Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TWELVE Giveaway & Review Blog Tour by T.M. Franklin

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The action-packed conclusion to the MORE Trilogy is here!

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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.

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Twelve (More, #3)

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If you haven't read the first two books, now is the time - all three books are ON SALE for a LIMITED TIME on select platforms! 

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About the Author

Author picT.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 and Window, 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 October 9, 2014.

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Strength in Compassion A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness. - Dalai Lama 
 A lot of people equate strength with aggression – the Alpha Male storming his way through the compound to rescue the damsel in distress. But compassion can also be a weapon of sorts. It definitely connotes strength, in my opinion.
Think about it. In order to show compassion, you have to be willing to be vulnerable, which means you are confident enough in your own worthiness to not be concerned about what others think. To put others before yourself is the ultimate in compassion – a true showing of inner strength rather than the outer strength that is so valued in our society today.
Our parents try to teach it to us when we’re young and dealing with bullies on the playground: They’re aggressive because they’re usually compensating for a weakness – poor self-confidence because they’re lacking in some area. How many times have we heard, “They put others down to make themselves feel better?”
It’s true. Those who are truly strong have no need to lord it over others – they show it through confidence, and the ability to listen and empathize with others. They are not threatened by differing opinions and feel no need to prove themselves. They think about others – how they feel, what they need, and they function out of a desire to serve the common good, rather than selfish gain.
In the climax of TWELVE, several characters have to decide if they’ll stick to the Rogue values of grabbing power wherever and however you can – or fight against those values and defend those around them, including the human race. For some, it’s a matter of conscience – right versus wrong. For others, it’s a more personal choice – and one that tugs at familial ties built up over years.
It’s not an easy decision, but in the end it’s compassion that turns the tide. It usually does. Because compassion is what turns an ordinary person into something extraordinary.
 We call it a hero.


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Anyone who has read the previous two books in the More series will not be disappointed as events come to a climax in Twelve. This time Ava refuses to be complacent and insists on being in the center of the fight against their greatest enemy, who just so happens to be her father. Familial complications aside, Ava also has her health to worry about and continues to keep it a secret from Caleb.

At the core of Twelve is the idea of what “family” is. Her deranged father Borre, insists that they should work together and that simply sharing the same blood demands loyalty. She and her siblings are caught in the middle of a war they didn’t ask for but in which they are being used as lethal weapons.  Their confusion makes them vulnerable and it’s a race to see which side can get to them first. Ava and her brothers and sisters must figure out where they stand and how to triumph over extremely adverse circumstances.

Of the three in the trilogy, I liked Twelve the most. There’s more action, tension and even more to risk. A very nice combo for a fun read!

~ Bel

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