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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Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

Welcome, Everyone! Let’s welcome, April W Gardner!

lindabrooksdavis.comWe’re privileged his week to have April W Gardner stopping by for a chat. Grab a cup o’ whatever you prefer and we’ll get to know April.

Who Is April W Gardner?

April W. Gardner

When asked, “Where are you from?” I sometimes go to the short answer: “I’m from all over, but I claim the South.” But when the asker looks me in the eye and seems genuinely interested, I unfold the lengthier version:

Childhood

April W Gardner
Okinawa, Japan

First, I’m a true ATCK (adult third culture kid). Born to USAF parents in Okinawa, Japan, I didn’t enter the U.S. until my second year.

Before my tenth birthday, I’d visited or traveled through half the states and lived in four of them. I spent my remaining childhood years as an MK (missionary’s kid) in Spain.

April W Gardner
Madrid, Spain
Adulthood
April W Garner
Germany

After college, my new USAF husband and I hopped a plane to Germany where we spent seven glorious years touring Europe and birthing our two precious kiddos.  

April W Gardner
England

Then four years in England followed those in Germany, and after that, a beautiful stay in Middle Georgia where God taught us what true, lifelong friends look like.

April W Gardner Today
April W Gardner
Texas Hill Country

As of last May, we’re in South Texas where God is teaching us what true, state loyalty looks like. Yesterday, I picked up a bag of tortilla chips cut into the shape of—wait for it!—Texas. (Tweet That!) I laugh, but honestly, I love it. A person should be proud of their state, and Texas is certainly a state to be proud of. If God allows, I’d be honored to settle down here for good.

In the meantime, we continue to serve (nineteen years and counting). Only the hubby is active duty. I hold down the home fort, homeschooling and concocting stories that bury characters up to their noses in trouble, then wondering how in the world I’ll ever get them out of it!

April’s Writing Career: How It Began

My writing career started out at a small press house, but two years ago, I got my rights back and re-published my stories as an independent author. Being indie is no cakewalk, but it’s the most fulfilling job I can ever imagine having. For any author considering the indie route, I cannot recommend it highly enough. (Tweet That!) Nothing beats being your own boss, writing stories the way you want, publishing them when you’re ready, and getting paid many times more for it!

How It’s Going Now


I write Christian historical romance with an emphasis on our 1800s Southeastern Native Americans, most especially the Muscogee (Creek). The Muscogee were once mighty and ruled all of what is now Georgia and Alabama and parts of Florida. My stories tell of their tragic downfall. And always with abundant, sweep-you-off-your-feet romance!

Writing Career: April’s Latest Book

Bitter Eyes No More, my February 2017 release, takes place in Florida’s final year as a Spanish colony. As Spain’s power crumbles, Lillian McGirth gets wrapped up in international intrigues that bring her under the fierce eye of the U.S. Army. An unwed mother accused of treason and many miles from home, she has no advocate and is destined for a traitor’s noose.

Enter Captain Marcus Buck, surgeon and swordsman, who (as every wonderful hero should!) sails in to save the day. Through sickness, abuse, and a massacre that changes the course of U.S. history, he carries her to safety, teaching her of God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness along the way.

April’s Hope for Readers

Finally, my prayer is that my readers will come away with the same boundless Hope that can be found in Christ.

Where to Find April and Her Books

April W GardnerYou can find April W Gardner at her website,
Facebook Author Page,
Goodreads,
Twitter,
Google+,
Amazon: Boxed Set and Book 4
And BookBub

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Lord, how marvelous are Your ways, even unto the ends of the Earth. You’ve set April Gardner in certain locales for purposes that have influenced her character. And now You’re using her to tell readers about the boundless Hope in Christ. Bless her every word for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author April W. Gardner!

  1. Marilyn R

    Great interview and pictures with April Gardner. Thank you for sharing. I haven’t traveled to Texas yet, but know so many living there. : )
    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. We Texans love visitors to our state. It’s called The Land of Contrasts, by the way. Thanks for stopping by for our chat with April.

       
       
    2. April Gardner

      Marilyn, thanks for coming by to visit! Next time, maybe you can swing by Texas. 😉

       
       
    3. Dusty Wells

      I’m trying to find out how to get access Book#6. Finding Pretty Wolf but cannot get it. How do I contact April? The email address did not work. dustyluvzkidz@hotmail.com. 816 536 8688. Dusty Wells

       
       
  2. Carlene

    Interesting interview. Welcome to the Great State of Texas!

     
     
    1. April Gardner

      Why, thank you, Carlene! I think I’ll stick around. 😉

       
       
  3. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for that beautiful prayer. It sure means a lot!

     
     
  4. Jane Theriot

    Loved the interview. You have truly seen the world. I will be looking for your books. Historical fiction is my favorite, especially when it concerns the southern region and Indians.

     
     
    1. Love having you in the circle today, Jane!

       
       
    2. April Gardner

      Hi Jane! Sounds like we’re book-lover twinkies. 😉 Thanks for your interest in my books. I pray you they’re a blessing to you!

       
       
  5. BHriv

    Great interview!

     
     
    1. April Gardner

      Thanks, Becky!

       
       
    2. So glad you joined us. Please visit again!

       
       
  6. April Gardner

    Linda, thank you for having me and for putting together this lovely interview. I’m honored to be here!

     
     

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