This is my first time welcoming today’s author to Bad Moon Rising, but I’m betting most of you know her. If you don’t, this is a perfect opportunity to meet her and become acquainted with her wonderful novels. She has a distinct talent for creating characters that stick with you long after finishing the book (Rabbit stole my heart!). She also has the best answer I’ve seen regarding having a loaded gun versus a car that wouldn’t break down in a horror movie. Welcome Marcia Meara!
Thanks so much for having me here, Teri. This is my first time participating in Bad Moon Rising, but I hope it won’t be my last. Today, I’ll be sharing The Emissary 3: Love Hurts, my recently released wrap up of an angelic trilogy. While decidedly paranormal, it’s not quite so scary as many others have shared, but that’s okay. It’s still full of things you aren’t likely to run into on a daily basis, unless you have a personal relationship with Azrael—that ginormous, glowy-eyed archangel with those huge, snowy white wings.
Next time, maybe I’ll bring along a truly disturbing small-town serial killer, or the vengeful ghost of the hateful Lloyd Carter, or maybe the Appalachian version of the harbinger of death, Ol’ Shuck. But for now, while Azrael isn’t as horrifying as any of those, trust me. You definitely do not want to cross him. He has a short temper and powerful connections.
Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?
Since I’m hugely claustrophobic, I’d have to go with the haunted house and hope for the best, like a friendly, generous spirit with insider advice on the stock market.
Would you rather put your hand in a box and feel something slimy or furry?
I’d take my chances with furry. Furry can be good. Slimy is almost always disgusting at the very least!
If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?
As the star of the film (of course), I would demand a car that wouldn’t break down, a loaded gun, a couple of huge, brave bodyguards, an official Ghostbusters blaster, and at least one Chuck Norris flamethrower.
Which comes first for you – plot or characters?
I write character-driven books, because generally speaking, they are my favorites to read, too. No matter how wonderful or clever the plot is, if I don’t care about the characters enough to invest in them, I’m not likely to finish reading the book. This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good plot, too. Books are definitely better when they combine both elements well.
What was the hardest scene to write in your featured book?
The scene where Dodger has to decide what he’s going to do about his entanglement with Juliet. Lots of emotions at play, and so many ways it could have gone. I pondered it for days and days.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on combining all three Emissary eBooks into one so I can offer a print version for my readers who don’t do Kindle. And then I’ll be ready to return to the sleepy little Florida town of Riverbend, where nothing paranormal ever happens because the folks who live there are weird enough already!
The archangel Azrael created his emissaries to help mortals avoid choices that would doom them for eternity. He hadn’t planned on the youngest member of the team falling in love with one. In Marcia Meara’s final installment of her Emissary Trilogy, a Riverbend spinoff series of novellas, we find our heroes facing a new problem, and it’s all because Dodger died before having a chance to learn what love was all about. His request that Azrael help him correct that situation causes a multitude of problems no one could have foreseen. Except the angel, himself.
Azrael’s emissary program was growing daily, but it still met with stubborn opposition from many on the Council of Angels. Dodger’s request to be allowed to experience what falling in love was all about didn’t help matters, but Azrael thought the boy was onto something. He agreed emissaries who’d shared a loving relationship during their mortal lives would have a deeper understanding of human emotions and motivations, thus enhancing the skills needed to do their jobs.
With that in mind, Azrael gave Dodger one chance to search for true love. He then laid down a daunting set of stringent rules and guidelines that could not be broken under any circumstances lest dire happenings occur. But while the angel sincerely hoped Dodger would find a way to make this endeavor work, he feared an avalanche of unintended consequences could be in store for his youngest emissary.
Sometimes even angels hate to be right.
Will Azrael ever tire of popping up behind Jake just to see his first emissary fall out of his chair in shock? Will sharp-eyed motel owners ever notice a big red-and-white semi mysteriously appearing and disappearing from their parking lots overnight? And will Dodger be able to track down the mystery girl who caught his eye two weeks earlier to see if she’s really The One?
To find the answers to these and other angelic or emissarial questions, come along on one last adventure with Jake, Dodger, and that ginormous, glowy-eyed archangel, Azrael. They’re waiting for you!
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:
You can reach Marcia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the following social media sites:
Marcia is also a contributing author on the award-winning blog: Story Empire