Tsunami Crimes



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274 Pages
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Heat Rating: Hot (Steamy scenes but NOT erotica)

Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.

This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s kidnapped by Jackson’s men.

Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him to fall into a deadly trap.

If they live through this disaster, they may never be the same again.

Content Warning: on page sex, strong language, sexual assault discussed/aftermath visual, road rage, violence, death, kidnapping/hostage, guns/gunshots, hospitalization, trauma/PTSD

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“Riptide” by Vance Joy – Opening surfing scene.

“The A Team” by Ed Sheeran – A song for April.

“Hit Me Like a Man” by The Pretty Reckless – When Beth is undercover as a sex worker.

“Drive” by Halsey – Car chase involving Beth.

“All Of Me” by John Legend – Beth and Donovan’s wedding and honeymoon night.

“Kings and Queens” by Thirty Seconds to Mars – Surfing in Hawaii.

“Dead in the Water” by Ellie Goulding – Beth and the tsunami.

“Anchor” by Skillet – Donovan and the tsunami.

“My Blood” by Ellie Goulding – Beth post-tsunami.

“Lifeline” by Papa Roach – Donovan post-tsunami.

“Tears Don’t Fall” by Bullet For My Valentine – When Beth is kidnapped.

“Paradise” by Coldplay – Also for when Beth is kidnapped and held hostage.

“Broken” by Seether, Amy Lee – When Donovan searches for Beth, and when they are reunited.

“Human” by Krewella – Beth’s PTSD.

“Walk on Water” by Thirty Seconds to Mars – The end.


“Ms. Fey’s strong and compelling visual storytelling coupled with the overwhelming uncertainty facing Beth and Donovan make this a powerhouse novel.” – InD’Tale Magazine

“Author Chrys Fey writes fast paced, action-packed, adventures that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat, white-knuckled as you grip the book in your hands.  Her description of the ravaging water will have you holding your breath and counting your rapid heartbeats.” – The Novel Lady

“These two characters have been in so many disasters that it should be laughable, but the stories are well written, captivating and they grab the reader and draw them in.” – Bookaholic Mama, with Words Turn Me On

 “Chrys Fey’s descriptive writing makes the story come alive, as if it is a movie playing out in my head…She keeps the suspense at a fever pitch that goes on and on, never letting up, leaving me feeling wrung dry of my emotions.” – Sherry Fundin, reviewer at Fundinmental.com

TSUNAMI CRIMES is fast-paced, and Ms. Fey’s ability to bring the internal fight for survival during a rogue tsunami to life is frighteningly realistic.” – Tome Tender



How did you research tsunamis? Did the stories from the 2004 (Thailand) or 2015 (Japan) have an impact on your writing [for Tsunami Crimes]?

I checked out books from my local library about natural disasters and took notes about tsunamis and how they work. One book I read was I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis. This book was really good, perfect for kids. I actually bought it for my nephew, who was reading these books at school. When he showed me one, I decided to take a look and came across the story about the Japanese Tsunami.

I also read two books with first-hand accounts from tsunami survivors. Their stories were powerful. Clothing was ripped right off their bodies. One woman saw a neighbor shouting for her to help, but this woman knew if she let go of the tree, she’d die. And a young girl lost her whole family.

The movie The Impossible, based on the Thailand tsunami, was by far the best source of research for me. Although the wave in the movie wasn’t “real,” I was able to see what a tsunami looked like and what happened to someone caught in one. It’s shocking, to say the least.

Nate Berkus’ survival story that I heard on Oprah after the Thailand tsunami also made a big impact. Nate Berkus, an interior decorator, was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his partner, when the 2004 tsunami hit. Nate and Fernando Bengoechea clung to a telephone phone. Then Fernando was swept away. Sadly, he was never found.The other story that stuck with me was supermodel Petra Nemcova’s survival. She gripped a palm tree for eight hours. And she had a broken pelvis. All of this made a huge impact on my writing, and my life.


Not Inadequate / A Post About Self-Defense and Abuse

I Survived! Blogfest

Living Under a Tsunami Threat

Tsunami Crimes Research

What I Researched While Writing Tsunami Crimes:

– Tsunamis

– Hawaii/Oahu

– Places to get married in Orlando

– Kraft Azalea Gardens

– Hospitals in Oahu

– Google Maps of Oahu

– American Red Cross

– Meals-Ready-to-Eat

– Hi-EMA

– Gunshot Wound

– Sunset and Diamond Head


When Tsunami Crimes was published, the terms “hooker” and “pr*stitute” were common in our society. Unfortunately, they still are, and few people understand how these terms are considered slurs. Consequently, these appear in Tsunami Crimes. (And once in Flaming Crimes.) Now, however, I would use the term “sex worker,” because language matters. Language is also constantly evolving.

Read this article from The Sydney Morning Herald: Why the word ‘prostitute’ has to go.

Like Beth, I don’t judge sex workers for their line of work; I care about their safety, rights, dignity, equality, and respect.

Read this article from Human Rights Watch: Why Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized.