Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Blog Tour: 415 Ink: Rebel by Rhys Ford with Giveaway


Hello and welcome to the 415 Ink: Rebel Blog Tour. I’d like to say I’m Rhys Ford, your host but the truth is, I am merely a stealer of space and time. Their space, your time. BUT I hope I can make it worth your while.

Because dudes, I’ve got a book I want to tell you about………


If you know me at all, you know I have a few tattoos and well, have a hardcore love for art. Skin art to be exact. It’s a difficult medium and well, there’s a culture surrounding it as well. Being a tattoo artist is more than a profession, it truly is a calling, or it is for the great artists, the ones who push at the boundaries of skin and ink and do fantastical things on a living canvas.

The 415 Ink series hopefully will capture a part of that culture and also showcase five foster brothers who have made their own family. Set in San Francisco, I will introduce you to each of the five in a series of books where they find love and in some cases, their true path in life. The first, Rebel, is about Gus, the true middle kid in the bunch, and the man whose love he’d won, lost and hopefully will love again.

As all of my blog tours, I want to present you with something unique at each stop as well as a giveaway. So, for each blog, I will give you a story (or part of a story as I’ve split most into two pieces) about a tattoo… involving a character from one of my series. Check out the blog stop list to get a sneak peek at the characters!

The giveaway? You’ll be entering to win a $20USD gift certificate to the online retailer of your choice!

Now, onto the tales of tattoos and where you can find Rebel, on sale December 29th through Dreamspinner, Amazon and other fine bookstores.


San Francisco — Kane Morgan
Part Two of Two

Lucky Cat Tattoos was, for all intents and purposes, contained within a large cinderblock box.

It shared a bathroom with the restaurant, a Jack and Jill situation that led to several confused Asian women opening the connecting door then apologizing profusely before slamming it shut behind them, disappearing back into the buffet. Its long wall opposite of the hallway to the front door faced the street, a long row of cracked-open jalousie windows letting some of the muggy night air into the closed off space.

“Did you notice, Da, the windows are the kind that let air in but you can’t jump out?” Kane ducked behind his father’s shoulder, whispering into his ear. “Just in case you are having second thoughts.”

“Keep up with that line of thinking and ye’ll make inspector one day.” Donal replied. “I tried to talk yer mum into putting those kind of windows into yer rooms but she didn’t like the look of them. Wasn’t worried to too much about Quinn but ye two got up to some nonsense with Sionn and Rafe that put some of the silver in my hair.”

“Those days are long over, Da. Well, for me at least. Not like I’m Rafe running around with rock stars.” He snorted, thinking of his younger siblings. “Although Kiki and Riley gave us a run for our money but Braden… that’s the one that’s going to be giving you trouble.”

“And yet here I am standing waiting for my oldest to get a tattoo in Chinatown by a man named Bear.” Donal scratched at the back of his head, returning a smile he got from a slender man at one of the other stalls. “I hope yer brother knows what he’s doing. He said the man came highly recommended so let’s see what he’s got.”

“I like the art he’s done and the tattoos he has in his portfolio are nice. But just a spot of advice, Da, unless you want to have a date tonight, you should probably stop smiling every time you make eye contact with that guy.” Kane was proud he kept a grin off his face when his father’s expression went from thoughtful to confused. “You’re an attractive guy. And the smiling isn’t helping.”

“You’re insane, son. I’ve got to be at least twenty-five years older than that boy.”

“Yeah, Da, that’s a thing.” Kane patted his father’s broad back. “And it’s probably not helping that you’re calling me son. Flash your wedding ring at him. That’ll either help or seal the deal.”

“Yer more like yer mother every day.” Donal gave him a light push towards the stall at the far end of the shop. “Let’s see what yer brother is up to. And keep your mouth shut to yer mum about the young man. She gives me enough of a hard time about the women at the PTA meetings.”

It was interesting to see the different kinds of tattoo examples each artist had hanging on the walls of their stall. It seemed like most people in the shop specialized in American Traditional with a few spots of Japanese here and there. Connor’s tattoo artist was different. His stall was decorated in a variety of styles although the classic eagle, anchor and hula girl were present, there were also whimsical drawings of teddy bears and unicorns.

His portfolio included the first police patch Connor had shown them as an example as well as a couple of others, each with its own flare and take on the force’s beloved emblem. The artist definitely had his name passed around through the department because Kane found more than a few St. Michael’s in the mix. A sketchbook was open on the table in the stall and they’d interrupted the artist when they’d come in, pulling him away from a screaming eagle with its talons clenched into a torn-up banner.

Kane had to admit when Connor introduced them to Bear Jackson, he had his doubts. The man was Connor’s age or a couple of years older and about nearly the same size if not bigger. Bear had a warm smile and a quiet peace about him, a short scruff of beard accentuating his strong features and his dark blue eyes sparkled as he spoke about the sketch he’d created for Connor. The artist and cop bonded for a few moments about being frost giants, chuckling over having younger and smaller siblings, then focused on the artwork Bear had done for Connor’s tattoo.

If Kane ever got a tattoo, it would be the one Connor was going to get in a few minutes.

There was an Irish feel to the lines, a subtle Celtic flair to their curves. The shield’s emblematic phoenix could have been lifted from the book of Kells, the fire of its feathers knotted and turned and the lettering on its banners were a fine balance between delicate calligraphy and masculine strength.

He coveted the tattoo as much as he’d wanted the fully loaded metal fire truck with flashing lights and working sirens Connor got for Christmas when he was seven, a fire truck Kane eventually inherited and still held a place of honour in his bedroom.

“Oh, son,” Donal dropped his voice to a hushed whisper. “That is a beautiful piece of art.”

“You know, Da, the three of us can wear this together,” Connor said quietly. “It’s something that connects us. Not that I love the rest of them any less it’s just that none of the others understand what it means to go through a door or to hear the crackle of a call come across the radio. It defines who we are in a lot of ways.”

“It’ll go nice with the Saint Michael I have in my shoulder,” their father mused. “What do ye say, Kane?”

It was a singular beautiful piece of art done with such passion Kane could feel the love of the artist in every line. But his star was new, untarnished and clean, a silver seven-point symbol of who he’d always dreamed could be. His father and brother deserved to wear the phoenix and to have Oro en paz. Fierro en guerra emblazoned on their skin. He hadn’t earned it yet. He needed to have more cop in him first.

“I’d like to one day, but I haven’t bruised my star yet,” he confessed. Tapping at the original art, Kane asked Bear, “In case I can’t find you when I’m ready, can I have a copy of the art? But if you’re around, I’d like you to put it on me when I’m a Lieutenant. Because I think by that time, I can say I’ve earned the right to have this on me.”

“Sure.” Bear broke out into a wide grin. “I’m actually opening up my own shop in a little bit down by the pier. Signed the lease today so when you’re ready, or if you want to get any tattoo, come find me at 415 Ink. I’ll be looking for you.”


Rebel (415 Ink #1) by Rhys Ford

!415_Ink_Cover_RhysFord_CroppedTitle: Rebel

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release: 29th December 2017

Genre: M/M (contemporary)

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The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.

Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.

Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.

For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.

When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.

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Tour Dates

Catch up with the stories and be sure to hit up each of these blogs for a chance to win at every stop! Check out the pairings preview and plan your visit!

12.26 Joyfully Jay (Kane, Part One)

12.27 Sinfully Gay Romance (Kane, Part Two)

12.28 It’s About The Book (Damien and Miki, Part One)

12.29 The Novel Approach (Damien and Miki, Part Two)

12.31 Boy Meets Boy Reviews (Cole and Ichi, Part One)

1.1 Ndulgent Bloggers (Cole and Ichi, Part Two)

1.2 Smexy Books (Gus and Bear)

1.3 The Blogger Girls (Kane and Miki)


Meet Rhys Ford

!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 Harley, an off-kilter flower-faced grey and white cat-dog , 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.





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  1. Congrats and best of luck on your awesome upcoming release and thank you for the giveaway as well.

  2. thank you for the snippet. I'm reading Rebel right now, and loving it!

  3. Nice addition to the short story. I like the connection of the Sinner's series and 415 Ink series.

  4. Goddamn, just the short with Kane gives me the shivers. Every time I read something new you've written, it just feels me with warmth and endless possibilities. I know I'm going to love the five brothers already, and I'm even more thankful I've already preordered Rebel. Can't wait for its release!!!

  5. Ooooh I can’t wait for Rebel

  6. Cool 2nd 1/2 to the story. Look forward to the next

  7. Always nice to read stories on your blog tour, the tattoo matter also reminds me conversation my da and I had with an uber driver earlier today. Congrats on the upcoming release, Rhys. I’ve preordered Rebel and can’t wait for Dec. 29!

  8. Always love the blog tours!

  9. Lovely way to show their connection. Thanks for the scene.


  10. I loved Rebel and can't wait for the next book!

  11. Ordered from Dreamspinner, looking forward to the 29th:-)

  12. I really love Kane's family dynamics. Reading about them gives me fuzzy feelings. I admire Kane's principles in life. <3

  13. Rhys, your blog tour stories always brighten my day. Thanks for the shortie with Kane, Connor, and Donal. Hoping the Sinners guys make frequent guest appearances in the 415 Ink world. Congratulations on the new release. I've preordered Rebel and clearing the decks so I can sit and read when it drops.

  14. sounds great and will def be reading it

  15. I'm so looking forward to this book.

  16. I’m patiently waiting to get my review out there. In the meantime I’m loving these snippets and blog tour

  17. Congratulations on your new book! Thank you for the short!

  18. Looking forward to this one - will the guys from the Sinners books make more cameos through the series?

  19. Looking forward to the 29th. :-)

  20. Looking forward to reading Rebel.

  21. I enjoyed the post and the 2nd part was as great as part one I'm looking forward to the next stop.

  22. Thanks for the story and congratulations on the new release.

  23. Congrats on the new release. Can't wait to read it.

  24. Congrats on the new release. I'm waiting for it to drop into my kindle.

  25. Thanks for the short. I love visiting with the Morgans again.

  26. Congrats on the book, it sounds great!

  27. Rhys is fantastic and her books are addicting! I'm sure this one will prove to be another winner.

  28. You know he loves his job if he wants to earn his tattoo so awesome

  29. I absolutely loved the short story. Cant wait for the new release!

  30. Sweet! Can't wait for Kane's tattoo. Also Donal :P

  31. I love Rhys' work and can't wait to read this one!

  32. I love these little stories, can’t wait to be able to read the book!

  33. Thank you! Looking forward to the new release!

  34. Love Donal...such a cool dad.

  35. Love it :) Bear sounds a bit like my tattoo guy :)

  36. Thanks for the 2nd half! Loved spending time with Kane, Conor and Donal again. Plus seeing Bear at his start.

    P.S. I am 65% through Rebel and it is killing me (in a good way).

  37. So psyched for this one!


  38. As always i can't wait to read/hear this!

  39. Having Donal obliviously flirt is great.

  40. Loved Rebel and I am loving the short stories on the tour.

  41. Thank you for this wonderful story! I'm really looking forward to this book!
    Any plans for releasing it in audio?

  42. Really like the cover.
    Enjoyed your other series.
    Will look forward to this one.

  43. Thanks for the ficlet, Rhys

  44. Kane is such a good guy!

    (Also I think I entered my Twitter name instead of the the tweet link so just in case:

  45. Love the Morgans so much. I'm really enjoying Rebel.


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