Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Escaping Darkness by Theresa McClinton


escaping darkness

Escaping Darkness

She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless.

Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.

Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.

He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…




Author Theresa McClinton
A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa started 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 features articles to delve into the whimsical world of young adult paranormal romance.

Since then, Theresa has gotten 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 stepped foot on the soil of over a dozen countries, traveled to sixteen U.S. states—including an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, she will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

The Stone Guardian

When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.
Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley’s mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…



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  1. Peggy Hopkins says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog.

  2. sounds fantastic! thanks for sharing!

  3. Beautiful book cover! I like it!

    • Thanks so much! I am really head-over-heels for the cover too. Love Tara and the tree in the background–which is in the book, by the way. 😉

  4. Sally Goodall says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and I love your blog xx

  5. pato389 says:

    I agree with the previous comment, the cover is really nice, and the book looks really interesting!

  6. Thank you for the give away.
    ( and i agree the cover is absolutely gorgeous!)

  7. Looks like a really great read and it really is a gorgeous cover.

  8. Melinda Dartmann says:

    Thank you for having a wonderful and gorgeous blog and allowing us to peek into your world!

    • Isn’t Kathy fantastic? I can’t believe how she does this all and on top of it, does such a great job. She deserves a big round of applause.

  9. Karen H in NC says:

    Beautiful cover. Story sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Both books sound good. And the covers are both lovely 🙂 Btw, I am always fascinated when people live someplace as cold as Alaska….I don’t think I could do that, LOL.

    • You’d be shocked what you can do when you have to. LOL. We moved there when my mom and step-father were married, and he had lived on Kodiak Island for over thirty years already. It was an experience I’d never take back. In fact, I’m currently drafting a book set there. I just love the feel of the island. Thanks for stopping in!

  11. SHELLEY S says:


  12. I love the covers, and the books sound wonderful!

  13. The Stone Guardian looks awesome! 🙂

    • Thanks! Those who have reviewed it like it pretty well–which I’m totally elated over. I hope you get a chance to check it out!

  14. I want to say Thank You too for all the great books

  15. Bella T. says:

    BOTH Escaping Darkness and The Stone Guardian look up my alley! Thank you so much for the great giveaway and for introducing these books!

  16. Both books sound very intriguing!


  17. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  18. wanda f says:

    Sounds great thank you for the chance to win.Have an amazing weekend

  19. Caroline Toye says:

    A Mayan mythology connection is unusual. Wonderful

    • That was the first reason I chose to explore it, Caroline. But once I began reading about their rituals and faith, I was totally hooked. Thanks for stopping in!

  20. Blogger “I am a reader not a writer” is awesome!!

  21. Looks wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  22. Daniel M says:

    great cover and intros!

  23. Thanks for the giveaway. Looking good.