Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Lisa Henry and JA Rock for stopping by to talk about their latest joint release, When All the World Sleeps. Don’t forget to check out Lirtle’s review.
Hi! We’re Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock, authors of When All the World Sleeps. 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! Leave a comment to win!
Thanks so much to Prism Book Alliance for having us, and to everyone following the tour. Today, J.A. talks about happy endings.
Before romance, I never wrote anything happy. My characters were always miserable and scarred, inflicting intense physical and emotional harm on one another and ending up either alone or nursing a spectral illusion of hope that we could assume would be destroyed within moments of the story’s conclusion. Now, as a romance writer, I find I do like wrestling chaos toward a (relatively) happy ending. But sometimes I still sense a hellspawn inside of me that wants to find ways to wreck fictional people’s joy. I think I’m rebelling against my loving suburban upbringing.
I don’t consider myself a pessimist, or a sadist. Nothing horrible happened to me in my childhood that made me want to torture fictional people. I don’t even think that happy or stable people are inherently less interesting than miserable people. Well—maybe I do. Okay, yeah, I do. I don’t believe in karma, in good or bad things happening to people because they deserve it. I think life’s a crapshoot. It’s like Journey says: “Some will win/Some will lose/Some were born to sing the blues.”
For some reason I gravitate toward stories about people who lose. What I like about writing romance is that it pushes me to think about people who win. But not in a sparkling puppies and rainbows kind of way. People can win and suffer along the way. People can win and not even realize they’ve won. People can win something entirely different from what they thought they wanted.
The happy ending is still hard for me sometimes. But I like the challenge—you got them into this mess, now how are you going to get them out? Lisa says something about happy endings that I like—that the characters have to work for it. In WAtWS, the characters definitely work for their HFN.
Thanks for following our tour! To celebrate our release, we’re giving away a great pair of prizes! Up for grabs is an ebook of our last co-release, Mark Cooper versus America, and a $20 gift voucher from Riptide. 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 APRIL 2, 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 When All the World Sleeps
Daniel Whitlock is terrified of going to sleep. And rightly so: he sleepwalks, with no awareness or memory of his actions. Including burning down Kenny Cooper’s house—with Kenny inside it—after Kenny brutally beat him for being gay. Back in the tiny town of Logan after serving his prison sentence, Daniel isolates himself in a cabin in the woods and chains himself to his bed at night.
Like the rest of Logan, local cop Joe Belman doesn’t believe Daniel’s absurd defense. But when Bel saves Daniel from a retaliatory fire, he discovers that Daniel might not be what everyone thinks: killer, liar, tweaker, freak. Bel agrees to control Daniel at night—for the sake of the other townsfolk. Daniel’s fascinating, but Bel’s not going there.
Yet as he’s drawn further into Daniel’s dark world, Bel finds that he likes being in charge. And submitting to Bel gives Daniel the only peace he’s ever known. But Daniel’s demons won’t leave him alone, and he’ll need Bel’s help to slay them once and for all—assuming Bel is willing to risk everything to stand by him.
You can read an excerpt and purchase When All the World Sleeps here.
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.
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.
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