CIMG0031Chrystal (Christina) Vaughan (1976-present) was born in Ashland, OR and grew up all over Southern Oregon where she currently resides. She is married and has two daughters and a son; she enjoys teaching others and imparting her love for the written word to her students. When she is not writing, Mrs. Vaughan enjoys spending time with her family and various pets, spinning yarn, and is a voracious reader.







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Sophia Pascale is a rising star at the Philly Herald. Her latest assignment sends her to the Philadelphia State Penitentiary to interview the “Raven Witch Killer,” a self-proclaimed serial killer who is willing to talk…to the right people. Sophia gets more than she bargained for when she steps foot into the prison; Catherine Meara is more than she appears, and the handsome Officer Shaw is a wrinkle in Sophia’s plans she didn’t count on. Struggling with her past, her beliefs, and her desire, Sophia will be tested by her ordeal in the prison in more ways than one. She confronts her inner demons and the very real ones embodied in the black shapes perched above the prison entrance…and etched into the skin of her enemy. Will Sophia find true love and launch the story of her career? Or will she be yet another victim of the “Raven Witch Killer”?



Nine-year old Hailey Ames is hunted by an evil that shadows her. Can she and her new companions, members of an unusual circus, run fast and far enough for fate to lose Hailey’s trail? Will Hailey be able to make the choices that will ultimately save her and her friends, or doom them all? Sideshow is a tale of horrors overcome and the triumph of the human spirit. Hailey Ames is a unique girl, faced with problems that most adults would recoil from facing. Ultimately, her own salvation lies within herself and her ability to make the most difficult decisions, with the help of a few strange and wonderful friends.



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Eva Dunbar is afflicted with an unusual ability: she is the hand that writes for the dead. Her latest brush with the other side has her writing the words “dead in the water” over and over in her notebook. Unnerved and unable to share her strange life with others, she is ostracized by her peers. Once upon a time, though, Eva was best friends with golden boy and now high school hero, Jesse Williams. Now he’s wormed his way back into her life, and she’s not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Will Eva be able to trust Jesse with her secret? Will Jesse help Eva, or abandon her again? And will Eva ever find out what “Dead in the Water” really means?




Chrystal’s Cause:

As often is the case, when birthdays come around in the Vaughan household, you can bet grandmothers and aunties have sent lovely birthday cards filled with spidery scrawled messages of love…and a check to be spent in any way the recipient chooses. I remember that all the cards my grandmother use to send me as a child smelled just like her and I cherished those cards as much as the gift of personal selection. Fast forward in time to just three years ago, when my then six year-old daughter received her own lightly fragranced envelope and whopping big check from grandmother (inflation has hit everyone). Immediately and without any prompting from the adults in her life, my daughter already knew exactly what she would buy with her birthday money.

All children are inundated with countless television ads in their short lives, but sometimes those ads have positive messages and long lasting effects. My small child chose to donate her birthday check that year, and every year since then, to the World Wildlife Fund in an effort to preserve and conserve the wildlife of our planet. For her yearly contribution, she receives a certificate and some small stuffed animals as tokens of appreciation and she cherishes them more than any other birthday gift she receives. Her humbled family members, myself included, vowed to follow her example of a yearly birthday donation and so a tradition has been born in the house of Vaughan.

The World Wildlife Fund states “WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Our vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.” That’s certainly a mission I can get behind. As an author and the mother of a budding conservationist, I too vow to donate part of my earnings from my writing to this worthy cause. Not because I need stuffed animals or certificates that show my efforts are appreciated (and those would be confiscated anyway), but because it’s the right thing to do. I’m willing to help fight the loss of animal species and protect those that are struggling to make a comeback. And the WWF does more than just protect animals; their work includes the search for sustainable food options and the support of education in the areas of science and technology in an effort to help humans to become the solution. I’m proud to contribute in any way to this worthy cause.


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