Wednesday, September 19, 2012

#BookChat 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.

From the Author: 

Read Me Dead started as more of a mystery/suspense young adult thriller.  But, when writing it, it became focused on love, thus making it a romantic suspense.  From start to finish, the novel changed so much.  I cried with my characters, and regretted some changes I made for the final product.  However, those changes made the novel better.  

This novel may not have a strong, female character, but she survives, and I think that is important.  It teaches young adults that no matter what they go through in life, although it's probably not as extreme as what happens to my main character, Alex, it's still important to know what you can survive what life throws at you.  

What Readers Say:

"Emerald Barnes has crafted a compelling read: a thriller, murder, mystery, with a romantic triangle and betrayal by someone in a position of trust. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and held my attention to the end. There were many twists and turns in the plot, and the main character experienced real trauma (physically and emotionally), not just the threat of it."  Author Gloria Antypowich

"Read Me Dead is an entertaining thriller/suspense YA book. Even though it is for YA, I would say anyone can enjoy this book, not just young adults. At Approximately 362 pages, it is a good sized read, though I was so absorbed in the story it took me less than two days to finish it. So if thriller/suspense books are your thing, take a chance with Read Me Dead."  Life and Times of a Book Addict

"I really felt drawn in and hooked on the story. Trying to guess the identity of the murderer. I did kind of guess but then there was yet another twist and turn, so was also surprised too."  JeanzBookReadNReview

Behind the Scenes:   

This is my second book, my first published full-length novel.  While writing it, I had a few beta readers who told me that they hated my main character.  It hurt me, but Alex was Alex.  I couldn't change her.  I didn't want to change her.  She was weak, this I will admit, but I wanted her weak because it gives her a chance to grow.  

Read Me Dead, the title, is something I get a lot of remarks about.  Everyone loves it.  (And for the record it's pronounced "Reed" not "Red")  It was originally saved onto my computer as "The Article" which is hardly catchy.  After a long, and I mean a couple of months, the title Read Me Dead just popped into my head.  There's nothing else like it, and it fits the story so well.  

Bio and Links: 

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.  Sometimes she even has to spell Mississippi, M - I - crooked letter- crooked letter - I - crooked letter - crooked letter - I - hump back- hump back - I.

She's the author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness.  She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages!  Her short story, Wishes, was published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book, Blue Legs and other Coming of Age stories.  She also has short stories available for free on Smashwords.

She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with.  She blogs at as a contributing author, and which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!

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 in her life.
Connect with Emerald:
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