The Two Gentlemen of Altona ~ Lisa Henry: Outside the Margins

Join us as Lisa Henry goes Outside the Margins.

Lisa-Henry-OtMYay! I got a Christmas Eve post on Prism!

I feel like I should do something really special, like hang stockings around the fireplace. I mean, I don’t have stockings or a fireplace, but I could jam a sock over a doorknob or something.

Ugh. I’ll do it later. It’s too hot here to move. But wherever you are, and however you celebrate, I hope you have a great day with friends, family, and the people you love.

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For Christmas, I got you guys this excerpt from The Two Gentlemen of Altona, witten by me and J.A. Rock, which is out on December 29 from Riptide. Here’s a little taste of Mac and Henry, and a little glimpse at Henry’s love of eggs:

Grocery shopping with the FBI was fun.

“The thing with eggs,” Henry told Mac as they stood in the dairy aisle of the grocery store, “is that they can be so many other things.”

“Like what? Chickens?”

“Well sure, if you leave them long enough.” Henry opened a carton and checked that none were broken. “But they can be fried, or boiled, or poached, or coddled, or—”

“You’re just making shit up now.” Mac grabbed a box of butter. Henry watched him gaze longingly at it, then put it back and pick up something with the word “Lite” on the package. “What the hell is coddled?”

“It’s like hardly cooked.” He checked the next carton. “You know, for Caesar salad. And that’s just how you can cook them, before you even get into what you can make with them. Like omelets, or frittatas, or—”

“Okay.” Mac narrowed his eyes. “Whatever point you’re making, please stop now.”

“I’m making the point that eggs are versatile. And I was making it quite well, I thought.”

“Just pick some damned eggs.”

A few minutes later, standing in line at the checkout, Mac grinned suddenly.

“What?” Henry added a chocolate bar to their basket of groceries and put some gum in his pocket out of habit.

“Eggs,” Mac said, “the blank slate of cookery. A hundred different disguises. No wonder you like them.”

“Ah.” He smiled. “Are you going to tell me I’m rotten as well?”

“More cracked.” Mac elbowed him and lowered his voice. “Put the gum back or pay for it.”

Henry put the gum in with the rest of the stuff. “Just trying to save you a buck.”

“Risk to reward ratio.” Mac pulled out his wallet. “It’s a thing you really should consider. You’d get us outed for the price of a pack of gum?”

Henry bit his lip. “Outed?” He looked around. “Dr. Freud. Paging Dr. Freud.”

Mac rolled his eyes and paid for the groceries.

“Speaking of being outed,” Henry said as they lingered outside the store, “are you sure you should call Bosslady? Because I’m pretty certain you might as well hire a skywriter to write, ‘We’re in Altona, bitches!’ across the Indianapolis skyline if you make that call.”

Mac didn’t even crack a smile. “I know.”
Henry sat on the hood of their stolen car.

“Risk versus reward,” Mac said at last. “I call Val, maybe she tells me it’s been sorted out, and we can head back to the city, get you into protective custody, and get Dean Maxfield forty to life. But if it’s not sorted out . . .”

“Right.” Henry nodded. “But if we wait a day or two, we’ll have to risk another drive into town. In this car. Which sooner or later some bored local cop will check out.”

Mac stared at the pay phone for a while, as if he were waiting for its opinion as well. He shook his head at last. “I don’t know. Fuck, I don’t know.”

Henry wasn’t used to seeing him so vulnerable. “Um . . .” Mac turned to him.
“So . . . maybe leave it a day or two? Because getting arrested for stealing a car is a hell of a better option than broadcasting our location to a hit man, right? And it gives your office more time to sort its shit out. Risk versus reward.”

“You’re learning.”

“About that . . .” He lifted his shirt and showed Mac the bag of candy sticking out of the waistband of his jeans. “I may have been a very bad boy.”

Mac pulled the car keys out of his pocket. “Get in the car, Henry. When we get back to the cabin, you can make me some eggs.”

“Apology eggs.” He slid off the hood. “Those are my favorite!”

Happy holidays, everyone!

 

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altona1 Title: The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Publisher: Riptide
Genre: Action/Adventure, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance

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.

– See more at: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/two-gentlemen-of-altona#sthash.a8Twf1c4.dpuf

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.

– See more at: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/two-gentlemen-of-altona#sthash.a8Twf1c4.dpuf
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~ Lisa Henry

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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