I would like to thank Rhys Ford for taking the time to talk to us about Devil’s Brew. Check out Leisa’s review. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
That’s what I want to talk about. Odd material perhaps for a blog but really, so much of the Sinners series is based on that very concept; friendship.
It’s such a milquetoast word for something as intricate as a love that is not a love.
Because really, while some of us have friendships that are akin to being in preschool, we have others that are deep tendrils into our lives.
And sometimes, they are one and the same friendship.
When I first started Sinner’s Gin, I knew Damien was alive. For all intents and purposes, he had to be dead for Miki and for the reader as well. Because the loss…the depth of his loss really drove Miki into his hermitage. And Kane needed to dig him out.
Because if Damie was around all the time, Miki could have hidden behind him. Damie would have let him but ah, Miki would have lost out on love.
Also, it made for a really good shock moment in the back of Sinner’s Gin.
When it is all said and done, it is about the story.
In the Devil’s Brew, I wanted to visit Valentine’s Day as Miki would be seeing it. He doesn’t think about the loves he has. For him, once that door is open, it is open. Very preschool of him because why does he need to do anything for a day? Don’t these people know he loves them every day? He does special things all the time—or rather he doesn’t think about those love notes or hugging a beloved person as being special.
In his mind, it’s just how life is. Bring someone a beer if you’re in the kitchen. Buy them Twinkies because you’re at the store and you thought of them. Get a new flavour of ice cream so you both can try it. Write them a song because the words of their life in yours fill you up so much it has to come out.
So a special day to do those things just isn’t something Miki would ever imagine.
But ah, when faced with the normal of Damie and Sionn, Miki realizes he really needs to do something more traditional. Or at least in his mind, he should.
What Miki doesn’t ever really understand is that the guys he loves—lover and friends know he’s a bit off in the head. Normal isn’t what Miki does but see, the effort of trying to be normal—for that one day—is as big a gift as anything he could buy.
Since so much of Miki’s life really revolves around his close friendship with Damien, I felt it was important to bring that relationship into the novella…because every love should be celebrated. Especially on a day when one celebrates love.
So really, The Devil’s Brew was written not just for lovers but for friends. Even the complicated ones but especially the ones that you don’t have to think about… they just are.
And really, aren’t those the best kind of loves?
From the Publisher:
The Devil’s Brew by Rhys Ford (Book 2.5 in the Sinners Series)
Miki St. John’s life has been turned upside down but it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
His best friend, Damien Mitchell, is back from the dead. He has a dog named Dude. And more importantly, he and his lover, SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan, now share Miki’s converted warehouse.
For the first time ever, Miki’s living a happy and normal-ish life but when Valentine’s Day rolls around, Miki realizes he knows next to nothing about being domestic or domesticated. Nothing about the traditional lover’s holiday makes sense to him but Miki wants to give Kane a Valentine’s Day the man will never forget.
Can he pull off a day of wine and roses? Or will his screwed up childhood come back and bite Miki in the ass?
About the Author
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur, a black Pomeranian puffball and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.
My Blog: www.rhysford.com
And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.
My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
Rhys Ford has kindly offered a copy of Devil’ Brew to 1 lucky commenter.
Contest ends 1 June @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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