The Marked Blog Tour: Guest Post by Emerald Barnes

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Okay, I will be the first to admit, I do not like vampires. Yet when I saw Emerald Barnes was releasing a book whose cover drew me in, I really wanted to read the heroine’s story (despite all the vampire talk).

The Marked was my first read where the storyline centered around vampires and the author did a wonderful job of really introducing me to them.

Now though I still don’t like vampires, this book really brought them to life in a way where they really did seem real. The whole thing with Knight’s Academy was creepy to say the least, but alas our main character, Myka, attends it, and in the process has a special (or not so special) celebration. Emerald is going to chat about what that celebration might entail right after I introduce you this lovely beauty, The Marked.


Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

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Let’s Chat!

First, thank you so much, Laura, for hosting me! And, happy early birthday!

That’s what I wanted to talk about when it came to my new book, The Marked. In The Marked, my main character, Myka, is coming up on her eighteenth birthday, and if being a teen and in a high school full of vampires isn’t enough, her eighteenth birthday is a huge deal. Without giving any spoilers away, which I really don’t want to do, Myka has been marked—and on her eighteenth birthday is when everything changes for her.

Without saying what will happen to her, I will say this. She doesn’t know it until almost two months until she turns eighteen. She’s in disbelief, but that doesn’t change what will happen to her. And just like any good author would do, after her eighteenth birthday, things will get even worse for her. So, not only is it unbelievable to her at that time, it gets worse. But, I’m not here to talk about book two—yet anyway.

Does anyone remember their eighteenth birthday? Honestly, mine wasn’t anything spectacular. My family took me out, and we celebrated. It was June and hot. That’s about all I remember. I didn’t have a big bash. I had just graduated high school, and I was nervous that whole summer about starting college. But I had just started my writing career. Well, it wasn’t a career back then. It was just something that I was doing for fun. I spent that whole summer writing. (I wasn’t a great writer. It took many years before I ended up where I am today. And guys, this June I’ll be celebrating my thirtieth birthday.)

Any time that I get to celebrate my birthday, I count it as a blessing. Trust me, I would rather go forward than not at all! And I would rather spend my birthday with my family and close friends. Oh—and there better be cake! I think cake may be my favorite thing about birthdays. Yum!

Myka is very similar to me in wanting her family around (and I would bet the cake too), but for her eighteenth birthday, she doesn’t get that luxury. Although I feel bad for her, I have to remember that as her creator, she’ll just have to deal with it. Plus, she’s spending it with a devastatingly hot guy. It can’t be that bad, can it?

What’s your favorite birthday celebration?

About the Author

Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, 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. She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.

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Special Bonus!

Interested in learning more about The Marked? Check out this chilling book trailer above and the official music playlist HERE.

By | 2017-07-27T21:16:06-04:00 February 20th, 2017|Author Interview|5 Comments

About the Author:

Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author, too! She has since published Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl and Team Lines: A Poetry Collection, and has an upcoming manga, Gathering Faith. An avid BookTuber and book blogger at Unicorn Quester, as well as writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband.


  1. The Marked Blog Tour! February 20, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    […] Monday 2/20 – I stopped by Pages and Hope to talk about birthdays, and Myka’s big birthday in The Marked, with author Laura Grace! Check it out! […]

  2. Emerald Barnes February 20, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for hosting me on my blog tour and for your kind words about The Marked! <3

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