Blog Tour & Give-Away - Black Dog Blues by Rhys Ford

It is with huge pleasure we welcome Rhys Ford to the blog today as part of her Black Dog Blues blog tour. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this book over Christmas - and I LOVED it. I would highly recommend it - and oh, how I wish I could enter this competition. That dragon is seriously, SERIOUSLY, adorable!

Without further ado - welcome, Rhys Ford.

A few years ago, I wrote an urban fantasy called Black Dog Blues. When the book simmered and boiled in my brain, there were a few things I wanted to have in this book: An elf who was unapologetically bisexual and raised human, blood, gore, guns and monsters.Id released it into the wilds of self-pubbingmostly because there wasnt a place for him then and Kai did pretty well.

Then, one day at a yarn store, Elizabeth North of Dreamspinner Press fame, started talking about a new venture they were trying outDSP Publications, DSPs boutique genre imprint. Long story short, Elizabeth asked if Id submit Black Dog Blues, I did and now, here we arewith Kai making his way into the mainstream.

Repackaged and gone over again for red squiggles, Black Dog Blues is getting a re-release on February 3rd and I cant be more excited. The story is the same but Anne Cain rocked me a new cover, more in line with the urban fantasy feel of that genre and Ive had a chance to kick a few of the tires I wanted to kick in editing. The biggest thing about this re-release is that Kai is going out there again and I can put his sequel firmly into my queue.

So to celebrate Black Dog Blues re-release, Im holding a 12 stop blog tour where YOU can win a dragon. Well, a stuffed dragon. Whos kind of goofy. And much less terrifying than the one Kai ran into. Leave a comment or use the widget the blogs provided and enter to win one of these plush dragons! International welcome. Dragons for all. Mostly because man, theyre HUGE and take up a lot of space in the guest room.
 To enter the giveaway leave a comment here and a winner will be chosen by a randomiser on February 7th 2015. Please don't forget to leave a way to contact you (e-mail, twitter facebook etc). Good Luck!

As an added bonus, be sure to collect ALL of the Black Dog Blues trading cards and return to my blog at the end of the tour for a special giveaway. Youll need the cards to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly from entrants with the correct answers.

Black Dog Blues Trading Card
These fine collectibles showcase some of the many creatures and inhabitants of Kai Gracen world. Just like life, there are no true good or evil creatures. Its just that some of them are more wicked and deadlier than others.
 If youve already read Black Dog Blues, thank you. REALLY. Thank you. You rock and youve made Black Dog Blues a success and got it notice. I cannot say thank you enough. No need to re-buy the book but if youd left a review on Amazonand have the timerepost it onto the new listing. Unlike Goodreads, re-release reviews dont carry over. *grins*

If you havent read Black Dog Blues, ahKai really is my special precious, growly kitten. I adore writing him. I adore writing his world and man, theres so many places to go with his story. Im really looking forward to digging in.

Thank you again for letting my snarling elf have a space on your ebook reader. You all rock. Thank you.

Black Dog Blues Blurb
Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someones rescue when something shadowy appears.

s a hard life but one Kai likesfilled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since hes one himself.

But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder
s fledgling Dawn Court. Its supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it
 doesn't look like Kai will be the exception.

Black Dog Blues is also available on Amazon and other fine eTailers.

Tour Information
Jan 28     3 Chicks After Dark

Jan 29     It’s About The Book
                Boys in our Books

Jan 30     Joyfully Jay

Jan 31     TTC Books and More

Feb 2      Reading Reality

Feb 3      Love Bytes
                The Novel Approach

Feb 4      Prism Alliance

Feb 5      The Blogger Girls

About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawaii 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.

My Blog:

And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, theyre 24/7. And a drive-thru. Its like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.


  1. I've been following the blog tour and it has got me so interested that I am rereading all about Kai and reminding myself of why I loved the book so much :D

  2. The fun fact on this card is amazing! Love this tour, and thanks for the chance to win.

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. It's a dragon pillow! I want it! Where do I get one if I don't win? He will be called Errol and will be my baby - plus he's red like my dragon tattoo!

    1. You can get them on Amazon *grins*

  4. The fun fact on this card is really creepy! amaquilante(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. My goodness that is one creepy creature!!


  6. These are a thing! Even here in the UK! Can't see a red dragon, only green, and it's oddly easier to buy a unicorn one (in rainbow or purple no less!) but I even see dinosaur ones! A freakin' pteradactyl and a triceratops! I need more toddlers in my family! Then I would know stuff like this!

  7. Oh my! Watching its prey being digested. That's just...just...

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  8. Uh, this is a scary card :P


  9. I want to see a real one creature from a safe distance :)


  10. Me want dragon. lol I'm tracking that beast throughout the interwebs.
    Seriously though, congrats on the re-release.

  11. I didn't realize I could buy a dragon on Amazon. It's not as awesome as winning, though, so I'll keep truckin'.

    allesonl at gmail dot com

  12. Thanks for a fresh take on blog tours!

  13. Still following you from blog to blog while you're touring. Does this make me your groupie?

  14. Loving the cards and the contest.

  15. Loving the tour!


  16. err...what a horrifying creature to come across...interesting fun fact though =)

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  17. I find the transparent nature of this creature to be very disturbing! Yikes!!

    ItsJSforMe at gmail dot com

  18. You know what? The fun fact on this card is somewhat scary, but I'm strangely wanting to see it in action.

  19. I do so like dragons. Great tour!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  20. Ewwww! another bird I would not want to meet.


  21. Ewww! Watching the victims being digested !?!

  22. What do the various weapons in the lower left corner of the cards signify?

  23. watching victims being digested is NOT high on my list of things to see....

  24. Why are the pretty ones so scary? Well, the drawing is pretty. I'm not sure I'd enjoy an encounter of the personal kind. The cards are great fun. Thanks for going to so much trouble.

    kshugrue at gmail dot com