Friday, June 02, 2017

Blog Tour: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford. Includes Part Two of Wok This Way (A Dim Sum Asylum Short) & Giveaway


We are always thrilled to welcome Rhys Ford to Sinfully. Today she has popped in to celebrate with us the release of her new book Dim Sum Asylum and share part two of Wok This Way (A Dim Sum Asylum Short) a serialisation which you can follow on all the blog stops of this tour


Thank you for joining me on the Dim Sum Asylum tour! And a huge thank you to the blogs who are letting me rent their space for the day!

Now a little bit about Dim Sum Asylum the novel. It was originally a short story in Charmed and Dangerous, a fantastic anthology created by JCP. When I was invited to contribute, I couldn’t type yes fast enough and so, the original short Dim Sum Asylum was created. Other authors have taken their contributions and expanded on them, delivering full length pieces but I hadn’t planned on doing that… mostly because of time.

Then Lynn West, the Editor in Chief of Dreamspinner Press, said to me; I want that story. One does not simply turn down Lynn and to be honest, I really enjoyed writing Roku. There was a lot about the world and his life I couldn’t fit into the short story and expanding Dim Sum Asylum would give me that chance.

So I folded it into the queue and after a few months of unstitching the short story and weaving in the pieces I’d always longed to put in, Dim Sum Asylum the novel was born. This is my first urban fantasy romance and I had a blast writing it. A lot of romantic tension, a bit of suspense and murder plus a whole lot of magical creatures and fantastical people. Oh…and there’s Bob the Cat.

It is available on June 9, 2017 at Dreamspinner, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book stores. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I loved writing it.

Did I mention this blog stop’s giveaway? Because there is one. Comment below for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the online store of your choice!

This tour is a serialized story featuring Roku MacCormick, the lead in Dim Sum Asylum and will be told over the blog tour stops. AND there is a separate giveaway on each stop so be sure to follow the short story, enter to win and grab a copy of Dim Sum for your ereader or bookshelf!



Wok This Way

(A Dim Sum Asylum Short)

Part 2

“Aren’t you supposed to be partnering with Arnett?” The tech from the station’s in-house morgue glanced up at me as she inspected the pho cook’s body. “Or did he go all-Kenny on you like the others?”

I didn’t need the tech giving me a hard time, especially since she was right about Arnett but I refused to rise to her bait. My arm hurt from where the EMT shot it up with airsail squid anti-venom and the numbness on my tongue was fading. The cephalopod’s ink deadened the inside of my mouth but it’d bitten the cook’s wrist, nicking something vital and delivering a full hit of its venom into his bloodstream. My stomach was complaining, accusing me of neglecting it and my throat tickled, an odd sensation as the feeling returned to the roof of my mouth.

“Look, just… use whatever scoop you need to get this guy off the pavement and don’t worry about Arnett,” I muttered, probably barely audible over the pounding rain. “He’s… spreading out. If we don’t get him to the slab, his eyeballs are going to be washed down the drain.”

The tech’s laughter chased me back to the pho stall a few feet away. Since Dim Sum Asylum—a nickname the C-Town station picked up way before I was born—contained one of the largest Arcane Crime divisions in the city, it required a morgue built to contain magically altered or destroyed bodies as well as one of the expansive supernatural libraries on the continent outside of a university. Working at Dim Sum Asylum carried its own brand of pride and open positions were fought over like the last beer in an Irish pub after an Apocalypse. So while this meant DSA gathered up only the best of the best, it also meant dealing with cocky, arrogant assholes who knew they couldn’t be fired because they were impossible to replace.

Some say I’m one of those assholes.

I would not disagree.

Especially since now not only was I hungry, I was kind of pissed off about Arnett being AWOL. I’d left a message for the station’s albatross half an hour after the rainbow squid thing disappeared down a gutter and we’d come back to find the deceased slowly turning into slag on the ground a few feet from his stall. He was one of DSA’s failures, a legacy Inspector who’d been bounced around from station to station until someone thoughtfully slid him in right before Gaines took control of the Chinatown house.

Once cemented into the Asylum’s foundation, Arnett went through every other detective at the station, moving from CAP to community service and eventually had his ass parked at the desk across of mine after every other Senior Inspector partnered with him refused to work with him any more. Since I was Gaines’ personal improvement project, Inspector Myron Arnett became my problem because I couldn’t very well tell my own godfather to fuck off.

Oh but it was times like these when I needed a junior Inspector to run down the minutia, I really wanted to find those words and deliver them personally to the man who’d taught me how to play baseball.

“Where’s your partner? Missing again?” Yamada ambled up the alley, splashing through lake-sized puddles to reach my side. “Did you have someone check the supply closet? That’s where I always found him when he worked under me. Bastard had a whole fucking setup there. TV. Cot. A mini-fridge. The works.”

“It’s two in the morning,” I reminded him. “Chances are, he’s asleep in his own bed and ignoring my calls. Shit, why couldn’t you have drummed him out when he was your problem?”

“Because I’m easy-going. Can’t risk my rep. Better you deal with it,” he replied, plastering a sheepish grin over his broad face. “And well, sure he’s lazy but… you know, he’s a cop. Brother in blue and all that.”

“I hate you so much right now, Yamada,” I informed him. “It’s just you and me now. Where do you want to start? Melting dead body or hunting through the sewers for your missing pho topping before it kills someone else?”

Well, crap.” Yamada’s eyes went wide, telling me he didn’t think about how a loose rainbow-swirl airsail squid would eventually surface to poison someone else who got too close to its venomous beak. “We should—”

I didn’t get to hear what Yamada thought we should do next. Instead, the rainy, hunger-ripe night was cut through by a terrifying scream and then the back door to one of my favourite dry-style cake noodle restaurants burst open, striking a cop standing behind it, and a short, ancient Catonese woman flung herself into the alley, wailing at the top of her lungs. She was about a hundred yards away but her shrieks carried, nails-on-chalkboard sharp and keen. I broke into a run, hoping Yamada could keep up.

“Fucking hell.” Yamada cursed for real this time, hurrying behind me as I raced over to the white-haired woman. “I don’t understand Chinese.”

“Another damned squid!” I shouted over the rising chatter of cop, techs and nearby witnesses, cutting through the muttering crowd to reach her side. “And it seems like there are a hell of a lot more where they came from!”


Dim Sum Asylum

Rhys Ford


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 9th June 2017

Genre ~  Urban Fantasy Mystery, Gay Romance



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.

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Meet Rhys Ford

!rhys_ford_headshotRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series, including Murder and Mayhem, a 2016 LAMBDA finalist. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.




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



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  1. The title for this one is SO CATCHY!! Thanks for the blog tour, Rhys. I think I'll put this on my TBR :)


  2. I love this little story! Gah, so looking forward to the next one already

    elenilote (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I loved this story when I read it in the anthology. I'm looking forward to reading the extended version!

  4. I'm looking forward to this one so much!

  5. It's too early in the morning my time and I have to get my act together and leave by 6.30 a.m. for a meeting so I have no catchy comment in order to randomly win a prize. Um...comment, comment, comment???

  6. Congrats on your newest book & thanks for sharing excerpt from it. I've read the novella in Charmed & Dangerous anthology and so looking forward to read this one, too.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  7. By the time I finish this tour, I'm going to have to re-read DSA already! ;)

  8. It's going to be another great read.

  9. lol Love this installment! Can't wait for the book!

  10. I love/hate this short..... I have to wait.... GAH!!!!

  11. Anne Marie Crookes2 June 2017 at 14:54

    Now this is getting interesting. I keep imagining Roku trying to talk with his mouth being numb.

  12. Can't wait!!!!!!!
    kathleenpower at comcast dot net

  13. Great second part and killer squid too I'm looking forward to the next part.

  14. I love that you take the time to give us these gifts. You are awesome!!

  15. The last time I had squid, I was with Rhys at a Korean restaurant in Tampa (me and, like, 20 other people). There was a lot of food and I couldn't eat it all, so I started making tentacle art. It was a fun night.

  16. Hahaha!Godfathers, oozing bodies and screaming little old ladies. I can't wait to find out what else is alive and dripping in that restaurant!

  17. getting interesting (no surprise there) :)

  18. Things just got real...

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  20. LOL at this line: "Where do you want to start? Melting dead body or hunting through the sewers for your missing pho topping before it kills someone else?” A classic!


  21. More story now! I hate waiting! kimcurington(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. These little tidbits sound so good, can't wait to read it.

  23. Congrats on the new release! I loved this story in the anthology and as the recipient of an ARC I have to say the extended version is awesome. I look forward to reading more Roku adventures. This blog tour story has me hooked, can't wait for the next bit tomorrow! (2 underscores )

  24. Great stuff, Rhys, and thank you for another great story to look forward to!

  25. Excited to read this! Isn't this in the same universe as the short in the Charmed & Dangerous anthology? If so, my excitement has doubled!

  26. I'm so loving the start to this tour, can't wait for June 9th. Thanks Rhys.

  27. Title and cover catch the eye. Blurb and excerpt finish the job :D

  28. I'll take my pho without the squid - killer or otherwise, thank you very much! I'm pretty squicked out by the thought of killer squid running around.

  29. Congrats and thanks for the post and short. This looks like an interesting story, what with the urban fantasy, magic, murder and suspense. Sounds like Lynn West knew what she was doing in asking you to expand on the short. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  30. Whoo, gotta go back and catch up!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  31. another day closer ... bring on June 9

  32. This gets better and better. Rhys, you have such a way with words; icky phrases at times, but memorable. DSA is preordered. Loved the short in Charmed and Dangerous; will be over the moon with the expanded version. j(dot)stonewright(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Hi Judy, congratulations! You're our lucky winner of this post by Rhys. An email is on it's way to you.

  33. I am so excited to read the full-length version of Dim Sum Asylum! :D

  34. like your other books. will look forwrd to this too!

  35. Congratulations! I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for another installment.

  36. congrats and excited to read this story
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  37. I love the cover! I can't wait to read this book. It isn't the type I am usually interested in but a two foot tall statue trolling sex magic and chaos is just to fun to pass up.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  38. Looks to be a fun read. Thank you for the short story.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  39. pre-ordered! sounds so good!


  40. I like the sound of this. Great title too.


  41. Awesome! Can't wait!

  42. I have been binging on Rhys this week - so excited for a new one! Lslcw(at)yahoo (dot) com

  43. Tell me more, tell me more....bah bah, bah bah...
    Ravensimoon (at) aol.(com)

  44. I'm loving this story! violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  45. Awesome! Can't wait for the expanded story!

  46. Sounds like a great story.

  47. Totally an instant add on my TBR!!

  48. Yay for more of the story. Congrats on the release.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  49. Thanks for the short story! The book is awesome, I can't wait for others to read it as well.

  50. Mandarin is indeed a no-joke language. Hard as hell to learn. That damn squid must be caught!

  51. I loved the short story, really looking forward to the full length version. 😊

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  53. I hope you are secretly planning on expanding on this story for your next Dim Sum book, or at least planning to including it in the next book some how! I already know I'm going to want to read it again and again. ^_^
    JR Tibbetts (

  54. Is it Friday yet? Loving the short, but really want to read the book! Thanks.

  55. I just read the short story in the anthology last night. I would love to read more, can't wait!

  56. Can't wait to read this. Love Rhys Ford's blog tours because they are always different.

  57. Hopping with excitement. Soon. �� Thx Rhys Kendra.

  58. your blog tour shorts are always so great!


  59. Congrats on you new book!!!
    mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

  60. Happy book release day. Loving the blog tour, I've saved them to read all together.

  61. Will I ever learn not to read serial stories until ALL the parts are available? XD Can't wait to read the rest & read the book!

  62. Sounds like it's time for some calimari! Thanks for the excerpt!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  63. What a talanted author and a what a great book!

  64. Can't wait to read it. My copy arrived today.