Thank you to the service industry people who make Flattening The Curve possible!

One of the most interesting things about being in “isolation mode” has been getting things to make other things because stuff’s in short supply. Some stuff like kimchi is impossible to find in the stores nearby and while I could leave the house and go to Zion or HMart, it would really break that isolation we’ve been in. Since I was hella sick a little bit ago, I don’t want to chance anything.
 
Now, we order thru SHIPT or Instacart and I got a shopper who sent this. I think it’s adorable because she’s like… I HAVE NO IDEA!
 
It’s been kind of fun interacting with our shoppers because one lady was all… WHAT IS THIS? It looks good! I want to try it!
 
I tip well and always make sure they stay safe. Our shopper right now said, they have paper towels, one package left. It’s not on your list but do you need it?
 
I said nope, leave it for someone who does but can I tell you she earned a HUGE tip just for asking. So for everyone out there shopping, driving, delivering and doing all of the things we can’t do because we’re flattening the curve… THANK YOU!

Just some stuff…

I thought I’d take a break from navel gazing and just share some stuff. Because you know, navel gazing can lead to ulcers.

SO close to the end of Kai. Watch for the screaming camel!

And now for some nonsense and just happy stuff…

Like this unicorn.

And this… Stray Staffie With A Fabulous Smile Finds Her Forever Home

Stray Staffie With A Fabulous Smile Finds Her Forever Home

Look at that smile! She’s so adorable. I do love Staffies. They’re such great dogs.

I also want to share the link to the latest Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration video. I haven’t watched it yet which is a crime because I usually watch them immediately but between travel and trying to hammer out the rest of this book, I’ve held off this video as a reward. It’s gonna be my chocolate twinkie! Which I still haven’t eaten but let’s face it, that’ll be there forever.

 

 

Let’s talk… writing

I’ve been asked a bunch of questions lately and I decided to just answer them all here because I thought some of them would make a good blog post because they’re pretty much all about writing and how I write or rather why I write and all of that nonsense. Or Stuff.

Whichever word you like.

I have the questions all stashed in a document and are arranged in no particular order so… here goes.

Does Dreamspinner tell you what to write? Is that why you wrote Back in Black?
This was a two parter so I’ll answer in segments.
1) Nope. That’s not how it works. I have a bunch of series and whatever storylines hit me, I write that book. My writing is independent of DSP. When I’m done, I offer them the book for publication. If they choose not to pub it, I’d probably self pub. Dreamspinner doesn’t dictate anything to me. I don’t work for DSP. I’m an author who writes books and wants them published. I’m not contracted to write on demand like I think some romance houses have a pool of writers for “pulp” monthly releases. I write what I like.

2) I wrote Back in Black because I have said from the VERY beginning that I would be bringing Cole back in a series of mysteries. It was time and the Cole “voice” hasn’t changed but they’re no longer romances. This was always my intent. Once the romantic suspense of him getting together with Jae was done, I wanted to transition his character into a more traditional first-person mystery series. And it was time. *grins* I like writing Cole and I’ve missed him.

When is the next Hellsinger coming out?
I don’t know. I do have a plot. It’s different from the one I wanted to write but I think it suits Wolf and Tristan more. Cin and Harker are going to have to deal with the psychotic clowns.

Why are your books so violent?
I am a violent person. No seriously, I don’t find them very violent. So perhaps my viewpoint is skewed. And honestly, I’m never going to shame someone for not being exposed to that kind of world. That’s a really good thing and they should cherish it.

When is Rook and Dante’s next book coming out?
Also, I don’t know. But soon. I probably should have answered that under the Hellsinger one. Like I said, these aren’t in order. When I last left Rook and Dante they were dealing with the arrival of his mother. I wrote a good 35K of a book with them and it felt flat. So I have to back up and take a good look at the plot and kick it into submission.

Do you throw a lot of words away? Because it seems like you’re always restarting things.
Oh that’s a good one to answer after the Murder question. Yes. I do throw words away. And sometimes I don’t. Mostly I don’t but sometimes you write and write and it feels like you’re writing out of a hole instead of knitting a story so… that’s when you know to toss the whole thing.

Why don’t you just write one series at a time?
Several reasons. I get bored and hate the characters once I’m done writing 80,000 words of their lives and I want them to die in a horrible fire. Going right back into them would make me want to kill them and that’s not a good way to run a series. Also, I really prefer to be a bit diverse in what I write and this gives me the chance to play with voice and world-building. So that’s why.

I think that’s it for now. I’ve got to head back into it and kill a few people. Wish me luck and I hope you all have a great week! Much love!

 

Shrimpy Things and Words

There’s a few chapters left in the Kai book so I’m getting that taken care of. Yesterday was Bork Bork day for Gus as it was time for walkies. As many of you know, he has a dog walker named Jessica who takes him out for a HARD trot.

We’ve had to keep him from getting to enthusiastic about his walks. He DOES love them a lot but the problem is, he’s an old man. Or at least should be. Yet, he insists on doing a full power walk… a hard trot. He doesn’t pull per se but he wants to go about his business and demands a healthy pace. Most of the time, she can slow his roll. Yesterday he was having none of it and apparently told her, You’re young, Auntie Jessica, and own two German Shepherds with really long legs. Let’s go. I am a fast walking potato.

He came home very tired but happy. Gus doesn’t stop and smell the roses or where other dogs have peed. None of that. Walks are SERIOUS business and must be attended to. Stopping is done rarely and usually because there is wet grass to be rolled in. But even then, a bit of cavorting and then we are OFF!

He’s a strange little potato.

I’ve never had these. I’m very curious as to how they taste. Turn on subtitles for English words on the bottom *grins*

Welcoming the New Year

Looking forward to 2020, I am excited to see Cole and Jae coming back to my readers in Back in Black but… let’s revisit 2019 for a bit.

Well, 2019 was good and bad. Lots of fantastic things and trips followed by… well, some people really tried hard to make it a shitty end but all of that being said, I’ve written a lot, did a lot of art things, worked through some fucking crappy health things and scares as well as just dealing with people being all up in my business. I tend to be a private person on certain things… well, most things but I will always be honest with all of you about where I am in my head and well, of course, talking about Aspergers and all of that. It was a hard year for that too because dealing with how to change the language when talking about being on the spectrum has become very important. Vital, you might say.

But here’s the thing, despite all the fuckery, there’s been some great fantastic things. Like meeting readers at GRL, going to World Con and really having a great time, having a carnival break out in front of our AirBnB, getting a suntan in the Cotswolds in March while visiting with the Five, seeing everyone in Paris at the Salon and really just connecting and talking with everyone.

I came back to where it all began for me as a Dreamspinner writer by writing Back in Black, Book 1 of the McGinnis Investigations series as well as hit the midpoint of 415 Ink with Hellion. Ramen Assassin gave me a new couple to explore and let’s not forget Kai’s Jacked Cat Jive. I’m beginning the new year with Kai again and just finished doing the blog tour posts for Back in Black with Cole and Jae’s wedding.

Watched a LOT of Guy’s Grocery Games which allowed me to yell at chefs for their food choices, started Witcher and finished a few other shows in between writing. Tool dropped a new album and made me so freaking happy. It’s been a continuous play for my writing.

Picked up a new narrator for me in Kale Williams who did Ramen Assassin and of course my brother from another bloodline, Greg Tremblay kicked it up for a notch for Kai and he powered up to do Cole before the end of the year so the audiobook can drop at the same time as the book. Or close enough for it to count.

So, I’m leaving this post with a blast from the past… the first point of my career as Rhys Ford, a link to the Dirty Series. If you haven’t grabbed this series, I encourage you to do so. AND as a bonus, there’s a free ebook and audiobook on Dreamspinner as a thank you for everyone who followed the first series.

The Dirty Series (Cole McGinnis)

The Free Bonus of Dirty Bites, a gift from me, Greg Tremblay and DSP.

Coffee…and Memories

One of the earliest memories I have of my Grandpa is of how he smelled. He would come home after working the fields and smell of rich soil, unfiltered cigarettes and coffee. He was swarthy, having spent endless days out in the sun and he probably was dead tired from working but always spent a bit of time with me before everyone went to bed.

I don’t know if he was a complicated man. I think he was a smart man and looked towards the future and planned for a good retirement, one he wasn’t able to enjoy because a brain tumor took him just as he was winding down his time on the fields. I was ten-ish when this happened and had already experienced more than one death in the family. I knew what it meant to lose someone I loved dearly and while I didn’t know the man he was…not as an adult and not in the way you would know a person… I did know him as my grandfather.

And to me, he was not only a good grandfather but also a good man.

He wasn’t perfect. None of us are. He infuriated my grandmother and spoiled the hell out of me and my youngest aunt (according to my slightly older uncles. that youngest aunt is only a few years older than I am). He was grumpy and anti-social to people at times, earning himself the nickname of Mr. Adams after Adam’s Sour Apple Gum. Mostly they called him Primo because that’s the beer he drank but people did seem to like him. You could count on him. He was a solid man.

There were parties in the pavilion at the park right outside of their house and they would go late into the night. I learned how to do the chicken dance watching my grandparents. I remember my grandmother waving her arms and my grandfather laughing. I think the music came from the radio. I’m not sure. It wasn’t live. There weren’t musicians. And now I wish I’d had the awareness to soak it all in because sometimes I feel like I’ve got the only memory anchoring them in place which is silly because I know other people remember them. Probably better than I have because when it’s all said and done, I am looking at them through a child’s eyes.

My grandmother survived my grandfather by decades and I got to know her as a person. That’s something I am grateful for. I wasn’t happy with who I was at the time and was still struggling to find my path when she passed but we were always honest with one another and it was no hardship to take her down into town if she needed it or for me to bring her romance novels I bought by the box at garage sales. She lived in a large house meant to be for her and my grandfather… built when he was just getting sick… and sometimes I wondered how she felt living there mostly alone…. with her sister, Mary living across the street and within shouting distance. I know my grandmother wasn’t alone but I worried. And I hoped she was happy.

We only talked about my grandfather in passing. Same with my mom and honestly, I should probably talk to her more about him. To learn who he was as a person. To fill in what I have and flesh out the man who meant so much to me and gave me a solid base on what it meant to be human and while not perfect, at least trying to do the best I can. I have no doubts that I was loved. None whatsoever. That’s a gift I don’t think I appreciate enough. Or at least I do when I still the world around me and look for some peace. Hopefully I can do right by the men who shaped my earliest memories (my other grandfather was a huge part of my life as well). For now, I still smile when I hear the chicken dance and sometimes, when I’m having coffee with sweetened condensed milk, I feel like I’m sharing a cup with him in the damned cold kitchen in that house on Kaiwiki Road. And that’s honestly not a bad thing to do on some mornings.

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Final Stop is at It’s About The Book! And It’s Release Day!

Hellion drops TODAY on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s stop is at It’s About the Book!!!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Fourth Stop is at Boy Meets Boy Reviews!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at Boy Meets Boy!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Third Stop is at The Blogger Girls!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at The Blogger Girls!!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! If you want to participate in the AMA at Joyfully Jays, be sure to join the group and answer the questions to be approved. It’s just a Captcha to make sure you’re… well, you know… not a robot.

Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Second Post is at Love Bytes!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at Love Bytes!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! If you want to participate in the AMA at Joyfully Jays, be sure to join the group and answer the questions to be approved. It’s just a Captcha to make sure you’re… well, you know… not a robot.

Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5