GRL Blog Tour: Rhys Ford – How I Met The Girls + Giveaway!

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How I Met The Girls

by Rhys Ford

I owed The Blogger Girls a post. In the middle of a firestorm of deadlines and art and more deadline, I owe a blog post and for the life of me, I had no idea what to write about. One of them suggested I write about meeting the most fantastic Blogger Girls.

Okay and to be honest, it was pretty fantastic. Because they are awesomesauce.

Let me set the scene.

The fantabulous Jacob Flores and I are huddling at a table in a corner of a massive hall. Okay maybe not Comic Con massive but large enough. We’ve already decided we would sit together, drink coffee and probably spend the time talking since no one in their right minds has heard of us and really, we’re not authors*. Not really.

So the doors open and well, Jacob gets swarmed. I’m pretty sure they were not only drawn by his brilliance but also by his thousand-watt smile. People come by and ask me to sign things.

I am perplexed. Still… pretty much a bit of what the fuck is this? I don’t know you! Only people I know have read my shit because well, they HAVE to.** Guilt, emotional terrorism…whatever you want to call it.. that’s how you got a Rhys Ford book on your kindle.

Because you had no choice.

And then in the mass of confusion, names and faces… a pack of women appear.

I can’t even tell you who all was in the group. I was that flummoxed. They knew about Cole and Jae…and Miki and Kane. Or maybe… I can’t even tell you what I talked about because it was a blur. Their faces I remembered because really they were so damned nice.

It’s good to be nice to a terrified writer. We also like coffee and maybe the occasional caramel but mostly coffee.

And see from that pack of very sweet people, you have a few of the Blogger Girls.

Who are fantastic people and truly, wonderful, strong, personable and most of all generous with their affection. And man, a love of books.

Because that’s what binds us all together at GRL. Books.

I don’t go to GRL because I’m an author. I go because I’m a reader who happens to throw brain vomit on some pixels and someone’s foolish enough to push them into larger pixels and onto pages. I am grateful for that foolishness. I am an author by the grace of readers, not because I write. I will always write or concoct or spin stories in my head but getting them past my brain, past my thoughts and past my fingers requires a reader.

And see, I love to read. I love to discuss books. And the why of a plot and the who of a character. There’s so much background to writing that interests me or rather tickles some part of my brain and it hums when it’s happy. It purrs too. There’s an immense satisfaction in reading but there’s also a connectivity between all of us. People speak of the Tribe which does envelope our devotion to equality but see, GRL goes beyond that bond. I think it goes even deeper that.

We are Readers, first and foremost. And I truly believe that’s the foundation of our experiences at GRL. We have sought out one another and celebrate that bond. This gathering allows us to discover new authors and connect with familiar ones. We make new friends and renew old friendships.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Blogger Girls again. Because nothing beats a smile in person and a lovely hug from people you scarcely know in person but are so intimate with on so many levels.

So there you go. Gay Rom Lit in a nutshell. Yes, alcohol, talking, no sleep, early mornings, late nights, mumbling over food, loud laughter but most of all, readers. Singularly, readers.

* By the way, that feeling never really goes away.

** Yeah, this is another thing that never goes away. In my head, only people I know on a face to face basis on whom I’ve foisted my book on have read it. I have six readers. They might rotate depending on the book but SIX!


rhysfordRhys 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.


As part of her GRL stop, Rhys is offering up a $20 gift card to Amazon (or other e-tailer)! Yay!

The giveaway starts now and will end next Thursday, July 31st, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Good luck!

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28 thoughts on “GRL Blog Tour: Rhys Ford – How I Met The Girls + Giveaway!

  1. jenf27

    Thanks for the post and giveaway! You may feel like you have only six readers, but out here in e-book ether-land there are tons of us who adore your stories. So please keep sending them to us! 🙂 Hope you have a great time at GRL.

  2. Serena

    At the moment I’m reading Tequila Mockingbird, this is the only series I read from you but it’s great! Can hardly wait for the next book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Sarina

    Love your writing, Rhys! Great post and thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Cornelia

    Love your books . Thanks for giveaway.

  5. Tammy

    I started reading your books because of posts on this site. Now Sinner’s Gin is one of my all time favorite series and I happily devour anything you write about the boys. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks to The Blogger Girls for introducing me to such fantastic books.

  6. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed your time at GRL and chatting with all the Blogger girls. Please count me in for the GIveaway……….. thank you


  7. Thanks for the chance to win! Love all your work!

  8. Lisa

    Rhys writes two of my favorite series…The Sinners Series and The Cole McGinnis Mysteries (can’t wait for Bobby’s story). 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Debra E

    What a nice post. I get every Sinners book as soon as it comes out and really can’t wait for the next one!

  10. Thank you for this interesting post and for this giveaway, me also thinks Rhys has more than six readers 😀

  11. JenCW

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway.

  12. fencingromein

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway

  13. Thanks for the post and the giveaway

  14. Barbra

    I love all the posts I’ve read recently about GRL. I guess it’s a good thing we can’t all go, but it sure sounds fun. Thanks for the giveaway and for letting us all be part of your 6 readers. 🙂

  15. thanks for the giveaway

  16. Rocky B

    Love your books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Penumbra

    Only six, huh? I think maybe you forgot the zeros after that six 😉 Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Ardent ereader

    Love your books!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Jbst

    I’m sure the Blogger Girls are looking forward to meeting up with you too. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  20. Antonia

    The Sinners series is one of my favorites, and I loved Fish and Ghosts too – I’m looking forward to the sequel! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Hehe, what a sweet post. This type of interaction makes me even more eager to go to GRL. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  22. I haven’t gotten to read any of Rhys’s books yet, but many are on my TBR list. Looking forward to reading them. Thanks for an entry in the giveaway.

  23. I look forward to enjoying this book . Thank you for doing the giveaway 🙂

  24. Karen

    Haven’t read a book of yours yet I didn’t love!

  25. I’m pretty sure there are more than 6 of us devouring your amazing stories. 😉 Thanks for sharing youtself with us and for the chance to win!! Best of luck!

  26. This book sounds really good, and the author bio made me laugh! Thank you for the giveaway. 🙂

  27. DebraG

    I love your books and am glad I have not as yet read them all.

  28. Awesome giveaway!! Thanks!!

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