I would like to thank Lisa Henry and JA Rock for stopping by to talk Another Man’s Treasure. Check out Lirtle’s review here. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Title: Another Man’s Treasure
Author: Lisa Henry and JA Rock
Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, authors of Another Man’s Treasure. We’re touring the web talking about our influences, our crazy ideas, this new book, and even giving you a sneak peek or two! And of course there’s a giveaway involved! Check out the bottom of this post to see how you can win.
Thanks so much to our host blogs for having us, and to everyone following the tour. Here’s today’s look at Another Man’s Treasure.
So, when the sweetest guy in your story turns out to be the Chechen mob boss, you realize you’ve written something quite dark. But we didn’t want to write Mikail Kadyrov as your typical scary mobster. That is, he totally is that guy. We see it in the way that his scary underlings defer to him. We know he’s killed people, and doesn’t hesitate to do it. We know it, and Ilia knows it as well:
Only once had Ilia ever asked Mikhail how he could do what he did. Kill people. Come home and wash the blood off his hands and then make dinner or watch TV or visit Ilia.
He’d expected Mikhail to give some bullshit answer about how it was a dog eat dog world, how the strong thrived and the weak were no great loss. But all Mikhail had said was, “I’m good at it. And there are a lot of things I want for myself that I can get by doing what I do.”
Ilia isn’t a fool. He knows exactly what Mikhail is. On one hand he’s the mob boss who won’t hesitate to kill a man. On the other hand he’s the man who loves Ilia, who indulges him, and who treasures him.
… he knew that if Mikhail Kadyrov called someone dangerous, then it should have chilled him to the bone. Because Mikhail was dangerous himself. He’d killed men, coldly and with no remorse, but Ilia had ignored that. Told himself that the Mikhail he knew was the real one, the true one, when all the time he’d known that it wasn’t that simple. There were no hard edges separating boyfriend Mikhail from gangster Mikhail. In loving one, Ilia had loved the other.
Of all the characters in Another Man’s Treasure, the Kadyrov brothers are perhaps the most black and white. Mikhail, despite his dual nature, genuinely loves Ilia. And Nick, his younger brother, is a genuine psychopath. Though Nick makes a fair point in trying to get Ilia to understand that Mikhail was a Bad Guy. That if Ilia is going to fault Nick, he needs to fault Mikhail too. Because while Ilia is aware of Mikhail’s duality, it is something he chooses to ignore. He sees only how kind Mikhail has been to him, while overlooking how unkind Mikhail has been to many others.
In many respects Ilia is selfish. Mikhail’s cruelty doesn’t matter to him, because he has never been on the receiving end. He’s not afraid of Mikhail because he knows that Mikhail would never harm him. Their love is real, and abiding. Nobody else understands that. Not Ilia’s family, not Mikhail’s men, and especially not Nick who, unloved and unloving, is only capable of destroying others.
Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away an ebook of Another Man’s Treasure, and a $20 gift voucher from Amazon 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 June 10, 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 this awesome prize!
About Another Man’s Treasure:
Ilia Porter is Chechen mob boss Mikhail Kadyrov’s greatest treasure. After leaving home at eighteen to escape his verbally abusive father, beautiful, selfish Ilia has lived with Mikhail, proud of his ability to bring such a powerful man to his knees to worship. But when Ilia’s father, a police captain, kills Mikhail in a raid, Ilia’s world falls apart.
Entering to pick up the pieces is Mikhail’s younger brother, Nick—impulsive, power-hungry, and dangerous. When Nick tells Ilia he’s taking everything that belonged to Mikhail—including Ilia—Ilia is too lost in grief to fight. Nick takes Ilia prisoner in the apartment Ilia once shared with Mikhail and grooms him for a very important mission: to kill Ilia’s father and avenge Mikhail’s death.
Ilia wants no part in the plot, but being Nick’s ally is preferable to being Nick’s victim, so he begins to warp himself into the monster Nick wants him to be. Hope arrives when Nick takes another captive: Patrick, a shy massage therapist who’s stronger than he seems. Patrick and Ilia must join forces to escape Nick—and to keep each other whole as Nick does everything in his power to break them.
About the Authors
Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but 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 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 she imagined life as a grown-up.
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. J.A. lives mostly in West Virginia, and always with a beloved dog, Professor Anne.
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