Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford Blog Tour, Applejack Shots & Beer Excerpt, Pre-release Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya peeps we have Rhys Ford and her Applejack Shots & Beer blog tour for her upcoming release Absinthe of Malice, we have a quick introduction from Rhys, an absolutely amazing part two of the Applejack Shots and Beer blog story, an awesome giveaway and I’ve also sneaked in Lisa’s review, so guys enjoy the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

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Absinthe of Malice

(Sinners 05)
by

Rhys Ford

We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

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Release date: 22nd June 2016

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Rhys Ford!

Thank you all for following the Absinthe of Malice blog tour! This is the fifth novel in the series and well, is a different kind of book. This is a beginning of sorts, a resurrection for most of the band members and the first step in a journey they will take together. Miki, Damie, Forest and Rafe in a van. Together. Cross-country and playing their hearts and souls out.

With a bit of trouble and love along the way.

I hope you enjoy it and like Applejack Shots and Beer, the story I’ll be telling across the blog tour.

OH! And the giveaway! Because we always need a giveaway. And there will be ONE winner for EVERY blog tour stop!

Enter by leaving a comment and win:

A $20 gift certificate to the online store of your choice
AND an audiobook code from Audible
(which you can use on any audiobook or save for Tristan’s voicing of Absinthe)

See you on the Other Side.

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Applejack Shots and Beer Part 2

Every day
I am one step closer to the box
Every moment
I am one step further away from you
Every breath
Is one we will never share again
Every night
There’s a darkness of one instead of two

— Every Darkness Follows

“He wants to go out on the road.”

“Well then,” Donal murmured over the rim of his glass. “That’s a wee bit of a snarl in yer life.”

Kane slid a single ice cube into his glass, watching the frozen water seize the pale amber whiskey with a translucent swirl and contemplated the man sitting at the end of the couch across of him.Not since the first time his father’d invited him into the study and poured him a dram of whiskey, Kane found himself straddling the line between youthful confusion and an unsteady maturity.

The whiskey was a hot bite on his tongue, smoothing out to a numbing honey before sliding down his throat. There was a hint of cool on the liquid, a tiny touch of the water edging off the whiskey’s burr and Kane swallowed, trying to gather his thoughts.

“Snarl is kind of a small word to be using there, Da,” Kane grumbled. “I’ve just gotten used to having him in my life and now I’ve got to be sharing him with the world? I’d be lying if I said I like it but I’d be a fool if I were ignorant enough to tell him no.”

“I love ye. Yer my second son and the one Ah’ve always thought to be the more rational of the bunch,” Donal murmured. “But if ye think ye’d survive one minute past the moment ye tell our Miki he can’t do something, then yer the donkey-headed ass yer brother Connor thinks ye are.”

“Yeah, I’m sure Con’s going to be through that door in a few minutes himself.” He grimaced, half-hoping his older brother would do him a solid and fall apart inside just like he was. The door didn’t open and Kane sighed. “Asshole.”

The couch was soft under him, cradling him in its leather curves. It was a damned sight prettier than the reupholstered sectional they had in the warehouse and while he’d slept away more than a few rainy afternoons on the overstuffed nest of cushions Miki refused to replace, Kane didn’t want it to become his permanent bed.

A real possibility if he didn’t get his head on straight.

“What’s bothering ye about him going out with his boys?” Donal broached. “What are ye worried about?”

Kane had one answer, a fragile poisonous bubble of a response he was afraid to even think much less voice. The whiskey went sour in his mouth, dribbling down his tightening throat. Looking up, he met his father’s steady gaze with a troubled shrug. Taking another sip, he rolled the liquid fire around in his mouth and wished he could bury the grit in his stomach under a rock.

“There’s nothing ye can say, son, that’ll make me think less of ye,” his father murmured. “Ye know that, right?”

“I know.” Kane grimaced ruefully. “I just think less of me”

“Then what is it?” Donal cocked his head, studying his son, a thoughtful expression on his face. “Or is it less a who?”

Kane smirked, wondering why he was always so surprised when his father ferreted out his truths as easily as breathing.

“You’re not wrong in that, Da,” he admitted softly. “It is a who. More than a couple of them, in fact. Miki? I don’t worry about him. Hell, he’s like a fucking pissed off mongoose most of the time. He can take care of himself. It’s the others—hell, Damie—mostly. How can I say I’m okay with Miki going out on the road when I don’t think they’ll take care of him while they’re out there?”

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About Rhys

Rhys Ford author pic sRhys 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 a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

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Giveaway!

Win a $20 gift certificate to the online store of your choice
AND an audiobook code from Audible !

(Just leave a comment on this post)
(Please leave an email where Rhys can contact you if you win)

(A new chance to win on every blog on the tour!)

Review

o-absinthe-of-maliceTitle: Absinthe of Malice

Series: Sinners 05

Author: Rhys Ford

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 200 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

ISBN: 978-1-6347-326-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/absinthe-of-malice-by-rhys-ford-7175-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This was my first time reading this series, so when I was given this story to read I had to go grab the others. I was pretty damn glad that I had, otherwise I would have been lost as hell. Rhys has suddenly become an author that I will be keeping an eye on for future books.

I have never really been a fan of stories that involve bands, but only because they just seem to not to click with me as much as they should have. I can honestly say that this is not the case with these stories. Even though there is humor to them, there is more of a serious tone to them that make what has happened to these characters stand out more.

Each of the band members have been through some troublesome times and have slowly came to where they should be when they meet the ones meant for them. They start to heal and grow together as a family and as a band. That doesn’t mean that it will be all roses and sun shines though.

The guys are going to leave their men behind in this one, so that they can come together better than they have been. This is more due to Damien pushing them to do this. More to bond with each other better.

Even though it has them altogether it is more about Miki. Even though he has been through so much, this will make his relationship stronger with both Damien and Kane. Damien is a kind of adopted brother to Miki. This journey will be bringing up a lot of their past and memories will be heightened. It is a very emotional time for them all.

I actually loved the fact that Kane is a detective and is so protective. This book had more twists and turns that I had not really expected, but loved all the same. The mystery that is inside this amazing story was a great hit also. Which told me that it was a good thing that I had went and read the others, before reading this story otherwise I would have been extremely lost.

The only downside to this story was the ending. I have never really liked cliff hangers or being left with questions so I wanted to smack Rhys by the time I got to it. I found myself loving the guys a bit more after each word. They have their tender and fragile side to them, but they also have the strength to continue to fight not only for themselves but for the ones they love.

I loved how this author created a world that you would swear you were in the whole entire time. It is fully developed and the detail was out of this world. The characters were fresh, vivid and absolutely beautiful. Their emotions were felt all the way to one’s soul. It was a world that I wished I had belonged to.

I absolutely loved this story and can guarantee that you will also. It was a blast to read and I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to see what the next story will bring.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

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Check out the other blogs on the blog tour

20 June: Boy Meets Boy
21 June: Joyfully Jay
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73 thoughts on “Absinthe of Malice by Rhys Ford Blog Tour, Applejack Shots & Beer Excerpt, Pre-release Review & Giveaway!

  1. I’m ridiculously eager for the release of this book. Thank you Rhys for your awesomeness, and particularly for telling this story. <3

  2. I love this series but the very best part is the song lyrics/poems that start each chapter. Well written, gritty and relevant to the story line that follows in sometimes surprising ways.

  3. Aww poor Kane. I look forward to reading more. 🙂
    I can’t wait to find out what you have in store for them once they hit the road.

  4. When I first read the blurb, I started worrying about Kane and this installment did not help with that. 😉

    Thanks for the great review, too, though I am now also worried about a cliffhanger.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

  5. I just know this is going to be brilliant. Thanks for bringing a ray of sunshine into my life

  6. Rhys is one of my favorite authors…just binge read this series and can’t wait for this book!

  7. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out. I not only wonder how the boys in the band are going to fare, but how their loved ones are going to manage.

  8. I can’t wait to read this, Miki is one of my favorites. He’s been broken so many times and picked himself up and survived. Yay Sinners!

  9. Eagerly awaiting this next installment of the Sinner’s and am enjoying the blog tour.

  10. I’m having a fan girl moment! I cannot wait for this book. It’s going to be awesome. There’s just something about Miki and Kane that makes me happy. I’ll be so sad when this series ends.

  11. I love the series, and what I like best of the song lyrics at the beginning of each chapter. They’re beautiful, gritty and straight to the point of the story.

  12. Yay! I can’t wait until the book comes out!?! Is it time yet?
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  13. I have loved everything I’ve read by Rhys Ford. <3 Cole McGinnis and the Sin Gin crew!

  14. This book and series sounds fantastic, I obviously need to catch up and start from the beginning! 🙂 Congrats on the new release!
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  15. How I love Rhys books! And the stories she treats us with when Blog-touring. Thanks!
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  16. The Sinners series is one of my favorites. I discovered Rhys Ford and her boys earlier this year and binge read (and listened to) the entire series several times. I can’t seem to get enough.

    Rhys, congratulations on your new release. I pre-ordered this from Amazon and I’m scheduling free time to do nothing but read!

    Lisa, thank you for your thoughtful review and for hosting Absinthe of Malice’s blog tour, day 2.

    –Judy
    j (dot) stonewright (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Poor Kane! This is going to be a rough tour. I love these snippets – I read them along with the books each time I re-read the series. 😀

  18. I’m very much enjoying “Applejack”, can’t wait to see how it goes. I’ve got so used to the boys with their Morgans, it’ll be interesting to see how they manage without them!

  19. Eight more days to go, Applejack Shots & Beer will ease the wait, thanks Rhys! 🙂

  20. *fangirl squeal* Can’t wait for the audio! I’m like the shorts for the blog tour so far too! Thanks so much!

  21. Love this series!!! Already pre-ordered my copy. 🙂
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  22. I can’t wait to read and I love cliffhangers because that means the author is promising to write some more in the series. Oh, and it means I have an excuse to read the series again, over and over. My copy is sitting in my DSP library waiting for June 22!

  23. Hehe I paid to see Kane tell him he couldn’t go on tour I counting the days till it released 😁

  24. Okay, when you said they were getting the band back together again, I thought you were talking about the faithful readers of this series. LOL!!! I love this series and re-read the books (actually re-listen) at random whenever I need a fiction fix. June 22nd will be an amazing day!!!! Like book cookies but no calories. Yummy.

  25. I love this series and am looking forward to the release date! Thank you for sharing! You have some of the best tours!

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  26. I love these guys! Thanks so much for sharing the story.

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  27. Love this series. i haven’t listened to any of the audiobooks yet. Need to get on that 😉

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  28. A concert tour! Sounds fun… and exhausting. LOL. Looking forward to release day. Thank you for the post. 🙂
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  29. So looking forward to giving this a read. Thank you for the reviews =)
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  30. so enjoy this series and am looking forward to enjoying the boys more 🙂
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  31. I’m really enjoying this story and I love the cover.
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  32. Rhys was kind enough to provide an arc to me. Sinners series is an all time favorite and this was a wonderful addition to the series. Loved it hard!

  33. Aww poor Kane! I’m really excited for the book to come out!

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