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This anthology’s got a cool twist to it: they’re using the sales to raise money for the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which is a charity Susan used to support by doing the same thing. Using royalties as a charity donation has fallen out of favor. I’ve even seen bloggers say they think it’s rude to make readers buy a book in order to make a donation. If they want to donate, they’ll donate.

I don’t get that attitude. This is a great way to raise awareness of the need for music programs in our school. I read an article about a local school that’s talking about cutting music, art classes, and recess. Again. It’s an epidemic.

There are seven authors in this anthology, and some of them have been coveted over here before. And now that they’re together, I’m coveting them even harder because, hey, you gotta see how they stand up to each other, right? Similar themes. Which feed off each other. Which are good and which are great. (Notice I’m holding out hope that none of ’em suck.)

Here’s the books:
Renee Lee Fisher – Rock Notes
A.M. Madden – Back Up
Ahren Sanders – Surrendering
M. Stratton – After the Storm
Lisa Swallow – Summer Sky
Gina Whitney – Saving Abel
A.L. Wood – First Chance

Lots of familiar stuff here… I’m drooling…

Even if you don’t pick up the anthology, think about sending a few bucks to Mr. Holland’s Opus. Music in our schools teaches our kids so darn much. It’s so good for them and my own days playing clarinet is what led me to my current career, even. I loved music and wanted to be around it. So now I work in it, just not on the rocking side.

Give kids like me a chance, will ya? Pick up the anthology. Donate. I don’t care. Just make ’em stop cutting music in schools.

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When you start off with THIS cover, you know it’s gonna be a heck of a read. Here. Look. 21570074

Kinda makes you even wonder if it’s Rock Fiction at all. Oh, sure you’ve got a couple raised hands, but maybe they’re there for an S&M show or something.

But no, it’s Rock Fiction. See?

Abel Gunner, the lead singer of the band Lethal Abel, is what beautiful nightmares are made of. His gritty, melodic rasp threatens to rip your heart out of your chest and leave you gasping for the very breath he robbed you of. His kisses, detonating on impact, leave you ruined. Abel is also a Dom, and his appetite for seduction is legendary and intense. After a chance encounter with Gia, his need to dominate this woman increases tenfold. He wants to consume her, merge with her, and never leave her body.

Abel’s emerald eyes touch the deepest part of Gia’s soul in a way that terrifies her. She fears he can see her secret. Lies, guilt, and betrayal lay beneath her skin, and she’s terrified of being exposed. How will Gia ever begin to explain? She doesn’t believe she’s worthy of him, and her greatest fear is that her carefully guarded heart will be shattered. However, she finds herself unable to deny this rogue tattooed rocker whose kisses just might ruin her.

So the bio tells us ALL about Abel, but nothing about Gia. Or why Abel has to be saved.

Other than the fact that he’s a rocker, this may not be Rock Fiction at all. After all, Rock Fiction has to have a musical component. The book has to throb with music. It’s got to be present, be a factor. This reads more like a journey of self-discovery via an S&M relationship, and like nothing will happen onstage or with the band. Rock and roll may be founded on sex, but it takes more than sex to be Rock Fiction.

So what is it? Even the second book in the series, Forgiving Gia, doesn’t clear things up. Look:

Abel Gunner is a rock-star with legendary skills both in and out of the bedroom. He swore he wouldn’t fall for another woman after being schemed and manipulated by an ex-lover. He kept that vow until he met Gia Mastro. The Dom inside of him awoke the moment he set eyes upon the submissive beauty. His dark soul hungered for her submission and affection. The deep connection they share leaves him desperate for something he never expected – her love. Her pain brings him the pleasure he craves. Her smile calms the beast that rages within him. Gia loves Abel more than life itself, but Abel is disillusioned by love and wrecks Gia in the process. Her life hangs in the balance. His life depends on forgiving her. This couple must face many truths. Is love enough to overcome the damage that dwells within? Gia’s experiences with love have been nil until meeting the infamous bad-boy rocker, Abel Gunner. Swept up in a mind-bending, Dom/submissive love affair, she’s forced to make decisions that both help and hurt their relationship. They both have to face their demons before they can embrace a future together. In the end, they’re faced with two choices: Fight for their love, or die with their demons.

Gotta read it to see!