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Title: Meant For Me, The Rock Gods series, Book 5
Author: Ann Lister
Publisher: Sleighfarm Publishing
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis from Book Cover By Design
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
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?
We are here today to talk about Meant for Me. What can you tell us about it?
This is the friends-to-lovers story of Tony Wilcox and Jared Baker. They’ve been friends for a very long time and have also lived together. They not only share living space, but on occasion they are also known to share a few women. Their years of being inseparable slowly caused them to see the other “differently.” It is during one of their threesomes the lines between friends and lovers blurs a bit and that puts them both into a tailspin for different reasons. This story is a sweet self-discovery of them finding their true selves and each other in the process.
Tell us more about our main characters?
Tony and Jared truly love spending time with the other. They forged an intimate relationship without realizing how deep it was until it was taken away, then they fight hard to get it back.
What about Meant for Me makes you the proudest?
I love the fact that when the shit truly hits the fan for both of these men, they have the others’ back unconditionally and they’re willing to wade through the mud to protect the other.
If you could be one of your characters who would you be and why?
Every author probably says this, but there is a piece of me in all my characters. Those that really know me, would easily be able to see which character traits are all me. I have fun with that aspect of each story.
Meant for Me is the fifth installment in your Rock Gods series. What else is planned for the series? Also how much of the series should be read to fully enjoy Meant for Me?
All good questions. First, I am already about 40,000 words into Book 6 in The Rock Gods series. This installment is titled Fighting His Fire and it is Dante Dupont and Ashton Lane’s story. For those that have started with Book 1 and read each installment in the series, I think they would agree that you really do see the characters develop as the series move along. As an example, Wheland is kind of a jerk to Cooper Rand in Book 3, but he redeems himself in Book 4. Plus, there is a certain amount of set-up for the next book in the series with each book, too. Book 4, Looking At Forever has a lot of material showcasing the contentious and often times physical nature between Dante and Ashton. It really offers the reader a glimpse at the fire that is to come in Book 6. Having said all that, I think it would be important to fully know these characters if you started with Book 1 and continued on.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Know your genre and market to your target audience. Grow a thick skin and never give up.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I am finishing up Trust by Ella Frank and Chasing The Rainbow by Kade Boehme is up after that.
Rapid Fire Time
- Chick Flick or Scary Movie? Chick Flick.
- Dragon or Unicorn? Hmmm, I do like the fire of a dragon.
- Hunger Games or Divergent? Honestly, neither. I have to pick, I’d say Hunger Games.
- West Wing or Friday Night Lights? Friday Night Lights.
- Winter or Summer Olympics? Both.
- 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future? 100 years in the past.
- Paper or Plastic? Paper.
- Harry or Draco? Neither.
- Freddie Mercury or Adam Lambert? Love both, but Freddie is from my generation.
- Kanye or Beck? Big no to Kanye! And Beck is okay.
What are you working on? What is next?
I am working on Book 6 in The Rock Gods. Titled Fighting His Fire and Book 7 is after that.
Jared continued to gently rock his hips against Tony to ease them through the aftershocks, then leaned in to offer Tony a soft, lingering kiss. When Jared’s eyes opened, Tony was staring up at him. The intensity of that gaze took Jared’s breath away and he rose up to his elbows again.
“You okay?” Jared asked with tenderness.
“Isn’t this where you freak-out and leave?” Tony asked.
Jared’s eyebrows bunched together. “I told you, T, I’m not leaving,” Jared replied. “Being with you like this only makes me want more, so much more.”
Tony pushed his fingers through Jared’s hair and tucked a piece behind his ear. “There’s no girl here between us to act as a buffer, and no other logical way you can pretend this didn’t happen. Can you blame me for thinking you might bolt once the buzz of this wears off?”
“I know my track record with you isn’t the greatest, but things are different now—I’m different,” Jared proclaimed.
“How so?” Tony questioned.
Jared ran the back of his fingers across Tony’s cheek. “I guess you could say, I finally found the balls to admit to myself what it is I’m feeling,” Jared said. “More importantly, I found the backbone to come here and tell you.”
Tony shook his head. “I’m sorry if I’m being skeptical about this, but you’ve either run or pushed me away at very pivotal moments. At this point, I’m finding it difficult to understand where you’re coming from, and what’s really going on inside your head.”
Jared dropped down to Tony’s chest and his face rolled into the bend of Tony’s shoulder. It took a few seconds, but Tony’s arms finally wrapped around Jared’s back and Jared nuzzled in closer. God, he loved the warmth of Tony’s embrace. It offered so much more than comfort. It felt safe.
“I’m so sorry for putting you through that, and if there was a way I could take it back I would,” Jared said with his lips against Tony’s neck. “Truth is, I had trouble…accepting things.”
“Do you think it was easy for me?” Tony asked. “Jesus! How do you come to terms with wanting your best friend like this? There’s no easy way to accept something like that. You either go with what you’re feeling, or walk away, and that’s what you seemed hell bent on doing.”
“I’m here now, T, and that has to count for something,” Jared whispered.
Tony shifted beneath Jared and they both felt the come cooling on their skin. Jared eased off to Tony’s side and rolled from the bed. He walked into the bathroom and returned with a towel to clean them both. When he reached the bed, Tony was already using tissues from the nightstand to wipe the mess off his stomach. Jared climbed back onto the bed and finished cleaning Tony with the towel, then tossed the towel onto the floor and stretched out on his side facing Tony. He slid his leg over Tony’s thigh again, dropped his head to Tony’s shoulder, and ran his fingers over Tony’s chest and stomach. He loved the way Tony’s soft dusting of hair tickled the pads of his fingers.
“I don’t know how I can prove it to you, T, but I will. And, I’ll keep on proving it to you every fucking day you’ll let me,” Jared’s voice was soft, but he knew Tony was hearing every word loud and clear. “I’m not running, and I was serious about wanting more.”
About 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.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Lister/95422803480?fref=photo
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