Emerald Barnes


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 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'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 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.

Where to find Emerald Barnes online


Read Me Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,310. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(3.00 from 4 reviews)
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.
One Night Amongst the Stars: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Ariyana shows up on Blake's farm, he doesn't know whether to believe she's actually an alien from another planet or if she has secrets that even she doesn't know.
Peppermints and Murder: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
When Addie finds work at the local diner, she never expected that her friend would be her greatest enemy.
A Chance Meeting: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When Keely's attacked by a mysterious stranger, she discovers a world unknown to her.
A Sad Goodbye: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,730. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
When Sara loses the love of her life, she turns to the bottle to help fill the hole in her heart.

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Smashwords book reviews by Emerald Barnes

  • Armored Hearts on May 13, 2013

    This book follows a young man, Gareth Smyth. He's a cripple, confined to a wheel chair, and he's got himself a surly attitude about it as well. He won't let anyone close to him, only his young aunt, Tabitha. But, there is one girl who tries to push her way into his life - Jessamine. The story involves Gareth on a discovery of who is and who he eventually wants to be. With the help of Jessamine and his servants, he finally discovers who he is, whether he likes it or not. Okay, let say that this novel is a sweet, fun read. Gareth annoyed me so much at times, but by the end, he began redeeming himself. And honestly, because of Gareth, I wanted to just put the book down, but I stuck with it. And, I'm glad I did, because the last half of the book had me hooked! I really liked, too, that this book is so much more than just Gareth discovering who he is. This is about equal rights for women, steam punk goodness, and well, fun - for the readers at least. Now that Gareth has finally redeemed himself in my eyes, I'm ready to see what the future holds for all the characters. **I received an ARC for a fair, honest review.**