Meet Myka and Milo! ~ Character Interview and New Release by Emerald Barnes (@emeraldbarnes)


MARKED (Knight’s Academy #1)

by Emerald Barnes


Interview with Marked’s Myka & Milo:

Today I’m interviewing two of the main characters from Emerald Barnes ‘s exciting new series, Knights Academy.  Ladies & Gentlemen; Myka Williams & Milo Farrah… Welcome!

 Milo: Thanks for having us, Mrs. Belinda.

Myka: Thank you.

So Myka, you’ve just started at Knights Academy, how are you enjoying your new school? Is it different from your last?

Yes, ma’am. It’s a lot different. I like it okay. I was never much one for school anyway. Myka laughs nervously. But I like being here. I like the art program, and I’m fond of archery. My old school didn’t offer any of this, so yeah. It’s way different. I feel like there are more people here focused on helping me out. I didn’t get that back home.

Milo you’ve been at Knights Academy for a while, how do you feel about it? Any advice for Myka?

I’ve been here my whole life. My mom is a teacher, so I grew up in the teachers’ dorms with her. I like it all right, but sometimes a change would be nice. My advice for Myka would be to just keep doing what she’s doing. She’s smart and talented.

Myka smiles shyly at Milo and tucks a curl behind her ear. Milo grins at her.

Myka, Olivia seems to be a riot, hard to believe you two just met, do you guys fight over clothes…or boys?

Oh I love Liv! She’s so much fun. The only fights about clothes we have are the ones where she’s telling me she hates what I wear. If she tosses something at me to wear, I just wear it. It’s pointless arguing with her. She always wins. Myka laughs. Boys? Myka glances at Milo. No, we don’t fight over boys. She’s protective of me. If anyone hurts me, well, woe be unto them. She has a bit of fiery reaction.

Milo: That’s an understatement. He laughs.

Ok guys…we want the dirt on Preston, what’s his deal? Is he as…uh… “jerky” as he seems?

Myka: Yeah. He’s a jerk, all right. He won’t leave me alone. He’s possessive. I bet if I checked my phone now I would have missed a few texts and calls from him.

Milo: He’s worse than you can imagine.

So inquiring minds wanna know…what’s going on between you two? Did Milo get you a valentine last week? 😉

Myka looks at Milo and smiles.

Milo: There’s nothing going on between us.

Myka: No, I didn’t get anything from him.

Myka absentmindedly touches the crescent moon necklace on her neck, a small smile plays on her lips.

Final question, where do you hope to find yourself in the next book, do you think you have any sway with Emerald? Perhaps if you beg she’ll send you on a nice vacation to some tropical beach? What do ya think? 😉

Myka: laughs I don’t think I have much sway with her because well, I already know my story, and she’s thrown some curveballs at me. I wish I could go on vacation, but it’s not that simple.

Milo: Yeah. Emerald hasn’t been too kind to us, but I tell you, I would love to take Myka on a vacation, just escape with her where no one could find us. I hope that Myka and I can find a way to stay together, but I guess you’ll have to see what happens.

Thanks so much guys!  Check out Emerald’s new book The Marked (Knight’s Academy #1)! Pick it up today….

About The Marked: Knight’s Academy Book 1:

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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About Emerald:

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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It’s Here! New Release from Author Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

The Diary of a Broken Father

(A Prequel to Closure)



Sylvia Stein

In The Diary of a Broken Father, Garrison James shares his story from his own perspective of what his life is like now that he decided to go into AA in the hopes of changing his life.   He shares the accounts of his daily struggles since his daughter Sara has left his side and what it meant for him to lose her. He is haunted by her loss and is also haunted by the memories of his beloved wife Lila whom he lost to cancer. Garrison is one broken man who is battling his demons,  himself and God.

In this novella you will hear from Garrison James as he battles through being a better man all in the hopes of reconciling with his only daughter whom he has hurt so much.

Will he be able to do it?   Is it too late for him?  What will happen next?

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About Sylvia


Sylvia Stein is an Indie published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on linked in.  Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.   She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA Chasing Clarity was published October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013.     When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.  The Diary of a Broken Father will be out this February 2017.

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Moving Forward in February…

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ~Maya Angelou


February is off to a busy start!   Just when I think I can’t get any busier…SURPRISE!!! Feeling so blessed that during the past year so many wonderful people and opportunities have come into my life.  I’m looking forward to working on a new project with an incredible group of bloggers, writers and authors …our mission is to bring a little light into the world. I’m also busy making big changes to my coaching practice, Ignite Your Creativity and my partner and I are making major changes to Professor Owl’s Book Corner.  If you add writing copy, working on my current works-in-progress, doing book reviews, volunteering and studying, I should be staying out of trouble for a while….maybe! 😉

Wherever you may be in your day or evening, I hope you’re counting your blessings not your problems!  🙂

Live, laugh & love! ❤

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.” ~Maya Angelou