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Blog Tour and Review: Manties in a Twist (Subs Club #3) by J.A. Rock


Today we welcome author J.A. Rock to 3 Chicks After Dark. We’re thrilled to be on her tour for Manties in a Twist and learn a little more behind the making of Kamen’s music and the friendship shared between the four men in the Sub Club!

Welcome, J.A. Rock! thanks for being with us today!

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release Manties in a Twist—Book 3 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 Songs of Manties

When I originally gave Kamen his penchant for guitar-playing and spontaneous songwriting, I did it because it I feel like many of us have had that one friend who brings a guitar everywhere, right? And because I liked the idea of Kamen as someone who’s genuinely creative and unique, but whose talent sometimes goes unrecognized because he’s such a goof-off And because he’s writing songs called “Squirrel Gravy.”

But as happy-go-lucky as Kamen is, there’s a lot going on under the surface, and I have my best friend to thank for inspiring some of Kamen’s more poignant moments.

I’ve mentioned that the Subs Club is loosely based on the very intense, codependent friendship I have with four people I’ve known since childhood. In our early twenties we all lived in the same town, and we’d hang out almost every night. My friend Brian would always have his guitar. Brian’s nothing like Kamen personality-wise, but he’s a fantastic singer, and he’s always making up funny songs, or doing beautiful covers. When I moved away, one of the things I missed most was listening him sing and play guitar.

A couple of years ago, though, he started filming some of his song covers and sharing them, which made me so happy. Right when I was starting Manties, he sent me a cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” that was so gorgeous it made me cry. So when I was trying to determine Kamen’s contribution to the “memories of Hal” motif that runs through the series, I ended up using that: Kamen admits that the reason he regularly covers “Fast Car” at his bar gigs is in honor of Hal. And it’s one of the few serious songs he performs amid the ballads he’s made up about Lysol or vampyre detectives or kids getting lost in the snow.

I feel like I owe a lot of this series’ heart to my friends, who’ve found ways of making sure we stay connected even though we now live in different places. If you want to check out some of Brian’s work, I highly, biasedly recommend it. Unfortunately he hasn’t made “Fast Car” public yet, but I’m working on him. :)


About Manties in a Twist

Look, I’ll never stop missing Hal, but this Subs Club my friends started to review suck-ass doms isn’t gonna bring him back or give him justice. For me, it’s just another chance to hang out with my friends, even if they think I’m too dumb to understand the important work we’re supposedly doing.

But maybe I’m not as dumb as they think—at least I know when I’ve got a good thing going. Which is why I just moved in with my dom. Ryan’s awesome possum. He’s really short, never makes me feel stupid, and is up for anything. One word: costumes. Two more words: women’s underwear. We’re all about the lace, no leather.

Except when we do pony play. We first tried it as a joke, but turns out I’m ballin’ at it. Now PetPlayFest is coming up, and I wanna take down the Subs Club’s archrival, Cinnamon the ponygirl, in the horse show.

My friends think I’m spending too much time with Ryan and ignoring my obligations to the group. But since when is friendship an obligation? Ryan’s my first serious relationship, and I want to take it . . . seriously. At some point I need to think about my future, not my past.


About the Subs Club series

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.

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.

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Our thoughts:

Manties in a Twist was everything! I laughed and smiled so much my family asked me several times what I was laughing at. Kamen. I was laughing at, or with, Kamen every single time. His boisterous nature along with his comical charm just oozed from the pages.

Kamen’s a pretty smart guy. He isn’t given much credit for the fact he’s well-adjusted and ‘adulting’ more than most of his friends. They still think of him as the same fun-loving, joker from high school. Actually, Kamen is coping with life a bit better than Dave and Gould. Miles is über adulting with Drix and little Zac. Kane has moved in with Ryan. Legit living together with a laundry room, drapes and a freaking juicer!

The biggest challenge for Kamen’s friends is moving past Hal’s death. Everyone just can’t let it go and move forward, but Kamen has been able to do this well before the rest of them. He’s known from the beginning that fault was with all parties involved but at some point it’s okay to let go and accept what happened and live life. Adulting!

Kamen has a lot of profoundly serious moments. He’s great at introspection and working through issues. He’s super in tuned to his feeling and others. That’s what makes him a great friend and lover. Ryan is a perfect match for Kamen because they both know how to have fun. Through the goofing and ADHD type moments they truly bond but they can also be serious. They’re not afraid to try new things together and just go with the flow. Some of those new things are amusing kinks that turn them the freak on! Like who-knew-they’d-get-this-hot-and-worked-up kinky with costumes, lingerie and then later with pony play.

Pony play is a big part of the book. I’ve read a few books with pony play and they’re more intense than Kamen and Ryan are. Kamen and Ryan approach this more as a challenge and then hilarity ensues! Through practicing for a competition they manage to discover that this is the one type of dominant/submissive play they both like. Any other time, they just want to role play and have fun- be carefree. When in pony play mode, it’s more about the connection between them and Kamen’s head space than any other time for them.

I’ve truly enjoyed all the novels in this series so far. Every friend has been unique in their healing process and their kinks. I found Manties to be super enjoyable. Kamen’s voice is strong and entertaining. I’ll miss his humor for some time.



To celebrate, J.A. is giving away your choice of two ebooks from her backlist and a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 9, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

The Copper Horse: Pride by K.A. Merikan

Copper Horse: PrideReleased 17 March 2015

Published by Acerbi & Villani ltd

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Volume 2 in the ponyplay erotic romance trilogy: The Copper Horse

1907, twenty years into the zombie Plague

After being kidnapped into slavery by a powerful crime family member – Erik Dal, Reuben is slowly adjusting to his new life. He is now Copper, Erik’s proud stallion, serving in any way his master might require – from pulling a cart, to pleasures in the bedroom. But his journey has only begun, and as he becomes increasingly attached to Erik, his devotion will be evaluated. From getting bred by another owner’s stallion to Erik marking him for ever, each of Reuben’s decisions makes him more of a pet and less of a human.

Becoming Erik’s horse isn’t just about getting pampered, wearing hooves and tack, or providing the master with pleasure. It becomes a violent game of prize and punishment, but when Reuben understands he too has leverage – Erik’s attachment to him – he becomes an active player in the negotiations of his stay at the mansion. But with his master’s grand annual birthday party approaching, his loyalty will be tested like never before, and the tasks he is to perform might prove too much.

Genre: m/m dark erotic romance, BDSM

Themes: class differences, slavery, steampunk, alternative lifestyle, Victorian, master/servant, captivity, ponyplay, animalization, heavy kink, organized crime, violence, power play

Erotic content: explicit m/m erotic scenes (including ponyplay)

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Our thoughts:

The Merikan’s are back with my favorite ponyplay couple, Erik and Reuben! This erotic, steampunk, Victorian story met and exceeded all my expectations. I would have been happy with Reuben finding his place amongst Erik’s household and tolerating his position better than before. Instead we get a full on love story! Yes, non-con to dub-con to consensual. That’s a huge deal and yet it is believable and doesn’t feel like Stockholm Syndrome!

All his life Reuben just wanted to be praised and loved. When he is taken for the pits, but saved by Erik, he was scared and unsure of his role. Erik’s longing to have a proper horse for ponyplay has been his true desire; it’s what drives him daily. He sees something in Reuben. All the breaking down and training wasn’t as harsh as originally suggested. Reuben was using his fears to prevent himself from fully encompassing his role as Copper, Erik’s pony. In reality, Reuben loves the attention. He wants to please. He enjoys the work and the pampering that follows. He greatly enjoys being taken by Erik. Being tied and forced. Touched. Kissed. Hand fed. Nuzzled. This is what Reuben is afraid to admit. He likes being Copper, likes Erik and feels safe in his new role.

With full submission and acceptance of who he is and what his role is, Reuben is able to settle in and focus on pleasing Erik. In turn, Erik is more comfortable and less harsh. Discipline is less frequent and more time is spent together in good graces and favor. When Erik does discipline, Reuben begins to speak up. The communication grows by leaps and bounds in this second installment. So much growth between Reuben and Erik. It’s all quite sweet and entertaining. There’s a sense of calm and enjoyment that radiates from both man and pony, playfulness and longing from both as well. It’s feeling more and more like love. :)

Erik is harsh but fair and that garners respect. He might have a bizarre kink, but he surrounds himself with like-minded individuals. We get more back story on how this fetish came to fruition for Erik and why he despises his family.

For those who have read the Zombie Gentlemen series or specifically Stung, you will get a few glimpses of characters and problems (that infamous Dal honey) arising for the Dals that were portrayed in these former stories. Humanists. Gregorovich. Honeyhill. Victor Sheppard. We get all of it in this story! The world the Merikan sisters have built is complex and intriguing. I love how the same world has been portrayed in so many different stories. We can appreciate the complexity of the situation and still be brought down to just a few individuals and their struggles within zombie plagued London and Bylondon.

Copper truly shines in this book. We see a gentler side of Erik. The ending alarmed then shocked me. It was unexpected and then when the discovery is made it’s totally a surprise. Baffling, but also leaves me wondering what happened! I don’t know what is coming in the third and final book, but I will be anxiously awaiting any news of when The Copper Horse: Love will be published. If you like to read unusual, dark erotic kink this book series is a must read!


Just because I love this cover, I’m including it here. It was changed before the book was published but I love the artwork and it captures Copper during an important moment in The Copper Horse: Pride.

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The Copper Horse: Fear (The Copper Horse #1) by K.A. Merikan

Fear (The Copper Horse)Published 7 March 2014
Published by Storm Moon Press
Copy obtained from publisher.

Only Kat and Agnes Merikan can make a slavery situation loving. A pony fetish, fascinating. The captor someone we root for. That is exactly what happens in The Copper Horse: Fear.

All his life, Reuben has been slapped around and considered useless. His father nags on him all day and night. His friends laugh at him, if you can even call them friends. He seeks companionship but even that leaves him feeling ashamed because he really wants the affections of a lad and not a lass. Of course to Reuben, that is wrong, wrong, wrong. In order to make himself feel better about his choices he picks burly men to entice then backs off right before the act so they will abuse him and force him. He definitely is not in a content and normal mind-frame.

A so-called ‘friend’ talks Reuben into betraying his father by making bread from their bakery to sell in Bylondon. They forge through the sewers, are almost killed by a zombie and what does Reuben get in return, betrayal. Reuben is captured and on his way to the Pit of Death when a mysterious man in tight leathers selects him. Reuben has escaped the eminent death of the pit but what will he face now? Will he be a servant? What does this new master require of him? Well…..

The Dal’s are very prominent in Bylondon. If you’ve read the priors books set in this same zombie plagued world (like Stung and The Scavenger series) you know that their reach is far and their hand is heavy. Erik Dal is the forger. Stained hands from his skill and also a bit in the eccentric side. His eccentricity and his dalliances are overlooked but his skill is much-needed and treasured. Erik has a free pass to act in any way he delights and his delight is pony play. He finds his stallions and then trains them to serve and submit to him. His new stallion of choice is Reuben.

It totally helps that Reuben isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. He enjoys the play until he starts thinking a little more than usual. He loves the attention that is lavished on him by the whole household, the careful grooming and warm filling meals. He enjoys all the affection he receives from Erik and his groom Jack. He even likes the pony play he and Erik do together but the minute he thinks someone else will find out or know he freaks. It goes back to his issues from before with accepting his preferences. Once he can get past that little hitch, he will make the finest stallion for Erik. That is what Erik desires and he is the one in control of not only Copper’s happiness and comfort but his life. To deny and fight is surely death.

It is a fascinating world that Kat and Agnes have created for Erik and Reuben. The transformation of Reuben into Copper and his acceptance of his fate is an interesting struggle to witness. Reuben wants so badly to just give in but he continues to hold back. Once they discover the fears Reuben has and he learns that Erik will take care of him he can finally submit and give in to being Copper. Eric is a very patient Master, surprisingly. He is one of the most redeemable ‘bad guys’ I think I’ve ever read. I should have hated the captor but when he is gentle, affectionate and caring it is hard to do so. As long as Reuben embraces being Copper to his fullest potential, I think these two will be inseparable. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!