Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Guest Post: Chrys Fey's Ghost of Death and Witch of Death

Man, I've been featuring a lot of books on the ole blog recently, haven't I? It's a pleasure and a lot of fun - and yes, with the impending arrival of twindom, it's also a delight to hand the reins over to someone else, and let them ride us both off into the sunset while I busy myself installing medicine cabinets, picking up baby gear hand-me-downs from generous friends, and cleaning out our closets.

Oh wait, was that one of things I wasn't supposed to admit? Oh. Oops. Hmm, does pregnancy brain only affect the partner who's pregnant? What's my excuse, then? 

Umm...oh dear. I may not have one. 

Well, then, let me just come out and say I am DEE-lighted to feature Chrys Fey here today, not only because she's giving me time to paint the nursery, but MAINLY and MOSTLY because she's a great blogger friend and a prolific and talented writer. Take it away, Chrys!


Thank you for opening your blog to me, Liz, so I can share my newest short story, Witch of Death, with your lovely readers. :)


Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved the moon. When I realized the moon followed me in the car, I thought it only did that for me and that I was special. I thought the man on the moon was my friend. I used to talk to him in whispers from my bedroom window. I even pretended he was my boyfriend. Hey. I was eight. Don’t judge me! :P

The point is, the moon had been of deep fascination to me and now it’s a constant source of inspiration. In Witch of Death, a witch commits murder during a full moon. In Ghost of Death, the moon has an even bigger significance. Before my MC, Jolie, dies, she sees the moon and recites the lullaby “Goodnight Moon,” a bedtime story I loved.


Here’s a cute animated version narrated by Susan Sarandon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yu_g5x3ZoQ

QUESTIONS: Do you remember Goodnight Moon from your childhood? Do you like the moon?


Blurb:

Jolie Montgomery, a twenty-one-year-old woman, wakes up in an alley next to her corpse. She has no memories of her murder or the night she died. She didn’t even see the killer’s face before he or she took her life. Wanting justice, Jolie seeks answers in the only way a ghost can...by stalking the lead detective on the case.

Avrianna Heavenborn is determined to find the person responsible for a young woman’s death. She gets closer to the killer’s identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.

But if they don’t solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.


Excerpt:

With the sound of her mom’s grief wafting up to her, Jolie came to terms with her present state. I’m dead and now my mom knows it. She eyed the door in front of her. She hadn’t yet walked through a door, but if her hand could pass through metal then she knew she could move through wood.

If I have to be a ghost then I’ll be a damn good one. All across the afterlife I’ll be known as the Ghost of Death! And I’m going to start by walking through this damn door!

She would’ve taken a deep breath to brace herself if she could have, so she mentally pumped herself up instead. You can do it! Easy-peasy. Nothing to it. And she took a step forward. Solid matter slipped around and through her form. On the other side, a familiar site confronted her: a black and white bed, the bright green shag carpet in the middle of the room, and a white desk.

Stepping up to her desk, Jolie eyed her ancient desktop computer, the one she used before her dad gifted her with a laptop when she announced she was accepted to the local university. Wanting to send out the first ever tweet from the afterlife, she pushed the button to bring the device to life, but her finger poker straight through it. Resigning to her Twitter-less fate, she moved toward the full-length mirror hanging on the wall. She saw nothing. Not even a shimmer in the air hinted at her presence.

Being a ghost sucks!


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Also available: WITCH OF DEATH



Blurb:

Detective Reid Sanders doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but when he’s faced with a crime scene that defies the laws of nature, he has no other choice but to start believing. And solving a magical murder involves working with a witch.

Liberty Sawyer embodies the look of your classic evil witch, so, it’s no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reid’s number one suspect. If she can’t convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.


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BIO:

Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes that’ll serve as book two in the Disaster Crimes series.

When Fey was six years old, she realized her dream of being a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey lives in Florida where she is waiting for the next hurricane to come her way.

You can connect with her on Facebook and her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!


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38 comments:

  1. Sorry, I don't remember hearing Goodnight Moon as a kid.
    The moon might still be following you, Chrys.

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  2. Sounds awesome, Chrys!

    My mom (who lives in Montana, we live in PA) sings to my Urchins I see the moon, the moon sees me, the moon sees the one I long to see. God bless the moon and God bless me, and God bless the one I long to see. There's more, but this is already too long. :)

    Good luck with the new releases!

    Hi Liz! ::waves:: Now get back to painting! ;p

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  3. Thank you for having me on your blog today, Liz! You rock!!!

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  4. It's ok, I had an invisible boyfriend when I was little so that's not much better!
    No tweeting from the afterlife? Sounds horrible! ;)

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    1. Haha! I would also pretend Casper was my boyfriend. :P

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  5. I think Sympathy Pregnancy Brain could be a thing. Congrats on the twins!

    And congrats to Chrys on her new release! I'm fascinated by the moon, too.

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  6. You're excused for having pregnancy brain. Chrys' use of the moon adds to the mystical elements of her story. Many of us, especially kids, are fascinated by it.

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    1. I can't pass up talking about the moon or even just describing it in an ebony sky when I write supernatural stories.

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  7. I don't remember reading Goodnight Moon growing up, but I do love the moon. I was a huge Sailor Moon fangirl. :)

    Best of luck with the new releases, Chrys! And yay again for the twins, Liz!

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    1. Hmm...seems like I'm the only one who remembers Goodnight Moon.

      Thank you, Loni!

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  8. I have long loved and been fascinated by the moon, but I'm not a fan of Goodnight, Moon. The parody Goodnight, Dune, however, is fabulous.

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    1. I've never heard of that parody before.

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  9. I fell in love with the moon at a young age too. And it's been wonderful to see my son do the same thing. He even mentioned seeing it follow him in the car! Goodnight, Moon is a lovely story. :)

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    1. That's cute! It was always a mysterious thing to see the moon following me as a kid. I loved it. :)

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  10. I have not heard of "Goodnight Moon". I had to laugh at "Being a ghost sucks." She needs some pointers from Patrick Swayze. Great to be showcased here as well. Congrats! Very nice of you Liz to showcase Chrys here and good luck with the painting. When are you due again??

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    1. I'm happy that I made you laugh, Birgit. :) Patrick Swayze (Sam) could've taught Jolie a lot.

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  11. I must not have paid attention to the bio before. Did your mom find success with her writing? Congratulations on your release! (And pregnancy brain is totally a viable excuse.)

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    1. She's found some success but she's still striving toward publishing those children's stories. I'm helping her but it's not easy breaking into children's publishing, and she doesn't have the means to self-publish.

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  12. I love the moon too, and I especially loved watching it when my dad drove when I was little :)

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  13. I think pregnancy brain has a lot more to do with too much to think about and worry about than it does with hormones. You should totally embrace that excuse. Chrys really knows how to rock a blog tour. I love watching the moon come up over the hills around here. Always an exciting time.

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    1. Thank you, Shell! :D Watching the moon rise over hills would be neat. There's no hills here in Florida.

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  14. I don't think I've read Goodnight Moon, but I did think the moon was following me. And Liz, most of the time, the other partner gets the symptoms. My husband got morning sickness and slept all the time, lol. And you'll probably have pregnancy brain for the rest of your life because it doesn't go away (I have to write down EVERYTHING now).

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    1. The moon is a stalker. That's for sure. But the only stalker I'd ever want. ;)

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  15. Hi Liz! Sorry I have been MIA. I had to take a major break from this world and I explained everything on my blog this week.
    Wait, what!!??? Did you say... YOUR PREGNANT?? Geez, I've missed out on so much. CONGRATULATIONS!! This is wonderful news!
    I have to read both of Chrys's books this summer. They look awesome and I love the covers. I've always been intrigued by the moon. This is why I named our first recue kitty Luna=)
    Congratulations to both you and Chrys!!!

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    1. Hi, Gina! Glad to see you making the rounds. I love Luna. My sister has a white cat named that. :) Thank you!

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    2. Oh, welcome back Gina! It's great to see you here again!

      Nope, my wife is pregnant, actually :)

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  16. I didn't read Goodnight Moon when I was a kid, but I read it to my kids (a lot!) when they were young. Enjoyed it every time.

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  17. I find it really interesting how much stuff from our earlier years sticks with us and becomes part of our writing. And I did read "Goodnight Moon" as a child, though I only remember bits and pieces of it.

    I do think a ghost trying to use Twitter is kind of hilarious, though. ^_^

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    1. I use things from my childhood all the time in my writing. :)

      I'm glad you find that hilarious, Mason.

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  18. I'm pretty sure pregnancy brain affects both partners.

    As many others have commented, I absolutely love the moon. What a cool premise, Chrys. Will check these out!

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  19. Congratulations Chrys! Wonderful premise, will add it to my list!

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