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BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Black Dog Blues” by Rhys Ford


Boys in our Books is SUPER excited to welcome back Rhys Ford as she discusses the rerelease of her book, “Black Dog Blues”!


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.I’d released it into the wilds of self-pubbing—mostly because there wasn’t 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 out—DSP Publications, DSP’s boutique genre imprint. Long story short, Elizabeth asked if I’d submit Black Dog Blues, I did and now, here we are—with 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 can’t 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 I’ve 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, I’m holding a 12 stop blog tour where YOU can win a dragon. Well, a stuffed dragon. Who’s kind of goofy. And much less terrifying than the one Kai ran into. Leave a comment or use the widget the blog’s provided and enter to win one of these plush dragons! International welcome. Dragons for all. Mostly because man, they’re HUGE and take up a lot of space in the guest room.




As an added bonus, be sure to collect ALL of the Black Dog Blues trading cards and return to my blog rhysford.com at the end of the tour for a special giveaway. You’ll 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. It’s just that some of them are more wicked and deadlier than others.



If you’ve already read Black Dog Blues, thank you. REALLY. Thank you. You rock and you’ve 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 you’d left a review on Amazon—and have the time—repost it onto the new listing. Unlike Goodreads, re-release reviews don’t carry over. *grins*

If you haven’t read Black Dog Blues, ah—Kai really is my special precious, growly kitten. I adore writing him. I adore writing his world and man, there’s so many places to go with his story. I’m 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

BlackDogBlues_coverEver 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 someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.

It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled 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 he’s 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. It’s 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.


Purchase Black Dog Blues at DSP Publications

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 1
Christy Duke—Christyloves2read
Boy Meets Boy
Feb 2
Reading Reality
Feb 3
Love Bytes
The Novel Approach
Feb 4
Prism Alliance


About Rhys Ford

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.


My Blog: http://www.rhysford.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.ford.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rhys_Ford


And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com

47 comments on “BLOG TOUR – GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: “Black Dog Blues” by Rhys Ford

  1. Waxapplelover
    January 29, 2015

    Love the trading card! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

    Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com


  2. Susana
    January 29, 2015

    I love the dragon. And the card. I’m really looking forward to reading Black Dog Blues.


  3. Antonia
    January 29, 2015

    I’m really looking forward to reading Black Dog Blues!


  4. Kim W
    January 29, 2015

    I read Black Dog Blues in his first publication and really liked it.


  5. Pingback: Card 2 and 3 on the Black Dog Blues Tour is Out! | Rhys Ford

  6. juliesmall1959
    January 29, 2015

    Love the cover! Great card to!


  7. Maite Suppes
    January 29, 2015

    Collected my card and really excited for this book!


  8. Andi Byassee
    January 29, 2015

    Once and future reader of Black Dog Blues. Really love to have a dragon!


  9. jenf27
    January 29, 2015

    Another great trading card! This tour is lots of fun. Thanks!


  10. Mandy
    January 29, 2015

    Counting down the days! I love the trading cards – might end up printing them out on card stock to keep!


  11. july2012
    January 29, 2015

    I love all of Rhys’ books ~ can’t wait to read this one!


  12. Devony
    January 29, 2015

    It will be lovely going back to Kai’s world!


  13. Denise Dechene
    January 29, 2015

    Looking forward to this. I have become addicted to your books.


  14. felinewyvern
    January 29, 2015

    I loved Black Dog Blues but I think I might buy the new version just for that cover :D


  15. Miranda P
    January 29, 2015

    Great blog tour can’t wait for the next stop.


  16. Anne Nutten
    January 29, 2015

    I am soooo glad to see Black Dog Blues available again. Fun tour too.


  17. Denise Ruiz
    January 29, 2015

    Woot! Finally caught up with the tour…Black Dog Blues rocks!


  18. Beth
    January 29, 2015

    Love the trading cards


  19. ItsJSforMe
    January 29, 2015

    Growly kittens are my favorite kind! I’m truly looking forward to reading BDB!!!


  20. Venecia
    January 29, 2015

    So great to see this being re-released, fantastic read.


  21. Barbra
    January 29, 2015

    These cards are super fun. Thanks! :-)


  22. kindlekrazek
    January 29, 2015

    I love dragons. They seem to be my current reading obsession. So thanks for the opportunity to win one.



  23. romanczukc
    January 29, 2015

    I love these trading cards. And, oh yeah, Kai really rocks.


  24. Sadonna
    January 29, 2015

    These cards are cool :) Ah, you are so clever ;)


  25. Alleson
    January 29, 2015

    I always enjoy your blog tours. They’re so interactive.


  26. Kym D
    January 29, 2015



  27. dejamew
    January 29, 2015

    This is a great story. Looking forward to the sequel.


  28. Pingback: Card FOUR of the Black Dog Magical Mystery Tour is Up! | Rhys Ford

  29. Chris
    January 30, 2015

    I love the trading cards!


  30. rainbowgroove
    January 30, 2015

    I can’t wait to meet Kai!


  31. Sandy
    January 30, 2015

    Can’t wait – book preordered!


  32. younela
    January 30, 2015

    Missed this first time round, pre order in, can’t wait!


  33. Loren
    January 30, 2015

    Sounds great, thank you!!!


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  36. Penumbra
    February 1, 2015

    Catching up with the tour! :)



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  39. flutterfli
    February 2, 2015

    Looking forward to reading! The trading card is a cute idea.


  40. Pingback: Card NINE is Out! Comment at TNA to win a Dragon! | Rhys Ford

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  42. Lee Todd
    February 3, 2015

    sewer crocs??? ok….don’t think we have them in Australia ;)
    ….I “could” be wrong…


  43. Pingback: Release the ELEVENTH Hound! Tour Card At Prism Book Alliance! | Rhys Ford

  44. Pingback: Trading Card 12 is now Live at The Blogger Girls! | Rhys Ford

  45. Linda
    February 5, 2015

    Love these trading cards. And the dragon is adorable! Read Kai’s story back when it came out. Think I’ll have to drag it out of storage and reread… again..LOL


  46. Pingback: The LAST STOP in the Black Dog Blues Magical Mystery Tour! | Rhys Ford

  47. sula22
    February 8, 2015

    This blog tour has made the world Rhys created seem so real, thank you for a chance to win one of those dragons :)


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