Keep Walking: Guest Post by Author Kadee Carder

What do you love doing? I like to write. I dig a great movie, I hoard cheesecake, and I adore new purses, but I come alive when I write. What makes you feel blissful? Are you trying to kickstart a new venture, pursue long-term goals, or basically weather the storm? All those things which make us feel alive, they are so valuable, are they not? What would life be without bliss and passion and fulfillment?

You know, I’ve noticed that those undertakings, while bringing sparkle and adventure and pink polka dot fuzzies, come with a side of heartbreak and an extra shot of the tears of your ancestors. Adventures aren’t always fun. Behind the light, shadows lurk. The good news is…we’re in this together. And we have coffee.

I believe in hope, I hope for trust, and I trust in faith. Faith powers tenacity. And with faith in a loving God, we can do amazing work. Good work. Excellent work. [Break for a sip of coffee.]

Now, first of all, I’m going to be terribly honest with you. That means I’m going to smudge those rosy-colored shades a smidge: All of this is hard. It’s all hard. But while it is challenging, it’s also filled with hugs, and laughter, and blue skies, and soft breezes, and chocolate.

Recently, at a particularly low moment, I shuffled along the road. I just had to get out of my house, away from technology, and away from the goals I was trying to pursue and having only overwhelming, looming walls blocking me from advancing. My shadow reflected my wounded spirit. Praying, hoping, and absorbing the golden sunlight, I wound through the neighborhood. Countless sighs drifted toward the ether. And then a Fed-Ex truck pulled up beside me, and the driver, smiling, called out to me, “No! You cannot stop! Keep walking.”

Laughing, I nodded and agreed with him, and he wished me a good day and an enjoyable walk. “You look like you’re ready to be done with your walk,” he added as he drove away. “Keep walking.” I thanked him and shoved my hands in my pockets.

Even Batman can puzzle the implications as to why on this particular day this particular girl slumped along and a particular Fex-Ex driver felt the need to say that. But he did. He dared venture to speak the words I desperately needed to hear.kadee-carder-quote

Do you need to hear them, too, friend?

No, you cannot stop. Keep walking.

Life is an accumulation of shared gifts. You or I may not always be the best at something, but you are best at the gift you have to give. You are in your space to help those within your reach. Only you can offer your love in your quirky manner, so go get it out and dish it up.

Now let’s discuss the walking.

I’ve got an extra mug poured for you. Cream? Sugar?


About Kadee:

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Deep in the heart of Texas, Kadee Carder resides with her husband and daughters. Carder earned a BA in Public Relations at Howard Payne University and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. She teaches English courses on the university level and plans her schedule around coffee availability. When she’s not dancing around the living room with her daughters, she helps at church activities, creates encouraging blogs, and orders pizza like a boss.

Connect with Kadee:

Website: kadeecarder.com

Twitter: @kadeecarderink

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Do you enjoy fiction? We humans have to be stronger than we ever imagine, love ourselves in the process, and dig in when the ground seems to sink. We not only relish adventures, we create them. That’s the basis of Saylor’s story in my young adult science fiction trilogy, Insurrection.

Book Blurb:

Saylor started out on one adventure and ended up on another. After finding herself on a Caribbean island filled with strange noises, dazzling beaches, and a secret military base, Saylor must seize the missing pieces of her fate. While harnessing her ability to communicate with deadly weapons of mass destruction, attending the annual gala, and fighting her growing feelings for the hunky Australian soldier, Saylor’s instincts become increasingly distressed. Tempted by greed and independence, she must determine what she stands for and on whose side she belongs. Power within in her. War without.

They wanted a warrior. They got one.

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Kadee is giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to her email list at kadeecarder.com. The book is called Ignite and offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace.

 

Reviews:

“I loved this story. The characters are so witty, well developed and real. The growth Saylor goes through is touching and had me rooting for her every step of the way. The technology introduced is intriguing and frightening. Like what would happen if your favorite pastime started fighting back and you were thrown into the deadliest game of baseball you could ever imagine? In the midst of the awesome kick butt-ness are the girl giggles of a first crush that will have you swooning and wanting more.

An amazing first novel in a series that I can already tell will become one of my favorite series.

If you are looking for a unique science fiction book you need to pick this book up! You will be memorized by the story, the wonder of the strange island, the romance developing, and the unwavering friendship.”
~ Amy

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“I loved this book. As a mom, I’m always looking for good adventure stories for my 15-year old daughter to read, and Insurrection takes the cake. The daring heroine is unafraid of adventure but also not ashamed of romance. (I have to say, though, that it was refreshing to have the focus be more on the adventure and less on the romance!)
I can’t wait for the second and third books.”
~ Laura

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#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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