Reviews for The Stone Guardian
Marked By Books said: "And those characters were so awesome. They each had their own unique personality and role in the story without seeming like they were just placeholders to move the story along. I don't think there was a character I didn't like."
Author Laura Diamond said: "In addition to the action and weaving in of fascinating legend, Theresa gives us a brilliant story of humanity."
Reviewer "LizzieBeth" said: "This was such an awesome read. A very unique and original plot, the book hooked me in from the moment I started reading. I found the action flowed continuously, and didn't disappoint at any given moment. The blossoming romance between Arwan and Ashley was certainly endearing. The animosity, although amicable, between her and Jayden was also palpable. Kind of makes you want to root for him all the way. I think this is a beautiful start to a great series, and I look forward to what's to come next. Theresa is definitely an author to keep an eye on!"
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About Theresa McClinton
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult and new adult paranormal and contemporary romance.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and was repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries and explored dozens of U.S. states -- including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska -- she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.
Also by Theresa McClinton
The Stone Guardian, book #1 of The Stone Legacy Series
An Interview with Theresa McClinton
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Theresa, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Escaping Darkness and it's part of your Stone Legacy series. What makes this series different from what readers have seen so far?
TM: Thank you so much for having me on TRS today. I love doing these feature interviews, and I can't wait to tell you about my new release.
Escaping Darkness is book two in The Stone Legacy Series. It's a story based around Maya myth and legend, and Escaping Darkness stars Tara and Peter, two secondary characters whom I fell in love with from the moment I wrote them. This book is different because it focuses on Tara rather than Ashley, who is the main character in the full-length novels.
HH: What can you tell us about the books in the series?
TM: The Stone Guardian is book one in the series, my debut published December 14, 2012 from Etopia Press. It is the introduction and beginning of the story of Ashley, a teenage girl who was raised in an orphanage for the insane, and who suffers from what her doctors have diagnosed as severe night terrors and self-inflicted injuries. It introduces the existence of Riyata, as well as the main characters including the hero, Arwan, a handsome and mysterious Belizean time bender.
Escaping Darkness deals with Tara's struggle to gain self-empowerment, to achieve a sense self-worth, and to overcome a past riddled with abuse and neglect. It is very much a story of triumph and love, all taking place in Moscow, Russia, among a group of people who are out to help the villain, Sarian, gain the power to have ultimate control.
The next book in the series, Lights Of Aurora, is not yet complete. I'm over half finished writing the first draft, so look forward to that in 2013!
HH: How does Escaping Darkness fit in?
TM: Well, lets just say that Tara is much tougher than she thought, and though she struggles to realize her true potential, Peter has known all along how special she is, and there's no way he's going to allow her forget it. But it's not always enough to have someone else see your beauty. We as humans have to know it and feel it within ourselves. That is the true conclusion of this story--her journey to self-love and appreciation.
HH: Why will readers like Tara?
TM: Tara is one of the most amazing secondary characters I've ever "met." She is tenacious, adventurous, and very compassionate. But a lot of that stems from a rocky past, and as a survivor, a permanent streak of reckless bravery has been etched into her soul. I love her because she represents so many women, and I think readers will feel the same.
HH: What will readers love about her hero?
TM: Peter is almost a perfect guy. Well, to me at least. And I think the reason I believe that is because he's so empathetic. From the moment Ashley and Tara arrived at Renato's estate in Belize in The Stone Guardian, the two immediately hit it off. Tara fell for Peter's dreamy blue eyes and his shy, quirky smile, and Peter--being the group's healer--fell for her on a deeper level. He could sense the raw pain and anguish staining her spirit, and his need to heal her morphed from wanting to help, to falling in love with her. Peter is just....amazing. I don't know any other way to describe him.
HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this world you've created?
TM: This world of Escaping Darkness is a little more realistic than the one I wove in The Stone Guardian. Since Tara is human and not Riyata--an ancient magical descendent of the Maya civilization--she struggles to battle against forces so much more powerful than she is. In this story, the forces seem to be human at first, but soon she learns they are fueled by a very strong underworld power.
But, there is one character in this story who is definitely not human and very much paranormal, and readers will see a lot of him in this book. And maybe, just maybe in the future as well.
HH: What else can readers look forward to from you?
TM: I'm working on book three to the series titled Lights Of Aurora. The title itself should give you a hint of what it is about. I'm halfway through the book right now, so look forward to that in the near future. You'll also see some surprise characters whom you won't expect, and some major plot twists and turns that nobody will see coming.
HH: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?
TM: I love to travel. That's my first and foremost passion as far as hobbies go. Aside from travel, I enjoy scrapbooking and spending time with my awesome kids.
HH: What's your favorite quote ever?
TM: "There's three sides to every story. His side, her side, and the truth."
HH: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?
TM: I think I'll have to say Facebook is my favorite social media because there are so many options--twitter being my second favorite. I use Facebook with just about everything. Launch parties, release parties, cover reveal events, updates, news, photos, and just about everything else. If you'd like to hook up with me online, visit me at www.facebook.com/theresamcclinton.author or www.twitter.com/t_mcclinton. I'd love to hear from you!
Also, I'll be at the RT Booklovers convention this May, so if you're going to be there, be sure to stalk my twitter page because I'll be tweeting the entire time about everything I'm doing--especially during the Club RT event and the e-book expo! I'll have tons of great book swag items, prizes, and both books for sale in both e-book format and paperback, which I'll be signing for anyone who buys a copy at my table.
HH: Thank you!