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Okay, it was a LONG weekend and so much went on. Most of which is now a blur.

The LA Times Book Festival was awesome and a huge shout out and thank you to every reader who came by to say hello to us at the Dreamspinner Booth. Next year will be even bigger! More rainbow! All the stuff! And books!

We also had a huge amount of doggos come by and say hey. We’ll have to do a Dogs of DSP next year.

I have a huge amount of paperbacks I’ll need to giveaway at some point. INCLUDING the Rebel mass market paperback so… watch this space.

In other news, don’t forget… the FINAL Sinners book, Sin and Tonic, drops on May 15th. Catch up on the band and the Morgans in the middle of May!

Sin and Tonic is now up for Pre-Order on Dreamspinner Press!

Sin and Tonic is now up for pre-order on Dreamspinner Press!
I HIGHLY recommend purchasing directly from DSP in this case 😀

Sin and Tonic
Sinners Series: Book Six

Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.

His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.

It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.

Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.

The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.

Gonna be in Los Angeles on April 21 or 22? Come see me and other DSP Authors at the LA Times Book Festival!

Dreamspinner Press will be at Booth 141 on the main walk during the Festival’s 10 am to 6 pm hours! Check out the website and see everything that’s going on this weekend! Festival Link.
So, if you are near or around Los Angeles this coming weekend, be sure to stop by and grab an autograph! I’ll be signing books (pretty much whatever you put in front of me) on Sat, April 21 from 4 to 5 pm and again on Sunday, April 22 from 12 to 1 pm!
I’ve got a special giveaway for my readers so be sure to mention you saw this notice on social media or in my Facebook group! Supplies are very limited and one per person.
The booth’s signing schedule is below. Drop by and say hello!
Saturday April 21
11:00 – 12:00 Andrew Grey – Romancing the Stepbrother
12:00 – 1:00   C.S. Poe – Southernmost Murder
1:00 – 2:00     Jeff Adams & Will Knauss – The Hockey Player’s Heart
2:00 – 3:00     Rick R. Reed – The Perils of Intimacy
3:00 – 4:00     R.L. Merrill – Hurricane Reese
4:00 – 5:00     Rhys Ford – Rebel
Sunday April 22
11:00 – 12:00 CJane Elliott – Sex, Love & Videogames
12:00 – 1:00   Rhys Ford – Tramps and Thieves
1:00 – 2:00     Bru Baker – Camp H.O.W.L.
2:00 – 3:00     K.C. Wells – BFF
3:00 – 4:00     Jeff Adams – Tracker Hacker
4:00 – 5:00     C.S. Poe – The Mystery of the Curiosities
Again: The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Dreamspinner is in booth #141.


Seriously. It’s busy over here.

I’ve got a Screaming Camel of Happiness to release. Working on a SOOPER SEEKRIT project and my part’s done. Signed, sealed and submitted.

The house is kind of quiet without my baby girl, Yoshi. I know she’ll be back. In one form or another. Writer’s Cats always find their way to a laptop.

I’m hacking at blog posts then starting Kai. So much going on.

Oh, and the LA Times Book Festival. Not this weekend but next. I’ll be bringing some special swag for anyone stopping by to get one of my books signed.

And the dog is eating his dinner. I think.

Heading to SF then LA on April 21-22

Heading up to SF this weekend for a very much needed, not-thinking, all the food and coffee few days. I’m hoping to grab some shots of places that inspired Sinners and 415 Ink.

On April 21 and 22, I will be at the Dreamspinner Booth #141 during the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at USC. If you are thinking of coming, I have a couple of signing hours during those days. They are Sat (4-5) and Sun (12-1).

If you are coming to see me, please let me know. I’m trying to get a headcount for some special swag if I can get it delivered by then. Comment here on the blog or drop me an email at: rhysford AT vitaenoir DOT com

One Final Belly Rub For Yoshi

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to tell all of you that we had to let Yoshi go today.

My darling Writer’s Cat developed bone cancer in her jaw and the prognosis was not going to be good. She’d gone in for a dental cleaning because she’d been having problems with a tooth when the vet discovered the cancer. I made the decision to let her go rather than drag her through a fight she was never going to win.

We were there when she passed. She left us getting scritches and belly rubs.

As we all should.

I will miss her oozing onto my laptop and honestly, I probably can’t have long discussions about losing her because it is a devasting loss for me. She’s been my companion for years and while taken way too young, entered my life with a grumpy purr and a deep affection for my company.

I am happy for the years I had with her and more importantly being able to share her with you. I loved her deeply and I know she loved in in return. I never had a moment’s doubt about that.

She was the best of cats and I’m sure I will see her again.

I have to. It is the very nature of cats to stand in the middle of a door you’re holding open while they decide if the want in or out.



So I ended up having to run Yoshi (Writer’s Cat) down to the vet this afternoon. Signs point to a bad tooth which God knows how long she’s had that because she stoic AF. But because of her age, bloodwork is done and she was a bit dehydrated so they camel-backed her. Came home, she ate her dinner then promptly went to go see what the dog was served.

That’s just how she is.

We’ve had a cat with a thyroid problem. He was a lot older and well, feral down to the bone but he loved me. She reminds me a lot of him. Except she does have better manners.

Yoshi always comes to me when she doesn’t feel well. Which is heartening but also heart-breaking because oftentimes, the only thing I can do is bundle her up and take her to the vet.

She NEVER goes outside. Outside terrifies her and through the whole experience, I console and comfort her, scritching her head as I drive and talking to her. She’s a very good cat.

Okay, she’s very good at being a cat. But she’s a great companion. Hopefully there’s nothing seriously wrong and it’s something the dental procedure can take care of. But, that’s a part of being an animal’s … friend. Not going to say owner because no one owns a cat.

So wish Yoshiko luck for good bloodwork and a speedy recover from her procedure on Tuesday. And with any luck, she’ll stop hissing at Harley. I’d say maybe the tooth makes her grumpy but well, she’s always been grumpy.