Rock Fiction Coveting: Something Different by Nia Farrell

Posted: January 5, 2016 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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I was hoping this one would live up to its title and be something different, and maybe it is. It’s sure got a tough description.

Singer/songwriter Anna James is getting desperate. Even with a day job, money’s tight, and she’s wound tighter yet, having sworn off sex to reconcile with her mother who’s in chemo and her father who disowned her for her wild, wicked ways. No sooner than her psychic best friend predicts an end to Anna’s self-imposed drought, rock stars Jackson and Jacob Thomason come to town, with the dream of an indie album co-written with local American Indian flutist Nico White and his songwriting partner AJ McPherson.

Jackson and Jacob are attracted to Anna, who gives as good as she gets. Learning that Anna’s alter ego AJ puts the “twist” in Nico’s “tribal” music only makes them want her more. The part-Comanche Thomason twins need an album’s worth of songs. That means spending night after night, working closely, getting to know each other, learning how to co-create.

Anna’s never written music with anyone but Nico. They’re comfortable with each other. The Thomason twins, who perform as No Mercy, make her anything but. What’s a fangirl to do, when submitting to her rock star idols means exploring the darker side of passion?

What does swearing off sex have to do with fixing a relationship with your mother? I don’t get how the two things connect.

So Anna gives as good as she gets… what does that mean? Is it totally sexual, since the sentence starts out talking about their sexual attraction?

Does Anna’s submission to a set of twins mean it’s all over between her and her mother?

Yeah, this is problematic. But stuff I like and hope gets more time on the page: Anna’s successful enough that people seek her and her partner out. Why isn’t there more money? Is she in a position of power to ask for more, once she realizes the value the twins put on her musically? I like that Anna’s being pushed to explore what she can and can’t do, in terms of writing music and her career.

But still… why can’t people ever keep it professional?

This is the second in a series. The first and third seem to have nothing to do with Rock Fiction, but they both have PTSD issues, which could be interesting. And all three are books about women and two men. Fun if that’s your thing.

I see a lot of potential, once the issues with Anna and her mom get cleared up. I’d totally read this.


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