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Part Three of Rhys Ford’s “Hair of the Dog/Tequila Mockingbird” Blog Tour Drops Here And Now

!Tequila MockingbirdLGHey! I am Rhys Ford and I’ll be taking over this blog today … sort of. There’s really no cool way of introducing yourself on someone else’s blog and honestly, if you’re following this series of shorts, you’re going to be sick of reading this. So… feel free to jump down to the meaty bits of the short if you like. Go on. I won’t mind.

Now, if you’ve been following the Sinners Series, I am happy to say the third book is either on the brink of coming out or out by the time this post hits. It is called Tequila Mockingbird and features Connor Morgan as he discovers he’s in love with a drummer—a guy drummer. Murder, mayhem, sexing, etc. All of those follow. You know the drill. But wooot! I am very happy to announce Connor’s story.

To celebrate, I’ve written a short serialized string of vignettes titled Hair of the Dog. Please enjoy the story as it goes along. The order of the posts is included at the bottom of the short. Hope you enjoy it.

Oh…and Giveaway! Would you like to win…. Drum roll…..

Become a guest star character in my new series—I won’t murder you. Promise! AND a custom Persian chain mail bracelet from Times Combined




!Hair_Of_The_DogHair of the Dog • Part Three

My human was useless.

There was no other way to say it but—useless. He couldn’t hunt. Well, hardly any human did these days. Most of them gathered from food places or had other humans come over with food but even these simple things, my human failed at.

The noise he used for me was nice. Dude. I’d heard other humans use it to call one another. Much like saying Pack. It was an acknowledgement of equality, and I bore it with honour. I added it to my other names, gleefully in fact. It was much better than the bulldog’s and so much greater a name than the poor Chihuahua-mix I’d met whose owner called it Boobie-Hamster. But Snuffler of Warm, Soft Flesh liked the name and wore it as a badge.

Of course, he also called himself Terror of Cats, and we both pretended as if it were true.

Sometimes, it’s best to let a dog’s pride remain intact, even as he shivered when passing by one of the Pack’s traditional rivals for affection—the canny feline.

No, my human was useless in so many things. He did not gather food that smelled of anything but salt, grains and chemicals, even though he made sure the sustenance he gave me was primarily protein—even the dried kibble he left in an open bag for me on the floor. He did not walk. He did not stretch his legs. And he hurt. All the time. Inside and out. There were parts of him I could not reach because humans and their frail communication skills meant they had to chatter and chatter nonsensically at each other just to say hello or goodbye.

I would have liked if he chattered to someone—anyone—but he rarely saw another person. If he left to the food place on the corner of the crossway, he spent less than a few seconds talking to the human there.


And he also brought home much too much liquid fermented grain. If he intended to drink his food, I’d have to find a new person to live with before long because the one I’d found was too broken to survive.

No, I was going to need help. The problem with my human was too big for just one dog to take care of. I’d need a bigger voice than the one I had, one my human—my Miki— would listen to.

I was tired of my human tasting like tears. Tired of hoping he would find something he’d like to play with in the things I brought to him every day. I was going to have to bring him something—someone—grumpier than he was. I knew I felt better after a good fight. There was something about getting my blood stirred up that lifted the spirit even in the darkest of days.

That is what Miki needed. His blood stirred.

And I knew just the human to do it.


!Tequila MockingbirdLGTequila Mockingbird
Sequel to Whiskey and Wry (and The Devil’s Brew)
Sinners Series: Book Three

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

Purchase Tequila Mockingbird at Dreamspinner Press

Also available on Amazon, ARe and other online book stores.


Follow all of Hair of the Dog Story at these blog spots:

June 24
Part 1: Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 25
Part 2: Live your Life, Buy The Book
June 26
Part 3: The Novel Approach
Part 4: The Blogger Girls
June 27
Part 5: Joyfully Jay
June 28
Part 6: 3 Chicks After Dark
Part 7: Gay List Book Reviews
June 29
Part 8: Boy meets Boy
June 30
Part 9: Prism Book Alliance
Part 10: Under The Covers
July 2
Part 11: LoveBytes Reviews

Additional Posts and Giveaways:
June 27
Pants Off Reviews
Mercy Celeste’s Blog
Smoocher’s Voice
Sinfully Sexy Books
June 28
Kathy’s place
June 29
Dreamspinner FBChat (8-11 am)
Moon Over Atlanta


!rhys_ford_headshotRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.


58 thoughts on “Part Three of Rhys Ford’s “Hair of the Dog/Tequila Mockingbird” Blog Tour Drops Here And Now

  1. Oh I do love your books! Tequila Mockingbird was amazing! To be a character in your book AND NOT BE KILLED? That’s like every mere mortal’s dream come true! LOL! Thanks for the chance


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  3. Hannah B. says:

    I am having fun following your blog tour. I would love to guest star in one of your books and not be killed, awesome!! I always figured my alter ego was having way more fun than I am in. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. I’m rereading Sinner’s Gin right now to be ready for the new book. (I’ve retread Whiskey & Wry about 4 times). :-) It’s fun getting Dude’s perspective of Miki. Can’t wait to see how he describes Kane!


  5. tweetybyrd says:

    Love Dude’s thoughts and plot for Miki! As for the bracelet, ooh, shiny & pretty. And the not dying character is indeed awesome.


  6. Allison says:

    I love Dude! I loved him before but now I LOVE him. Is there any chance you might put this together as an ebook once the tour is done? I would love to have this in my SG folder.


  7. Michelle Sandusky says:

    I am so ready for tomorrow morning to come, so I can download Tequila Mockingbird and begin reading! I have truly enjoyed the interaction between the characters in this series.

    thank you,



  8. Whitley says:

    I love how you’re giving Dude the credit that is due to him! haha. Great stuff! It’s almost time for the next book to get to me so I can devour it. Time needs to move faster! *flail*


  9. Cathy R says:

    Ah! I see–Dude took the wood to get Kane to come see Miki! Great, that makes sense. While I think it would be great to be in one of your books (and not be killed!) my name is just too darn hard to pronounce for everyone.


    • Linda Ketcham says:

      Dude Rocks!!! As does your writing genius. The bracelet looks lovely and would love to grace my wrist. I can hear it calling me.
      And the added bonus of being a character in one of your books! AWESOME! I wouldn’t even mind being killed off, as long as it was a cool and odd way.


  10. Amy says:

    Being a character in a Rhys Ford book would be a dream come true!! I’m reading The Devil’s Brew right now so that I’m ready to start Tequila Mockingbird tomorrow :) Can’t wait!!!


  11. Lisa G says:

    I love Dude so much! He just wants his human to not be so sad and to quit drinking that liquid fermented grain ;) Can’t wait to read Part IV.


  12. gamistress66 says:

    Love that snippet, will have to pull up the rest :-) read connor and forest’s story today — am totally enjoying this series and look forward to the next one


  13. Good morning, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by to enter Rhys’ Hair of the Dog giveaway. The lucky winner of a guest appearance in her new series and the chain mail bracelet is


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


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