#TCO3ArmorBearer Blog Tour: The Why Behind the Wings by Tabitha Caplinger #MondayBlogs

the-chronicle-of-the-three_-ab-blog-tour-bannerToday, I have one of my favorite people on the blog! If you follow me on any of my social media sites, you’ll see that I talk to Tabitha Caplinger a lot. Turns out, we have a lot in common, down to choosing the same last name for our characters in our books to writing about awesome angels! So, let’s see if book three comes with a baby announcement! 😉 Welcome, Tab! 

Emerald and I met through Vox Dei just a couple years ago. We are thinking our characters may have met before too, they might even be related. Perhaps Madison Andrews is a cousin to My Claire and Zoe Andrews? After all, besides sharing a last name they both have a connection to the supernatural…mainly angels. (We are plotting out some sort of crossover because it would be fun. Or maybe my girls will get a baby announcement from cousin Mads.)

Back to books and writing.

I have always been fascinated by the supernatural, the spirit realm. However, when you believe that realm is a real place writing about it can be a little weird. Well, it is now. When I wrote the first book, Bloodline, it didn’t feel weird at all. I had an idea, girls that were chosen were going to be able to see the demons the rest of us couldn’t see and they would fight them, with swords. It seemed natural for an angel to be in the mix. I like my angel, Michael. He’s steadfast and strong. He isn’t really like Biblical angels though. I didn’t want him to be. I’m not writing a theology lesson after all, I’m writing fiction.

Putting that first book out there and introducing Michael to the world is when it got weird. I hadn’t expected people to react to him the way they did. Well, how they reacted to him and Claire. I kind of get it, angels are heavenly beings, they are holy. But I didn’t want to just write about a holy creature. I wanted to give him a human connection because I want you to be able to connect with him on some level. All of the characters in my book represent pieces of us, our doubts and struggles and frustrations. Michael is no different, he might be an angel but I wanted my readers to see a piece of themselves in him. To me, Michael is the one who strives for holiness but shows us that we still need grace. Holiness and grace are not opposite ends of a spectrum, they are balancing factors. We cannot be holy aside from grace. the-chronicle-of-the-three_ab

Michael isn’t human but he struggles with being so closely connected to humans, one in particular. Sounds a little like the whole “In the world but not of it” thing, doesn’t it? Just like Michael we have connections to people who don’t believe the same way we do, or who have their own struggles and those can cause temptation for us, they cause a tension in our own walk with God. We want to be close enough to reach them with the love of Jesus but not so close as to be pulled away from God ourselves. Michael represents this tension. He wants to obey the Maker completely, he does obey, but it isn’t always easy when emotions get involved.

As I continued writing Armor-Bearer and the third TCO3 book (sorry, not giving away the title just yet) I struggled more with how to write Michael. I don’t want to offend, but I don’t want to lose what I think his character can bring to readers on a personal level. For the record, no, you cannot fall in love with your guardian angel. But Michael isn’t like real angels, he is much more like us, he is much more human and like it or not, that was intentional on my part. Why didn’t I just write him as human then? Because he also has really cool lightning wings and who could pass up adding that kind of awesome to the book?

#TeamMiClaire, baby!! Believe it or not, I struggled with something similar in my book, but I went a completely different direction, but my girls didn’t get swords. 😦 Maybe one day, Mads will! lol 

Anyway, I read Armor-Bearer, and y’all, Tab knows how to rip your heart out (in a good way!). You’ll love this series! 

Tabitha is running a giveaway so be sure to enter it! Giveaway time!

Here’s more about the book:

Darkness creeps around every corner as demons gather in the small town of Torch Creek, Virginia. The Destroyer has arrived, and the Reaping is coming closer by the day. Zoe knows it’s her duty as the Daughter of the Three to hold back the shadows, but she doesn’t know how, and time is running out. Zoe and her friends turn to the ancient text of the chronicle for help. Are they strong enough to withstand an enemy who exploits their deepest fears and doubts? Will they find the answers they’re looking for before all of Hell is unleashed?

Zoe’s journey as the prophecy’s promised Daughter continues in this second installment of the fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three.

Here’s My Review for you. 🙂

Armor-Bearer is a 5* read! Talk about a stab in the heart! The author knows how to connect with the readers and get the job of making us love them done.

Armor-Bearer is a fabulous follow-up to Bloodlines. There is more evil to battle. More goodness overcoming. And way more surprises.

Maggie is the light-hearted comedic relief that is just perfect for the book, and Zoe and Claire are still the greatest Aunt/Niece demon-fighting duo known to man.

Get ready for surprises, tears, laughter, and more. Great book is an understatement.

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About The Author

tabitha-caplingerTabitha Caplinger is a wife, mom, youth pastor and professed tv addict. It’s seriously a problem but she doesn’t plan on getting help anytime soon. Mostly because she loves the stories. She can’t help but get lost in the worlds created and invested in the lives of the characters. She brings that same passion for the story to her own writing. The first book in her YA trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline, is currently available with the second book releasing in early 2017. Aside from writing and watching tv, Tabitha can be found singing off key and dancing in the kitchen or car with her two adorably sassy daughters and awesome husband who she thinks is kind of cute.

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The Marked is here! Get my #newrelease and #read an exclusive #excerpt!

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I didn’t announce this on my blog, but I announced it on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I was recently accepted as an author through Clean Reads. They picked up a book that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever publish. It was my book, The Marked. It was originally called Knight’s Academy, but since it is a planned trilogy, I kept the Knight’s Academy as the series title. But today, I finally get to release my Knight’s Academy novel.

As you probably know by now, I’m normally a Christian fiction author, but this isn’t Christian fiction. It’s a YA paranormal romance. It’s new for me, but it was loads of fun to write. I hope that you enjoy this new genre I’m dabbling in!

So, what’s it about?

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.
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When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Where can you purchase The Marked?

Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble

Read an exclusive excerpt now!

“Can I ask you a question?” Myka said.
“Sure.”
“Won’t you get in trouble for jumping the wall at school, or since you’re in good with Headmaster Knight, can you get away with it?” Myka hoped her voice was light enough for him to figure out she was joking about the last part. She was still curious to know the answer, though.
Milo laughed. “I don’t usually get caught.”
“So why do you jump over the wall?”
“To escape.”
“Escape from what?”
“Life.”
Milo fell silent, a contemplative look overcame his face, and Myka wondered just what he was running from. But sometimes you didn’t need an excuse to run away and hide from life. She could relate.
He was different than when she’d first met him. She thought he was this broody jerk, and although he was still broody, he wasn’t a jerk. She couldn’t explain it, but she might be able to relate to him more than she first thought.
“Sometimes, I feel the same way. I would run outside at random and hide in the woods back home. There is this tree that has huge roots. I’d climb those roots and sit there for hours, watching the small creek run beneath it. It’s relaxing.”
“Do you miss that?” he asked.
“Yeah. Sometimes things feel overwhelming, like the walls are closing in on me. I think it’s claustrophobia, but I don’t know for sure.”
“I understand that feeling well. It’s like the academy isn’t big enough for me, like I need to be somewhere else.”
She nodded. “I can’t imagine that being raised there made it any easier on you.”
“It didn’t.”
He fell silent again, and Myka knew that was the end of the story. At least for now.
When they arrived at the boutique shop, Myka asked, “Do you mind if we go in here?”
“Of course. Anything you want to do.”
He opened the door for her, and she walked inside. The cool air felt good on her skin, and an apple pie candle burned on the counter a young woman leaned against.
“If you need any help, let me know,” she said in a heavy, Southern accent.
“Thank you,” Myka answered.
She supposed Milo would be bored with shopping, but she found the store quite charming. There were lots of brightly-colored clothes, purses, and big jewelry Olivia would love. She walked to the jewelry first and browsed through it. She could hear Milo’s quiet breathing behind her. “I didn’t figure you for a jewelry type of girl,” he said playfully.
“I’m usually not,” she answered with a nervous laugh.
She looked at the necklaces; one, in particular, caught her eye. A silver necklace with a large turquoise crescent moon charm hung on the shelf. Myka held the cool stone between her thumb and index finger, admiring it.
“Do you like it?” Milo asked.
“So much.”
“It’s beautiful, fitting,” Milo said, inching closer to her.
As he moved behind her, the heat of Milo’s body warmed her, along with the whisper of breath against her ear. Her stomach fluttered, and she took in a deep breath. He reached for the necklace, and his fingers brushed hers as he took it in his hand. She let her hand linger before she pulled it away. She turned to face him as he watched her every move. She leaned closer to him, and he inched closer to her. She wanted to kiss him, to feel his hands on her, and to taste his lips.
She pulled away quickly and fumbled through, “I saw a cute purse. Over there.”
Myka backed away and bumped into a rack of clothing. She turned around and walked across the store to the purses and looked through them, regretting not kissing Milo when she had the chance. Embarrassed didn’t even touch how she felt about what had just happened. There was no reason why she had pulled away from him. She wanted to kiss him, but when he was close to her, she freaked out.
Milo walked up behind her, keeping his distance. She had just succeeded in pushing him away.
Yep. She was an idiot.