5 Stars, Ann Lister, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Karen, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Fighting His Fire by Ann Lister

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Title:  Fighting His Fire (The Rock Gods: Book 6 

Author:  Ann Lister

Publisher:  SleighFarm Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count:  297 Pages

At a Glance:  I was so happy to finally get Dante and Ashton’s story…and it was absolutely worth the wait!

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb:  Locked-down at a Los Angeles intervention facility, everyone around Dante Dupont and his Black Ice band mate, Ashton Lane, thought this would fix the issues between them. Dante and Ashton knew differently. What made this a hundred times worse was the fact they were stuck in this room together. They hadn’t shared space like this since the one afternoon they both wanted to forget. And, revisiting that nightmare was not an option . . . with or without the help of a therapist.

Two musicians. Same band. Afraid to admit their true feelings, being in close quarters again has them both at their breaking point. They say if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, but neither of them can find a reason to leave, and fighting the fire is becoming more and more difficult to do.

Dante’s baggage isn’t pretty and his scars run deep, but Ashton might be the one to finally see beyond his past and help him find a way out from the smoke screen he’s spent his life hiding behind. In order to get there, though, they’ll both have to walk through the flames.

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Review:  I was so happy to finally get Dante and Ashton’s story…and it was absolutely worth the wait!

I love this series more and more as each new book is released. I was a little concerned at the beginning, I had a hard time getting into it at first, but I’m pretty sure that had more to do with my mood than the story. For a story to break through that, and not only grab my attention but hold it, to the point I was staying up way past when I should have to get through just one more chapter (Okay, so it was around 3 am when I finally put it down, and it was only because I finished it), is a great read.

There are many emotions and issues swirling around these two, so you just have to sit back and wait for the tension to release. My first thought was that Dante and Ashton definitely took it to an extreme; they reminded me of little kids who pick on each other and fight with the kid they have a crush on, push them down on the playground and pull their pigtails.  But, once they got over that initial hurdle—although there were more to follow—they were seriously hot together and sweet, but really hot (kind of an inferno…Dante’s Inferno). :)

With the slump I have been in lately, I am thinking it may be time to do a reread of the entire Rock Gods series, and I couldn’t love this new addition more than I do. It is probably too soon to start asking when we will get Lincoln’s story, but I am a little impatient and can’t wait for more of this series!

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You can buy Fighting His Fire here:

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Excerpt: Ashton shook off Dante’s hold on his arm and inched closer. “Why are you doing this? Are you deliberately trying to bait me into fighting with you? Or do you want me to leave? Because, I gotta say, I’m real close to punching you in the face right now and walking the fuck out of here.”

“Why would you do that?” Dante argued. “I seriously thought you might be interested in the brunette!”

Ashton blew out a breath and ran a hand through his tangled hair. As hard as he tried to calm himself, it didn’t work. He shook his head, then met Dante’s piercing blue eyes head on. “The only brunette I’m interested in has a dick – not a pussy. Got it?” And, with that declaration, Ashton stalked off in the direction of the bar. He ordered another beer and a shot of Jack Daniels. He’d already done the shot when Dante slid in beside him at the bar. Ashton noticed the fire in Dante’s eyes right away. It was never difficult to detect when Dante had a storm brewing inside of him. The question was always whether the fire was due to anger or passion and right now Ashton really didn’t know which he’d be fighting. What he wasn’t prepared for was hearing the smooth texture of Dante’s voice when he finally spoke.

“Do you want to get out of here, Ashes?”

            I thought you’d never fucking ask. Ashton kept that comment to himself and simply turned away from the bar and Dante’s expressive eyes and walked toward the elevator. He didn’t much care if Dante was following or not, because with or without him, Ashton was leaving.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Meant for Me Blog Tour With Ann Lister

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Ann Lister as a first time guest today, on her Meant for Me blog tour. Enjoy her guest post and then be sure to enter for the chance to win some great prizes by clicking on the Rafflecopter widget below. Here’s a rundown of what’s up for grabs:

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• 5 signed copies of one Rock Gods title (5 winners)
• 5 swag bundles (5 winners)
• 1 signed set (4 titles) of The Rock Gods series

*** WORLDWIDE
• 1 digital set of The complete Rock Gods Series (1 winner)
• 5 e copies of a Rock God book of choice (5 winners)

Good luck!

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Get A Real Job

How many people do you hear say they love their jobs?  I wish more were able to admit to that, and I do feel blessed I am able to say I love my job.  Some aspects of the writing process are a lot of fun.  When I’m in “writing mode” and the story is flowing freely through my fingertips, it doesn’t feel like work at all and that’s probably why many of my family and friends don’t look at what I do as a “real job”.  Sometimes I get angry at that, but I do understand why they might see it that way.  They hear about me taking trips to amazing cities for book signings, meeting other authors and the fans that thankfully follow us around to these events, and my family and friends wonder where I get off saying I’m working.  It could also be because when they do see me sitting at my desk writing I appear to be too happy to be at work.  That’s true.  I am very content when I’m writing.  Most often when I am sitting in front of my laptop creating, I am in my happy zone – my personal nirvana.  I have the music cranked loud in my office and I get to hang out (inside my head) with these amazing characters for long periods of time, making them do and say all sorts of incredible things.

Seriously, what’s not to like about that?

The elements most people never see of the “writing process” for an independently published author like myself, is the fact I typically work seven days a week and do erratic hourly schedules that include days, nights, and weekends, and the hours can run into the double digits on some days.  Staying on track with book release deadlines is where the work stress can come in to play.

Once you finish the first draft of the story there is usually several rounds of editing which need to be done.  This gives you a second, third, and sometimes a fourth draft to the story.  While the editing phase is going on you’re likely overseeing the creation of the cover artwork.  This involves selecting and approving the models for the cover or the stock photographs to be used, background material, fonts, colors, and so on.  This task can take several hours of input between the author and the graphic artist until the final cover art is approved by the author.  When you have an edited, final manuscript it then needs to be electronically formatted for submission to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the various other sales outlets, then all the files need to be submitted to the outlets.

There is also the marketing end of the business to deal with, which in my opinion is a second full-time job in itself, and the marketing is just as important as writing the book.  If you don’t market your book no one will see it, and if no one finds your book you won’t sell any copies.  It is a simple concept, but like every other detail to the process of releasing a book, it takes hours and hours of time.  Add to that the networking, answering emails, interviews, blog tours, giveaways or contests and then shipping out the books and merchandise for the winners and so on.  Next thing you know the hours involved in getting a book released have added up to astronomical numbers and the work is tedious.

Does that sound like a “real job” to you?

Having said all that, I still wouldn’t trade this job for any other on the planet.  It truly is a labor of love and I am honored to be able to create books that can entertain a reader.

~Ann Lister

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Book Title: Meant For Me, The Rock Gods series, Book 5
Author Name: Ann Lister
Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group
Book Length: 270 pages
Genre: Gay Romance, Erotic
Book Release Date: May 28, 2015
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis from Book Cover By Design

Blurb: Tony Wilcox, the quiet keyboard player for Ivory Tower, has always believed he was straight. A sexual encounter with his best friend leaves Tony questioning his heart and the unwavering attraction he has for Jared. Living and working together is no longer enough for Tony… he wants more. He wants Jared as his.

Jared Baker, the bass player for the band, has a past that is getting in the way of him fully embracing what he wants… Tony. He’s tried everything to create distance between them, but none of it eliminated the feelings he has developed for Tony.

Trying to suppress the anger and confusion from Jared withdrawing from his life, Tony does his best to get beyond the feelings he has for his friend. When Jared becomes deathly ill, it’s Tony that he calls for help and Tony has to decide if he can heal Jared without giving away too much of his heart.

Can best friends find their way to true love and discover if they were meant for each other, or will the challenges of life force them to choose separate paths?

Buy Link Meant for Me: Amazon

Buy Links for the Rest of the Series: Fall For Me (Book 1) | Take What You Want (Book 2) | Make You Mine (Book 3) | Looking At Forever (Book 4)

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Ann Lister - Author PictureAbout the Author: Ann Lister writes erotic love stories using beautifully drawn characters; flawed and emotionally damaged, and at the height of their careers, each in search of the one thing that still eludes them: love.

The Rock Gods series gave her Bestselling Author status on Amazon. Each book in this series brings her two favorite elements together: musicians and the love between two men. These stories focus on what it truly means to love; love unconditionally, love without restrictions or labels, love without fear or judgment – to just simply love.

Find Ann Lister At: Facebook Author Page | Website | Twitter: @AnnListerAuthor

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, folks! Welcome back to another look at what we have in store for you here at The Novel Approach in the week ahead. We’ve got some truly excellent guests stopping by this week to offer good words and giveaways to all of you, so enjoy this little preview of what you can expect in the next six days.

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Monday – Kicking off our week, we have Alex A. Akira on deck to chat a bit about his Dojo Boys series

We’ll also have Hayden Thorne dropping by today to talk about her new book The Golem Upstairs, book two in the Cecilian Blue-Collar Chronicles series

Tuesday – Author Ann Lister makes The Novel Approach a stop today on her Meant for Me blog tour

And we’ll also be helping Eden Winters reveal the new covers in her Diversion series

WednesdayBelinda Burke will be our guest today on her Undone blog tour

Cardeno C. joins us, too, with four new(ish) releases—re-releases to be more specific—on the horizon, and the chance for four lucky readers to win one of those e-books

We’ll also have a new edition of DSP Publications’ “Genre Talk”, and this time Carole Cummings herself is in the hot-seat, courtesy of J Tullos Hennig, talking a bit about her upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel Blue on Black

Thursday – On tour for the re-release of book two in the Flesh series, we’ll have Ethan Stone with us to chat about Flesh & Blood

We’ll also have author Robert Halliwell joining us to talk cover art and his new book A Way Back to Then, book seven in John Goode’s Tales From Foster High series

Friday – Author Brandon Shire drops in today on his Wicked Men blog tour

Also joining us is RJ Scott, who’s here to talk about her new release, Retrograde

Saturday – And closing out our week, we’ll have authors Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese dropping by on their Phoenix blog tour

As well as Joe Cosentino, who’ll be here to talk a bit about his new novel Drama Queen, and why he created the series

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And that does it for today. Until next Sunday, happy reading!

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5 Stars, Ann Lister, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Karen, Self-Published

Review: Meant for Me by Ann Lister

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Title: Meant For Me (The Rock Gods: Book Five)

Author: Ann Lister

Publisher: SleighFarm Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 257

At a Glance: I am a sucker for friends-to-lovers, and, off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that can top Jared and Tony’s story.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: Tony Wilcox, the quiet keyboard player for Ivory Tower, has always believed he was straight. A sexual encounter with his best friend leaves Tony questioning his heart and the unwavering attraction he has for Jared. Living and working together is no longer enough for Tony… he wants more. He wants Jared as his.

Jared Baker, the bass player for the band, has a past that is getting in the way of him fully embracing what he wants… Tony. He’s tried everything to create distance between them, but none of it eliminated the feelings he has developed for Tony.

Trying to suppress the anger and confusion from Jared withdrawing from his life, Tony does his best to get beyond the feelings he has for his friend. When Jared becomes deathly ill, it’s Tony that he calls for help and Tony has to decide if he can heal Jared without giving away too much of his heart.

Can best friends find their way to true love and discover if they were meant for each other, or will the challenges of life force them to choose separate paths?

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Review: The Rock Gods series by Ann Lister is one of the first M/M series I picked up, and I can’t recommend it enough. My first thought when I finished Meant For Me was…wow, they just keep getting better and better. That is true in that with each new book you get more and more of the amazing journey these guys are going through. Getting to see the love a member, or members, of the group develop with each other, and the bond between the bands as a whole, is a beautiful.

On the other hand, to say that this book is better than the last, or the first, or any in between isn’t exactly an accurate statement for me. I honestly love each and every one of the books in this series. As I go back and do a reread of the series (because I know I will soon), I do think I may have a slight soft spot for this book, though. I am a sucker for friend-to-lovers, and, off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that can top Jared and Tony’s story. The struggle as they realized how they felt about each other, scared of losing what they had but knowing that they couldn’t stay away from each other, just pulls you in. Watching them care for each other, and be each other’s strength, and support each other through illness and loss had me teary a couple times while reading. A whole range of emotions raced through me while reading this; I laughed because of the banter between the guys, exactly what you would expect from a bunch of “brothers”. Oh, and I may have forgot to mention these two together are HOT! At times they were sweet and caring, but they sizzled together.

It is probably a little too early to be anxiously waiting for the next book in this series, but I can’t wait!

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You can pre-order Meant for Me here:

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