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Book: MORE (The More Trilogy, book1)  

by T.M. Franklin
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Genre: YA Paranormal Suspense/Romance
Release Date:  February 26, 2017
 
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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.

 
 
 


T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.

 
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New: Gauntlet by T.M. Franklin


It’s #TalismanTuesday – and GAUNTLET, Episode 3 of The Talisman Chronicles, is now available!

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Beck Leighton’s generally got three things on his mind: Classes, swim team, and finding a way to get his little sister away from their drunken, abusive mother. Then Wren Galloway shows up at Lamsden High, a smart and pretty blonde who challenges him on every level.

But when Wren vanishes—literally—before his very eyes, Beck knows his life will never be the same. He’s been chosen for a purpose, to protect his family, friends, and everyone in Lamsden from a mysterious threat that grows stronger with every passing day.

Beck really hopes he’ll be strong enough to fight it.

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T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.

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Trailer Reveal: TWELVE by TM Franklin

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Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.


It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.

All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.

Then, they have to find a way to stop them.

 

About the Author:

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. An Emmy-Award winning Seattle TV news producer, Franklin is the author of the award-winning YA adventure, MORE, and its sequel The Guardians. In addition, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake and Window. Her new YA romance,How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.
TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released October 9, 2014.
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Twelve-3D-BookstackAva Michaels is gifted, powerful, and—whether she likes it or not—part of a plot to take over the world.

It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.

Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.

Ava, however, doesn’t like being told what to do.

All she wants is to start a new life with Caleb Foster, the Protector who once put his own life at risk to save hers. Before they can even think about that, however, they need to figure out exactly what the Twelve and their power-hungry leader are up to—and find a way to stop them.

Along the way, they’ll have to forge alliances with former enemies, seek out powerful new friends, and infiltrate the heavily fortified enemy stronghold in an attempt to get some answers. In the end, Ava must decide if her destiny lies in her DNA or in her conscience. If she can turn her back on what she was born to do and do what is right. If she will save the ones she loves or save the world.

Or if her ties to the Twelve mean she has no choice at all.

She sat up suddenly and grabbed Caleb’s hand. “Do you feel that?”

“What?” He instinctively checked the mirrors, but there was nobody behind them.

“Someone . . .” Ava’s eyes glazed over. “Someone’s coming. Fast.”

Caleb stepped on the gas, searching the horizon. “Who? Anyone familiar?”

“What’s happening?” Sophie asked.

Ava shook her head. “I can’t tell. Not yet anyway. You think it’s Protectors?”

Caleb’s jaw tightened. “Or Rogues.”

“You think they know?” Ava glanced at Sophie.

“We don’t know. Not for sure.”

“Would somebody please tell me what’s going on?” Sophie shouted from the backseat.

The temperature in the car dipped as frost formed along the edges of the windows.

“You’ve got to calm her down,” Caleb muttered, taking a turn too fast and swerving to correct.

“Now.”

Ava didn’t argue, instead scrambling over the seat to take the girl’s hand. “Sophie, listen to me. You need to stay calm, okay? Try to breathe with me.”

“But—”

“I’ll explain everything, but first you need to calm down. You see what’s happening?”

Through the mirror, Caleb saw her glance up at the roof of the car as snowflakes began to drift through the interior.

“I . . . I don’t understand,” Sophie murmured. “What’s—why is it snowing?”

“It’s you,” Ava said quietly. “You’re upset, and your gift is reacting.”

“I don’t understand what’s happening to me.” Sophie choked on a sob, and Caleb felt the telltale prickle of another Race signature along the edges of his consciousness.

“I feel them now,” he said, sitting taller in the seat and leaning forward as if willing the car to go faster.

Ava didn’t respond but remained focused on Sophie.

Caleb felt Ava’s gift and knew she was letting it flow into the girl a little, helping calm her.

“We’ll help you.” Ava sounded so calm and soothing. “We’ll help you learn to control it, but for right now, you need to calm down. Breathe with me, okay?”

Sophie nodded and swallowed tears as she tried to match Ava’s inhale and exhale.

The snow stopped.

“That’s good.” Ava nodded encouragingly. “Keep breathing. I need you to stay calm. Someone’s coming, and I’m guessing they’re after you.”

Sophie’s breath caught, and the ice gathering on the dashboard cracked.

“It’s okay,” Ava hurried to say. “Keep breathing. Stay calm. We’re going to keep you safe.”

Sophie gripped Ava’s hand, but she kept breathing slowly in and out. “How?”

Ava smiled. “You asked what I could do? Well, I’m about to show you.”

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T.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a BA 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. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her new YA romance How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.

 

 


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Giveaway & Character Interview: Sherlock from How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You

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I thought we’d sit on the reading rug and have a chat with a very special guest today: Sherlock Holmes. The other one. This one’s the ten year old brother of Oliver Holmes, who’s featured in the new novel, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You.

JB: Hi, Sherlock!

Sherlock Holmes: Hello. *jots something in notebook*

JB: What’s that you’re writing down?

SH: Just some initial observations. I like to keep notes to help me remember things. Thank you for having me, Ms. Brown. It’s nice to talk to someone who wants to hear from me. Everybody always wants to talk to Oliver.

 

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JB: Have your parents told you why they named you and Oliver after such famous Holmeses?

SH: Only about a million times! “We wanted you to have big names so you’d have big dreams and big goals.” My parents always say that.

JB: And your parents: what are they like?

SH: They’re pretty cool. For parents. I mean, my friend David has parents who don’t even talk to him, so that would really suck. Mine talk to us all the time. About everything. It can get annoying sometimes, but at least they pay attention.

JB: If you had a sister, what would her name be?

SH: First of all, gross. A sister would be the worst. David has an older sister and she’s forever playing dumb music and texting and leaving her shoes everywhere and yelling at him about nothing. But if I had one, I would guess my parents would find a name of a famous Holmes woman. Oliver always says Katie would be a bad choice, but I don’t know. It’s okay, I guess.

JB: I hear you’re quite the fan of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. How come?

SH: He’s only the greatest mind in history! Have you read any of the books? My friends don’t understand why I like them, but their only exposure is through the movies. You know, with Robert Downey Jr.? The movies are cool, but the Holmes in the books is even better. He sees everything and can uses logic and deductive reasoning to solve crimes that no one else can figure out!

JB: I love the books and I’ve read them all, many times. And you do some detecting yourself, right?

SH: I do. There are many crimes out there that must be solved.

JB: What spy equipment does every great detective need?

SH: First of all, a sharp brain. *taps temple* That is the most important tool. Then, keen observational skills, which is why I need this. *holds up notebook* A notebook to keep track of clues and theories.

JB: Is Oliver a cool big brother?

SH: I don’t know if cool is the word. I mean, he looks at himself in the mirror a LOT. It’s weird. He’s also a bit obsessed with muscle magazines lately. And his hair. It’s all very strange. I have a few working theories.

*thinks for a moment* However, I must say that Oliver has his moments. There are times when things are . . . tense at our house. He’ll let me hang out in his room and play Xbox. That’s nice.

JB: What do you know about teenagers, based on your detecting?

SH: 1. They smell

2. They attempt to cover up the smell with various things

3. Their voices crack

4. They make no logical sense

JB: What does Oliver think of that?

SH: I have yet to discuss my findings with Oliver. When I conclude my investigation into his recent odd behavior, I will present my theory.

JB: What have you deduced about Oliver?

SH: I try not to form deductions until I have obtained all the pertinent information in a case. I am still gathering the clues in the case of Oliver Wendell Holmes. The game, my dear Ms. Brown, is afoot.

 

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Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

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T.M. Franklin 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. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake andWindow, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.

TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.

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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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About T.M. Franklin

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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I’ve been acquainted with T.M. for some years and have had the good fortune to spend time with her in my writers’ circles. She writes elegantly, with a sort of direct yet colourful prose that is very immediate to the reader (which is great for Young Adult fiction). The first two books in this trilogy are presently available and they would probably be my number one recommended gift for teens this holiday season.

 

Jess: Thanks for being with me today! I find that I have a zillion questions to ask you, but I don’t want to give too much away. Do you get frustrated when someone spoils the ending of something you’re reading?

Oh absolutely!! I hate to be spoiled. I’m definitely one of those fingers-in-the-ears-and-scream-la-la-la people when someone starts talking about the ending of a book I want to read.

Jess: What do you like to read?

I enjoy a variety of genres, depending on my mood. I do read a lot of YA, and I like a little bit of fantasy/paranormal, so I think that’s why I like to write it. I also love general romance, humor, adventure – anything with a good story.

Jess: I must start with something cheeky. LOL! Ava Michaels has a mom who would like to be planning her wedding ASAP. My own series features a group of matchmaking moms. Ava and my characters have a common feature: they really roll their eyes at the idea that marriage is the ultimate achievement in life, while (at the same time) pining for their soul mates. It’s a nice bit of irony. Would you like to expound on that?

Well, I don’t know that Ava’s pining exactly. She is young and in love, and that can kind of take over your world if you let it. At the same time, she has a lot of other things to deal with. I mean, all of these people want her and she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit and she’s still trying to figure out how she fits into this strange, new world she’s discovered. On top of that, she’s only nineteen. So marriage is kind of on the back burner for now.

Jess: I always forget she’s still a teenager. She seems older. LOL! How does your newsroom background influence your writing style?

I think it affects it a lot. Writing news, you definitely develop a concise, conversational style. Everything is timed and we’re constantly trying to tighten up copy because the newscast is always running long. So, I tend to write in shorter sentences, without a lot of flowery words and descriptions. I write how I talk.

Jess: You started writing your debut novel, MORE, during NaNoWriMo. Did you also work on The Guardians as a November project?

I did work on it, but I didn’t get as much done last November, mainly because I was also promoting MORE at the time. The same thing is happening this year. I’m promoting The Guardians and attempting to write the third book in NaNo. I’m not doing so well, honestly. LoL!

Jess: I’m doing NaNo this year and achieving a word quota per day can be really tough. I wanted to do it, though, because professional authors tend to follow this kind of writing schedule. How much do you write a day, normally? And was NaNo tough for you?

The part of NaNo that was tough wasn’t so much the word count. It was the not going back to fix things. I had a constant desire to edit while I was writing, and NaNo is all about just letting it flow – getting that first draft written and then going back to edit and fix things later.

Jess: Ooh, that drives me nuts, too!

As for how much I write a day, it varies. Some days it might only be a couple hundred words. Others I might write two or three thousand, sometimes more. It just depends on what’s going on and what’s distracting me, and how the story’s flowing.

Jess: You work outside the home and have a family. What’s your normal writing routine like?

I don’t know that I have an actual routine. I write when I can – in between everything else and sometimes during! I write while I’m at work if it’s quiet, or waiting at the doctor’s office, that kind of thing. I write while my son’s doing his homework or while everyone else is watching TV. (I can’t listen to music while writing, but TV doesn’t distract me for some reason. Maybe because I grew so used to TV noise while working in a newsroom.)

Jess: R Cubes remind me of Jello vitamins, and they don’t sound very appealing. The Protectors use them a lot and they seem to be very practical people.  So if they need these R Cubes to sustain their strength after teleporting, why don’t they make them tastier? (Yeah, I’m a bit of a foodie!)

In my mind, there are a couple of reasons. First, the Protectors are tough. R-cubes are there to get the job done, and the Protectors don’t need a lot of fancy flavouring, because they’ve got other things to deal with. Boo-yah! Second, if they tasted good, you’d have kids chomping on them all the time, and that’s not what they’re for. Yes, they’re essential, but I think of them like our vitamins – you swallow them down and move on. They’re not there to be enjoyed.

 Jess: Self-sacrifice defines the Protectors’ relationships: duty before all. When they can’t follow their duty, they really suffer. If their soul mate’s ideals go contrary to their own, they choose ideals and duty over love. Was there a special source from which you drew this idea? 

Not a particular source, but the concept is one that I think is important and carries through all three books. What happens when what you’re raised to believe is challenged? Do you stick to what you know, or do you explore the possibility that there could be something else out there? In Caleb’s case, Ava leads him to question what his role is in the world, and he has to decide what’s right for him. We see another side of this in Tiernan’s backstory, and how that molded him into the person he is today. Ava, although not a Protector, deals with this issue as well. She learns the world is not what she thinks, and basically that everything she thought was true, isn’t. Does she have a destiny or does she have a choice? Does where she comes from define who she is? That’s an underlying theme through the whole trilogy.

 Jess: You do a lot of artwork including book covers, banners and book-themed jewelry. What draws you to this kind of artistic expression and how do you choose your materials?

I’m by no means a professional, but I started doing banners for friends a couple of years ago. I’m self-taught on Photoshop and have spent a lot of time combing forums and learning how to do things, although obviously, I still have a lot to learn. I find creating graphics to be kind of calming, actually. It’s creative, but in a different way from writing. It’s all visual, so there’s no searching for the right word or phrase. That part of my brain can take a break!

As for the jewelry, I haven’t done a lot, but that’s fun too. I’ve been hanging out a lot in the bead section at the craft store. There are so many cool kits and things to create your own charms and jewelry. I don’t see myself doing a lot of it, but it’s fun for giveaways to be able to make some one-of-a-kind pieces.

 Jess: Comic relief is important in this story. Early on, Ava displays a reluctance to introduce Caleb to her Uncle Bobby, who takes out his dentures to… ah… I’m not going to spoil it. Tell me how these quirky ideas manifest.

Oh, I have no idea. Lol! I have all kinds of weird things going on in my head.

Jess: Snort. Me, too. I guess we shouldn’t question the weirdness. 😉 Tiernan is way more than meets the eye. What can you tell us about him without giving too much away?

It was a lot of fun sharing more about Tiernan’s character in The Guardians. In MORE, we only got a few glimpses of him, and they were all kind of terrifying. But in the Guardians, we get to see a different side to his personality – including a rather wry sense of humor – and we find out a little about his past, and why he is the way he is. Developing his relationship with Ava was one of my favorite parts of writing The Guardians. They definitely get on each other’s nerves and push each other’s buttons, but they also grow to trust each other.

Jess: Why heterochromia (different coloured eyes)?

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I wanted something to identify the Race, but that couldn’t be covered by the Veil. The HC also serves as an identifier of those who have no desire to “fit in” with the humans, so don’t use contacts – like Tiernan and the Rogues, for example.

Jess: Crystals and magic stones actually work in this universe and Ava has a special necklace which is on your cover: Azurite stimulates mental activity and Fluorite gives clarity and peace. I myself have a necklace which is supposed to stimulate creativity but I don’t wear it all the time because the maker claimed it would also make me irritable. I’m not sure it does anything! Birth stones are also based on this idea. Do you have a special piece of jewellery that you hope gives you an emotional or creative nudge?

I don’t. I definitely could use Ava’s necklace on occasion, though!

Jess: Star Trek or Star Wars?

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Ooohhh… I love them both, but I have to go Star Trek. Just because I found the second Star Wars trilogy so disappointing.

Jess: We were obviously separated at birth. I feel the same way. Love Spock! I digress… Psychic gifts can be used benevolently or malevolently. This book is a battlefield fought in minds. Each Race member has a gift: telekinesis, influence, manifestation or erasure of objects, the blurring or supplanting of memories, intuition, sensing… This is some pretty scary stuff when one considers that if your control over your own mind isn’t strong, you can be influenced, even to the degree of betraying your loyalties. Where did you get the inspiration for this?

If a hero has no weakness, he’s not much of a hero. Overcoming weakness is what makes us strong. I think that’s all I can say about that without giving too much away.

Jess: In effect, although Race members are physically strong, it’s the mind that ultimately matters. The physical playing field isn’t level, since some can teleport, for example, but ultimately it’s strength of mind that matters. Or should I say, “mind over matter”? LOL! How did this concept become intrinsic to the trilogy?

I’ve always had a soft spot for the smart heroes – the ones who use brain rather than brawn. I’ve also always been fascinated by those studies that say we only use a small percentage of our brain. It just opens up a world of possibilities – of potential – which is where the idea of the Race abilities came from in the first place.

Jess: Kewl. I really like it that the main characters in these books are ones I wouldn’t mind my teenagers idolizing. For a long time, it seemed like authors and filmmakers presented us with nothing but antiheroes. How important are heroes?

I think heroes are very important, and I’m not talking about perfect people or people who never make mistakes. I’m talking about people who do the best they can. People who take what comes at them and try to do the right thing. Maybe they’re right and maybe they’re not, but their motivation is pure. This, to me, is a true hero, and it’s something we all can be.

Jess: I ate up these books and then pouted for more. When is the last book going to come out?

I just got the release date – October 9, 2014.

 Jess:  Yay! Thank you for being with me today! I hope we get to WC again soon!!!

Me too – thanks so much for having me!

 

 

 

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The Guardians: Book Two in the MORE Trilogy is Now Available!

Guardians coverAva’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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TamiAbout T.M. Franklin

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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My Review of The Guardians:

I’ve been reading TM Franklin’s stories from the time she was a hobby fiction writer -approximately four years.  I’ve had the good fortune to have her in my writing groups and I always love to spend time with her. She’s an elegant writer and I adore all of her stuff. On November 22nd, I’ll be interviewing her on my site and I’m excited, so stay tuned for that.

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Guardians and was delighted to be granted an ARC. This novel topped my expectations. TM  has an impressive imagination and I devoured this in one sitting.

Ava learns a lot about her past and future in this installment and she is literally empowered to function in her new world. It’s a treat to see her evolve. But even better? Caleb truly supports her, demonstrating his honour of her wishes even when he doesn’t like her decisions. I am definitely in love with him now.

I love both Ava and Caleb, but now I’ve got a bit of a crush on Tiernan. Who would have dreamed the guy had a sense of humour? After reading MORE, I didn’t expect it, just proving that first impressions about people can be deceiving.

It pleases me when I find books where the main characters, although flawed, ultimately have traits that are truly heroic. If my kids were to tell me they admired these characters, I’d be delighted (and that’s not always the case). It’s great to be able to hand teenagers a book without worrying they’re going to get a crush on protagonists that don’t behave morally. I would happily supply MORE and The Guardians as gifts to the young adults I know. The holidays are coming, so consider this my recommendation. And as an adult, I enjoyed the books, too.

I can’t wait to see what happens next. Five stars.♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥