Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Blog Tour: Armera by Constance Meccarello-Gerson #blogtour #scifi #fantasy #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours


Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Date Published: 12-09-2021

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Two unlikely companions search for a kidnapped wizard in this fantasy novel.

The land of Armera is orbited by the moons of Vesti, colonized long ago by wizards escaping the planet’s terrible wars. Armera survived these conflicts, and benevolent wizards have returned to the planet, forming a Wizards Council to broker relations between the two civilizations. But now, DeMartize—Vesti’s greatest wizard—has been kidnapped by the evil twins Kal and Sak, and the colony blames the council. With war threatening, the high wizard Mernes the Mad brings together his 14-year-old apprentice, Peterzik, and Cedric, a 14-year-old “hero rescuer and thief,” for the job of saving DeMartize. Peterzik’s knowledge and Cedric’s accomplished thievery make them the perfect pair. 

Guided by a vision from the council, the two set out on their long and dangerous journey across challenging terrain. They’re beset by many daunting creatures to fight, negotiate with, or trick to get past; these include the Snow King, a fire dragon, a water monster, and a kingdom of bats. And the duo will still have to defeat the powerful and wicked twins, hoping to rescue DeMartize before war is declared. 


Is there a message in your novel you want readers to grasp?


 I would like readers to note that teens can be given a complicated issue, such as the quest that Cedric and Pete went on,  and still solve it.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


Writing for the characters’ ages. I didn’t want a reader to think my main characters were adults. Therefore, you must be careful with what they say, do, and react.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?


I have written four. Three are the Hassle High series, Murder at Hassle High, Summertime Murder at Hassle High and French Cruises Can Kill You, a group of cozy mysteries, and the fourth is ARMERA. ARMERA is a sci fi , fantasy ,cozy mystery. I seem to always love the last one I write the best, I don’t know why, but it is true!



If you had a chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 Max Charles would be great for Cedric. He is the right age and did an excellent job in his role of Zach Goodweather in  The Strain. 


When did you begin writing?


 My first short story was a sci fi  mystery strange enough, and I wrote it at age seven.


When did you complete your first book?


 I completed the first of the Hassle High series at sixty. I taught high school and college before that and was quite busy. Writing a complete book had to wait for retirement.


Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?


I always loved reading JRR Tolkien. He inspired me .


What is your favorite part of the writing process?


Creating dialogue. I love making characters talk.


Describe your latest book in four words.


Lighthearted, quest, strange creatures.


Can you share a little about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?


 Sure, I outlined Armera Two  which will have the same characters and a wizard sent on a secret mission to buy flying carpets. And I am working currently on Hassle High Book 4 , a cozy mystery with all my characters set in a college in Florida.


About the Author

Constance Meccarello-Gerson was born in Poughkeepsie N.Y. She is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a BA in Acting. She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. HB Studio, Actors Studio, in NYC. She is a member of SAG, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Si Omega. Her MFA in Acting is from Brooklyn College. She has appeared on TV, film, and on stage in NYC. For 20 years she taught as a mentor and teacher of English and Theatre arts for the New York City Department of Education and for the University at Santa Cruz. She also taught for ten years as a Speech Coordinator at Touro College. She was an executive at Bloomingdales. Her writing as appeared in Reflections, also in the Best American Poets series. Currently she lives in NYC with her husband Alain, a parrot named Benji, and lots of fish.

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