24 October, 2012

#Spotlight :: Read Me Dead 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.

Raves &Reviews

This suspenseful YA book has strong crossover appeal.” ~~ Dramatic Irony 
on Amazon

I really felt drawn in and hooked on the story.” ~~ 
on Amazon

"I really enjoyed “Read Me Dead” and I am a grandma, not a YA!" ~~ Gloria on Goodreads

"Really well written." ~~ Terry on Goodreads

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5 Lesser Known Facts about the Book

1. It was originally titled the The Article, but I hated that. It wasn't exciting enough.   
2. I started writing it back in high school (about eight years ago), but my writing was abysmal!  However, I couldn't let it go, so I completely re-wrote it.  It went through about 6 versions before I finally fell in love with the current version.
3. When it came to writing the love triangle, I fell in love with the other character, the one who doesn't get the girl.  Poor Landon.  
4. It's written in first person, present tense which is highly unusual for a book.  (Some people are thrown off by it at first, but it makes the book more exciting in my eyes.) 
5. Frankly, the man behind the murders is pretty easy to decipher if you're paying attention.  I didn't mind that.  But the ending, that's where the surprise twist comes in that always leaves people wanting more.  

About the Author

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's the author of two books.  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 yaindie.com, 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 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. 

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You have 2 chances to grab a copy all for yourself - for FREE... Yes, Ms.Barnes has kindly donated 2 Digital copies of her book. Click here to Enter the Giveaway - its open internationally!