The prequel to Ribbonworld and Jungle Green Where is Layla Balcom? The most famous woman in the Galaxy, heiress to the Balcom empire, has vanished. Has she simply exchanged her celebrity life for peace and quiet or has the unthinkable happened?
In the midst of the search, where rumours and speculation are rife, journalist Miles Goram thinks that he’s found the answer. A girl on the run suggests that Layla could be a hostage, in a club where the rich indulge their fantasies.
It’s located on Dalyster, a corrupt and secretive world. A place where his status as a reporter will do him no favours in his efforts to uncover the truth.
With his world falling apart, Miles is caught in the rivalry between politicians and businessmen.
Many thanks to Richard Dee for an Advanced Reader’s beta copy of the novella The Lost Princess – all opinions are my own.
This is the prequel to Ribbonworld and Jungle Green. I really loved the premise of this story and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy and it did not disappoint. I feel very privileged to have had a chance to beta read this novella – a great honour indeed. The narrative starts of at an intriguing pace and continues to keep the reader absorbed throughout.
It is a quick, well-crafted read with fantastic characters and an imaginative Sci-Fi setting: Dalyster:An obscure planet, it had a reputation for corrupt officials and illicit pleasure, provided you had the funds.
It is an imaginative and engaging way to introduce readers to Ribbonworld and Jungle Green.
A huge welcome to my dear friend, fellow author Marcia Meara…
It’s lovely to be here with you today, Marje, and I thank you for inviting me over. I’m really excited to share a little about The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody with you and your readers.
To Love Somebody is the middle book of The Emissary Trilogy, and like Book 1, it was a lot of fun to write. This little series of novellas is my first foray into what I call Urban Fantasy Lite, and it features a ginormous, white-winged archangel named Azrael. Popular books today often involve romances between heavenly beings and beautiful women here on earth, but this angel keeps his robe on at all times. In fact, Azrael can get downright snippy when questioned about such dubious affairs, and believe me, making the archangel angry is never a good idea.
I hope the blurb and short excerpt below will tempt some of your followers to check out these novellas. Both Book 1 and Book 2 of the trilogy are quick, easy reads, which are definitely not meant to be taken as serious 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 this middle book of the Emissary Trilogy is 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 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?
(Jake and Dodger)
“You know, there’s a lot more to Florida than just sand and waves. I’m thinking we’re overdue for a change of scenery. Maybe when we finish our loop through Key West, we could head to the center of the state again.”
Dodger stared at the floor a long minute before answering. “That didn’t work out so well last time.”
“That doesn’t mean it won’t ever work out again, does it?”
“Come on now, Dodge. There are people living in non-coastal areas who could use our help, too, you know.” The memory of a lost young man from the little town of Riverbend came to mind, and he hoped yet again that all was well with him, then focused on Dodger once more. “We shouldn’t ignore them, in spite of what happened in Clewiston. If we can’t ever return to places where we weren’t able to save someone, we might end up someday with nowhere left to go.”
Reluctantly, Dodger nodded. “Okay. I get that. But we don’t have to go back to that exact spot yet, do we?”
“Definitely not. I’m considering a couple of places more scenic.”
“Scenic? You mean there are places away from the ocean where I can still enjoy girls in bikinis?”
“Probably, since Florida has plenty of lakes, rivers, and swimming pools. But I was thinking more along the lines of wildlife.”
Dodger cocked his head. “Yeah? I didn’t think emissaries were allowed to have any kind of wild life at all.”
“One word, kid. Wildlife.”
“Oooh,” Dodger drawled, eyes twinkling. “You mean like lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!”
“More like birds, and alligators, and snakes.”
The boy grimaced. “I was afraid you were gonna say that.”
Jake had to give Dodger his due, though–he accepted the new plans with very little grumbling. After they’d spent a few productive days in Key West, they said goodbye to the emerald waters of the Gulf, and hello to the darker beauty of places with names like Big Cypress Preserve, Corkscrew Swamp, and the Fakahatchee Strand.
And if the boy wondered whether they’d really find themselves needed in these relatively quiet, remote places, he soon found out Trouble never does a head count before showing up to cause misery.
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:
It’s been such a pleasure having you visiting my blog Marcia. You are such a lovely, friendly lady who I admire so much and your new book sounds fascinating. Love that excerpt! Wishing you much happiness and continued success. xxx
Photo: Stuart Evers and Dorthe Nors by Chris Close. This is a cropped image which I took at the festival of Chris Close’s wonderfully creative photos of authors participating in the Book Festival. http://www.chrisclose.com/
On Sunday 16th August I had my first Edinburgh Book Festival experience of 2015. I arrived with the intention of buying tickets for the Matt Haig lecture but this was sold out so I went to Throwing Away The Literary Rulebook with Stuart Evers and Dorthe Nors in the small intimate venue of the Writer’s Retreat.
First impressions: There was a huge queue for the Louis De Berniere talk but there didn’t seem to be anyone queuing for this lecture. My worries were soon dispelled as a queue began to form. It was certainly an interesting lecture and it is always a delight to discover two writers who I had never heard of before. Dorthe Nors read a short extract from Minnie Needs Rehearsal Space, which is from a short novella and short story collection entitled Karate Chop & Minnie Needs Rehearsal Space. Minnie Needs Rehearsal Space is written in the unusual form of headlines, and is one of the fifty-six books listed for a First Book Award. You can vote for your favourite book via this link: www.edbookfest.co.uk. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 16th October.
Given the preponderance of social media sites such as twitter where short snappy sentences are used to good effect this style was used by Dorthe to convey a crumbling modern relationship in her novella Minnie Needs Rehearsal Space. I was impressed by her reading and Stuart Evers reading of his novel Your Father Sends His Love.
Both of these authors shared similarities in their writing being drawn by the extraordinary aspects of the everyday lives of ordinary people.
So in the spirit of Dorthe Nors headline style and Stuart Evers love of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary I’d like to do a bit of an experiment, a fun headline story of my visit to Edinburgh up to today. It might be a bit crazy but that’s okay, crazy’s good!
Marjorie Throws Away The Motherly Rulebook
Marjorie Is Obsessed With Being On Time.
Marjorie Leaves On Time But Turns Up At The Wrong Station.
Marjorie’s Husband Drives Like A Demon To Beat The Train.
Marjorie’s Husband Grips The Steering wheel.
Marjorie Clings To Dear Life.
Marjorie’s Husband Crashes To A Halt With Minutes To Spare.
Marjorie’s Heart Beats Too Hard.
Marjorie Is On The Verge of A Heart Attack.
Marjorie Takes Some Deep Calming Breaths.
Marjorie’s Train Arrives.
Marjorie Finds Her Seat.
Marjorie Sits Next To A Red Headed Teenage Girl.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl has Chipped Fingernails.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Stares At Her Fingernails.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Refuses To Eat A Tomato sandwich.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Refuses To Eat A Tuna Sandwich.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Refuses To Go To The Buffet Car.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Refuses To Pick Salad Out Of Her Food.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Is Starving but Just Eats Chocolate.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Eats A Kit Kat And Listens To Music.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Tells Her Dad To Leave Her Alone.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl Needs A Kick In The Ass.
This Red Headed Teenage Girl’s Dad Ignores Her.
Marjorie’s Bladder Is At Bursting Point.
Marjorie Pleads With The Red Headed Teenage Girl To Excuse Her.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Curls Her Legs To The Side.
Marjorie Returns Bladder Emptied.
Marjorie Pleads To Sit Down.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Doesn’t Answer.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Is Immersed In Music.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Doesn’t Hear.
Marjorie Says Excuse Me Again.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Blushes.
The Red Headed Teenage Girl Says Sorry.
Marjorie Sees The Real Red Headed Teenage Girl
This Real Red Headed Teenage Girl Needs Mothering.
Marjorie’s Teenage Daughters Are Not With Her.
Marjorie’s Teenage Daughters Are Missed.
Marjorie Has No One To Laugh With.
Marjorie Wants To Laugh With The Red Headed Teenage Girl.
Marjorie Chickens Out Of Laughing With The Red Headed Teenage Girl.
Marjorie Fears That The Red Headed Teenage Girl Will Tell Her To Go Away.
Marjorie Hears A Rumpus.
Raucous Fringe Performers On Edinburgh Bound Train.
Raucous Fringe Performers Are Laughing Non-Stop On Train.
Raucous Fringe Performers Set New Laughing Record.
Raucous Fringe Performers Set Everyone’s Nerves On Edge.
Raucous Fringe Performers Crave Attention.
Raucous Fringe Performers Think Northallerton Is In Narnialand.
Marjorie Arrives At Capital Of Fringe Fever.
Raucous Fringe Performers Arrive In Edinburgh.
Raucous Fringe Performers Gather For Photo Opportunity.
Red Headed Teenage Girl And Family Troop Past.
Marjorie Pushes Through Fringe Crowds.
Marjorie Walks Past Taxi Rank.
Marjorie Takes Tourist Route Through Princess Street Gardens
Marjorie Nudges Past Crowds.
Marjorie’s Mother In Law Is At Bus Stop.
Marjorie’s Mother in Law Doesn’t See Marjorie.
Marjorie Says Hi, Where You Going?
Marjorie’s Mother In Law Appears Lost.
Marjorie’s Mother In Law’s Bus Stop Is The Next One Down.
Marjorie Gets Her Bus In Minutes.
Marjorie’s Mother In Law Is Not At The Bus Stop.
Marjorie Feels Guilty.
Marjorie’s Mother In Law Is Still Walking.
Marjorie Mother in Law Walks All The Way To Haymarket.
Marjorie Arrives At Her Parent’s House.
Marjorie’s Mother Looks So Well
Marjorie’s Mother Has Just Had An Operation.
Marjorie’s Mother Is One Feisty Lady.
Marjorie’s Mother Makes Marjorie Laugh.
Marjorie’s Mother Keeps On Moving.
Marjorie Tells Her Mother To Behave.
Marjorie Gives Up Telling Her Mother To Be Good.
Marjorie’s Mother Tells Her To Go Out.
Marjorie Goes To The Edinburgh Book Festival.
The Matt Haig Lecture Is Sold Out.
Marjorie Is Disappointed.
Marjorie Buys Unknown Authors Tickets.
Dorthe Nors And Stuart Evers.
The Queue For Louis De Berniere’s Is Long.
There Is No Queue For Dorthe Nors And Stuart Evers.
Panic Sets In, No Queue, No One There Yet.
People Line Up For Nors And Evers Literary Lecture.
Marjorie Aka Kyrosmagica Smiles.
Happy To Be Part Of Something Different.
Throwing Away The Literary Rulebook.
Sounds An Interesting Premise.
Marjorie Returns Back home.
Marjorie’s Mother Is White As A Sheet.
Marjorie’s Mother Is Now Feeling The Effects.
Marjorie Pledges To Stay In.
Marjorie Throws Away The Motherly Rulebook
Marjorie Is An Ordinary Girl Having An Extraordinary Day.
Well that was quite fun to do, I enjoyed my experiment, hope you enjoyed reading it too.
Apologies to the Red Headed Teenage Girl! Oh and to those performers on the train too, I’m just a nosy so and so who likes to eavesdrop!
It’s good to try new things, to explore new types of writing. I would recommend that you check out these two writers so with that in mind here are some links: