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On Christmas Eve in 2012, Dreamspinner Press published a book of mine called Sinner’s Gin.
I wrote Sinner’s Gin off and on for years before. The original story looks nothing like the end product. There were changes as the characters grew organically in my head and the situations shifted, circumstances and locales moving about until I felt like I hit the right combination of personalities and storyline.
What never changed was the opening.
You see, I’d written that first. I knew at the very beginning of Miki St. John’s creation that I was going to rip away everything he held dear and replace it with an emptiness so vast it would echo his heartbeats back to him.
Because I had every intention of building him a new world.
I’ve been asked if I believe Miki is my most broken character. Honestly, no. I actually don’t see him as broken. I don’t see any of them as broken. And that could just be my perspective is probably a bit… darker than most, but Miki is a very familiar, comfortable ground for me to write on. He’s prickly and suspicious but yearns for things, for emotions, for love even.
I needed to pair him with someone who wasn’t just strong but someone who was resilient and willing to take the barbs and bites he’d get along the way. Kane Morgan became that balance, that stubborn piece of granite Miki couldn’t budge.
But at the same time, Kane had to grow as well.
Because he had to see Miki didn’t need fixing. Didn’t need to be sheltered. Didn’t need to be coddled. Miki wasn’t looking for someone to save him. He had that in Damien, a brother who’d pulled him out of the darkness and into the light—even if it was just for a brief moment.
What Miki needed was someone to love him as he was. And as what he could be.
Kane could do that. Kane did do that. And along the way, he not only fell in love with Miki but also taught him how to love in return—including being accepted into a sprawling, bossy, intrusive Irish family full of cops, laughter and tolerance.
And now here we are…at the end of the series and I’ve brought Miki back full circle to where he was before I first imagined his life. Their path hasn’t been an easy one. I’ve put Miki and Kane through a lot of emotional upheaval, but I knew they’d never waver. The point of this journey wasn’t to tear them apart and stitch them back together. It was to show two men with very different experiences and perspectives learn what each other needed as their love deepened.
There was never any question Miki St. John would get his happily-ever-after.
It was just a matter of when and how.
And that leads us to Sin and Tonic.
On May 15, 2018, I am happy to bring the conclusion of Miki’s story, the final few steps of his road towards happiness and the loves he’s found along the way. It is a return to the fire escape in Chinatown, the warehouse he shares with Kane and also to the affection he has for the dog who’d moved into his home and never left.
Thank you all for being with me on this journey. Your support and enthusiasm means so much to me and I hope you enjoy the final book in Miki’s story.
May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Whiskey beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.
Sin and Tonic by Rhys Ford
Published by Dreamspinner Press • Release Date: May 15, 2018
Miki St. John believed happy endings only existed in fairy tales until his life took a few unexpected turns… and now he’s found his own.
His best friend, Damien, is back from the dead, and their new band, Crossroads Gin, is soaring up the charts. Miki’s got a solid, loving partner named Kane Morgan—an Inspector with SFPD whose enormous Irish family has embraced him as one of their own—and his dog, Dude, at his side.
It’s a pity someone’s trying to kill him.
Old loyalties and even older grudges emerge from Chinatown’s murky, mysterious past, and Miki struggles to deal with his dead mother’s abandonment, her secrets, and her brutal murder while he’s hunted by an enigmatic killer who may have ties to her.
The case lands in Kane’s lap, and he and Miki are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. When Miki is forced to face his personal demons and the horrors of his childhood, only one thing is certain: the rock star and his cop are determined to fight for their future and survive the evils lurking in Miki’s past.
About the Author
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 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 Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Harley, an insane grey tuxedo 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.