Blog Tour & Giveaway: Lisa Henry & J A Rock, The Two Gentlemen of Altona



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! Meanwhile, allow us to present:

Henry Page’s Cabin Fever Survival Guide.

So you’ve just been abducted by the FBI for your own protection? While it’s always nice to be whisked away from the threat of a bullet in the back of the head, there are a few things you need to know about going on the lam with the law, and Henry Page is here to help.


It’s bad form to complain about the standards of your accommodation, even if they are a little rustic. The cabin I stayed at looked like something out of a horror movie. I found a dead moth under my pillow. Under my pillow. Did it crawl under there to die, or was it tragically suffocated while seeking shelter? Also, the soap in the shower was thin and hard and dried out. Take your own toiletries and, if you can, bedding.


Junk food is not provided by the FBI, or at least it wasn’t provided by Mac. When we went grocery shopping he paid for things like the eggs and the pasta, even though he’s supposed to be watching his carbs, but he refused to buy candy. When shopping with the FBI, I would suggest wearing a baggy shirt or, if you’re really prepared, one of those fake pregnancy bellies that you can fit a whole turkey in.


The entertainment at Mac’s cabin wasn’t great, unless you like DVDs about dinosaurs and those Club Werewolf books. There was also a pack of cards with 14 cards missing, and an edition of Trivial Pursuit so old that the Soviet Union was still a thing. I always travel with a book in case of entertainment emergencies, and I suggest you do the same.  

Apparently nature walks are not on the list of FBI-approved activities when you’re hiding from the Indiana mob, but if your FBI agent is cranky and glarey but also kind of hot, you can totally flirt with him. It’s hilarious, and will drive him insane. So will talking incessantly. Both are highly recommended. And eventually you’ll have him so bamboozled that he’ll agree to perform Shakespeare with you just to make it stop.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuiness’s Close Protection Operating Procedures:

  1. Do not strangle Henry.
  2. Do not strangle Henry.
  3. Do not strangle Henry.


The Two Gentlemen of AltonaMischief, 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.

Kazza’s review here


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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Bronwyn Heeley

That was an awesome way to start a tour, cant wait to read this book (and it has been a long hard wait, lol)

Thanks for the chance! Beeheeley(@)gmail(.)com


I’m commenting for the candy 😉


Oops, forgot my email addy. For when I win the candy 😀 : aniko.laczko @


The book sounds like so much fun. I’m looking forward to reading it and finding out what Henry’s favourite candy actually is! 🙂

Kaetrin AT internode DOT on DOT net


Sign me up for the junk food maybe not the accomodation. It sounds so much fun. 🙂
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The whole thing sounds fantastic!



I put a typo in the e-mail box, but the one I spelled out is right. Sorry about that!

Serena S.

Not much a candy-girl but I do want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!


What a fun giveaway! Good luck to all who enter.

Kezia Shugrue

I mentioned on another tour stop that I love it when writers treat their characters as they would real people, and here you are doing it again! That’s it! Now I must follow the entire tour (which is kind of a big deal for me, since I’ve only ever followed an entire blog tour for one writer – Aleksandr Voinov). Thanks for making this so much fun. Best of luck with the new series, and Happy New Year!, or @MerryRogue on Twitter


LOL. The protection operation procedures, omg. Thank you for the lovely post =)

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Funny procedures

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Ashley E

Ohmigosh, that’s hilarious. Poor Mac is in for a rough time, isn’t he?


Love the survival guides! Thanks for the chance to win.

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Logan Penta

This looks like it’s gonna be a good one. I can’t wait to read it!!



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I hope I never have to use this guidance, but it was fun reading. Thanks for the post and contest!

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Fun post! Thanks for the post and the giveaway! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa H

Can’t wait to read this series. Sounds like it’s going to be lots of fun. 🙂

Jen CW

Thanks for another great post. I can’t wait to read this book.


Julie Small

This is gonna be a good one. I can’t wait to read it!


I can’t wait to read this after reading this post and I was already excited to read it! aahickmanathotmaildotcom

Kelsey O'Mullane

Oh yeah, sounds like this book (& subsequent ones…yay!) are going to be right up my alley! Love snarky interaction between mc’s and I’m certain these books are going to be full of that. kelsey(at)netspace(dot)net(dot)au

Kelsey O'Mullane

Darn, will try again as my last post was deemed to be “spam”. Nope, I’m a real person and love my mm books and this series looks like it’s going to be right up my alley!