Ghost of Death by Chrys Fey
Thank you, Marlow, for letting me hijack your blog for the day. I am going to share a special scene spotlight for your wonderful readers. :)
Scene Spotlight from Ghost of Death:
Jolie followed her body to the Coronerâs Office where a petite woman with licorice-black hair and pale gray eyes waited. She talked aloud while examining Jolieâs body, as though Jolie lay on the metal slab for a deep-tissue massage, not an autopsy.
âIâm Dr. Rose, but you can call me Simone,â she said. âI know you donât want to be here, sweetie. Donât deserve to be here for that matter, but youâre safe now. Iâll take good care of you, and you can bet Avrianna will find and lock up the asshole responsible for this.â She had a sultry voice with a hint of honey and small hands that worked gently on Jolieâs body.
Simone went about her business with care. She dabbed at the slash in Jolieâs neck with a long cotton swab, searching for something. Jolie didnât know how anyone could look that closely at a wound, let alone dead flesh, but Simone even inspected the exposed bone of her spine, noting the scratches there in the delicate calcium. To tell the truth, it fascinated Jolie. Everything Simone did had a purpose, from scraping beneath her fingernails to looking for abrasions on her skin. Everything she saw, felt, touched, and even smelled she documented. Seeing Simone work was like spying on Beethoven as he wrote a symphony.
The door opened and Avrianna breezed in. âHey, Simone.â
The two women couldnât have been more different. Avrianna towered over Simone by a foot, and Simoneâs hourglass shape shadowed Avriannaâs athletic build.
Jolie moved in front of Avrianna on the other side of her body. She knew a lot about Avrianna Heavenborn from studying articles about her in journalist class, but never before had she had the opportunity to get near her. She liked being able to scrutinize the detective.
Avrianna had an oval face, sharp cheekbones, and a small nose. Her slim brows were arched perfectly, although Jolie doubted she ever brought tweezers to them. She didnât even appear to have a spot of makeup on her face. Lucky for her; she didnât need it.
Jolie arched one of her own brows and spoke aloud, âPeople say youâre a freak because sailors found you floating in the ocean as a newborn, but they donât say how freakishly beautiful you are.â
Avrianna turned away from Jolieâs corpse then. âWhat do you have for me?â she asked Simone.
Simone joined her on the other side of the slab. âWell, obviously, her throat was cut, but you were right when you said an amateur did it. The blade came out when it hit her trachea.â She pointed at Jolieâs neck. âThe cut is jagged there because the blade had to be reinserted. The first attempt, being so sloppy, wouldnât have been successful. The killer realized that and slashed her throat again in nearly the same line, severing her arteries and trachea.â
Avrianna shook her head. âThatâs a horrifying way to die.â
Jolieâs gaze moved from Avrianna to her body. âYeah, but I donât remember. I donât know how I got to the alley or what I was doing there. I donât remember a thing.â
1. Which actors/actresses would play the characters present in this scene?
Dr. Simone Rose was inspired by Amy Lee, the singer of Evanescene.
Avrianna Heavenborn is actually a character I struggled to find an actress to portray. I like Milla Jovovich for her ability to do any kick-ass female role and Alezx Johnson for her youth and the fact that sheâs not a mega-star. Iâd want the actress the play Avrianna to be relatively unknown.
Jolie Montgomery, the ghost, was originally inspired by Vanessa Marano from Switched at Birth, when Jolie was a sixteen-year-old-girl.
2. What do you love the most about this scene?
I love how Jolie pretty much gets into Avriannaâs face to scrutinize her. I think that would be the fun thing about being a ghost; you could get into peopleâs faces and talk about them without them knowing it.
3. Can you tell us a secret about this scene? (Something we donât know.)
There is a huge secret in this scene and it involves the lead detective, Avrianna Heavenborn. If you caught that interesting tidbit about her being found in the ocean as a newborn, youâre probably curious about that, right? Well, all I can tell you is that this isnât first time Iâve written about Avrianna. Sheâs actually the protagonist in my unpublished supernatural-thriller series. And she actually doesnât live on Earth.
Title: Ghost of Death
Author: Chrys Fey
Format: eBook Only
Page Count: 41 (short story)
Release Date: April 22nd, 2015
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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 didnât even see the killerâs 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 womanâs death. She gets closer to the killerâs identity with every clue she uncovers, and Jolie is with her every step of the way.
But if they donât solve her murder soon, Jolie will be an earth-bound spirit forever.
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Detective Reid Sanders doesnât believe in the supernatural, but when heâs 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, itâs no surprise when she uncovers the murderer is a witch that she becomes Reidâs number one suspect. If she canât convince him otherwise, more people could lose their lives to dark magic, including her.
Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes and 30 Seconds. She is currently working on the sequel to Hurricane Crimes thatâll 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.
5/7/2015 11:27:38 pm
There's some weird formatting in the post where ever an apostrophe is supposed to be, but I was able to read the excerpt. Love this premise, and I'll definitely be adding this short story to my growing novella TBR list. Shorts like this are great for reading on a smart phone during those times when you're waiting on the doctor or an oil change. Much better than reading a fashion magazine!
I just noticed that, Lilly, and I honestly have no idea how it got there. Marlow used the HTML I gave her but no one else has had the same problem. That's odd. But thank you for reading my post anyway.
5/8/2015 02:50:13 am
My pleasure Chrys.
5/8/2015 02:51:33 am
Oh and I forgot to say, I loved the scene. It really made me want to know what was happening.
5/8/2015 12:03:10 am
I can't wait to read it, Chrys. The genre is different from your previous books and makes it seem like your new first. Good luck and great sales for GHOST OF DEATH.
5/8/2015 02:00:19 am
Lovely interview. These books must be huge fun.
5/8/2015 02:21:14 am
Ooh, it definitely sounds intriguing!! :) Looking forward to getting it.
5/8/2015 11:28:43 pm
Great excerpt! I didn't know that about Avrianna. She sounds like an interesting character, too.
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