Guest Post with Crystal Walton

Amidst an undertow of unansweredAs the character on the screen wrestled with his uncooperative bowtie, he looked in the mirror toward the barrier a few feet behind him, where his best friend was busy putting on her dress. “I know guy-girl friendships can be complicated, but I’m here, if you ever want to talk.”

Where’s the pause button??

Man, what I would’ve done to jump through the screen right then, toss confetti over his head, and shout, “Congratulations! You just won the Understatement of the Year award.”

Heart Ties

The funny thing is, there was a time I wished that weren’t true. I loved hanging out with my guy friends. Loved curling up under their arms for shelter. Loved laughing over our inside jokes. I even loved those rare sweet and sentimental moments they’d probably totally deny having if anyone else asked.

There’s just one problem. Being that close with someone of the opposite sex gets, well, complicated. Even if we don’t want to admit it. Actually, probably even more so when we don’t want to admit it.

But there’s just no way around it. When you share a best-friend-level of intimacy with someone, you’re giving him/her a piece of your heart. And let’s be honest, those heart ties—whether intentionally made or not—are pretty darn painful to break.

Live & Learn

If I were to ask how many of us have been there, I bet there wouldn’t be a hand down. It definitely falls into the live-and-learn category, for sure. I think that’s one of the reasons we connect so well with Emma Matthews. We’ve lived her story.

I love that about realistic fiction. It resonates. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the gushy stuff too. It’s part of what makes romance so much fun to read and write. But it’s definitely not the whole story. Love can be kind of a raw journey. One that’s filled with its share of live-and-learn moments.

When we join characters in that kind of romance, we’re not just sharing in a few sweet words written on a piece of paper. We’re reliving words already written on our hearts. Which is exactly what happens each time I read Light Unshaken and why I absolutely can’t wait for you to join Emma in this inspiring journey about real love, costly choices, and the courage to fight for what you believe in.

Light-Unshaken-3Light Unshaken

Contemporary Inspirational Romance

233 pages

Releases June 24, 2015



It’s real. It has to be. Twenty-two-year-old college student Emma Matthews gained too much
ground last year for it all to be a dream. She has an engagement ring on her finger to prove it.
Not to mention an internship she’s made for.
After a summer of overcoming her fears, Emma can’t afford for the news she just received to
shake her. Not when it might jeopardize her future with Riley. And not when the kids in
downtown Portland are counting on her to keep the center’s doors open. With the added strain of
a broken relationship and an unexpected friendship reminding her what’s at stake, what other
choice does she have?

But as mounting danger compromises her safety, friction intensifies until the risk of keeping her promise threatens all she’s fought to believe. Caught in a moment when every light in her life goes out, Emma must find the courage to lead her heart no matter what it costs her.

Available on Amazon

Meet the Author
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Crystal writes contemporary inspirational fiction fueled by venti
green teas from Starbucks.

When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband. She’d love to connect with you at


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