So happy to be visiting your blog today, Hugh. Thank you very much for inviting me to share my latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, with you and your followers.
You’re the last stop on my mini blog tour, and I’ve saved one of my favourite moments in the book for you. I don’t know if your love of music extends to Christmas songs and carols, but mine does, especially in the context of the scene from which I’ve stolen this moment. Jake and Dodger have been through a lot of adventures by this point in their story, and for anyone who joins them on their journey, it should be clear why this little Christmas celebration is so special.
To Love Somebody is the Middle Child of my Emissary trilogy, and for me, it was just as much fun to hang out with Jake, Dodger, and Azrael this time around as it was the first. They’ve spent a lot of time on the move, travelling roads from Atlanta to Key West, and hopefully, the blurb and short excerpt below will tempt some of your followers to hop on board for the ride. That’s the only way to see just what kinds of trouble the two run into following their quest to make a positive difference in the world.
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.
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.
Note: I do need to point out that The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is the second 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 gruelling 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?
In a Deserted, Beachside Parking Lot on Christmas Eve,
Outside the Red-and-White Semi, They Called Home,
Hanging Candy Canes and Seashells on a Small Balsam Fir.
“EASY ONE. ‘CAROL of the Bells,’ hands down.”
“That’s your favourite?”
Jake nodded, stepping back to admire their tree.
“Because even when I was a child, I always thought it would be magical to wake up to the sound of a multitude of bells ringing on Christmas morning. It’s never lost its appeal to me. Such a joyous piece of music. Do you have a favorite?”
“Yeah. ‘O Holy Night.’ And don’t look so surprised. I wasn’t always a pathetic loser, you know. We had these really cool Christmas pageants at school, and the first time I heard the choir sing it, I loved everything about it. The music—even the instrumental part—soared clear to the ceiling of the auditorium. It lifted me right up out of my angry little world. It was like I could see those shining stars and the manger and the whole Christmas story right in front of me. I remember wishin’ I could have been there. You know? On my knees in the little stable, I mean. I wanted to hear the voices of angels, myself.”
He paused, embarrassed, then a look of astonishment spread across his face. “And now I have. How about that?”
Jake swallowed the lump in his throat. “Yeah, kid. You sure have.” They stood in silence for a moment, contemplating the enormity of all that had happened to them, then Jake handed Dodger a big silver star. “You want to do the honors?”
Beaming, Dodger fastened the star to the top of the tree, then stepped back. “Okay. Light her up!”
The two strings of battery-operated lights were just enough to give the four-foot tree the final touch, and Jake watched Dodger’s happy eyes. “What do you think, kid?”
The boy’s soft whisper said it all. “I think it’s the most beautiful Christmas tree I’ve ever seen.”
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, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:
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