The End of the Year and the Beginning of the New One

We will be celebrating the Year of the Rat in 2020, a good year for fortune and prosperity. And it’s a good year to look at where you are in life and where you are going.

We are also saying goodbye to a year of turmoil and strife as well. Hopefully going forward, this will subside but really sometimes in order to do this, we must take action.

Like voting for people who will represent us well as well as promoting those who support us, even in times of need. Or rather especially in times of need. I am very close to severing a long-held friendship over what’s been happening this year and have already distanced myself from people who have chosen to not support me. It’s sad in so many ways because I’ve stood by and supported them through some sticky things but often, in times of strife, people are tested and well, we all make choices we want to live with.

I do want to say thank you to all of the readers who have reached out and sent me encouragements and support this year. You guys rock and honestly, make the world a better place. In reality, when everything is all said and done, I’m here to write books. And to entertain someone reading it. That’s my focus. And that’s where I’m going to put my energies.

As well as heavily supporting the people and sites who support me. It’s a symbiotic relationship because while I never ever want to influence a review (that should be sacrosant) I do want to be able to provide a blog site’s visitors with a good reason to visit and continue to visit. Because well, the best (and worst) part about writing books is sometimes doing a blog tour.

Because blog tours are hard to create! They are! But oh, I have plans….

The first book up this year is Back in Black (DSP, Amazon).  With the return of Cole and Jae, I jumped forward a few years and well, it was necessary to do so. When I first started writing the McGinnis/Kim series, marriage was still denied to anyone not in a het relationship and we were just beginning to explore the edges of alternative sexualities’ language. By the end of the series, Bobby and Ichi were married and the world was a very different place.

I needed to capture that change in the books going forward in the McGinnis Investigation series and that meant jumping to the now. But in doing so, that meant I was going to end up skipping writing about an important event in Cole and Jae’s lives… their wedding.  I haven’t decided on the tone of the wedding… if it’s going to be a typical Cole day or just something sweet. I mean, doesn’t Jae deserve something sweet for his wedding day? A day without shotgun blasts or car chases?

I’ll be doing a few posts and I’m hopefully going to get it done in time for Greg to narrate the pieces for each blog spot. There will also be a big giveaway at each stop, kind of like a wedding present, to celebrate Jae finally getting to the altar and hopefully with Cole in one piece.

Let me know what you think. A typical Cole day? Or a sweet romantic wedding?

12 thoughts on “The End of the Year and the Beginning of the New One

  1. Kendra Patterson

    I think a sweet, romantic day. The shotgun blasts and car chases can come up in your books. Either way though I know you’ll do it justice and I’ll love it.

  2. Patricia Cooke

    Thanks for everything Rhys, your books, your warmth to your readers and of course for just being you. It has been a yuck kind of year and I hope the year of the rat will be a much better one for all of us. As to the wedding, I’d say we do need some drama, after all this is Cole but nothing too terrible!

  3. I’d love Jae to have sweet and romantic but suspect there’d be drama lying in wait… Maybe just Korean drama rather than the explosive cop/car/gun kind?

  4. Jane

    Drama with Jae’s family? As I recall he has an extended family with aunts, uncles, a mother and siblings. And of course then the HEA.

      1. Jae has been through so much to finally be whole and happy. He deserves a day full of wonderful. If there are Cole booms and bangs, I hope they are minor enough to not disturb the tranquility and joy in Jae and Cole’s special day.

  5. I’m just SO happy to get these guys back!! I love a good Cole type day but I’ll be happy with them being happy..and safe…..and Cole in one piece 🙂

  6. Margaret J

    Perhaps some drama to start, wouldn’t be Cole without, ending with sweet & happy.
    Already have this preordered at DSP. Thank you for all the great reads, & wishing a better, healthier in all ways, 2020.

  7. Missjoanie

    Come on Rhys, it has to be a typical Cole day that ends with sweetness. You know you can do both 😁

  8. Cookie

    I think if Jae doesn’t have to pick up Cole from the hospital or the police station he will be happy.

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