Ciao, amici! I’m really happy to bring this announcement to you today. Friend and fellow writer Marcia Meara is releasing her novella, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. You might know her from her tireless work online promoting other authors. Maybe you remember her from the cover reveal I (and many others) did for her not long ago. In any event, whether she’s new to you or a familiar face, let me encourage you to visit her site. But first, help me welcome her here to discuss her latest release.
I’m so excited to be here on your blog today, Staci, sharing a bit about my latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. Thank you for inviting me, and for all your help in making sure this series of novellas is the best it can be. I know it was certainly fun to write characters as widely dissimilar as Jake Daughtry, his protege Dodger, and their “boss,” the archangel Azrael. When I get the third novella of this trilogy finished, I’ll be combining all three into a set I can offer in print as well as eBook format. But for now, folks looking for a bit of Urban Fantasy Lite can download Books 1 and 2 and find out for themselves exactly what’s expected from the world’s first Emissaries to the Angels.
I hope the blurb and short excerpt below will tempt some of your followers to do just that. Both Book 1 and Book 2 of the trilogy are quick, easy reads, which are definitely not meant to be viewed as any sort of religious dogma. Rather, they are merely excursions into a bit of “what-if-ery,” with a few nuggets of universal truths scattered throughout.
Note: I do need to point out that The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is the middle book of the Emissary Trilogy, and not a stand-alone novella. With that in mind, Book 1, The Emissary, can be downloaded HERE.
Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.
They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a co-worker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.
Of course, there are rules by which the emissaries must play, and the archangel Azrael stands ready to enforce them. First and foremost, a person’s free will must never be compromised. Emissaries are allowed to use only the smallest of mental nudges. Thankfully, a whispered suggestion here or images of a better course of action there is usually all it takes. The potential mugger walks on by. The thief drops the wallet back into the unattended purse. But whether the results are obvious or not, Jake and Dodger are fully committed to making a positive difference, even as they struggle with issues of their own.
Will Dodger get over losing his chance to learn what true love is all about? Will Jake survive the grueling angelic equivalent of Boot Camp? Will Azrael ever finish the Official Emissarial Guidebook—including the chapter titled Do Not Even Think About It?
One thing’s for sure—Jake’s and Dodger’s strengths are growing daily, as they help more and more people make better choices. But is the price for so much power higher than they’re willing to pay?
(During a visit to Corkscrew Swamp preserve)
At Jake’s frown, Dodger continued. “It’s pretty nice here. More connected. You know … to the earth and stuff. Feels more real than loud music and umbrellas on a beach, no matter how many hot-lookin’ girls go by. Like it’s been this way for thousands of years, way before people came along.”
“And that’s why so many people are concerned about saving these natural places, Dodge. They are more real, and once they’re gone, they can’t be replaced. Ever. Saving them is important, and not just because of the species that live in them. We look to these wild, unspoiled areas to replenish something within us, and we’re diminished when they are lost.”
“You know what, old man?” Dodger asked, a trouble-making gleam in his eyes.
“I give. What?”
“You’re startin’ to sound more like Azrael every day, all serious and full of lectures and stuff.”
“Hey! I might be a bit pompous now and then, but at least I still use contractions.”
A slight rumble from a little gray cloud just visible between the tops of the trees caught their attention. The faintest of sarcastic mutters followed. “You know I can hear you, right?”
With a grin, Jake gazed skyward. “Meant with great respect and affection, Azrael. We wouldn’t have you any other way.”
There was no verbal reply, but the tiny cloud dissipated into mist and, for a moment, the sun shone just a bit brighter.
“It’s good to know he’s on our side, isn’t it?”
“Oh, yeah,” Dodger agreed. “Our angel rocks.”
A last tiny whisper of distant thunder reached their ears before fading away, and Jake thought it sounded suspiciously like the chuckling of an amused archangel.
Buy The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody HERE
Author Marcia Meara
Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!
Marcia has published six novels, two novellas, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:
The Wake-Robin Ridge Series
The Riverbend Series
Riverbend Spinoff Series of Novellas: The Emissary
You can reach Marcia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the following social media sites: