Jacked Cat Jive Blog Tour Stop #1: The Blogger Girls!

The Jacked Cat Jive Tour Stop for today is: The Blogger Girls

This is  a connected story you can read by following the blogs each day BUT this time, it’s told from Ryder’s point of view. I wanted to bring a bit of Ryder’s take on the post-Merge world as well as how he sees Kai. Well, how he deals with Kai. I hope that you join Kai and his next adventure and also enjoy this serialized story of Ryder and the trouble he gets into when he doesn’t listen to what Kai says.

Also, I invite you to enter the giveaway on each of the blogs during the tour and get a chance to win a $25 USD gift certificate from an e-tailer of your choice.

Follow the tour at the blogs below!

F 28     Blogger Girls
M 1      It’s About The Book
M 2      Ndulgent Blogger
M 3      Diverse Reader
M 4      Love Bytes
M 5      Joyfully Jay

You can purchase Jacked Cat Jive at:
DSP Publications: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/jacked-cat-jive-by-rhys-ford-489-b
Amazon: mybook.to/JackedCatJive (https://www.amazon.com/Jacked-Cat-Jive-Gracen-Book-ebook/dp/B07L8LZSLK/)
And other places books are sold.

Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford (Releases March 5, 2019)
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.

And if it’s even worth it.

More Ramen Assassin News! Pre-Order on DSP AND Meet its Narrator!

Two things to announce this morning!

The first is that Ramen Assassin is now available for preorder on Dreamspinner Press at the following link!

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ramen-assassin-by-rhys-ford-10582-b

I’ll be posting an excerpt or two as we get closer.

Second very exciting thing is… Ramen Assassin will be narrated by Kale Williams!

I’m very happy to welcome Kale to my fantastic group of narrators and I cannot wait to have his wonderful talent behind this series. Thank you very much for agreeing to go on this crazy journey with me!

To catch up with Kale if you don’t already know him, here’s his bio and where you can find him on social media.

Kale Williams is a NYC-based narrator specializing in romance books of all stripes. In the MM world, he has been the voice of authors such as Josh Lanyon, Felice Stevens, S.C. Wynne, Tara Lain, Christina Lee, Robert Winter, and Sara York. He has worked with major publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Audible Studios, Tantor, and Dreamspinner Press. In addition to narrating over 100 audiobooks, he has been seen and heard on film, television, video games, and stages in New York City and across the country. When not in the booth, you can find him buried in genealogy research, out exploring our National Parks, and raising an amazing daughter alongside his partner, also an audiobook narrator.

https://www.facebook.com/kalewilliamsvo
https://twitter.com/kalewilliamsvo
https://www.instagram.com/kalewilliamsvo/

 

Announcing The Jacked Cat Jive Blog Tour! Starting Feb 28th!

Ready to drop in on Kai Gracen? Announcing the Jacked Cat Jive Tour! Book drops on March 5th BUT we’re starting early and this time around, I’m going to be doing something different for the tour. Yes, it’s a connected story you can read by following the blogs each day BUT this time, it’s told from Ryder’s point of view. I wanted to bring a bit of Ryder’s take on the post-Merge world as well as how he sees Kai. Well, how he deals with Kai.

I hope that you join Kai and his next adventure and also enjoy this serialized story of Ryder and the trouble he gets into when he doesn’t listen to what Kai says.

Also, I invite you to enter the giveaway on each of the blogs during the tour and get a chance to win a $25 USD gift certificate from an e-tailer of your choice.

You can purchase Jacked Cat Jive at:
DSP Publications: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/jacked-cat-jive-by-rhys-ford-489-b
Amazon: mybook.to/JackedCatJive (https://www.amazon.com/Jacked-Cat-Jive-Gracen-Book-ebook/dp/B07L8LZSLK/)
And other places books are sold.

Follow the tour at the blogs below!

F 28     Blogger Girls
M 1      It’s About The Book
M 2      Ndulgent Blogger
M 3      Diverse Reader
M 4      Love Bytes
M 5      Joyfully Jay

Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford (Releases March 5, 2019)
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.

And if it’s even worth it.

Announcing Ramen Assassin! Blurb, Cover Reveal and Pub Date!

Announcing my upcoming release Ramen Assassin! Out June 25th! Published by Dreamspinner Press, this is the first book in the series. It’s an action-packed, mostly light-hearted-ish mystery-romance.  I had a great time writing it and I’m really looking forward to coming back to these guys. I’ll let you know when we’ve got preorder links!

Ramen Assassin
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.

Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the black ops lifestyle he left behind. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of murderous thugs, he reluctantly picks his guns up again. It seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either danger or Trey.

Trey never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle, but not his reputation. The destruction of his career and relationships was epic, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run, then try to murder him, Trey is thankful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.

Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.

Readers Meet in London! 4 Authors! 1 Night! 14 March 2019!

On 14 March 2019 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s The Booking Office, we welcome you to join us for an unprecedented gathering of authors the likes of which have never been seen before!
Actually, that’s a lie. I have no idea if The Booking Office has ever had gathering of authors before and I imagine since the hotel’s been there for a long time, I’m pretty sure it has BUT this will be the first time Bru Baker, Rhys Ford (me), TA Moore and Carroll S Poe will be there for a Readers’ Meet and we’d love to have you come see us!
Please RSVP on the Google Docs or comment here so we know how many glasses of water to set out (That also is a lie… we need to know how many chairs to get).
Date: 14 March 2019
Place: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Booking Office, Gillow’s Booth
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
We will be more than happy to sign books and anything else you bring with you providing it is not a deed to a house or a cheque. That said, we do so hope you will join us! There will be food, swag and you can enter the European Invasion Giveaway that spans across all three DSP European Events!
You can also RSVP by emailing me at rhysford AT vitaenoir DOT com

Readers Meet in London! 4 Authors! 1 Night! 14 March 2019!

On 14 March 2019 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s The Booking Office, we welcome you to join us for an unprecedented gathering of authors the likes of which have never been seen before!
Actually, that’s a lie. I have no idea if The Booking Office has ever had gathering of authors before and I imagine since the hotel’s been there for a long time, I’m pretty sure it has BUT this will be the first time Bru Baker, Rhys Ford (me), TA Moore and Carroll S Poe will be there for a Readers’ Meet and we’d love to have you come see us!
 
Please RSVP to one of the authors or comment here so we know how many glasses of water to set out (That also is a lie… we need to know how many chairs to get).
 
Date: 14 March 2019
Place: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Booking Office, Gillow’s Booth
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 
We will be more than happy to sign books and anything else you bring with you providing it is not a deed to a house or a cheque. That said, we do so hope you will join us! Let us know if you can make it and we’ll add your name to the list. See you there!
 
You can also RSVP by emailing me at rhysford AT vitaenoir DOT com

Covers and POCs

This isn’t going to be a rehash of… brown people on the cover of a book means no sales. I can’t answer that. I don’t think that it’s true but I also don’t have any evidence one way or another to speak about it with any sense. So… I’m going to leave that to the side.

What I have noticed is the discussion about the Asians in my books and how some people view them. I’ve heard for years Asian men are read as “feminine” by US readers and to some extent, I guess? I don’t know about that either. I usually try to make sure I hit the cultural notes of writing an Asian character and I have noticed one thing… if the character is depicted as Asian on the cover, this impression seems to carry through.

Case in point… two very different characters; Cole McGinnis and Miki St. John.

Both of them are mixed. Literally half Asian and half European. Both of them actually don’t have an Asian upbringing although Miki has more Asian influences from living in Chinatown but neither one of them is culturally Asian. Cole is depicted as more Anglo-featured on the covers whereas Miki is more Asian looking. This was done because of choices available and well, how they appear. Cole is bulkier and there was only one stock model that came close to what Miki could look like. Don’t get me started on trying to find Asian men in stock photography.

Now, if I had to talk about which one of these characters I would not want to meet in a dark alley while pissed off, it’s hands down Miki. While he’s probably more broken than Cole, he’s a hell of a lot more street smart and well, can be as mean as junkyard dog. Okay probably meaner since he literally has a junkyard dog named Dude and that pupper is very sweet.

Cole’s more of a white knight and well, is cowed by a tiny black cat so there you go there. Cole would save you from Miki. And probably break his nose while doing so.

So here comes the discussion, what leads to this “femme” impression on an outwardly Asian character? Or at least a main character depicted as Asian on a cover but isn’t written as being culturally Asian.

Cole’s lover, Jae-Min, is also framed in these terms and he’s very culturally Korean. So let’s toss that into the mix.

I think a lot of it has to do with someone’s idea of what masculine is. That a man can’t be emotive or reflective in any open way without having his masculine identity taken from him. We see this all the time in how writers and film makers treated the “pansy” stereotype of a gay man in the past and to some extent, this transfers to the Asian man because often times, their body shape is less bulky, less hairy and definitely not fitting into the archtype of a manly man as seen by the West.

Mind you, this is spaghetti against the wall talk. I have no idea. I’m trying to make some sense of it only as a way to see someone else’s perspective because I don’t see any of these characters as feminine. I see them as people I’ve created who have different ways of reacting to things.

Am I offended by someone calling my character feminine? Truth? No? Yes? I don’t know. I think it does minimize the character, shoving them into a gender box no man should belong in. So much of today’s society really could use a little bit of what traditionally is called feminine energy but in reality, it’s just being human.

Men shouldn’t cry. They shouldn’t show emotion. They shouldn’t hug. Or care for another man as a friend. Their relationships should be couched in grunts and manly hugs. The only time tenderness should be shown is if it’s to their kid and only when it’s small because hugging your grown son is just weird.

Just weird.

I’m guilty of thinking this. I have in the past. It’s hard to change what we’ve been taught and I’m not even a guy so I can’t even begin to imagine how fucking hard it is to deal with being told you can’t do these things that show how you feel just because you have a dick. Women are now being told it’s okay to be strong. Well, guys… it’s okay to be strong and cry. Or laugh. Or hug. (Preferably with the consent of whomever you’re hugging).

So… what’s your take on this? Think on stuff and let me know. I’d like some opinions. Mostly because I really want to hear other people’s perspectives on this. Phone lines are open. Keep it civil and most of all, decide if you want ketchup on your eggs or not. But… if someone does and you don’t, just pass them the bottle.