Rhys Ford on Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2)
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: 12/05/2016

Rhys Ford’s Hanging The Stars Blog Tour

Thank you for following the Hanging The Stars blog tour! I was very excited to return to Half Moon Bay and well, deliver West Harris his comeuppance. For this tour, I wanted to share a bit about the relationships the characters have with one another and just a bit of every day stuff as they prepare for their Christmas holiday.

As I am sure many of you are preparing for your holidays.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because well… there’s a bit of story beneath this. But I do hope you stop by Half Moon Bay and catch up with West as a bit of his past returns in the form of Angel Daniels…the one man who broke his heart and took the pieces with him.

And be sure to enter this blog’s Hanging The Stars giveaway! The winner gets a $25 dollar gift certificate to the online vendor of their choice!

Half Moon Holiday 4
The clay they’d made of flour wasn’t cooperating and Zig’d reached the end of her patience with it. Angel wasn’t sure what she was making. When she’d first started laying down the pieces, he’d imagined it was a unicorn but then it grew wheels or wings, he couldn’t be certain. Regardless, the salty dough was drying out too quickly and if he didn’t step in to help, she’d be left with a lumpy mess instead of an ornament to take home.

Half Moon Bay’s afternoon youth art class was a two hour exercise in biting his tongue and making sure no one set themselves on fire. And he was just one of the volunteers.

He’d enrolled his brother Roman into the classes to keep the kid busy and the boy’d latched onto it like a duck to water. Rome’s best friend, Zig, joined a few weeks later and Angel’d been bringing their art teacher muffins ever since as an ongoing apology.

“Hey, Your Zigness, you need some help?” Angel peered over her shoulder. Being closer didn’t help. He still had no idea what she was making.

“Nope. Just doing my thing.” She looked up at him through her lashes, a too adult glance for her child-face. “Why?”

“No side-eye from you.” Angel grinned, thinking of the trouble Deacon and Lang were going to have once Zig hit high school. “Just asking, kiddo. In case you needed something.”

They understood one another, he and Zig. To be fair, the three of them shared more life experiences than he liked. Roman and Zig after a brief battle of wills culminating in a semi-fist fight and the long dreaded wait outside the principal’s office firmed up a friendship that honestly terrified Angel on a very deep primal level. Since she’d entered their lives more than a year ago, Roman was quicker to communicate, sometimes rambling on about everything he’d done or seen for an hour after he came home from school. It was also a hell of a lot easier to parent with Lang and Deacon backing him up. They were all feeling their way around how to do things and what would work for one sometimes worked for the other kid. Not always but often enough for Angel to be willing to give anything a go.

“Do you think this sucks?” Zig poked at her lumpy creation. “And don’t be all it’s perfect how it is because life’s not perfect cr…stuff.”

“Good catch on the swear word there.” He dragged a stool up to the art table. “Can I ask something and you won’t get offended?”

“Yeah. Sure.”

“I’m not really sure what I’m looking at,” Angel sat down, edging into Roman. His eleven-year-old brother didn’t notice but then Rome barely noticed anything when he was nose-deep in anything. “Is it supposed to be a motorcycle?”

“It started off as a dog but then I changed it to a robot.” She wrinkled her nose, snorting in disgust. “So kind of a robot dog? I want to give it to Uncle West. I don’t think a lot of people like him. He needs a pet or something.”

Hearing West’s name tore his calm into tatters. It would have been less painful if Zig’d taken a chain saw to his guts.

West Harris was the reason Angel steadfastly avoided Lang Harris. It’d been difficult at first seeing West’s twin at their grandmother’s house, especially since Angel frequently did odd jobs and cooking for her but he’d managed to keep contact down. There’d been a few times when avoiding Lang was impossible and despite the twins’ very different personalities, there were sometimes flashes of West in Lang’s expressions and body language.

His heart broke all over again the first time he’d seen Lang chew on his lower lip, worrying at the plump flesh while he worked something out. Angel didn’t know what hurt more, seeing West in Lang’s face or realizing Lang did nothing for him and any attraction he’d buried deep inside of him belonged to West and only West.

“I’m sure he’s got lots of friends, Z,” he weakly reassured her. “How about if you just stick to the dog part?”

“Because he’s shit at taking care of people. Even Dad says so.”  Zig pinched at one end of the doughy lump. “This dog’s going to good as he gets. And it’s not even real.”

Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford
Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

Purchase Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) at: Dreamspinner, Amazon, and ARe .

Hanging the Stars Blog Tour Stops

Nov 30: It’s About the Book (http://itsaboutthebook.com/)
Dec 1: Boy Meets Boy (www.boymeetsboyreviews.com)
Dec 2: Love Bytes (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)
Dec 3: Prism Alliance (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/)
Dec 4: Sinfully Gay Romance (http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/)
Dec 5: The Novel Approach (http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/)
Dec 7: Joyfully Jay (http://joyfullyjay.com/)


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About the Author

Bioheadshot_Rhys-FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people

Rhys’ Blog: www.rhysford.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford

Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores



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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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49 thoughts on “Rhys Ford on Hanging The Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I just realized that the book comes out tonight! I need to reread the first one (after I do my last final for school, ugh), but I know what I’m doing at work tomorrow! Reading Rhys Ford.

  2. So I would stay home on Monday from work to read the Hanging the Stars, but I need my job to have money to buy books. Thanks for all the little stories. They are appreciated.

  3. It’s sad how life can tear you down if you let it and it sounds like West allowed it even if he still became a successful business man. Can’t wait to read this and see how Rhys redeems West and Angel and read their journey back to love.

  4. I am having a great time learning more about ‘The family Zig’ and I can’t wait to see how the ‘The family Roman’ shapes up in Hanging the Moon. Ms. Ford, thanks again for the snippets!

  5. I just watched Labrynth and thought of fish stick Friday with didy and lido, it makes me the that West is the goblin king all alone not sure who angel is yet will find out in 1 day

  6. West is rather dickish but this is still pretty heartbreaking that Zig feels his only friend will be a robotdog ornament. *sad*

  7. Congratulations on the release! I absolutely loved the first book! Just finished binge reading Sinners too and cannot wait for the next of those – especially with how Absinthe of Malice finished! 😀

  8. Congrats on the release. Reading about the flour clay reminded me of the dough ornaments you shared a few years ago. Good memories! Thank you.

  9. Congrats and thanks for the post. Half Moon Bay sounds like a great place I’ll have to start visiting.
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