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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Flaming Crimes Blogfest


My blog friend, Chrys Fey, has a new book in her Disaster Crimes series. It's called, Flaming Crimes. In honor of the book's release, she has put together a blogfest. Participants will answer one question:  What is something ridiculous you would save if there was a fire?

After making sure my family was safe, I would save my viola. You might think that's ridiculous, because it's just a piece of wood with strings on it. But it has been my instrument for over 30 years. I've traveled the world with it. I've made my living teaching and performing with it. I love the sound of it, and it's the perfect size for me:  15 1/2 inches. Most violas are too big, and the small ones don't have the sound that mine has. For me, it's irreplaceable. I would be very sad if something happened to my viola, so I would do everything I could to save it.

What about you? What would you save from a fire that other people might think is ridiculous?





Series: Disaster Crimes #4
Page Count: 304 
Digital Price: 4.99 
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BLURB: Beth and Donovan are now happily married, and what Beth wants more than anything is a baby. Her dream of starting a family is put on hold as fires burn dangerously close and Donovan becomes a victim of sabotage.

Donovan escapes what could've been a deadly wreck. Their past enemies have been eliminated, so who is cutting brake lines and leaving bloody messages? He vows to find out, for the sake of the woman he loves and the life they're trying to build.

Amidst a criminal mind game, a fire ignites next to their home. They battle the flames and fight to keep their house safe from the blaze pressing in on all sides, but neither of them expects to confront a psychotic adversary in the middle of the inferno.

Their lives may just go up in flames…



About the Author: Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur Press.

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56 comments:

  1. I'm posting tomorrow and I almost said my guitar collection. I have two I play all the time and I couldn't bear to lose them.

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    1. I'd definitely save the guitars. But I read what you picked, and I understand why you'd save them.

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  2. Makes sense that you'd grab it indeed. I've already done the fire thing, so after me and the cats, grab my go bag and see ya.

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    1. You've been in a fire? Scary! I'm glad you got out okay!

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  3. A musician who would save her instrument from a fire. Doesn't sound ridiculous to me. They become appendages. Of course you would grab that.

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    1. Really you're right. I wouldn't know what to do without my viola!

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  4. Love seeing what you picked. That seems like something important. You can see mine tomorrow. Happy Holidays!

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  5. Congratulations to Chrys! I love her Hurricane Crimes series.

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  6. A great post Sherry, I am a follower of Chrys and enjoy her writing.
    I would hate to lose my Daniel collecting of music in a fire.

    Happy New year Sherry to you and your family.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  7. A musical instrument is a great choice. My daughter plays the same clarinet my husband used growing up. They would both hate to lose it.

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  8. Saving your viola isn't at ALL ridiculous! It'd be more on the side of ridiculous if you weren't concerned about saving it.

    Years ago at a graduation party, some musicians left their instruments in the yard while they went inside to grab a bite to eat. It started to rain, so I grabbed a gorgeous blond double bass and moved it to a dry area and wiped it off. The musician was so grateful, we damned near ended up getting married... :)

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    1. Haha! I'm sure that bass player feels he owes you his life!

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  9. I have my sister-in-laws piano in my house because they can't fit it in their apartment. I'm sure she'd want me to save it if there was a fire. Although, I think that would be very tough to do. At least a viola is small. ;)

    Thanks for participating in my blog hop!

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    1. Yes, it would be a little tough to save a piano. I have one of those, too, and there's no way I'd even attempt to save it in a fire.

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  10. Did you play on some ridiculously expensive violas, were they better?

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    1. I've played a Guaneri viola, which is ridiculously expensive. Right up there with a Stradivarious. It was my teacher's. But I didn't like it at all. It actually hurt my ears.

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  11. Having heard your music, I'd say that'd be a definite save.

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    1. It would be hard to find a viola that sounds like mine!

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  12. Yay for Chrys!
    I wouldn't save anything ridiculous, nor do I think that your viola would be a ridiculous save. It's your heart strings, after all.

    Happy New Year, Sherry.

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  13. A treasured viola is definitely worth saving!

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  14. Your choice is a good one, I think. The viola is something you treasure. It has special meaning for you.

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    1. It does. It's probably my most treasured possession.

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  15. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I don't think saving your viola is ridiculous, especially the way you explain it. I think we sometimes beat ourselves up over practicality, but that's important to you in many ways. If you can, save it and don't look back.

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  16. A viola is a lovely thing to save. I wish I would've said that I'd save my guitar. Instead I said toilet tissue and a toothbrush :)

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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  17. A viola would be a great thing to save. It definitely seems like it means a lot to you.

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  18. Doesn't sound crazy at all. Sounds like an old friend. Happy 2018
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  19. Hi, Sherry! Hi, Chrys!

    You pose an interesting question, Chrys, and Sherry, your answer makes perfect sense. Your viola is like a comfortable old pair of shoes. For more than three decades you and your instrument have performed together. You have been in sync and in perfect harmony. Losing it would be unthinkable.

    If a fire broke out at my house I would save a scrap of cardboard packing material that came with a music CD I ordered from The Netherlands. It took more than a month for the item to be delivered and I was beginning to suspect that I had been cheated by that seller in a foreign land. As I waited and as weeks rolled by I became frustrated, angry and bitter. However the CD finally arrived and when I opened the package I found it securely wrapped in squares of cardboard. Upon one of the squares I found the following handwritten message from the merchant: "Hello Thomas! I hope you'll enjoy the disc. - Dan" The seller, Dan, even drew a smiley face next to his message and signature. That simple personalized message meant a great deal to me. It made me feel ashamed for having been a doubting Thomas. It restored my faith in the goodness and honesty of people. It taught me an important lesson. Be patient and always give people the benefit of the doubt.

    Chrys, I admire how you blend crime and disaster. I hope you made it through yesterday's disastrous ice storm AOK.

    Happy New Year, Chrys, and same to you. Sherry!

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    1. I'm glad your CD came, and that the seller gave you a personal message. You can forgive a lot when things like that happen.

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  20. Congrats to Chrys! And I definitely understand why you would want to save your viola.

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    1. I guess maybe it wasn't such a ridiculous thing to want to save.

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  21. I think saving the viola makes perfect sense! I selected my heirloom bread pans. But really any of the few things I have inherited from my grandparents would qualify as well. My French horn has been neglected for too many years to make the cut :(

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    1. Your heirloom bread pans make a lot of sense to save.

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  22. Congrats Chrys! Sherry, I don't think that's ridiculous at all! Your viola is very special to you! I'm thinking, maybe I would grab my very first teddy bear. Big Hugs!

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    1. A first teddy bear would be a great thing to save. I am impressed that you still have it!

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  23. Wonderful to see Chrys here today! Yeah!

    I can totally understand why you would save your viola. It is very special to you. It doesn't sound crazy to me at all. :)

    Happy New Year!
    ~Jess

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  24. 30 years? Yeah, I can see why you'd save it. Lots of memories there.

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  25. Knowing you, it's not ridiculous at all. Happy new year!

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  26. That doesn't sound like a ridiculous save at all - that viola is part of you.

    Happy 2018!

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  27. I would save my guinea pigs and geckos in a fire. Some people might think that's silly, but they're part of the family!

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    1. Your guinea pigs and geckos would be great to save in a fire. I'd definitely make sure my pets were out of the house.

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  28. your viola is a precious item!
    when i was a kid, i vowed i would save my pillow - i loved it!
    happy new year!
    and congrats to Chrys!!

    Tara Tyler Talks

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