“Even angels deserve decent working conditions”: The Emissary Series by @MarciaMeara
Hi everyone! Today, I am so happy to have over friend and author, Marcia Meara. Help yourselves to beverages and cake, and enjoy a good book … perhaps the novella series, The Emissary. Here’s Marcia tell you all about her latest book >>>
Thanks so much for having me here today, Harmony. I’m pretty excited to be sharing the news of my latest release with you and your followers. It’s the final installment in a trilogy of three novellas, and I’d like to share a bit about how I came up with the idea for these angelic tales.
It’s always gratifying to discover readers are interested in the lives of secondary characters as well as those of the “stars” of our stories. After I published my second Riverbend novel, Finding Hunter, I began receiving a lot of questions about Gabe Angelino, the trucker who brought Hunter Painter home. It appears Willow wasn’t the only one who thought he might be a real angel instead of just a good man. At every local event—book signings, eco tours, slide show presentations—someone invariably asks about that mysterious trucker.
Talk about writing on the wall! This message was written large enough that even someone with eyes as old as mine could read it. I decided I’d better do something about it, but what? A lightbulb went off! Maybe a standalone novella would be a way to tell Gabe’s story without falling too far behind on either of my series.
The first questions I needed to answer were the ones everyone kept asking me—was Gabe Angelino really an angel? Or was he just a nice guy?
After an hour or two of pondering, I had my answers. Was Gabe an angel? No. Was he just a nice guy? No. Was his name even Gabe Angelino? No. He was going to be something different. Unique. And hopefully, a character who would both make people smile and speak to their hearts.
I continued to ponder. What if angels were desperately overworked? What if the population of the world had increased to such staggering proportions that it was becoming more and more difficult for angels to keep track of souls in peril? What if all the constant sturm und drang around the planet was driving angels to distraction and making their jobs so difficult, they needed help?
Finally, what if Azrael, the archangel in charge of all things connected to helping souls cross over into Heaven after death, has had enough? Even angels deserve decent working conditions, right? And with those questions settled in my own mind, the trilogy was born: The Emissary, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, and at long last, The Emissary 3: Love Hurts.
The archangel created his emissaries to help mortals avoid choices that would doom them for eternity. He hadn’t planned on the youngest member of his team falling in love with one.
Azrael’s emissarial 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 they 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 and four big, spoiled cats.
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 her first 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?
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