Crystal Joy: Let’s Chat!


Welcome, everyone!

Crystal JoyCrystal Joy is stopping by for a chat this time. This author with a heart for people writes deep-rooted romances often based in real-life love stories.

Just looking at Crystal’s photo makes me smile. 

Join the chat below to add your name to the drawing for Crystal’s Shattered Heart. 

A Word From Crystal Joy

Thanks so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Linda! As Christmas quickly approaches it’s so easy for us to become overwhelmed and anxious instead of grateful for all of our blessings. I know I certainly fall into this trap. Maybe this year more than ever.

I’m worried about getting the right gifts for my three little ones, grandparents, and friends. With two kids in school this year, our schedule is fuller than ever. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to meet my financial and creative goals for 2019.

I’m also working on my fifth book, Stained Heart. It’s the third novel in my sweet and wholesome small-town romance series. All of the characters in Shackled Heart and Shattered Heart make an appearance in this final book of the series, which features Grace Cunngingham and Caleb Meyers. They were high school sweethearts and haven’t seen one another in ten years. Grace is a single mom with a nine-year-old son. As a mom and the owner of a bed and breakfast, Grace struggles to do everything well. She’s a perfectionist. Although her circumstances are different than mine, at her very core she is me.

Crystal Joy: A Worried Youth

Crystal JoyDuring my teenage years, I started worrying about my body image. Unlike many of the girls at my high school, I never developed curves. Standing a little over five feet, I sometimes felt like a little girl compared to the rest of the tall, well-developed girls striding by me in the hallway. When would I feel like a woman?

In college, the negative perception I had of my body continued to seep into my mind like a poisonous gas. I gained about fifteen pounds, which only made me hate my body more. While trying several diets for a few months, I ate as little as I could without starving. I lost all of the weight I’d gained and exercised like crazy, but I still wasn’t content with my body.

Crystal Joy: A Worried Wife and Mother

Crystal JoyAfter I got married, I doubted my ability to have children. I had no valid reason to believe I would have trouble getting pregnant, except I didn’t “feel womanly.” I can only imagine God smiling down on me and shaking his head. As soon as my husband and I started trying, we conceived right away.

As my baby bump continued to grow, I became so thankful for my body, and in awe of God—that He had made me to help create a new life. Slowly, my immense gratitude diminished the negative perceptions, and a peaceful contentment took root inside my heart. For the first time in my life, I didn’t care if my arms looked toned. I didn’t mind if my thighs couldn’t fit into my jeans. It didn’t matter if my feet could barely squeeze into my cute flats.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

Crystal Joy: Weighed in the Balance

Crystal JoyAround twenty weeks into my pregnancy, my joy was tested. The doctor noticed that my cervix had started funneling, and I was showing signs of pre-term labor. She told me that if I went into labor now, my son would have a fifty percent chance of living. My husband and I were scared. I was terrified of losing my son, and I wondered if my body would fail me after all. All those familiar doubts crept in, but I refused to drown in them like I once had. I immediately took my fears to God, praying that He would keep my son safe.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Through God’s leading, we found a new doctor who had very similar beliefs. During our first appointment, he said, “Only God knows when your son will be born. There is no reason to worry.” His confidence in God’s plan reaffirmed my faith. God designed my body as a beautiful “masterpiece,” just like my son’s. I needed to trust in God’s future for us.

Whittling Worry Down to Size

Crystal JoyFear and worry could’ve taken away my gratitude during such a special time in my life. I could’ve hidden in bed, attempting to control the situation. But I put God in control by praying and thanking him for my son. I didn’t want my fears to take away the peace I’d finally found.

Thankfully, my son was born just three weeks early. He was a healthy seven-pound baby. Holding him in my arms for the first time, I called him beautiful. At that moment, I fully grasped how God sees His children.

No matter our size or shape, He views each of us as beautiful masterpieces.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you.”
Song of Songs 4:7

My hope for all of us is to enjoy this holiday season. To love ourselves and others and to enjoy every little moment along the way!

Some questions to consider this holiday season:

  1. Are you letting fear drive away your peace?
  2. Is there anything preventing you from seeing yourself like God sees you? If so, ask God to help you feel as beautiful as you really are.
  3. What are three things about your body that you are most thankful for?

FREE Giveaway From Crystal Joy:

Since I gave away the first book in my small-town romance series last time, I’m giving away the second book of the series today! You’ll get to know Grace a little bit in this second book, but you’ll get to know her best friend, Amanda first. Here is the back cover blurb if you’d like to know more about it:

Shattered Heart by Crystal Joy:

Crystal JoyAmanda Meyers is a force to be reckoned with, especially when her beloved father is diagnosed with lung cancer. She’s all too familiar with the heartache of losing a parent. But this time, she refuses to watch her dad suffer from the debilitating side effects of toxic medications like her mom did.

As a successful oncologist, Ethan Contos is more than capable of fighting for the lives of his patients. But when he starts falling for Amanda, he finds himself fighting a battle between two desires—pursuing the feisty daughter of an ailing patient and moving back to Greece to make amends with his parents.

When Amanda’s dad urges Ethan to spend time with his daughter, Amanda and Ethan can no longer deny their chemistry. With her dad’s deadly diagnosis, an ex-boyfriend who still cares about her, and Ethan’s impending move, Amanda can’t handle much more. Will her heart shatter to pieces, or can Amanda find a way to have her happily-ever-after?

Happy Holidays from Crystal Joy!

Crystal JoyIf you’d like to connect with me, please send me an email.

Email: crystaljoybooks@gmail.com

If you’d like a copy of any of my books, I’m currently doing a 12 Days of Book-Mas on Facebook. 12 days, 12 amazing deals!

Author Facebook Page: 

https://www.facebook.com/CrystalJoyBooks/?ref=bookmarks

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Lord, please bless each and every word Crystal writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

6 thoughts on “Crystal Joy: Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    A beautiful and uplifting testimony and interview with Crystal Joy. Thank you for sharing and providing scriptures for readers this Christmas season or any time when the enemy wants to rob a Christian of their peace. Blessings for a joyous Christmas.

     
     
    1. Ditto! and Amen! Marilyn. Just looking at Crystal’s photo makes me smile. 🙂

       
       
    2. Crystal

      My pleasure, Marilyn! I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog. Have a Merry Christmas!

       
       
  2. Alicia Haney

    What a very inspirational author interview you have shared! I loved reading it and what she had to say. Crystal is such a faithful lady and God loving lady. I am so happy for you that everything worked out for you.God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia! So good to see you in the circle. I agree with you about Crystal. You’ve encouraged both of us.

       
       
      1. Crystal

        Thank you, Alicia! I’m glad it inspired you. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

         
         

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Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Author Crystal Joy!

Crystal JoyMeet Crystal Joy. This week we welcome this author whose pen name fits her photo perfectly: Crystal-clear Joy. 

I‘m excited to get to know Crystal better, and I think you will be, too. Please leave a comment in the Reply box below, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a print copy of Crystal’s Completely Captivated.

Congratulations to Stacy Simmons, winner of a print copy of Crystal’s Completely Captivated!

Who Is Crystal Joy?

 

I write Contemporary Sweet Romance, but I like to refer to my writing as Deep Rooted Romance. 

First, I resigned from my teaching position as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher because I knew God was calling me to pursue a writing career. I loved my job. The students were fun and quirky, and I worked with an amazing staff. But God kept pushing me in another direction, and I knew I had to follow. It was really scary leaving a secure job to pursue a “not-so secure” career. (Click to Tweet That!)

Now I know I’m doing what I was called to do because every day when I sit down at my computer, I feel a sense of peaceful contentment wash over me. 

A Debut Experience for Crystal Joy

My first published book is titled Completely Captivated. It’s a collection of short fictionalized love stories about real-life couples.

My writing career did not start off like I thought it would. When I resigned from my teaching position, I intended to work on my sweet romance novels and publish them right away. But my novels needed a lot of revisions.

While I taught, I woke up at five in the morning to write, went to work, then lesson planned and graded at night. Writing at five in the morning did not create enticing, well-written books.

In the meantime, I wanted a way to connect with readers, so I wrote short love stories for real-life couples. Every month, I interviewed a new couple, wrote their story, and posted it on my website. The stories became such a hit that I decided to publish collections of these heartfelt stories. (Click to Tweet That!)

Right before I published Completely Captivated, a hurricane hit my publishing company, and the company didn’t think it would have my books printed in time. I had to push back the date of my book launch party, but it gave me more time to plan an amazing party.

What’s up with Crystal now?

Now I just finished my second book, Completely Yours. It’s the second collection of love stories. Although it’s a mix of love stories just like the first book (engagements, break-ups, weddings, tragic circumstances), this collection is much deeper than the first.

These couples really laid it all out there for you—questioning if their spouses still love them, if they should give up on long-distance relationships, if they should share their feelings with their childhood crushes. I love how open these couples were during their interviews because it made their stories realistic. Love isn’t easy. Relationships are hard work. (Click to Tweet That!)

Finally, I hope these heartfelt stories touch your heart as much as they did mine.

Ordering and Social Media Links for Crystal Joy:

Completely Captivated 

Completely Yours

Newsletter

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

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Lord, You are Joy. Your are the eternal source of joy for us, your children. How marvelous are Your ways in all the Earth. Crystal’s joy shines clearly because it’s from You. You are Love. You’ve called Crystal to write stories about love—fictionalized stories based on true love stories. How unique and captivating! Bless Crystal’s every word that lifts up Your glorious name: Love. ~ For Jesus’ sake 

 

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

  1. Stacy Simmons

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. I left teaching to go into another field as well. Your book sounds wonderful and I wish you the best in your new career.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining in, Stacy.

       
       
    2. Thank you so much, Stacy! I hope your new profession is going well and you’ve found a job that you love!

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Completely Captivated and Completely Yours sound like wonderful romance stories to read. Thank you for sharing your writing journey and the leap of faith you took to pursue God’s will. Blessings as you continue to write for His glory.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our chat circle this week, Marilyn!

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn! I thank God for the opportunity to write these stories. I finished one of the stories in Completely Captivated right before the wife passed away. I drove to Mark and Rene’s house and gave them their story in person, and discovered that they were planning funeral arrangements for Rene. The story was read over and over again at Rene’s funeral, as a way to honor her life and relationship with Mark. They are one of the best couples I’ve ever met. Writing Mark and Rene’s story and finishing it right before her passing was all God’s timing. Thanks again for reaching out to me!

       
       
  3. I Love both of these books. It always amazes me how Crystal puts these stories in such a readers adventure.
    I Love the fact that all of them don’t end happy.
    CRYSTAL IS A GREAT AUTHOR!
    I encourage new or other readers to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Sandy! Please come back.

       
       
    2. Thanks for your kind words, Sandy! I am so blessed to have a reader like you in my life!

       
       
  4. Evangeline

    This sounds like a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. I am putting your books on my wish list! Blessings on your continued writing ministry.

     
     
    1. Hi Evangeline–Thank you for your kind words! Happy Reading!

       
       
    2. Great to see you in our circle this week, Evangeline!

       
       

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