Kiss-or-Miss Winter Scavenger Hunt: Stop #8…with Crystal Walton!

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Feb Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the “Kiss or Miss” Scavenger Hunt.

Journey through all eight stops, following the order in the schedule. Each stop will include two or three clue words in red. Collect them all and enter to win our grand prize at the final stop on February 17th on Crystal’s site.

Along each stop, you’ll get to meet an awesome author friend, read a super fun excerpt from one of their favorite kiss-or-miss scenes, and enter some sweet giveaways.

Here Are the Deets:
Scavenger Hunt Schedule: February 13th through the 17th.

Once you have all the words, arrange them in order to complete the mystery quote and enter it on the final stop of the event on Crystal’s site, 2/17.

Grand Prize: A paperback from each participating author, as shown in the image below.

Feb Giveaway

Ready to Dive in? Follow the blog hop order below:

Stop 1 – 2/13/17: Crystal’s blog, featuring Pepper Basham

Stop 2 – 2/13/17: Pepper’s blog, featuring Stacy Claflin

Stop 3 – 2/14/17: Stacy’s blog, featuring Juliette Duncan

Stop 4 – 2/14/17: Juliette’s blog, featuring Sarah Monzon

Stop 5 – 2/15/17: Sarah’s blog, featuring Jessica Patch

Stop 6 – 2/15/17: Jessica’s blog, featuring Melanie Snitker

Stop 7 – 2/16/17: Melanie’s blog, featuring Melissa Tagg

Stop 8 – 2/16/17: Melissa’s blog, featuring Crystal Walton

Stop 9 – 2/17/17: Crystal’s blog, final entry

Stop #8 Featuring Crystal Walton

A big thanks to Melissa for hosting me today. Guys, I’m super stoked to share a peek into my latest release, Begin Again.

begin-again-smallA free-spirited artist from big-city New York colliding with an uptight business owner from small-town Ocracoke? Yes, please. Let the sparks fly! Especially if you’re a Luke Danes – Lorelai Gilmore fan, I think you’ll love Drew and Ti’s sparring relationship. Not to mention the fun, small-town charm of their small part of the world.

But even more than the hilarious banter between them, the brokenness they both wrestle is what really pulls me in. Because the truth is, we can all relate to times when our view of love and identity has become so distorted that we turn again and again to lies we believe about ourselves instead of receiving the unconditional love waiting for us to stop striving alone.

Knowing that something good can come from heartache, and seeing how hard Drew falls for ALL that Ti is—past, present, future—Gah! I can’t even. Love them so much.

You can grab Begin Again for $.99 today. Just tap here for your copy.

For a chance to win a Kindle copy of Book One in this series, Write Me Home, complete the Rafflecopter entry below, letting me know whether you think this excerpt from Begin Again ends in a kiss or a miss:

As soon as Drew rounded the corner, Ti jumped away from the counter and hid something behind her back. He appraised the room. The only thing it could be was . . .

Unable to suppress a grin, he started toward her. “Is that my tea?”

“No.” She slinked along the counter while sheltering the contraband behind her.

“You’re actually starting to like green tea, aren’t you?”

She shook her head and slid farther away.

“Then what are you hiding?”


“Oh, really?” Drew set the aloe on the table and closed in on her. “So, you won’t mind if I take a peek behind—”

Ti squealed and made a run for it, but he caught her at the waist and spun her around. A flash of his mug she hid behind her slid into his periphery, but nothing was pulling him away from the flustered look in her eyes.

Backed into the corner, Ti braced both hands against him. “Okay, fine. Your grass tea is halfway drinkable. Happy?”

Drew clutched the counter on either side of her. “Is that an official concession?”

“Don’t push it.”

“Only fair, considering you push every border I have.”

She raised a brow.

Under the ceiling vent, loose strands of blonde hair spilled down her neck and rocketed Drew’s temperature in the opposite direction.

He edged even closer. “You know, you do the no-tactic thing pretty well.”

Her smile pulled to the side, his eyes following every move. “I’m not flirting.”

“No?” His gaze lingered over her lips. “Then why do I want to kiss you right now?”

Her lashes dipped. “Green tea withdrawals?”

Hints of his favorite drink on her breath ushered him another inch forward. “I think I know a way to remedy that.”

She lifted those ocean-blue eyes to his, and the current pulled him under. Shutting out every other thought, he leaned in until his lips almost brushed hers. Soft, silky. The proximity alone ignited a hunger he’d almost forgotten how to feel. He raised both hands to her cheeks. “Ti . . .”

So? What do you think? Enter either “Kiss” or “Miss” in the Rafflecopter form below to enter the drawing for a Kindle copy of Write Me Home.

UPDATE: The scoop straight from Crystal is that this scenes ends in a “miss.” Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and participated in the blog scavenger hunt!

profile pic3Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David.

Crystal writes contemporary clean romances fueled by Starbucks’ venti green teas. She’d love to connect with you at and Facebook.

Ready for the Final Stop?

Did you collect your clue words in red above? Jot them down, arrange each of the clues you’ve collected over the week in order, and hop over to Crystal’s blog to enter the grand giveaway.

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