The Two Gentlemen of Altona Virtual Book Tour

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!
There’s probably no way to say it without sounding egotistical, so we’re just going to come out and say it: We’re just like Shakespeare.
No, wait, hear us out. It’s not just because we like to wear tights. And those awesome ruff things. It’s because of this:

ThingWeSayTodayShakespeare invented so many words and phrases that, without him, the English language would be in a pickle. See what we did there? And we invent words too. Well, so far we’ve only invented three words. Two were for BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD, where Mark Cooper coins the phrase “bearror” to describe his bear terror, and “hipstalker” to describe Alex, a hipster with stalkerish tendencies. Or a stalker with hipsterish tendencies.

But the third word belongs, rightfully, in THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF ALTONA, a book where one of our MCs, Henry Page, is a con man who gets all his aliases, and quite a few of his crazy ideas, directly from Shakespeare himself. And here’s the word, in full contextual glory:

“How much of this stuff did you actually pay for?”
“Paid for the milk and the bread. And the pretzels, because they would have made too much noise under my shirt. But the tuna, the beans, and the toothbrushes . . . not so much.”
“As a federal agent, I want you to know I’m disgusted by your lack of respect for the law.”
“But you’re impressed too,” Henry said without turning around. “You’re disguspressed.”
“I am not disguspressed. Appalled, more like.”

For the record, Mac is totally disguspressed and only a tiny bit appalled.


TwoGentlemenOfAltonaMischief, 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!

By creativedeeds

7 comments on “The Two Gentlemen of Altona Virtual Book Tour

  1. Thank you for the interesting post. That’s quite a list of things we say that we owe to Shakespeare.

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  2. I loved this post! Yes, I loved that you acknowledged how many phrases we owe to the Bard. However, what I really enjoyed were the words that the two of you invented. They are amazing! They make total sense. Thanks for sharing!

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