Hellion Blog Tour is On! Final Stop is at It’s About The Book! And It’s Release Day!

Hellion drops TODAY on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s stop is at It’s About the Book!!!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Fourth Stop is at Boy Meets Boy Reviews!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at Boy Meets Boy!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Third Stop is at The Blogger Girls!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at The Blogger Girls!!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! If you want to participate in the AMA at Joyfully Jays, be sure to join the group and answer the questions to be approved. It’s just a Captcha to make sure you’re… well, you know… not a robot.

Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! Second Post is at Love Bytes!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at Love Bytes!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! If you want to participate in the AMA at Joyfully Jays, be sure to join the group and answer the questions to be approved. It’s just a Captcha to make sure you’re… well, you know… not a robot.

Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Hellion Blog Tour is On! First Post is at The Joyfully Jay!

Hellion drops on Sept 17th! God, hard to believe Ivo’s story is finally going to hit the shelves but it’s almost here. So of COURSE, there’s a blog tour.

Today’s (sorta) stop is at Joyfully Jay!

Be sure to hit up all of the blog stops for snippets from a young Ivo’s life with his brothers. Also, there’s giveaways at every stop so enter while you’re there! If you want to participate in the AMA at Joyfully Jays, be sure to join the group and answer the questions to be approved. It’s just a Captcha to make sure you’re… well, you know… not a robot.

Be sure to hit up every stop!

Sept
11        The Joyfully Jays Facebook Group
12        Joyfully Jay
13         Love Bytes
15         The Blogger Girls
16         Boy Meets Boy
17         It’s About the Book

Hellion by Rhys Ford
From the moment SFPD Detective Ruan Nicholls meets Ivo Rogers, he knows the tattoo artist is going to bring chaos to his neat, orderly life. A hellion down to the bone, Ivo is someone Ruan not only doesn’t understand, he’s not even sure he needs to. Everything about Ivo is vibrant, brash, cocky, and arrogant, and Ruan wants no part of him.

Or at least that’s the lie he tells himself when he damps down his desire for the social wild child life tosses into his path.

For Ivo Rogers, life revolves around two things—his family and 415 Ink, the tattoo shop he co-owns with his four brothers. His family might be stitched together by their battle scars from growing up in foster care, but their brotherhood is tight—and strong enough to hold Ivo together during the times when he falls apart.

Now Ivo faces a new challenge when he falls for a cop with an old-school mentality on how a man looks and acts. Ruan is the promise of a life Ivo thought he’d never have, but their clashing perspectives threaten any chance of a relationship. Being the family’s hellion makes it easy to be misunderstood, yet Ivo has faith Ruan will not only embrace who he is but love him as well.

Purchase Links
Dreamspinner https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hellion-by-rhys-ford-10757-b

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RPVN5VR/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hellion-5

Things to Note When Signing a Publication Contract

As a gentle reminder…
 
Read and understand the terms of your contracts.
 
Understand copyrights. This includes art, photos and all other intellectual properties.
 
Understand that you as an author are making a percentage of the NET monies generated by your book. The rest of it is not yours. It belongs to the publisher (or if self-pubbed, Amazon and / or Smashwords, etc) to do with as they wish. Usually this goes to infrastructure, salary and other payouts.
 
Get up to speed on when certain payouts happen as they might change based on which third party is issuing funds. These are very different depending on where the monies are coming from (Amazon, non-US Amazon, mass-market distribution, audiobooks, brick and mortar bookstores, etc.) Know when the quarter payouts hit and who is paying them out.
 
Become aware of any opt-outs offered to you. Ask what resuming your full rights are. By law, the publisher owns everything other than your submission document. Some publishers might require a buyout in order for you to get your formatted and edited document and your cover art. What this means is that you’re reimbursing them the costs of producing your book. Some publishers are generous and will revert your rights to you and give you the final edit and cover or just the final edit. You may or may not get it formatted for publication as an ebook. Buying out audiobooks and translations will cost an additional amount. Be very aware of what you want back and what you want to pay for.
 
Understand the timelines required for publishing a novel and other pieces. As well as the timelines to take these down from third parties. Usually this is 30 days or sometimes more.
 
Why am I bringing this up? Because when you understand what your contractual rights are for your intellectual property, you have a firm knowledge of what your options are.
 
I’m not advocating, endorsing or speaking against anything with this post. This is simply a reminder to examine your rights and know what you’re getting into or out of.

Adulting Up Today And Shutting Down The Cancel Culture

Adulting Up Today

I’ve got a lot of stuff to do and in the middle of this tussle between opinions about one thing or another, I’m finding myself drifting away from the things I NEED to be doing. Yeah, I’ve been sick and I am a horrible patient when sick. I know this about myself. I just want to burrow down under the covers, sip hot sweet black tea with Chinese lemon peel in it and growl when the mailman is too loud delivering mail. But sadly, that’s not possible in my world.

Because no one’s going to pay my rent but me.

I’ve said my piece about where I stand on the state of my publisher and have been consistent in my message of One Size Does Not Fit All with regards to what I am choosing and what other people choose to do. I encourage people to look at their contracts, decide what’s best for them and do what they need to do for themselves. I even support them in that if their choices are different from mine. Because you know, that’s the adulting part of adulthood. It’s okay if someone doesn’t like coffee and likes tea instead. It doesn’t change what’s in my cup.

But what I’ve been seeing out in social media is a call to ‘cancel’ people who disagree with different authors regarding a variety of things.

This is different from boycotting a product for social awareness. Keep that in mind. They are two very different things. One is about affecting change for societal growth and the other is about punishing an individual or company who is conducting their own personal business as best they can.

Canadian journalist, Connor Garel described cancel culture as a ‘makeshift digital contract wherein people loosely agree not to support a person (especially economically) in order to somehow deprive them of their livelihood’.

This is usually a call to action done by a person or a group of people with the intent of harming someone’s income or influence. Usually it’s done by spreading rumours and harmful misinformation based on speculation or even malcontent. Pretty much Heathers, Mean Girls, and Cruel Intentions plots in digital form. Now this isn’t to say someone doesn’t have a justified ill feeling towards someone or something for one thing or another. What is wrong is when someone says; this person disagrees with me so I’m going to use my influence with people to punish them because they disagree with me. That’s when it gets into fuckery.

Here’s the thing… I’m going to disagree with people. I am. And they might even come after me, trying to diminish my opinion just because it’s not in line with theirs and even attack me personally, which has happened over the past week. But keep in mind one thing, I will never ever say someone is wrong for disagreeing with my take on something just because what I choose to do isn’t something they want to do.

While I have no intention of standing for someone talking crap about or to me, I usually try to respond in a rational way because let’s face it, that behaviour is on them. Not me. I’m not the one to shame my ancestors by being an asshole.

But what I would like all of you to do is to not engage in attacking other people on my account.

Please.

Do not participate in the ‘cancel culture’ mentality. Definitely investigate and examine all perspectives if you feel there’s a topic you feel strong about but lashing out at people isn’t good. Please.

It’s not good for your guts or your mind. Shit like that becomes habit and then you’re just constantly looking for fights to feed that adrenaline you get when fighting. It becomes a mad dog thing where you need that toxic rush and the bitterness of it all. Yeah, zen might not get your blood pumping but it also doesn’t fuck up your brain and change how you treat people.

It’s like that thing people do…and it’s something I hate… where they constantly put down people as a ‘joke’ and pass it off as teasing but man, all it does it make them feel good about getting one over on someone and makes the other person feel like shit. It feeds a ravenous arrogance and sadistic pleasure point in the brain at the expense of someone’s id.

It’s a toxic behaviour and degrades people’s humanity. Not good for our social environment, like random rotting plastic masses in our collective ocean.

So I ask you, please… do not do this. Because I like you as you are. Someone who’d feed a hungry puppy or go back and hold a door open for an older person struggling to get into a building.

I do have to adult up today. There’s so much I’ve got to do and it’s silly but stuff’s gotta stuff. Hopefully I can get my plate cleared off so I can watch some TV tonight and maybe even coax the dog into a game of ball in the back yard.

Go out today and do good. Take a break and enjoy who you are. Seriously, sit down and think about the person you are and your good qualities. Embrace them. Celebrate them.

Because I sure as hell do.

The State of Rhys, Dreamspinner and All of That.

I posted a version of this in my Facebook Group and thought I would echo it here.

This is in response to a reader’s question in my Facebook group about whether or not it’s better to purchase a book from Amazon or the Dreamspinner portal and there are… layers of discussion here so I’m just going to keep it as simple as possible and still ramble on enough to bore people to death 😀

This is not up for debate. This is my own decision and mine alone. Everyone has the right to make their own choices and definitely should do so. And I wish them well in that. This is my understanding of the situation and how I feel about things. Results may vary.

#TeamNoKetchup


Okay, let me talk about Dreamspinner.

You all are more than welcome to ask questions but this is pretty much my definitive stance. 😀

And for anyone with a dissenting opinion is more than welcome to post their opinion on their own news feeds but I’m not going to be debating the topic here. I won’t even respond to debate. I’ll delete the comment and then have a discussion with the member about remaining with the space. Agitation on this matter is not conducive and I don’t want to deal with it.

It’s sad I’ve got to say that but the truth is, these past few weeks have been hellish because somehow it’s become okay to attack authors who choose to stand with Dreamspinner during this business flux and I don’t want to bring that here. I’ve had enough of that on my newsfeed and in my DMs as well as my name being flung about in author groups for some reason. I have no intention of bringing that kind of shit into this group for all of you to deal with. This is not that space.

With those caveats in place, *grins*

Dreamspinner’s had several issues hit at the same time. The cash flow problem affects the infrastructure account where things like editors, mass market paperbacks, design and salaries are paid out of. They ran lean there to pay for expansion into other markets. It was a risk and a good one. It pays for translations and pushing our books into more mainstream locations like Costco, Target and Walmart. Hard to believe but yeah, my books are on sale at those locations. Some in mass market but also as ebooks on their websites.

While that account ran lean, two things happened to the escrowed mutual fund account the royalties go into. First, the third party vendors were late in payment after issuing their royalty reports so that meant the money wasn’t put in there by the people who owed DSP money and to make matters worse, the accounting software designed to calculate royalties went totally screwy. This meant in order to pay out the royalties to authors, the money had to be there and every line item of each book had to be manually verified. Elizabeth’s doing that herself because it’s her company and she feels its on her. She’s assumed full responsibility for those numbers.

People are being paid out. And everyone who is late being paid gets interest on their money when payment is made. I believe it’s a 28% interest. I’ll have to go look.

We get a lot of communication from Dreamspinner in the form of newsletters and a forum where people can ask questions, as well as being able to email directly. Dreamspinner is operating as normal during this time.

Now, where to buy your books? Honestly, we make the most money when you buy from Dreamspinner directly. Why? Because there’s no third party to slice into the royalties.

To give you an idea of how varied the calculations are, this is how our base contracts are written:

In compensation for this grant of rights, the PUBLISHER hereby agrees to pay AUTHOR the following Royalty Commissions:

(a) 40% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER from the sale of the first 1000 copies of all digital text editions of the WORK.

50% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER from the sale of 1001 copies to 2000 copies of all digital text editions of the WORK.

60% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER after the sale of the first 2000 copies of all digital text editions of the WORK.

(b) 30% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER from the sale of all bound printed editions of the WORK.

(c) 40% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER from the sale of audio editions of the WORK.

(d) 30% of Net monies received by PUBLISHER from the sale of the illustrated editions of the WORK.

(e) 70% of the Net monies received by Publisher from the disposition of sublicenses granted pursuant to Section I, paragraph (b), sublicense of foreign language rights

Now, notice that says NET monies. What that means regarding Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, etc. is that they take their percentage off the money they get. So, instead of giving us 100% of the money for a book, they might give us 75% or even just 35%. Now with Amazon, Dreamspinner has been recognized as a medium sized press and is rolled into a different category but that doesn’t mean DSP gets more of a percentage, it means that if Amazon drops the book to 99 cents, they are still going to pay out the full price royalties (minus their percentage).

If you purchase your books at Dreamspinner, Harmony Ink or DSP Publications, all of the money goes to the escrow fund. Flat out all. No one else is taking anything out of it and when it comes time to pay out royalties, it’s divided up according to the contract terms. So if you buy a book for $6.99 at DSP, the author will get a minimum of $2.80 for that book. The rest of that money goes to Dreamspinner to pay for everything they do; like editing and all of that.

If you purchase that book from Amazon, they take… let’s say 35%… $2.45 off the top, leaving us with $4.54 to split up. That means the author makes a minimum of $1.80.

The reason the percentages for different types of works… translations, audiobooks, etc… are different is because it costs more to produce those items due to third party involvement and other things. Mind you, this is on top of what Dreamspinner has already invested in the book in editing, marketing, cover design, formatting and other misc stuff.

Self-pubbing… if done right… still costs money. If Done Right. A good author will pay for a top editor who will challenge timeline errors and consistency mistakes as well as provide a structural edit. It isn’t just about fixing commas and hyphens. Same with a cover. You need a cover that is done well and represents your brand. These things cost money and you need to pay for them in order to provide quality work.

In my case, I don’t want to manage or contract those infrastructure things because honestly, I don’t have the time or patience. Okay, mostly the time. Someone else I does them for me and I’m very happy to have input over those things but I’m not having to drive that project from beginning to end. My senior editor and the Dreamspinner staff does that for me.

Bottom Line.

I can’t speak for other authors and I won’t. My opinion is that there are some people who are stirring up trouble for some reason only known to their dark spots in their soul while there are other people who are worried about their livelihoods and unfortunately, become victims to the stirrers at times because nothing breeds fear like stoking panic in a crowd. For the people who are worried, I get that and I understand that. It’s frightening and probably just one more thing on top of a heap of things they’ve got going on. It’s not like I can say… don’t worry because I can’t. That’s pretty much the same thing as people who stir stuff up. I’m not in any position to tell anyone not to worry and to do so would be counterproductive. I can only lay out my position and say; I have faith and trust in Dreamspinner and shall continue to hold that line unless something along the lines of financial apocalypse happens in which case I’ll review how I feel and probably still stand with them.

Why?

Because I trust Elizabeth North.

I work very hard at trying to produce books that entertain while at the same time, hopefully provide a bridge for LGBTQ characters to enter the “mainstream” consciousness. For too long, LGBTQ protagonists have been off the page and the book shelves. There was a massive purge of those characters from mainstream bookshelves in the 90s by the Big Five. Many authors writing LGBTQ characters had their contracts yanked or told they would finish out that one book and that’s it. Some of these characters were retconned from bisexual to being straight for some reason; Mercedes Lackey’s Bard series featuring Eric Banyon was one of them. I’m not sure why but I was disappointed about it and still am. But maybe she always meant to go in that direction but my gut says no. But I don’t know. I can’t speak to that.

Even the series that featured a gay character had to go through tremendous amount of pain and suffering and usually died. I can’t speak to the why of gay character deaths but we all know it was rampant. No one got happy endings. (Okay, Gael Baudino’s Gossamer Axe did as did Lynn Flewlling’s Nightrunner series and man did that make me happy but it’s rare.)

Those deaths and the lack of LGBTQ characters angers me and saddens me. And I want better for our LGBTQ siblings. For myself.

Elizabeth North gave me that platform. It’s not an easy platform to stand on. As an author I have to tell a story and hopefully make it good enough for you, the reader, to want to come back to those characters while at the same time, keep my voice and storytelling totally mine. Are my books for everyone? Nope. But that’s okay. I can only do my best and put stuff out there.

There is no guarantee of success. That’s a given. Someone could write the most fantastic book but very few people will read it, especially if no one knows it’s out there. Or they might DNF it because it’s poorly edited or pass over it because the cover looks like it was done in MS Paint by a three year old. We are fickle creatures as readers. I know this. I DNFed a book about a mechanic because he was working on a 58 Ford Mustang.

Ford didn’t come out with the Mustang until 1964.

Shit like this matters.

So… that’s where I am. That’s where I stand. Keep in mind, this is MY choice. Other people do and SHOULD have the right to review everything on hand to them and make a business decision regarding their partnership with Dreamspinner. I’m not sticking my head in the sand or ignoring any warning signs or looking for diamonds in the sky. I’m making a conscious decision to not only retain my partnership but also speak of support in the face of others (including some who are not with DSP) condemning them for one thing or another.

I’m fine with my decision. I know what the risks are but I also know what the rewards will be. It’s not just loyalty to Elizabeth and the company but also a trust in the vision Dreamspinner has for its authors. I’ve shared that vision since day one… for LGBTQ characters to sit side by side with other books on the “mainstream” shelves in libraries, bookstores and retail spaces without judgement and without apologies.

No matter what happens, that’s always been my goal. And I have no intention of stopping now.

I hope you are all with me on this.

*hugs*

Ah, flowers and grumpiness

This cat is pretty much my spirit animal. Well, I dunno about the femme part but then I flip between the whole gender thing so… there you go.

Updates are pretty much going to be the same until I get this book done. Words are being written. Cat bellies are being rubbed and the dog has to be protected from Badger’s bully behaviour.

The Firebird is in the shop getting its carb rebuilt. One of my secondaries wasn’t operating properly and so it would bog down when punching out of first. This is extremely problematic when trying to merge onto a SoCal freeway. That’s when you need that power. Changing lanes and then having the car drop 20 mph instead of accelerating is dangerous. So, my mechanics are hard at work bringing Tengu back up to speed (no pun intended).

Ramen Assassin drops in two months and I’m very excited to see how that’s received. I’ll be doing the standard ARC lottery in my Facebook and reaching out to blogs to see if they want an ARC for review. I’ve got a list. A lot of review blogs get books directly from Dreamspeinner but I do like to send out a few to those I know.

I’ve been having cravings for kalua pig so… that looks to be in my near future.