Monday, July 06, 2015

Blog Tour: Ink and Shadows by Rhys Ford with Guest Post & Giveaway

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First, thank the blogs for having me on this Ink and Shadows tour! Thank you so so much! Secondly, this next part will be the same across the blogs but I wanted to give a bit of a soundbite about the whys of this book.

In the Beginning, there was urban fantasy. Okay to be fair, the urban fantasy genre didn’t exist when I began to read. Back then, it was pretty much either sci-fi or high fantasy. There were murmurs of urban fantasy—Mercedes Lackey’s elves / bard series, Gael Baudino’s Gossamer Axe, to name a few—but it caught and began gaining traction, a bastard stepchild of magic and an alternative universe.

Urban fantasy was always a playground for experimentation and I wanted to go off the rails a bit with Ink and Shadows. There had to be a solid footing in the contemporary world and the underbelly of humanity. Or rather, the expression of humanity. When I wrote this book, it was to explore the possibilities of personalities and okay, play around with the world.

I chose to write about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Kismet, the human who changes their world, because I wanted to delve into their being a necessary part of humanity’s existence. Over the course of the tour, I’ll touch on the main characters and components of the Horsemen’s world.

I hope you all like Ink and Shadows, my foray past the shadows.

Oh! And as a giveaway! Enter to win Pestilence’s Horse! That’s right! A black pony of your very own!



Tattooing is a key bit of Kismet’s life. Actually, art as a whole is. While I didn’t get a lot of places in this book to discuss his art, it’s vital to his character and serves as both a blessing and a curse.

Getting ink is a very personal, intimate thing…or it should be. I really believe a tattoo should be as if the inker was drawing something up out of the person being inked. Now, this is probably because in the Hawaiian culture, tattoos are something a bit sacred and carry a bit of you on them. Now, also flip my genetic table and we’ve got an Asian influence that both celebrates and denigrates ink. While more and more people are getting ink, it still remains a bit of a rebellious act against society for more people.

So there’s Kismet, who by nature is an artist. The kind of artist that has to art because it burns inside of him. Thing is, because of who he is… because of the thread of otherness running through him, tattoos are, at times, very dangerous for him to do.

See, going on my belief that ink is something rising up from a person’s soul, I wrote Kismet with that angle in mind. He sees the wraiths. He knows there is a shimmer behind the world. He knows we have echoes of people following us. He knows the shadows move.

This awareness makes it tricky for Kismet. Spectres and wraiths are the usual bleeds Kismet gets through the Veil but he also runs the risk of inking something attached to a memory or a dead loved one…especially a dead loved one. If this imprint is strong enough, the Veil bleeds this through to him in some way.

So, death is something Kismet tries to avoid… but sometimes, Death will seek one out.


Ink and Shadows by Rhys Ford


Publisher ~ DSP Publications

Published ~ 7th July 2015

Genre ~ M/M Fantasy, Paranormal



Kismet Andreas lives in fear of the shadows.

For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.

And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.

The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.

Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.

When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.

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  Meet Rhys Ford

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Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.






Rhys Ford is gifting Mal’s iconic Dark Horse to one lucky reader (one on each tour stop). For your chance to win, please leave a comment below, remembering to including your email address so we can contact you.

::: The lucky winner is MARLA F. CONGRATULATIONS!! :::

The competition will end at midnight GMT 12th July.


Blog Tour

July 2: Love Bytes:
July 3: It’s About the Book:
July 6: Sinfully Sexy:
July 8: Prism Alliance:
July 9: Joyfully Jay:
July 10: GGR:
July 11: The Blogger Girls:
The Novel Approach:


  1. I would love to cuddly up to horsie at night.


  3. One more day! I can't wait to read it and of course would love one of the horses.

  4. Such an interesting spin on tattoos. Thanks for the chance to win!

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. I love the pony. I want it!!!


  6. i want a horse!!!

  7. I love getting these extra bits of info. They make a story I was already excited to read that much more fascinating. Woohoo!
    That Dark Horse is awfully cute๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Congratulations Marla, you have been chosen as our lucky winner. An email will be on it's way to you.

  8. Ooooh - I can't wait to read this book! It sounds creepily fascinating!

  9. I love your daily emails. I think it's the pictures. LOL! I also enjoy finding out about your new books.

  10. Why oh why isn't it tomorrow yet???

    1. Oops - forgot this part:

  11. Hmm maybe this one will post? 3rd time is a charm yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. One more day! Woo Hoo! Can't wait. :)

  13. Almost there :) Interesting theory about tattoos!

  14. Congratulations on the release and looking forward to reading it! Come on tomorrow!


  15. Aww it so cute! And this book sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance.

  16. it's adorable!
    book sounds amazing :)


  17. I love the cultural aspects you add to your stories. I can't wait to add this one to the collection!

  18. this story sounds great ..congrats

  19. aww its so cute. thanks for the chance. my email address is

  20. The book just downloaded from amazon (UK = 12:30am) but I need to sleep - which would be easier if I had my own demon horsie to protect me from the other demons HINT HINT!

  21. What a great giveaway! That is so cute! Thanks for the chance.

  22. I love the story and I love the horse. Thanks
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  23. Who wouldn't want to snuggle up to a cuddly cute dark horse like that :)

  24. I thought I left a comment but I don't see it. Love me some horses.

  25. I thought I left a comment but I don't see it. Love me some horses.

  26. Absolutely LOVING the cover and blurb!

  27. Congrats on your upcoming release =) Thank you for the post.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  28. Congrats on your new release, thank you for this great giveaway, I love horses and this is a great prize my email is chevygal1981 at hotmail dot com

  29. I loved the horse!!! mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

  30. Love reading about the different aspects of the book. Thank you, Rhys!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  31. Just fabulous!!!

    Incredibly cute thank you.


  32. well isn't that cute? =)
    Great post ... thank you for this chance

  33. Congratulations on the new release! Rhys is one of my favorite authors so I can't wait to read Ink and Shadows!

  34. Loved the book. Thanks for the contest .

  35. Tattooing is such a personal thing, and it tends to frustrate me when someone gets a tattoo just to say they have one. They can be so gorgeous and meaningful.