GIVEAWAY + Blog Tour: By His Rules by J.A. Rock

J.A.'s here today to talk about the re-release of By His Rules!

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and I’m touring the internet to celebrate the re-release of By His Rules, my first published romance novel. Leave a comment with your contact info in the comments section to win a copy of the new version of By His Rules and a $10 Amazon gift card.

About By His Rules
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.

What’s New in By His Rules?
For By His Rules’s re-release, I did a good bit of rewriting. I had a lot of fun revisiting and this story, and hopefully was able to give it some new layers. So what can you expect from version 2.0?
It’s Longer.
By about 15,000 words. The overall structure of the story is still intact, but I expanded some scenes and explored the characters’ concerns and struggles regarding their DD relationship in more depth.
And yes, some of the scenes I expanded were sex scenes.
More Character Backstory.
We get more on Keaton’s past, and a bit more on why Aiden’s floundering in the wake of college graduation. I think now it’s less of a story about how one man helps another heal, and more about how each man helps the other grow and move forward.  
A New Cover.
I loved the original BHR cover by April Martinez. So much. It was hard to say goodbye to it, but since I had to do new cover art, I decided to give this edition a cover that’s less dark, and more specific both to the characters’ lifestyle and to the domesticity of the bulk of the story.
Updated Technology.
All right, fine, I understand that smartphones were a thing in 2011 when I wrote BHR—but I didn’t get one until last year. And I think my characters reflected my former belief that flip phones are all you need in life. I have since seen the error of my ways, both as a human and as a writer, and now Aiden (and I) carry modern phones that let us do things like check our email and play QuizUp.

I hope you enjoy the new version!

Tour Stops
August 30 – Boy Meets Boy Reviews
August 31 – Love Bytes Reviews
September 1 – GGR-Reviews
September 1 – Prism Book Alliance
September 3 – Joyfully Jay
September 15 – The Novel Approach
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.


Leave a comment with your contact info for a chance 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. on September 17th.


  1. This is so exciting. Love this book!! I've read and re-read numerous times. <3

    Thank you!
    ~jessica lynn

  2. Oh, looks interesting.
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  3. I am so glad I saw this post. I was unaware of this book before, but really want to read it now. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Congrats on the re-release. It sounds interesting.

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  5. I like what you say about the changes.
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  6. I haven't read this so it could be a chance for me to read it. Thanks for the giveaway chance :)


  7. Loved the 1st edition! So looking forward to reading the 2nd edition!


  8. I did not read the first edition but... That cover! I do need to read this one.

  9. Thanks for your comments, everyone! I had a lot of fun with this 2nd edition.

  10. :) thanks for the chance , cant wait to read it !!!!

  11. Thanks for the post, I'm glad you updated tech with 2nd ed. :D

  12. Thanks for the chance! I can't wait to read it.

  13. Thanks for the post! I love the bit about updating the phones.