Wow… I’ve been busy….

Okay and still a little bit sick.

I don’t know what it is about this illness but it’s not shaking me loose at all.

First off, I want to thank everyone who came out to the Los Angeles Festival of Books. It was awesome seeing all of you and a huge thank you for all of the authors who joined us that weekend.

We ate much. Laughed hard. And well, in Paul Richmond’s case, coloured extensively.

I actually am going to be going through the paperbacks I have this week so I can figure out what I have to giveaway. So that’s like housework with books. I need to clean out a bunch of shelves and really locate things because I’ve got a box of books someplace. I just know it.

Dim Sum Asylum is set to hit the internet in three weeks. One of the leading suggestions for the blog tour is a supernatural creature feature alongside a street food recipe… but not combining the two. So no… merrow dumplings.

What do you all think? Wanna learn how to make kal-bi and carne asada?

Food! Er… Soup. Maybe.

Hello everyone!
 
I made it into work today for a few hours. Nothing horrifically brain-taxing because well, I stood next to my car wondering what I’d done with my tea as I switched the cup from one hand to the next.
 
Starbucks has a new frapp out. Midnight Mint and apparently S’mores is back. See? I’ve turned into Teen Vogue. The chocolate one looks interesting. And probably enough sugar to send my heart pounding out of my chest.
 
Tonight’s dinner might be…. soup. Or rice. Or maybe a lot of rice and a little bit of soup. Nothing too taxing.
 
What’s on the menu for everyone else?

Apologies…

First off, my apologies for being AWOL. I came back from the LA Times Festival of Books with the most horrific of flus and right now am kind of stumbling through life.

I am really brain dead at the moment. But I wanted to share this with you. This offer is good for ALL DSP sites and goes until April 30th!

From Elizabeth North, owner of Dreamspinner Press

Last Friday, credit card processing was shut off on our site by the underwriters of Dreamspinner Press‘s merchant account because of our content. After 10 years of business with them, we weren’t even notified. To have it reinstated, we had to justify what we sell. Our representative at Bank of America went to bat for us, or we would have had no recourse.

We won our appeal, and I’m celebrating this small victory in a much bigger fight.

Thank you for supporting us for 10 years. Our authors and readers are what make Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications, Harmony Ink Press what we are, and we will continue to fight and celebrate with you.

A special thank you to Anne Regan, Rhys Ford, Andrew Grey, Bru Baker, Paul Richmond, and Jake Wells who were with me at the LA Times Festival of Books last weekend, hugged me, and let me rant.

Lynn Flewelling, Author of the Nightrunner Series, Needs Our Help.

UPDATE: Lucky has reached his goal! Thank you so very much for your generous donations.

From Lynn: Vet called at 2:30 am to say the Lucky is stabilized and so far not sign of kidney failure. He’ll be with our vet for at least a few days. Thank you all who have donated so quickly and generously. I am so grateful.

Lucky I comfortable staying at the ER for fluids tonight and more at the vet tomorrow. Sorry the updates are sparse. Soon after we left Lucky at the ER I came down with a nasty stomach flu and have been bed ridden myself. I think I have a psychic link with my kitty.

No more donations needed! You all are so wonderful. I thank you and Lucky and my family thank you. This has been a miracle, and saved our boy’s life.

Lucky and Lynn need our help.

Lucky’s GoFundMe can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/LuckyMedFund

Morning or afternoon (whenever the case may be),

Lynn Flewelling needs our help. For those of you who don’t know who Lynn is, she is one of the key seminal authors in the high/urban fantasy wave whose main characters were LGBT. Seregil and Alec were like a godsend to me because I found Lynn’s depiction of them refreshing and welcome. They’re heros of the realm, who just happen to be in love with one another.

Or rather, began to fall in love with one another.

Lynn, along with a few others like Elizabeth Abbey, Andrew Offutt, Gael Baudino, Mercedes Lackey and Janet Morris, and Chris Morris, paved the way for where we walk now. They literally laid down the stones for us. I fully believe we would not be where we are without the battles she and others fought to bring LGBT characters to life and onto our bookshelves.

She has put writing aside for a bit to chase after a long-held dream, becoming a therapist and helping others work through the problems plaguing their hearts and minds. Still, like many authors, she has a cat… Lucky.

And Lucky needs our help. So if you are able to find a few dollars tucked away, PLEASE consider sending them Lynn’s and Lucky’s way. It would mean the world to them both and well, she truly is an author who opened a whole new world to me.

Also, if you can, spread the word. There are so many of us who have read Lynn’s writing and well, I know we can help them out.

If you’ve not read Lynn’s groundbreaking books, The Nightrunner Series, go grab them and really savor the experience. It’s a fantastic fantasy read. (https://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Flewelling/e/B001H6OHSW/)

LA Times Festival of Books & Dreamspinner Press! April 22-23, 2017 | USC Campus | FREE ADMISSION

For the first time ever, Dreamspinner Press will be at The LA Times Festival of Books! Please come visit Bru Baker, Nicki Bennett, Tara Lain, Andrew Grey, Eric Shaw Quinn, me (Rhys Ford) and the Dreamspinner Staff at Booth 168! Check the booth’s signing schedule to meet and chat with attending authors.

There are a wide variety of events, food trucks, stages, signings and so many books as well as authors at the Festival.

Take a look at the schedule, find a conversation or stage event you’d love to attend, wander around but most of all, come have a great time! Read about the festival and its events here: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

 

Dreamspinner Press
Booth: 168
Dreamspinner Press is an international publisher of gay romance in print and eBook formats, as well as audiobooks and translations in eleven languages. Dreamspinner’s catalog includes over 3,000 titles by over 500 authors. Imprints include Harmony Ink Press (LGBTQ+ Teen and New Adult fiction) and DSP Publications (specialty genre fiction).

 

LAST Blog Stop on the There’s This Guy Blog Tour is Prism Book Alliance!!

Today’s Blog Tour Stop for today is: Prism Book Alliance 

So for this tour, I’m giving each blog two or three black and white mandala illustrations to colour in anyway you as the reader would like…and a chance to win a $10 or $15 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice (hopefully for crayons or books :D).

But there’s a $50 gift certificate bonus prize! Three easy steps:
1. Colour in ONE of the illustrations (either print out or computer)
2. Take a picture of the completed drawing
3.
Send the picture in to rhysford(at)vitaenoir(dot)com by 30 March 2017 and be entered to win.

All entries will be displayed and the winner will be randomly selected. All entries must be in to Rhys Ford by 30 March 2017 to be entered. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen on April 7th.

Good luck, hit the blogs to get all the colouring pages and enter to win!

There’s This Guy Blog Tour

March

15        MM Good Book Reviews
15        It’s About the Book
16        Joyfully Jay
17        The Novel Approach
19        Boy Meets Boy Reviews
21        Sinfully Gay Romance
22        Prism Book Alliance 

And on March 17, a BONUS exclusive excerpt to be posted at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford,
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Purchase There’s This Guy at:
Dreamspinner Press (https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/theres-this-guy-by-rhys-ford-8288-b),
Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Theres-This-Guy-Rhys-Ford-ebook/dp/B06WWC3D1X/)
And other fine bookstores.

Today’s Blog Stop on the There’s This Guy Blog Tour is at Sinfully Gay Romance!

Today’s Blog Tour Stop for today is: Sinfully Gay Romance

So for this tour, I’m giving each blog two or three black and white mandala illustrations to colour in anyway you as the reader would like…and a chance to win a $10 or $15 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice (hopefully for crayons or books :D).

But there’s a $50 gift certificate bonus prize! Three easy steps:
1. Colour in ONE of the illustrations (either print out or computer)
2. Take a picture of the completed drawing
3.
Send the picture in to rhysford(at)vitaenoir(dot)com by 30 March 2017 and be entered to win.

All entries will be displayed and the winner will be randomly selected. All entries must be in to Rhys Ford by 30 March 2017 to be entered. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen on April 7th.

Good luck, hit the blogs to get all the colouring pages and enter to win!

There’s This Guy Blog Tour

March

15        MM Good Book Reviews
15        It’s About the Book
16        Joyfully Jay
17        The Novel Approach
19        Boy Meets Boy Reviews
21        Sinfully Gay Romance
22        Prism (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)

And on March 17, a BONUS exclusive excerpt to be posted at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford,
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Purchase There’s This Guy at:
Dreamspinner Press (https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/theres-this-guy-by-rhys-ford-8288-b),
Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Theres-This-Guy-Rhys-Ford-ebook/dp/B06WWC3D1X/)
And other fine bookstores.

Today’s Blog Stop on the There’s This Guy Blog Tour is at Boy Meets Boy Reviews!

Today’s Blog Tour Stop for today is: Boy Meets Boy Reviews

So for this tour, I’m giving each blog two or three black and white mandala illustrations to colour in anyway you as the reader would like…and a chance to win a $10 or $15 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice (hopefully for crayons or books :D).

But there’s a $50 gift certificate bonus prize! Three easy steps:
1. Colour in ONE of the illustrations (either print out or computer)
2. Take a picture of the completed drawing
3.
Send the picture in to rhysford(at)vitaenoir(dot)com by 30 March 2017 and be entered to win.

All entries will be displayed and the winner will be randomly selected. All entries must be in to Rhys Ford by 30 March 2017 to be entered. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen on April 7th.

Good luck, hit the blogs to get all the colouring pages and enter to win!

There’s This Guy Blog Tour

March

15        MM Good Book Reviews
15        It’s About the Book
16        Joyfully Jay
17        The Novel Approach
19        Boy Meets Boy Reviews
21        Sinfully Gay Romance (http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/)
22        Prism (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)

And on March 17, a BONUS exclusive excerpt to be posted at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford,
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Purchase There’s This Guy at:
Dreamspinner Press (https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/theres-this-guy-by-rhys-ford-8288-b),
Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Theres-This-Guy-Rhys-Ford-ebook/dp/B06WWC3D1X/)
And other fine bookstores.

Today’s Blog Stop on the There’s This Guy Blog Tour is The Novel Approach! Bonus Stop at Book Reviews & More by Kathy!

Today’s Blog Tour Stop for today is: The Novel Approach

AND a BONUS exclusive excerpt to be posted at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

So for this tour, I’m giving each blog two or three black and white mandala illustrations to colour in anyway you as the reader would like…and a chance to win a $10 or $15 gift certificate to the e-tailer of your choice (hopefully for crayons or books :D).

But there’s a $50 gift certificate bonus prize! Three easy steps:
1. Colour in ONE of the illustrations (either print out or computer)
2. Take a picture of the completed drawing
3.
Send the picture in to rhysford(at)vitaenoir(dot)com by 30 March 2017 and be entered to win.

All entries will be displayed and the winner will be randomly selected. All entries must be in to Rhys Ford by 30 March 2017 to be entered. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen on April 7th.

Good luck, hit the blogs to get all the colouring pages and enter to win!

There’s This Guy Blog Tour

March

15        MM Good Book Reviews
15        It’s About the Book
16        Joyfully Jay
17        The Novel Approach
19        Boy Meets Boy Reviews (https://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.com/)
21        Sinfully Gay Romance (http://sinfullymmbookreviews.blogspot.com/)
22        Prism (http://www.prismbookalliance.com)

And on March 17, a BONUS exclusive excerpt to be posted at Book Reviews & More by Kathy

There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford,
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Purchase There’s This Guy at:
Dreamspinner Press (https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/theres-this-guy-by-rhys-ford-8288-b),
Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Theres-This-Guy-Rhys-Ford-ebook/dp/B06WWC3D1X/)
And other fine bookstores.