Today I welcome the awesome Emerald Barnes!!! She is the rockin' author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness. Plus, Giveaway info below!!!!
Read Me Dead, a YA Romantic Suspense
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.
Here’s a deleted scene from Read Me Dead. This involves my main character, Alexia, and her ex-boyfriend Christian. This is the day she ended their relationship. Sometimes I regret not putting this in my final edit. (This was also back when the story was in past tense.)
I remember the day I ended our relationship. In fact, I think about it every day. It happened on the day before our junior year of high school started a little over a year ago. I had just been to an appointment with Dr. Finnegan and had come to the cold harsh realization that I needed to do something I really didn’t want to have to do. Break up with him.
I stood on his front porch in front of the big wooden door dreading this. My stomach sank, and I resisted the urge to vomit. I had lied to myself and let myself believe that I could keep pursuing this relationship. There was no way that we were going to be able to have any kind of future together with this huge secret between us.
Finally, gathering up enough strength, I knocked on the door. I waited a moment and heard him walking towards the door. I almost ran away, but he opened the door before I could actually make my legs move. The cool air from the air conditioner inside hit me in a strong gust, and chills ran over my body despite the fact that it was a hundred degrees outside.
“What’s wrong?” he asked pulling me into his strong arms.
I never wanted to leave those arms. I always felt safe there.
“I need to talk to you,” I said. It was one of the most clichéd breakup lines ever, but it was the truth. I think he knew what was coming because I could see it in his eyes. He released me from our embrace and just stared back at me. I knew he was working it out in his head, and it broke my heart.
He stepped inside, and I followed him to the couch. I couldn’t force myself to look him in the eyes. I was convinced that if I did I wouldn’t go through with it, and I had to.
“Alex,” he had said my name so gently, and I lost it. I started sobbing. He laid his hand on my back consolingly. I shied away and said, “I…I have somethin’ I need to talk to you about.”
“What’s goin’ on?”
“Promise me you won’t be upset.” I knew that he would be, but I thought that maybe if he promised, he’d try better at not letting it get to him.
I took a deep breath and said, “I can’t be with you right now.” I said it fast, like ripping off a Band Aid. I could feel him staring at me, and I continued, “I need some time to think things through.”
“Think what through?” he asked angrily.
“I love you. I really do, but you don’t wanna be with me.”
“Just trust me,” I said.
“I thought we were happy together.”
I wanted to say we are, but if he thought that I was still happy in the relationship he’d never let me go. I needed him to let me go.
“I need some time to myself, Christian. I’ve got a lot to think about.”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“It kinda does,” he said sarcastically.
“I can’t do this to you anymore. It’s over. I’m sorry.” I whispered it because my voice wasn’t strong enough to say it. I didn’t want for it to be over, but it had to be. I stood and walked towards the door. I didn’t look back at him because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to walk away from him. “I do love you,” I said, “I always will,” and walked out the door.
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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?
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Read Me Dead: http://www.amazon.com/Read-Me-Dead-ebook/dp/B007WMQK3A/
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About my book, Veiled Virtues:
When Paige Stewart left America to house-sit in England, her only thoughts were to get away from her controlling mother and to have fun. Little did she know that her working holiday would find her hearing eerie voices, experiencing alarming dreams and bleeding from old scars. Although Paige's differences confuse and disgust her, she opens up to the shopkeeper of a strange metaphysical store in town, where she finds much more than tarot cards and crystals. Soon, Paige is stalked like prized game. Relentlessly pursued, her holiday takes a turn for the eerie and dangerous. Her only saving grace may be a modern-day English knight who sweeps her off her feet and recognizes the true virtues the American teen unknowingly possesses.