by Crystal Walton
Book 1: Eyes Unveiled
Twenty-one-year-old Emma Matthews lost the song in her heart the same night she lost her dad. With an unfulfilled promise and an ultimatum shadowing her junior year of college, maybe it’s better that way. You can’t hurt if you can’t feel.
But when the reflection she sees in musician Riley Preston’s eyes borders dangerously close to the one she’s spent the last five years searching for, Emma discovers her walls can’t guard her heart from its fiercest desire. Terrified of what she’s experiencing, and even more afraid of what she might lose, Emma grapples for the courage to hold on to one dream without abandoning the promise of another.
“Eyes Unveiled really tugs at your heartstrings in parts but also makes you laugh at the sarcasm that rolls out of some of the characters mouths. It’s a loveable and enjoyable novel that I think most women would absolutely fall in love with because of it’s clean-humor (something I think is rare these days), romance, and gripping plot.”
“My words really can’t do this amazing book justice. This is a book that you will FEEL. I mean from your head down to your toes.”
“I am absolutely blown away by the descriptive capability in the words that fill these pages!”
Book 2: Light Unshaken
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.
“I was actually talking out loud to the characters, crying and getting angry on their behalf. There are also so many good quotes in here! I have to go back and write them all down. The expressions are so beautiful. It puts words to feelings that, prior to reading them, had no words to describe them! Love LOVE LOVE this book!”
“You can’t help but get lost in these characters and their story! Parts of the story spoke into my personal life tenderly touching my own private places of struggle.”
“A fantastic story about friendship, faith, and relationships in their fragile state within college age years.”
CIR: What inspired this series?
WALTON: As soon as I opened myself up to daydream, a scene fluttered into focus. A college-aged couple sat in the middle of a secluded field. The young man played an acoustic guitar, as much in love with music as he obviously was with the girl across from him. Every chord he played stoked her love for him the same way it fanned her desire to find where she belonged. Both were fighting what they felt. Physical and emotional tension flared in a palpable tug-of-war between hope and doubt, caution and desire, passion and responsibilities. And right then, I knew these characters had a story to tell—one I wanted to read as much as write.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
WALTON: One of my favorite parts about Eyes Unveiled is that you get to relive your college days all over again. Sharing an extended sleepover with your best friends, stepping out on your own for the first time, discovering things like who you are and what friendship really looks like. It’s when we fell in love like never before, and when we fell apart like never before. There was hardly a day I worked on this series that I didn’t enjoy reliving those moments. The laugh-until-you-snort moments. The crying-your-heart-out moments. All of it. Doubt. Faith. Heartache. Love. I couldn’t have chosen a more dynamic genre to write.
CIR: What’s the take-away message in all of that?
WALTON: My goal as an author has always been to craft novels that are relevant, identifiable, and encouraging. I want you to close my books and walk away with more than just entertainment. I want you to walk away with the hope of knowing these truths: You haven’t been forgotten or overlooked. You’re not an afterthought. You have tailor-made dreams in your heart to live, unique gifts to share, and a story of your own to tell.
Learn more about Crystal Walton at www.crystal-walton.com