Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Third Throne: Angel of Death by Tabitha Barret Excerpt & Interview

The Third Throne:

Angel of Death

The Third Throne Series

Book Two

Tabitha Barret

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Heather Baker

Date of Publication: 7/31/2015

ISBN: 1514847507


Number of pages: 530

Word Count: 223,833

Cover Artist: Heather Baker

Book Description:

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.

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Anjali felt the temperature of the room drop until ice particles formed from her breath. The world around her fell away and went silent. The only sound she could hear was her heartbeat. At first, it was strong and steady, but the tempo slowly changed until it sounded like waves crashing on a beach. A brilliant blue filled her vision and she saw the ocean waves rippling and dancing in front of her. She could practically feel the sand between her toes. It was a peaceful sight. All of her worries were gone and she breathed a sigh of relief. She no longer had to worry about destroying the world and killing everyone. Staying here in this serene place would be wonderful. There would no longer be blood on her hands and the fate of the world would be someone else’s problem. She could just drift away with the tide and be free.

She knew this feeling. It was simple and easy to understand. If you let go of your worries, you will find happiness. She sighed, wanting to be happy.

Happy? The thought floated to the surface of her bewildered mind. There was no such thing in her life. She was a servant of Lucifer, of Hell. Angels were meant to bow to her command and do the will of God through her. Something was wrong. She wasn’t destined to be happy, nor was she at the beach. She was in a cold, dark place without oceans and sand. Romania. She was in Romania with Alazar, her Angel of Death, and he was tempting her with his power.

The storm that dwelled inside of her, just below the surface, welled up as it recognized the feeling of death. It yearned to reach out and touch Alazar’s power. It felt familiar, but not because she had experienced death before. It was familiar because it was a part of her, a missing piece. Her power reared up and clawed at her insides. It fought to reach Death and welcome him home. The only thing holding it back was her ring. She used her thumb and carefully wiggled the ring off her finger until she heard the small sound of metal hitting stone. Plink.

Enough!” she screamed, letting her power rush to the surface.

Alazar was perplexed by her scream. He thought he was winning. She had seen the ocean and had become complacent in her thoughts. What was happening? No one ever broke free of his control, unless they resisted the temptation, which was rare. He never let them escape. He never backed down from his temptation of a person, until they were dead. Something felt dishonest about that as he watched Anjali break free of the vision.

It’s wrong to push people beyond their breaking point, he thought, just before he felt the air stir.

He tried to release her face, but couldn’t move. He knew he was in trouble when her blue eyes turned black and glowed with power.

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.

Interview - The Third Throne: Angel of Death, by Tabitha Barret
Where are you from?
My name is Tabitha Barret and I have lived in New Jersey my whole life and spent many years at the shore, though the last few years I have enjoyed living with my family in North Jersey surrounded by mountains and woods. 
Tell us your latest news?
I’m excited to announce the release my second book, The Third Throne: Angel of Death.  It is part of my Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy series, The Third Throne.  This book continues the saga of a young woman who is destined to bring about the end of the world.  She needs her ten angels, or Harbingers, to accomplish this task.  The first book, The Third Throne: Angel of Darkness, was about her story and how her destiny came to be.  The new book is where she begins her search for her angels.  She seeks out Alazar, her Angel of Death, but he is not happy to see her.  Her angels have become bitter and resentful that they have been without her for so long and they are on the verge of becoming evil.  She must convince Alazar to join her, or she may have to put an end to the Angel of Death.
When and why did you begin writing?
I took an interest in creative writing in the 6th grade when we were given writing prompts to complete.  It was the first time I was allowed to write whatever I wanted. 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer in high school when I wrote my first novel, which was a total disaster.  I wrote it for myself, and though I knew it would never be good enough to publish, it gave me a sense of accomplishment.  I went to take creative writing classes in college and wrote short stories.  I didn’t like the experience as much as I thought I would since we were told to write specific genres or points of view.  It took the fun out of writing, but I continued my own projects.
What inspired you to write your first book?
What would become my first published book was started in college.  The idea came to me in high school, but I didn’t try to tackle it until freshman year.  I had the wrong genre and was frustrated, so I never finished the first draft.  Thankfully, the main idea never went away.  I was obsessed with the idea of a young woman being bound to the devil in some way.  The concept of the story grew over the years until I had created an entire world and mythology of sorts.  A dark destiny of destroying the world took root and her true identity of being the Bringer of the Apocalypse took shape.  She had always been forced to reside in Hell, but the reasons changed until I found the right story line.  In Nov 2012, I started plotting out the twelve book story arc and dove in head first.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My style of writing would probably be considered “haphazard”.  With twelve different books, the stories sometimes come to me in pieces or segments.  I will jot down ideas or whole scenes until I focus on writing one whole book.  I was writing book 1, 2, and 3 at the same time.  Book 1 required so much setup and foundation planning that I would sometimes write other books to see if the rules made sense when applied to the actual characters.  I would go back and tweak the first book until I was satisfied that the rules would work. 
How did you come up with the title?
The original title was “The Angels of Temptation” followed by the name of the angel that book focused on.  Aside from being long, there were too many books with “angel” or “temptation” in it.  I felt like it would get lost in the world of Google searches.  At the last minute, my husband and I had a heated debate over what to call the first book.  We talked about who the series was about and what the goal was.  In the end, “The Third Throne” was chosen, not only for its uniqueness, but because the main character occupies the third throne of Hell.  It’s a seat of power next to Lucifer, and his second-in-command Hades.  (No, he isn’t a God and he certainly isn’t Greek.)  It represents the balance of power needed to run Hell and how it isn’t easy to rule over a domain.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Good and evil are concepts and no one is truly one or the other.  It’s our choices that define who we are.  Even the darkest creature can be redeemed by an act of good.
How much of the book is realistic?
The book is primarily based in fantasy, though the characters do walk around the Mortal Realm, or Earth.  The places they visit are real places, or based on real locations.  Their emotional response is realistic, but their lives are filled with elements of the paranormal.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the themes do come from areas of my life, especially traumatic themes, though they are not a direct reflection of any one event.  Many of the characters react how I would when something bad happens.  
What books have most influenced your life most?
It’s hard to answer that question since I never enjoyed reading in school.  The books I read didn’t interest me.  It took a really long time to understand what genre I enjoyed reading.  Once I discovered Twilight and other paranormal books, suddenly my world changed.  I went from a non-reader to reading over 100 books in about 2 years.  I couldn’t relate to most books, so I walked away.  The concepts of vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc., were frowned upon until Twilight blew open the genre, at least from my perspective.  I call it my gateway book, though I preferred the adult versions like Sherrilyn Kenyon, or Christine Feehan.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t have a direct connection to other authors who mentor my writing, but I do admire the authors that sparked my interest in the Paranormal Romance genre.
What book are you reading now?
I read mostly independent or self-published authors and write reviews as a way of supporting the community and giving back.  I am reading a Historic Romance that is very naughty, so I won’t mention the name, but I enjoy most stories with a Romantic theme.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
So far, I think my favorite indie authors I’ve read would have to be SL Shelton or Erin S Riley.  They both create realistic worlds, though in very different genres.
What are your current projects?
I am currently working on the third installment of the series, The Third Throne: Angel of Vengeance.  Anjali is compelled to seek out Balthazar, her Angel of Vengeance.  She will have to fight shapeless dark entities called the Syanka in an effort to save humanity.  The irony of being the Bringer of the Apocalypse and saving people never ceases to amuse her.
What would you like my readers to know?
I would like your readers to know how happy I am for their support and hope they enjoy reading the series as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  The Third Throne series is not for everyone due to its adult content and dark themes, but I would recommend it for anyone looking for a darker and unique version of Heaven, Hell, and angels. 


  1. Thank you for the wonderful interview! I had a great time answering the questions.

  2. Love your self-professed "haphazard" style of writing! It certainly works for you! Loving the series so far, can't wait for the next book. Good luck to you, Tabitha - really enjoy your work.

  3. The Third Throne was full if juicy little morsels that left me hungry for more. Can't wait to see how these tasty treats develop in the second book and.those that follow!