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 new release, The Merchant of Death (which I reviewed here and really loved). They have also brought along a great giveaway! Please join me in giving these ladies a big welcome!



Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of THE MERCHANT OF DEATH. 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!

In TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA, Special Agent Ryan McGuinness revealed his distaste for movies, books, and TV shows that are unrealistic. STAR WARS, HARRY POTTER, THE LAKE HOUSE…if there’s science fiction or magic, Mac won’t bother with it. In THE MERCHANT OF DEATH, we learn about a very specific thorn in Mac’s side: Winnie the Pooh.

Henry–Mac’s smooth-talking, sugar-addicted, uh…partner—can’t let Mac’s Pooh hatred go unchallenged. So today, we’ve invited Mac to make a definitive list for Henry of all the reasons Winnie the Pooh is unacceptable. Take it away, Mac!

  1. Put some pants on. Indecent exposure is against the law. I’m tired of characters like Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, and Diddy Kong running around in shirts but no pants. It makes no sense. And it’s disturbing. If animated animals must exist, they should either be fully clothed or naked. Don’t even get me started on Yogi Bear’s shirtless collar.
  2. Magical woodland friends. MWFs are always nauseating, and they give children unrealistic expectations. Squirrels are not going to clean your house. Mice are not going to make you a dress. This is the real world. Mice shit in your fruit bowl and squirrels give you rabies.
  3.  The honey obsession. I know someone who’s addicted to sugar. He’s a pain in the goddamn ass. If Pooh doesn’t want to turn out like him, he’d better get his paw out of the honeypot and get a job.
  4.  Tigger. There’s only one? Fantastic. That’s still one too many. Let’s get that asshole from “The Most Dangerous Game” out here STAT.

There is one good thing about Winnie the Pooh, and one good thing only: Eeyore. Now there’s a poor bastard who understands that life is a series of disappointments, punctuated by moments of such fleeting joy they only serve to remind you what a slog everything else is.


MerchantOfDeath_400x600All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.


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 Mac’s favorite coffee mug. What? It’s not like he’s supposed to be drinking coffee.

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 February 12, 2015, 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!

  • By entering the giveaway, you’re confirming that you are at least 18 years old.
  • Winners will be selected by random number. No purchase necessary to win.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
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