Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dirty Bits Blog Tour: Dirty Heart by Rhys Ford with Dirty Bits 6 Excerpt & Giveaway


We are thrilled to be hosting Rhys Ford on day six of The Dirty Heart Blog Tour, so read on for your Dirty Bits 6 Excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $20 gift card and the chance for a character to be named after you in the Los Angeles series, Murder and Mayhem.

Good Luck!


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.



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Dirty Bits 6

There was literally nothing in Cole-ah’s pantry. Or rather, nothing without a ton of salt and preservatives. His refrigerator and freezer weren’t much better, more a vast wasteland of frozen chunks of meat I couldn’t identify. It was like excavating a mastodon, scraping back the thermafrost in the hopes of reading a label so worn by the crush of ice it was impossible to say if the print said steak or pork.

And there was nothing to say about the bin of frozen burritos taking up an entire shelf of the restaurant-grade freezer. I didn’t even realize they made 15 different types of burritos and I felt kind of dirty, as if I’d somehow stumbled onto Cole’s odd tortilla-fueled fetish collection without a clue about how to use any of it.

So I simply shut the door.

Then sighed.

Salvation came in the form of Scarlet. A phone call to complain turned into a plan of action and within an hour, there was a knock on Cole’s front door and one of hyung’s junior security guards brought groceries into the kitchen. He refused money and food but reluctantly took an iced milk coffee with him when he left. Closing the door behind him, I surveyed Cole’s enormous kitchen and got to work.

There is something relaxing about creating a meal. It relaxed me, taking away any troubles I had laying on my mind. I don’t know why slicing a mound of vegetables and meats was better for my soul than going to temple and praying but I never felt closer to the universe and God than when my hands were plunged down deep into the earth’s bounty. I loved the richness of spices feathering out of my hands into a stew and the pungent bite of garlic when I smashed it with the flat of a blade. I enjoyed slicing thin ribbons of chicken with a sharp knife, thick enough to curl in a hot broth but not so thin as to whisper away under the heat. The sweet-acrid tang of green onions hitting a pool of sizzling sesame oil carried through the house and I inhaled the scents of the kitchen, filling my mind with the promise of a good meal and a warm cuddle on the couch afterwards.

Neko mewled at my feet as I worked, tirelessly scolding me for neglecting her belly as I worked through the fish, shrimp and chicken I planned to put into the chigae. She was tiny, a light pouf of black fur and sharp teeth but her scream was enough to rattle my eardrums. I gave her a tiny bit of fish, enough to send her away and keep her content but not so much I’d have to worry about scraping it from the carpet because her stomach was too full.

I was so intent on what I was doing, I didn’t hear the front door open or Cole coming into the kitchen. When his arms wrapped around my waist, I jumped, nearly slashing both of us with the paring knife I was using on a piece of daikon.

“Aish, you scared the crap out of me, Cole-ah.” My heart pounded, driving the blood into my ears. I set down the knife, willing my hands to stop shaking. I sniffed, catching his scent, a peppery blend of sunshine, lemon soap and a touch of male musk.

The smell of him, the feel of him against me turned my insides to liquid and I ached to have him in me. Cole was warm and fierce, wrapped around me and I had to step out of his embrace or I’d have embarrassed myself by shoving him down to the kitchen floor, doing very wrong things with his firm, hard body and probably burning dinner at the same time.

I knew what I had to do. There was one thing Cole McGinnis couldn’t stand and luckily enough, I had the means. He wasn’t going to let go and he’d begun to make a nibbling trail down my neck, stirring my lust. Digging my hands into the plastic bag I used to put scraps and vegetable peelings into, I came up with Cole’s greatest fear stuck to several of my fingers—the beady-eyed severed heads of the long-antenna shrimp I’d purchased for the chigae.

His scream of unbridled terror was sweet as was the chase he led me through the house. I caught him in the bedroom, pinned up against the wall and yelling loud enough to wake the dead if there were any around. Laughing, he kissed me, straining at the same time to stay out of my reach and I let him pluck the shrimp heads from my fingers then drag me into the bathroom to scrub my hands with a froth of soap.

It wasn’t the only thing I let him do to me. And luckily, dinner was only slightly charred.


Dirty Heart (A Cole McGinnis Mystery)

Rhys Ford

!dirty_heart_cover_smaller_blogTitle ~ Dirty Heart (A Cole McGinnis Mystery)

Author ~ Rhys Ford

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 21st March 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary Mystery/Suspense M/M Romance





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.

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Meet Rhys Ford

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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 a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

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


For more books by Rhys Ford check out her




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!

(please remember to include your email address)

::: And the winner is……. MARTE ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::


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  1. So cuuuute! They are just so silly and sweet together *v*


  2. I am laughing at the thought of Jae chasing Cole through the house with shrimp heads...lol. Too funny. :)

  3. I really like this series... I'm loving all these excerpts. Thank you, Rhys!

  4. The zen of cooking. Thank you for sharing one of Jae's happy places.

  5. Hahaha, that was funny! Reminds me of one of the ringtones, "Does it have eyeballs? I don't want to eat it if it has eyeballs." LOL!
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    1. Hi Marte, congratulations! You are our lucky winner of this post on Rhy's blog tour. Rhys will be in touch shortly to make the necessary arrangements. Happy Reading, Mark.

  6. Nothing like a little bit of naughty to start the day. The playfulness is nice too. kjpattersonrn@yahoo.com

  7. That was really funny! I needed that giggle this morning. Thank you for another slice of life. jczlapin@gmail.com

  8. I loved this!
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  9. That was a lot of fun, thanks!

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  10. OMG I'm still laughing! THANK YOU ^_^

  11. OMG I'm still laughing! THANK YOU ^_^

  12. Great image of a happy Jae!
    I'm just on chapter 2 of the new book - yay!

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  13. LOL - so fun! Put a smile on my face this morning. I can just picture Jae chasing Cole with shrimp heads.


  14. I don't like the dead fish eyes either! Always made my grandmother cut them out. Thanks Rhys!

  15. That put a smile on my face. I can just see Jae with the shrimp heads and Cole making sure there were no residues of shrimp on Jae.

  16. So much awesome.


  17. enjoyed the post today...made me smile

  18. I've started the book and already can't wait for the audio!!

  19. A happy glimpse of Jae and Cole. Loved it!

  20. Love this series and these guys!

  21. Would love to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway chance!


  22. i've prby said this at all the stops. but i love these lil snippets from J's POV :D

  23. Another great snippet!

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  24. Congratulations. sounds great


  25. I loved this snippet - very sweet!

  26. Sounds like a nice story, thanks for the chance :)
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  27. That was to cute! 😚 svalentineocasio1019@yahoo.com

  28. Great scene so funny!


  29. So sad to see this series end, but so excited to read a new book from it!

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  30. I love both of them. I'm sorry to see them go but I'm glad to be able to read the final chapter this weekend.


  31. Love the excerpt...have this on my TBR :-)

  32. OMG! That was kind of mean of Jae, but definitely made me laugh hard.

  33. OMG! That was kind of mean of Jae, but definitely made me laugh hard.

  34. such domestic happy can't help but smile :D

  35. I'm one of those who haven't read this series yet... *ducking to avoid being yelled at*
    But yeah, the blurb's interesting and I really need to move #book1 to the front of my reading queue. Scout's honour! :-)

    1. Oh, forgot my email addy, it's puspitorinid(at)yahoo(dot)com

  36. I loved today's Dirty Bit! (Of course, I have loved them all but ....) Being Asian, eyeballs are a fairly common occurrence during meals but I remember going to dinner with a friend and when her trout dinner came with the head attached, her eyes bugged out and she almost screamed while gagging! She couldn't eat it until we cut the head off for her, covered the severed portion with the garnish and had the waitress remove it from our table!

    Thank you Rhys for a wonderful tour. You always have the best ones!

  37. I'm with Cole on this one....can't stand eyes looking at me!


  38. Oh my eyes!!! Hilarious.

    Loving the tour. Just finished Dirty Heart last night. Loved the ending, hated the fact it is the end.


  39. 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.
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  40. Fantastic thank you.


  41. I am so loving the other side I can't tell you how much!!! Thanks again for so much love and entertainment.

  42. I actually feel the same way! I can't eat anything if I can see the eyes.

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  43. Congrats on this new release!

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  44. Great snippet, thanks!

  45. Congratulations on the release!

  46. Loved read the shrimp story from Jae's point of view.

  47. Damn that was sweet. A glimpse of them being playful😍 Thank you Rhys!

  48. That was funny, not that I blame Cole, I don't like the antenna head from shrimp either. Thanks Rhys, these are so good to read.


  49. That's my favorite excerpt yet! I'm enjoying the Sinners series. I haven't started this one yet, however I'm sure I'll like it just as much. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. Food is fun! :D


  51. "tortilla-fueled fetish collection". Ok, maybe not as many as Cole, but we are guilty of stockpiling frozen burritos and tamales (the tamales at least are make locally), because they are an easy emergency packable lunch. But that is not the only thing in our freezer.

  52. I haven't read this series but I love your Sinners Gin one. I'll definitely be checking this one out and adding it to my TBR pile :D
    Liz Marshall

  53. Hahaha. I loved this, I like to see Cole from Jae's point of view, and the fish eyes? As Jae would say 'Aish'!

  54. I can't wait to start reading Dirty Heart. Great snippet. I love the shrimp heads!

  55. I'm afraid I'd be screaming just like Cole!

  56. I would love to do the shrimp on fingers thing to a certain someone but I might not survive. Rofl.

  57. What will we do without Jae?!?
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  58. I've been slowly working my way through the series again, trying to delay the goodbye book. Rhys Ford occupies a very high spot on my all time favorites list.

  59. This Dirty Bit made me smile. Nice to see some light-heartedness with Jae <3