Giveaways, Rhys Ford

Cover Reveal, Video Excerpt and Giveaway – Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford – Narrated by Greg Tremblay

STATE OF THE RHYS

In July 2011, my life changed.

Okay, to be fair, we’ll have to back that date up about six months when I opened an email from Elizabeth North, the Executive Director of Dreamspinner Press. It was an offer to contract a book I’d submitted. That book was Dirty Kiss. So, that was kind of a pinpoint spot in my life.

But in July 2011, I got another email from a blogger named Lisa Horan. I don’t exactly remember what it said. In retrospect I should have saved it but how do you know after the fact about things one should save? In that email, Lisa told me she liked Dirty Kiss and reached out to me to say she was having a good time reading it.

Little did I know, in July 2011, I would gain a sister. And I did because of a single book.

Dirty Kiss marked a turning point in my life. A divergence in my every day activities and my interactions with the world. It changed the way I saw myself and how I needed to see others. Most of my experiences have been great. Some…not so great but those are easily shoved aside because there are always new people to meet.

And so many people to thank.

I owe a fuck ton of people a hell of a lot of thank yous.

Long story short—very long six book story—we’ve now come to the end. What was started in July 2011 will come to an end in March 2016.

For you see, Cole McGinnis will finally learn why Ben shot him.

I knew all along there was an arc to this series. In little ways we were always taking steps to the last FIN. And Lisa has kept my secret the entire time. So, smooches, Pookie. I honestly couldn’t have gotten here without you. A huge thank you to everyone at Dreamspinner, especially my editor Grace. Poor Grace. She puts up with so much. The Crewe, Greg Tremblay for giving Cole his voice, my beta readers and of course, Mary Calmes who I apparently will be handing Cole over to in March. But most of all, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s read the books, enjoyed them and were with me for the ride.

Thank you.

Hopefully by the time you read this I’ll have sent off Absinthe of Malice to Dreamspinner. AoM is the transition book between the band forming and the final book in the series, Sin and Tonic. It’s a bit larger than I’d expected and should be out mid-next year.

After that, it’ll be Kai 2 which I’m really looking forward to writing and then I’m going back to Murder and Mayhem or Hellsingers. It’ll be a flip to either one then the other. Then Half Moon Bay. There’s other stuff on the horizon and seriously, I wish I had more time to write. And more coffee. One cannot have too much coffee.

But that’s the sketchy future…

So… in our first step towards that March horizon, I’ll drop a cover reveal and blurb for Dirty Heart at the end of this post along with something special from Greg Tremblay. I hope you enjoy the book. It’s an odd feeling putting a series to bed. I’ve promised to do Cole and Jae one-offs in the distant future but the series—this arc—has come to a close. So thank you. Again. Still.

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Dirty Heart: Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

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And now, a brief word from Greg Tremblay as well as an excerpt reading from Dirty Heart.

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!rhys_ford_headshotAbout Rhys Ford: Rhys 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 two 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 a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

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Hopscotch and Rain by Rhys Ford

A Conversation Between Claudia and Scarlet

hopscotch“Two grown men playing hopscotch. Never in my life had I thought to see the day.” Claudia sighed as she eased down into one of the two Adirondack chairs set on the Craftsman’s covered front verandah. The ice cubes in her tall glass of tea jangled a merry tune as she sat back. Glancing over at the Filipino occupying the chair next to her, she grinned widely. “’Course if someone told me fifteen years ago I’d be sitting next to a man prettier than most women I’d ever known I’d have called them a dirty liar.”

Lifting her glass in merry salute, Scarlet purred at her friend, “I thank you for the compliment. And it’s not as if they’re doing it alone. The girls seem to enjoy their company.”

The day’d turned ugly. A bit of sun chased off by a thunderstorm strong enough to rattle the dead from their graves. Instead of a backyard picnic, the afternoon became games of jump rope and hopscotch under the broad carport after Cole backed their cars out onto the driveway. The girls’ laughter was punctuated by Cole’s deep rumbling light curses as he toppled over, unable to keep his balance when he bent to retrieve his place marker.
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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Greg Tremblay’s Narration Scores Another Hit With Rhys Ford’s Dirty Laundry

Title: Dirty Laundry

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator:: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 56 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms. Continue reading

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News, More News, And A Cover Reveal From Rhys Ford


Hello! And wow, Lisa sure cleaned this place up. Stuff’s off the floor and is that a chocolate fountain? Damn. Hot and cold running coffee even.

Grab a cup and let’s sit down to chat.

There’s a lot going on right now. Some good. Some… oddly sad but good. So, I thought I would come here and share with you all in the quiet comfort of The Novel Approach’s den because, well, this is kind of where it all started.

Let’s talk about the State of Rhys Ford…because times, they are a changin’. Let me do an update on each series and we can go from there.

The Cole McGinnis Series

I have made the very hard decision of ending the series after the next Cole book. So melodramatic but oh, I thought it would be fairly easy to arrive at that decision. It was like pulling up in a hearse. Cole! And Jae! Because… Cole! And Jae!

But you see, all good things must come to an end and I feel in my gut, the story is about to be told. The final book will be called Dirty Heart and it was an honour to have Mary Calmes herself name it for me. Mary’s been instrumental (fanatical) about this series since she first picked it up to read, and I wanted to have a part of her in its final incarnation.

Now, please keep in mind, I am putting them on hiatus. If I do revisit the boys—and I will—it will be as a one-off mystery here or there and not a long standing arc. But I do think it’s time for us to find out why Ben did what he did.

Greg Tremblay is currently working on Dirty Laundry right now so that audio will be out when he’s done talking to Cole about his stupid life choices.

The Sinners Series

As many of you know, Tequila Mockingbird will be released in twenty-(one) days (9 pm on June 26th if you live in SoCal like I do). Sloe Ride and a yet unnamed book will complete out the series. Sloe Ride will be the final band book with the Unnamed Drink being about Miki’s journey to get a bit of his head on straight. Tristan James has been contracted to do The Devil’s Brew, so yay!

The Hellsinger Series

Wooooot! A cover reveal! Duck Duck Ghost, second in the series!

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This is the cover for Duck Duck Ghost and yay! I found a Tristan I liked. Not that there was anything wrong with the other guy, but I broke with canon on covers and went with a different look. I needed… more oomph. And I’m happy with this oomph. This will be out in September.

This is the tentative blurb for Duck Duck Ghost. I really broke my brain writing this one and heh… so much fun.

Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.

Mostly because he stuck it firmly into his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.

With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting less and less guests and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.

San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle where not only is his sanity threatened but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.

Creature Feature 2

The lovely Poppy Dennison and I co-wrote a book… about hunters. Paranormal boo-wigglie hunters. Watch this space and others for the blurb and cover… and oh god, I adored every second of doing this with Poppy. She rocks. This will be released in October 2014

Black Dog Blues and The Four

I am happy to announce that Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen Series) and The Four (Horsemen of the Apocalypse) have been picked up by Dreamspinner Press Publishing for release next year. These are two urban fantasies and while Black Dog Blues was previously published, I’m looking forward to going back in and adding a few scenes *grins*.

Anything else I’ve forgotten? Oh yes, the new series…. Because there is a new series coming out. But oh, that’ll be later. *grins*

Right now, I’m working on Down and Dirty, Bobby and Ichi’s book. And well, waiting for Tequila Mockingbird to finish cooking and fly off into the interwebs. I do hope you enjoy both of them *hugs*.

Thank you and smooches,

Rhys Ford

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Kim Says The Narration Is Top Notch In Rhys Ford’s “Dirty Kiss”


“It’s like a bad joke over here: a black woman, a Filipino transvestite, and a Korean ex-stripper walk into a gay man’s house. All that’s missing is a priest and a talking dog.” ― Rhys Ford


Title: Dirty Kiss

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 hours, 21 minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.
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Rhys Ford’s “Dirty Deeds” Is Vengeance Best Served With A Side Of Murder – Reviewed by Jackie


“When the time comes, let loose a tiger and a devil.”― Charles Dickens


Title: Dirty Deeds (Cole McGinnis #4)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 228 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sheila Pinelli needed to be taken out.
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Of Tattoos And A Contest And Some Dirty Laundry From Rhys Ford

You can sacrifice and not love. But you cannot love and not sacrifice. ― Kris Vallotton

If you’ve been following Cole McGinnis and Kim Jae-Min from their first dirty kisses to their short-list of dirty secrets, you know by now that dirty laundry was bound to surface somewhere along the way. The real question was whose dirty laundry was going to be aired, and when. Well, let me assure you there’s plenty of the dirty stuff to go around in this third installment of the Cole McGinnis Mystery series, where murder, as always, is the name of Cole’s game, and love, at least the kind that Cole and Jae share, is the kind that hurts so good, like a knife that cuts both ways and still leaves you wanting more.

Someone is murdering fortune teller Madame Sun’s clientele, and Cole’s been hired to find the connection and stop the killer before the body count grows any higher. And wouldn’t it be fortunate for Cole if that’s all that was going on in his life? Sure, but that’s not the way things roll for the man who loves with abandon, and who is in love with a man who can only love with restraint. What’re a few bullets in a man’s life, after all, when happiness and heartbreak seem to coexist as a means of keeping things real?

Cole’s investigation leads him deep into Madame Sun’s business, and turns up some dirty shenanigans going on in and around the world of fortune telling, not to mention him discovering that he has a little family laundry of his own he didn’t know about: a half-brother, Ichiro, whom Mike is determined to introduce Cole to and then force him to embrace…whether Cole damn well likes that idea or not. I, for one, have to say I’m on Mike’s side in this little skirmish, and I think you’ll love Ichi just as much as I did. Pretty sure you will if for no other reason than he is awesome. Vague? Yes, but read the book. You’ll see for yourself.

Fair warning: Rhys Ford is out to throw some gut checks and sucker punches in this installment of the series, something she’s brilliant at, and, I believe, something she relishes in a hand-wringing, evil moustache twisting sort of way. Dirty Laundry packs a bit of a wallop, especially as things come to a rather shocking climax between Cole and Jae, one I don’t mind admitting left me feeling a bit flayed and skewered myself. It’s a murder mystery and I was a victim. That’s what I call audience participation.

While there are indeed some relationship, and familial, issues for the reader to savor in Dirty Laundry, it’s the case of the dying clients that stands front and center. You’ll get to spend some time with all the characters you’ve come to know and adore, and you’ll get to meet some new ones too, but savor this one for the mystery, and love it for its no-holds-barred suspense at the end.

You can buy Dirty Laundry (Dirty #3) here:

But before you rush off to snatch it up, don’t you want to hear about the contest Rhys is offering? Of course you do.

Here it is, folks, the opportunity to have yourself written as a character in the fourth Dirty book, Dirty Deeds! Yep, that’s right, but you won’t be just a random name on the page; no, the best part of this deal is that you’ll be getting inked in a very special way, so not only will you be playing the client but you’ll also get to choose the artwork for your tattoo, which Rhys will describe in vivid, stylistic detail. So much the fun!

All you have to do is leave a comment right here on this review of Dirty Laundry and you’ll automatically be entered to win. Please be sure to leave an email address so we know how to contact you.

The contest will run through 11:59pm Pacific time on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The drawing will be conducted via Random.org on Wednesday, the 24th, and the winner will be notified ASAP.

Thanks so much for participating, and good luck!

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Countdown to Dirty Laundry….

Countdown to Dirty Laundry…..

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