Guest Post and Giveaway: The Two Gentlemen of Altona by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Today I am so pleased to welcome Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock to Joyfully Jay. Lisa and J.A. have come to talk to us about their latest joint release, The Two Gentlemen of Altona. They have also brought along a fabulous giveaway.  Please join me in giving then a big welcome!



Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA. We’re touring the web taking about our influences, our processes, anything we can think about actually, and even giving you guys a sneak peak or two! And what would a blog tour be without a contest? Check out the details at the bottom of the post to see what you can win!

Lisa: Something strange happened when JA Rock and I were writing our PLAYING THE FOOL series. Something strange, and a little disturbing. I discovered that J.A. has an intense hatred for Indiana. I’m not sure when I first noticed this. I think it was around the time when I wrote something about a lake in Indiana and was suddenly subjected to an expletive-laden essay about how that’s not a lake, that’s a puddle, and who the hell does Indiana think it is anyway?

I don’t know if all people from Ohio feel this way about Indiana. Admittedly, everything I know about Indiana comes directly from Parks and Recreation, but I tend to think of it fondly because of that. Basically, I just wanted to get all of that out of the way before J.A. arrives and says terrible things about what I’m sure is a wonderful place.

J.A.: Yeah. Yeah, Lisa. It’s a wonderful place. If you like corn. And NO LAKES. Here’s the thing. Ohio and Indiana are basically the same state. It’s just one flat stretch of land covered in cornfields and a few barns.

But there is a difference. Oh, there is a critical difference. Ohio has a lake. And not just any lake. A Great one. And yes, that lake’s shores are strewn with dead fish, and yes, it is the color of a septic leak, and yes, if you spend any significant amount of time in it you will probably grow a third foot and make a new home on the rank and turbid lake bottom and be forever known as Tripedis the Aquamutant of Erie. But it is a lake, dammit, and that is more than Indiana has.

And I’m not just prejudiced against Indiana because my brother and I once drove five hours there in the middle of the night to audition for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and didn’t get on the show.

I DON’T NEED YOUR CHARITY, INDIANA. I’M DOING JUST FINE ON MY OWN. *pans for gold in the backyard*

Fun game: Sing the song “Fifty Nifty United States,” but replace all of the state names with “Indiana.” It sounds like a foolish and pointless exercise, and it is, but sometimes it is surprisingly entertaining.

I’m not hung up on Indiana. I don’t even know why I’m still talking about it. Indiana, you’re lovely. Why don’t you and Regular Virginia get married?

I heard one of your denizens built a tiny roller coaster in his backyard. Congratulations. But, you know… *YAWN*


Ohio. Compensating for something.

Lisa: And can I just make it clear that just because I don’t have a horse in this race, doesn’t mean I’m a better person. For the record: Screw you, New South Wales. You think you’re so great, with your Sydney Harbour Bridge and whatnot. The Great Barrier Reef shits all over your bridge. So nah nah nah.

J.A. Wow, Lisa, that’s kind of intense. Maybe you should be more accepting.


TwoGentlemenOfAltona_400x600Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page—the world’s most irritating witness—alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA is the first in our PLAYING THE FOOL trilogy. Book 2, THE MERCHANT OF DEATH, will be available on February 2. Book 3, TEMPEST, will be released March 9.

You can preorder the series, and check out excerpts, at Riptide.


Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house a log-suffering partner, too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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J.A. Rock has worked as a dog groomer, knife seller, haunted house zombie, standardized patient, cashier, census taker, state fair quilt hanger, and, for one less-than-magical evening, a server—and would much rather be writing about those jobs than doing them. A lover of m/m BDSM romance, J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.


Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away an awesome prize – an ebook copy of a novel of your choice from either of our back catalogs. We’re also giving away a $20 Riptide gift voucher, and the contents of Henry Page’s bag during his arrest in THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA: that’s some Shakespeare and a bunch of Henry’s favorite candy!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for us to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because we won’t be able to see it otherwise! On January 9, we’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!

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  1. Congrats on the new release! And thanks for the chance!

  2. New South Wales? Queensland? Ha! I say. South Australia has the Barossa Valley (wine) and The Flinders Ranges and wasn’t settled by convicts. So there!!


    Kaetrin AT internode DOT on DOT net 

  3. Yay – can’t wait to read this! Sounds like a good one 🙂

  4. Darn fingers, hit publish too quickly lol

  5. Being FROM Indiana… I totally laughed. heehee Too funny! And the story sounds great. (But I have to say… I’ve swam in some lovely lakes in Indiana. 😉 Ahahahaha 

    binojo2 @ yahoo .com

  6. As I native Ohioan, I am sadly lacking in any strong feelings toward Indiana…. Don’t get started on Texas though.


  7. Thanks for the giveaway. 
    KimAndPete at me dot com

  8. Happy New Year. Please count me in.

  9. If I ever pass through Ohio, I don’t think I will be visiting that lake…LOL. 🙂  

  10. Please count me in , thank you.

  11. Thanks for the post and contest!  I have this one on my TBR list – sounds great. I’ve been to Indiana a couple times – once after a big college football game win – that was kind of scary.  

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  12. Some strong feeelings there! Not been to either Ohio or Indiana so cant comment – though did go to the Canadian shores of Erie way back in 1980!

    Littlesuze at hotmail dot com

  13. I did live in Indiana two times.  I really enjoyed the races.

  14. interesting blurb

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  15. Indiana/Ohio sounds a little like Oklahoma/Texas. I won’t say which one I am. 😀

  16. Bronwyn Heeley says:

    Another awesome post!!

    Thanjs fir the chance beeheeley(@)gmail(.)com

  17. Great post & giveaway!

  18. goddessani says:

    You’re both hysterical! I would love a chance to win.

  19. Actually, I’m kind of intrigued by Ohio (Jeni’s Ice Cream and the NHL All-Star Game and all). Always entertaining to hear what Lisa and JA have to say!

  20. Waxapplelover says:

    Having lived in Ohio for a while I thought this was hilarious. Thanks for the chance to win. 

  21. GO THE BLUES!!! Oops, did I type that out loud… 😀

  22. I’ve never been to Indiana or Ohio (or New South Wales) so I can’t say I have an opinion at all, but thanks for a fun post! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

  24. I have never been to Indiana or Ohio.  🙁  The book sounds very interesting and I look forward to reading it and the rest of the series.

  25. I’ve never been to either Ohio and Indiana but I think if I ever do what you said about them will echo in my mind, lol. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  26. As a native Texan, I can say that I never spend any time thinking about Ohio OR Indiana. I had family living in California, so I was attached to that state for a while, but they’ve moved back home to Texas, so now I don’t care about California any more. But they do have some fabulous redwoods in the northern part, which I found very impressive. And, of course, Marin has Lucasfilms, and I am an enormous geek, so I do care about all things Star Wars. But other than that, the other states can go hang themselves. We’re almost our own country here in Texas, anyway.

    YOU TWO, however, could quite possibly MAKE me care about other states, just by following this story, which I plan to do. Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy New Year!!, or @MerryRogue on Twitter

    • Texas really is its own country! Lisa will be excited about the Star Wars stuff. She’s been pressuring me to watch the original trilogy, which I’ve never seen. Apparently this is some kind of travesty.

      Happy New Year!

  27. Thanks so much to everyone who has commented so far! We appreciate you stopping by, and I of course appreciate that none of you Indianians have come after me…yet. 😀

  28. LOL, having grown up in the Chicago suburbs and married someone whose father grew up in Indiana I fully appreciate the feelings about Indiana although I did spend a number of enjoyable childhood days at the Indiana Dunes which is on quite an impressive lake even if it’s not quite Indiana’s lake. 

  29. You two are both amazing authors individually but also compliment each other really well, and I’m looking forward to reading the new series! And I’ve never been to Indiana, but now I guess I know I should stay away…

    asmallbluedot at gmail dot com

  30. Congrats on the new book!
    OceanAkers @

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