Author Archives: Tracy Barnhart

Crystal Cave Adventures Book #2 Facts: Rusher’s Gold

The Crystal Cave Adventures series is really taking shape with this second book that takes place in California in 1851. The research into the settings and history of the books takes a considerable amount of time, in addition to writing … Continue reading

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The Rockin’ Town of Diamond Falls, West Virginia

Diamond Falls is a beautiful town in West Virginia nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. This cute town of 65,000 people is home to Brody and Emma. Brody grew up in Diamond Falls, but Emma is new to town. When they … Continue reading

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The Geology of the Blue John Cavern

Thousands of years ago, the Blue John Cavern was carved by ancient glacial melt waters that flowed through the Castleton, Derbyshire, England area forming the underground cave system. The geology of the area, while somewhat simple, is very interesting. The … Continue reading

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As You Are Reading Blue John’s Cavern This Map Will Help

One of the reasons that I like to write fiction books that are set in a real place is the research that you can do for the book. Blue John’s Cavern is set in a real town in England. The … Continue reading

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Blue John’s Cavern is Now Available in eBook and Print!

BLUE JOHN’S CAVERN A Crystal Cave Adventures Novel (Book #1) Time Travel Rocks! Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that’s doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a … Continue reading

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Get a Free Copy of Emma’s Field Notebook

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BOOK If you love rocks and minerals, adventure and time travel, you will love the Crystal Cave Adventure series! In Book #1, Blue John’s Cavern, you will meet Emma and Brody. These 13 year-olds are in for … Continue reading

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There are No Porcupines in England

When I was writing Blue John’s Cavern I did a lot of research about the area of Castleton, Derbyshire, England. I tend to write on the fly without much pre-planning so as new ideas and scenes popped into my head … Continue reading

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My latest book: Rock & Mineral Coloring & Activity Book is now in print

I am so excited to announce that I finished my first print coloring book. This fun book is great for kids who love rocks and minerals, games and puzzles, and coloring and dot to dots. With  78 pages of things … Continue reading

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The Magic of the Crystal Cave

The Crystal Cave is a mysterious place in Diamond Falls, West Virginia. In Blue John’s Cavern, the cave is described as this: “A huge cave entrance was standing against a rock cliff. The entrance was ten feet tall and over … Continue reading

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We are NOT the Kardashian’s of Science!!

My sister sent me a text last Friday asking if I had watched the new Big Bang Theory episode from the night before. No, I hadn’t but when she replied that I was going to laugh and she couldn’t tell … Continue reading

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