‘Hair Of The Dog’ by @Rhys_Ford #blog #giveaway

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 $20 (USD) Gift Certificate to the e-tailer of your choice!

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 One

“Hello, Defender of the Concrete Squirrel.”

It was a silly name but the bulldog took it on with a great seriousness. Apparently the people he called his considered the squirrel an important part of their lives so he in turn honoured them by defending it. It was better than the human-name give to him. Roscoe. A noise at best and a harsh one. It probably meant something in human language but I didn’t know what. They rarely discussed their language with us and mostly it centered around food or toys.

And beatings. Some humans liked to chase away the Pack’s members as if they had dominion over the ground they squatted on.

It is one thing to be territorial but quite another to be cruel.

Much like the name Roscoe.

“Hello, Chinatown Gypsy Walker.” Defender snuffled a greeting through the chain link fence surrounding his property. Another silly human thing, running a line of tall metal around an area as if they can keep it safe from anything outside coming in. It would be an easy enough fence to scale. Or if I were something other than Pack, fly or crawl under but that would be disrespectful to the bulldog so I stayed on my side of the silly webbing. “Where are you going today?”

“I am heading down to the end path there. I have found a human I like. I’ll be staying there for my life.” His shock flavoured the air and I sniffed at it, wondering what was such a surprise. I cocked my head at him, pulling my ears forward. “Why the strangeness? Did you think I will give up my roaming? The one I’ve found needs a roamer. He stays inside too much. He’ll need me to bring the outside in.”

“Does he like you?” The bulldog furrowed its brow and I wondered if he’d spent too much time with his humans as he looks more like one of them when he speaks. But then, thinking back on all the bulldogs I have know, most of the breed were like that. A mass of wrinkles, worry and defending odd things.

“He feeds me. And when he does walk outside, he goes to the food place on the corner and buys me a sandwich. Just for me.” I catch the scent of a cat on the wind. It is nearby but not one I know. If I hadn’t been on my way to home, I would seek it out but there are things to do. I had to find my newly claimed human and mark him as mine—an easy task since I’d avoided at least three rains since I’d last seen him so I reeked of my scent. “So, you will see me with him. I thought I should tell you I would be in the area and hope to be good Pack to you.”

“Wait, I know that one. He looks like he owns a cat.”

“He is a cat.” I assert. “But I can work with that. Wish me luck. It will be a hard thing with him but I am determined.”

“Then why are you doing it?” Defender asks as I turn away.

“Because he is sad inside.” I reply, elated the bulldog did not draw a line of aggression between us. It would be difficult to live near him if he had. “And because, Defender, he deserves to live better than the death he’s chosen for himself.”



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.

Read Bethany & MtSnow’s review here: Tequila Mockingbird

Purchase Tequila Mockingbird at: Dreamspinner

Also available on Amazon, Are and other online book stores.


Follow all of Hair of the Dog Story at these blog spots

June 24

Part 1: Rainbow Gold Reviews

June 25

Part 2: Live your Life, Buy The Book

June 26

Part 3: The Novel Approach

Part 4: The Blogger Girls

June 27

Part 5: Joyfully Jay

June 28

Part 6: 3 Chicks After Dark

Part 7: Gay List Book Reviews

June 29

Part 8: Boy meets Boy

June 30

Part 9: Prism Alliance

Part 10: Under The Covers

July 2

Part 11: Love Bytes Reviews

Additional Posts and Giveaways

June 27

Pants Off Reviews

Mercy Celeste’s Blog

Smoocher’s Voice

Sinfully Sexy

June 28

Kathy’s place

June 29

Dreamspinner FBChat (8-11 am)

Moon Over Atlanta



Rhys 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.


81 thoughts on “‘Hair Of The Dog’ by @Rhys_Ford #blog #giveaway

  1. I have just found you! Listened to Dirty Kiss! Great listen! Great narrator! I just am now going to have to build my library of all your books and audio’s. Hopefully win a few !


  2. Another great book in “The Sinners” series to look forward to I have pre-ordered it at Dreamspinner.



  3. So excited for Connor’s story that I am taking Friday off from work so that I can enjoy Tequila Mockingbird with no interruptions. 🙂


  4. I love Rhys’s books. Look forward to reading part two as i follow the blog tour. Please count me in for the giveaway.


  5. I love the start of the short story. Always been fond of stories told from either the animal’s or the kid’s pov.
    Great to visually meet Dude also.
    Looking forward to reading the third in the Sinner’s series.
    Thanks so much for sharing your genius with us.


  6. Hair of the Dog very interesting! Can’t wait for the next chapter to see where this goes.
    Have pre-ordered Tequila Mockingbird and got Dirty Laundry on audible yesterday even though I have read all the books.


  7. I would be willing to guess that Dude brought Miki and Kane together on purpose because terriers are so smart and I can tell Dude is a pup of discretion. Rhys you are a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz oops. That was my pom Mazie who just stuck her foot on the keyboard because she felt she deserved my lunch sandwich. Rhys, you are a writer of of great imagination with the ability to turn that into a beautifully written book. I find myself waiting with baited breath for each new one.


  8. WOOT “Dude” time. How cool looking forward to the rest of the series. Excited about Tequila Mockingbird coming out this week.


  9. Dude! I haven’t been this interested in dogs since a little cocker spaniel shared a pasta noodle with a mutt…Can’t wait for Conner’s story. Love these guys. Thanks Rhys!


  10. Awww – Dude claimed his human. Can’t to read the next installment and Connor’s book too! Love this series.


  11. Pingback: Hair of the Dog Parts 3 and 4! | Rhys Ford

  12. Pingback: Blog Tour Serial: Hair of the Dog (Part 4) by Rhys Ford + Giveaway! | The Blogger Girls

  13. You often wonder why you get selected by your pet (as I think they select you more than you select them) and sometimes it happens when you need a friend that is just your own, that likes you for who you are and not what you do/look like/etc. Lovely extract 🙂


  14. Pingback: ‘The Importance & Use of blog tours’ by RGR’s Marc & Bethany | Rainbow Gold Reviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.