Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock on Tempest and Mac & Cheese ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Tempest
Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date:03/09/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance


Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, the authors of TEMPEST. 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, JA shares with you some childhood trauma:

In the PLAYING THE FOOL trilogy, Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has to learn to tolerate some things he dislikes—Winnie the Pooh, Henry’s chatter, decaf coffee… Mac grows as a result of his journey, and I have to say, I feel like I experienced similar growth as Lisa and I worked on these books.

Sometimes, as an author, you have to reach deep. Traverse the darkest places. Get into the muck of what it means to be human. And in writing PLAYING THE FOOL, I revisited one of the darkest, most painful elements of my past.

Mac & cheese.

Macaroni & cheese is my second least favorite food in the world. The worst food in the world is Cheetos, but I refuse to even call that a food, so lets go with mac & cheese being the worst.

I hate all cheese, but there is something spectacularly repulsive about mixing neon orange cheese powder with milk and putting it on noodles. My issues date back to early childhood, when I hated mac & cheese from the moment I tasted it, but a babysitter still made me eat it. One day, I will either trash a hotel room while screaming and drinking an entire bottle of vodka or talk all this through in therapy, but either way, this pain can’t stay inside forever.

Enter Lisa Henry, with her “wouldn’t it be fun if Henry nicknamed himself and Mac ‘Mac & Cheese?’” And so I had to go with it. I had to type the words “Mac & Cheese” numerous times over the course of three books, and each time, the memories came rushing back—the smell, the taste, the orangeness… Each time, I ended up on my floor, rocking, my hands clapped to the sides of my head.

But you know what? I’m a stronger person now. I can sing the “Mac & Cheese” theme song and only feel a little bit like throwing up. I can accept that, while mac & cheese is a food that other people eat, I am my own person, and Sherri the babysitter isn’t here anymore to make me eat it. If I am ever trapped in the forest with nothing but a camping stove and a box of mac & cheese, I am free to gnaw one of my own limbs off and eat it before I even think about opening that box.

I thank PLAYING THE FOOL for being one of my most cathartic experiences as a writer. Though I still look forward to the future therapy sessions/hotel room trashing.

Buy Links:

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iTunes / iBooks
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The Giveaway: 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 some comfy items picked especially for you by Henry: a pillow shaped like a donut, and a pair of donut-themed socks.

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 March 20, 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!


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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23 thoughts on “Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock on Tempest and Mac & Cheese ~ Blog Tour, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. 😀 I wouldn’t eat mac and cheese as a kid either (won’t eat the boxed stuff now either)! My mom would scoop out some of the mac and I’d have it with butter because whatever that neon orange powder is it is NOT cheese or food actually. However, I discovered that mac and cheese could be made with real cheese so now I will eat it. I grew up to love cheese.

  2. It’s great to find someone else who doesn’t like cheese! I hate the smell and it gives me terrible migraines. I had to eat it at school once and was ill all night never again.

  3. I love mac and cheese but only if it is homemade. Can’t stand the boxed powdery yucky stuff. Eww. And over the last couple of years we have substituted the mac with spaghetti squash. But I wont’ continue because I don’t want to gross you out. There are a lot of people who don’t like cheese. I don’t like mushrooms, they gross me out. I always say if I wanted to eat fungus I’d lick between my toes. *shudders*

    Just started the series, but love Henry

  4. I can not do the boxed mac and cheese. When hubby and I first got married, money was so tight that it was mac and cheese or ramen every night unless we went and had dinner at a friend’s house. I can now do homemade mac and cheese, the best being lobster mac and cheese.
    And I want this series sooo bad!

  5. I have never eaten boxed mac and cheese. The neon orange cheese powder never seemed at all appetizing to me. I make mac and cheese from scratch now, often with chicken and sun-dried tomato. I’ve really enjoyed this series. Thanks for the giveaway! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. We used to eat it a lot but lately not at all. I am now gluten free because my doctor insists.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  7. I love cheese! There’s only a few I won’t eat, and it mostly has to do with texture. Like Brie. There’s just something wrong about having the hard outside with the soft inside. Now, that boxed Mac and cheese is another story. I’ve never liked it, to is day. I much prefer homemade.

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I’ve never eaten the instant mac and cheese, and I’ve only attempted a from-scratch version a few times. It just seems too rich for me. I remember Douglas Coupland claiming that Canadian mac and cheese mix is much better than ours, but who knows?

  9. Thanks for the great post – I like cheese but not a huge lover of the fake boxed mac & cheese or anything with fake cheese – that Velveeta stuff grosses me out 🙂 I’m so looking forward to reading this and thanks for a shot at winning a copy of Tempest.
    lgrant1 at san dot rr dot com

  10. I don’t like the Kraft Mac N Cheese either, but when the kids were little they loved it. They would’ve eaten it every day if I let them. As it was, they usually had it about twice a month (as a treat, ick). I’ve had some wonderful homemade macaroni and cheese, but I’ll never make it.
    I pre-ordered Tempest so I’ve had it for a week or so, but haven’t had the chance to start it yet. I have high hopes for this weekend. 🙂

  11. That orange mac & cheese is disgusting, but I do like made-from-scratch mac & cheese – especially if it is kicked us with hot peppers, sausage or something else flavorful. Loved Tempest and the Mac & Cheese show theme that ran through it.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  12. Ugh, boxed mac and cheese is like the worst thing. Homemade is so much better. I had a lot of issue with dairy as a kid and even now as an adult. Thanks for the post!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I love cheese. All cheese. And I also like pasta. So I have no issues whatsoever with mac and cheese. But there is one thing I hated when I was a kid: peas. And I went to this school where nuns would oblige you to eat whatever there was for lunch so… I understand certain traumas.
    Thank you for the giveaways. The series sounds great

  14. Yeah, that boxed stuff? SO not mac ‘n cheese. Not sure what it is, but not a real food. My mother makes THE BEST mac and cheese – from scratch. It’s delicious and nothing like that other stuff. I actually didn’t even know that other stuff existed until I went to a friend’s house in about the 6th grade and her mother attempted to serve that to me. Uh, no.

    Can’t wait to get started on this series 🙂


  15. I love all kinds of cheese! Especially Brie! Texture? Just spread it on some crackers. YUM!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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