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Interview and Giveaway: The Ruin Porn Blog Tour with S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson

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Please help us welcome the writing team of S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson to The Novel Approach today, as they tour the interwebs to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn. I was lucky enough to be able to ask a few questions to not only the authors but the boys of Resonator as well–Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Evin.

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TNA: We’re so pleased to have S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson with us today to chat about their new collaboration Ruin Porn.

Thanks so much for dropping by to hang with us! Let’s just dig right into things, ‘kay? Who came up with the idea for the book, and what exactly inspired it?

Jo: That’s an easy one! We both came up with it at the exact same moment! We were watching one of our favorite bands, Bastille, and one of the members did something as innocent as move to stand near another one at the keyboard, and BAM! Sam and I looked at each other and just knew….

Sam: It’s dangerous anytime the two of us are together, and that moment was sheer magic. We had a 12+ hour car trip back to Michigan to plot out Ruin Porn. That was almost two years ago, and everyone gets to meet the boys of Resonator this Friday! We’re excited.

TNA: Had you been intending to write together for a while, or was this project more a sudden burst of inspiration? Was there liquor involved? ;-)

Sam: We’d talked about writing together but neither of our schedules worked out at the time we got the idea. But when we finally did start writing we figured out really quick that our styles matched well.

Jo: There is always liquor involved ;)

TNA: Why music, musicians, rock stars? What do you find exceedingly sexy about a guy who knows how to handle his instrument?

Sam: OH! HANDS! I’ve got this thing for strong, expressive hands and wrists and forearms (and watches, not coincidentally).

Jo: It’s the whole package–tats, confidence, and talent!

TNA: If you had the chance to be a groupie for any band, past or present, and follow them on tour, who would you choose, and why?

Sam: I would’ve loved to travel with Led Zeppelin when they were creating music. They were my first musical idols. As for current bands, that would be Bastille. They seem to genuinely love what they do and appreciate how the fans have helped them get where they are.

Jo: Pearl Jam or Thirty Seconds to Mars. Love my sexy, bad boy rockers!

TNA: Do you think we could bring the guys from Resonator into the conversation now?

Sam: *cackles* Good luck!

**Miah, Ritchie, Finn and Ev enter and take a seat on TNA’s big comfy couch**

TNA: Hey, guys, why don’t we have you go round and introduce yourselves to your audience?

Miah: *leans down to kiss Lisa’s cheek* Hey, babe. Thanks for having us.

Finn: Give the woman some space, man. Hey, I’m Finn, Rez’s guitarist. And the handsy dude is Miah, our sexed up leader.

Evin: I’m Ev. I play bass. *Ritchie drops onto his lap and sprawls his legs across the other guys* and this is Ritchie. He bangs sticks on stuff.

Ritchie: Anyone bring beer?

TNA: **hands Ritchie a beer from the mini-bar** Here you go, Ritchie. Now, what do you all love and hate most about being in a band?

Ritchie: There are no home cooked meals while on the road.

Finn: That’s the worst part by far.

Evin: Best part is being paid to do what I love and do it with the people I love the most in this world.

Finn: Are you blushing, Ev? That’s adorable.

Miah: The best part is that we helped you escape from that dreadful band Sock in the Sun, Ev.

Evin: True.

TNA: What are some of your favorite, shall we say…fringe benefits of being famous?

Miah: Are you talking about sex? If so, that’s my answer.

Ritchie: Sex is not always a benefit.

Finn: Cheese fries are! I get a free basket of cheese fries at my favorite coney place now. That is a serious fringe benefit.

Ritchie: What about you, Ev?

Evin: Those tiny bottles of condiments in hotels. I fucking love those.

TNA: Confession time – what’s the one thing you’ve done, something none of the other guys know about, that would blow their minds if you were to tell us about it right now?

Evin: These guys know everything about me.

Finn: I think the more interesting question is what do we know about each other that no one else in the world knows.

Miah: *narrows his eyes* You wouldn’t.

Ritchie: You know he won’t. We’ve got each other first. Always.

TNA: Aw, having read the book, I’d say that’s pretty damn cool. Do you all believe in fate, destiny, whatever name we assign those random events in our lives that lead us down various paths, or do you feel like you’ve been in control of all the good and bad and ugly that’s happened to you?

Miah: The life force of the universe is strong. Everything is connected.

Finn: For fuck’s sake, Miah. Can we have one interview where you don’t go all metaphysical on us?

Ritchie: I don’t know, man. I think Miah’s right.

Evin: *pats Ritchie’s head* Of course you do.

TNA: Do you believe everything that’s happened, all of it, has happened for a reason? Do you think you’d be where you are today if things had gone differently?

Evin: *squirms in a his seat a bit* I don’t know that we’re ready to give a real insider look at what’s happened with Rez in the last year.

*the other three shake their heads*

TNA: Okay, guys, parting words. Where do you go from here?

Miah: *looks at the other guys and grins* Up.

TNA: And I wouldn’t have expected you to say anything else. :D Thanks for taking the time to hang with us today, gang, it’s been a pleasure!

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RuinPornBlurb: There is underlying beauty in destruction….

Miah Thade, Finn Reese, and Ritchie Meyer are Resonator, an indie rock band with an edge—best friends turned rock stars, known as the Detroit 3. When Evin Rene appears in their life, none of them can deny he belongs with Rez.

They may have named their first album Ruin Porn because people get off on seeing how Detroit went from deeply loved to thoroughly forsaken, but they’re determined to prove that blight isn’t the entire story and blight isn’t always ugly.

Ritchie, Miah, Finn, and Evin take Resonator to a level no one anticipates. But no prosperity comes without sacrifice, and no secret stays hidden without a trail of lies. As Rez’s fame grows, so does the intensity between two of its members… as well as their potential for destruction.

Evin and Finn are about to discover the underlying beauty in their ruin porn.

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About the Authors:

SJD PetersonJo: SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, hails from Michigan. Not the best place to live for someone who hates the cold and snow. When not reading or writing, Jo can be found close to the heater checking out NHL stats and watching the Red Wings kick a little butt. Can’t cook, misses the clothes hamper nine out of ten tries, but is handy with power tools.

Find Jo At: Facebook || Twitter || Blog || Goodreads

S.A. McAuleySam: I sleep little, read a lot. Happiest in a foreign country. Twitchy when not mentally in motion. My name is Sam, not Sammy, definitely not Samantha. I’m a pretty dark/cynical/jaded person, but I hide that darkness well behind my obsession(s) for shiny objects. I’m the macabre wrapped in irresistible bubble wrap and a glittery pink bow, I suppose.

Find Sam At: Instagram || Twitter|| Email || tumblr || Facebook || Authorgraph || Goodreads || Amazon

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5 Stars, Cecilia Tan, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Review: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Vol. Seven by Cecilia Tan

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Title: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Vol. Seven

Author: Cecilia Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 421 Pages

At a Glance: “Love is a friendship set to music.” – Unknown

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: Ziggy went to India. Daron traveled the world. Is the music business ready for what happens when they meet again?

When last we saw guitar prodigy Daron Marks, he was on a beach in Australia on the very last day of 1989. A new decade has dawned and Daron has little choice but to embrace change in the face of Ziggy going AWOL and poor record sales. Daron embarks on a journey of artistic growth, studying more styles of guitar and music, a journey that takes him from Virginia to Spain to New York City.

But while he prepares for whatever may come next in his career, is Daron prepared for his inevitable reunion with Ziggy? Ziggy is back and he’s got a plan.

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Review: Five-hundred and eighty-four chapters. That’s how far Cecilia Tan has taken her readers into the life of Daron Marks—so far—in Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, a grand feat of altogether consummate storytelling.

From the moment Daron was introduced as a teenager in the 80s in Chapter One, not only afraid of anyone finding out he’s gay but so afraid of simply being gay, Tan has taken readers on a journey deep into the life of her young guitar prodigy. We’ve followed Daron through creative highs and lows; through family drama; through falling in love with the one boy who would turn his life upside down and inside out (not once but a multitude of times…and still is), and the author has done so with an ease so seemingly effortless that we ourselves are notched directly into the world of music and the lives of the characters who people it. This series truly is realistic fiction at some of its finest, consistently blowing me away, chapter after chapter, with attention to detail and a protagonist I’m invested in to the extreme. Daron’s narrative voice is so utterly sincere, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes frustrating, but always engaging. This is one of those series where I want so badly to see whether or not he gets his happy ending (read: the happy ending I want for him), yet…the thought of there being an end is too much to consider.

For seventy-nine chapters in this installment of the serial, we head into the 1990s as we follow Daron from the US to Spain, where he spends a brief interlude with Orlando, a guy who can’t seem to admit out loud that he’s probably gay, or at least bi. And, we get a glimpse of a Daron who is becoming more comfortable in his own identity as a gay man, something his time with Jonathan helped him to do, even though the relationship didn’t end up being what either man needed. Daron’s love for his lead singer Ziggy is always there, always at the forefront of everything for Daron—sometimes even in his music—and we’re teased by an almost-mending of their relationship in these chapters. Now, if only Ziggy were singing the same tune. One of the most frustrating and compelling aspects of this epic masterwork is the push me/pull you of the relationship between these two characters, and how invested I’ve become in their future. It’s an addiction of the sweetest kind.

One of the things Cecilia Tan has done so brilliantly in the first person storytelling is to not only disappear behind this character but to allow us to see Daron through Daron’s eyes. Rather than his voice telling us how we should think and feel at any given moment, I love that there are times when his frustration makes me sad; his sadness makes me frustrated; his anger makes me glad that he’s angry, while at other times I wish he’d step a bit more carefully. And his happiness… well, his happiness only comes in fits and starts, so that makes me sad too. But therein lies the beauty of this series—Tan builds upon the story and characters layer by layer—there are no cookie-cutter caricatures or cardboard stereotypes (even when the music business might demand it)—until you feel a degree of certainty that the author has known these people at some point in her life because they’re so authentic, the investment in them so complete. There isn’t a lot of action in these chapters, nor is there a lot of sex—this is, simply put, literary fiction at its finest: character driven and filled with all the flaws and challenges and perfect imperfections of the human condition, set against the backdrop of Daron’s near-obsessive need to play his guitars.

I know the word count in this series is intimidating. I can’t even begin to fathom how many words into Daron’s life we are now, nor do I know how many more words Cecilia Tan has left to offer her readers, but if there’s ever been a work of storytelling I’d beg someone to dig into, it’s this one. It’s pretty amazing, in my most humble opinion, and deserves all the recognition it’s received so far.

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Harmony Ink Press, Madison Parker

Eighty-Eight Keys To Finding Love – Play Me, I’m Yours by Madison Parker

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent – Victor Hugo

Lucas Tate knows everything there is to know about what it means to be bullied, for everything from the way he looks to the way he loves his music. Lucas is the boy who has learned to keep to himself because he’s learned the hard way that to reach out to others and to try sharing the part of himself that defines who he is in every possible way; how he feels in any given moment; how he relates to the world in a language that has nothing to do with words and everything to do with sound and the playing of the notes that make the sounds that form the songs that are the way he relates to the world, will only serve to make him more of an outcast than he already is.

Lucas is what you’d call a sensitive boy if you’re being kind, fragile if you’re being honest, but, surprise, the kids at his school aren’t quite so generous as all that. No, they’ve decided it’s much funnier to call him names like Fairy Tate and Lucy Liu because, you know, Lucas doesn’t already consider himself a freak in every possible way, so they’ve taken it upon themselves to make sure each meager shred of his confidence is buried in the evidence of their scorn. These are the kids who will take every opportunity to lure Lucas into a false sense of comfort by pretending to befriend him, yanking that foundation of acceptance out from under him, then pointing and laughing at him while he falls. For Lucas, this is life and is the reason he has become a loner, which is made all the more difficult by his mother, who is well meaning, but whose reassurances that if he merely tries a little harder to put himself out there, he’s sure to fit in, aren’t helpful as much as naïve. The boy suffers the humiliation of being made the butt of the joke where ever he goes, of being the whipping boy for his younger brother, who seems to see Lucas as a constant source of embarrassment simply because he exists, and he learns not to trust anyone or anything if it seems too good to be true.

It’s nothing but a series of trials and errors and sometimes complete failures for Lucas, until he finds friendship in the form of a girl named Trish, and in Alex, the straight boy who has a crush on Trish, but who gives Lucas his first kiss, and who tries so hard to show Lucas what it’s like not to care about what anyone else thinks of him.

Donovan, the only openly gay boy in school, should be Lucas’ ally, though is anything but because he’s too busy despising Lucas for every part of Lucas that reminds him of the things he hates in himself. Zach Teagan, the one boy in school Lucas wants nothing more than to know and love, isn’t gay, and both boys are a cause of such torment for poor Lucas that it doesn’t seem he’ll ever get a break in this life. Until, that is, he does, when he discovers that poetry and music and the expression of feelings through words and melodies really can make a memory, one he won’t soon forget.

Madison Parker’s Play Me, I’m Yours is a tug-at-the-heartstrings story of a boy who wants so much to find someone who’ll love and accept him for who he is, but whose fate it seems to be to try and fade into the scenery and hope everyone will simply leave him alone. Though having said that, this isn’t solely a relationship book about a boy who’s longing above all else to find a boyfriend. This is very much the story of a teenage boy who’s trying hard to discover himself, who he is, what he wants, and to be proud of his immense talent.

Lucas doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve; he wears his heart like an entire suit of emotion, of pain and passion for his music and want for something he doesn’t think he’ll ever have. It’s a sweet and touching story of an introverted boy who finds his perfect match in the one he thought was unattainable. It’s filled with loads of teenage angst, but ultimately delivers an ending that has nothing to do with happily-ever-afters and everything to do with the boy who finally played his music, and the people who love him listened and understood what it is he was saying.

You can buy Play Me, I’m Yours here:

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