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.
Meet Rhys Ford
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. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
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.
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