Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022 – ‘Potluck’ – #TopTenThings D.Wallace Peach by Marcia Meara

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the half of 2022

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 50,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts. You can find out how to participate at the end of the post.

Author and wildlife advocate and lecturer Marcia Meara has a wonderful series that encourages authors to share Ten Things You May Not Know About Me… and it is very revealing too. I have selected two posts from this series which star two authors who I am sure you are very familiar with.. but do you know really know them?

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by D. Wallace Peach

  1. When I was a kid, my parents used to drop my younger brothers and me off in the Vermont woods with a topographical trail map. They’d pick us up four days later, twenty miles away. One time, raccoons got into our food, and all we had to eat for a day was one jar of jelly. We had no idea that this was, um, …unusual.
  2. I grew up with lots of animals, and I didn’t live on a farm. We had an average house in a normal neighborhood. At one time, we owned 8 dogs, 9 cats, 3 geese, 60 chickens, a parakeet, rabbit, 2 gerbils, and a slew of mice.
  3. When I was a teen, I watched the movie “Jaws” and was so freaked-out that I didn’t enter the ocean for 15 years. Woods and mountains, yes. Ocean, no way! Eventually, I decided to face my fears and become a scuba diver. I did two dives with sharks, getting close enough to touch them. Later, I became a master diver, deep diver, and rescue diver. I still love the sea and feel completely comfortable with its creatures.
  4. I was a theater major in college. When I graduated, I began auditioning for the stage. At age 23, I decided to marry and have a family, and I gave up my budding theater career.
  5. I was pregnant with my daughter for 10 months. Those were the days before doctors set limits on how long they’d let a pregnancy go. Finally, enough was enough, and they induced labor. She was completely over-cooked, and her dried-out skin peeled for a month!
  6. All through high school, I worked weekends at a diner, cooking breakfast. Then I’d go rock-climbing in the afternoons. The tallest cliff I scaled (twice) was High Exposure, 250 feet (76m) in the Shawangunk Mountains in New York.
  7. I completed high school in 3 years and college in 3 years.
  8. When I was in college in northern Vermont, I decided to snowshoe up to a cabin in the mountains. During a snowstorm. Alone. The snow was so deep that I lost the trail, and when it started getting dark, I considered making camp beneath a rock overhang. Fortunately, sanity kicked in with the cold, and I started down. I didn’t have a flashlight and hiked out by following my tracks with a candle cupped in my hands.
  9. A few of my books take place on tall ships. In order to make up for my lack of experience and bring some reality to the story, I booked a trip on a tall ship. I learned how to shoot a canon, and while the other passengers drank gallons of rum, I was a pure nerd, trailing after the crewmen with my notebook and asking endless questions.
  10. I’m not afraid of failure. I tend to jump into things without sufficient (or any) planning. For this reason, I do just about everything wrong the first time. But I learn a lot this way and usually am more successful the second (or third) time around. That failed snow-shoeing trip up the mountain? I made it to the cabin the next day.

Photo of another climber on “High Exposure.” See #6 Above)

A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Books by D. Wallace Peach

D. Wallace Peach’s Amazon Author Page 

Reach Diana on Social Media Here:

© Marcia Meara 2022

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?

A selection of  books by Marcia Meara

My review for The Emissary Trilogy May 3rd 2021

As you can tell from the blurb, being an emissary on earth is no easy task. It is a learning curve for both the new recruits and their supervising angel Azrael, who despite thousands of years on human over watch, is not familiar with the emotional element so crucial to mankind’s existence.

As always Marcia Meara creates wonderful lead characters who engage the reader from the first moment. Never afraid to include flaws, the author always shines a light on their goodness as their roles develop during the course of the story. Jake, Dodger and Azrael are no exception.

Traveling up and down the Florida coastline, familiar territory for the author and therefore wonderfully described, Jake and Dodger hone their powers in an effort to prevent a human from straying from the straight and narrow with evil on their minds. As they learn how to harness this power they can also reach out to humans who are on a more self-destructive path, saving lives and futures.

But, a young man such as Dodger whose life ended far too young, has not experienced the wonder of falling in love and despite Azrael’s initial reservations, he allows two young people to discover the true meaning of the word. It comes with a price and despite this their romance is a wonderful element to this paranormal journey.

There is danger along the road and despite their special status, the two emissaries are not immune to violence and have to learn patience, desperate though they are to prevent tragedies. It is a fine line when attempting to nudge the mind of a dangerous criminal away from their path without causing themselves harm. However both discover the satisfaction of making a difference as the miles pass under the truck of their semi.

These three novellas come together in a lovely package with elements that will delight those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, thrillers, romance and a well written story with exceptional characters. I highly recommend.

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US And : Amazon UK – Marcia Meara on: Goodreads – Blog:Marcia Meara WritesTwitter: @MarciaMeara


How to feature in the series?

  • All I need you to do is give me permission to dive in to your archives and find two posts to share here on Smorgasbord. (
  • Rather than a set topic, I will select posts at random of general interest across a number of subjects from the first six months of 2022. (it is helpful if you have a link to your archives in your sidebar by month)
  • As I will be promoting your books as part of the post along with all your information and links so I will not be sharing direct marketing or self- promotional posts in the series.
  • If you are an author I am sure you will have a page on your blog with the details, and an ‘about page’ with your profile and social media links (always a good idea anyway). I will get everything that I need.
  • As a blogger I would assume that you have an ‘about page’ a profile photo and your links to social media.
  • Copyright is yours and I will ©Your name on every post… and you will be named as the author in the URL and subject line.
  • Previous participants are very welcome to take part again.
  • Each post is reformatted for my blog and I don’t cut and paste, this means it might look different from your own post especially if you are using the block editor
  • If I do share a post which contains mainly photographs I will share up to five and link back to the original post for people to view the rest.

N.B – To get the maximum benefit from your archive posts, the only thing I ask is that you respond to comments individually and share on your own social media.. thank you.


120 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2022 – ‘Potluck’ – #TopTenThings D.Wallace Peach by Marcia Meara

  1. How lovely to see two of my favorite people featured today! Marcia’s series is a delight and Diana’s responses are amazing. I remember this post when it first appeared and rereading it has deepened my respect for both of these wonderful women. Thank you, Sally! ❤️

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  2. I love Marcia’s series, and I hadn’t seen Diana’s post on Marcia’s blog. What terrific memories Diana must have of her childhood and all the time she’s spent on her adventures! Thanks for sharing this, Sally.

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  3. How lovely to be part of this Archive series, Sally, and thanks so much for sharing this post today. Having Diana as a guest for my #TenThings series was absolutely wonderful, as was learning more about her very interesting life. I’m truly pleased you chose this post today, and I will be back shortly to respond to comments, too.

    Thank you again, and also again … YOU ROCK!! (You knew that was coming, right?) ❤ 😀 ❤

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  4. What fun to find Marcia’s post this morning. I love her “Ten Things” series and learning fun facts about other bloggers. It was a blast participating on her blog. And a great review of her Emissary trilogy, Sally. I’ve read every single one of Marcia’s books and enjoyed them ALL. Thanks for sharing the post. ❤

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  5. I can’t believe I forgot to mention your fabulous Emissary Trilogy review, Sally. *Hanging my head in shame.* Blame it on the fact that when I posted that first thank you for this archive share, I was in the middle of trying to cook breakfast. But that’s no excuse. I am truly grateful for your review and utterly delighted that you enjoyed Jake, Dodger, and Azrael’s adventures. It was a delightful series to write, and I honestly miss those three. Especially that ginormous, glowy-eyed archangel!

    It’s blogging/writing friends like you who make this whole author thing so much fun!! (Even more fun than the actual writing, and certainly WAY MORE FUN than MARKETING!!!! Ooops. Was I yelling that last part?? Sorry!) Boundless gratitude here! 🤗💖🤗💖🤗

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  6. I remember reading Diana’s 10 things at Marcia’s. A great series to learn about our fellow writing friends. And funny how things stick, I remember Diana sharing about her overcooked baby and Jaws. Lol. A worthy Potluck! ❤

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  7. I missed this the first time, so I’m glad you chose this post. We should all be so brave. So many of us (I used to be this way) need to approach things with less fear the way Diana did.

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  8. I’m loving this series and Diana’s ten things are such an excellent example of why! Diana’s strengths, her sense of adventure and her humour zing off the page! ♥♥

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  9. Your ‘Thanks!’ file must be stuffed, Sally…Many thanks too to Marcia for her fascinating series. Diana is such a great character – and what far-seeing parents she had! Unique, I’d say. And all three ‘participants’ excellent writers! Thank you. xxx

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  10. Diana is such an interesting human being. I am so happy to see her spotlighted here. The review of Marcia’s trilogy was so intriguing, I went over to Amazon and purchased a copy of one of her books. Thanks for sharing, Sally.

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  11. Another fabulous Top Ten interview – I was amazed, Diana, to read about your childhood 4-day adventures, and your poor little girl. It’s no wonder you achieve so much, with your attitude to life. Toni x

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