Tempest by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock Blog Tour, Except, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have the pleasure of having J.A. Rock & Lisa Henry stopping by today with their newest release Tempest, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and my review for to enjoy, so check out the post and leave a comment with some way for you to be contacted ❤ ~Pixie~ 

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Tempest

(Playing the Fool 03)
by

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

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.

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Excerpt

Henry wasn’t sure how normal families worked. Okay, so there was probably no such thing as a normal family outside of a Norman Rockwell painting, but he had a feeling Mac’s family was a hell of a lot closer to that ideal than his own. And it was no accident he was thinking of Norman Rockwell. Mac’s mom, Ana, was wearing an apron, for fuck’s sake. She even wiped her hand on it before reaching out to shake Henry’s.

“Oh, it’s nice to meet a friend of Ryan’s,” she said, when clearly what she really wanted to ask was what the fuck was going on.

“Is Dad around?” Mac asked.

“He’s down by the back paddock, I think. Do you need me to call him?”

“Yes.”

“Okay, honey. Why don’t you and your friends take a seat in the den?” Ana opened the screen door of the kitchen. For a second Henry thought she was going to shout, then he heard the sound of a bell.

“Don’t they have phones in the country?” he asked in an undertone, which was shitty and unfair, and why the hell didn’t Mac just punch him or something? Henry had been a prick since they’d left Indianapolis. And it was more than the thunder that still rumbled every now and then in the distance as the storm moved away. Henry’s shirt was still a little damp from the walk to the house because apparently Mac didn’t believe in either umbrellas or in waiting until the rain had completely stopped.

Mac ignored the comment.

Henry followed him into the den. The den was exactly what he’d been expecting. Neat and tidy, the furniture a little worn with use, two comfy couches sagging in just the right places. A flat-screen television with a crocheted doily underneath the stand. A china cabinet full of knickknacks and photo frames. A gappy-toothed curly-headed Ryan McGuinness grinned out of one.

“You look stupid with hair.” Henry tried to lighten his tone with a smile, but it didn’t work. He just sounded petulant. “Sorry. I just— Fuck, I don’t know.”

Mac reached out and grabbed his shirt. Tugged him close. Wrapped his arms around him until Henry was suffocating on his aftershave. He didn’t even care though, because it felt good to be held like this. Felt good, just for a second, to be looked after. The second stretched into at least a minute before he peeled himself off Mac, his face burning a little.

He managed to put some distance between them before Mac’s parents appeared.

Mac’s dad was Mac in thirty years, but with hair.

“Ryan,” he said. “What’s going on?”

A little girl brought up the rear. Freckles and glasses. A Darwin fish shirt. Her face lit up when she saw Mac. “Uncle Ryan!”

She launched herself at him.

“Easy, kiddo,” Mac said, turning slightly to deflect her. He caught her under his left arm and squeezed, wincing slightly. Henry’s gaze immediately went to Mac’s ribs. The bullet wound. “It can’t be vacation time already, is it?”

“It is! And Mom and Dad are in San Francisco, so I’m staying here!”

Viola stepped closer to Henry, and took his hand.

“Henry, Viola,” Mac said. “My dad, Ian, and my niece Cory.”

“Hello,” Viola said.

“What’s going on, Ryan?” Ian asked.

Mac squared his shoulders. “Let’s sit down.”

For decent folk—and Henry had decided they were decent folk. He bet Mac’s dad had never even gotten a speeding ticket, and he said “fudge” when he hit his thumb with a hammer. And he bet Mac’s mom just clicked her tongue and shook her head when he said it—they took the news well that their son was now a fugitive from the FBI.

Surprisingly well.

But then, even decent folk could keep a few secrets.

“First thing,” Ian said, “you’ll need to hide the car. Anyone approaching the old house by foot might see if you park in those trees.”

“Grandpa’s barn?” Mac asked.

Ian sucked in a breath through his teeth. “Well, might need to clear it out first. Take the old still apart.”

“That thing.” Ana shook her head. “It should have been gotten rid of years ago. It belongs on a trash heap.”

“Belongs in a museum, more like.” Ian caught the expression on Henry’s face and smiled, unabashed. Henry was a little impressed at Mac’s family history of criminality, and a little disgusted at their hypocrisy. Disguspressed. Definitely disguspressed. “My father was a little fast and loose with the law in his day.”

Henry wondered if now was the time to speculate about that sort of thing skipping a generation.

“Nobody can know I was here.” Mac leaned back in his chair. His shirt rode up a little, and Henry tried hard not to stare. “I’m heading back into the city tomorrow, but Henry and Viola need a place to lay low.”

Henry narrowed his eyes. As if Mac had any hope of tracking down Remy and clearing his name without him.

Ana twisted her apron through her fingers. “Oh, Ryan, of course we won’t say anything to anyone. Cory?”

“Cross my heart.” Cory traced her finger over her chest, then jutted out her chin and got a stubborn look on her face that was obviously a McGuinness family trait, since Henry had seen it a lot on Mac. Mostly when he was refusing to play nice with Henry. Or refusing to play naughty.

“But you can’t stay at the old house,” Ana said. “It’s filthy, I’m sure, and damp. And there are probably spiders.”

“Mom, we’ll be fine there,” Mac said.

“I like spiders,” Viola said.

“Me too!” Cory exclaimed.

Ana didn’t seem any less concerned. “You know, maybe I ought to at least go over the place with the vacuum.”

“Mom.” Mac sighed and rubbed his head the same way he did when Henry was driving him up the wall.

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About Lisa & J.A.

Lisa Henry

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 a log-suffering partner, 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.

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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. A lover of m/m BDSM romance, J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.

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Giveaway!

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 some comfy items picked especially for you by Henry: a pillow shaped like a donut, and a pair of donut-themed socks.

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 March 20, 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!

Review

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - Tempest Cover (500x750)Title: Tempest

Series: Playing the Fool 03

Author: Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock

Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller, Suspense, Humor

Length: Novel (226pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-62649-223-3

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (9th March 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: 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: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/tempest

Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Mac and Henry are both on the run again this time from the OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility); they head back to Altona to Mac’s parents hoping for some breathing room so Mac can discover who is setting him up. Henry has to decide if being with Mac is what he really wants, can he open his past to Mac or is keeping his true self hidden more important than the man he has come to begrudgingly love? As Mac fight’s to clear his name and Henry fights the demons of the past a ghost from the past rears its head and Mac and Henry wonder if they will get out alive.

Oh hell now I never saw that coming… and neither did Mac and Henry! Well guys this is definitely a fitting end to this great series, we get everything tied off brilliantly and we also get to see a wonderful end for Henry and Mac.

This story picks up where The Merchant of Death ends with Mac, Henry and Viola heading for Mac’s parents farm so Mac can regroup and try to figure what he should do next. We are introduced to a much more serious Henry as he examines his past and he tries to work out if he can chance admitting everything to Mac, he fears Mac will either walk away or try to make everything better and Henry can’t decide which would be worse. Mac has his friend Val still on his side and as she investigates from within the FBI Mac hunts for information from his informants.

We have a great time as Viola and Mac’s family meet, Cory (Mac’s niece) is a sweetheart she embraces a friendship with Viola and the two have an important part to play in this story. We discover who is behind Mac’s troubles but not before trouble strikes again and the final showdown is fantastic! When Henry comes to terms with everything that has happened and his relationship with Mac his sparkling personality stomps back to life and has you chuckling, poor Mac LOL.

This last instalment of the Playing the Fool series gets wrapped up brilliantly, everything gets tied up neatly and there are no loose ends left. I think the best thing for me was that even with everything that happened nothing was improbable so everything was quite feasible and worked perfectly with the characters so it was very enjoyable even with the danger. This isn’t a series that you can just drop into; it has to be started at the beginning, so they must be read in order.

I recommend this to those who love action and suspense with a big dose of thriller and a dash of humor, who love characters who are simple and complex, who love a great story and a romance that is never easy.

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Check out the other blogs on the blog tour

March 9, 2015 – Boys In Our Books
March 9, 2015 – Rainbow Gold Reviews
March 9, 2015 – The Blogger Girls
March 10, 2015 – The Jeep Diva
March 10, 2015 – The Novel Approach
March 10, 2015 – Sinfully Sexy Books
March 10, 2015 – Love Bytes Reviews
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March 12, 2015 – La Crimson Femme
March 13, 2015 – LeAnn’s Book Reviews
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19 thoughts on “Tempest by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock Blog Tour, Except, Review & Giveaway!”

  1. Just finished this. What a great end to the series, though I hated to see it end! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I love the excerpt. I really want to read this series. Thank you for sharing.
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  3. Each bit of the book that is revealed makes me more and more excited to read the entire series! Thank you!

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