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An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.
Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.
When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?
Content Warning: on page sex, strong language, trauma/PTSD, death of a loved one, corpse, drug dealer, violence, guns
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PLAYLIST BREAKDOWN BY SCENE:
NOTE: May contain spoilers.
“Waitin For You” by Demi Lovato – Beth as a kickass self-defense instructor.
“Army Of Me” by Christina Aguilera – Beth’s theme song.
“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten – The theme song for The Fighting Chance, Beth’s self-defense studio.
“My Kind” by Hilary Duff – Beth and Donovan intimate after they’re allowed to leave police department.
“Free The Animal” by Sia – When Beth is undercover at Viper’s.
“Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson – Beth’s growing love for Donovan.
“The Sun Will Rise” by Kelly Clarkson – Beth walking through San Francisco alone after the quake.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers – When Beth is trying to get back to Donovan.
“One Step Closer” by Linkin Park – Donovan’s PTSD following his brother’s murder.
“Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park – Also for Donovan’s PTSD.
“Getting Away With Murder” by Papa Roach – Buck’s theme song.
“I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons – Donovan alone in San Francisco following the quake.
“Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon – Intimate scene with ice cream.
“Back At One” by Brian McKnight – Donovan’s love for Beth.
“Without You” by David Guetta, Usher – Also Donovan’s love for Beth.
“I’ll Never Break Your Heart” by Backstreet Boys – For Donovan’s promise to Beth. The end.
“Chrys Fey has created a story that is full of murder and mayhem.” – InD’tale Magazine
“I’ll admit it damn near brought tears to my eyes to see how, in times where all hope appeared lost, there were those who banded together to help complete strangers all in the name of good. No demand for reward or payback, but rather proof that sometimes the beauty of the human spirit can surprise you.” – Romance Novels for the Beach
“Watch their relationship grow, even during times of stress and learn to appreciate the writing prowess of author Chrys Fey in Seismic Crimes. Well written, non-stop, rapid-fire storytelling will keep readers on the edge of their seats while the romance that is growing between two wonderful characters will leave you just as breathless.” – Tome Tender
“I have to say that this book kept me on the edge of my seat and turning those pages without wanting to put the book down even once! Chrys Fey created some amazing characters who were multi-dimensional and very likable.” – The Novel Lady
“Humor and romance go well together and Chrys Fey does a great job of blending them while keeping the suspense percolating.” – Sherry Fundin reviewer at Fundinmental.com
“Seismic Crimes is an action-packed novel that contains a little bit of everything. There’s the suspense of a crime-fighting story, the adventure of surviving natural disasters, and the passion of romance.” – Sherry Ellis, VINE VOICE
A MAN LIKE DONOVAN?
#1: I started Seismic Crimes three times until I had a beginning I liked.
#2: I wrote 26 pages of notes about California, Chinatown, and earthquakes.
#3: Beth’s last name came from Jackie Kennedy, so I wanted to do the same thing with her mother’s maiden name, which is Reagan after Nancy Reagan.
#4: I wrote the catfish in Donovan’s car into the story because of the catfish I saw swimming around my front step when Tropical Storm Fay stuck around for about a week and caused wide-spread flooding.
#5: The U.S. Geological Survey reported that there was a 62% chance an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or greater would hit the Bay Area before 2052, most likely occurring at the San Andrea Fault…that quake happens in Seismic Crimes!
Seismic Crimes was written and published during a time when using and selling marijuana was treated as a serious offense. Since then, much of society has became aware of the disparities between marijuana charges and the charges for other, more deadly and addictive drugs, and how Black people are discriminately and disproportionately charged for possession of marijuana. Unfortunately, not much has changed.
Read this article from ACLU: The War on Marijuana in Black and White.
Viper, a drug dealer in Seismic Crimes, is a Black man, but it was not (and is never) my intention to further harmful stereotypes. Regrettably, his character plays into that dangerous narrative, regardless of my intention. It needs to be stressed that the fact that he’s a criminal is NOT because of the color of his skin. Throughout the Disaster Crimes series, we encounter many criminals from all backgrounds, including several corrupt, white cops.
In Seismic Crimes and Frozen Crimes, Beth and Donovan had a Thanksgiving dinner. Do they still celebrate Thanksgiving?
After their Thanksgiving dinner in Frozen Crimes, they learned more about Thanksgiving, such as it’s true history and how it hurts Indigenous Peoples to see celebrations on this day (i.e. it’s their day of mourning). That was the last time they had a big feast on this day. Now, they acknowledge Truthsgiving, donate to Indigenous-run organizations, support Florida tribes (like the Seminoles), and get takeout.
Other Possible Titles for Seismic Crimes:
Fault Line Crimes
Things I Researched while Writing Seismic Crimes:
Monster Truck Racing
How to do doughnuts
China Town/China Town Gate
Kong Chow Temple
Golden Gate Park