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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Facebook Happiness

People do not always use Facebook to their advantage. Writers and especially Christian writers must guard their countenance. Of course we don’t want to be accused of this: You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. ~Matthew 23:27. My mother always said, “Pretty is as pretty does.” We need to cultivate beauty by studying God’s word. Let’s reflect the happiness from within us.

1. So don’t be all like--


(FYI:The Muslim man is the one kicked out of an event because he was too good looking.)

2. Cultivate kindness and your fans will love you.


3. But stay humble. And don’t make a big deal out of it.

Over the top

4. And be careful of ranting or you’ll look like this:

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5. Maybe you don’t want to be the fluffiest person around…



6. But let’s work to cultivate the right image to sell our books.


7. Because who wants to lose readers?

Oops. Didn’t mean to say that.

8. When we’re really looking for this:


Let’s make Facebook our happy place!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blog Tour for Emerald Barnes

Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - the memory of her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, 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. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

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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About 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 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 
and 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 (and another unknown gender coming by the end of 2013) 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.  

Stay up to date with her at her Website, Twitter, and Facebook.  You can also find her on Goodreads , Google+, and stay up to date with her releases on her Amazon Author Page
For more stops on the tour visit:
***Author’s note: If the ganxy html code doesn’t work for the buy links, here are my links without the html code.***
Read Me Dead

Piercing Through the Darkness

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Relationships, Part 2

Since it has been a while since Part 1, let me recap.

1. In relationships it’s only normal for irritations to occur. No relationship is 100% conflict free.

2. We should not try to conceal our problems. Instead, we should seek support from others.

3. Most people feel fulfilled when helping others. Why not let others help us so that they too might receive that fulfillment?

And I ended with a call for better communication. Americans are losing the art of communication. We all know the culprits—TV, cell phones, computers, etc. These are all vying for our attention. To truly communicate, we must find a place of quietness. I’ve been in restaurants with friends who are constantly looking past me to others in the restaurant. That’s just plain rude.

It happened last night. I was the rude one. My husband and I went out to eat and a TV was right behind him. I craned my neck to see what was on the news. Guess what? He got irritated with me and for good reason. Do I want a relationship with the TV or with my husband?

God made us to be social creatures. We find happiness when we connect with others. TV shows and Candy Crush can only entertain us for so long.

When first married, my husband and I had our first disagreement, and he fled the house. The baggage that I carried into my marriage was quite heavy during those days. One of the heaviest was my fear of abandonment. When he returned, I talked to him of my fears and why they developed. I told him that I would rather go toe to toe with him in an argument than for him to walk away. Since then, we’ve always discussed our problems and worked through to a solution. As mature Christians from the beginning, neither of us has ever resorted to name calling or thrown up past mistakes or tried to hurt the other with our words. And our marriage is healthier for it.

When problems are not dealt with, they become like a festering wound, spreading poison throughout the body. And this does not just apply to marriage but to all relationships. Sweeping problems under the rug does not solve the problem. Eventually all that dirt must be dealt with.

More later.

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One of the great needs among Christians today is simply the reading of large portions of Scripture. Much of our Bible reading is fragmentary and sporadic. ~Richard Foster "Celebration of Discipline"

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