Saturday, November 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR and INTERVIEW: The Guardians Blog Tour by TM Franklin - More (Book #1) and The Guardians (Book #2)

About MORE

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more. 

About The Guardians: Book Two in the MORE Trilogy
Coming November 7, 2013
Ava’s life is . . . complicated.
After all, it’s not every day a girl learns she’s not entirely human, or unlocks hidden powers strong enough to make even the First Race sit up and take notice. After surviving an attempted kidnapping and standing up to the Race’s Ruling Council, Ava Michaels returns to college and what she hopes is a normal life. But Ava quickly realizes that for her, normal may not even exist anymore.
In fact, the Council wants her under their control, and they’re not the only ones. The mysterious Rogues have a plan of their own, and it turns out Ava’s a big part of it, whether she wants to be or not.
On top of that, her new relationship is tested in ways she never expected. Her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, has disappeared—accused of betraying the Race—and Ava herself stands implicated in a crime she didn’t commit.
Clearing their names will mean uncovering a web of deceit and intrigue with Ava woven right in the center. To unravel the strands, she joins forces with some unlikely allies; a Protector who once haunted her nightmares, a young girl with secrets as unexpected as Ava’s, and a group of rebel Guardians who have their own fight against the Council.
Together they stand in a battle to find the truth, bring Caleb home, and secure Ava’s freedom—not to mention save her life.

Author Bio:

T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. After writing and unsuccessfully querying a novel that she now admits, “is not that great,” she decided to follow the advice of one of the agents who turned her down—write some more and get better at it. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. 

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mike, is mom to two boys, Justin and Ryan, and has an enormous black dog named Rocky who’s always lying nearby while she’s writing. Whether he’s soothed by the clicking of the computer keys or just waiting for someone to rub his belly is up for debate. 

In addition to MORE and The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology. 

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  How long have you been writing?

Pretty much all of my life. I used to write stories and poems when I was little, and when I went to college, I studied journalism. I worked for nine years as a TV news producer, so wrote a lot during that time, but all non-fiction. It wasn’t until I left that job that I really tried to write a novel and it was really piecemeal, a little here, a little there. I started writing with a bit more determination in 2008.

What made you write this book?

I’d been writing online fan fiction to kind of hone my skills and explore different kinds of writing, but after a while found it a bit restricting. I wanted to stretch my wings a bit and create my own characters and my own world. I enjoy reading books that have a bit of the supernatural in them, so I knew I wanted to write something like that.
I thought about when you’re a kid, and you think, “Hey, I bet I could fly if I just tried hard enough.” Am I the only kid who fantasized about that kind of thing? Being able to move things with your mind, or turn invisible? Well, then I wondered, what if you were right? What if you could do amazing things like that and you just didn’t know it? That led to some other What Ifs – What if the Titans and the Nephilim and other creatures of legend weren’t a myth after all? What if they’re still around, but they stay out of sight unless they perceive someone as a threat? What if they find a girl with unusual abilities and see her as one of those threats?
All of that kind of swam around in my head for a while, until it eventually became MORE.

Who is your favorite character to write from your book?

In MORE, it was Ava. I loved getting to know her and seeing her evolve. She is a strong person, but not over-confident, and she deals with all the craziness life throws at her with a put-on-your-big-girl-panties and get the job done kind of attitude.
In The Guardians, I have to say I really enjoyed writing Tiernan. We don’t see a lot of him in MORE, and what we do see is kind of frightening, but in The Guardians, we learn a little more about what makes him tick, and the scenes with him and Ava were a lot of fun to write. They definitely like to push each other’s buttons.
I also like to write the mysterious bad guy (who has not yet been identified in the books.) It’s fun to get into his devious mind and share little bits and pieces of his evil plan. And a challenge not to expose him for who he is.

What did you love the most about this book?

I enjoyed taking what I learned from MORE and applying it to this book. I did get a bit of criticism from some reviewers that MORE starts off a little slow, and that’s true. I had a lot of back story to introduce and in hindsight, I probably could have done a better job of sprinkling that through the book.
In The Guardians, the back story is already established. We know the characters. So I could focus more on the action. I liked being able to do that, and I hope it means the book is faster-paced and more exciting than MORE.

What do you want your readers to know about this book, if the reader does know anything about this series?

Well, first of all, don’t read The Guardians until you’ve read MORE, because it will COMPLETELY spoil it for you! Beyond that, I’d say The Guardians is about a girl who’s discovering who she really is – and that person is pretty amazing. She also has a bigger part to play in the world than she ever thought possible—a part that could have far-reaching impact and affect even us here in the human world.  Superpowers, romance, adventure, running for your life, and a race to find the truth – that’s The Guardians in a nutshell.

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