#BadMoonRising The Emissary #3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara #paranormal #angels

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!

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Author Bio

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:

Wake-Robin Ridge

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel

Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff NovellaThe Emissary 2: To Love Somebody

The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff


Twitter: @marciameara

Marcia is also a contributing author on the award-winning blog: Story Empire

74 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising The Emissary #3: Love Hurts by Marcia Meara #paranormal #angels

    1. Thank you, Priscilla! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview and it’s great to see you here this morning. I have been enjoying Bad Moon Rising all month, and I’m very happy to be a part of it all. And I’m glad you enjoyed The Emissary 3. That little trilogy was fun to write, for sure. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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    1. Aw, what a nice thing to say, Jay. (Keep on ignoring any “not great” things you hear. They’re all lies, I swear! 😀 ) I’m happy to know I’m on your TBR list, too, and hope you’ll enjoy whichever book it is when you get to it.

      I’m so pleased to be here at Teri’s today and part of Bad Moon Rising, and I appreciate your stopping by and taking a moment to comment. Thanks! 🙂

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today, Teri. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on Bad Moon Rising in the past, but I’m sure enjoying following along with this one. And I’m truly delighted to be part of it this year. What fun!

    Thanks again for inviting me! 🙂

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    1. And I MEANT to include another thank you for your kind words about my writing and Rabbit, in particular. He’s such a joy to write, and sure seems to wiggle his way into a lot of hearts. It was a blessing when he moved into my head, where he lives to this day, making droll comments on everything he sees. 😀 I suspect he’s got a few more adventures ahead of him, too. 🙂

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        1. He’s in 3 of the 4 Wake-Robin books, the last two being Harbinger and The Light. But there are some hints at the end of The Light that just might indicate a few more adventures. We’ll see how I’m doing when I finish Riverbend 4. I do love that little mountain boy, so if I’m up still up for more by then, that would be my next stop. 😀 (Who says I can’t keep writing into my 80s?) 😀


  2. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    I’ve been sharing Teri Polen’s fun October guest series, Bad Moon Rising, all month, and now, I’m excited to announce her guest today is … ME! 😀 I do hope you’ll stop by to check out my post, and as always, will then pass it along for others to see, as well. Thanks so much, and my heartfelt thanks to Teri for inviting me to participate this year! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks, Craig! As for that line, well, when you have an albino man collecting albino and leucistic reptiles, it sort of points you down that road. And Lester’s not the only weird, offbeat soul in Riverview, for sure. 😀

      Isn’t Bad Moon Rising a wonderful October series? I’ve been enjoying the heck out of it! (Found a few new books to read, too.) Thanks so much for stopping by this morning, and taking a moment to say hi. 🙂

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  3. I loved your answers, Marcia. I had to laugh out loud at your choosing BOTH the car, the loaded gun AND bodyguards. 🙂 Yes, sleepy little towns can oftentimes be more dramatic than paranormal. 🙂 Thanks for having Marcia over today, Teri!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the interview, Jan. It was fun, and I figure if I’m in a movie, I can stretch the boundaries a bit, right? Especially if I’m the star! 😀

      Riverbend is my second place on earth, the North Carolina mountain’s Wake-Robin Ridge being my first. Yeah I know it’s fictional, too, but I go there a lot. I first spotted WRR off in the distance the last time I stood at the top of the falls at the very real Chimney Rock Park. I’m certain I saw a glint of light bouncing off what could only have been a window at Mac’s house, right on top of the ridge. And therein lies a tale. Or four, now. 😀

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jan, and taking a moment to comment! 🙂

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    1. Oh, I hope you do, too, Olga. And most of all, I hope you enjoy it, too! I had a great deal of fun writing it–except for the scenes that made me cry–and if you do get a chance to check it out, I’ll be interested in finding out what you think.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, and taking a moment to comment. I really appreciate it! 🙂

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    1. My thoughts, exactly, Darlene! Yay! (Adjusts shoulder strap on flame thrower and points the nozzle away from visitors here.)

      Thanks for such kind words. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my books and this interview, and I really appreciate your taking the time to stop by and comment. Have a great Sun’s Day! 😀 )

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    1. Thanks so much, Gwen. I’m glad you got some smiles from the post. And thanks for your kind words. I honestly think the most amazing thing about me is that I’m still here, and still crazy after all these years. 😀

      I really appreciate your stopping by and taking time to comment, too. This series has been so much fun! 😀 ❤


    1. Good point, Robbie. Well, okay. I’ll ask my friendly ghost for something else. Maybe the secret to making an actual living as a writer. (I promise to share that one far and wide, should I ever find out the answer!) 😀

      Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a moment to say hello. It’s greatly appreciated. 😀

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    1. Thanks, John. I’m actually planning to start work on that tomorrow, since I got some very pointed hints at my presentation last Sunday. Gulp. I appreciate all the luck I can get. It’s been a long time since I tried what’s essentially a boxed set. And praying the chapter links will cooperate. I do them the same way every time, and sometimes they actually work. But there are always some with glitches that I can’t seem to fix. 😡

      Thanks for stopping by to say hello! It’s greatly appreciated. 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Jill! Thanks so much. Yes furry sounds better than slimy, especially if you can’t see what you’re touching. I mean, with all the zombies about this time of year, it could be brains for all you’d know. Eeewwwww. 😯

      So nice of you to stop by and take the time to say hello, Jill! I appreciate it greatly! 🙂

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  4. Ha, Ha! Love your loaded gun, vs car answer, Marcia. You’ve got that one nailed. 🙂
    This was another fun interview, and I’m hoping many new fans discover Emissary 3 and the whole series. I loved all the Emissary novels, especially the blend of paranormal, angelic, humor, and–of course!–fabulous characters.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mae! I’m really glad you enjoyed the answers, and yep. I figure if I’m in a horror movie, I’m going to insist on every kind of protection available. AND, what’s more, I’m NOT going down in the dark basement alone! Nope!!! 😀

      It’s always lovely to hear you say you enjoyed the Emissary Trilogy. I’m SO glad! It sure was fun to write.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello. It’s greatly appreciated, for sure! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Sue. It was fun! And since I live with six cats (four ours and two my daughter’s), believe me, I’ve learned to appreciate fur–though not necessarily always in a positive way. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by today and taking a moment to say hello! It’s greatly appreciated. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Cage. And I hope you get a chance to read the trilogy. I’ll be interested in your thoughts, if you do. 😀

      Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello, too. It’s greatly appreciated! 🙂

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    1. I shall insist, even if it means pitching a Star-sized Hissy-Fit right in the middle of filming! 😀

      Glad you enjoyed the quiz, Victoria, and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it very much. 🙂

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    1. OH, several of them are decidedly weird, but mostly in a harmless way. 😀 Glad you enjoyed the answers, Joan! I had fun with this one. And thanks for stopping by to say hello. I appreciate it greatly! 🙂

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    1. Give me a good weapon and I can take care of myself, thanks! 😀 (Besides, Uncle Chuckles is even older than *I* am!!) 😀

      And it was fun being here today, Jessica. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi! 🙂

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    1. Hey, if I’m in the movie, I am definitely going into Diva Mode, and that includes taking control of all the weaponry and my handsome co-star, as well! 😀 😀 😀

      Glad you enjoyed the Emissary series, Staci, and thanks so much for stopping by today! 🙂

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  5. The books sound like fun, and I like your idea of combining several novellas into one printed book. In fact, I’m doing that myself with my Minstrels of Skaythe series. The layouts for the print book are more complicated, but it will be worth it.

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    1. Glad you like the sound of these novellas, Deby. I’m thinking combining them amounts to almost the same thing as a boxed set, which I’ve done before. Except in print format, of course. I just remembered the good news is that for print, I won’t need that tricky clickable Table of Contents. Yay!

      Thanks for stopping by today, and good luck with your series, too! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I’ve had so much fun following along with this series, and being part of it was the icing on the cake. The questions were fun, too. So glad you enjoyed them.

      And thanks for taking the time to stop by and let us know! It’s greatly appreciated! 🙂

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  6. This is the next book of Marcia’s that I’m going to read. Great characters. And her comment about Riverbend cracked me up. “…where nothing paranormal ever happens because the folks who live there are weird enough already!” Lol. Great interview, Teri and Marcia.

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    1. Thanks, Diana! Glad you are planning to read TE3, and glad my comment made you laugh, too. Laughing is GOOD, and I’m always happy to provide a moment of Comic Relief. 😀 Happy you enjoyed the interview, too, and will be eager to hear what you think of the way I wrapped up the Emissary trilogy. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  7. “…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)”


    “…her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program.”

    So I’m not the only one who does that. Related, I used to get snakes by the house fairly often (I live in the country). I started catching one, putting it fairly far away from the house, then putting the next one at a similar distance from the house but not too close to where I released the other snake, etc., and eventually came full circle. I haven’t seen a snake by the house in years–they’re doing their part in the local ecosystem. Killing them typically just means a replacement is on the way….

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    1. That does my heart good, Alden. I have a real fondness for snakes, especially since the vast majority of them are harmless to us, but do a wonderful job of pest control, getting rid of vermin that carry disease and the like. (Snakes don’t.) I still can’t bring myself to like spiders, but at least I don’t drown them in Raid any more. Mark scoops ’em up and carries them outside. Yay! 😀

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment today. And btw, I’ve begun a new series on my blog called #WildlifeWednesday, and present some slides and info from local talks I do here in central Florida. One will definitely be on our snakes. You might enjoy checking the posts out now and then, via The Write Stuff link above the comments. Hope to see you there. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Trish. Sorry I’m late, but I still very much appreciate your kind words! So glad you’ve enjoyed the trilogy, and I promise to notify you when I get that starring role in my Hollywood film! 😀 ❤

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    1. My thoughts, exactly, Brenda! We ALL know what happens to the “expendable” secondary characters! (They wander down in the basement, usually clad in flimsy sleeping apparel, and get eaten by the monster that lives behind the furnace! 😀

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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