“All my life, I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” ~Ernest Hemingway
Young Adult Author, Emerald Barnes, is releasing her latest novel, Entertaining Angels, today. It’s a Young Adult Christian romance that faces the issues of self-esteem and weight in teens. It’s a story that will hopefully grab the attention of girls – and boys alike – and help them understand that no matter what they are beautiful.
About Entertaining Angels
“I’ve read many books that tackle the issue of spiritual warfare, but I especially loved this one. Mads was alive and real and jumped off the page! Her character is so strong, she needed strong characters to balance her, and Barnes certainly provided that in the characters of Chase and Zach.” – Author Precarious Yates
“This story is beautiful and so profound.” – Author Sylvia Stein
“I would recommend Entertaining Angels as a graceful stepping stone to self-acceptance and self-love.” – Author Christine Cunningham
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?
A Word from the Author
Entertaining Angels is near and dear to my heart. Essentially, it’s my story. I have struggled with my weight issues for many years, and I remember clearly the very first day I fell victim to the word fat
I am more than that label. I am a Child of God, and He wanted me to see that. Making a long story short here, I have began to realize that although I am overweight, it’s not who I am. I am so much more, and He wanted me to share that story with everyone else, especially young adults and woman who need to be reminded just how beautiful they are.
If you do buy Entertaining Angels, I hope that it shows you just how beautiful, or handsome if you’re a guy, you are.
Enter to win this autographed (by Emerald) tote bag with the Bible Verse Psalm 91:11 on it, and this notebook that says “God Makes Beautiful Things.” (US Only please. If you’re international, Emerald will send you an e-book and choose another winner.)
Where can you purchase Entertaining Angels?
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Most of us have been involved in or witnessed an event where a community has banded together for the greater good. Write about just such an event (real or imagined…perhaps one you hope for). What was the inspiration for the event? Were you a witness or a participant? What was the outcome? Why was it meaningful for you on a personal level?
Reflect and Write! 🙂
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We all pass people, places or things every day without really paying attention to the details. Stop and take a good look at anything you see regularly but often take for granted. Study your subject closely and write a description of the person, place or thing, including every intricate detail. Did you notice something beautiful about it that was perhaps lost to you before? Will you ever see it in the same way again?
Get creative, reflect and write! 🙂
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Write about what happens when your character comes to a fork in a road. Did they easily choose which path to follow or were they filled with trepidation? Which road did they decide on and why did they choose that one in particular? What did they discover along the way and what was waiting for them at the end? Will you write about an actual road or use it as a metaphor?
Get creative, write and more importantly have fun! 🙂
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