Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.
9 thoughts on “Whoooo hooooo! Dim Sum Asylum now up for preorder on Dreamspinner Press”
Congratulations on the pre-order announcement. As usual, since I own and have read (I think) pretty much all you’ve written, I’m looking forward to this. While I recognize if I buy from DSP you probably get more royalties, the AMZ $5.38 price fits my budget better than the DSP $6.99. So perhaps you could look at it this way: you have a reader addicted to your writing so you have guaranteed sales. Again, congratulations. Eric
I actually have absolutely no control over pricing 😀 But honestly, I encourage you to get it as cheap as you can. 😀 I’ll try to be better about communicating DSP sales! *hugs*
Really, buy where it fits your budget. Totally encouraged! <3
First up, I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reviewer copy of Dim Sum Asylum and it’s hard not to want to gloat because it is a fantastic read. Now I’m definitely a fan of Rhys Ford’s writing but this book brings her craft to a whole new level. So, it’s an honest 9 out of 10.
Pros: The world building is second to none… Take San Francisco and add a touch of the arcane; introduce the Fae species; stir in a murderer run amuck, and, a new parter parter for our hero, toss, steam, and serve up on a bed of fragrant rice. Delicious. The world of Dim Sum Asylum is a treat to the reader’s senses with smell given special honor… Not only does Rhys let us see, and hear, the world, she teases our olfactory sense with an air ripe with the mixed scents from rich Asian spice mixes to the rancid waste of a teeming city.
The arcane aspects didn’t drive the story, the story is very much driven by basic *human* motives though the arcane isn’t just an add on bag of tricks, either. The animated creature used as a murder tool is not something I’d like to run into, ever.
Sadly, but necessary, and that’s much of why ‘sadly’ prejudice remains a background theme. While Gay relationships now seem accepted in this world it doesn’t stop mankind from finding other reasons to hate/fear. This, however, makes the world feel real…. It’s our world with a well built twist.
Cons: My only real issue was the insta-lust/want between the male protagonists but as that trope is well established throughout romance literature it’s not a complete deal breaker…. Rhys, however, at least doesn’t have them bed so quickly as others often do.
Final note: I want Bob the cat for myself. .. can I have one Rhys.
I haven’t read the book yet…a month to wait *sigh*…so I can’t comment on the review. Well, okay, I wouldn’t comment on the review in general anyway. But I have to speak out on one thing. I find the wide-spread derision, whether mild or acid-like, about what is called “insta-love” or “insta-lust,” and the essential mockery of the terms, to be most disheartening. You see, “love at first sight” isn’t a fantasy, a “trope.” I know.
In March of 1965 I was in a gay bar in a city near where I was a senior in college. After drinking and dancing for a while, I was weaving my way through the crowd when I got groped. I was a skinny geek that that just didn’t happen to so I stopped in surprise. We talked and talked, I rudely ditched my date, and went to an after-the-bar-closes party with him. In June I graduated, moved to his city to be with him, and we were together for 30 years, until an aneurysm took him away in 1995.
So whatever you call it, however rare it might be, love at first sight does happen.
Just my USD .02.
p.s. I apologize if I’ve given offense, as none was intended.
I do believe you can fall in love quickly. And I am so glad you had those years. *HUGS*
Glad you had those years *hug*
Pretty cover, looking forward to this sounds good xx
LOL I just rushed to amazon to pre-order ad got the message ‘you’ve already pre-ordered’ clearly I’m getting too excited over it. You’re one of the very few authors that I pre-order.
Been there, done that (relying on AMZ to remind me when I: (a) try to reorder an ebook twice or (b) try to purchase an ebook I already bought). *s*