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There’s This Guy

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novel

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Blurb: How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued art deco building on WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the sweet, artistic man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him. Continue reading There’s This Guy

Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found… and then lost… love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had. Continue reading Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2)

Guest Post and Giveaway: Hanging The Stars by Rhys Ford

Thank you for following the Hanging The Stars blog tour! I was very excited to return to Half Moon Bay and well, deliver West Harris his comeuppance. For this tour, I wanted to share a bit about the relationships the characters have with one another and just a bit of every day stuff as they prepare for their Christmas holiday.

As I am sure many of you are preparing for your holidays.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because well… there’s a bit of story beneath this. But I do hope you stop by Half Moon Bay and catch up with West as a bit of his past returns in the form of Angel Daniels…the one man who broke his heart and took the pieces with him.

And be sure to enter this blog’s Hanging The Stars giveaway! The winner gets a $25 dollar gift certificate to the online vendor of their choice!gift_certificate

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“Why are we chopping down our own tree again?” Deacon tried stamping some warmth back into his feet but all he did was jar his knees. “Jesus, I think I broke my nipples off. It’s that damned cold.”

He wasn’t sure where he was. Or rather where Lang drove them. All he knew he was bundled up that morning like he was going to climb Mount Everest and possibly arm-wrestle a Yeti. They’d driven for what felt like for hours and somehow ended up in what looked like a bit of Sherwood Forest tucked into the folds of a California hillside. The bit of snow on the ground promised a chilly morning, despite the clear sky and bright sun and that promise was delivered as soon as Deacon got out of Lang’s new Rover.

Deacon was pretty sure he was going to have to shake his balls back down once they got back to Half Moon Bay because they’d retreated from the crisp wind.

“Because it’s a family tradition,” Lang repeated patiently for what Deacon probably guessed for the hundredth time. “Or at least it was one when I lived with my grandmother. Just be glad we’re only doing one tree. Grandmother used to put up six…sometimes seven.”

“Why the hell would you need seven damned Christmas trees?” he muttered, working through the rows of trees behind Lang as his husband moved slowly through the field. “And what the heck would you put on them?”

“We’ve got a lot of ornaments. My great-grandfather had an import business, remember? The attic is full of stuff. I’ve spent weeks up there as a kid and I don’t think I’ve opened up every trunk.” Lang’s eyes grew misty, his face softened with the brush of fond memories. “Grandmother just liked Christmas trees. And food. For her, Christmas was about food and family.”

“And trees.” Deacon sidestepped a suspicious brown mound on the ground. “Tell me you didn’t have presents under all the trees or we’re going to have to have a talk with Princess Zig and expectations.”

“Only the big tree had presents under it. The one in the living room.” Lang stopped at a fragrant, tall evergreen, its needles a rich blue-grey. “It’s got to fill the front window. I like spruces. What do you like?”

“Babe, where I’m from, the trees are plastic and lopsided because they were dug out of a dumpster.” He hated the flash of pity in Lang’s glance and Deacon bit his lip, wishing he could take back his words. “It wasn’t that bad. We had Christmases. Just not… seven tree kinds.”

“To be fair, love, no one needs seven Christmas trees.” His husband reached for him, sliding a slightly chilled hand around Deacon’s waist. “We just need the one and I think I just found it.”

The tree Lang stood in front of had to be at least eight feet tall and about as wide as Deacon’s arms stretched out. It looked…expensive, something he’d see at a shopping mall or in front of a church where people arranged Nativity scenes nearby and drank spiced apple cider out of pewter mugs. It was the kind of tree that had a presence, strong enough to bear generations of ornaments and too regal for anything as crass as fake aluminum garland.

Lang looked at it like he’d just fallen in love.

“We just need to chop it down now and then they’ll come and put it in that net sleeve thing they use.” Lang eyed the ax, a dubious gleam in his eye. “Okay, I’ve never chopped down a tree in my life. You?”

“Sweetheart, until a few months ago, I’d never built an actual fire in a fireplace and I’ve just learned how to split a log. Kind of. Mostly,” Deacon reminded him. “Didn’t the guy down the hill say they’d chop it down for an extra twenty or is the bringing-the-tree-down a part of the whole tradition your grandmother started business?”

“My grandmother never chopped a tree down in her life either. Hell, she barely gardened. Mostly I think she just liked wearing big straw hats with veils on them and puttering about with white gloves on,” he frowned, scratching his cheek. “Come to think of it, the last few times we came to get the trees, I held them up while Angel hacked at the bottoms until they landed on me. Gran just pointed out the ones she wanted then headed back to sit in the car with the heaters going full blast.”

“Yeah, right.” Deacon nodded. “Want to stay here and ward off any poachers while I go get somebody to chop this thing down? Or do you want to us to take a whack at it.”

A burst of cold air struck them and Lang shivered despite Deacon taking the brunt of it. Pressing his lips together, Lang removed his steamed up glasses and gave Deacon a slow, owlish blink. The temperature seemed to drop around them as Deacon’s heartbeat skipped a little when Lang unconsciously leaned into him, seeking out Deacon’s heat.

“Here, hold onto this.” Lang handed Deacon the ax. “I’ve got a twenty in my wallet and the Rover’s got a damned good heater.”

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Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford
Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

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About Rhys Ford
headshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people

Rhys’ Blog: http://www.rhysford.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford

Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores.

“Floods End” by Ginn Hale

Thanksgiving

This vignette is something of a prologue for the forthcoming novella, ‘Get Lucky’ (coming out this December in the Once Upon a Time in the Weird West anthology). The story takes place in the same steampunk, weird west setting as ‘The Hollow History of Professor Perfectus’ (published in the anthology Magic and Mayhem), as well as The Long Past collection, which will be released in January 2018. -Ginn

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Dalfon Elias drew his horse to halt at the top of the wooded hill and considered the overgrown road ahead of him. As he dismounted, a little green pterosaur that had been occupied drinking from a muddy rut took flight into a flowering dogwood. Otherwise the road appeared largely abandoned and the surrounding lush forest stood quiet in the early morning sun. Dalfon crouched. The tracks that he followed weren’t difficult to pick out; the two nails missing from the horse’s hind shoe left a particularly distinct impression. Continue reading “Floods End” by Ginn Hale

“Thanksgiving Marshmallows” by Rhys Ford

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It was going to be her most favourite holiday, Deacon decided. Sure, Christmas would always hold a special place in Zig’s heart and he’d done his damned best on her birthday but Thanksgiving—this Thanksgiving—was going to break all expectations.

Because for the first time in Zig’s short, tumultuous hard life, she was in a place she called home and was elbow deep into the cavity of a thawed out twenty-pound turkey, shoving balls of Portuguese-sausage-and-mushroom stuffing into its cavernous hollow. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Marshmallows” by Rhys Ford

Mad Lizard Mambo (The Kai Gracen Series #2)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: DSP Publications

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: DSPP & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:  Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder’s—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.

The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder. Continue reading Mad Lizard Mambo (The Kai Gracen Series #2)

Guest Post and Giveaway: Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford, “When Kai Discovers He Does Not Bounce #1”

madlizard_tour_bannerThank you for following the Mad Lizard Mambo tour. My name’s Rhys Ford and well, we’re going back to the first character I wrote for this genre, Kai Gracen.

When I first began to write seriously, I went with an urban fantasy featuring a bisexual elfin character named Kai Gracen. The first book was Black Dog Blues and to make a long story short, DSP Publications approached me about publishing it after I’d self-pubbed it following my publishing a few books with Dreamspinner. DSP Publications hadn’t started yet but it suited their catalog and well, it’s a Dreamspinner Imprint so of course I was on board.

Now, after a few years, I would like to introduce to you Kai’s second adventure, Mad Lizard Mambo. It takes place a little bit after Black Dog Blues and well, life’s just gotten more complicated for Kai. I hope you enjoy it as well as the three short pieces I’ve done for this tour. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford, “When Kai Discovers He Does Not Bounce #1”

Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)

absinthe-of-maliceAuthor: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

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Type: Novel in Series

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Blurb: We’re getting the band back together.

Those six words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way. Continue reading Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)

Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

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Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:  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. Continue reading Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6)