Friday, November 20, 2015

Today's Guest Blogger is...Crystal L. Barnes!

Andrea says: Hi, Crystal! Thanks so much for moseying on over to Everything Writerly and telling readers about you and your new book. 
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Crystal says: Behind Every Story is.....wait for it…another story. Heehee. 

Howdy y’all! Let me share the story behind my novel Win, Love, or Draw -- and it's no small tale. Why, you may ask? Well, you can ask, but that doesn’t mean I’ll tell you. LOL. 

No really, it’s no small tale because I poured so much of my life’s story into this book that’s it impossible to separate the two.

Win Love, or Draw developed out of a what-if, like most stories. My what-if? What if the one thing I’d been praying for for years finally happened? So, in walks my heroine, Catherine McGarrett, who’s been praying for her wayward spouse for years, and low and behold, what happens in chapter one? You guessed it—Sam McGarrett is back. 

However, Win, Love, or Draw is more than an inspirational western romance fraught with action, humor, and an interwoven theme of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation. You see, not only do I know what it’s like to have the one you love walk out of your life and to hope and pray for years for that individual (and I’m still praying), I can also relate to her little boy Benin, for I’ve been that little child who’s seen God heal a family that was broken. God is in the business of doing amazing and impossible things if we will let Him work in and through us.

While writing this story, I learned so much about me and what really and truly was in my soul. As God worked the bitterness and unforgiveness out of my heart (things I’d thought had long since been taken care of), I began to share the experience and lessons learned through Catherine’s story, in the hopes that others could learn from my experiences and share in the freedom that Christ can bring.

If/when you read Catherine’s story, I hope you’ll share with me (and others) how her journey helped you. I don’t know about you, but helping others find the same comfort and help God provided me makes those hard experiences, the pain become worth it.

How about you? Have you comforted those with the comfort with which you’ve been comforted? Did you find a joy in doing so?

Want to read Catherine and Sam’s story? Order your copy today.

Catherine McGarrett is a strong woman. Life in Texas demands such. For five years, she has built a growing horse ranch while praying for the return of the one man who stole her heart and shattered it in a million pieces when he left.
Now he’s back.

Samuel McGarrett rides into Cater Springs, Texas toting two six-shooters and too many scars. The trouble and pain from the past erupts around the couple. And not just in their marriage.

Can Sam win Catherine’s trust? Will their love survive? Or will his final draw be his last?

Crystal L Barnes...
Author Crystal Barnes
is an award-winning author, who also happens to be a born-n-raised Texan and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She has a degree in Computing Science because she loves putting things into their proper place, and she enjoys writing because she gets to share her love of old-fashioned things and the Lord. When she's not writing or reading, Crystal enjoys knitting, sewing, or crocheting while watching old movies/sitcoms. I Love Lucy is one of her favorites. 

Andrea says: Thanks so much for sharing, Crystal. Your books look awesome. Who doesn't love an inspirational western romance? How can readers connect with you?

They can connect with me at my website, on my blog, on my AmazonAuthor page, GoodreadsPinterestGoogle+, or on my Facebook author pageWant to be notified of my latest releases and other fun tidbits? Subscribe to my newsletter.


Crystal L Barnes said...

Thanks for letting me be a guest on your blog, Andrea. :D

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Very nice story behind the story, Crystal! Thanks for sharing!