30 Seconds Before

30 Seconds Before (Prequel to 30 Seconds)

is a suspense short of 60 pages.

75 Pages
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Heat Rating: None (no romance)

Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.

On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.

Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?

Content Warning: strong language, violence, guns

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“The character development and graphic detail [is] what sets Chrys Fey apart from other authors. Chrys Fey writes with such strong detail that the reader feels as though they are a part of the scene.” – Long and Short Reviews

“OMG, Chrys. WT…a cliffhanger. I was already barely hanging on, but now, only one hand is left and I feel it slipping…Good thing I can fall right into 30 Seconds…” – Sherry Fundin, reviewer at Fundinmental.com



In 30 Seconds Before, there’s a scene that includes Thorn from the Disaster Crimes series. 

EXCERPT: Blake had crossed paths with Thorn many years ago when he was a rookie. They worked a thirteen-year-old girl’s murder case and caught the murderer together— the girl’s stepfather. Shortly after that, Thorn transferred to Florida.

QUESTION: In A Fighting Chance, Amanda asks Thorn if he ‘s always lived in Florida, he says he was born and raised. Did he not live in Cleveland where 30 Seconds Before is set?

ANSWER: He lived in Cleveland for a short stint in his career, less than a year. It didn’t work out for him, so he asked for a transfer back to Florida, which was granted to him. So aside from that short period, Florida has always been his home.


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What Women Will Love about Blake:

– He has a badge. (Who doesn’t like a man in a uniform?)
– He may not know how to cook a lot, but he’ll cook for you anyway. Pasta, grilled cheese, and mashed potatoes are his specialty.
– He’s willing to die for the woman he loves.
– He has curly “Simon Baker” hair.
– He’ll let you eat the last spoonful of ice cream.

FACT: She set her novella, 30 Seconds, in Cleveland, Ohio after she took a trip to Michigan and had a layover in the Cleveland airport. She didn’t get to explore the city, but the bitter cold that cut straight to the marrow in her bones made a big impact. It was after she was back in Florida when she thought of the opening scene of 30 Seconds. She could clearly see Dr. Dani Hart coming home with the bottom of her scrubs wet from the fresh snow, and right then she knew she had a new story idea

FACT: Chrys named Blake after a street in my city, and gave him the last name “Herro” because she was originally planning on calling “30 Seconds” Hearts and Heroes.