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 release, A Case for Christmas. They have also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving them a big welcome!
“You are forward, sir,” Gale said.
“If it makes you uncomfortable, I hope that you will tell me so. For I do not wish to offend.”
“I am not offended. I merely wonder what madness you suffer if you feel such desire for me.”
Chant’s expression was so patently dismayed that at first Gale thought it part of the joke. But the play of sentiments across the fellow’s face was genuine. Gale could not fathom why this comment, of all the reckless, insensitive comments he had made thus far, had upset Chant so.
Gale quickly apologised. “To each his own taste. I am rather flattered that you think of me in such a way. You are not exactly ugly yourself.”
Chant smiled tightly, and Gale knew it was time to redirect the conversation to something that would take Chant’s mind off his pain. “Howe’s corpse had a grotesque chest wound that looked to be made with the same triangular blade that injured Visser.”
Oddly, this did not seem to lift Chant’s spirits.
“So you see, this supports our suspicion. Well, my suspicion—I don’t know if you share it—that de Cock killed Howe and wounded Visser.”
“That’s good, I suppose.” Chant did not seem as focused as Gale would like. “Well, not good. But good that we are getting some answers.”
“Based on the wounds, I would say the blade used is a ballock dagger. So named for its distinct handle, which has twin globes at the hilt”—he sketched out the shape in the air—“that resemble a pair of kidneys, or perhaps a set of…” He trailed off.
“Balls?” Chant supplied.
“So de Cock’s sword…”
“Has a set of—”
They sat there for a moment in contemplation.
“He really embraces it, doesn’t he?” Chant remarked.
“You almost have to admire him.”
“I wouldn’t go that far.”
“No, of course not.
Another moment of silence.
The Lords of Bucknall, Book 2
He loves no-one and never will.
Lord Christmas Gale is a genius and a misanthrope, and, quite to his disgust, adored by all of Society for his capacity to solve mysteries. When a man approaches him seeking help in locating a lost dog, Gale rebuffs him. But what begins with a missing dog ends in murder and intrigue–two of Gale’s favourite things, if it weren’t for the orphan that comes attached to them. Oh, and Benjamin Chant.
He has sworn to never love again.
The Honourable Mr. Benjamin Chant isn’t sure how he got swept up in Gale’s mad investigation, but there’s something intriguing about the man–a vulnerability that most of the world doesn’t notice, but which captures Chant’s interest, and his sympathy, from their first meeting. After a disastrous love affair in the past, Chant has sworn to never give his heart away again. Especially to a man who does not want it.
But it isn’t just their hearts at stake.
When their investigation takes a dangerous turn and their lives are threatened, both Gale and Chant are forced into the realisation that perhaps two imperfect men might fit perfectly together–that is, if they can outwit the killer who is intent on seeing them both dead.
A Case for Christmas is the second book in the Lords of Bucknall Club series, where the Regency meets m/m romance.
J.A. Rock is the author of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A.’s books have received Lambda Literary, INDIEFAB, and EPIC Award nominations, and The Subs Club received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Novel Award. 24/7 was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
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 with 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.
Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101, and a Rainbow Awards finalist for 2019’s Anhaga.
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