#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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Guest Post: Why Lifestyle Design is for You, Even If You Work a 9-5 Job

Today, we welcome Dr. Del Millers to the blog. He’s here to talk about lifestyle design and his new book, Energize Your Life.

Lifestyle design isn’t a new concept.

Sure, Tim Ferris popularized the concept of lifestyle design with his 2007 book, The Four Hour Workweek.  However, many Passionpreneurs, myself included, have been living and promoting the principles of lifestyle design for many years.  In my case, for over two-decades.

In case you’re wondering, a Passionpreneur is someone who has utilized the principles of lifestyle design to create a lifestyle and one or more money making entrepreneurial ventures around his/her passions.

The central concept of lifestyle design is very simple; you don’t have to wait until you’re retired to start living the life you really want to live.

“You don’t have to wait until you’re retired to start living the life you really want to live.” – TWEET THIS @drdelmillers

Think about that for a second.

How many people do you know who intentionally designed the lifestyle they’re living now?  Not many, I bet.

That’s because most of us have been conditioned at a young age to do well in school so we can go to college, get a “good job” with benefits and then spend the best 30-40 years of our lives climbing the career ladder.

Like most people, this was what I was taught when I was young.

So, in high school, since I was very good at math and science my guidance counselor recommended that I pursue a college degree in engineering.  Not knowing any better, I did.

Four years later, I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and quickly found a job as an Engineer.

I loved engineering in college because I loved solving problems and figuring out how things worked.  However, in corporate America, I quickly realized that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about spending my time in a cubicle all day long.

After four years in corporate America, I made the discovery that I am not the employee type. So, I hung up my suit and tie and bid farewell to corporate America to pursue the uncertain life of an entrepreneur.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with the traditional world of work, if you don’t mind spending the best years of your life as a corporate worker.

But, there is another way.

Through lifestyle design, you can create a new life as a Player, instead of spending your entire life as a “worker.”

“You can create a new life as a Player, instead of spending your entire life as a “worker.”” – TWEET THIS @drdelmillers

What is Lifestyle Design?

Ask yourself this question, “What is it you really want to do with your time on a daily basis?  Do you know?

Do you have a Big Vision for your life?

These are two of the most powerful questions that you can ask yourself, because what you do with your time on a daily basis is the “purpose” that you have CHOSEN to give to your life.

So, if you have chosen to spend all your time slaving away at some dead-end job that you hate, 8-10 hours a day, everyday, with no time to pursue your passions, then you’re in essence living a meaningless life.

Remember, life’s purpose or meaning isn’t something we find.  We give meaning to our lives by doing meaningful things everyday.

“We give meaning to our lives by doing meaningful things everyday.” – TWEET THIS @drdelmillers

For me, lifestyle design is about intentionally creating a life that you can fall in love with.  An energized life that inspires you and those whose path is brightened by your light.

A life in the pursuit of freedom, fulfillment and fun that is bold enough to unchain your adventurous spirit so you can aspire for more than title and status.

A life in the pursuit of purpose, passion and play. eyl-promotion-booka

If you’re currently working a 9-5 job, does that mean that you should walk into your boss’ office tomorrow and quit your job.  Well, that would be highly irresponsible.

Remember, I said that lifestyle design is about “intentionally” creating a life that you can fall in love with.  This requires thought and a lot of deep soul searching to figure out what feels most right to you.

Whatever you decide, however, you don’t have to wait until you’re sixty-five before you start striving to “suck out all the marrow of life,” as Thoreau put it.

You can start now, right where you are, even if you’re currently feeling stuck at some dead-end job that you hate.

You only have one life, so why not live it on your terms?

“You only have one life, so why not live it on your terms?”

– TWEET THIS @drdelmillers

Is Lifestyle Design for You?

Let’s be honest, lifestyle design isn’t for everyone.  But, is it for you?

If you’ve ever felt like there’s something missing in your life, or sometimes hear a little voice in the back of your head asking you “is this all there is?” then maybe lifestyle design is for you.

Lifestyle design is for you if you’re ready to design your own life instead of just going along with the Corporate Industrial Complex whose sole purpose is to turn you into an obedient “worker.”

With lifestyle design, you may choose to still work in a traditional job to fund your true passions or you may choose to become a Passionpreneur.  The choice is yours.

Lifestyle design is for you if fulfillment is what you seek.  Remember, fulfillment is the feeling that you’re on the right life path.  It is the deep, inner knowing that your life matters.  It is the desire to spend your time doing things that are meaningful to yourself and others.

Lifestyle design is for you if you’re interested in living the life of a “player” and not just a “worker.”  Who is a player?

“Fulfillment is the feeling that you’re on the right life path.”

– TWEET THIS @drdelmillers.com

Players play at life. 

We put creativity, fulfillment and fun at the center of everything we do.  We’re not afraid to explore our multiple selves.  Unlike “workers” who are restricted to a limited version of themselves in the workplace, players live life as a multi-dimensional human being.

We are entrepreneurs, artists, writers, bloggers, songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, and inventers, all at the same time.  In short, players are creators.  We create our lives around what feels most rewarding, exciting, enjoyable, challenging and fulfilling.

Who would you rather be, a “worker” or a player?

How Lifestyle Design Can Help You in Your Current Job

Let’s face it, not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur and not all workplaces condemn you to what Dostoyevsky called the most terrible human punishmenta lifetime of work that is “completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”

So, how can lifestyle design help you to find or create fulfilling work?  Start at the end and work your way backwards.  What do you really want to be doing with your time on a daily basis?  Are you doing it?  If not, get started now.

Find people who are doing what you really want to do and learn from them.  Take a class, webinar, seminar, or get a free strategy session from a life coach or consultant.

If you want to be a Player, then you have to become the master of your own fate.  So if the work you’re currently doing is no longer engaging, fulfilling or meaningful, it’s time to either learn to love it or create a plan to leave it behind.  You’re doing yourself and your employer a great disservice if you continue to work at a job that you hate just to collect a paycheck.

As Steve Jobs once said in a commence address:

” Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.

How have you intentionally designed your lifestyle to live the life that you really want to live?  Please leave a comment below.

About Del Millers

Dr. Del Millers is the founder of TheBestYouAcademy.com, EnergizedLifeAcademy.com, and author of eight books on nutrition, fitness, and personal growth.

A PhD Nutritionist with a Masters degree in psychology, Dr. Del teaches simple mind-body principles to busy entrepreneurs and professionals to help them energize their lifestyle, improve their personal wellbeing, and enhance their work engagement.

Dr. Del has appeared on FOX Television (Good Day LA), E-Entertainment TV (DR 90210), numerous nationally syndicated radio shows, and in magazines, and newspapers throughout the United States and Australia (LA Sports & Fitness, Australian Ironman, Health & Fitness, Stuff, Fighting Fat and others).

Dr. Del’s greatest passion is sharing what inspires him with others. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and three daughters.

Buy any of Dr. Del’s books and forward your receipt to gifts@delmillers.com for Dr. Del’s special bonuses worth hundreds of dollars. Subscribe to Dr. Del’s weekly podcast at http://www.energizeyourlifepodcast.com

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 About the Book

Are you suffering from a personal energy crisis?Are you constantly running through your day, feeling chronically exhausted? Are you desperately overcommitted? Do you find yourself sacrificing your health, family time and quality of life just to meet the never-ending demands on your time? Are you exhausted when you go to bed at night and still tired when you awake? If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, then you may be suffering from a personal energy crisis.
Unfortunately, this way of living — and working — not only robs us of our health and puts a strain on time and energy resources, it blocks our access to our most essential sources of energy, leaving us feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained.

In his new book, Energize Your Life, Dr. Del shows you simple things you can do everyday to fuel your life and work with positive energy. Drawing from his years of experience consulting with executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, career changers and self re-inventors, as well as the wealth of new research over the past two decades on positive psychology, employee engagement and play, Dr. Del demonstrates how you can program the brain — and the subconscious — for productive, beneficial action.

Energize Your Life is different from other positive energy books and personal energy management programs. Its unique advantage is that it shows you how to fuel your life and work with positive energy from seven distinct sources.

And why is it important to increase your daily dose of positive energy? Well, several studies have clearly demonstrated that chronic stress and negative energy shuts down the creative problem solving brain, slows your productivity and puts you in fight or flight mode where very little gets done.

Energize Your Life will challenge and inspire you to develop a personal action plan to fuel your life and work with positive energy everyday. Thereby, improving your personal well being, enhancing your work engagement, and helping you feel more alive.

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