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Emerald’s Treasure

Posted by on July 22, 2013

Good Monday morning y’all!

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Emerald Barnes on my blog. Author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness, which is on tour as we speak, but more about that later. We’re all about adventure around here, and I asked Emerald if she’d share one with us. So without further ado:

I never really had many adventures as a kid.  Honestly, I was a homebody.  I much preferred to stay home instead of hang out with my friends.  It took a long time before I was comfortable with being away from home.

I was fortunate to be blessed with a younger sister.  We’re two and a half years apart, so we’ve pretty much always been close.  We both have really strong imaginations, so when we played outside, we would always make up these worlds and pretend to live in them.  (Like most kids do.)  We would be mermaids in the swimming pool, or we’d play “house.”  We’d be secretaries, business owners, and more.  But there is one instance that I really cannot forget.

We found an old coca cola bottle, you know the glass ones, in the middle of the field that we live on.  (I’m from the South, and my grandpa raised cattle in the hay field behind our house.)  We were digging around the fence to the field and found this old bottle.  I’m not sure how long it had been there or who had left it behind, but what my sister and I thought, was that it would be fun to make a map and pretend to be pirates hunting for treasure.  And that’s what we did.

We took a sheet of paper, dirtied it up, tore up the edges and made up an old map of our front yard – the x marks the spot included.  We put it in the bottle and buried the bottle again.  Then we proceeded to become pirates.  We “found” the bottle and walked our way around the front yard, looking for the “x.”  To be honest, I’m not sure if we even buried a treasure, the fun was in looking for that treasure.

That will be a memory that I’ll never forget.  It was just a simple childhood adventure, but it was one of most fun memories that I have.

I think maybe that’s where some of my love for writing came from.  I’ve always had an imagination that wouldn’t let me rest, and now writing is that escape for my imagination since I’m not longer a child and acting out a pirate treasure hunt!

Thanks for hosting me!


You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing! People don’t realize how much adventure is to be had even if they consider themselves homebodies. I’m speaking from experience. 😉


Read Me Dead & Piercing Through the Darkness is on tour. If you like romantic suspense, check them out! And she is doing an awesome giveaway, so don’t forget to visit the other bloggers on tour. 🙂


 Read Me Dead2mb

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

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, 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. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

Read Me Dead

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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

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About Emerald Barnes: emeraldsmaller

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.


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