Kai Gracen Series

Black Dog Blues
Ever since he’d been part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figured he’d used up any good karma he had when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races were left with a messy, monster-ridden world and Stalkers were often the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy and dark moved into the neighbourhood.

There certainly were no shortage of monsters or people stupidly willing to become lunch for one.

It was a hard life but one Kai liked. And he was good at it. Killing monsters was easy. Especially since he was one himself.

After an accident retired Dempsey out, Kai set up permanent shop in San Diego, contracting out to the local SoCalGov depot. It was a decent life, filled with bounty, a few friends and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him he wasn’t really human.

That was until a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego and Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It was supposed to a simple run; head up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary with the new Court then back to San Diego. Easy, quick and best of all, profitable. But Ryder’s “simple” run leads to massive trouble and Kai ends up being caught in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich by being a Stalker. But then hardly any of them got old either. The way things were looking, it didn’t look like Kai was going to be the exception.

Black Dog Blues can be purchased at:
Dreamspinner  and Amazon

Mad Lizard Mambo (Book 2, Kai Gracen)
Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.

The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.

Mad Lizard Mambo can be purchased at: Dreamspinner and Amazon

Jacked Cat Jive (Book 3, Kai Gracen)
Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck Sidhe Lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the Sidhe Lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads. When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai. Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very Court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.

Jacked Cat Jive can be purchased at Dreamspinner and Amazon

Silk Dragon Salsa (Book 4, Kai Gracen)

SoCalGov Stalker Kai Gracen always knew Death walked in his shadow. Enough people told him that, including his human mentor, Dempsey. Problem was, the old man never told him what to do when Death eventually caught up.

Where Tanic, his elfin father and the Wild Hunt Master of the Unsidhe Court, brought Kai pain and suffering, Dempsey gave him focus and a will to live… at least until everything unraveled. Now caught in a web of old lies and half-truths, Kai is torn between the human and elfin worlds, unsure of who he is anymore. Left with a hollowness he can’t fill, Kai aches to find solace in the one elfin he trusts—a Sidhe Lord named Ryder—but he has unfinished business with Dempsey’s estranged brother, a man who long ago swore off anything to do with the feral elfin child Dempsey dragged up from the gutter.

Reeling from past betrayals, Kai searches for Dempsey’s brother, hoping to do right by the man who saved him while trying to keep ahead of the death haunting his every step. Kai never thought he’d find love or happiness as a Stalker, but when Death comes knocking at his door, Kai discovers a fierce need to live life to the fullest—even if that means turning his back on the people he calls family.

Cover Artist: Chris McGrath

Silk Dragon Salsa can be purchased at Dreamspinner and Amazon starting July 14, 2020.

247 thoughts on “Kai Gracen Series

  1. Devony

    Will there be a sequel?…..hehe I mean in your spare time that is;)
    And why the heck is my avatar pic upside down? Will have to figure out later lol

      1. Joy

        Hello! I have just started on KG book 2! I love this character! Any idea when you plan on releasing book 3? I want something to look forward to! 🙂 Also I saw a post about Kai’s age. I know he didn’t grow up like a normal child. From his behavior and some of his vulnerabilities as well as his risk taking nature, he seems about 23-25 human age. Is he the same age as Ryder by elfin standards or younger? Any way, very nice writing. Even the supportive characters are good. Please keep up the good work.

      2. Hi hi! I just finished number 2! Heh. I will be working it into my sked. And yes, he’s about 25 years … kind of. Ryder is older… but well, very different. I am glad you liked the books! Thank you! <3

      3. Joy Touchstone

        Thank you for replying! The will work into my shed comment made me very happy! I have SOOOOO many questions! What is the meaning of the visceral attraction between Kai and Ryder? Does Kai have magic? Is he a shape changed dragon more then a dragon blooded elfin? Is he really sterile? ( I hope not!) of course I know you can’t answer any of these questions. But I had to ask anyway. 😊 And I really love the way you have developed his relationships in the story. He is so connected after starting life in such a traumatic way. That he can trust and love is amazing. I am thrilled with how he and Ryder are being portrayed. I like the growing respect and friendship. If they do ever get together and I honestly wouldn’t mind if they never got there on page, it will be real and significant: A confirmation of their relationship. I love that you have put world building, plot, and character development above having two guys hooking up. You have written a strong urban fantasy first. Looking forward to more!

      4. Heh. All of those questions I have the answers to. *grins* And I’ll share them over the course of the series. Promise.

      5. Uta

        Am listening to the series for the third time and I would looove to hear what comes next!
        Thank you for writing such multifaceted characters and stories (I also love murder and mayhem).

      6. Well…there will be some fighting, some arguing and Kai will probably want to punch Ryder at some point 😀 Working thru the plot!

  2. Devony

    Yeah…not sure? lol my Meggy Wafel would have had words for me if that was how I took the blasted picture. *sighs* the avatar thingy must be having fun with me???or is just broken?
    Will go fiddle and see if I can get it right side up.
    …well if Kai wants more of his story told I have no doubt he will let you know;) hehe

  3. Denni

    Much as I enjoy all your stories, Kai is my favorite (so far). Hope he tells you more of his story soon *sad puppy eyes*

      1. May

        I would also buy the sequel for this book. I read a lot so it this persona and world was rather refreshing. Kudos!

      1. Leigh Perry

        Novellas are cool, true, but why not combine novellas-if that is how the character wants his story told-into a book? It’s certainly been done. I just finished the kindle edition of book 1, and have kindle book two. Plan of Kindle #3 soonest. PLEASE tell me the covers shown here, are the print covers? Much closer to Kai than the kindle covers-though, those are well done also. These would also make great graphic novels, if done right. Dont rush the story, take the time to follow the novels, with all the richness of detail.

      2. The covers done by McGrath… version 3 are the covers. The novella comment is an old one. 😀 I’m not in charge of anything other than writing the books 😀

  4. brooke

    Hi, just wanted to drop by and tell you I loved this book! Awesome world building and Kai is a great character! Can’t wait for more 🙂 Thank you!!

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    1. Heh. I just released a Cole book in March 😀

      There’ll be a Bobby book which follows up on Dirty Laundry. that should be in December. 😀

  6. Kerri

    I really hope we’re allowed to ask book questions here. I was re-reading this and while there are tons of things I want to know, I’m curious. How old is Kai exactly? We know he didn’t grow up as a normal child or even elfin would, but he doesn’t seem to know how old he is. But Dempsey being human and still alive, Kai can’t be too old can he? I made him 30 in my head. And is his cat really a goblin? Or part goblin? These are completely random factoids that I’m stuck on. Thanks in advance. Sorry if I posted in the wrong area!

    1. You are always welcome to ask me anything anywhere! 😀 Heh

      Kai doesn’t know how old he is. BUT that will be revealed. His father had him for a long time and could manipulate flesh so his age is a bit iffy. Mentally he’s between 25 and 30.

      Ah, Newt. As far as Kai knows, Newt is just a very small, grumpy cat D

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    1. Black Dog Blues has been picked up by Dreamspinner Pubs and will be re-released in May 😀 It’ll be back. Better and sleek 😀

  8. ns

    I can’t seem to find this book anywhere. It’s not even on the DS site. Where can I buy it from?

    1. It actually will be re-released by DSP in May! I’ll be re-doing the cover and everything *grins* It’s a part of their new Imprint! *hugs*

  9. Kira

    Black Dog Blues is one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I really really hope that you do a sequel! Every time I read it my mind tries to finish the story but I can’t picture the perfect ending! Please help by writing a sequel!! I am sure it will be an amazing novel!! 🙂

  10. crystal

    I was wondering. Have bought the first published black dog blues. Do I have to rebuy the new one. Did you make any big changes to the store? Loved the store and would hate to miss anything new in the store. Can’t wait for the sequel.

    1. No, please… it’s practically the same. Some small editing and what nots. I made the decision not to alter the book because I didn’t feel it was right to people who’d already purchased it… who’d then need to purchase it for new content. I’d rather focus on writing the sequel. *grins* Does that make sense? And I’m so happy you liked it! *HUGS*

  11. Morgan

    Just finish reading Black Dog blues. Can’t wait for the next one. I’m not usually a fan of the Fae but your story just pulled me in. Awesome world building.

  12. Jaimee

    I am personally begging you for a sequel….Just finished my third read and I am feening for more! I absolutely love Kai and Ryder together. Can we get a short? A prequel? Anything!

    1. I can tell you that things are in the works for a sequel and well, other things. *grins* ALSO! Greg Tremblay is working on the audiobook for Kai *cheers* So you will have that soon! Promise!

      I love Kai. He’s a great character to write for. *hugs*

  13. Ivy

    Hi Rhys, I love your books, can’t get enough….when will the audio book be released? I absolutely love them and can’t wait to listen to this one. I’ve listened to both the Sinners and Hellsingers series. Both narrators were awesome. Do you know who will be narrating this series? Thanks 😎

    1. Hi! And thank you! Greg Tremblay will be doing the audio book for Kai and he’s already started it. So it shouldn’t be too long. He did a great job in the snippet I heard. Soooo exciting 😀 I’ll post it on my blog when I know!

  14. Marie

    I just heard the audio for this book and it is great. I can’t wait to the next one. I will be looking for the paper book to have.

  15. Mary

    I have the e-book & just finished listening to Greg doing Kai for the audio book…..please, please we NEED a sequel. Love Kai & Ryder. Want to learn more about Kai’s family & what they did to him.

      1. Denni

        I stopped by for Kai news…and here it is (kinda)! A favorite character, I’m looking forward to more!

  16. Mary

    I realize that the cover pix is a combo of pix & painting, but who is that lovely creature who posed for Kai?

  17. Hey! Wondering if there evr could be like a crossover between Black Dog Blues and aink and Shadows. They kind of have the same universe. It would be so cool if they did!

    1. Ah no, they’re not in the same universe. Sadly. Or good for Kai? *grins* Ink is set in modern day San Diego and Kai’s in an Alternate Universe San Diego. But… we’ll have more Kai soon 😀

  18. Just bought this, and can’t wait to read it! Alas, I have to wait till schoolwork is done, which might be up to another two weeks, and had to hide my Kindle so I wouldn’t be tempted. I love your works, and have been slowly bit surely collecting them all~

  19. Dawn

    So excited for the next book. Is there an expected release date, or possibly a name for the next book?

  20. Niyx

    I just finished listening to this, and I’m always astounded by the good luck I’ve had with books on Audible. I’m so glad I found this book, and I’m very much looking forward to more of this series. It’s so well done. I usually only listen to books while I’m at work, but I ended up listening to it on the way home and then just laying about all evening to finish. This is such a fascinating world.

    1. Thank you so so much. The narrator, Greg Tremblay, is a God among men and such a sweetheart to work with. I really enjoyed his input and take on Black Dog Blues.

      I’m working on the second one so…. soooooon!

      1. Niyx

        Ahh! I just saw the preorder info for the next book, and I am so excited! Do you know if the audiobook will be released at the same time? I listen to BDB so much at work, and I can’t wait to have more about Kai’s world.

      2. Due to contractual restrictions and the nature of Audible, there are no same time releases for audio books 😀 Sadly. I know. 😀

  21. Jessica Russell

    Just like Niyx I typically listen at work and read at home, but this book could not be stopped. I cant wait to see more development with Kai and his neices. I staryed as a Sinners series fan and now Kai Gracen is taking the spotlight, or at least sharing.

  22. marsha loneagle

    Thanks to Audible sale, I discovered this wonderful book and a new author. Please keep writing! Off to read the third book by you. . . no second Kai book yet so I started the Dirty Kiss series. . . .*happy sigh*

  23. Tracie_Rathsack


    I stumbled onto Kai and his merry band of misfits courtesy of Audible. I really enjoyed the audio book and the VO actor had a good command of the different personalities.

    I read through all of the comments hoping I could find info on the second one but I think maybe it hasn’t been released?

    Also – this isnt my normal genre, but I really liked the fact it wasnt written for teens. I chew through those fairly quickly, usually in a couple hours (eion colfer),and they’re more for my 12 year old son than myself so thank you for that. I make a habit of reading what he brings home and this was a pleasant surprise!

    I am going to go Amazon your other works but I am curious – the Merge – im so interested in it. It was mentioned so much in the story that I hope the history of it will be visited more in coming books.

    Thanks again for introducing me to Kai, he’s perfectly imperfect!

    1. Hello and thank you!

      Kai 2 will be out next year and Greg is said to be onboard for any audio. And no, it’s definitely not for teens. I write for two imprints of Dreamspinner Press, its main line with gay mystery & paranormal thrillers / romance and also for DSP Publications, an LGBTQ focused genre imprint…which Kai is a part of.

      Ah, the Merge. We’ll be getting into that soon. I’m looking forward to exploring the setup and I”m truly glad you found Black Dog Blues and liked it.

      Thank you so so much!
      Rhys Ford

  24. Rochelle

    Just finished listening to this book and just LOVED it!!!

    I know how much it takes to write a book and get it all out into the world and I know some authors hate it when fans ask – when’s the next one, when’s the next one. So I won’t ask, I’ll just quietly sit here and wait patiently for it.

    I also just wanted to say that I also loved Murder and Mayhem as well. Squealed when I heard my name! I do hope there’s a sequel to this one, loved the banter between Rook and his grandfather.

    That’s about it – currently listening to Sloe Ride.

    oh just one more thing – um – when are the next ones out? 🙂

    1. Heh. All of those are next year *grins* They’re all work in progress. Sorta. Yeah, let’s go with that. I”m glad you like them! *HUGS*

  25. Whoot! Great news for a sequel 🙂 Loved the audio as well! (Listened AFTER reading, I do LOVE my reading.) Looking forward to all your releases next year.


  26. Lee Hanson

    So any updates on the next kai gracen book, been waiting forever or maybe it just seems that way. Loved fish stick Fridays and the sinners gin series.

  27. Katie

    I have read everything I can find by you. Can I please have more Kai, Dahlia and Newt now?

  28. Brigitte Caperton

    Not sure how I missed BDB, I thought I bought all of your books … but anyway, glad I found it! This book … wow. I love your world building, your characters and the unpredictable plots. Love the dialogues and the interactions. This is by far my favorite book of yours. Read it, finished at a time I should have been sleeping, and went right back to the beginning to start over, since I couldn’t stand to be parted from Kai and his crew. Pretty please, if I can sacrifice my sleep to read your stories, could you sacrifice some to write the sequel a bit faster? JK. Is there a title yet, so I can pre-order on Amazon??

    1. There is a title but it’s not up on Amazon yet 😀 If you follow my blog, watch for a link to the April State of the Rhys I’ll be posting on The Novel Approach *grins*

      Soooo much news.

      And some of it… about Kai 2 😀

  29. Tracie Rathsasck

    Well hot damn! And I just finished a couple other Greg Tremblay books – I like him (98%) so this should be great!

  30. MarieAntoinette

    Well daaaamnnnn Lady, you sure hooked me good, sighhh. There are so many interesting concepts here. And the tease is maddening, as it should be. (wicked grin) Would so love to have him bound to Ryder to override the other…..you know, just to be sure their tangles can’t catch him again….orrrr after he escapes them again. Oh yeah, I’m invested….LOL
    And Tremblay made your words take flight. I LOVE reading but the audio is sooo rich and what I need at night to sleep. Meaning I have to back up every day. Poor poor me…..LMAO
    Thank you Rhys.
    and yes that’s my real name…..shrug….LOL

    1. I am forever thankful to Greg for elevating what I write. He’s simply a great partner in the storytelling and I cannot ever express my gratitude for his talent. *hugs*

  31. I’ve been trying to restrict myself, but have lost count of the number of rereads of Kai’s books! So, definitely love what you’ve done with this story and this character. Kai is so unexpectedly thoughtful and sensitive, which is somewhat due to some of people around him but most of it comes from Kai himself. Any thoughts on how he turned out to be not like the rest of his family?

    1. Oh I have many thoughts *Grins* But that’s part of the story *chuckles evilly*

      Kai’s an interesting character to write. I really love playing in his world.

  32. Niyx

    I got MLM (audible.com) last week, and I haven’t stopped listening to it yet. It’s excellent and I’m so excited for the developments between Kai and Rider. I love how they TALKED and actually aired their issues. So good. Their relationship dynamic is absolutely one of my favorite types. (“If that happens, I’ll kill you. Because that’s what you’d want me to do to protect your court and your people.” kyaaa so good///////// )
    I know it’s early to be so eager, but I can’t wait for the third installment. This is such a great series.

      1. Brigitte Caperton

        *crosses out everything on Rhys’ schedule with black marker, except Kai III*

        Glad I could help.

        But yes, I too, would rather have the next Kai book than anything else.

  33. Read “Mad Lizard Mambo” instead of sleeping the day after I got it. No regrets at all.
    I adore the fact that the only dragons Kai finds sacred are still the ones tattooed on his body~

    Love, love, love those two, but I can’t wait to see whatever else you turn out this year, since I have spent all the money on (almost) all of your books.


      1. Kai is wonderful. Always. I love his sass and pretty much everything about him.
        (I may or may not have designed a tattoo I want because of Kai and Ryder :heart:)

        Just turned my brother onto these today ((:
        I love doing that to him; he returns the favor, too, but I get my way when I really push~ And I know he’ll love them, because they are amazing every time I read them –and I still chuckle at all the jokes 😉

  34. Jae

    Please start on Kai Gracen #3 ASAP! (lol! DOn’t mean to be demanding) I just re read BDB and MLM and I liked him even better the second time around. He really is a great character. And the supporting cast is top notch. I love your world building. How do you feel about fan fiction? I may have to write KG fanfiction until another official version comes out. 🙂 I was wondering if you have considered writing any more Kai shorts? I read the 3 available. I would love to read when Ryder met Kai, Kai visits his nieces, maybe more Kai and Jonas. I love their relationship. I have a Tanic question. Why did he go through the trouble to create a child like Kai only to torture him? And why did he accelerate his physical growth? He could have molded him into what ever tool he wanted if he had reared him from infancy, right? And that leads me to more gushing about Kai. That he is able to love, trust and bond to others is really remarkable. He should be a sociopath or totally shut down given his origins. So I love him even more because of his strength. If his only hang up is that he can’t sleep with someone he knows, that is pretty good! So please write a little KG until you have time to get around to the next novel. Dim Sum Asylum as its also urban fantasy ish may help hold me for a little bit. Happy writing! Think Kai! Think Kai. Kai. Kai. Kai. (grins)

    1. Snorts. Kai is on the schedule. That’s all I can promise you. I have a few books before I hit his next one but he is there.

      I am pretty stacked in but I’m going to try to get to him as soon as I can.

      Fanfic. Anyone can write what they like… I just can’t legally read it. *grins* Long legal stuff here. BUT that being said, I’m really happy Kai speaks to you and I really love writing him. xoxoxoxo

  35. Just finished re-reading the Kai Gracen series and absolutely can’t get enough! Such a beautiful world, well fleshed out characters, and that snark? Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for this delightful band of misfits!

    1. Aw thank you! *grins* I love writing Kai. He’s such a delight to play around with. Truly. I am so so glad you liked him and his world!

  36. Joy Touchstone

    Thou art a tease milady writer! And no clue as to when we will get Kai 3! Torture!

  37. JLT

    Just checking in on Kai Graven 3. Any idea of when next year it will come out? Also have you posted in more Kai snippets or shorts? You should consider a Patreon page. LOL! I would pay for more Kai why we waited and inside into him and his world.

      1. JLT

        Hi Rhys! merry Christmas! It’s almost “early next year” 2018! Kai coming? 🙂

  38. Every book I find from you is always my favourite. But these. Oh man these are more than just favourites from you, they just might be my favourites – full stop. It’s been donkeys’ years since I’ve had a new urban fantasy book/series to enjoy and these are just the thing.

    And Kai. Yeah, I see a pattern here – first Miki, then Kismet, Rook and now Kai. He is just a special kitten in all sorts of ways, and I adore him so much.


    1. Thank you so so much, love. I adore writing Kai. And well, the others too but Kai.. oh man… he’s my special kitteh. *HUGS*

      Smooches and love.

      1. JLT

        Has he moved up enough in the queue to have a tentative release date? Ignore previously posted note. It was a victim of autocorrect. Heh,

  39. Joyce Campbell

    I had to go to DPS(?) to get the first book. It wasn’t available in kindle format in Amazon. But so glad I did. The second was on sale so I still made out alright. It is hard to pay a lot for an unknown author. I am not a fan of bodice rippers and I could see that was a specialty. But this was just perfect, and thrilling. Your world building is spot on. You pull no punches when it comes to the story. If a person has to get eaten by a monster, then they do. It makes your books nail biting fun. I am now a fan and I am even eyeing the bodice rippers in your line up a bit. I look forward to more Kai.

  40. Hi and thank you for reaching out to me. I was quite alarmed to discover Black Dog Blues isn’t on Amazon as a Kindle because it should be. I have pinged the Publisher about it. Thank you for the information.

    I can say I’ve never before been slotted in the bodice ripper category *grins*. Ever. Probably because I write mostly mysteries, suspense and paranormal. And M/M at that so not a lot of bodices, mind you a nice bodice wouldn’t be amiss. There is a very dark contemporary in there though. I like playing the field.

    I hope you find something you enjoy. There is sexual content in most of my books, a few scenes although my DSP Publications ones do not contain any. Let me know if you find something you like.

    Once again, thank you for telling me about the Kindle lack. It’s been there for years so it’s strange that it fell out! <3

  41. Joyce Campbell

    Well, Bodice rippers to me have adventure, mayhem and a lot of sexual content. There is usually a naked six-pack on the cover. I do not enjoy a lot of sexual content. Lived that, don’t need it now. Flirting is great, adds tension. But he rammed what pole into where is boring at best. My opinion only. Lots of folks love the stuff in print. You are an exceptional writer. Your Kai series adds plant of tension just by the world and characters. Hope to see more.

  42. JLT

    Hi! Just checking in to see if we have any updates on Kai 3. Or snippets? Or short stories/scenes? Have you considered a patreon page? 🙂

  43. You should join my facebook group. 😀

    1. Yes. Kai 3 is on the queue.
    2. No snippets or anything because I write in linear form. From A-Z so I don’t piece-meal books. 😀 So I don’t have anything leftover.
    3. God no. I don’t have enough time for a Patreon page but I highly endorse supporting artists and authors who do. 😀

  44. I didn’t think I’d love anybody as much as Cole but Kai sneaked right in there! *Still love Cole though!* I just finished Mad Lizard Mambo and it was amazing!! I love the world you created! I’m going to attempt to wait patiently for the next, LOL! At least you’re generous enough to give us lots else to read while we wait, thanks for all the lovely stories! xx

  45. Tracey Hopkinson

    I know Kai 3 is in the queue and there is no point asking for a release date, although I’d dearly love to know. I’ve just read Mad Lizard Mambo (again, again) and I think Kai might actually be my favourite of your characters. It’s a close call with Sinjun and the other Sinner’s boys (and Deacon from Half Moon and Tristan from Hellsinger etc) but I just wanted to let you know I think he’s great and I’m really looking forward to the next book. I think your writing is awesome and I love your work. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much, love! Kai’s one of my favourites to write. He is just a delight to play with as a character. And yes, he is in the queue. I’m actually already formulating the plot for that book so…. he is in the back of my head ruminating. 😀 I’m kinda excited to see where this goes 😀

      Much love and thank you!

  46. Sarah

    If I wasn’t so sad rn I would of squealed when I just got your “Kai is on the Horizon ” email. So looking forward to reading the 3rd book.

  47. JLT

    Rhys I have a question about the Merge. Is it planet wide or just California? Are stalkers an international group? Has Kai ever left the US?

    Also wanted to give you a writer Kudo. When I took creative writing at the university the professor was always on about show don’t tell. Your writing is such an example of that. Any reader could describe Kai’s Personality and character because you are so good at using his actions and his relationships to reveal him to us. Big kudos. You don’t tell us who Kai is. You show us.

    1. Smooches! Good questions!

      It is planet wide. I just am focusing on the West Coast because well, it’s easy to get around. Not per se but there are stalkers in some capacity world-wide. Yes, Kai has. He’s been to Canada and Mexico.

      Oh thank you so much for your kind words about writing. I adore writing Kai and he’s pretty easy to write for. He’s a fantastic character to play with and I enjoy writing his books.


    1. I haven’t written it yet. It is next on my Q so you will see when I start. And you’ll probably see because I will begin swearing in Japanese or Hawaiian. It should be out later on this year. 🙂

  48. tykah

    im in love with the characters and the world you have built in these books! i have reread/listened to these books more times than i can count. i just stumbled across the dirty ring(tone)s and was wondering if you will ever consider doing one for this book series.

  49. Amy

    Just finished Dim Sum Asylum. What a fun book! Roku is now my 2nd favorite character (after Kai). I was curious if both he & Kai actually live in the same universe? It was easy to imagine Kai out there hunting & slaying while Roku’s busy keeping C-Town’s colorful population on the straight & narrow. 🙂

    1. Heh. No, Roku and Kai are different worlds but they’re both very action-focused. And a hell of a lot of fun to write! I’m really glad you like them!

  50. JLT

    Just checking in on Kai 3! I seriously can’t wait. I am hoping that everything flows so well that we get a book the likes of Game of THRONES in length and depth! Lol. Write well!

      1. JLT

        I actually love the tease. Lol! UST is the best!! And I like that Ryder hasmto earn it!

  51. Tracey Hopkinson

    Have just re-read the first two (again!) and have pre-ordered this one. I think Kai might be my favourite of all your boys – and that is really saying something, if you think about the competition….
    Love your work, thank you!

  52. R

    I’m so excited 3 is up for pre-order ( i’ve per ordered it) Kai is one of my favorite chara cters and i’m really excited theres a 3rd book coming!

  53. Sara

    Will Greg Tremblay narrate the audio version of Jacked Cat Jive? If yes, will that be out soon? He really makes you characters come to life!

    1. Yes. I don’t know. We never know when audiobooks come out because the production system is wonky. As soon as I know, I let everyone know 😀

  54. Jessica

    I just discovered the Kai Gracen series and love it! I had two questions. I tried to see if they were already answered, but I didn’t spot them above.
    1. Do you have an anticipated number of books for this story arc?
    2. There was a comment or two that suggested the elves went in for polyamorous relationships. I was wondering if I’m reading into things too much, or they are more fluid in their relationships?

    I am eagerly awaiting more of the Kai story. 🙂

    1. Hi and thank you for reaching out!


      I don’t have a number per se but I do have an arc. 😀 So we’ll see how that goes.

      and well, they are fluid but I think Kai is a bit more human in things… BUT keep in mind, Jonas is human and in a poly relationship. So, that’s all there.

      I hope to have book four out next year and thank you again!

  55. Melissa

    I just discovered Kai and am in the midst of binging, with enormous delight. You have such a gift for world building and for creating highly individual, memorable, fascinating characters. I had the Kindle version of BDB in my unread pile, and then discovered that the fabulous Greg Tremblay had done the audio so bought that immediately. He is SUCH a great narrator, creates such strong voices and brings everything he reads to life so very much better than the voice in my head does. I just wanted to thank you for these and say I can’t wait for whatever’s next!

  56. Patrick Jones

    I have fallen hard for this curmudgeon called Kai! I have inhaled all of your books, I then went back and slowly reread them. Your talent for characer building, not to mention world building, is phenomenal! I have sobbed, laughed, and ugly cried with your guys! I am waiting for Kai 4, which I know I will finish in one read the day it comes out! I’ll probably stay up all night and go to work the next day bleary eyed!

  57. Kathy Perrin

    Love Kai! More Kai please. Bk 3 so good, hope you’re doing bk 4 and that we won’t have to wait long. I’m keen to find out just what happened to the city, what was it Kai swore about!

    1. Jessica

      Becouse at the start of the book Raider tells Kai that if the land and the people reacted more possitively to his cousin he would give it all up to him, since Raiders greatest priority is his peoples wellbeing. But now after just one kiss the land reacted to Kai and Raiders connection, making huge changes in seconds. Raider always believed that Kai would one day be a bridge between the raices, so having some proof that he belone in the court, ofcourse Kai will panic. :3

  58. Joy

    Just finished the audio book for Jacked Cat Jive! Even though I had read the book, I LOVE the audiobook because of Greg! That was how I first found the series! Any way, I wanted to ask will we see Bannon again? I love her! You write such great women characters. I love Cari, Alexa, Talia and now Bannon! Kai, though has my heart. Ryder can.t have home because I want him! Lol. But seriously, Kai and the people you surround him with- Ryder, Jonas. Are all great. And I love Newt. I have so many wishes and expectations for Kai 4! My wish list: More Bannon, more about Kai who was his mother, more Jonas, more Newt, more black pearl dragons, more Kai and his growing magic, lots of pages! Lol. And I sort of want to meet the Lord of the Hunt himself! But he can’t have Kai!

  59. Jim Schmitt

    Just finished Jacked Cat Jive and had to leave a big thank you. I read tons and enjoy a lot of it but there are just a few characters out there that turn into huge favorites… Jory and Sam from Mary Calmes, Bear and Otter from TJ Klune and Kai and Ryder from your fantastic series. It was such a delight to see the book when I desperately needed to escape for a bit with some good friends.

  60. Layla

    I read a lot of urban fantasy. It’s my favorite genre and I’ll read anything: forget LGBTQ– I love the entire alphabet . And while I am not the fastest reader out there, I still finish a little over 200 books a year.

    By the time I finished Black Dog Blues this series was in second place to a series I have literally read a dozen times and consider my all time favorite. Vaulting over all the dozens of other series I’ve read and am still reading. That includes every single title in any ‘Top 50 Urban Fantasy” lists. Jacked Cat Jive only reinforced my love of this series. And made me go read anything else you’ve written that’s paranormal or fantasy related. You have a gift. Truly. Thank you for sharing it.

    1. awww thank you so so much! I am glad you’re enjoying them. I’m working on Book 4 now. 😀 Thank you for reaching out to me! That is so sweet! xoxo

  61. Angie

    Hi! I’m a huge fan of yours *blushes*! I actually came looking to see if Book 4 is in my future, but while I’m here can I just tell you how in awe I am of your writing? And also, wow, the things that crawl out of your mind! I’ve listened to the audible versions, and adore the narrator, too. Perfect.
    Ok , I’m waiting patiently for Kai #4.
    Bye bye

    1. Awww thank you! And yes, book 4 is in your future! I am just wrapping it up! So…. soon! Ah, and Greg Tremblay is my beloved narrator! Isn’t he awesome! xoxo

      1. Kathy Perrin

        Bk 4 soon? Oh I live in hope! I can’t wait to find out the next excitement in Kai’s life. He and Ryder are exciting,

      2. errantknight

        That is good news! I just spent the weekend reading the first three books and am eager to read the 4th! Such an interesting world. Also, I really hope Kai eventually carves his father into tiny, tiny pieces, and none too quickly.

  62. Michelle Sloane-Loetzke

    I am soooo happy that I didn’t discover this series until a few weeks ago and have since burned through it. I just finished “Jacked Cat Jive” (love me some Greg!) and am hopeful that my wait for book four might not be quite as long as other fans’. So many cliffhangers!!
    “Ramen Assassin” was the first thing by you that I read and Kai will certainly not be the last.
    Please keep up the amazing work.

  63. Dawn

    Loved Silk Dragon Salsa. As always, Kai is a wonderful character and Ryder compliments his personality beautifully. I’m already eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. Thanks for all your hard work.

  64. Sue C

    The audio for Silk Dragon Salsa is my first audio for 2021 – I love this series, the world building is amazing, the characters so well developed, it’s easy to get lost in the story.
    Your writing is awesome and I hope we see more Kai in the future.
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous world with us. ❤

  65. Oh thank you so much. Isn’t Greg fantastic? I simply adore him and he’s so talented. Best baby brother ever. 😀 Heh. I adopted him as my own. Much like a Newt.

  66. Kitty H.

    Is it weird that I keep casually checking back now and again for any news on book five? Because GOOD GRIEF I promise that just because I can read the 4 existing books in one sitting doesn’t mean I don’t understand the labor required to allow us to hang out in that world again.

    That knowledge doesn’t appease the imagination ferrets in my brain who are clamoring for new Kai Gracen content, however, but I solemnly swear to no specific deity that I keep the Mental Rabid Weasel Wardance™ to a minimum by rereading everything else you’ve written.

    I adore your writing style and I love your world building and I’m not saying I have a D&D character based on Kai but that’s exactly what I’m saying and I hope he one day achieves the level of sass that Kai embodies.

    Thank you so much for your stories. 🥰

    ::Side Note:: I apologize if this comment appears more than once. Google keeps throwing an error when I try to log in. 😤

    1. Awwww thank you so so much. Heh. I swear Kai is on my radar. I’ve already got the opening scene and am building in my head the plot. We’re at a delicate “reboot” point in his life and I’m hoping to show the reader more of how Kai is viewed by the outside world… because you know, he’s an unreliable, snarky kind of an asshole narrator 😀 I hope you are having fun with D&D! God I loved playing. We had a very long standing group but everyone moved out of state nearly all at the same time and after almost 2 decades, I felt like I was cheating by making a new group 😀

      And always embrace your Weasel Wardance. Sometimes they are the best part of the day. xoxo

      1. Kitty H.

        The squeak of excitement that I let out about you plotting out the next phase of Kai’s existence startled the cat bad enough for her to knock my coffee into my lap as she scrambled away from me. So that’s how my afternoon is going. 😂

        My Player 2 and I are part of a couple of groups but our main gaming group has been together for almost 20 years. Unfortunately, since it’s been the apocalypse recently, we haven’t been able to game in person so we have moved to online. I will always prefer sitting around a table but we still have a grand time.

        If you want to still game with your old crew, I recommend roll20.com for the game maps/tokens etc (both free and paid versions are worth it) and dndbeyond.com for a centralized location for character sheets that the DM can keep track of that is very user friendly.

        It doesn’t matter if y’all aren’t living close, Roll20 has Skype integrated for voice and webcam so you can see and hear each other and both Roll20 and D&D Beyond have virtual dice options. Vo have an adventure! 🤩

  67. Louise M.

    Fantastic Series!! Just finished re-reading these 4 books and was just as good as the first time I read them!!! I really do hope that there will be sequels to this. 🙂
    All the characters were so great, especially Kai & Ryder, I even adore Newt!

      1. Hellga

        Just wanted to let you know that Kai Gracen series is amazing and I don’t even care that it’s more of an urban fantasy than an m/m romance (since I hail from that side of the isle). The world building is so rich and unique, the characters are flawed, real and very relatable, the plot is tightly woven and still manages to surprise me at every turn. I cannot believe it has been 4 books already, but story is going very strong with no end in sight.
        In short, thank you for sharing your talent and power of your imagination with us. It is a hell of a ride and I am honored to be taken along.

  68. Jolene (she/her)

    I love this series I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve relistened to it on my long days driving trucking by far my most favorite books I can not wait till the next book comes out🤞🤞

  69. Mellanie Rourke

    I’ve read most of your other work, but just found the Kai Gracen series! Absolutely LOVE it! Please don’t stop!

  70. Kathy

    Here we are entering our 6th lockdown for Covid and I could really do with an update on Kai Gracen and his future adventures. I’ve just been listening to Black Dog Blues once again. I keep replaying them pretty soon I’ll be able to recite them to myself! So …. when can we look forward to the next adventure, please?

    1. Well I just had a medical procedure done this past Monday so, I’m a bit under the weather 😀 I do have plans for Kai because you know Silk Dragon Salsa left him upside down and turned inside out. I hope you stay safe and most of all, take care of yourself! I promise, you’ll get more Kai.

  71. Angelika Braun

    First of all I have to apologize – I am no native speaker/writer. I hope you are better and please stay healthy in this crazy time.
    I am a real fan of Kai and the world of Underhill/Earth but the end of book 4 makes book 5 really important. Don’t you think so too? So I hope for at least another book with Kai and Ryder (even the Court has a mind of his own – I REALLY love it)

    1. Oh yes, I cannot wait to write the next book. There will be several more and oh, Kai… it’s going to get really crazy fun. Thank you for liking him and reaching out. I appreciate it. You stay safe! xoxo

      1. Tina

        Hi I just finished reading the fourth book and I loved it! It was so good to finally see them together! I do have a question though, don’t know if it’s the right place to ask, do they switch positions? I always pictured Ryder being a little more dominant on bed, but it was good to see Kai finally accepting the love that was offered.

        (If this isn’t the right place for this you can delete it! -thanks!)

  72. Those are good questions and yes, they are… equals 😀 You’ll see a lot more of their relationship as it grows in the fifth book.

  73. Layla

    I am desperate for an update on when the next book may be out? I love this series. It started me on Urban LGBTQ and is still one of my top favorites of ALL TIME (not just LGBTQ).

  74. Dan

    So ready for the next book. I got my mom sucked into the series. We sat and listened to the Audiobooks on the weekend. Greg Tremblay is amazing. So excited hope all is well in general. Love your work

  75. Hi Rhys,
    I absolutely love Kai and his family. The books are reread regularly. Since it’s been two years since the last book, and the longest you’ve had between Kai books is three years, do you happen to have any idea of which year book five will be out? Please? (since you’ve let it slip there is planning for a fifth book).
    Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you. Sadly, I have been damned by a serious health crisis that has knocked me quite down. I am going in for my hopefully last surgery this Thursday and once that is done and healed, I”m hoping to get back into things. It’s been a very long and painful few years with a LOT of drugs that I’m so very glad to leave behind. So, wish me luck and oh yes, I have plans for Kai.

  76. Sending you many healing thoughts (and the entirely selfish wish that Kai’s story compels you to write more of it down Very Soon (just embarked on a “this semester is kicking my butt so time to break out some high distracting re-reading” re-read of the series today…)

  77. Kathy

    Huge fan of Kai and wondering if you’ve managed to think about the next book, yet? I really would like to find out what Sabbac has to do with Kai after his last adventure and finding the sigil of her clan in Dempsey’s things. I have my own ideas but can’t wait to have facts from the source! I would really like to see that old fae get her come uppance from Kai and Ryder, I dislike that ‘woman’!! Old biddy needs to be bought down! And so does Tanek and Valen!

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