#Goodbye2019 and #Hello2020 #Updates

Glory be! As I take a look back over 2019, one thing stands out to me above all else. In spite of new health issues, a serious fall, and a jam-packed schedule, I managed to end the year still standing! (And still crazy, after all these years!) Yep. I’m here, I’m mostly healed up again, and while I’m glad to see the backside of 2019,Β  I’m eager to tackle 2020 with optimism and hope, ready for the adventures that lie ahead. Hope you guys are, as well.Β Β 

On the blogging front, I’m also ready to start resuming many of my regular features. I think I will bring them “online” one at a time, and I’m going to start with #FirstLineFriday this week. If you aren’t familiar with that, it’s pretty simple. I give you a famous first line and you EMAIL me with your guess as to the book it opens. The first five correct answers win a download of any of my books. Sometimes, we have an author offering a free download of one of their books as an additional prize choice. The full details can be found in the header above by clicking on General Blog Rules and Various Feature Instructions. Tune in Friday at 8:00 EST for this fun challenge (which ends at NOON), and don’t forget, it’s about more than winning a prize. It’s a chance to study some of the best opening lines out there, and learn ways to improve our own. Hope to see you there.

Next week, I will bring back #ShareAReviewDay Tuesdays. Full instructions for that are in the same link mentioned above. If you have a new or favorite review you’d like to share here, email me with the items listed in the header bar above, and I’ll set up your post and schedule it. I only do two per Tuesday, morning and afternoon, to maximize exposure time, and I set these up in the order in which I receive the requests. I’ll notify you via email as to the date your post will be going live so you can check it out (to be sure I didn’t make any errors) AND respond to comments on your review. Looking forward to getting this one going again!

I will also be adding some new features over the weeks ahead, and will be continuing my #MondayMeme feature (memes about writing/reading/books) and #ThorsdaySmile (memes about anything I find amusing). So, stay tuned for things to get back to normal around here. Or as normal as it’s ever been, anyway. πŸ˜€Β 

Don’t forget, you are also welcome to email me about promos, new releases and other news you’d like to share. If possible, we’ll help you get the word out. That’s what this blog is all about. Authors helping authors.

And last, on top of the blogging and my newly revised and SUPER busy schedule of local events, I’m planning to–wait for it!–write another book!!! Yes. The writer in me is dying to get out, and so happy to be working on something new. So, be forewarned: Jake, Dodger, and Azrael are about to have another adventure as I get going on The Emissary 3. And when it’s done and out in eBook format, I will combine these three novellas into a set and publish them in print, too.Β 

SO! Lots to do in the next twelve months. Roll on, 2020! I’m ready for ya!

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3
The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4Β 

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3Β 

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella
The Emissary 2: To Love SomebodyΒ 

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & LoveΒ 

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:
The Write Stuff
Twitter: @marciameara

40 thoughts on “#Goodbye2019 and #Hello2020 #Updates

  1. I haven’t written my Wednesday blog yet but looking back at the last decade a lot has happened in our family – most of them good things. What do we call this last decade? The Teens? My mother will be entering The Twenties for the second time in her life as she was born in1926!

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    • I’m not sure my brain would HOLD all the things that have happened to me in the last decade! It’s been jam-packed, for sure. Six years of it have encompassed my late-blooming writing career, so that’s huge. But many, many changes in our family. Some, we’ve said goodbye to, and some, we’ve said hello to. Just so much to think back over. I’m going to focus on saying goodbye to 2019, though, since it was a somewhat disruptive time, and on looking ahead to what’s coming up in 2020. Good stuff, I think!! I’ll have another (shorter) post on Wednesday, but wanted to alert everyone about the resumption of blog features today, so they can be thinking about reviews they might want to share soon. And congratulations on your mom’s second go-around with the 20’s. That’s wonderful! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • I’m excited, for sure. It’s been way too long since I was able to do all the things I want to do. Or at least a reasonable portion thereof. I hope you’ll enjoy the increase in blog features and maybe even the new novella when it’s done. And mostly, I hope for an evenly-paced year with no rude interruptions! πŸ˜€

      Wishing you all the best in 2020, too, my PenderPal! Let’s make it a great one! πŸ˜€ ❀

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        • Thanks, Jaye! I hope I haven’t gone berserk with my schedule, but I’m sick of languishing around doing nothing, all pallid and forlorn, and full of sighs. (There. Now doesn’t that paint an awful picture??) I’d rather be overworked than underworked any day. Except, of course, for the way it cuts into my reading time! πŸ˜€ 2020, here I come! πŸ˜€

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            • Thank you, Jaye, but honestly, I have my share of down days and have even been known to pitch a temper tantrum or two, as well. I guess you could say I throw myself into them with as much enthusiasm as I do the good stuff. πŸ˜€ Mostly, though, I like to laugh. And I like making others laugh, too. That usually keeps me going, even when I have to work a bit harder at it.

              BTW, if you figure out how to bottle enthusiasm, let me know. Even I’d stock up on supplies for those times when generating my own takes more energy than I can dredge up. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  2. Congratulations on bouncing back from all of life’s curveballs, Marcia. You had your share of tough moments in 2019. Let’s hope that 2020 is a healthier year for all of us.

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  3. Here’s to the happiest of 2020s and recognition for your talent in book sales. I can’t wait for The Light to come out in paperback as well as Kindle. By the way, you keep the temper tantrums well hidden – all I’m ever aware of is your quick and engaging sense of humour and your willingness to drop whatever you’re doing to help an eejit friend in need. Look after yourself, my friend – I need you!
    And I have to add that the list of books in your stable is an increasingly impressive one. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • Good to see you dropping in, Trish! I hope your holidays were wonderful. Ours were pretty quiet, but we had our pre-Christmas trip to Denver to rest up from, anyway. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for all your kind words, and well-wishes. I hope you have the best year, EVER. Truly, I feel like 2020 is going to be a great one!

      As for the list of books in my stable, I don’t know how impressive it is, but it’s certainly amazing to ME. Seven years ago, I’d never written a one, so I’m still shocked to see what I’ve done since 2013. Finally! I’m writing! *happy sigh* AND, Happy New Year to you, my friend! I hope it’s a humdinger, in all the BEST ways!! πŸ˜€ ❀

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