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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: “The Merchant of Death” by Lisa Henry & JA Rock



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 though, we’re totally asking you guys for your help.

We had so much fun writing the PLAYING THE FOOL series, that we’d love to write more adventures featuring Henry and Mac. The only problem: titles. Every title has to be Shakespearean, but Shakespeare only wrote a certain amount of plays, and not all of those plays lend themselves to titles.

So today we’re going to play a game. Anyone who comments and suggests a potential Mac and Henry title taken from an existing Shakespeare play, gets a bonus entry in the blog tour grand prize! 

Here are Shakespeare’s plays, apart from The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, and The Tempest, because we’ve already stolen those.


Good luck!


All’s Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Comedy of Errors




Henry IV, Part I

Henry IV, Part II

Henry V

Henry VI, Part I

Henry VI, Part II

Henry VI, Part III

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Love’s Labour’s Lost


Measure for Measure

Merry Wives of Windsor

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Much Ado about Nothing



Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Taming of the Shrew

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Winter’s Tale




MerchantOfDeath_400x600All’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.




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.

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 February 12, 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!


20 comments on “BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: “The Merchant of Death” by Lisa Henry & JA Rock

  1. debby236
    February 2, 2015

    How about Much Ado About Henry. I love the sounds of the book Should be a fun book to read.
    Debby236 at hotmail dot com


  2. Waxapplelover
    February 2, 2015

    So fun! I see the trouble, since some really aren’t conducive to changing. How about Midsummer Night’s Chase?

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com


  3. jenf27
    February 2, 2015

    How about Measure for Murder? I have Merchant of Death queued up to read soon – hopefully later this week. Thanks for the post and contest!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com


  4. Antonia
    February 2, 2015

    This is tough – maybe Midsummer Night’s Mystery? Thanks for the post and the giveaway! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com


  5. Auburn
    February 2, 2015

    “Midsummer Night’s Cream” (I’m so sorry. I’m like a 13 year old boy at heart). You could go with “The Taming of the Con Man” or “Mac-Death” or a bit of a stretch like “King Fear.”

    Loved the first book! Can’t wait to continue the series! I read it first on ebook, but I really want the books on my shelves :)

    auburn (dot) morrow (at) yahoo (dot) com


  6. Lisa Henry
    February 2, 2015

    You guys! These are all brilliant! BRILLIANT!


  7. Barbra
    February 2, 2015

    I’m not creative enough for this…but, I LOVE these books. I read a review for Merchant of Death last Wednesday, so I went to Riptide and bought The Two Gentleman of Altona and Merchant Of Death and finished them on Sunday. Now I have to wait until March for the rest of the story…sigh. I’m excited to hear there’ll be more though. :-)


    • aelnova
      February 2, 2015
      • Barbra
        February 2, 2015

        yikes! I’m not sure why it changed from my name to my e-mail name but
        aelnova & Barbra are the same.


  8. Trix
    February 2, 2015

    It’s been one of those days where my brain went to fourth-grade humor: “Pericles” immediately became “Perineum” (I know, it won’t pass muster at Amazon, it was just a momentary impulse), “Winter’s Tale” was “Winter’s Tail,” and “Coriolanus”…well, that still works. Depending on the locale, you could do “Timon of Athens, Georgia” or something like that…



  9. Jen CW
    February 2, 2015

    Merry Knives of Windsor or Merry Knaves of Windsor.


  10. bn100
    February 2, 2015

    Interesting titles
    Measure for McGuinness

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com


  11. H.B.
    February 2, 2015

    I’m absolutely horrible at games like these but I do like to play games so I’m going to give it a try. How about Taming the Fool or Love, Labour, and Death?

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com


  12. J.A. Rock
    February 2, 2015

    Oh my god, these are awesome! You all are so much better at this than we are. :)


  13. Erin
    February 3, 2015

    Pleasure for Pleasure.


  14. Give A Rush
    February 3, 2015

    Hmmm, how about Twelve Nights with Mac?
    Everyone’s answers are so good!
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com


  15. Allison
    February 3, 2015

    Umm… how about Mac and Cheese instead of Romeo and Juliet? :D


  16. juliesmall1959
    February 3, 2015

    I am not good at this either but WOW some of these are freaking AWESOME!



  17. jentay82
    February 11, 2015

    Oh I suck at this kind of stuff, but all of the answers and suggestions are amazing.

    How about: All’s Well that Murders Well


    • jentay82
      February 11, 2015

      I wasn’t finished, whoops. Or “Crime of Errors” or “As You Bite It” <— ha, with bite being death but I'm sure people would think kink. Or "Merry Sons of Misery"
      Also, I haven't read this series, so I'm probably just throwing out random stuff. Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to starting this series. I finished Take the Long Way Home and LOVED it.


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