Blog Tour & Giveaway: Calling the Show by J.A. Rock

We welcome J.A. Rock into the clubhouse today to read us a lullaby. Even Nora decided to stop by to have a listen!

*pets Nora*

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and welcome to the Rockin’ Read Aloud Tour—where once a week, a super awesome romance blog hosts a video of me reading aloud from my backlist. I really like reading aloud and doing voices, so I thought this would be a fun way to spotlight some of my past titles. Thanks so much to Boy Meets Boy for hosting me on the first stop, where I’m reading from Calling the Show. I won’t say too much more, because the video already has an intro, but I will tell you that you can comment on this post for a chance to win an ecopy of Calling the Show, and that you can follow the tour at the stops listed below. There will be a giveaway at each stop, plus some possible special guest readers.

So grab a massive glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy!

Watch Episode One: Calling the Show.

Follow the Tour

March 19th – Boy Meets Boy (Calling the Show)
March 25th – Prism Book Alliance (The Subs Club)
March 31st – Joyfully Jay (Pain Slut)
April 4th – The Novel Approach (When All the World Sleeps)
April 11th – Love Bytes (Brandon Mills versus the V-Card)
April 16th – Sinfully Gay Romance (The Grand Ballast)
April 20th – Crystal’s Many Reviewers (The Good Boy)

About Calling the Show

Senior stage manager Jesse Ferelit and sophomore light board operator Simeck Whedon meet while crewing a college theater production. Jesse hates everything about Sim—his lack of theater experience, his obsession with LGBTQ politics, his infatuation with, of all things, hula hoops. Well, he doesn't hate everything. He doesn't mind Sim's eyes, or hair, or his surprising ability to be cool in a crisis. But Jesse is graduating in just a few months, and if there's one thing he does not have time for, it's a relationship.

Sim knows exactly what he likes: civil rights, the circus, and sex. And he knows what he likes about Jesse. In the control booth, Jesse is exactly Sim's type—a natural leader, collected and confident. But outside the booth, he seems reclusive, acerbic and uptight—hardly Sim's type at all. Is a relationship with Jesse a real possibility, just a fantasy, or a hopelessly lost cause?

When Sim offers to teach Jesse how to hula hoop as a way to relax and loosen up, the lessons ease the two men out of their individual circles and into an unexpected shared world of sex, kink, friendship, and eventually love.

About the Author

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.


Leave a comment with your contact info (email, Twitter, Goodreads profile link, etc) for a chance to win a copy of Calling the Show! Entries will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 22, 2016.


  1. Thank you for the awesome reading... Now I want to continue reading, to find out where Jesse and Sim are going. They seem to have a bit of a rough path ahead ;)

  2. Totally crushing on J.A. and that giant glass..... Where did you even get that monstrosity?

    Thanks for the reading.

  3. *slides into these comments* So I feel as if we need to talk about that wine glass because I'ma need that when I get ready for my bookathon.

  4. That was an amazing reading. I actually wasn't expecting different voices and the level of emotion, but it was pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Totally love the voices. And the chapter, of course :)


  6. Thanks for your comments, everyone! And thank you eternally to BMB for hosting this reading and for GIVING ME A PICTURE OF NORA!!! I hope I didn't offend her delicate ears.

    The wine glass is from a lovely Chicago shop called Enjoy. I bought two last year--one for me and one for Lisa Henry to use when she visits. It's the only way for the two of us to get the kind of wine intake we require while staying classy. :)

  7. Thank you for such an amazing reading, i enjoy it so much. Can't wait for the other entries of the tour.

  8. Tell Lisa to stop pretending... I'm sure she's drunk straight from the silver bag plenty of times *chortles*

  9. Great reading and I like how you differentiated the voices for each character and your expression while reading =D
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