe more in God allowing the natural disasters that we have since we live in such a fallen world.

betty

nashvillecats2 said...

Well seeing that we live on Earth, I suppose one ought to believe in "Mother Earth". I believe everything happens for a reason....whatever that reason it may be.
But to go as far as commiting crimes that I find hard to swallow.
Intesting topic.
Yvonne.

Loni Townsend said...

I have a female earth element! But it's probably not the same entity as Mother Earth. :)

Great snippet.

Anonymous said...

I gotta agree with you, Florida Crimes just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Christine Rains said...

Sometimes I do believe Mother Earth is a character in my story. Though thankfully she's been gentler with me than Beth!

Pat Hatt said...

Earth is some kind of living breathing thing, so yeah, such a believe sure is valid indeed. We could just be ants to some bigger beings, who are ants to bigger beings, who are..you know lol

Nicola said...

I admire the unpredictability of Mother Earth. She shows us all sorts of emotions - oops, maybe that's why it's called Mother Earth and not Father Earth :)(is that sexist? I read Sarah Ahiers post about being sexist without noticing. Hmmm) Have a great week, Chrys!!

Chrys Fey said...

I love that, Ken.

Chrys Fey said...

Good point, Betty.

Chrys Fey said...

I also believe that everything happens for a reason. Even if we can't see what that reason is at the time.

Chrys Fey said...

I love characters who embody the earth element. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Not the same ring to it at all.

Chrys Fey said...

A gentle Mother Earth is nice. :) Poor Beth doesn't get to see her gentle side much. :P

Chrys Fey said...

I get it. And very good theory. I like it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Her unpredictability is amazing. I think she's a mother because the earth has a lot of motherly qualities. She gives birth to nature and to us. :)

Crystal Collier said...

I love the teaser. Maid of honor... LOL!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Crystal. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As long as she doesn't show up as a tornado...

Chrys Fey said...

That's one disaster Beth and Donovan won't be facing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I wonder what Mother Nature will do to cause that wedding to happen?

Chrys Fey said...

Hmm...stay tuned. ;)

Julie Flanders said...

Your teasers are all so great!
I hadn't thought about it, but Mother Earth has been a character in my stories too as far as arctic snow and extreme summer heat.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you!

See? She likes to sneak in. ;)

Birgit said...

Mother Nature can be volatile especially when she has not had her daily fix of chocolate. I enjoyed reading your excerpt.

Liz A. said...

I once heard it described as Mother Nature and Grandmother Earth. Native American, I think.

Chrys Fey said...

Daily fix of chocolate. Ha. Don't mess with chocoholics. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I like the name Grandmother Earth. That does sound Native American.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I've never thought of it as Mother Earth, but the weather is important in novels. It sets the mood for different scenes. I like Mother Earth though. May call it that now.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I believe in mother, and I believe in nature. Is that close enough?
LOL, Beth is letting her thoughts get away from her. At least she didn't make the comment out loud in Donovan's presence. That would have made the scene that much more interesting. ;)

Tami Von Zalez said...

Popped over from J.H. Moncrieff's site. Interesting that you visualize your criminal characters for your writings.

diedre Knight said...

Tantalizing teaser, Chrys! Would that we all could embrace the richness that Mother Nature offers before Father Time checks his watch ;-)

Chrys Fey said...

That is close enough. :)

That would've made the scene interesting. ha

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tami!

Chrys Fey said...

That would be nice. :)

sage said...

Thinking of crimes and natural disasters, have you read Pat Conroy's "South of Broad" It's a great book, but and it is all resolved during Hurricane Hugo's romp over Charleston.

I believe Mother Earth is a great metaphor :)

Chrys Fey said...

I haven’t read that book. I'll have to add it to my growing list. Thanks!