Never thought I’d be back on the road with these guys again
but … here we are. And nothing makes me happier than to take to the pages with
the Sinner Boys all over again. ’Nother Sip of Gin came from a
friend asking me if I’d ever consider pulling together some of the blog spots
I’d done into a book they could read on their Kindle. I’ve held that
possibility in my head for a while and then I got the time and space to pull
not only the foundational stories I’d already shared but a few brand new
stories I’ve always wanted to explore, short bits of emotions and life moments
I’ve enjoyed pulling together. I’ve included long stories like Hair of the Dog
and a few others because well, they were fun to write in the past but also
provided a solid base for so much of the Sinners lore.
For this blog tour I wanted to take a bit of time to talk about five lyric snippets and how they connect to the characters as well as the meaning behind a few of them. It was great to go through the anthology and once again visit with the guys. I’ll be writing a novella about Connor and Forest in the near future so this trip down memory lane has been a great revisit with old friends, reacquainting me with their voices, quibbles, and most of all, their lives.
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Gypsy roses, and a white daisy crown
Waltzing in circles, We all fall down
Spin a thread, make it of gold
Weave us a family, brash, loud and bold
Let me sing to them in the darkness
Let me sing to them in the light
Let us sing together under the moon
Let us sing to keep back the night
When the road comes a’calling
Let me remember where I’ve been
‘Cause once our song is over
We’ll want to come back again
Don’t sell your soul to the Devil
Take a nickel for every sin
Lift your voices so we can hear you
And dance with Crossroads Gin
Shouting Down the Moon
A significant moment in the series comes about when Miki, Damie, Rafe, and Forest form Crossroads Gin. Technically, in most series, that formation would mean the end of the story but with the Sinners Boys, there was a little bit further to go. When I wrote Absinthe of Malice, it was meant to be a transitional book where the readers were able to see the band members actually as musicians and to experience the trials and tribulations of what it was like for them to be on the road. I felt it was necessary not only for the reader but for the band to basically start from the ground up again, even though they had a lot of experience and success. It was not only a bonding journey but also one of self-discovery.
Even though we know Damien didn’t actually die and none of that was within his control, Miki had once again been cut adrift from the only thing that anchored him — Sinners Gin. One of the things to remember when reading the series is that Miki had never truly been alone during his developmental years. He depended upon Damien, Johnny, and Dave to provide him with a backstop for his life whenever it went kind of crazy and following the accident, there was nothing solid beneath Miki to keep him steady. Kane’s arrival in Miki’s life was a good counterpoint to Miki’s relationship with Damien and it forced him to construct a relationship outside of the commonality of music, something he’d never done before. The push pull of learning how Kane thought and felt as well as discovering how to communicate to someone without shared base pushed Miki’s limits. Damien wasn’t there to give him any social shortcuts and Miki had to be invested in creating his involvement and engagement with Kane.
A Sinners Gin Anthology
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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.
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