About the Book
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.
I had the pleasure of reading both books in the series a few weeks ago – and they’re definitely a new favorite series of mine! Check out my review for MORE (book 1) and The Guardians (book 2), here and here.
I had the chance to virtually interview TM Franklin, and she put so much thought into her answers – I was completely blown away! Check out my questions for her, and the lovely responses she gave me, especially question 3.
1. With a series, there’s always the dreaded sophomore slump (which The Guardians does NOT suffer from!). How did you make sure that The Guardians just as incredible – if not better – than MORE?
Oh, that was a HUGE concern for me. It was so important to me that The Guardians not just be the “in-between” book, you know? I probably drove my editors crazy asking, “But is it BETTER than MORE? I want it to be better. I don’t want to disappoint anyone!” I learned so much from writing MORE, and from some of the reviews of the book. Some people thought the beginning was too slow, so it was important to me to keep the pace up and sprinkle the back story and dialogue throughout so I could keep things moving in The Guardians.
There is a broad story arc encompassing all three books, but I really wanted each book to have its own story, as well. I wanted each book to have a satisfying ending, even though some questions were obviously left unanswered until the following book. I hope that people will find that true with The Guardians.
2. There was a point where I thought a love triangle would be introduced between Caleb, Tiernan, and Ava – what made you decide to keep Tiernan as just a friend, and not use that plot device?
It would have been so easy. Tiernan moves in while Ava’s worried and alone and Bam! Instant love connection. But what would that have said about her, really? Is she really that fickle? In my mind, no. Ava is a loyal person, and devoted to Caleb, so I don’t think she even considered looking at Tiernan in that way. People expect a love triangle, but I wanted to do something different, especially from Ava’s perspective. Women don’t fall in love with every hot, strong man who crosses their path, right? I just think it’s possible for men and women to have all different kinds of relationships, and they don’t always have to be romantic. They can be complex. There can be a variety of feelings involved: friendship, love, familial loyalty, devotion. Relationships aren’t one-dimensional.
Personally, I enjoy the relationship between Tiernan and Ava a lot – that big brother/friend dynamic where they annoy each other but would have each other’s back in a fight. What was important to me was for the readers to get to know Tiernan, and maybe fall a little bit in love with him themselves. I had a reader say she was kind of rooting for Tiernan and Ava to get together, and I think that’s great. I love that people have grown to appreciate what Tiernan has to offer, even if Ava’s not the type to stray.
3. One part of The Guardians that I really liked was Caleb and Ava taking their relationship slowly. I know this is a function of the Bond, and Caleb wanting to make sure that they’re ready to commit to each other, BUT if there wasn’t the Bond, would you have had Caleb and Ava progress more quickly in their relationship? Or do believe that it’s important to take one step at a time in a romantic relationship?
I’m glad you liked that, because there are people who want to know what they’re waiting for!
I do think it’s important to take things slowly in a new relationship. So much of the media these days makes it look like people go on a date and end up in bed—like that’s the norm. I really don’t think it is, however. I think there are a lot of people like Caleb who want to make sure they’re ready before they take that step in a relationship—that the commitment is important, and actually makes the physical part of the relationship better. I wanted to explore that in this story. And you have to get to know someone before you can make a commitment like that, right?
I also think that romance isn’t all about sex. It’s that heart-stopping, breath-catching moment before a first kiss. It’s the building of a relationship, the getting to know each other, the shy glances and sweet touches and that twirly feeling in your stomach. That’s the part I love to read about, so that’s why I write about it – the falling in love.
To answer your question, if there wasn’t a Bond, they would still take things slowly. Not only for the reasons I’ve already given, but also because they kind of have a lot on their plate at the moment. There’s not a lot of time for romance for these two when they’re on the run for their lives and trying to save the world!
4. If you could tell Ava one thing at the end of The Guardians (regarding her powers, her relationship with Caleb, the discovery she made about her parentage, etc), what would it be?
Oh, great question! Without giving away any spoilers, I think I’d tell her that where she came from does not define who she is or who she will be—which is something that will play a big part in the final book of the trilogy!
Meet the Author
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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