Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release The Subs Club—Book 1 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!
The Subs Club, by J.A. Rock
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance; BDSM
A year ago, my best friend Hal died at the hands of an incompetent “dom.” So I started the Subs Club, a private blog where submissives can review doms and call out the douche bags.
A perfect example of the kind of arrogant asshole I mean? The Disciplinarian. He has a pornstache. He loves meat, stoicism, America, and real discipline. And he thinks subs exist to serve him.
But . . . not everything about him is awful. His Davy Crockett act just seems like a cover for his fear of intimacy, and part of me wants to show him it’s okay to get close to people. And, I mean, sue me, but I have fantasized about real discipline. Not role-play, but like, Dave, you’re gonna be thirty in four years and you still work in a mall; get your ass in gear or I’ll spank it.
Not that I’d ever trust anyone with that kind of control.
I’m gonna redefine “battle of wills” for the Disciplinarian. Or I’m gonna bone him. It’s hard to say.
About The Subs Club Universe
After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.
From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.
Thank you so much to J.A. for stopping by on Just Love Romance today, and for agreeing to answer a few questions!
To start, describe The Subs Club in ten words or less.
At one point in The Subs Club, you say that Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould are “like a nineties’ boy band”. What’s your favorite 90s boy band, and which of the four friends do you most relate to?
Hahaha! I HATED the boy band trend. But I used to make a little side money in middle school because I could draw, and I’d draw pictures of my classmates’ favorite boy band members for five bucks a pop. My favorite boy band was 2gether, from the MTV spoof. I still sing “Say It, Don’t Spray It” sometimes.
As far as which friend I most relate to…I share traits with all of them. I think personality-wise I relate most to Gould. And initially I would have said I relate least to Miles, except that my editor does this incredibly helpful thing after she reads each book where she describes, in detail, how the character came across to her. And so after she did Pain Slut, I’m reading her description of Miles like, “Oh God. That sounds exactly like me.” So apparently Miles and I share a secret bond, and I’m just in denial about how pretentious and neurotic I am.
What is your favorite part about writing BDSM romances? And have you ever written anything that made you blush while writing it?
While writing it? No. When I go back and read it later, yes. Everything makes me blush. Often less because of the content and more because a character apparently has three hands, or has gotten naked without taking their shoes off. My favorite part of writing BDSM romance is getting to share a lifestyle that I really enjoy and that contains, fictionally speaking, a lot of uncharted territory.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I would be an actor. When I was studying theater in college, I went through this really hyperbolically tortured Sophie’s Choice-type phase where I thought I needed to pick either acting or writing as a career path AND I COULD NEVER GO BACK. It turned out it didn’t need to be all or nothing—I picked writing, but I still do some theater on the side.
What can you tell us about your 2016 releases?
It’s gonna be a whole lot of Subs Club! Miles gets to tell his story in Pain Slut in February. Kamen’s next in April with Manties in a Twist. And Gould wraps things up in June with 24/7. Lisa Henry and I are also working on two new Prescott College stories to be released in 2016, as well as a novel called The Preacher’s Son, about the son of a minister who runs a gay conversion camp, and a journalist of dubious scruples.
J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.
To celebrate the release of The Subs Club, J.A. Rock is giving away two titles from her backlist and a $10 Amazon gift card! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 12, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!