Today I am very excited to welcome author Kari Gregg to Joyfully Jay. Kari just released a short story, Foreshock, that takes place during last year’s Northeast earthquake. Today she is here to share some thoughts with us about the quake and tell us a bit more about her book (which I reviewed here earlier today), along with offering a great giveaway. 

Please join me in welcoming Kari!

Last summer, I was sitting in my living room and pounding away on my laptop. Collared had been turned in, but In the Red‘s deadline loomed. I was having one of those fantastic good days, when the words roll effortlessly off the keyboard and those words mirror the movie inside my head. Awesome. Perfect.

And then the ground started shaking.

That? Was freaky.

But not quite as unexpected as you might think. We live near a bomb factory. No, not that close. It’s not like it’s across the street or on the other side of the mountain. Close enough to know when all is not well at the bomb factory, though. So honestly, when the first tremors hit, my first thought was something went wrong at the bomb factory.

Then, when the ground kept shaking, my second thought was “!!!OMG, SOMETHING WENT WRONG AT THE BOMB FACTORY!!!”

After a few more seconds with no kaBOOM, I finally bought a clue and checked the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) website to see if the New Madrid Fault had slipped. Nope, it wasn’t New Madrid, but yep, that was an earthquake. (I was probably on twitter two nanoseconds later.)

In Foreshock, Eric and Kyle don’t have a bomb factory nearby so their earthquake experience was just a tad different:

Eric’s fingers dug into Kyle’s bicep, but the shaking didn’t stop. It worsened, the vibration intensifying as it jarred up his legs to throw him off balance in spite of Kyle’s grip. Disorienting. His gaze flashed to the countertop, zeroing in on the bottle of olive oil—good God, had he really used that to lube Kyle’s ass?—perched precariously on the edge where he’d left it. The bottle rattled, echoing the clatter of the shifting debris in their kitchen.

It wasn’t just him or Kyle then.


No, couldn’t be. Of course, he knew earthquakes were possible in Virginia, but . . . This wasn’t California, for God’s sake. His mind stubbornly refused to process what his body instinctively recognized. His muscles bunched. The hair on his arms stood on end, and his heartbeat tripled as animal fear clogged his throat. “Kyle!”

So…What were you doing when the quake hit the East Coast last year? Did you feel it? Hear about it on Facebook, Twitter, or TV? Comment below with your email address to be entered into a random drawing for a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

Kari Gregg lives in the mountains of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia with her Wonderful husband and three very Wild children. Once Kari discovered the fabulous play land of erotic romances at RWA’s National Conference in 2009, the die was cast. Finally! A market for the smoking hot stories she loves!

When Kari’s not writing, she enjoys reading, coffee, zombie flicks, coffee, naked mud-wrestling (not really), and . . . coffee!

If you would like to catch up with Kari, caffeinate yourself and head on over to

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Kari is giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter.  The contest will close Friday, March 16 at 11:59 pm EST.  Leave a comment below to enter.


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