Rhys Ford on Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Former LAPD detective Cole McGinnis’s life nearly ended the day his police partner and best friend Ben Pirelli emptied his service weapon into Cole and his then-lover, Rick. Since Ben turned his gun on himself, Cole thought he’d never find out why Ben tried to destroy him.

Years later, Cole has stitched himself back together. Now a private investigator and in love with Jae-Min Kim, a Korean-American photographer he met on a previous case, Cole’s life is back on track—until he discovers Jeff Rollins, a disgraced cop and his first partner, has resurfaced and appears to be working on the wrong side of the law.

As much as Cole’s fought to put the past behind him, he’s soon tangled up in a web of lies, violence, and death. Jeff Rollins is not only trying to kill Cole’s loved ones, he is also scraping open old wounds and long-forgotten memories of the two men Cole loved and lost. Cole is sure Rollins knows why Ben ruined all their lives, but he isn’t looking for answers. Now Cole is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a cold-blooded killer with the key to not only his past but his future.

I’ve written the start of this post about five times and I still don’t know what to say. Some writer, huh?

How do I put into words the whole of this journey? This series was the start for me. These characters—Cole and Jae—have taken me to places I never thought I’d go, met people I am so very thankful to have known and most importantly, enriched my life beyond measure.

So how do I say goodbye to the beginning?

I can’t. And honestly, I won’t. As this story arc ends, I am grateful for so many readers joining me along the way. I can promise that as we close out this series, Cole and Jae will be back some time in the far future. But for now, this is goodbye.

And yet a hello of sorts… to a happiness and a life these characters deserve to have.

Because God knows, I’ve run them through the ringer.

So please enjoy this final Dirty tour as I present short scenes from Jae’s POV. Many are from instances in the books and a couple are in-betweens but I tried to find places where Jae really needed to speak. I hope you enjoy them.

And a tour cannot be a tour without a giveaway! So…. Here goes.

Leave a comment and be entered to win a $20 gift certificate from an e-tailer of your choice BUT that is not all. From these winners, I will randomly select ONE person to be a character in my other Los Angeles series, Murder and Mayhem. So hit up every blog, enter to win! ONE winner per blog!

Don’t I sound like I’m trying to sell you a used Buick? grins

Most of all, and please know this comes from the bottom of my heart where I keep my love for coffee and music, thank you. Thank you for reading the books and thank you for supporting me along the way. I cannot come up with the words strong and deep enough to express my gratitude.



There was nothing more erotic than watching Cole McGinnis undress.

Cole stripped off his clothes in brisk, graceful movements, slowly unveiling a body hardened by work, boxing and sex. I was in love with his form. There was an elegant power to Cole’s body, a shade too heavy to be called lean and marbled with scars and blemishes from past mistakes and tragedies. He was perfect in his imperfections, the body of a god carved into by life.

He also had the sexiest, silly grin, hot enough to tickle my cock with a flash of white teeth but shaded with a promise of mischief and a hell of a lot of trouble.

Sunburst scars dappled his chest and ribs, postcards from a past life filled with violence, betrayal and loss. The one on his side pulled a bit at his skin, the adhesion thickened in a spot I knew was sensitive to the touch. Other stretches were numb, the nerves numb from being sliced through and stitched together. His skin was golden all over, an even tint he’d gotten from our trip down to the Keys where we’d spent our days naked on the beach and our nights tangled in thin cotton sheets.

“Where do you want me?” He was suddenly bashful, a bit of a shy amid the brash. Cole wasn’t a boastful man, confident yes but not one to preen or strut. As comfortable as he was in his own skin and head, I was asking him to stretch out and let me capture a part of him he never thought of as beautiful.

And God, he was so beautiful.

“Just lie down on the platform. I’ll set the lights up so I can figure out how I want to shoot you.” I blanched at my words, still stumbling over the realization he’d taken more bullets than a road sign out in the desert. “Sorry, I just… I need to figure out what I want to do with you.”

“Oh I can think of a lot of things,” he murmured, stretching his nude body out over the draped platform. “And most of them have you under me.”

“Cole-ah,” I admonished.

“Or on top.” He shrugged, giving me another easy smile. “I’m flexible.”

“Lie back,” I ordered gently. “And just look pretty.”

It was easy to shoot Cole. After a few minutes, he became a canvas of skin and muscle, a play of light on gold. The lights were hot but the air conditioning soothed away the sear. I caught the long stretch of his body on the white sheets, arranging the folds until I liked how the shadows ran over his hips. He grew aroused when I bent over him, my breath on his belly but he didn’t touch me, simply letting me rearrange his body and turn his head so I could step back and take the shot.

I liked what I did to him. I enjoyed knowing I had the power to affect such a potent construction of brawn and survival. I’d never done a shoot with a lover before…never truly had a lover before and the closest I’d come to doing an intimate portrait was of Scarlet’s bare face and her brutal truths.

This was different. Cole was different. Where Scarlet wore her life as burdens on her shoulder, her elegant strength resonating with her life’s weight, Cole celebrated his. The splays of keloids were symbols, his badges of life’s beatings and surviving the fires he’d walked through.

He was form and function for hours, shadows and light, easily malleable to my every touch and word. I captured every familiar inch of Cole’s body, places I’d licked and bit over a long stretch of days when I’d thought I’d never have him forever.

I was capturing our forever. In that moment. In the studio, I was making a promise to my heart that the man laid out before me was mine and I’d always have him with me.

Because he promised.

And Cole McGinnis never ever broke his promises.

His stomach, however, had a mind of its own and its rumbling growl broke my concentration. I blinked and stood up from a crouch, groaning at the tightness in my back and thighs. Cole held the pose I’d put him in, chuckling a bit when his belly protested again. A glance at the clock startled me more than his hunger. I’d worked Cole for three hours, far longer than we’d agreed to and still, not enough to satisfy my own hunger for him.

“Sorry,” I apologized. “I shouldn’t have gone on so long. Let’s call it a day. You’re probably sore.”

“I’ve been worse,” he admitted, moving slowly. Stretching his arms out over his head, Cole’s dark nipples elongated over his chest and I regretted not having my camera at the ready.

“Thank you for doing this.” I walked over to the raised platform to touch his face. “You are…I needed to shoot you so thank you.”

“Hey, less painful than others but definitely more embarrassing,” Cole whispered. Sliding his hand over my hip, he pulled me forward and kissed the spot over my heart. “What are you going to do with them?”

“I don’t know I’ll need someplace to hang them. Maybe put them in a show. I don’t know if I’m ready to share you with anyone yet. I’ll have to see. Maybe I’ll print them and hang them in your living room,” I teased. “So when I stay over, I’ll have parts of you to look at while you’re out leaping over tall buildings and fighting windmills.”

“Yeah, about that.” Cole cleared his throat. “I’ve been meaning to ask you…for a long time now. Maybe we should stop thinking about it as my living room and more our living room. Maybe it’s time you and me, we stopped shuffling our lives around and live together. Because Jae baby, I sure as hell can’t live without you.”


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Leave a comment and be entered to win a $20 gift certificate from an e-tailer of your choice BUT that is not all. From these winners, I will randomly select ONE person to be a character in my other Los Angeles series, Murder and Mayhem. So hit up every blog, enter to win! ONE winner per blog!

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

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com

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59 thoughts on “Rhys Ford on Dirty Heart (Cole McGinnis #6) ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. I’m really enjoying Jae’s point of view. I love this series. I’m gonna miss Cole and Jae!

  2. Another great vignette from Jae. Would be awesome to see the photos he took. 🙂

    I especially loved this passage: “I was capturing our forever. In that moment. In the studio, I was making a promise to my heart that the man laid out before me was mine and I’d always have him with me.”


  3. I love this blog tour – not only do we get these brilliant glimpses into Jae’s POV, but I get to poke around new and exciting blogs I’ve never visited before.

    Thanks so much for sharing these snippets! I love the series so much, and I’ll be sorry for it to end (I’m rationing bits of book 6 to make it last as long as possible!).

  4. Great excerpt. Very descriptive. Thanks for taking time to write all these little bits of Jae.

  5. I’ve just finished Dirty Heart, sigh!
    Already planning my reread of the whole series.
    The picture in the living room was discussed so good to read about its inception!

    Littlesuze at hotmail.com

  6. Thank you for yet another smile on my face. Thank you for telling the stories in your head (especially THIS story). Thank you for the tugged / ripped / repaired heartstrings. Just thank you.

  7. Thank you Rhys for sharing this snippets from Jae’s POV with us. Dirty Heart is everything I hope it would be and more. Love all those characters and can’t wait to listen to the audiobook.

  8. First I have to say congrats on the release. I’ve been looking forward the this book, but hate to see the series end. I haven’t gotten to pick this up yet, but payday is just around the corner. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. I finished the book earlier today, and I’m kind of sad. I feel like I did after the end of Harry Potter and the LotR movies. I still have one snippet left, though. One last bit to look forward to, and then I can start to dread the end of Sinner’s Gin.

  10. Have the series line-up ready to load to my e-reader. Congratulations on the newest release, Rhys and thank you for the post and generous giveaway. The name-picking for M&M character is a HUGE plus, too!

  11. I’m finishing up my re-reads so I’ll be ready to read Dirty Heart this weekend. I really wish I had Good Friday off to just read,read,read.
    I can’t wait to dig in. 🙂

  12. This sounds like a fantastic read! I absolutely love the excerpt. I’ll definitely have to check this series out! Thank you for the chance to win too 😀

  13. I’m doing this book tour backwards, so this is only the second excerpt I read from this book. Is the entire book told in Jae’s POV? What little I’ve read it’s been great.

  14. I enjoyed this series so much it’s hard to think there will be no more books about Cole and Jae. Maybe they will appear as cameos on other series?

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