The Third Throne:
Angel of Death
The Third Throne Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Heather Baker
Date of Publication: 7/31/2015
Number of pages: 530
Word Count: 223,833
Cover Artist: Heather Baker
Anjali has embraced her destiny to end the world, but now she must find her ten Harbingers, known as the Predznak. She is determined to find Alazar, the Angel of Death, the former leader of the Predznak, before the other angels. She fears that he has lost hope and is close to becoming a Rogue Angel.
Alazar has spent too many centuries waiting for his Master Anjali to come and claim him. Deception and lies have kept them apart, but now it’s too late. He has vowed to the other Predznak that he will kill their Master so that they can be free.
During her search for Alazar, Anjali meets the Spirit Experts, paranormal investigators who are on a collision course with the Angel of Death. Anjali finds herself strangely attracted to one of the Spirit Experts and decides to become a part of their group in an effort to keep them safe from her dangerous angel.
Can Anjali stop Alazar from killing the Spirit Experts and destroying the surrounding town? Can she keep Lucifer in the dark about her affections for the mortal man? Will unseen enemies destroy all that Anjali holds dear?
The Third Throne: Angel of Death is the second book in the steamy Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance series.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/lmijIjDuvZk
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Author Interview - Tabitha Barret
First, tell me a little about your book ….
Thank for allowing me the opportunity to talk about the second book in my Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy series, The Third Throne: Angel of Death. The first book, The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness details how Anjali, The Bringer of the Apocalypse, comes to power and figures out who she really is. Many details of her life have been hidden from her, including her true identity and how she the Master to ten Harbingers, or Predznak. Once she knows who she is, she decides to search for Alazar, her Angel of Death. The Third Throne: Angel of Death is where her journey begins.
Alazar hasn’t had the luxury of a hidden identity. He and the other Predznak have waited centuries for their Master to claim them. He is forced to wait in Hell and deal with a crazed Lucifer. He continues to return to the Mortal Realm to tempt the mortals to choose sin or reject it; unfortunately, a darkness is growing inside of him and he no longer offers a choice, but forces the mortals to commit sins. Finally, he is no longer able to deal with Lucifer. He assumes that Anjali no longer wants the Predznak and he decides to leave Hell for good and abandon his post. He has vowed to kill his absent Master and free himself from her.
Anjali must find Alazar before he turns into a Rogue Angel and destroys everything around him. Complications arise when a group of paranormal investigators land directly in Alazar’s path. Anjali befriends the group to protect them while trying to convince Alazar to join with her. She begins to fall for one of the mortals, which increases the urgency to tame her angel. Will she convince Alazar to be her Angel of Death, or will she have to kill him to keep the world safe?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
In school, I enjoyed writing prompts and journal entries. In high school, our teacher would start class with a prompt. We had to write about our favorite things, or what we wanted to do during the summer. It forced me to write quickly and be creative early in the morning. It made me want to write down the stories in my head. By sophomore year, I had written a terrible novel, but I was proud that I had completed it. Over the years, I wrote short stories and tried my hand at other novels. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I decided to take it seriously and write a series.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
The characters for my Third Throne series came to me in a dream when I was in high school. I was obsessed with the idea of a woman being bound to Lucifer in some way and going into Hell to be with him. Unfortunately, he turns her into his servant and she is forced to live there. The story developed slowly over the decades until the reasons for all of it came to be. The woman had her own backstory and identity and the reason for her being in Hell came to light. From there I gathered all the different ideas I had and molded them into a series.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the things that happen to Anjali are loosely based on events in my own life, but it’s mostly fictional. I do draw on my experiences or details in my life, though I don’t always realize it. When I look back at the story, I start to see similarities and it makes me laugh. Typically, try to get inside the character’s head and live out their lives and then write it down.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Some characters are chosen to die because I need to have a catalyst further down the road. Others are chosen because I need some kind of dramatic end for them because they are horrible people. There was one servant that I thought would last until the end of the series, but suddenly he became integral to the second book. He does something terrible in the first book, though I didn’t know why he done it. Often I write something completely different from what I had envisioned. When that happens, I stop to figure out where I’m going with this train of thought. Then I get a blinding glimpse of the obvious and get excited because the new idea is some much more interesting. I take the new idea and run with it. I guess that means no one is safe in my series since I may end them if the need arises.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I love SL Shelton’s Scott Wolfe series, which is a techno thriller and Erin S Riley’s Sons of Odin series, which is a historical fiction / romance about Vikings.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I don’t really have one person that I look up to. I do admire the Paranormal Romance writers Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and Kresley Cole. I love reading their books.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I started writing the first three books of the series at the same time. I tended to focus on book three for some reason and would go back to write the other two. I had finished the drafts for the book one and two and let them sit for a long time. I edit and edit them until I was close to being satisfied with them. I had plenty of opportunities to make changes and I did. The first book didn’t have as many details because I didn’t have a full understanding of the layout of Hell and which Fallen Angels oversaw which realms. During the second book, I had mapped out Hell and had a better vision of it. I went back and added names like the Hall of Torment and the Hall of Mercy the book one. I was grateful that I had enough time to make the books cohesive. There aren’t many things I would change in either book since I had taken the time to let them evolve.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a hard time plotting out everything in advance. If I had the beginning, the middle, and the end before I started writing, it would change once I started writing. The story tends to change as new ideas pop up. Sometimes I feel like it’s a living breathing thing that has a mind of its own. When I planned out the second book, I knew who my villains were and how they would accomplish their mission. During the first draft, everything changed when I realized I didn’t know who my villains were. One small change and the entire book exploded and traveled down an amazing path. One idea and it changed the game. Had I plotted everything out, I would’ve had to toss it all.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I typically stick to some kind of Romance novel. I enjoy Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, but as long as the story has a great romance in the middle of it, I will read it. Contemporary, Regency, and even Erotic Romance are well within my range of interest. It usually has to be something special for me to venture outside of the romance genre.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The cover for The Third Throne: Angel of Death was created by using two different premade covers. The designer merged a cover of a handsome man with a Greek pillars behind him with a photo of a train tunnel with an interesting castle/village above it. I saw the two photos and knew they would be easy to merge. Together they created Alazar with a Romanian castle behind him. I love how the cover turned out.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned that it’s hard to write the first book that starts your series when you aren’t able to use your best characters and locations. The first book mainly took place in Hell and Anjali didn’t have a clue what was happening to her. I had to create a new world, establish the main characters for the series, while only telling one small part of the story. It was more fun when I could bring more characters into book two and leave Hell to journey to Romania to tell the story. I also learned that I need to know what will happen in future books so that I can plant the seeds in the preceding books.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
That’s a scary question. I don’t know how if I would want to be any of them. Lucifer is insane, Hades is conniving, Anjali will have to end the world someday, and the rest of the Predznak have lived a miserable existence trying to tempt the mortals, as they were intended, while surviving Lucifer in Hell. Even my Heavenly Angels aren’t perfect and live tough lives. The Council Members must make hard decisions and have to deal with the consequences of those decisions. The mortals in my series probably have it the worst since they tend to get swept up in the revenge plots of the Fallen Angels.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I think that people should give different genres a try and expand their minds. I’ve had people look at me strange when I tell them that I write Paranormal Romance. As soon as they hear that there might be vampires, werewolves, or ghosts, they shut down. They don’t want to read something beyond their experiences. I can honestly say that most fiction books are probably beyond their own experiences and shouldn’t turn away just because the book deals with a mythical creature. I know nothing about how to program computers or hunt down assassins, yet I read cyber thrillers. If the book is well done, the fact that a mythical creature drives the story shouldn’t matter.
One of my friends showed my book to her cousin. Her cousin wasn’t a big reader and knew nothing about Paranormal Romance, but once she described the book, he took her copy and read it the entire day. He bought the book from her and read the entire thing. He was amazed by it and loved it, yet he probably never would have given it a chance if he knew it was a Paranormal Romance.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and my series! I get excited when people read my book. Something I wrote is being read by other people. I get chills. I never thought it would happen. I love my readers and love supporting other writers. It has been an amazing experience and I hope that people will continue to read future books in my series.
About the Author:
Tabitha Barret graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English. She married the guy from her Creative Writing class and together had two amazing children. They live in a quiet town in New Jersey with their three rambunctious dogs. She is currently working on her series, The Third Throne.
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