Friday, August 16, 2013

Feature Friday: The Guardians by T.M. Franklin


Before re-introducing you to Ava and Caleb, T.M. Franklin’s stars of her first full-length novel, MORE, I’d like to take the opportunity to let you know a little bit about how I “met” her. I first encountered T.M. Franklin through Twitter, or rather her characters, from her Fan Fiction writings. I loved her writing style and the realness that she brought to her stories, even making the paranormal events seem plausible. Both her time-traveling Fan Fiction story “Beyond Time” and her Pirate-themed “Cutlass” will remain as some of my most frequently read stories. Once I heard she was going to be writing an original fiction novel, I was definitely intrigued by what she could come up with using original characters; she did not disappoint.

After MORE was published, I was excited to get my hands (or Kindle, as it were) on a copy. I was thrown headfirst into a story that encompassed intrigue, action, and a developing romance. I contacted T.M. Franklin letting her know how much I loved MORE and I was surprised that she was so accepting of both praise and critique, so rare amongst many new authors these days. A friendly online relationship developed to the point that I even get an acknowledgment in the sequel. Here’s to hoping that one day I’ll get to meet her in real life and fangirl in person!

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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.

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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.

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