Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of TEMPEST. 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!
A big theme in our PLAYING THE FOOL series is identity. Our con man MC, Henry Page, changes his identity as quickly, and as easily, as he changes his underwear. Given his love of Shakespeare it’s no surprise that he’d fit in to one of the Bard’s crazier comedies. You know the ones: where everyone falls in love with everyone else while in disguise, there are a million romantic entanglements to get untangled before the curtain falls, and someone ends up with the head of a donkey. Okay, so that donkey thing only happened once.
Mac, our other MC, doesn’t know what to make of Henry Page. He knows what Henry is — a grifter and a con man whose first instinct is always to lie, and whose second instinct is to run — but he gets enough glimpses of the man Henry might be underneath that Mac can’t help but be intrigued.
Maybe it’s wish fulfilment. Maybe Mac wants to believe Henry’s a decent guy under everything. Or maybe it’s true. How’s he supposed to know what Henry won’t stop lying to everyone, or even himself?
One of the most rewarding things about writing Henry was getting to explore those layers. Most of our narrators in the past have been pretty reliable. They’re a blend of who they tell us they are, who other characters tell us they are, and, of course, what a reader discovers between the lines. But Henry tells a lot of conflicting stories about who he is–both to other characters and to the reader. In a way, it might be what’s between the lines that reveals the most about Henry.
In TEMPEST, Henry’s biggest secrets are finally out, but that doesn’t mean he’s anywhere near ready to shed the identities he wears like armor. Because silly, reckless, no brain-to-mouth filter Henry is the easiest fit for him. And sometimes it’s better to pretend that he could have burst from the pages of one of Shakespeare’s craziest comedies than admit the truth: that it’s tragedy that’s shaped him instead.
Title: Tempest by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
Playing the Fool Series Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Comedy
Length: 226 pages/Word Count: 55,000
Something wicked this way comes.
FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.
While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.
If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.
Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing
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.
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.
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