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Blog Tour: 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!

Today we’re taking a look at the background cast. This time it’s the FBI.

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. Today we’re taking a look at the Feds.

These are Mac’s colleagues. They might be his friends, if he was a little more approachable. And at least one might be his enemy, but he doesn’t know that yet.

Lina Berg: Lina is a translator. She’s far too smart to be working where she works. She’s married to a fire fighter (lucky Lina!) and has three teenage kids.

Calvin Hooper: Calvin is a guy’s guy. He goes to the gym every day. He always has at least two different girls calling him. He is not-so-secretly in love with Penny, who thinks he’s a manwhore and wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole.

Jeff Cavill: Jeff is an analyst. He’s great with computers and technology. He’s got a wife and two sons.

Dwayne Marks: Dwayne is very good at his job. He has a wife and small kids. He also has an ex-wife, and the alimony is killing him.

Penny Vandenburg: Penny is an agent who has been on light duties since a round of shoulder surgery. She is desperate to get out of the office and back into the field, and going stir-crazy while she waits for her medical clearance. She thinks Calvin is a tool. She’s probably right.

Alex Kingsley: Alex is a forensic accountant who is generally quiet, bookish, and overlooked. It’s Alex’s birthday? Alex who?

Dennis Hines: Dennis has a funny nose. Also, he keeps pestering Mac to join the softball team. Give it up, Dennis, it’s never going to happen.

Emilio Morales: Emilio is an agent in the background of the background. Is he even mentioned by name in the books? Who can even remember that now? Spoiler alert: nothing Emilio says or does has any impact on anything that happens in these books.

Paula Loomis: Paula is not an agent. She works in admin. She keeps a plant on her desk. Henry keeps promising to feng shui her work space. Mac thinks feng shui is bullshit.


Mischief, 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.

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!


Unknown said…
J.A. Rock! gotta try this!
Dude, Henry will seriously make people like you and me want to drink. Check out my review on GR. I put a little graphic in my review. hehehe.
Anonymous said…
This will be so much fun!

Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com
bn100 said…
Sounds interesting

bn100candg at hotmail dot com
waxapplelover said…
Love the minor character descriptions.

Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com
H.B. said…
So much fun getting to know all the characters.

humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
Unknown said…
Mac thinks feng shui is bullshit.

Yep, you pretty much sold the book right there. Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy New Year!, or @MerryRogue on Twitter
Serena S. said…
Nice post. Happy New Year!
Bronwyn said…
another great spot


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