Sunday, July 21, 2013

BLOG TOUR - GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Read Me Dead & Piercing Through the Darkness by Emerald Barnes

Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming. 

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and silence her forever. 

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents' murderer to justice.

"Read Me Dead" by Emerald Barnes on Ganxy 

It's on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can't remember what it is to save her life. 

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness? 

"Piercing Through the Darkness" by Emerald Barnes on Ganxy

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women.  She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.  

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!  She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with.  She blogs at and which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!  She's also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!

She's an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews (and another unknown gender coming by the end of 2013) who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn't imagine spending her time in any other way!  

She's a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person.  God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.  

Stay up to date with her at her Website, Twitter, and Facebook.  You can also find her on Goodreads , Google+, and stay up to date with her releases on her Amazon Author Page. 

Guest Post:
The Young Adult genre is, no surprise, a very popular genre right now and has been for a while now.  It wasn’t popular when I was in high school.  (I’m only 26, so that hasn’t been too long ago.)  I remember, though, that I wanted to read and write about a girl in high school, and I wished that I’d had something like that to read.  I think that’s partly why I became a young adult author.
The young adult genre has been a favorite of mine ever since my sister’s best friend introduced me to Twilight.  Please, don’t judge me.  I fell in love with the genre, and I haven’t looked back since. 

What I love most about the genre is that we get to experience new things over and over again.  Like for instance, first loves.  Oh do I love reading about falling in love with the bad boy in school over and over again.  Swooning at the sexy new boy who walked through the hallways for the first time.  Pretending like two totally yummy guys were fighting over me, the nerd who didn’t have many friends.  The girl with frizzy curls and acne.

Oh and we get to go on these adventures that most kids daydream about!  We’re like the Pevensies in Narnia!  We get to travel to new worlds simply by opening a book!  And what a wonder those books are!  

Also, we learn that teenagers are all the same!  We’ve been there and have the reservations that these teens in books have.  I think that’s important to other teenagers.  It lets them know that they’re not alone.  What they’re experiencing isn’t new, and yes, there is a silver lining to high school.

The young adult genre holds many wonders, and although some things are purely fiction, it’s important for teens to have a means of escape.  I’m thankful that they have this escape.  Even for adults.  We have this means of escape through the wildly popular genre.  And I wouldn’t change it for anything. 
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  1. What I notice first is the setting, the field and clouds. I always judge a book by it's cover.

  2. I notice if it looks professionally done, has something of interest like a character in the book or beautiful graphic. I do usually judge by the cover but not always.


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