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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!


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.

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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.


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.





You can buy Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Vol. Seven here:



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Excerpt and Giveaway: The Black and Blühe Blog Tour with RJ Jones


Today we’re pleased to welcome author RJ Jones back to TNA. Enjoy the excerpt from her new book Black and Blühe (Out of the Blue: Book Two) that she’s selected to share with you, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

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Black and BluheBlurb: Grayson Black has never forgiven himself for not saving his identical twin brother, Jet, from a savage beating at their father’s hands ten years ago. Jet’s near-death never would have happened if Gray hadn’t been so focused on his boyfriend at the time. He has sworn to take care of his brother ever since. Gray can’t afford a distraction from his self-imposed mission, the type of distraction presented by the gorgeous blond showing up at their gigs.

Kris Larson is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department. Since splitting from his girlfriend, his favorite way to spend nights off is watching the Black Brothers play in the bars of the Bay Area, especially the guitarist. But it’s not until the brothers are left homeless after a fire at their apartment building that Kris has the opportunity to know the real person behind the brooding façade.

Gray fights his attraction to Kris, but with a meddlesome twin who just wants him to be happy, it’s a losing battle. Before Gray and Kris can have a lasting relationship, though, Gray must learn to forgive himself, let go of the past, and lay more than one demon to rest.

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Excerpt: I WOKE the next morning to the smell of coffee and it took me a minute to realize I wasn’t in my own bed. I presumed it was Kris’s arms that were wrapped around me. I was in his bed and there was a semihard cock nestled against my ass. It must’ve been Jet who put the coffee on, and my mind was eased knowing he’d stayed the night too.

The memory of yesterday’s events flooded my brain and bile rose in my stomach. I was such an idiot and the embarrassment was mortifying. Kris probably thought I was a right nut job.

If he thought that, why is he wrapped around you like a lover right now?

I had no idea. I knew I didn’t want to move. Ever. I wished time would stop and I could stay here with Kris’s arms around me, feeling safe and loved. Nothing could harm me here. No thoughts, memories, or people could get to me in this perfect little bubble.

I didn’t want to move, but I wanted to see what Kris looked like in his sleep. Did he wear that little smile that seemed permanently etched on his features?

I rolled over, ensuring Kris’s arms never left my body, and was met by an icy blue stare, a small smile making his eyes gleam. My own smile made his get bigger in return.

Neither of us spoke. We lay facing each other in complete silence. Kris’s hand moved hesitantly under my shirt and rubbed gentle circles at the small of my back and his smile grew wider as I melted into the pillow, savoring his touch on my skin.

Placing my hand on his cheek, I leaned in and pressed my lips to his. There was no heat, no pressure, just a gentle coming together.

I pulled back and Kris’s eyes remained closed for a long second afterward, like he was memorizing the feel of our lips together.

“Hey,” I whispered.

Kris’s smile seemed never-ending. “Hey.”


RJ JonesAbout the Author:

RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.

RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work.  But they didn’t shut up.  They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days.  Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.

Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.

You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.

RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.

She is surrounded by males.

RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.

Find RJ At: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Blog | Email



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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Ingela Bohm, Reviewed by Tina, Self-Published

Review: Just Playing and The Road Taken by Ingela Bohm

PicMonkey CollageTitle: Just Playing/The Road Taken

Author: Ingela Bohn

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 315 Pages/272 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Michael and Jamie seem fated to make music together. But the thrill of playing soon turns into something more, something neither of the young men can handle. Unable to just stay friends, their only option may be to avoid each other completely. But when things start moving for Jamie’s band, a decision has to be made: either this is goodbye, or they risk everything and let Michael join. Continue reading

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

Series Review: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan

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Title: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Volumes One-Five

Author: Cecilia Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 1000+ Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No.

Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey–or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it’s hard to succeed from the closet. Continue reading

5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jaime Samms, Reviewed by Tina

A Man Must Overcome Abuse In Jaime Samms’ “Off Stage: In the Wings

“There is no better place to heal a broken heart than on the back of a horse.” ― Missy Lyons

Title: Off Stage: In the Wings

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 326 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lenny Stevens was the lead guitarist of the up-and-coming grunge band Firefly until he crossed the line with the band’s lead singer. Now he’s faced with the impossible task of rebuilding his life without the music that had kept him together. Struggling with his fear and rage, he creates the same damaging patterns in his relationship with his lover, Vance Ashcroft.
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4.5 Stars, K. Vale, Liquid Silver Books, Reviewed by Jackie

It’s A Rock ‘n Roll Life In Kimber Vale’s “Double Takes” – Reviewed by Jackie

“I don’t want you to be my fan. I want you to be mine.” ― Emme Rollins

Title: Double Takes (Shooting Stars: Book Two

Author: Kimber Vale

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Pages/Word Count: 174 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Ah, the life of a rock star. Everyone thinks it’s nothing but sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Not for Giovanni Savale.
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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Tina, Tia Fielding

Tia Fielding’s “Mirage” Made This Reader Stand Up And Cheer – Reviewed by Tina

“And lastly, I want to thank Harrison Ford. Because I can. And let’s face it, he shaped as much of my world and imagination as anyone else I can think of. I owe him a hell of a lot.” – Rhys Ford

Title: Mirage

Author: Tia Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When forty-six-year-old washed-up country musician Jasper “Red” Blue looks at the past, all he sees is a series of failures. His one treasured success is six years battling alcoholism without the help of AA. To secure his children’s future, Jasper desperately wants to produce a new album, but he can’t write alone. And he won’t work with just anyone.
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All Romance Ebooks, Lori Toland, Self-Published

“The Replacement Guitarist” Is A Slow Dance With Attraction

“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.” ― Antoine Rivarol

Blaze Shinozuka has recently graduated college and has an audition to play lead guitar for a famous pop star. Blaze is confident in his abilities and he is excited for the opportunity, that is until the man he is auditioning for walks in the room.

Jason Stockton is in a bind and has to replace the lead guitarist for Cassie’s tour since the last guy quit and the tour is set to start soon. When he walks in the room, he is struck in the gut by his attraction to Blaze. Jason tries to keep his face stoic, but he knows that the lust is shining from his eyes.

The two men seem to dance around their attraction until they both give in and start a tentative relationship. Blaze has never been in a relationship before, not with a man or a woman. He knows he has been attracted to men and women equally, but he has never acted on that attraction. Jason picks up on the vibes Blaze is putting out, so he proceeds slowly with Blaze.

It seems Blaze is going to learn the ugly side of the music industry quickly, though. Between being set up for Jason to overhear a comment taken out of context to an untrue announcement made out of spite, Blaze and Jason have to work through some issues if they want to stay together. Then to top all of that off when Blaze tells his parents about Jason, they believe this is only a phase and try setting him up with a woman.

Jason is going through his own learning experiences as well. He finds out that Blaze is still a little confused because he has found himself attracted to women as well. Jason also has some lingering issues with Blaze’s nonchalant attitude with alcohol and drug use.

Along the way the two men realize that they love each other and decide they can overcome any obstacles if they do it together.

This is one book that has left me torn. I absolutely love the premise of this book. I am totally in love with Blaze, but I wish I knew Jason better. I don’t know if this was intentional on the author’s part, but Jason kept pretty quiet about his past. I hope that Jason shares more about himself and his past in the next book because I am completely rooting for these two men.

The author did leave plenty of room for more stories. I am very interested to see if Cassie lets her issues with Blaze and Jason go, and I want to see if the two men will be able to make it work after Blaze goes on the European leg of the tour.

I am just going to have to read the next book to find out, and you can bet I will.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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DeeDee Brock, Silver Publishing

“Livin’ on the Edge” Is What Rock ‘n Roll Is All About

“If a relationship is base on loved, everything is worth one more try.” – Author Unknown

This is the author’s debut novel. Reading the blurb and finding out it was about rockers, I was instantly hooked.

Wes and Scottie are brothers who lost their parents and were put into foster care. After turning eighteen, Wes decides he can take better care of his brother than the foster homes they’ve been in, and he sells himself for money doing whatever it takes for the both of them to survive. After finding Wes beat up, bruised, and battered in an alleyway behind his bar, the owner takes them in and offers both brothers a place to stay. It’s where they both discovered their passion for music by playing with the house band and eventually taking it over. Thus the start of a very successful career.

They story opens several years into their stardom as an alternative rock band and is told through Wes’s POV. Wes knows he’s bisexual but is coming to realize he’s leaning more towards men. Especially when he becomes obsessed with a male fan he sees in the crowd. He can’t stop thinking about him. I loved the intensity of Wes’s infatuation with this mystery fan. It jumps off the page just how blown away he is by what he feels for this guy, he doesn’t really know how to handle his emotions. After shouting in my head at him to just talk to the dude he finally does. We are then introduced to Micah, who is just so sweet and flabbergasted that Wes is even talking to him.

The night these two spend together has the making of a true love story. You feel the total connection and ease they have around each other. It was like they were together for years instead of just hours. Everything flowed perfectly. And the sex was absolutely amazing. I was reading this with a smile on my face, but also with a little apprehension. How was this night going to end? Was this going to be shattered by the light of the day?

Wes isn’t out to anyone. He’s worried about how his band mates and fans would react to him being gay. I kind of felt bad for him, not being comfortable enough to be who he really was. I was a little frustrated with him too, for not confiding in his brother. I felt he could have talked to his brother and it would have been okay. They’ve been through so much together and they only have each other, I just couldn’t see Scottie turning his back on Wes. From the few scenes we see Scottie in, you can sense the love he has for his brother. It was sad Wes thought he couldn’t tell him, fearing rejection from the only family he has left.

A year goes by before Wes and Micah see each other at a musical festival. As it so happens, Micah has a job with another band working their sound system. The instant Wes sees Micah, all the feelings he has been keeping under wraps comes to the surface and he’s determined to get him back. I felt Micah was totally justified in keeping Wes at arm’s length. Wes had hurt him so bad, and he doesn’t trust him. He’s moved on, has a boyfriend and if Wes is serious about earning his trust back, it’s gonna have to be big.

I’m so glad there wasn’t an instant ‘get back together’ scene. I feel what Wes and Micah have is something worth fighting for. I’m so happy the author made them both work at the relationship instead giving them an easy fix. You just know these two are going to make it.

I believe this story is about second chances, self discovery and living your life to fullest. I am very much looking forward to the second book in this series.

Reviewed by: Lynn

You can buy Livin’ on the Edge (Edge #1) here: