Repost: State of the Rhys (Originally on The Novel Approach)

Just to keep people up if they’ve missed this… Originally posted on The Novel Approach on April 24, 2016

So, I periodically stop by here at The Novel Approach to do an update on what is going on with my books, where I’ll be and generally share information, news, and random things. Oh… and drop a cover reveal or two.

This time, I’d like to put to bed a horrible rumour that Sloe Ride was the last in the Sinners series. This is incorrect. That would be Sin and Tonic, which will be out in 2017. However, let’s talk about the FIFTH book in the series which is coming out way before then, Absinthe of Malice which will be out on June 22, 2016 and published by Dreamspinner Press.

Now for Absinthe, I wanted to do something different for the cover because it’s a different type of book than the previous four. This is a novel about a band, its singer and the problems they face as they go out on tour…in a van…to play in dive bars and back alley joints. You see, Damien has this idea that Crossroads Gin needs this kind of experience to create a solid brotherhood between them and while he isn’t wrong, it does lead to a set of challenges and self-discoveries none of the guys are truly ready for. So watch for Absinthe of Malice to be out on June 22 and get ready to hit the road with Miki, Damie, Forest & Rafe. So, here is the cover and the blurb!


About the Book

Title: Absinthe of Malice
Series: Sinners – Book Five
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 22 June 2016

We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, they’re 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.

More Book News and Future Stuff

As many of you know, the final Cole McGinnis book, Dirty Heart, dropped in March and with it, its companion audiobook was released a short while later. While I am sad to see Cole, Jae, and the rest ride off into the sunset, it was time to answer the questions I’d started asking in the beginning of the series. And not to say I won’t have a one-off or two from Cole but for right now, they’re happy and living well over in Los Angeles.

Kai Gracen Series
Well, there’s the second in the Kai Gracen series! I’m pleased to announce Mad Lizard Mambo, the second Kai book has been written, contracted and blurbed for DSP Publications. It is scheduled to be published around September 2016.

Half Moon Bay Series
And in December 2016, the second Half Moon Bay book will be published. I don’t have a name yet but I can say that Lang’s twin brother, West, is one of the protagonists and he is reunited with a man he’d known in the past…with a bunch of delicious secrets between them. There’s murdery bits and some steam.

Murder and Mayhem Series
What’s on the horizon? Well, after I finish with Half Moon 2, we’ll be heading back to Los Angeles and catching up with Rook and Dante in book two of the Murder and Mayhem series. This one will be called Tramps and Thieves and I’m really excited to get started on it. Rook’s in a bit of hot water. Just a wee bit.

Hellsinger Series
We will be back in San Francisco with Hellsinger Investigations in 2017! The title is Send In The Ghosts and will be picking up where I’d left you… mostly… with the aftermath of what and who was in the Grange’s study.

After Those
I’ve got a few things going on to follow up. As Sinners is winding down, I’ll be starting another San Francisco series AND I will be expanding out Dim Sum Asylum to a full-length novel. Look for Roku to return and with him, a hell of a lot more trouble.

Where Am I Going To Be

Now this year, I’ve already logged in more than a few airline miles and am probably going to log even more. Here’s where I will be as an attending author over the next few months. This schedule is subject to change—I might add an event—but these are locked in. Hope to see you there if you’re around the area.

topbanner-1ThrillerFest XI
July 5-9, 2016
Grand Hyatt • New York City
109 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Sept 16-18 2016
Hyatt Regency • San Francisco Airport
1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California

grnw_wordpressbannerGay Romance NorthWest Conference
Sep 24, 2016
Seattle Central Public Library • Seattle Washing


GayRomLit Retreat
Oct 20-23, 2016
The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center • Kansas City, MO


And In Summary and All That Stuff

Thank you all for coming by and most of all, thank you for all your support these past few years and I am so grateful for all of you who’ve read my series, enjoyed them and wanted more. Please remember, if you find an author whose books you’ve fallen in love with, spread the word. I am a reader first, writer second and I—as well as all of us—count on word of mouth and recommendations to add to our growing reading stacks. Find, Read and Celebrate!

And thank you again! Saranghae-yo.

4 thoughts on “Repost: State of the Rhys (Originally on The Novel Approach)

  1. voyagerrenee8

    Thanks for keeping us updated, busy lady. I’ll be pre ordering all when available, and I’ve been looking forward to the continuation of Kai’s story. But I’m soooo excited to hear that Roku’s adventures will continue. I wasn’t beyond begging 🙌 😁

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