A warm welcome to author J.A Rock joining us today to talk about her new release “The Subs Club”.
Welcome J.A 🙂
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!
Dom Swanson: The Myth, the Man, the Legend
I’m not gonna lie, I’d seen only a few episodes of Parks & Recreation when I wrote The Subs Club. So I had some frame of reference when my editor dubbed D, the dom in The Subs Club, Dom Swanson. But I didn’t realize how Swanson-y D was until other people started commenting on it.
Yep, D loves meat, silence, whiskey, and DIY paddle-making. He’s not good at expressing his feelings. He is mustached. He misses old-school manliness. He looks “like Daniel Boone hit up a sale at L.L. Bean.”
Since writing TSC, I have watched a lot more Parks & Rec. And to Ron Swanson, I can only say I’m sorry. I have a feeling you would find BDSM a bit confusing and troubling—particularly activities like making your partner expel an enema in a plastic potty chair. But you make a really fun gay Daddy Dom. Any similarities are coincidental, or else the result of some subconscious R-Swans fetish I didn’t know I had.
D and Ron Swanson diverge on some matters. For instance, D’s not actually that opposed to physical affection, once you get to know him. He doesn’t mind the government too much. He has secret screenwriter aspirations, and a love for cheesy SyFy channel monster movies. He’s even working on one of his own, called Crocopython.
But D’s greatest love of all is for the noble Friesian horse. He likes horses in general, but there’s something about the large, jet-black war horses with their flowing manes and tails that makes D feel like he’s found his spirit animal.
D, with his stoicism and exactingness, can be a tough dom to play with—especially for someone as exuberant and snarky as The Subs Club’s MC, Dave. But underneath that Ron Swanson-with-a-war-horse-fetish exterior, he’s kind of a big softie. Just…if he tells you to wear a certain kind of underwear to session, do it, okay?
About The Subs Club (The Subs Club #1)
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.
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!