Happy Friday y’all!
Let’s welcome Emerald Barnes! Author of Piercing Through the Darkness and Read Me Dead. Suspense, Intrigue, Revenge, Murder. Need I say more? Last month she toured her new book covers and shared a childhood adventure with us. Today, she shares how a lovable Basset Hound found his way into her heart. And keep an eye out for a flash giveaway later this afternoon!
One year for Christmas, my sister begged my mom and dad to get her a Basset Hound puppy. (Funny thing, she was around seventeen at the time.) And well, they bought her a boy Basset. My sister decided to name him George after a Bugs Bunny cartoon we loved. It had something to do with an alien taking Bugs as a pet and saying, “I’ll love him, and hug him, and call him George!”
She just had to make him an inside dog. I was opposed to an inside dog at the time (really I was opposed to any pet whatsoever), because it was me – okay, we all did, but the principle remains – who had to deal with hound slobber on my pants, a loud hound bark in the middle of the night when he had to use the restroom. But, eventually, I began loving that silly hound. His short little legs and his floppy ears. He was wild! He would run as fast as he could around the house, turning the corner like a car drifting a curve! Oh, I soon learned that Basset Hounds being lazy was a myth!
As George grew older, my love for him grew as well. I loved the way that crazy dog decided it was my bed he’d want to sleep in in the middle of the night. Or the way that he would crawl in my lap and lay across my laptop, just for the attention while I worked on literature papers for college. He even crashed movie nights with my best friend – who still adores that little bugger!
There was this one time that George ran away from home. My brother-in-law had accidentally left the door open enough that George could open it with his nose, and he ran as fast as he could outside. We searched up and down for that dog, and we couldn’t find him. I was heartbroken. I had thought the worst, and to lose him was like losing a very important part of me. I put up “missing dog” signs, posted all over Facebook, and eventually, my dad had a hit. Someone had found him walking down the road! He’d taken him home and was searching for the owners. I went three days without my baby. I was a wreck too! I called my best friend, and he had to put up with my blubbering about George missing. I can’t imagine my life without him.
Now that he’s older (six years), he stays home. He doesn’t stray far. Heck, I can’t even get him to walk half a mile down the road with me before he’s turning back and heading home! He’s still not a lazy Basset Hound though!
I guess the moral of the story would be that a silly dog named George warmed my heart when I couldn’t stand the thought of having a pet. Now, I can’t stand the thought of not having my George!
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 emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com
and ebarnes23.wordpress.com 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.