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Countdown to GRL – Guest Post and Giveaway by J.A. Rock


2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200This will be my first GRL, and I’m stoked. I’ve seen the pictures. I’ve heard the stories. I’m ready to be initiated.

I’m still not exactly sure what to expect. If I go by the GRL website and schedule, GRL looks like an opportunity to meet my favorite authors and learn more about the world of queer romance writing. And if I go by the pictures and the stories, GRL looks like a Bacchanalicious three-day plunge into utter depravity, replete with crocheted penises, painted porn stars, and an abundance of hugging.

I’m hoping it’s both.

To encourage the universe to make my dreams come true, I’ve made a list of the top five things I’m looking forward to at GRL.


        1. Meeting people. It’s going to be great to put faces with names. I’m pretty sure those of you I talk to on the Internet are going to be even cooler—if that’s possible—in real life. And those of you I haven’t talked to yet—you’re probably super cool too.

        2. Costumes. My mother has been trying for years to show me a world outside of jeans and T-shirts. Fashion and I do not get along. But I do love costumes, and am pretty sure I own more outfits that were hip in 1879 than I do street clothes. Bring on the costume parties.

        3. Books. ’Nuff said.

        4. Staying in a hotel. I have always loved hotels. The lighting, the tiny shampoos, the panoramic views of the parking lot or the next door Waffle House…everything but the germ factor. Yes, I know the bedspreads are filthy; I’ve seen the shows where they shine the black light on the sheets, and no, I don’t want to talk about it.

        5. Not having far to travel. This year, GRL’s only forty minutes from me, so getting there should be a snap. I have an ancient van with expired registration, and a nonexistent sense of direction. What could possibly go wrong?

I’m looking forward to lots more things too, but those are the big ones. If you’re going to GRL, definitely say hi!


BOOK BLURB: Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card

For those who are interested, shortly after GRL I’ll be celebrating the release of a new book with Lisa Henry—who I’ll see in October for the first time since she almost got me eaten by a crocodile in Australia last year. BRANDON MILLS VERSUS THE V-CARD is a sequel to MARK COOPER VERSUS AMERICA, and follows Mark’s friend Brandon as he struggles through his first relationship. It comes out October 28 from Loose Id.

Smart, shy Prescott sophomore Brandon Mills is working hard to overcome his troubled past and feel normal. With the help of his friends Mark and Deacon, and his brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa, he’s slowly coming out of his shell. But when he accidentally drenches a freshman in orange soda, he faces something he’s not ready for: a boy crushing on him.

Alex Kekoa pledges Phi Sig because it has everything he wants: a house full of nerds who won’t tease him for being smart, a dog, and Brandon Mills. Brandon is just the type of guy Alex hopes can help him fulfill his college ambition: losing his virginity. Except Alex doesn’t know that Brandon can’t stand to touch or be touched.

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the fraternity’s Academic Challenge team, their mutual attraction grows. If there’s anyone who can help Brandon discover it feels good to touch and kiss, maybe it’s sweet, klutzy, dinosaur-obsessed Alex. But as the competition—and their relationship—heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.


GiveawaysThe Giveaway: I’m offering one commenter the chance to win an e-copy of any of my backlist titles, or an e-copy of Brandon Mills Versus the V-Card when it’s released.


Hope to see some of you in October!

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67 thoughts on “Countdown to GRL – Guest Post and Giveaway by J.A. Rock

  1. Tammy says:

    I hope you have a great time at GRL – I’m totally jealous of everyone who is going! The upcoming book sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  2. Ardent Ereader says:

    I am sure you will have a fabulous time at GRL, I am looking forward to hearing all about everyone’s experience. Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. Waxapplelover says:

    Hope you have great time. I also really love staying in hotels, and am one of those strange people who love to fly, too. ;)

    Btw, also love how your characters are on the academic challenge team. Brings me back to own nerdy roots.


  4. chickie434 says:

    Hope you have a great time at GRL. I wasn’t able to attend, but fortunately RainbowCon is right by me, so I get to go there again this year :) So have a great time!


  5. Barbra says:

    I know you’ll have a great time at GRL. Maybe one of these days they’ll have it close to me. Thanks for the offer. You’re new book sounds wonderful. :-)


  6. JenCW says:

    I hope you have a great time at GRL! I would love to get there one of these years. I have heard so many good thing about Mark Cooper vs America, thank you for the great giveaway chance.


  7. What will possibly go wrong with your ancient van, expired registration, and no sense of direction?

    Is it that I’ll be in the passenger seat screaming that you’re driving on the wrong side of the road?

    And for incredibly obvious reasons, I don’t need a copy of Brandon Mills versus the V-Card.


    • I forgot to mention that the passenger seat is also the only seat in the van. I mean, besides the driver’s seat. I’m not CRAZY. But there’s nothing in the back but a dog kennel.

      Oh, this is going to be such a fun trip.


  8. Hi, everyone! Thanks so much to all of you for stopping by to enter J.A. Rock’s GRL Countdown Giveaway. The contest is now closed and the winner’s been selected. An e-copy of the winner’s choice of a backlist e-book or an e-copy of Brandon Versus the V-Card goes to


    Congratulations, Alex! I’ve already emailed J.A. with your contact information, so expect to hear from her soon.


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