Rhys Ford talks Tequila Mockingbird and Hair of the Dog part 9 ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Rhys Ford for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Tequila Mockingbird.. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.


Title: Tequila Mockingbird
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist:

Guest Post:

Hey! I am Rhys Ford and I’ll be taking over this blog today … sort of. There’s really no cool way of introducing yourself on someone else’s blog and honestly, if you’re following this series of shorts, you’re going to be sick of reading this. So… feel free to jump down to the meaty bits of the short if you like. Go on. I won’t mind.

Now, if you’ve been following the Sinners Series, I am happy to say the third book is either on the brink of coming out or out by the time this post hits. It is called Tequila Mockingbird and features Connor Morgan as he discovers he’s in love with a drummer—a guy drummer. Murder, mayhem, sexing, etc. All of those follow. You know the drill. But wooot! I am very happy to announce Connor’s story.

To celebrate, I’ve written a short serialized string of vignettes titled Hair of the Dog. Please enjoy the story as it goes along. The order of the posts is included at the bottom of the short. Hope you enjoy it.

Oh…and Giveaway! Would you like to win…. Drum roll…..

A custom Persian chain mail bracelet from Times Combined (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimesCombined)

If so, please leave a comment below and one name will be selected randomly or randomly selected or one random name will be selected. Sheesh. Language. Good Luck…and thank you. Really. Dudes, you all rock and thank you so much

Hair of the Dog • Part Nine


Miki was full. Mostly of food but also of other things. Splayed out on a very comfortable sofa in the Morgans’ family room, he stared out of a bank of tall windows onto the back yard where Dude chased bird shadows across rain-damp grass.

“Here, ye look like ye could use one of these.” Donal placed a brown bottle of crème soda into Miki’s hand then sat down on a wide chair set close to the sofa Miki’d snuggled into. “I’m taking ye like crème soda.”

“Yeah, I do.” He sipped then wrinkled his nose at the bubbles. “Wow, strong. Fuzzy.”

“Kind of like yer dog there,” The head of the Morgan family chuckled. “Hope ye don’t mind, m’bride gave him a bath this morning. Seems he found a bit of fertilizer and decided it was his kingdom.”

“He hates baths,” Miki replied softly, taking another sip. “I always have to chase him around the house and then once I get him in the tub, he stands there like I’m about to shove him in a microwave or something.”

“Well, ye’ll be happy to know, he also is quite fond of bacon so Brigid coaxed him in with that.” Donal laughed at Miki’s horrified expression. “Let me guess, ye’ve never bribed him like that?”

“Seems kind of… fucked, you know?” He frowned, unsure if he liked what he was hearing. Knowing Dude—and the dog’s fondness of foul odors, he’d probably been at a nuclear-level of stench but still, it bothered him. “It’s like lying, right? I mean, Carl…fuck, Kane probably—”

“He told me about the man.” The words were gentle, much more soothing than any piece of pie the Morgans’ forced at him after he’d eaten his third dinner. “Ye don’t have to talk unless ye want to but know if ye do, it only goes as far as ye and me, a’ight?”

“Yeah, okay.” Miki nodded, sighing as Dude nearly skidded into a rose bush. “It’s just… Carl used to—in the beginning of all his shit—he’d buy me things or give me candy. So I’d like him. Then he’d do… shit to me. I don’t want to do that to Dude. He’s… it’s not right. You either give stuff because you want to or you don’t, you know? Things shouldn’t be.. fucked with. I know it’s stupid because he’s a dog and everything but… hell, apparently he’s my dog. And I don’t want him to be lied to.”

“Fair enough,” Donal murmured softly. “I can see yer point and I agree. Yer relationship with him is based on a lot of trust. He’s come to ye  and depends on ye for that. I understand.”

“Yeah, then you’re the only one.” Miki scoffed. “Most people think I’m insane or something.”

“No, not insane. Just—yer world’s very stripped down, Miki boy. Yer honest. People sometimes have a hard time with honesty. Ye don’t cover things up with pretty words if ye don’t like someone but yer polite enough to be civil to someone ye have to.”

“Shit, you must be talking about Brigid.” He grinned at Donal. “Sorry, I know she’s your wife, dude, but she’s… man, she’s like swallowing Sriracha to cool down your throat after you munched on a habañero.”

“It’s why I fell in love with her.” Donal put his feet up on a low coffee table then grinned at Miki. “M’life was very…ordinary before I met Brigid Finnegan. Then, I couldn’t imagine me life without her. Crazy and stubborn to a fault but fierce and loyal. I knew she’d be a good mother to m’children and a good soul to have in m’heart for the rest of m’days. She’s pretty too. That had a long way of it, Miki boy.”

“Yeah, I’m going to take your word on that one.” He shrugged. “Women—not a single…anything.”

“No, I’d gathered not,” Donal teased. “But I promise ye something, Miki boy. I will do my very best to ensure none of mine push ye too hard or do harm to ye and yer dog. That I promise ye.”

“Yeah.” Miki eyed him carefully. “What do I have to do for that?”

“Ye just keep lovin’ my Kane. Because I tell ye, boyo, I’ve never seen m’son as happy as he is with ye,” Donal winked at Miki. “And for that, I’ll battle any dragon that needs it. Even if it’s my boy’s mother.”

Blurb (Tequila Mockingbird):

Sequel to Whiskey and Wry (and The Devil’s Brew)

Sinners Series: Book Three

Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan.

No, Connor has everything worked out—a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son. It wasn’t like he’d never thought about men — it’s just loving one doesn’t fit into his plans.

Forest Ackerman certainly doesn’t need to be lusting after a straight cop, even if Connor Morgan is everywhere he looks, especially after Frank’s death. He’s just talked himself out of lusting for the brawny cop when his coffee shop becomes a war zone and Connor Morgan steps in to save him.

Whoever killed his father seems intent on Forest joining him in the afterlife. As the killer moves closer to achieving his goal, Forest tangles with Connor Morgan and is left wondering what he’ll lose first—his life or his heart.

About the Author:

headshot_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 an overworked red coffee maker.

Tour Stops:

 June 24 

Part 1: Rainbow Gold Reviews  http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com

June 25 

Part 2: Live your Life, Buy The Book  http://liveyourlifebuythebook.com/

June 26 

Part 3: The Novel Approach  http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/

Part 4: The Blogger Girls  http://thebloggergirls.com/

June 27 

Part 5: Joyfully Jay http://joyfullyjay.com/

June 28 

Part 6: 3 Chicks After Dark  http://3chicksafterdark.com

Part 7: Gay List Book Reviews  http://gaylistbookreviews.wordpress.com/ 

June 29

Part 8: Boy meets Boy  http://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com 

June 30 

Part 9: Prism Alliance  http://www.prismbookalliance.com/

Part 10: Under The Covers  http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com 

July 2  

Part 11: LoveBytes Reviews  http://lovebytesreviews.com/

Additional Posts and Giveaways

 June 27 

Pants Off Reviews  http://pantsoffreviews.blogspot.com/

Mercy Celeste’s Blog  http://mercyceleste.blogspot.com/

Smoocher’s Voice  http://www.smoochersvoice.com

Sinfully Sexy  http://sinfullysexybooks.blogspot.com/

 June 28 

Kathy’s place  http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/

 June 29

Dreamspinner FBChat  (8-11 am)  https://www.facebook.com/dreamspinnerpress

Moon Over Atlanta  http://eloreenmoon.wordpress.com/

Buy Links

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Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble


Rhys Ford has kindly offered A custom Persian chain mail bracelet from Times Combined (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TimesCombined)

Contest will end 5 days from original posting date (or as stated on the Rafflecopter) at 8pm CDT. Must be 18 or older to enter, void where prohibited.

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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32 thoughts on “Rhys Ford talks Tequila Mockingbird and Hair of the Dog part 9 ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

  1. Reading Tequila Mockingbird as we speak and enjoying it as much as I expected to, if not more. Wonderful words, great characters and gripping story; what more could a book addict ask for?

  2. Absolutely love this series! Can’t wait for the next one! Thanks, Rhys, for the wonderful characters & stories!

  3. Making my way through TM and being *very good* (so hard for me) not to skip ahead. Fortunately that is easier with an ebook than a paperback. Loving these little snippets.

  4. Falling in love with that bracelet! And with Donal. Think he’s my favorite of that clan. He’s such a soothing personality… especially after Brigid. Definitely a case of opposites.

  5. There is something so sexy about a big hulking guy who loves his wife and children with passion and isn’t afraid to show it or say it. I’m in LOVE with Donal Morgan. I would love to see his and Brigid’s back story.

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