Thursday, December 10, 2015

Boys And Hiccups

My middlest, an intense little nine year old, was grounded yesterday for getting a red light in school. A not uncommon occurrence, unfortunately. He was in his room. I was bustling around the kitchen. For what seemed the millionth time, he appeared in his bedroom doorway. "What?" I snapped in a very un-mommylike manner. "I can't write." His whine grated on my already overstretched nerves. "Why?" "Because my hiccups are hurting my fingers." Sigh...children. :-) He did end up doing his homework, by the way. What is the most creative excuse your children have ever given you?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Whippersnapper With an Old Soul!

Thanks for the invite, Linda. I suppose it’s a good thing to be considered a young whippersnapper, and before you ask, you’re not the first to call me that. But, I have been called an “old soul” too. I guess that’s why I write historical romances set in the West. Then you can get away with poking folks with pitchforks and racing across the hills on horseback.

Where did you get your love of old things?
I blame it on my folks. (For those who don’t understand “country,” that’s slang for my parents.) For one, they raised me on a cattle ranch in the Piney Woods of Texas. Those who know what it’s like to live in the middle of nowhere, know that you can’t always be depending on things like electricity. J Two, my parent’s goal was for their kids to know how to live off the land. Let me tell ya, I’m thoroughly grateful. That’s why this gal knows how to process deer, chickens, and a number of other critters. Not to mention, how to can garden vegetables and fruits.
Canning is getting to be a lost domestic art. Good for you!

Are there modern conveniences that you enjoy?
Hmm…let’s see…computers do make it so much easier to write and sell books. My newest release is titled Win, Love, or Draw. It would’ve been a lot harder to get it into print/kindle without computers. I’d say a second convenience I appreciate is a thermostat. When we were restoring the house I live in now, I lived in a flat that only had a boxwood stove for heat. By choice. I know, I’m a nut. Especially since, I loved the experience, except for on those frosty, winter morning when the fire had gone out and it was like 50 below in the house. (This is Texas y’all. It doesn’t get that cold here, but it sure felt like it. ;) ) The whole experience made me grateful for a warm bathroom and a heater with a thermostat. The one thing I miss is that homey wood-smoke scent.

Why did you become a writer?
I write because I get to share my love of old fashioned things and the Lord. But mainly because God called me to this lively adventure called writing. J Wouldn’t have it any other way. J

What is your book about?

Win, Love, or Draw is an exciting tale of a Texas horsewoman whose world erupts into chaos when her absentee husband returns home with his troubles trailing not far behind. Here’s the blurb:

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 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. You can connect with Crystal at her website, on her blog, her Amazon Author page, GoodreadsPinterestGoogle+, or on her Facebook author page. Want to be notified of her latest releases and other fun tidbits? Subscribe to her newsletter.

Definitely a whippersnapper whose also an old soul.
Thanks for visiting, Crystal.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Launch Party and You’re Invited!

Whether you're young or old, you love prizes, right?

Having a launch party on Dec. 3rd 6-9pm for the release of FEAR IS LOUDER THAN WORDS, my new romantic suspense. 

Will be giving away 3 Kindle Fires, movies, books, and all sorts of goodies.
Don’t leave me hangin’. Swing on by and lets have some fun with books!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Way to go, Pegg Thomas and Deb Harper.
Enjoy Uncle Wiggly!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015



Okay, so I have a new release coming out in December and PR wants me to have a new website…check! Well, almost…check! The web guy is still pulling his hair out trying to get me to understand it. But we’ll check that nonetheless because my web guy’s almost out of mind-numbing drugs, so we’ll just check it and move on.

Second is Twitter!!!! Honestly, in spite of scripture backing it up:
Ecc. 10:20…a little bird may carry the message (paraphrased), I firmly believe that Twitter was designed and distributed by satan, himself. WHAT THE HECK?!?!?!?!?!!?!?
What’s a hashtag and why on earth should I care?!?!?!?!?!?! Was that enough punctuation to make my point?

And if Uncle Wiggly doesn’t jump over the moon causing the cow to trip over her udders, then next time I’ll bring you the story of:  Leggings Without Enough to Cover Them!
Any of you not knowing that reference are def a Young Wise Guy!