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#FindingHunter is Now Available in Print Format, Too!

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Woohoo! Finding Hunter is now available in print as well as Kindle format. Here’s the blurb from amazon:

Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once.
Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and
I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need,
As an old car swings to the shoulder,
And stops.

~ Traveling Man ~

Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most.

Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true.

Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming.

One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself.

Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

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Hope some of you will check it out here:

Finding Hunter

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Enterprise Heritage Museum Event

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Lots of fun stuff coming up over the next three months, and I thought I’d share some of them with you, in case any of you are in the central Florida area. A week from today, I’ll be doing a slideshow presentation at the Enterprise Heritage Museum, in Enterprise, Florida. Enterprise is a small town across Lake Monroe from Sanford, where I live. Like my fictional town of Riverbend, it has a long history with the lake and the St. Johns River. I’m very pleased to have a chance to talk about why I decided to set my novel, Swamp Ghosts, in central Florida, with an emphasis on the St. Johns River basin, and some of the wonderful wildlife contained, therein. If you can make it, call and reserve a seat today.  (Cindy Sullivan: 386-804-6987) I’d love to have a chance to chat with you. I’ll be doing a book signing afterward, as well. Here’s the official flier from the Museum.

Enterprise Heritage Museum Event

FREE Today! (PLS Share, Thanks!)

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A Boy Named Rabbit, Book 2 in my Wake-Robin Ridge series is available as a FREE download today, tomorrow, and Sunday! (February 27, 28, and March 1). If you’ve already read Wake-Robin Ridge, now’s your chance to get A Boy Named Rabbit, for free.

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with The Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives, nor his, are ever the same again.

The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power to change the world for everyone he meets, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.”

If you haven’t yet read Book 1, Wake-Robin Ridge, you can download a free Boxed Set that includes both Book 1 and Book 2. It’s a great deal! What can be better than FREE? And what have you got to lose? 🙂

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Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge & A Boy Named Rabbit

Interviewed on Caitlin Stern Writes

 

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My friend and editor, Caitlin Stern, posted an interview with me this morning with a few fun questions. It’s also a heads-up that Book 2 in my Wake-Robin Ridge series will be available for FREE download tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, 2/27, 2/28, and 3/1. Check the interview out here: Caitlin Stern Writes.

For those who have already read Book 1, (Wake-Robin Ridge), Book 2, A Boy Named Rabbit will be available for free download for those three days only. Mark your calendars! If you haven’t yet read Book 1, you can also download the boxed set, containing both Wake-Robin Ridge and A Boy Named Rabbit for FREE, as well.

In the meantime, hope you enjoy my interview with Caitlin. Thanks for reading.

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Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge & A Boy Named Rabbit

Interview with Jen Rasmussen

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Jen Rasmussen, one of our wonderful members at The Write Stuff, has posted an interview with me this morning. Hope some of you will check it out, and perhaps  some of you writers will consider doing one with Jen, yourself. It was great fun!  My Interview with Jen Rasmussen

Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge & A Boy Named Rabbit

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Off today for my first real book signing in St. Cloud, Florida. (If you are in the area, it’s being held at the library. Come by and say hi. There will be over 50 authors there.)

But before I leave, I just had to let you know that my first Boxed Set, Books 1 and 2 of my Wake-Robin Ridge series, is out! For those of you looking for a bargain, here it is. You can get my newest book, A Boy Named Rabbit, of course, and for only $.99 more, you can also get Book 1 of the series, Wake-Robin Ridge, normally $4.99, itself. Hope you’ll check it out!

Boxed Set: Wake-Robin Ridge and A Boy Named Rabbit

A Boy Named Rabbit Is Out On Kindle!

 

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Now Available on Kindle

Wooohoooo! Finally, in spite of all kinds of obstacles in my way, I was able to upload A Boy Named Rabbit to Kindle last night, and it’s live and available for purchase today!! Those of you who have been asking when it would arrive…it’s here! Lots of launching bells and whistles have fallen by the wayside, due to my long bout with the flu, but no matter. Nothing can make me feel sad today! My third novel, the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge is out!

If you are one of the ones who read Wake-Robin Ridge and asked if the sequel was coming, you’re in luck. Check it out here! If you haven’t yet read Wake-Robin Ridge, hang in there another day or two, and a boxed set with both books in it will be available at a special, discounted rate, so you can read Book 1 and Book 2 at once. 🙂

A Boy Named Rabbit is very dear to my heart, as it features an extraordinary little boy’s lonely journey through the wilderness on a quest to find the Good People. Rabbit was more fun to write than any character I’ve attempted so far, and his insights on the world (which he has been hidden away from for his entire life) vary from funny to surprisingly profound. I never knew what words were going to come out of Little Rabbit’s mouth until they fell off my fingers and onto the page.

Of course, there’s plenty of drama and danger involved, a few spills and chills, loads of worry from the ever angsty MacKenzie Cole, patient understanding and kindness from Sarah, and plenty of the kind of love only an adorable ten-year-old boy can inspire.  Hope you’ll cheer for him, laugh with him, cry with him, and most of all, never, ever forget him.

Join Rabbit on the journey that begins with his gran’s dying gasps: “Evil’s comin’, Boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies…an hair like…a crow’s wing. He’ll keep you safe…from bad people. He’s the one…you gotta find.”

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Happy Halloween!

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October Siege

October.
The siege begins.
Enemies among us
Everywhere!
With evil grins,
They lurk,
They skulk,
They glare,
Sharp fangs bared.

October.
Hide inside.
Nighttime danger
Everywhere!
With shining eyes,
They menace,
They taunt,
They torment,
Mouths opened wide.

See how they glow!
Deadly, gap-toothed grins
Midst curves of vivid orange!
Silently screaming with devilish glee,
They lounge on nighttime porches,
And march up darkened drives.
Casting yellow light from watchful eyes,
They search for unwary victims,
For slow and easy prey.

Big ones, tall ones,
Skinny ones, or round.
Colored like the fiery sun,
Or the moonlight pallor of alien visitors.
They line up on fence posts,
Stair steps, and windowsills.
Peering out . . . or peering in?
Looking for who?
You!

October.
Watch your step.
They’re back again,
Everywhere!
With wicked intent,
They scheme,
They hunger,
They haunt,
Pumpkins on patrol!

Boo!

   – Marcia Meara

Catchin’ Up!

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Slow But Steady Wins The Race…Right?

Wow, the last few weeks have gone by in a blur, and I’m still far behind, try as I might. My inner tortoise is beating the crap outta that wily hare! I’ve had bad news (an injured back that’s almost well and foot problems that might entail yet another steel pin), good news (my first novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, made the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers list in Fiction/Ghosts, and just regular news (hangin’ in there pretty well for an ol’ granny like myself).

This week, I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done, even though I’m not caught up yet. I finished my draft of A Boy Named Rabbit (the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge), and it is now in edit, and hopefully will be released next month. I’m four chapters into Hunter, the sequel to Swamp Ghosts, and on schedule for a release date early next year. My last medical procedures proved I’m still cancer-free, so dancing around about that. Or I would be, if it weren’t for that foot issue mentioned above. My friends and family are all doing well, and my daughter, SIL, and grandbaby, Kaelen, are coming to see us Sunday for a week’s visit. So, Life is good, and I’m a happy camper, looking forward to catching up to that rascally hare any day now.

One of the best things that’s happened is that the marvelous Captain Jeanne Bell, my inspiration for Maggie Devlin’s character in Swamp Ghosts, has said she’d like to do a Meet The Author cruise on her beautiful boat, The Naiad. I hope we are able to make that happen, because, hello? Cruising down the river with a bunch of book lovers? What could be better? Captain Jeanne has also told several local places about my book, and there just might be a few stores who want to carry it in the future, along with a chance or two to do a presentation here and there. Very exciting! Cross your fingers for me that some of these things work out.

My new blog, The Write Stuff, is off to a good start, and I’m hoping it will build membership and participation quickly over the next few months. If you are looking for a very friendly place to hang out with fellow writers, please stop by and follow along with us. We’d love to meet you, share resources with you, and help you promote your work.

In the words of Little Rabbit (from my latest book), “Ain’t that somethin’? Ain’t that just somethin’!”

World Blog Hop

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I am happy to say that one of my favorite bloggers, Mr. 23 Thorns, himself, nominated me for the World Blog Hop a short time ago. (Okay, it’s perilously close to being a long time ago, now, but it’s not my fault. I swear. All right, mostly it IS my fault, but I couldn’t help it.) For those who have never read 23 Thorns, all I can say to you is that you don’t know what you’re missing. 23 (I have permission to call him by his first name) is one of the funniest people out there, and I highly recommend you check out his blog. Maybe you can encourage him to get back into the habit of posting more often. He’s been on a wee break, but I have it on good authority that he’s weakening, and could be coerced into brightening our days with his droll observations once again.

The first thing the World Blog Hop asks for his a quote. Where someone who shall go nameless, but whose first name is a two-digit number, has trouble with being a non-quoty sort of person, I have just the opposite problem. I have quotes on my desktop, pinned to my bulletin boards, and stuck in my brain. I love them. Picking one would be terribly hard, because I don’t know whether to go with the truly meaningful, or the truly hilarious. Since I can’t make up my mind, I’m going to go for the one that keeps me truckin’ along, even though it’s a comparatively recent addition to my collection. It’s from the 2000 movie, Cast Away, with Tom Hanks, and it’s what his entire experience alone on the island taught him: “I gotta keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide could bring?” And that, folks, is the secret to a long life. Just keep on breathin’, and check to see what’s washed up each morning.

BTW, my runner up would be just this: “If you really want to be happy, NOBODY can stop you.” Choose happy. It’s so much better than the alternative.

Now for the questions.

 Why Do I Create What I Do?

I’ve created many things over the years, from afghans to zinnia beds, and I can’t honestly tell you the reason for any of them, except that it makes me happy to do it. I like to garden, I like to crochet, I liked having and raising my children, I like painting. I don’t like creating dinner. When I create something, I want to shellac it and hang it on the wall, or wear it for a few years, or watch it turn into an interesting human being. I don’t want it gone in ten minutes. So, cooking is work, not creating, for me.

Of all the things I’ve ever created (except for my kids, of course), nothing has made me happier than writing. I don’t care that I’m not writing anything of astonishing literary merit. I care that I have stories I want to tell, and I’m finally telling them, after all these years. And people seem to be enjoying reading them. It’s far more satisfying than any painting I ever sold, and certainly makes me happier than any afghan I ever crocheted. So that’s it, I guess…it makes me feel good.

How Does My Creative Process Work?

In fits and starts, with scowling and laughing, and lots of repetitive stress syndrome from typing too long. There might be swearing involved, too. I’m VERY creative when it comes to that. I am at my computer within ten minutes of arising every day. I answer my email, check my blogs, and then open either Word, or lately, Scrivener, and start making notes of what I want my next chapter or scene to accomplish. Once I’m clear on what I need to do to move the story along just that far, I start typing. Six or eight hours later, I stop to fix dinner. In the evenings, I sit back down and do some more. Unless there’s dancing on the tv. I love dancing. It makes me happy, and it’s just about the only tv I watch any more, except for the Olympics, which also make me happy. And that’s how I do it. Butt in chair, fingers on keyboard, words appearing in front of me…rinse and repeat.

How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?

This implies I actually know what my genre is, when I’m really still guessing at this point. For want of a better idea, I’ve ended up in Romantic Suspense, which does fit, but which is a hugely broad category. When Wake-Robin Ridge made amazon’s Top 100 best seller list last month (and stayed there for several weeks, yay), it was in the Fiction/Ghosts category, though I wouldn’t call it a traditional ghost story, myself.

What I think makes my work different from most in the basic genre is that I’m not interested in writing graphic sex or violence, even though I do want plenty of love and passion, and violently evil characters in my books. Just not the gratuitously graphic bits. I took a hard look and found lots and lots of romance novels out there of the rather tame sort that didn’t work for me. I found even more of the sort currently called Mommy Porn. That didn’t interest me, either. I think there is an audience for both of those types of book, believe me, and I in no way fault anyone who writes them. I just wanted to find something for myself that fell in between both extremes. More passion and mayhem, including true evil, than the sweet little romance novels that have been around forever contain. But less anatomical references and/or torturous gore than so much of today’s fiction has. So…maybe the answer to this question is that I’m trying to forge a middle of the road kind of path. My grandmother would say being neither fish nor fowl is a pretty boring way to go, but I hope in this case, it’s not. We’ll see.

What Am I Presently Working On?

I had no sooner finished Wake-Robin Ridge than people were asking if there would be a sequel. My intention was to set several more books in Darcy’s Corner, but to have them each about other people. I thought Sarah and Mac’s story was done. Little did I know. Sarah whispered in my ear one night that there was a little boy lost on the mountain, and I needed to tell his story, so that’s the first thing I’m working on. A Boy Named Rabbit is the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge, and I hope to have it out this fall. It involves a ten-year old boy who has been raised in the wilderness with no interaction with any humans, other than his grandparents, and no knowledge of the world at all. When he finds himself alone, his journey down out of the wilderness brings him straight to Wake-Robin Ridge, and Sarah and Mac find their lives in turmoil, yet again. So. A more traditional sequel than what I had planned, yes, but you just don’t ignore those voices that whisper in your ear in the dead of night.

I’m also writing the sequel to Swamp Ghosts, my second novel. This one is keeping more in line with my original concept. Maggie and Gunn’s story is over, and their friends, Hunter Painter and Willow Greene, are the focus of Book 2.  The book is called Hunter, and should be published shortly after the first of the year.

The third thing I’m working on is not a book, but my newest blog, which is called The Write Stuff, and is going to be focused on writing and writers, allowing Bookin’ It to resume its original intent of being primarily focused on reading. The Write Stuff just went live yesterday, and I hope some of you will check it out. I have a lot of fun ideas for this blog, and hope it will appeal to writers everywhere, and their readers, as well. It will be a good place to get updates on my work, as well as lots of other authors, as well.

And now it’s time to nominate some folks I think would enjoy taking part in the World Blog Hop. A caveat, here…I nominate blogs/bloggers I find interesting and would love to hear from. BUT. I understand that not every enjoys taking part in these types of things, for various reasons. If you don’t care for the idea, or if you just don’t have time, simply ignore the nomination. The worst that can happen by my mentioning your blog here is that you might get some new visitors, and that’s a good thing. There is no need to participate if it’s not your thing!

Here are my nominees.

Evelyn Cullet

Marcia Strykowski

Yvonne Ventresca

Monday Giveaway! Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz, and Me!

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The last two weeks have been upside down around here, but I’m getting back on track this week, starting with my Monday Giveaway feature. I’m still working on giving out the entire set of Dresden Files books, and ditto the Odd Thomas books. Plus this week, I’m offering a signed copy of Swamp Ghosts, as well, just to say I’m sorry I missed the last two Mondays. So, you know the drill…be the first person to email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com after 2:00PM Eastern Standard Time, and request the one you want, and it’s yours. Zip-zap. That’s all there is to it. Just be the first to ask for it, and you win. Read more…

Last Few Hours!

Check It Out!

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Last chance to download your free copy of Swamp Ghosts for quite some time. Grab it while you still can! Meet Maggie Devlin, Gunnar Wolfe, and Big Blue, an incredibly beautiful and rare force of nature…a white alligator! And Blue’s not the only dangerous thing in the swamps, either! Lester Purvis can attest to that. Swamp Ghosts…it’s not just the cover that’s scary! Read more…

Don’t Forget: FREE Today – Swamp Ghosts

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Amazon Rating: 5.0 Stars

Don’t forget! Swamp Ghosts is free today and tomorrow. Download your copy now! Find  out why fiery, red-headed Maggie Devlin hates photographer Gunnar Wolfe on sight., and why Gunn hires her to be his river guide anyway. Read more…

Get Swamp Ghosts FREE!

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Amazon Rating: 5.0 Stars!

Download my latest novel, Swamp Ghosts, for free all day Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31. Meet Maggie Devlin, the fiery, red-headed owner of the eco tour boat, The Undine, and Gunnar Wolfe, a big Viking of man who needs her help to access the most remote areas of Florida’s wetlands. Together, they’re on a quest, but a grisly discovery on a lonely creek proves that the most dangerous creature in the swamps walks on two legs, and is hunting them!

Check it out! Alligators and serial killers and Vikings, Oh, My!

WRR Still in Amazon’s Top 100 List!

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Wow! Wake-Robin Ridge has been in Amazon’s top 100 (PAID) Bestsellers Fiction/Ghost list all week, and is still moving up. Today, it’s at #32. I know this is probably old hat for you folks who have been writing a long time, but for me, this is exciting as all get-out! 🙂 Seeing my book on the same page as books by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Anne Rice, Heather Graham, and my personal favorite, Dean Koontz, is a dream come true! I’m stoked to finish the sequel, which should be out by October, if all goes well. But today, I’m just very, very grateful to everyone who has bought a copy. Hope you all enjoy it.

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Exciting News About Wake-Robin Ridge!

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I’m thrilled to say Wake-Robin Ridge moved up into the Top 100 Best Selling (PAID) Ghost stories this week. The best part about that, besides being able to refer to my book as an amazon best-seller, is that it is listed on the same page with books by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Heather  Graham, Anne Rice, and my very favorite, Dean Koontz! What a thrill to see my book alongside theirs, even if only due to a surge in sales this week. Next week might be different, but for now, I’m just thrilled. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Wake-Robin Ridge. Hope you enjoyed it! And stay tuned for a new feature: Contest Saturday! Details upcoming.

FREE Today and Tomorrow ONLY!

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Currently 4.7 Stars on Amazon!

Just a heads up! Wake-Robin Ridge is free today and tomorrow only. Last time this year! Romantic suspense, with a little touch of spooky, and a whole lot of Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. 😀 Download your copy today, and be ready for the sequel, A Boy Named Rabbit, which will be coming out this fall. Hope you’ll enjoy it, and if you do, hope you’ll consider leaving a review on amazon. It would mean the world to me! Thanks!

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Star-Gazing by Marcia Meara

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The Perseids . . . 
Lying back under 
The ink-blotted sky,
He tries out the words.
They tickle his tongue.
The Per-see-ids. Those
Pinpoints of brightness
And streaks of fire,
Lighting the night
In a spectacle
Older than he can 
Possibly know.

Look Dad, he cries,
Look how many!
I see a hundred,
Maybe a thousand!
I see them, too,
Dad says,
And together, they laugh, 
Delighted.
Joy shared, 
And excitement 
Doubled.

Come see the meteors,
Dad said, as he
Shook him awake
Just before dawn.
He crawled from the tent,
Rubbing his eyes, 
Then staring in wonder.
With the sky still a midnight black,
And bright stars wheeling overhead, 
The fireworks came.
Racing toward Earth,
One after another,
The Perseids. 
The miracle of hot August nights.
A late-summer light show
That electrified his soul.
His young heart transfixed
By the sight of the universe,
Lit with streamers
Of flame.

A meteor shower,
Dad tells him again,
But he knows nothing
So beautiful has a name
So ordinary.
Stars, he thinks, pulled loose
From the fabric of the sky,
And flung toward earth, 
Trailing silver and gold,
And bringing pieces of Heaven
To those watching below.

He holds up his hands,
Cupped reverently, 
To catch one of his own.
To be blessed by 
This summer magic.
He holds his breath, waiting
For the illumination
Of his soul to begin.
Falling stars,
Falling from the
Summer sky,
For him.

-Marcia Meara –

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Thank You!

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Thanks to everyone who helped make my Swamp Ghosts giveaway such a success yesterday. SO many downloads! I hope each of you will enjoy reading this book, will be able to imagine yourselves canoeing down peaceful Florida rivers, and will be appropriately entertained during the romantic bits, as well as the scary ones! If you enjoy it, please tell your friends and neighbors, and consider leaving a review on amazon. Writers LOVE (and NEED) that kinda stuff! 🙂

Thanks again, and have a wonderful week. Will be announcing the Monday giveaway soon.

FREE TODAY! Swamp Ghosts by…ME!

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TODAY ONLY, you can download Swamp Ghosts for free! You know you want it! Now’s your chance! Read more…

Things I Have Learned #1 by Marcia Meara

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TV ads we all endure
Proclaim loudly “We have the cure!”

You try it out, and find it’s good,
Why can’t they leave it as they should?
Beware the label “New and Improved,”
It really means you’ve just been scrooved.

😀

Swamp Ghost Available in Print Format Now!

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It’s official! You can now download the Kindle version of Swamp Ghosts, OR buy the book in print format! Those of you who have been waiting for the print version can order it on amazon.com as of today! Doin’ the happy dance, here! Don’t wait! Grab yours today!

Swamp Ghosts Cover Reveal for Print Book!

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Okay, I ask you…how lucky am I to have a Graphic Design Goddess as my very, very good friend and cohort? No matter what I ask for, she can do it! I’m so tickled with this layout of the cover for my print version of Swamp Ghosts, I can’t tell you! Okay, I CAN tell you. And I am. I’m ecstatic! I’m finishing up the final formatting details on the book today, and then I’ll be uploading to CreateSpace. If all goes well, I could be ordering my proofs in a day or so. Once I approve those, the book will go live on amazon in no time at all. So all you good folks out there who prefer not to read eBooks will have access to it. And for those of you who do just fine with eBooks…well, why wait? Here you go: Swamp Ghosts 

Thank You, Anna Celeste Burke!

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This is why I love writers so much! They support and sustain each other, learn from each other, offer advice to each other, and sometimes, when you are very lucky, write reviews that sound like this one, which Celeste posted on amazon for my little chapbook, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. How wonderful to read this and imagine my words inspiring such a response. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Celeste. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your posting this. I’m ridiculously happy, and I’m going to share your the entire review so my followers can see why:

“Summer is magic! If you want another way to experience a bit of that magic I invite you to read Marcia Meara’s recently released book of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. It’s a perfect read for a languid summer’s day or a long weekend like this one. Taking a breather from grilling and eating, reading the book is like dangling your toes in a cool, rippling brook. It’s not just her poems that reflect the childhood joy of plunging into cool green waters from a “Rope Swing,” or the ‘drip-drip’ of “Showers” on a rainy day that will give you that creekside, summer experience. “Summer Magic” the first poem, and the one that gives the book its title, is awash in words that conjure summer. My favorite lines from the poem:

There! A thin curve of molten red!
A far away sliver of fiery light
Breaks the horizon.

Part One of the book, “Mac at 10,” contains poems celebrating summer from the vantage point of MacKenzie Cole, lead character in Marcia Meara’s wonderful book, Wake-Robin Ridge. As you can imagine, from the glimpse of her poetry provided here, setting matters. In both Wake-Robin Ridge and her new book, Swamp Ghosts, she brings her poetic bent to bear on her story telling.

My favorite of the poems in this part of the book is “Star-Gazing.” Even though I’m still a little annoyed that my late-night effort to catch a meteor-shower this week was such a bust! The “Giraffes” meteor shower was slated to rival Perseid, the meteor shower featured in Marcia’s poem that occurs each August. Perseid has no rival, trust me. Still, star-gazing was a favorite teenage pastime and this poem evoked fond memories of times in my life when I was privileged to witness sky-borne wonders.

Part two of Summer Magic, “Poems of Life and Love,” presents more adult-themed visions of summer. Especially poignant are images of summer waning, as we are dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming into fall, and other seasons of our lives. I love the meter of the first poem in part two, “On the River,” the moody tone of “The Last Rose,” and the wanton disregard for structure in “Attitude Really is Everything.” So true, btw! Here’s to Summer Magic, in Marcia Meara’s book, or wherever we may find it.”

You can find Anna Celeste Burke’s books on amazon:

A Dead Husband

A Dead Sister

Wake-Robin Ridge is FREE Today Only!

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Now’s your chance to read my Romantic Suspense novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, for free! Grab it while you can. Offer good today only! Find out why Sarah Gray leaves her dead-end job in Florida and moves to a deserted cabin in the mountains. Find out why her nearest neighbor, MacKenzie Cole, lives alone on top of the mountain, with only his Irish wolfhound for company. Find out what happened in Sarah’s cabin nearly fifty years earlier, and why it impacts her life, and her relationship with Mac, all these decades later. And then, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t read this sooner! 🙂 Seriously, hope some of you will take advantage of this free promo and download a copy today. And then, I hope you’ll enjoy the book enough to leave me a positive review on amazon, so it will move ahead in the ranking. Reviews are critical to the success of a book, and mean so much to an author…even well-established ones. And they mean even more to us new writers. So…what are you waiting for? Go get your download right away! And happy reading!

Wake-Robin Ridge: A Darcy’s Corner Novel

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