Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Loose Id THE GOOD BOY. Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed THE GOOD BOY. You can find the review here.
We are here today to talk about The Good Boy. What can you tell us about it?
Lisa: This was the first book that JA and I wrote together. Our emails to each other were actually really polite and professional. A lot has changed since then, that’s for sure! The Good Boy is the story of Lane Moredock, a nineteen-year-old guy who loses everything when his parents are implicated in a Ponzi scheme. His mother is arrested and his father goes on the lam, leaving Lane penniless, and friendless. He’s excruciatingly shy, and puts his trust in the wrong person, a family friend who takes advantage of the situation and abuses him. Enter Derek Fields, a photographer pushing forty who lost money in the Ponzi scheme, and starts off really disliking Lane, before he actually meets him and realizes that he’s not the way the media has portrayed him at all. Derek takes Lane under his wing and helps him start to slowly rebuild his life. And it turns out that Lane might be the sub that Derek has been looking for!
J.A.: Yeah, we did used to be really polite to each other. It was kinda sweet. We wrote TGB before we discovered Google Docs, so we were just passing an MS word doc back and forth every few paragraphs. But it was so fun. I’d skip over to my computer each morning to see if the doc was back in my inbox.
Tell us more about our Main Characters?
Lisa: Lane is excruciatingly shy. He’s also incredibly guilty about what his parents have done, and completely out of his depth when it comes to dealing with, well, anything really. He’s very much a little boy lost, until he meets Derek. He’s also a total dog whisperer. In fact, he relates better to animals than people. Derek is at the point in his life where he’s looking for a lasting relationship. He’s sick of the club scene, and he just wants someone to look after. He’s doing it hard financially because of the money he lost to the Moredocks, and the last thing he expects is to discover that Lane Moredock might just be perfect for him.
J.A.: Lane doesn’t know his own strength. And Derek doesn’t know his own…compassion, maybe? Until they meet each other.
What about The Good Boy makes you the proudest?
Lisa: Mr Zimmerman the foul-mouthed macaw.
J.A.: Mr. Zimmerman the foul-mouthed macaw.
If you could change one thing in The Good Boy what would it be and why?
Lisa: Oooh, that’s a hard question! I don’t know! I actually kind of like it the way it is.
J.A.: I would add, “And then he woke up” as the last line.
Kidding. Our original story followed the creepy Acton/Lane relationship in real time and in more detail. But due to some Amazon regulations, we had to cut a lot of those scenes and use what was left as flashbacks. I’m fine with that, but there is an evil part of me that would like to release the director’s cut.
What inspired your characters?
Lisa: We started off with basic personality traits, and built them up from there. I think for ages they were called Shy, Dom, and Asshole in our note. Their names were about the last things we figured out!
What research did you do into this lifestyle?
Lisa: Not too much, to be honest. Most of the research we did was about Ponzi schemes and the legal side of things. We had the kinky side totally covered.
J.A.: Yeah, the financial stuff was a nightmare. Hot sauce chemical play is always the easy part.
Will we be hearing more from these two in the future?
Lisa: We’ve already published a sequel, called The Boy Who Belonged. We also wrote a short story called The Naughty Boy, featuring Brin and Ferg, two side characters. But we’re definitely returning to Lane and Derek soon, with another full-length novel that is half-started, and untitled. We’re terrible at titles.
J.A.: So bad at titles. Didn’t somebody tell us we should have called the sequel HOMEBOY instead of THE BOY WHO BELONGED? Let’s use that for book 3.
Tell us about some of your other co-authored titles.
Lisa: Our most recent co-authored books were the Playing the Fool series, with Shakespeare-obsessed con man Henry Page and FBI agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness. They’re a total change of pace! A fun buddy crime caper with guns and chases and crimes to solve! And also crimes to be a part of, because Henry is naughty.
J.A.: And our favorite co-authored book is WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS, about a man with a severe sleepwalking disorder who seeks subconscious revenge on the man who once assaulted him. We do a fairly even mix of dark and light. Our Prescott College books are fun NA kink, and then we do stuff like ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE, which is pretty much devoid of joy.
Rapid Fire Time
Night or Day?
Pen or pencil?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Lisa: Star Wars.
J.A.: I don’t know anything about either of these things. Except that guy who breathes heavy.
Cry or Scream?
Fire or Ice?
Mayo or Miracle Whip?
Lisa: I’m going to go mayo, because I don’t know what Miracle Whip is.
J.A.: Ewwww!! Neither!
Mini Van or SUV?
Lisa: Mini Van.
J.A.: My very own pride and joy, MiniVan Halen, would kill me if I didn’t put minivan. And he might kill me anyway, because he has 300,000 miles on him and I sometimes get the feeling his tires aren’t super inflated.
Tea or Coffee?
TV or movies?
Fisting or Watersports?
Lisa: Um… fisting?
J.A.: I love both equally.
What are you working on? What is next?
Lisa: We have a to-do list that just keeps getting bigger. We’re working on another one in the Boy series, where Lane explores more of his kinks, another one–wait, two– in the Prescott College series, and we’ve got a few other things almost finished, except we keep getting distracted by shiny new ideas.
J.A.: Yes, we’re like that dog in UP, except with plot bunnies instead of squirrels. The list is huge. But we’re hoping to get THE PREACHER’S SON out soon–it’s about the gay son of the leader of a homosexual conversion camp and his rocky relationship with a journalist who once betrayed his trust to make a name for himself.
Title: THE GOOD BOY
Author: Lisa Henry, J.A. Rock
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Introverted college student Lane Moredock is in a bad place. His mother has been arrested for securities fraud, his father is on the run, and everyone, including the SEC, suspects Lane knows where the missing millions are. Lane, with no money and nowhere to live, makes a desperate deal that lands him in trouble and leaves him unwilling to trust a so-called Dom again.
Photographer Derek Fields lost money to the Moredocks, and is as sure as anyone that Lane is guilty despite his claims. A chance meeting with Lane shows him there might be something more to the young man than arrogance and privilege, and Derek wonders if Lane might be just what he’s been looking for: a sub with the potential to be a life partner.
As Lane slowly begins to open up to Derek and explore his needs as a submissive, the investigation closes tighter around him. Lane might be everything that Derek wants, but first Derek needs to trust that Lane is innocent–and Lane needs to trust Derek with the truth.
Lane was up to something.
Derek spent most of dinner trying to figure it out. Lane wouldn’t hold his gaze, mumbled like it was the first day they’d met, and he’d worn a faint flush from the moment Derek had arrived home. Embarrassed, excited, or something entirely new, Derek couldn’t tell. He knew that Lane would probably tell him if he asked—the kid would stammer out all of his secrets if Derek asked, and hate himself for it too—but Derek didn’t. Lane was obviously building up to something, and Derek was damned interested in whatever it was.
It came to a head after dinner.
Derek had washed, and Lane had wiped.
“Do you want to watch a movie?” Derek asked him, draining the sink.
Derek wiped the kitchen bench down, turning around quickly as a dish smashed on the floor.
“I don’t want to watch a movie.”
Sometimes it was impossible to figure out what was going on in Lane’s head.
“Shit, make sure you don’t stand on any shards. I’ll get the brush and the pan.” Were they in the laundry room? It took Derek a few minutes to track them down. When he got back, Lane was still standing in the kitchen, barefoot, holding the damp dishtowel in his shaking hands.
“Are you mad?”
“It’s just a plate,” Derek said.
Lane looked flushed, anxious, something. He jutted his chin out. “Was it, um, was it expensive?”
“Hardly.” Derek snorted. He got down onto his knees and began to work his way toward Lane, sweeping up the shards. “I think it’s from Walmart.”
“Are you mad?” Lane asked again, his tone wary.
“It’s from Walmart,” Derek repeated. He reached out to catch a large piece that had bounced toward the refrigerator. “I’m not mad. It was an accident.”
Derek squinted up at him. “What?”
Lane stuck out his lower lip. “It wasn’t.”
“Are you telling me you smashed a plate because you didn’t want to watch a movie with me?” Derek laughed. He couldn’t help it. He would have kept laughing as well, if Lane hadn’t looked so suddenly horrified. “Jesus, I’m sorry! Were you serious?”
Serious? Lane looked fucking mortified. He looked suddenly on the verge of tears. Holy shit. Who knew there was a closet brat inside Lane, just itching to get out?
Derek rose to his feet, placing the dustpan on the bench. “Lane?”
Lane just stood there, twisting his fingers together, weaving the dishtowel between them.
Derek wasn’t sure what the hell Lane had staged this little display for but knew what he needed. And he regretted not seeing this sooner for what it was: this was Lane trying to get his attention. He should have spotted it the second he walked through the door.
“Go and get ready for bed.”
“I—” said Lane. A brat would have refused. Lane didn’t have it in him.
“Go and get ready for bed.” Derek leaned on the bench. “Five minutes, Lane.”
Something almost like anger passed over Lane’s face. It vanished in a second, drowned by humiliation.
“Don’t forget your collar.”
Lane stared at the floor and didn’t move. “I don’t, I don’t want…”
“Fetch,” Derek said in a low voice.
Every single time.
Derek wondered if he’d ever get sick of that, and then wondered when he’d started thinking that this was anything more than what he’d told Lane at the beginning: a place to stay, no strings attached. He’d made it clear that Lane could walk out the door at any time and not come back. Derek thought maybe he should be encouraging Lane’s independence, not whatever this was.
A relationship. It’s a relationship. You just haven’t spelled it out for him yet.
Derek swept up the rest of the shards.
About the Author
Lisa Henry likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she 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, 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 in Chicago but still sees West Virginia behind Illinois’s back.
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