Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of THE MERCHANT OF DEATH. 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 putting the spotlight on one of series’ supporting characters: Valerie Kimura. Val used to be Mac’s partner at the Indianapolis FBI. She’s now his boss. Val’s favorite childhood movie is The Silence of the Lambs. She’s in her thirties, and just because she’s single and wears sensible shoes doesn’t mean she’s a lesbian. Only her dad suspects that.
Val would tell you that Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is the best partner she ever had. You can’t help but get close to a guy you’ve spent a lot of hours on boring stakeouts with, but Val and Mac have kept things strictly professional. There was that one time after the Jimmy Rasnick arrest… but that was totally tequila’s fault. Still, on the plus side, Mac figured out some things about himself, and so did Val. Mostly she figured out that it’s never a good idea to drink that much tequila.
So how does Val feel about Henry Page?
Conflicted. God knows Mac needs a little bit of crazy/sexy in his life (and so does Val, vicariously, because God knows that’s the only way she’s getting it at the moment) but it couldn’t come at a worse time, with the OPR sniffing around and allegations of misconduct, and worse, being made against Mac. Also, Henry’s a witness. He may be the sketchiest witness ever to walk into the Indianapolis field office, but Val likes him. It’s kind of impossible not to like Henry, even when she knows he’s playing everyone.
She hopes he’s not playing Mac, though. Not where it counts. Because, if he is, she’ll stab him in the eye with a pen. She might not be Mac’s partner anymore, but Val’s still got his back.
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.
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Lisa Henry: I like to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters. But they’ve gotta work for it! No free lunches on my watch.
I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia. I don’t know why, because I hate the heat, but I suspect I’m too lazy to move. I spend half my time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting my escape.
I attended university at sixteen, not because I was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. I studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
I share my 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 I imagined life as a grown-up.
J.A. Rock: J.A. Rock is the author or co-author of over fifteen LGBTQ romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, THE GOOD BOY, and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater arts from Case Western Reserve University, and has worked numerous odd jobs, from standardized patient to haunted house zombie. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. She grew up in Ohio and West Virginia, but currently lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.