J.A. Rock on By His Rules ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: By His Rules
Author: J.A. Rock
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: J.A. Rock
Genre: BDSM, Gay, Gay Romance
Release Date: 08/30/2016


Aiden Cole can be anything men want—naughty schoolboy, palace slave, virgin twink, or slutty secretary. He’s a gifted actor with a gorgeous body who gives legendary head. Aiden could have his pick of any Top in the local leather bar, but is drawn to Scott Runge—a cruel, sexy Dom who pushes Aiden to his limits, allowing Aiden to experience the excitement and danger of the BDSM lifestyle to a degree he never has before. But when Scott goes too far, injuring Aiden, Aiden withdraws from the scene completely. Until he meets Keaton Hughes.

Keaton’s looking for something he can’t find in any dungeon: A domestic discipline relationship, in which he can provide his partner with guidance, support, and loving discipline. When Keaton takes Aiden in after Aiden’s traumatic encounter with Scott, he vows not to pursue any sort of relationship with the troubled sub. But as Aiden struggles to overcome the damage Scott has done and get his life back on track, Keaton’s rules might be just what he needs.

Note: This is a revised second edition
Warning: Contains violence and dubcon

Looking Back at By His Rules

Lisa Henry and I always joke that our work becomes radioactive once it’s published—we can’t go back and read it. It’s too forehead-slap inducing to see all the things we could have done differently/better.

I’ve had two re-releases this year—one was The Silvers, which was the first novel I ever wrote, and which was published several years after it was written and then re-published last month. The other is By His Rules, which is the first romance novel I ever wrote—unless you count an ill-advised stab at a Harlequin-gone-wrong when I was a teenager. But we don’t talk about that.

So I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year interacting with my early work. And it’s been…interesting. Awkward. It’s kind of like looking at pictures from myself from middle school. “Why did I ever think that shirt was a good idea?” “I think there’s pizza in my braces.” “Is that a…scrunchie?” But at the same time, I totally recognize that person. And I can appreciate her—even with the hot pink scrunchie.

So yes, reading my stuff from years ago, I saw some embarrassing things that I immediately tried to fix. But I also saw some things I liked—stylistic and storytelling choices that I think were sort of specific to that time and place in my life, skills that maybe atrophied as I grew older and reprioritized and developed new and different tools I liked better.

With The Silvers, I didn’t do much revising. I felt distanced enough from it that my attitude was more “It is what it is.” And I like what it is. With By His Rules, I did quite a bit of revising and rearranging. Not to the point where it would hugely alter the characters or the story, but I felt like the original version of the book held the seeds of things I would learn to do a lot better in the coming years. How to pace a love story, how to give equal depth to both MCs even if the story is primarily from one POV, how to balance sex with romance, etc. So I hope that what I was able to do in revising it was take this story and these characters even deeper, and create a version of the novel that’s true to the original but also reflects some of the ways I’ve grown as a writer.

In many ways, By His Rules is what it is too—and I’m happy with that. I can’t revamp every story I write the second I learn some new writing skill that I wish I’d had before. But it was really fun to get the chance to think about what I’ve learned about romance writing over the past five years, and how I could apply it to this revision and to future romance novels.

Hope you enjoy!


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Leave a comment with your contact info to win a copy of the new version of By His Rules and a $10 Amazon gift card! A tour winner will be drawn at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 17th.

About the Author

J.A. Rock is the author or coauthor of over twenty LGBTQ romance, suspense, and horror novels, as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo Queer Voices. J.A. has received Lambda Literary and INDIEFAB Award nominations for Minotaur, and The Subs Club received the 2016 National Leather Association-International Pauline Reage Novel Award. J.A. lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website: www.jarockauthor.com

Blog: http://jarockauthor.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jarockauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ja.rock.39


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9 thoughts on “J.A. Rock on By His Rules ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I need to read this book. I did not read the previous version, and I’m honestly in love with that cover 😉

  2. Knowing that there are two versions, I would have to read both! Just my personality! If only we could rewrite our past in real life!

  3. Congrats on the re-write and re-release! I could see where it might be difficult to read something you wrote at a younger age, but kind of cool, too. Like seeing into the past.


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