In Kentucky…and Headed to Indiana in a Few

Well it’s a bit nippy in Kentucky right now and I have an aux-cat named Dewey demanding I pay him tribute just as I begin to type out this blog. I’d take a picture but he’s sauntered back off.

A lot’s happened in the past few weeks, and yet nothing. I’ve been to GRL and moved about a lot and am trying to get Sin and Tonic finished. My workload expanded a bit and as I shuffle words around, I realize this is going to be a huge fricking book.

Mary Calmes has a cafepress store now so if she’s your cup of tea*, stop on by and have a look:

* She’s my cup of tea but then I adore her. 😀

And the cat is back.

My brain’s stuck in San Francisco and the Morgans at the moment so blogging something out is kind of hard but I wanted to touch base with all of you and see what’s going on.

TA Moore got her 415 Ink shirt and promptly sent me a picture from Belfast. She’s got a Christmas thing coming up and once I get that blog schedule and links from her, I’ll share it. She’s working with CS Poe on a round-robin tour so I’ll grab Poe’s release links as well. So much stuff going on.

I’m hoping 415 Ink: Rebel will be available for pre-order soon and everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving if you’re on this side of the rock. We had a trial run yesterday and I am still over-full. That’s probably why the cat’s here. He wants something to nom on. All I have is coffee.


GRL Winners! I’ve Sent Emails!

Well I had dinner with our lovely model on the left last night, we had Korean BBQ, she attempted to eat a Cloud Cheesecake…did her best but it defeated her, I got a bit sick (milk is not my friend. my body rejects even ice cream), came home and pulled the winners of the GRL 415 Ink T-Shirt Giveaway.

I was supposed to draw three.

I drew TEN names.

There were a lot of entries and I am very grateful for everyone who came by and entered.

So… I have sent pertinent emails and tagged a few people whose emails I could not read.

Thank you guys. Seriously. I am so very grateful for your support and… thank you for bringing me into your lives.


ATTENTION ANYONE IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA (Or thereabouts). We’ll be gathering on Sat, November 18th at 4 pm. If you’re interested in joining us, please email me at rhysford(at)vitaenoir(dot)com so I can give you the location! I will be seeing our other models (My darling didi, Lisa and the pupper PepperDoodle) in a week or so. I’ll give PepperDoodle your love.


Dear Everyone…

Dear Everyone,

If you intend to wear a costume remotely based on anything of the following cultures I am a part of (see the following bullet points):

• Hawaiian,
• Irish,
• Japanese and/or,
• Portuguese

…I will give you a permission slip to do so.

My caveat? I ask that you celebrate my cultures, learn its customs, pick up some of its language, get one of its tattoos, listen to our music* and for God’s sake, eat its foods.**

Have fun, don’t be an asshole about it and if there’s something about it that speaks to you, embrace and explore it.

Yes, your kid can dress as Moana***. She’s a fierce representation of a strong female. Hell, dress as Maui if you want…although in the Hawaiian myths, he’s a bit of a Loki but… you know, to each their own. Wear a kimono (we actually are very happy to see them on people no matter the colour of their skin or the language on their tongue) and should you decide to go as a Leprechaun, you might want to consider something more challenging like a banshee or a merrow. Perhaps even a black dog. Nothing says cultural enrichment like an ainmhi dubh.

Just remember, *embrace the culture, don’t mock it.*

Seriously, I have a permission slip. I’ll be handing them out in exchange for fun-sized whiskey bottles or chocolate.

* More Hawaiian slack key guitar and Celtic rather than koto for me but Hyde and Gackt! (who both are rockers, which rose up out of the blues from the melange of cultures and peoples brought over as slaves intermingling with other cultural influences but you know, rock.)

** I will gladly exchange the right to eat sushi, teriyaki and kalua pig so I can have carne asada fries, tacos and pizza.

*** Or Lilo. Or Stitch. Hell, Stitch in a grass skirt singing Elvis. Knock yourself out.  *grins*

Win One of FIVE 415 Ink: Rebel Shirts in the TNA / Dreamspinner Press Joint Giveaway!

PepperDoodle For The Win!

Announcing the Cover Reveal for 415 Ink: Rebel AND a Chance to win one of FIVE shirts being given away by The Novel Approach and Dreamspinner Press!

If you’ve been following the shenanigans at GRL, you might have seen a few people wearing exclusive early-release 415 Ink t-shirts featuring Micah Caudle’s custom design! Now is the chance for you to win one of FIVE early-release 415 Ink: Rebel shirts before the shop opens for general sales.

You can enter at each contest for a chance to win. Sizes range from XS to 5X and you can choose between unisex, Ladies V and Ladies scoop shirts. As always, I want to show the love to all of my readers so these contests are open to domestic AND international entrants.

How to Win (Contests End In A Few Days!)

On The Novel Approach: Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below! ONE winner will be chosen from the Novel Approach entries.

On Dreamreaders of Dreamspinner: Find the 415 Ink post posted today (Oct 23) and comment with what’s your favourite Rhys Ford book cover. THREE winners will be chosen from Dreamreaders.

For Instagram and Twitter: Find the 415 Ink post posted today (Oct 23) on Instagram and/or Twitter, engage or RT to enter. ONE winner will be chosen from all Instagram and Twitter entries.

Answering A Question About Cole’s Rick from the Dirty Series…

Yesterday on Facebook a reader asked: Just re reading Dirty Kiss and started wondering about Cole and Rick! How and when did they meet? What was Rick Like? Etc. Any possibility of a prequel?

I answered this there but I was asked to also share it here on my blog. People have asked me about Rick before so really, it’s not out of the blue. Please understand that for me, the books are about Cole and Jae but asking about Rick is a very valid question and a good question.

Here is my reply:

I will not write about Rick and Cole. Mostly because that’s a story best left to the imagination of the reader. I don’t think I can go back to that time in Cole’s life.

What I can tell you about Rick is he was a good guy, a bit vain and sometimes a bit demanding but he laughed well and heartily and loved fully. He was an artist in his own right and generous with his affection towards friends and of course, his boyfriend, Cole. Rick was tender-hearted, loved romantic movies, cried at commericals sometimes and was a bit sentimental in the best of ways. He could cook a little bit, would sometimes forget to pick up his shoes after taking them off in the living room and adored dogs.

He loved red balloons, carnivals so he could go on all the rides and eat cotton candy—or rather, steal most of Cole’s— and silly amusements. He liked walking on the beach at sunrise, and embraced everything life had to offer. He was the kind of guy who’d eat off your plate while at the same time, slide half of his food onto yours in exchange. Sometimes he would be careless with someone’s feelings but he would always try to make amends. He wasn’t perfect by any means but he did love Cole.

And there were sad times and regrets, especially around the holidays when he wasn’t with his family. He came from a typical solid Midwest family and was raised to treat people fairly so it pained him deeply when his own turned their backs on him.

Rick would be the first person to tell his Mac to fall in love again. He loved Cole that much. He would want Cole to find a lasting happiness and live a long, glorious life with someone who cared for him deeply. He’d approve of Jae and probably would have loved to have known him.

New Cole and Jae Shirts and Other Merchandise

Readers of the Dirty series featuring Cole and Jae have asked me in the past to give them a t-shirt…and well anything… highlighting their journey to their Happy Ever After. So, in the spirit of their relationship, I present a classic slash shirt, something you’d leave in the margin of a notebook or carved into a picnic table at a favourite park.

If you had a really good knife and a lot of patience.

Much love.

Link to Saranghaeyo Cole & Jae Merchandise

Ship Your Dreamspinner, DSP Publications, and Harmony Ink Paperbacks Straight to GRL! And 30% Off Too!

From September 17-22, all Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications and Harmony Ink paperbacks are 30% off. Plus, readers can get free shipping to GRL using the code GRL2017. (Sale is set to begin and end based on Eastern Daylight Time.)


Don’t Forget! Murder and Mayhem (Rook/Dante Book 1) Now 99 Cents until Sept 20

If you’ve not met Rook and Dante, catch up with their first book, Murder and Mayhem, for only 99 cents. The sequel, Tramps and Thieves, drops on Sept 18!

Murder and Mayhem, the first of the Rook/Dante Mysteries, is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store)

Murder and Mayhem: Book One

Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still makes his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

Dreamspinner Press Link 
Amazon Link

Murder and Mayhem (Rook/Dante Book 1) Now 99 Cents until Sept 20

Murder and Mayhem, the first of the Rook/Dante Mysteries, is now a 99-cent sale eBook at Amazon (price matched at the Dreamspinner store): As the bodies pile up around a former cat burglar’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under his skin.

Dreamspinner Press Link 
Amazon Link