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Guest Post and Giveaway: Down and Dirty by Rhys Ford

dirty_mindsTo celebrate the release of my new book, Down and Dirty, I’m inviting you to follow along with blog tour serial of a Cole McGinnis case, Dirty Minds! Enter to win a giveaway at every site!


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Dirty Minds Part Seven

I kissed Ichiro’s throat, loving the shiver I sent through his body when my lips touched his skin. There was something about the light. Or it could have been the sliver of moon hanging over LA’s skyline, a ripe melon curve sliding around the silver clouds. Either way, I was turning maudlin and sentimental where Ichiro was concerned.

“Dawson, you need to…” Ichi gasped when I bit the spot I’d just kissed.

Coming up behind him, I’d wrapped my arms around his waist and sank my teeth in deeper, needing just a taste of him in my mouth before we moved on. His moan was enough to make me come in my jeans and when his fingers dug into the back of my thighs, I couldn’t help thinking it would have been so much better if we hadn’t left my apartment and just spent the night naked and on my bed.

My phone going off was the bucket of ice water my brain needed to let Ichi go.

“Ignore it or answer?” I asked but there wasn’t really a choice. Especially when Ichi stepped away from me. “Fucking McGinnis.”

“Just get it before he comes down here with machine guns blazing.” Ichiro rolled his eyes. Shoving his hands in his pockets, he put more distance between us, stepping away from the shadows and into the light cast down from a taco truck’s bright sign. “You hungry? I could eat.”

Nodding quickly, I answered the phone while Ichi began to order us food. “Yeah, Princess?”

“How are you guys doing? Anything yet?” From what I could make out alongside his voice, it sounded like he was by one of the main bus stations. “Got a guy who IDed the passenger.”

“Nothing major but it looks like Ichi’s talking someone else up right now.” I had to turn away then noticed we were across the street of the dump site. Somehow in our tromping through the neighbourhood, we’d come back to where we’d started. Glancing over my shoulder, I saw Ichiro handing the photos up to the guy behind the truck’s counter. “We stopped to grab something to eat. I’m thinking this food truck might do a midnight run on people coming home.”

It wasn’t that bad of an idea, not considering how thick the crowd was getting around the truck. A few large guys were muttering at how long Ichi was taking and I stepped closer to the group, muscling in behind him.

“Gotta go, dude.” I glared down at a smaller man scowling at Ichi’s back. “I’m going to take care of some business.”

Ichi thanked the guy he was talking to and took a couple of foil wrapped burritos from a frazzled woman trying to work around the tiny kitchen. Sliding out of the crowd, he got to my side quickly. Tossing over one of the heavy burritos, he gave me a wicked grin.

“Randy back there saw them dump the van.” As he peeled the foil back off of his burrito, Ichi nodded towards a nearby parking structure. “Someone in an old purple Monte Carlo came and picked them up. Put everything in the trunk but they had a kennel with them. That they put in the backseat.”

I looked at the tangerine- and blue-washed streets around us. There were too many sources of lights, all splashy and harsh. “Monte Carlo could have been any colour. These kinds of lights change how paint looks.”

“Yeah, but he’s seen the Monte Carlo before. Recognized it because it’s got a big Trans Am bird on the hood.” Ichi grinned at my disgusted snort. “Yeah, wrong car but right now, you’ve got to be really glad for this guy’s shitty taste.”

Down and Dirty Blog Tour

Dec 30 Part One — 3Chicks after dark (http://www.3chicksafterdark.com)

Dec 31 Part Two — Boy Meets Boy Reviews (http://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com/)

Jan 1 Part Three — Joyfully Jay (http://joyfullyjay.com/)

Jan 2 Part Four — LoveBytes (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)

Part Five — On Top Down Under (http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/)

Jan 3 Part Six — Prism Book Alliance (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/)

Jan 4 Part Seven — It’s About The Book (http://www.itsaboutthebook.com)

Part Eight — The Blogger Girls (http://thebloggergirls.com/)

Jan 5 Part Nine — Sinfully Sexy (http://sinfullysexybooks.blogspot.com/)

Jan 6 Part Ten — NDulgent Bloggers (http://guiltyindulgencebookclub.blogspot.com/)

Jan 7 Part Eleven — The Novel Approach (http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/)

Jan 8 Part Twelve — Under the Covers Blog (http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/)

Down and Dirty

From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi’s way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.

Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a brief pitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.

Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophy Ichi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.

Much, much more.

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About Rhys Ford

headshot_Rhys FordRhys 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.

My Blog: http://www.rhysford.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford

And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com

Guest Post and Blog Tour: Body & Soul by Jordan Castillo Price

I’ve long been a huge fan of the PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price.  Recently, the books started to be converted to audio.  Whereas I seem to be cursed with an inability to pay attention to an audiobook, many people are huge fans and I thought this would be wonderful for both the books and the readers.  When Jordan was looking for blogs to help tell readers about the release of Body & Soul on audio I leapt at the chance to host a spot. ~ Faye


Thanks so much to Faye and the rest of the crew at It’s About The Book for hosting me today, and letting me share some news about my latest project: PsyCop audio books!

Faye posed the question, “What was the process like to have them turned into audio books? What steps did you have to take?” Continue reading Guest Post and Blog Tour: Body & Soul by Jordan Castillo Price

When the Planets Align: Blog Tour Q&A with Kate McMurray


We here at It’s About The Book would like to welcome Kate McMurray. Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions.

Thanks! I am happy to be here.

Your love of baseball is well known. Are you a one team woman, or do you have a variety of favorites? Have you ever played in a Fantasy Baseball league?
Continue reading When the Planets Align: Blog Tour Q&A with Kate McMurray

Full Throttle: Spotlight and Giveaway

FullThrottleAuthor: Julie Ann Walker

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release: Dec, 2nd 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Pre-order: Amazon, B&N, iTunes



Summary: She Needs a Hero…

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue…

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved-who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him… for the second time?


Excerpt:  So far, so good… Continue reading Full Throttle: Spotlight and Giveaway

Giving Thanks for Clean Forks by Edmond Manning


I knew when I asked Edmond Manning to write up a post for Thanksgiving I was asking for something that was both going to be funny and heartfelt.  He has an amazing capacity to make me laugh and cry.  Okay, so I’m not always thankful for that crying part.  ~ Faye



I have been very quiet about a special relationship of mine. It started a year ago and I announced it on Facebook. At the time, I got a ton of relationship advice and even a few jeers about how I was already ‘doing it wrong,’ so I retreated and nurtured this relationship in private. And though I haven’t talked about this relationship publicly, we see each other daily. Mostly in the kitchen. I don’t feel judged. I give this relationship my nastiest, grungiest parts of me and together, we make everything clean. Continue reading Giving Thanks for Clean Forks by Edmond Manning

I’m Not Eating That by Anne Tenino


For many of us, there is a special food we associate with the holiday that we fill our plates with.  And there is a “special” food we associate with the holiday and we do our best to avoid it.  We all had a relative who was… not as skilled in the kitchen as other people in the family.  My family has grand machinations to keep one specific person from cooking.  And that’s to say nothing of those traditional family dishes that we all hate yet someone always brings.  My grandfather insisted we always have a “salad” of cherries, coconut, bananas, marshmallows, and nuts.  Not fresh cherries.  Cherry pie filling.  Ahh, memories. ~ Faye


What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Continue reading I’m Not Eating That by Anne Tenino

Thanksgiving in December by Josephine Myles


English speaking North Americans understand the whole Thanksgiving thing even if we can’t agree upon the dates.  I was curious what people not immersed in this madness thought of us as we engage in our yearly harvest festival and go crazy for pie made of squash.  Josephine Myles was kind enough to give a British perspective on our yearly spectacle.  It seems we aren’t that crazy, but we, again, have our celebration at the wrong time and call it something different.  Which is typical.  The Americans and The British: two people separated by a common language. ~ FayeHappyThanksgiving

Thanksgiving. What’s all the fuss about? It’s just Christmas Dinner a month early. Continue reading Thanksgiving in December by Josephine Myles

Wild Turkey by Rhys Ford


I’m always curious about how fictional characters spend the holidays.  Who is surprisingly festive and who is surprisingly… not?  Rhys Ford was kind enough to write a Thanksgiving ficlet about the abundant and gregarious Morgan family.  I was not surprised Miki hid out with a bottle of hootch, but he did manage to surprise me.  Brigid and I are very thankful. ~ FayeHKThanksgiving

“Them downstairs? They’re fucking loons.” Damien shivered as he plopped down next to Miki, nudging his best friend over so he had space on the bean bag nest Miki’d made against a dormer window. “Mad as fucking hatters, the lot of them.” Continue reading Wild Turkey by Rhys Ford

Canadian Thanksgiving by Kate Sherwood


It’s no secret that I love to cook.  That my favorite holiday would be Thanksgiving isn’t much of a stretch.  I tend to focus on the food aspects of the holiday.  Sometimes I try to look past the gravy boat, and see what there is to the holiday.  This year I asked some friends to talk about what the holiday means for them.  I am very thankful they agreed to do so. ~Faye




“Living next to the United States is a little like sleeping with an elephant. You always wonder if they will roll over on you.” – Pierre Trudeau, former Prime Minster of Canada


The American elephant definitely does some trumpeting about its Thanksgiving celebrations! From airports to football to shopping, the Canadian mouse knows how its neighbour (that’s right, there’s a ‘u’ in that word!) celebrates the holiday. But what about the Canadian version?

Well, Canadian Thanksgiving comes first, in the history books and on the calendar. Martin Frobisher, Newfoundland, 1578. Take that, 1621 Pilgrims. And modern Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October, a month and a half before the American version. I’ve got to say, mid-October seems like a more reasonable time for a harvest festival. Sure, there’s parts of the U.S. that are a lot warmer than Canada, but even there, what is being harvested in late November?!?

Maybe the later date accounts for the shopping frenzy of the Americans, too, since the holiday is so close to Christmas. We don’t really have that in Canada. Thanksgiving is more about the food and the family, less about the shopping.

I think there’s a bit of a ‘celebrate nature’ tradition in Canada, as well – a lot of families go for hikes in the afternoon of T-giving day, either burning off the big meal or building up an appetite, for those who eat later in the day. And most Canadians who are lucky enough to have cottages spend T-giving there, one last visit before closing the place up for the winter.

Also, we don’t put marshmallows on our sweet potatoes. That’s just weird.

Overall, though? Thanksgiving is definitely a holiday about family, just like it is in the States. My favourite Thanksgiving movie is American: Home for the Holidays, with Holly Hunter trying to deal with her impossible, exasperating, much-loved family.

I’m writing this a few days after Canadian Thanksgiving at my parents’ cottage, which featured kids screaming about new insults and adults still stewing about old ones. But it also had a lot of laughter, tender moments, and reconnecting with the people who’ve known us longest and in some ways still know us best. I’m glad we have Thanksgiving as an occasion to get together and catch up. I’m also glad it only happens once a year!

So, elephant or mouse, Thanksgiving really is about family, either the one you were born into or the one you’ve created. I think that’s something worth celebrating, on either side of the border.


Kate Sherwood‘s website can be found here.