Racing to an End just so I can… start another End

I’ve got about another 35K or so left to do on 415 Ink. Or at least I hope so because the book has to end. All books have to end. Or at least the writing part of them should. I believe the best books are written as if the reader is sliced into the characters’ lives at a certain point and then end at a satisfying enough point the reader is okay with the writer leaving them there BUT they know the story—those lives—continue on.

Or at least that’s what motivates me while I write.

So as I tighten up the threads I untangled for Rebel, 415 Ink’s first book, I have to look at what will be another ending for me… the final Sinners book.

I have mixed feelings about ending this series. Unlike Cole’s last book, there probably will be no going back to Miki and Kane. I might do an off the cuff novella about Con and Forest to wrap up a couple of loose ends but the core central couple of M&K will be finished at the end of Sin and Tonic.

It’s not bittersweet. Not yet. It might be at the end of S&T’s word count when I’m stabbing the last few words out on the keyboard and moving the cat’s ass so I can hit the shift button.

I probably will go back to the same music I listened to in Sinners for the soundtrack while writing S&T. We’ll see. 415 Ink has a shit ton of Soundgarden, Toadies, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and then a bunch of pounding classic rock like Whole Lotta Love, Black Betty, and others. Music flavours words for me. I need that spice in the back of my head while I write. It also helps me focus.

Someone asked me… well more than a few someones… they ask about what KIND of music Sinners/Crossroads play. My answer always is; I can’t answer that. I never will answer that. Their music should be a personal choice for the reader. An intimate selection of sound to flavour the words I’ve written for the band. You have to decide that for yourself, find the beat you need for those words to come alive. However, I do have a good idea on what Miki looks like on stage…or rather how he comes alive there.

So, I’m going to leave you with Hyde and his band, Vamps, so I can contemplate endings, words and probably move yet another cat ass intruding on my keyboard.

Stuff and Things

I keep thinking about blog posts and what to write in this space. It’s hard sometimes because there’s the “author” face and well, there’s real life.

Real life happens. And right now I’m rambling as I think of what to say here. Wording is hard. There are times when it is difficult to find the flavour of what I’m saying. And then there’s the stupid things that intrude on my mind when I’m writing… an irritation because the world presses in.

I’ve had a kink under my right shoulder blade for about a week. It’s driving me insane because the tightness can’t unlock. That’s a constant annoyance because it feels like something I could get rid of if I just turned the right way. Like a lock pick on my bones and muscles.

I’m also going to expand on some ink. I have to go talk to Rob down at Flying Panther  to work on a piece he did nearly two decades ago. Which is crazy. I need to get it started way before I go home to visit my mom in Hawai’i because it’s got to be healed enough so I can get into the water. Which is kind of funny because my daith piercing wasn’t healing (the first time I’d done it) until I went swimming at Four Miles and then after that, it was all… ah, salty home waters!

Go figure. But no sense chancing that.

Working on a contemporary now… the first book in the 415 Ink series and it’s a lot easier not to kill someone in this. So maybe I’m just all murdery in Los Angeles.

Whatcha all up to? It’s freaking hot here but today it’s heading back down to the 70s and next week will be downright chilly… kind of awesome because I like writing in colder weather.

 

Writing 415 Ink and Editing Tramps and Thieves

Double….um.. I was going to say fisting but those aren’t the kind of books I write. So let’s just say tag teaming. Sort of.

A fourth way into the first book of the 415 Ink series and the edits for Murder 2 came in so it means a brain shift and voice alteration… which is a pain in the ass because it’s hard to fall into the noir if I’m entrenched in another tone.

So… music. There’s always certain songs or themes I listen to when writing. This helps me focus. For Tramps and Thieves, a lot of pure vocals and dirty music. Blues dirty. Rasp.

Here’s a track from the selection I listen to while writing Rook and Dante, it’s Lindi Ortega and her cover of Folsom Prison Blues.

 

Breathing… Again! And Greg Tremblay will be Narrating Dim Sum Asylum!

So as we’ve just come off the release of Dim Sum, I’d like to extend a hearty thank you to everyone’s who has purchased a copy and to all those who left a review on Amazon or on a blog. I am very greateful for your support.

I have been asked for Bob the Cat t-shirts and yes, they will be coming as soon as I have a moment to scrape one up.

EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NEWS….

Dim Sum Asylum has entered the studio! Greg Tremblay has started recording the book and I’ll be sharing a snippet of that as soon as I can. As soon as it is DSP and DoodleCat approved!

Rhys Ford’s Dim Sum Asylum Giveaway and FINAL Blog Tour Stop is The Novel Approach.


The Dim Sum Asylum Blog Tour is now on!
And today’s stop is: The Novel Approach

AND….

Follow the whole story on the Dim Sum Asylum Tour:

June 1 
Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 2 
Sinfully Gay Reviews
June 5 
MM Goodbook Reviews
June 6 
Joyfully Jay
June 7 
It’s About the Book
June 8 
Love Bytes
June 9 
The Novel Approach

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Available NOW at
Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores

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.

 

Rhys Ford’s Dim Sum Asylum Giveaway and Blog Tour Stop #6 is Love Bytes

The Dim Sum Asylum Blog Tour is now on!
And today’s stop is: Love Bytes

Follow the whole story on the Dim Sum Asylum Tour:

June 1 
Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 2 
Sinfully Gay Reviews
June 5 
MM Goodbook Reviews
June 6 
Joyfully Jay
June 7 
It’s About the Book
June 8 
Love Bytes
June 9 
The Novel Approach

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Available on June 9 at
Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores

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.

 

Rhys Ford’s Dim Sum Asylum Giveaway and Blog Tour Stop #5 is It’s About the Book

The Dim Sum Asylum Blog Tour is now on!
And today’s stop is: It’s About the Book

Follow the whole story on the Dim Sum Asylum Tour:

June 1 
Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 2 
Sinfully Gay Reviews
June 5 
MM Goodbook Reviews
June 6 
Joyfully Jay
June 7 
It’s About the Book
June 8 
Love Bytes
June 9 
The Novel Approach

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Available on June 9 at
Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores

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.

 

Rhys Ford’s Dim Sum Asylum Giveaway and Blog Tour Stop #4 is Joyfully Jay

The Dim Sum Asylum Blog Tour is now on!
And today’s stop is: Joyfully Jay

Follow the whole story on the Dim Sum Asylum Tour:

June 1 
Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 2 
Sinfully Gay Reviews
June 5 
MM Goodbook Reviews
June 6 
Joyfully Jay
June 7 
It’s About the Book
June 8 
Love Bytes
June 9 
The Novel Approach

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford
Available on June 9 at
Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores

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.