Monday, February 02, 2015

The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2) by Lisa Henry & J. A. Rock ~ Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway

The Merchant of Death

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!


Today we’re looking at some of our supporting cast.

In our PLAYING THE FOOL series, we have a wide cast of supporting characters. Some of them are more prominent than others, but they’ve all got their roles to play. In THE MERCHANT OF DEATH, you’ll meet more of Henry’s friends, our supporting cast of criminals and cons who hang around the Court of Miracles.

Gerald: Gerald affects a British accent because he thinks it makes him sound classy, and is constantly touching up his gray hair with dye. He’s very dignified, and considered himself an artist, not a thief. He’s thinks he’s still an attractive man, but there’s a reason he’s living off pot noodles and memories. He often complains that conning is a dying art form, and these days it’s all email scams out of Nigeria. Nobody has the personal touch anymore. Gerald specialises in art “reproductions”. As he points out, it’s only a forgery if he attempts to sell one of his paintings as an original. Which, of course he does. Constantly.

Jo: Jo loves her disguises. She can be everything from a femme fatale to a mousy librarian girl. She’s got it, and she works it. She runs small time love scans mostly, where she preys on married guys, and then blackmails them. Hey, a girl’s gotta make a living.

Carson: Carson is not a nice guy. He’d sell his own mother out for money. Henry hates him because he preys on Henry’s best friend Remy when Remy’s short on cash and needing a fix. And just because Remy will do anything for twenty bucks doesn’t mean Carson should take advantage.

Henry’s friends are a mixed bag. Sometimes they’re helpful, and sometimes they’d sell you out for a dollar. You can pretty much guarantee they can’t even lie straight in bed. There’s a reason Henry fits so well in the Court of Miracles.


The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2) by Lisa Henry & J. A. Rock

MerchantOfDeath_400x600Title ~ The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2)

Authors ~ Lisa Henry & J. A. Rock

Publishers ~ Riptide Publishing

Due for Release ~ 2nd February 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Crime



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All’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.

You can check out THE MERCHANT OF DEATH at Riptide.

Macky’s Review ~> HERE

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Meet Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but 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.



Meet J.A. Rock

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. 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 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!


  1. This series looks good. I have found recently that I like a little mystery with my romance. Thanks for the chance

  2. Very excited to read this series. Thanks for the post and the giveaway! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I really loved the first in the series. Certain passages just had me laughing out loud. Looking forward to more of Mac and Henry. (And hopefully none of Carson. Hated how he preyed on Remy.)

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  4. Looks like a great series, thanks for the review.

  5. Congratulations on the newest release! I have been waiting for this one :) And a coffee mug as a prize, can't get better than that!


  6. I need this series!

  7. In the middle of The Merchant now - great stuff!

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  8. This sounds like a great series!

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  9. I have just started read M/M's books This one sounds so good I like to read books that have a little real life in it. I liked Mackys review they help a lot. Thanks for the chance.

  10. I love finding new to me authors!!!!!!! Love the sound of this series....can't wait to read it!

  11. I don't drink coffee or tea but love hot chocolate love the sound of your books send me e-mail when more come out

  12. Henry has some friends you really don't want to turn your back on!


  13. Looking forward to reading more about the denizens of the Court of Miracles. Thanks for the post and contest!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  14. After finishing Merchant Of Death I'm starting to wonder about Carson. I'm looking forward to book #3.

  15. this sounds great! please count me in


  16. I'm intrigued already!

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  17. The cover is so different and creative. I love it.
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  18. Thanks for the post and giveaway! This series looks great. I can't wait to start it.

  19. Congrats on the releasing the second book in the series. It looks and sounds fantastic =) I'm looking forward to giving it a read.

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  20. Covers look interesting

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  21. This series is so much fun! I love the modern take on Shakespeare. Thanks for the giveaway - so many great books from Riptide. They're one of my top five favorite publishers.

  22. This is fantastic thank you.


  23. Such an amazing series... you are both becoming autobuy authors for me, together and separately. aahickmanathotmaildotcom

  24. This sounds like a very good series and I look forward to reading it.
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  25. series sounds fantastic

  26. I have added The Merchant of Death to my TBR list!

  27. Adding to my need-to-read list!

  28. Looking forward to reading this series!

  29. These are on my TBR. Love the sound of the series and I know you can't go wrong with these authors!
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