Rhys Ford on Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Notley
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found himself raising her little girl.

Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on. Zig deserves a better life than what he had, and Deacon is determined to give it to her.

Lang Harris is stunned when Zig, a little girl in combat boots and a purple tutu blows into his bookstore, and then he’s left speechless when her uncle, Deacon Reid walks in, hot on her heels. Lang always played it safe but Deacon tempts him to step over the line… just a little bit.

More than a little bit. And Lang is willing to be tempted.

Unfortunately, Zig isn’t the only bit of chaos dropped into Half Moon Bay. Violence and death strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.

Skip to the recipe if you’ve already seen this part. *grins*

When I first thought about writing Fish Stick Fridays, it was a lot darker than it turned out. I know. I’ll let you have a moment to be shocked and amazed. But then I wrote it and its innards changed, softening a bit. A lot of that change had to do with building a relationship between Deacon and his niece, Zig and then adding Lang into the mix.

I went round and round on the title. Nothing was working. They were decent titles. Hell, Mary Calmes even stole one of them for her own book but nothing was fitting the story. Then I said… why the hell aren’t I calling it what it is? Fish Stick Fridays.

That might seem a random, odd title and kind of off. But see, it’s not so much about the actual fish sticks or Fridays. It’s about what Fish Stick Fridays represents. For Zig and Deacon, it’s about being together, in a home. An actual home. Where Fridays means no vegetables but cups of hot cocoa and maybe eating in front of the television. It means a place to come to and find a family—their family.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Deacon knows how to cook gourmet meals but he can cook. So for this blog tour, it’s all about cooking out of the pantry—cheap, relatively easy and cobbling together meals from fresh, canned, and jarred food.  So much of Deacon’s cooking on the fly really is about how to maximize time and using what’s in the pantry. We don’t have a lot of time in our lives. That’s a fact. But we can make do. Making do is so very much a kitchen life hack.

So for this tour, I am sharing some comfort food recipes even Deacon can make and it took him a bit to get the fish sticks and blue box macaroni & cheese right.  Follow all of the blog tour stops and get a new comfort food recipe every day. Recipes include:

• Fried Chicken

• Beef Stew

• Portuguese Watercress Soup

• Nutty Mushroom Pasta

• Fried Rice

• Lasagna

• Kalua Pig

• Mac Salad / Loco Moco

• Pad Thai

• Shoyu Chicken

What’s the Giveaway? Because there is ALWAYS a giveaway… Leave a comment or enter the Rafflecopter if the blog uses one and hopefully win the right to tell me where to send a set of childrens’ books to a library or charity of your choice. Book sets will randomly chosen from a list and cost between $20 and $50 USD and donated in your name.

Also, if you want a gluten free way to thicken soups and stews… and soupy potato salad, use instant mashed potato flakes. You’ll see me say that time and time again through the blog tour. It also adds a layer of flavour. I sometimes grab the garlic and herb instant potato packets and just keep them for when I need to thicken a stew.

And now, for what’s next in Deacon’s recipe book.

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There are two dishes that are served at nearly every local diner in Hawai’i; local-style mac salad and loco moco. Put these two things in front of most locals from Hawai’i and it will be a good time had by all. Very easy to make and filling.

Local-style Mac Salad


  • 16 oz cooked elbow macaroni, cooled (you can also add boiled potato or just use potato)
  • 5-6 hard boiled eggs, minced fine or torn apart in the palm of your hand using a fork
  • 1 medium sized cucumber, deseeded and minced, partially peeled (I make stripes on the skin)
  • 1 small sweet onion, minced
  • 2 cups of frozen peas or peas/carrots. Don’t cook them. Just run them under hot water and drain
  • 2-3T salt, 1T pepper, 1T granulated garlic…this is to taste, a bit of old bay maybe 1T (optional)
  • Mayonnaise. Maybe 1 to 1.5 cups. This is purely by eye.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients together EXCEPT the mayo. Get in there. Mix it up. Taste it. Make sure there’s enough salt.

THEN add the mayo. Make it was wet as you like it. The macaroni will absorb a lot of it. Put it in the fridge to “marinate”. It’s best to let the flavours mingle. Make it the day before and taste it again to make sure the salt balance is right. If you find it is too runny for whatever reason, add 1-2 tablespoon of instant mashed potatoes and let it absorb the excess. Add more if needed but always let it have time to absorb.

Loco Moco


This is a dish allegedly dreamt up in Hilo, the town where I was born. It’s best served hot, cold, on the beach, after working in the cane fields or for dinner. Or breakfast. Tabasco is also recommended.

  • 2 scoops cooked rice (preferably sticky rice)
  • 2 hamburger patties, cooked and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs over easy but sunny side up is okay
  • Brown gravy

And that’s pretty much how it’s assembled, except I like to put the eggs on top. Rice first, then hamburgers, pour gravy on top then add the eggs. Season with soy sauce and Tabasco if you like.

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About the Author

Bioheadshot_Rhys-FordRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys  admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur, and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.
My Blog: www.rhysford.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford

If you’ve actually read this, yay! I need coffee. We should have coffee.

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Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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5 thoughts on “Rhys Ford on Fish Stick Fridays (Half Moon Bay #1) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Oh, man, can I ever not stomach mayonnaise. But I love the idea of the Loco Moco. I had a roommate once that would do something similar, the rice and gravy and hamburger were mixed with the egg on top and it was so. freakin’. delicious.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I love the idea of giving back, and it’s certainly the right time of year for it.

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