The past year has been one of writing in fits and starts and changing books in mid-stream. It was the first time I’ve set aside one draft to start another, and the first year in which I have only finished one book. So far. But today, I’m very happy to say that The Emisssary 2: To Love Somebody is now available for download on Amazon.
How It All Came About:
After I published my second Riverbend novel, Finding Hunter, I began receiving a lot of questions about Gabe Angelino, a trucker who played a pivotal role in the story. It appears Willow wasn’t the only one who thought he might be a real angel instead of just a good man. At every local event, someone invariably asked me about that mysterious trucker, so I decided I better do something about it. But what?
I considered the idea for a while, then the lightbulb went off! Maybe a standalone novella would be a way to tell Gabe’s story without falling too far behind on my series. The first questions I needed to answer were the ones everyone kept asking me—was Gabe Angelino really an angel? Or was he just a nice guy?
Hmmm. I pondered. I drank many cups of Earl Grey and pondered longer. After an hour or two of this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do:
- Was Gabe an angel? No.
- Was he just a nice guy? No.
- Was his name even Gabe Angelino? No.
Gabe was going to be something different. Unique. And hopefully, someone who would both make people smile and speak to their hearts. Thus began the what-ifs:
- What if angels were desperately overworked?
- What if the population of the world had increased to such staggering proportions that it was becoming more and more difficult for angels to keep track of souls in peril?
- What if all the constant sturm und drang around the planet was driving angels to distraction and making their jobs so difficult, they needed help?
- Finally, what if Azrael, the archangel in charge of all things connected to helping souls cross over into Heaven after death, has had enough?
Even angels deserve decent working conditions, right? I pictured Azrael at his wit’s end, every bit as stressed and put upon as the chief executive in any large, but short-staffed, organization. What would he do? How would he go about enlisting help? And who would be his first new hire? When I had answered those questions in my own mind, The Emissary was born. And now, in spite of interruptions too numerous to mention, The Emisssary 2: To Love Somebody is ready for download, too!
Yep. Jake, Dodger, and the archangel Azrael are on the job, again, and this time around, they are traveling the length and breadth of Florida, from Cedar Key to Key West, and into the Florida panhandle, as well. Of course, as I wrote this one–set in 2014–I had no idea Panama City would soon be known for far less pleasant things than the pristine white sand beach stretching for miles along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous Emerald Coast. Therefore, the horrifying and heartbreaking drama Jake and Dodger faced on their panhandle visit was strictly man-made!
I’d like to add that nothing in this series is to be taken with anything other than a grain of salt the size of a certain red and white semi, though I do think there may be nuggets of truth hidden here and there. Instead, these are stories that readers can enjoy on various levels, with the understanding that they are not in any way meant as religious doctrine, but rather as fun bits of “what-if-ery.”
And finally, it is my sincere hope you’ll enjoy this middle book of the Emissary Trilogy, but please note that it is not a stand-alone novella. With that in mind, you can buy the first Emissary novella 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 coworker 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?
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:
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3
Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3
The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella
Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love
Marcia’s Amazon Author Page
You can reach Marcia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the following social media sites:
The Write Stuff: https://marciamearawrites.com/