Guest Author: Marcia Meara ~ The Light ~ Wake-Robin Ridge (Book Four)

Thank you so much for letting me visit with you and your followers today, Sue. I’m pretty excited about the release of my latest novel, The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4, and hope your readers will be curious to learn more about this book and the preceding three:

Wake-Robin Ridge   A Boy Named Rabbit   Harbinger

My best wishes for a Happy New Year to You All!

For Robert MacKenzie Cole—or Rabbit, as he’s known to all—the chance to accompany his family to see North Carolina’s infamous Brown Mountain Lights has him nearly dizzy with excitement. And what better night to watch this unexplained phenomenon unfold than Halloween?

But when the entrancing, unpredictable lights show up, Rabbit gets far more than he bargained for. He’s gifted with what folks in the Appalachians call “the Sight,” and it’s this extrasensory perception that enables him to spot the one light different from all the rest.

In his biggest challenge to date, Rabbit—aided by his daddy and his newest friend, Austin Dupree— begins a quest to learn more about the mysterious light. Their investigation unveils a web of cons and corruption none of them expected and exposes a brutal murder along the way.

Throughout all, Rabbit is unfaltering in his commitment to do whatever it takes to understand the truth behind the glowing orb and to determine how he can help it. After all, it followed him home.


In 2013, when I launched my first book, Wake-Robin Ridge, I considered it a bucket list thing and called it Romantic Suspense with a hint of supernatural. Then I congratulated myself on finally fulfilling a life-long dream and figured that would be the end of it. I changed my mind after the book started selling well, getting some pretty good reviews, and some requests for more. That sounded like fun, so I figured I’d write more romantic suspense novels set in the same area, but I had no idea who I wanted to write about next.

Late one night, as I floated in that hazy world between wakefulness and oblivion, I very clearly heard Sarah (my main character in Wake-Robin Ridge) whisper in my ear, “There’s a little boy alone in the mountains, and he needs you to tell his story.”

Yes, it’s possible I dreamed it, but it doesn’t matter. The idea took root, and by the time I got up the next day, I knew who the boy was, why he was alone, and where he needed to go. I even knew his name was Rabbit, though at the time, I wasn’t at all sure why he was called that. That didn’t matter, either. I went straight to my desk and began telling his story, sure he would let me know if I got it wrong. I was right. Rabbit is a champ at that. Basically, he dictates. I type. 😊

Truthfully, with all my books, I tend to write organically. Occasionally I jot down a few “What-If” notes, but mostly, I let my characters tell me their story, and now and then, happy surprises pop up on the page right in front of my eyes.

At the beginning of A Boy Named Rabbit, no one had any idea he had inherited his gran’s gift of ESP, or the Sight as it’s known in Appalachia—not even Rabbit, himself. But inherit it, he did, and his gift turned out to be far more powerful than his beloved gran’s ever was.

I’ve written four more novels and 2 novellas since I tackled Rabbit’s story, and of all my characters, that wonderful little boy is hands-down everyone’s favorite. His powers have grown over the course of three books now, and his ability to use them has, as well. He’s saved lives, comforted the bereaved, held people accountable for their actions, and set trapped spirits free. And all the while, he’s continued to spread joy and laughter everywhere he goes.

No one who meets Rabbit is ever quite the same, again. Whether he’s helping solve the 20-year-old mystery of a little girl’s disappearance, or easing the heartbreak of a bereaved father, he just won’t quit. When it comes to using his gift for good and trying to do the right thing, the little boy’s commitment is unshakeable.

If you ask me, though, Rabbit’s biggest accomplishment to date would be the clever way he completely usurped my budding Romantic Suspense series and turned it into something much harder to categorize. Is it romance? Sometimes. Is it a mystery series? Not exactly, but mysteries do get solved. Is it paranormal? A bit. It often incorporates Appalachian legends like the Black Dog and a ghost or two. Or five.

All I know is, whatever you call it, readers keep asking me for more stories about Rabbit—and all because I heard a whisper one night, just before drifting off to sleep. For me, that seems downright amazing. 😊

About the author

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and one small dachshund.

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. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

Marcia has published seven novels, two novellas, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon

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Marcia Meara’s books are available via Amazon in print and for Kindle

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Marcia Meara, author of Swamp Ghosts and Finding Hunter, has set Book One of her Wake-Robin Ridge series amid the haunting beauty of the North Carolina mountains, where ghosts walk, ancient legends abound, and things still go bump in the night.

“A PHONE RINGING AT 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news. Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.”

On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.

As their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of a murder committed decades earlier. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another.

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

“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 light up the darkness, 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.

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“. . . he felt the wet slide of the dog’s burning hot tongue on his face, and the scrape of its razor sharp teeth against the top of his head. A white-hot agony of crushing pain followed, as the jaws began to close.”

The wine-red trillium that carpets the forests of the North Carolina Mountains is considered a welcome harbinger of spring—but not all such omens are happy ones. An Appalachian legend claims the Black Dog, or Ol’ Shuck, as he’s often called, is a harbinger of death. If you see him, you or someone you know is going to die.

But what happens when Ol’ Shuck starts coming for you in your dreams? Nightmares of epic proportions haunt the deacon of the Light of Grace Baptist Church, and bring terror into the lives of everyone around him. Even MacKenzie Cole and his adopted son, Rabbit, find themselves pulled into danger.

When Sheriff Raleigh Wardell asks Mac and Rabbit to help him solve a twenty-year-old cold case, Rabbit’s visions of a little girl lost set them on a path that soon collides with that of a desperate man being slowly driven mad by guilt.

As Rabbit’s gift of the Sight grows ever more powerful, his commitment to those who seek justice grows as well, even when their pleas come from beyond the grave.

The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 by [Meara, Marcia]The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

For Robert MacKenzie Cole—or Rabbit, as he’s known to all—the chance to accompany his family to see North Carolina’s infamous Brown Mountain Lights has him nearly dizzy with excitement. And what better night to watch this unexplained phenomenon unfold than Halloween?

But when the entrancing, unpredictable lights show up, Rabbit gets far more than he bargained for. He’s gifted with what folks in the Appalachians call “the Sight,” and it’s this extrasensory perception that enables him to spot the one light different from all the rest.

In his biggest challenge to date, Rabbit—aided by his daddy and his newest friend, Austin Dupree— begins a quest to learn more about the mysterious light. Their investigation unveils a web of cons and corruption none of them expected and exposes a brutal murder along the way.

Throughout all, Rabbit is unfaltering in his commitment to do whatever it takes to understand the truth behind the glowing orb and to determine how he can help it. After all, it followed him home.

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Marcia Meara, author of the popular Wake-Robin Ridge books, sets her second series in the sleepy little town of Riverbend, Florida, where the hungry creatures swimming in the dark waters of the St. Johns River aren’t nearly as dangerous as those walking along the quiet neighborhood streets.

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunnar hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s able to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

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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.

Willow soon 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.

That Darkest Place

“There are dark places in every heart, in every head. Some you turn away from. Some you light a candle within. But there is one place so black, it consumes all light. It will pull you in and swallow you whole. You don’t leave your brother stranded in that darkest place.”

~Hunter Painter~

The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and his fiancée is dead. After all, the accident was all his fault.

As the shocking truth emerges, one thing becomes obvious—Jackson will need unconditional love and support from both of his brothers if he is to survive.

Just as he begins the long road to recovery, danger, in the form of a sinister, unsigned note, plunges him back into bleak despair. Scrawled in blood red letters, the accusation—and the threat—is clear. “MURDERER!”

Will the long, harrowing ordeal that lies ahead draw the Painter brothers closer together, or drive them apart forever?

Suspenseful and often heartbreaking, this small-town tale is a testimonial to the redemptive power of love and paints a story filled with humor, romance, and fierce family loyalty.

The Emissary

An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.

The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.

When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced.

It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation?

To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.

Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love by [Meara, Marcia]Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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58 Responses to Guest Author: Marcia Meara ~ The Light ~ Wake-Robin Ridge (Book Four)

  1. Lovely to see Marcia over here, Sue.

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  2. Darlene says:

    Marcia is downright amazing! A great post. Always wonderful to learn more about Marcia and her books.

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    • Marcia says:

      Wow! Amazing? I’m not sure I can live up to that, but it’s very nice of you to say, Darlene! Thanks so much, and thanks for stopping by today, too! Hope you’ll get a chance to check this one out. I’ll be eager to hear what you think. 🙂 ❤

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  3. I love those personal writing stories. Those moments when the characters take over are downright magical.

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  4. Mae Clair says:

    I am so glad you listened to Sarah’s voice whispering to you that night, Marcia. Rabbit is a thoroughly enchanting, highly original character. I have loved every book in your Wake Robin Ridge series but The Light is my favorite.
    Sue, it’s so lovely to see Marcia in the spotlight today. Thank you both for a great post!

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    • Marcia says:

      I’m glad I listened to Sarah, too, Mae.Because of that whisper, I ended up with a character everyone seems to love, and for that, I’ll always be grateful. Thanks for loving him as much as I do! 🙂 And thanks for stopping by today to say hi! 🙂 ❤

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  5. It’s great to see Marcia in the spotlight today, Sue 😊

    Marcia, I have book 1 of the WRR series and am looking forward immensely to reading it. It’s always good for a writer to listen to those whispers. Best of luck with everything 😊

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    • Marcia says:

      Somehow I missed your comment earlier, Harmony! It was NOT intentional! Thanks so much for stopping by, and it’s great to know you’re planning to read WRR. I’ll be super interested in hearing what you think about it. (And yep. I listen to those whispers. I’m afraid some of the less than polite characters will turn on me if I don’t! 😯 )

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  6. Marcia says:

    Sue, thank you so much for having me here today! I really appreciate the chance to tell your followers a bit about my latest book, and hope some of them will find it intriguing enough to stop by Amazon for a closer look. So nice to be here today! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Rabbit is one of those larger-than-life characters that will live on in readers minds for a long time- it doesn’t get better than that 🙂

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    • Marcia says:

      What a lovely thing to say, Jacquie! He has certainly managed to live on in MY mind. Some days, he pretty much takes over. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a few minutes to say hi. 🙂 ❤

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    Once you meet Rabbit, you will follow him anywhere…

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  9. Marcia says:

    Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Sorry for the late start on sharing this with you guys, but I got mixed up with the time difference. Doh! I still want everyone to know I’m visiting over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo today, and I hope you’ll stop by. I’ve left you an excerpt that I haven’t shared before, and I hope you’ll enjoy it–and then will pass it along all over the place. Thanks so much, and my heartfelt thanks to Sue for inviting me over! 🙂 ❤

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  10. katg1004 says:

    I love ALL of Marcia’s characters, but Rabbit is my very favorite!

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    • Marcia says:

      Thanks so much, Kathy! He’s certainly been the most fun to write (except maybe for Azrael) from my perspective, anyway. I swear, I never know what that boy’s gonna say! 😀 And thanks so much for stopping by to say hi! I worked on The Emissary 3 off and on all day today, though things were so busy, I didn’t get a lot done. Still, I hope to have the prologue finished by tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂 ❤

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  11. Wonderful guest post, and so fun to read about the inspiration for Marcia’s story about Rabbit. I love it when our characters reach out to us and, sort of, take over! Thanks for hosting Sue, and congrats to Marcia. 🙂

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    • Marcia says:

      Thanks so much, Diana! I’m really happy to have this one done, and I guess it’s a good thing I like the characters to talk to me, as well. Rabbit just flat out tells me what happened, how it happened, and exactly how he felt about it. He’s sort of the narrator of my whole life lately, commenting on everything all day long. 😯 But honestly, I enjoy his company. (Shhh. Let’s let that be our little secret so they don’t come after me with nets!) Eeep.

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  12. Great to find Marcia and her books here today! Excellent post…sharing. 🙂

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  13. Joan Hall says:

    Well I can’t wait to read this series and get to know Rabbit. Love reading about your writing style, Marcia.

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    • Marcia says:

      I’m so glad you’re looking forward to it, Joan. I can’t wait to see what you think of the Ridge (Where Things Still Go Bump in the Night) and Rabbit. He’s a trip and a half, that boy! 😀 Thanks for stopping by to say hi! 🙂 ❤

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  14. Mary Smith says:

    Lovely to see Marcia here. I have the book – I love Rabbit – and now need some time to curl up somewhere snug to read it.

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    • Marcia says:

      Hi, Mary! *waving like mad!* I’m so pleased that you love Rabbit, and I hope you find time for that snug curl-up, so you can check out his goings-on, and let me know what you think. I also hope you’ll enjoy it and take note of the fact that I restrained myself by not including a single man in a kilt, even though Mac would look wonderful in one! 😀 😀 😀 But, be that as it may, there are none, and you’ll have to make do with Rabbit and his newest friends. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! 🙂 ❤

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  15. dcolwell52 says:

    I was introduced to Marcia’s first book while shopping at our favorite garden center The Debary Nursery. I overheard a woman carrying on about how wonderful the book was and what a brilliant writer Marcia was. I bought her book and was hooked from the first chapter. I have now read all of her works and actually have the privilege of being one of her Beta readers. You will never be disappointed with the stories her characters whisper in her ear. Do yourself a favor and pick one up. I’m looking forward to her next book already

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    • Marcia says:

      Wow, what a great testimonial, Dian! And believe me, it was a lucky day for me when you overheard that woman at DeBary Nursery. (A favorite haunt of mine for years before I even started writing, hence its appearance in Finding Hunter.) So glad you are still with us on the beta blog and still enjoying each book! I couldn’t do without you ladies! And see you on the 25th at the release party! Woohooo! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! 🙂 ❤

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  16. Great to see Marcia with someone on this side of the pond, Sue! I love her writing and confess to be totally smitten with Rabbit. That young boy burrows deep into your heart!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      Yes, he does, Trish.

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    • Marcia says:

      I’m thinking I’m gonna have to put you on the payroll, Trish! You do say the NICEST things about my books, and I’m tickled pink that you enjoy them so much. I’m especially glad you liked The Light since it was such a long time in the making. I’d lost all perspective on whether it was coming together well or not, after all the interruptions life threw at me between 2017 and 2019. But now that it’s out there and I’m getting some great feedback from folks, I’m a happy camper again. 🙂 And I’m excited about the future direction of the series, too. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, and for all your unwavering support! 🙂 ❤

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  17. I can assure you that it’s been a positive pleaseure, Marcia! And as for losing your perspective, so many others have said how this is their favourite Rabbit book and so I think you can rest easy on that score now! 🙂 ❤

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    • Marcia says:

      Aw, thanks, Trish! Sorry I’m late getting back to you, but I most definitely appreciate your support and encouragement. And I hope you’re right! I am just so happy to have this one out there at last, and be working on The Emissary 3. Finally. 😀 Hope everyone will feel as you do! 🙂 ❤

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  18. gigiopal1 says:

    so good to find you on here too. Rabbit definitely has stolen the hearts of everyone. However, I do totally enjoy your other books too

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    • Marcia says:

      Thank you so much for all of that, Gail! Lovely of you to stop by, and please accept my apologies for not replying sooner. Somehow I missed the notices in my email, but I’m very happy you stopped by and took the time to say hi! 🙂 ❤ And also that you like Rabbit so much. 😀 ❤

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Nice to see Marcia here in the spotlight! ❤

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  20. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Marcia Meara’s title, The Light, which centers around the Brown Mountain Lights was featured this week by Sue Vincent. Have a look.

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  21. What a tour! And so neat to get a little different tidbit about you and your process with each stop 😀

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    • Marcia says:

      So sorry for the long delay in responding, Julie. Somehow, I missed the comment notices for the last few on here, but I can assure you, they are VERY important to me. Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi, and I’m glad you enjoyed the tidbits!! 🙂 ❤

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