Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Merchant of Death, Lisa Henry and J.A Rock
Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of THE MERCHANT OF DEATH. We’re touring the web talking 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’ve turned the guest post over to Henry. Take it away, Henry:
Henry Page here. So I’ll admit it: I like Mac. Even though he’s crabby and even though he works for the FBI, which is my third least favorite shadowy government organization, and EVEN THOUGH he recently threw away a package of Oreos I was eating from because it was “giving him cravings.”
The man needs to loosen up. Seriously. I don’t know what would do it though. Acupuncture needles would bounce right off his skin.
In case you ever find yourself in a predicament like mine, just know that there are plenty of ways to MacGyver your favorite junk food with ingredients from your kitchen. Sure, it takes a little time, but the look on your G-man’s face when he sees you’ve covered every available inch of counter space (and certain portions of your own body) with homemade Oreos? Priceless. Bonus points for getting him to do that little clench-y thing with his hand.
Homemade Oreo Cookies:
1¼ cups cocoa powder
1½ cups all-purpose/plain flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved into ½ teaspoon warm water
6oz rolling fondant icing (available at your local party supply store. Unless you’re not allowed in there anymore. In which case, just grab a cowboy hat off the front rack and put it on as you enter the store. Now you’re incognito.)
Sift together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl, and set aside
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add the egg & yolk one at a time, then the vanilla, followed by the instant coffee, mixing in each ingredient before adding the next.
Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces, wrap with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
Knead the dough slightly to help soften.
Place one piece between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment paper and roll into a ¼-inch-thick rectangle. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter (or a shot glass. Mac has a lot of those leftover from the days when he was apparently fun), cut the dough into about 64 circles. Any scraps will have to be re-chilled before you can re-roll it.
Place the cookies about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 325f—or 165c, for those of you elsewhere in the world.
Bake the cookies about 20 minutes be sure not to let them get too dark or the cookie will become bitter.
Cool completely on cooling racks.
For the Filling:
Roll out the fondant, using icing sugar for rolling (not flour) to just over a quarter of an inch thickness and cut into circles using the same cookie cutter as for the cookies.
Brush one side of the fondant with a little milk and press this onto the bottom of one cookie.
Brush the other side of the fondant with a little water and place the bottom of a second cookie, pressing gently to secure the sandwich.
Repeat with the remaining cookies, re-rolling the fondant if needed.
About THE MERCHANT OF DEATH:
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.
Kazza’s NSFW review
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.
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