Two things today! Part One, a guest post and cover reveal from an author pal and her upcoming book! Part Two, a quick roundup of the stops so far on my “Inspired” blog tour. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Part One: Emerald Barnes and Entertaining Angels
Emerald Barnes: I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for my newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels. Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented. She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank her properly.
I can’t wait to publish it, which I’m hoping will be in May. That’s what I’m estimating anyway. But, I couldn’t wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!
About Entertaining Angels:
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Emerald Barnes: Why is Entertaining Angels so near and dear to my heart? Well, it’s basically my story growing up in high school. Well, I didn’t have a Chase, but I was Madison. I had a hard time looking at myself in the mirror because I felt so horrible about the way I looked. All I could see in my reflection was someone who I didn’t think was loveable. I couldn’t even love myself for who I was. I wanted to be skinnier, prettier, and more popular.
Sure, I had friends who were popular, but I could tell the difference in their attitude towards me as opposed to someone more like them, you know the type. Guys were my friends, but they were never interested in me as more than a friend. I was overweight, and I didn’t stand a chance in the high school world. Well, that’s why I thought anyway.
I lived my life in a daydream, hoping that one day God would answer my prayers, and I’d wake up skinny and hot. Little did I know, I was beautiful. I am a daughter of the King, but I didn’t really realize the implications of that phrase until I was much older. I was out of college before I truly understood what that meant.
One night, God spoke to me, not in a loud audible voice or a burning bush, but through song. Beautiful by MercyMe. I was driving home from my cousin’s house late one night when it came on the radio. The Presence of God filled my little Alero, and God told me I was beautiful because He made me. I was His creation, and God only creates beautiful things.
How does this tie into Entertaining Angels? God wanted me to share my revelation with the world, specifically young adults, but I think that even older women need to hear it. We don’t fully understand the implications of what it means to be a child of God.
Do you know how much He loves you? It’s our job to understand how much He does love us, and then, we need to learn how to love ourselves like he loves us. Entertaining Angels is about just that. It’s about one girl’s journey of self-discovery. Madison learns to love herself, and she sees just how important she is in God’s eyes.
It’s important that we love ourselves, and it’s my hopes that this novel does that for women of all ages. This is why Entertaining Angels is so near and dear to my heart.
Are you a book reviewer? If so, please sign up for an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of my novel here.
About Emerald: 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 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 amazing, and she is a crazy grammar Nazi who proofreads novels!
She’s an auntie to three 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.
The Entertaining Angels Blog Tour Schedule:
March 18: ssteinwriting – Interview
March 19: Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.
March 20: Community Bookstop
March 21: The Readers Realm
Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista – Guest Post
Part Two: Meanwhile, on the “Inspired” blog tour…
Aptly enough, on Monday we kicked things off with a short ‘n’ sweet interview on the blog of the good folks who helped me get the novel out into the world, J. Taylor Publishing.
That same day found me on the blog of fellow JTP author J.A. Belfield (of Holloway Pack fame), where I dreamed aloud about the 10 ways I would spend the day if I could do it with one of my best character friends, Will Scarlet.
Plenty more tour stops still to come (full schedule available on my website’s homepage), and the fantastic book behind it all is still gloriously available for purchase. So if you feel thus inspired, make sure to get your copies!
P.S. – Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win awesome free “Inspired” goodies. (: