Blog Tour + Giveaway: Back in Black (McGinnis Investigations #1) by Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford visits on the Back in Black (McGinnis Investigations #1) blog tour! She shares a special gift with this tour for her readers: a serialized short story, Nothing Else Matters. Read part 6, listen to narrator Greg Tremblay's "slice of cake" and enter in the awesome giveaway - win $25 USD gift certificate to your online store of choice!

Take it away, Rhys!

Hello! And thank you for joining the Back in Black Blog Tour! My name is Rhys Ford and I will be your guide through this serialized short story featuring Cole McGinnis and his trip to the altar. Hit each blog stop for the next bit of the story AND as a special bonus, Greg Tremblay has narrated each “slice of cake” on this wedding tour!

As some of you know, Cole McGinnis is a former LAPD detective who found love again in a romance suspense series called the Cole McGinnis Mysteries or as I call it, the Dirty Series. It is there he meets and falls in love with Kim Jae-Min, a Korean photographer with a few secrets of his own and a tiny black cat with an attitude. I left Cole and Jae in quite a happy place five years ago in Los Angeles with a promise to come back and “reboot” Cole’s life in a mystery series.

(You can find the first series here at Dreamspinner Press, including a special free bonus collection of shorts in both ebook and audiobook format)

If you’ve already met Cole, well then I am happy to announce he’s back and well, while things are a little bit different… and he’s a hair older… his life is still as insanely jam-packed with action and more than few mysteries to figure out. All of the old gang is back along with a few new faces and I hope you all enjoy Back in Black as much as I enjoyed writing it.

And as if Cole wasn’t fun enough to write, Greg Tremblay is back as Cole McGinnis in the upcoming audiobook which is supposed to be out on Feb 13th! If you aren’t a part of my Facebook group or follow me on social media, please be sure to find me to learn about any future stuff. Because 2020 is going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

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Nothing Else Matters: Part Six
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“You ready to do this, little brother?”

If I wasn’t so nervous, I’d have mocked Mike calling me little. He’d inherited some stocky Japanese ancestor’s build and features, including a bristle of hair no amount of product could tame. I’d lost my other best man, Bobby to his husband, hopefully to check on if there was enough wrapping paper for Jae’s gift. Mo’s wife whose name I knew quite well appeared to have fallen into a bubble of amnesia for me because at the exact moment she offered to take care of it, everything I knew about her, her family and possibly the alpaca she’d rescued out of a raging river in Peru slipped from my brain.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, I couldn’t for the life of me remember my niece’s name either but I wouldn’t have to really worry about that until after the ceremony although I did grunt approvingly at her fluffy princess dress when she and Mad Dog came by to show off her rose-petal scattering skills.

I didn’t even know we were going to have scattered rose petals.

Hell, if it wasn’t for Mike, I wouldn’t have even been sure I’d made it to the right place.

“Why the hell am I nervous?” I paced about, feeling the carpet tickle the soles of my feet. Staring down, I realized my pinky toes were tucked right into the curve of the one next to it, something I hadn’t noticed before. “Why are my feet naked? Did you know my feet were naked? I’m commando right now.”

“Cole, come here.” Mike held his hand out to me then grabbed my wrist when I stared at his fingers as if I’d never seen them before. “You need to breathe. You’re about to pass out.”

Easy for him to say. He had working lungs and was already married.

I said as much as soon as my ass hit the chair in the room they’d given us as a place to get ready for the wedding.

“Suppose I screw this up, Mike?” There were wasps buzzing about in my head, unsettling my thoughts. On the other side of the expanse, tucked away in a room similar to the one we were in, Jae probably was asking his friend Ivo if he was doing the right thing by marrying me. “Jae’s… he helped me find myself again. Without him—”

“You two found each other,” my brother said, sliding a nearby ottoman over to sit on. After parking himself in front of me, Mike grabbed at my right foot, lifting it up to work a sock over my toes. “Shut up and listen to me because I know you’re losing it right now because you’re scared.”

“I’m not scared about marrying him,” I refuted, exhaling hard enough for my chest to hurt. “Hell, I think I fell in love with him the moment I saw him.”

“You fell in lust. Which isn’t a bad thing because if anyone needed to get his blood pumping again, it was you, little brother.” Mike tugged the sock up then grabbed my other foot. “It took you a bit longer to fall in love and I had some worries about him. Don’t punch me in the face. Because I know you’re thinking about it. But the day Jae told Dad to go fuck himself — that time at my house — I knew he was the one you needed in your life. So, since I have you here, and our father’s a piece of crap not worth the stamp to even tell him you’ve found happiness, I guess it’s up to me to tell you about what you need to know about being married.”


Back in Black
There are eight million stories in the City of Angels but only one man can stumble upon the body of a former client while being chased by a pair of Dobermans and a deranged psycho dressed as a sheep.

That man is Cole McGinnis.

Since his last life-threatening case years ago, McGinnis has married the love of his life, Jae-Min Kim, consulted for the LAPD, and investigated cases as a private detective for hire. Yet nothing could have prepared him for the shocking discovery of a dead, grandmotherly woman at his feet and the cascade of murders that follows, even if he should have been used to it by now.

Now he’s back in the dark world of murder and intrigue where every bullet appears to have his name on it and every answer he digs up seems to only create more questions. Hired by the dead woman’s husband, McGinnis has to figure out who is behind the crime spree. As if the twisted case of a murdered grandmother isn’t complicated enough, Death is knocking on his door, and each time it opens, Death is wearing a new face, leaving McGinnis to wonder who he can actually trust.

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About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is also a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. 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 Harley, a grey tuxedo with a flower on her face, Badger, a disgruntled alley cat who isn’t sure living inside is a step up the social ladder 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.

Rhys can be found at the following locations:
Facebook Group: Coffee, Cats, and Murder:
Twitter: @Rhys_Ford

For more information and to keep track of his upcoming releases, visit Greg Tremblay at:


  1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. I love this. Seeing Mike act this way is awesome. Cole has a wonderful family. His dad and step mother are never going to be family. I can't wait to read more of this and the novel!

  3. Poor Cole, pretty soon the sky is going to start spinning. LOL. Good thing Mike is there to bring him back to earth

  4. So cute poor Cole with wedding nerves!!!

  5. Aww...Mike putting Coles socks sweet.

  6. I like that Cole is nervous and mike is there to keep him from freaking out. 🥰

  7. Nerves is killer but so great to have Mike there =D

  8. Can't wait to hear Mike's marriage advice.

  9. Love these snippets. Cole, Jae and the whole gang just mess.😍

  10. I can't wait to read it!