Today we’re pleased to welcome author Rhys Ford back to chat about Dim Sum Asylum, her contribution to the upcoming anthology Charmed and Dangerous, featuring some of the premiere spec fic authors in the genre. Enjoy Rhy’s post, then be sure to leave a comment right here for the chance to win a $25 Gift Card to the e-tailer of the winner’s choice.
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Charmed and Dangerous
A lot of us feel like we’re the left side of weird.
To be honest, many of us are and there we find ourselves, one another actually, standing on the left side of weird and thinking; you know this would be a good place to set up camp.
That’s kind of what it feels like to be a writer amongst writers. And sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you get invited to some really cool places to camp and some fantastic people to share a fire with. Marshmallows! S’Mores! Crazy insects out for your blood! But still, a universe of stars not only above you but around you.
When Jordan Castillo Price asked if I’d be in an anthology she was heading up, I said sure, mostly because I figured if JCP wants something, you give it to her. Kinda like a genre Wookie. Not because she’s gonna rip your arm off but mostly because let’s face it, Wookies are kind of cool.
She did NOT tell me who else was going to be on the docket. And I will admit—and have often admitted—that when she put out the list, I took a mental paper bag and huffed into it a few times because damn the line up. Shit hell, what have I gotten myself into? Said my little brain. Because one does not simply walk into this anthology and not have a really damned nice ring to toss into the lava.
Charmed and Dangerous was born. A vast land of possibilities and oh-my-god moments just waiting to happen. And we were off.
I’ve read all the other authors. And marveled at them. And fretted. Really, so much of writing is fretting.
Look at this lineup and say, sure… no worries, I can hang.
Astrid Amara, KJ Charles, Charlie Cochet, Ginn Hale, Lou Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Nicole Kimberling, Jordan Castillo Price, Andrea Speed
Hah. I fret.
Then well, deadlines looming, I began to write. So did the others. Suffice it to say we all kind of blew past our 8,000 word mark. When it was all said and done, the anthology sat at over 100,000 words and oh the stories… damn the stories.
See, usually writing is a loner sport. Kind of like cross-country running. I think. I wouldn’t know. I grew up in a place where there wasn’t a lot of cross-country anything. You quickly run out of island after a bit. But still, writing…loner sport. It is. Even if you’re writing with someone, you’re kind of struggling to form words and ideas out of nothing and then passing that on for other people to see, hoping that you’ve hit the mark.
Guess it’s more like archery than running. But definitely as exhausting as running.
When we got the ARCs to look over our stories, I had the chance to read through the anthology as a whole and was humbled by the mastery of word and story from the other authors. Everyone talks about bringing an A-game to an anthology and in this case, it was more of everyone delivering proto-lingual skills because I truly believe this is one of the most innovative, fantastically crafted anthologies I’ve ever had a chance to read.
I am still shocked to be a part of it.
And very thankful.
Mostly thankful. So with much gratitude to Jordan Castillo Price, I extend my heartfelt thanks for including me. It was great to write a story and be included in Charmed and Dangerous. We were all given room to stretch our weirdness and found we could fly. So thank you for that too.
Charmed and Dangerous drops on Aug 25, 2015. I hope you grab it because I think it’s a buffet of tasty tasty words cooked up into the most delicious of dishes. Served up, of course, just on the left side of weird.
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Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Take a cauldron full of magic, add a pinch of humor, a dash of snark and a huge dollop of m/m goodness, and what do you get? Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. This all-new collection is packed with arcane action and intrigue, and every story will whisk you away to a fantastical world where the hero finds his prince and the paranormal investigator always gets his man.
Magic takes many forms. From malignant hexes to love charms gone amok, you’ll find a vast array of spells and curses, creatures and conjurings in this massive collection—not to mention a steamy dose of man-on-man action. Charmed and Dangerous features all-new stories of gay paranormal romance, supernatural fiction and urban fantasy by ten top m/m paranormal authors.
Rhys Ford – Dim Sum Asylum
For Detective Roku MacCormick, working Arcane Crimes is his passion. Now cleared of any wrongdoing for shooting his last partner, MacCormick is given back his badge… as well as a new case and partner. Trent Leonard isn’t exactly what he’d expected, but then nothing in San Francisco’s Chinatown ever is.
Ginn Hale – Swift and the Black Dog
When Jack Swift killed a tyrant and won the revolution he became a national hero. But someone in the new government prefers dead heroes to living, swearing, cynical wizards. Caught between bullets, revenge and desire, Jack had better be swift indeed.
KJ Charles – A Queer Trade
Apprentice magician Crispin Tredarloe returns to London to find his master dead, and his papers sold. Papers with secrets that could spell death. Waste paper seller Ned Hall can’t resist Crispin’s pleading—and appealing—looks. But can the wasteman and the magician prevent a disaster and save Crispin’s skin?
Nicole Kimberling – Magically Delicious
Occult attacks against NIAD agents aren’t remotely Keith Curry’s department. But when his lover, Gunther, is assaulted, Keith refuses to just sit back and fill out paperwork. He’s on the case—even if that means enraging powerful mages, crossing leprechaun picket lines, or braving dinner with Gunther’s goblin parents.
Jordan Castillo Price – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Psychic medium Victor Bayne can spot a ghost any day of the year, but Halloween holds some special surprises. His psych-groupie boyfriend Jacob coaxes him to the location of an old spirit sighting, but they can’t ghosthunt without enduring a cheesy “haunted house” that’s even more disturbing than they realize.
Jordan L. Hawk – The Thirteenth Hex
Hexman Dominic Kopecky doesn’t understand why dashing crow familiar Rook wants his help investigating murder by patent hex. For one thing, Dominic isn’t a witch. For another, the case is already closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
Charlie Cochet – The Soldati Prince
Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.
Lou Harper – One Hex Too Many
Veteran detective Mike Mulligan is an expert on violent crimes—of the occult variety. He might even be cursed. Detective Hugh Fox is eager to partner up and prove himself, but Mulligan is accustomed to flying solo. Can they trust each other enough to track a killer who’ll stop at nothing, not even summoning a demon?
Andrea Speed – Josh of the Damned vs. the Bathroom of Doom
It’s a boring night at the Quik-Mart for Josh and his friend Doug. Until a vampire with a grudge—and the most adorable backup ever—crashes the store. Can Josh survive the Bathroom of Doom?
Astrid Amara – The Trouble With Hexes
P.I. Tim Keller has a problem. And the only person who can solve it is his ex-boyfriend, Vincent, whose job as a hexbreaker was the reason they broke up. It’s hard admitting he was wrong, especially when coughing up organs. But there’s a missing person to find, a hexmaker to hunt down, and a romance to repair before Tim breathes his last.
41 thoughts on “Guest Post and Giveaway: The Charmed and Dangerous Blog Tour with Rhys Ford”
I’m really looking forward to this anthology. So many great authors!
So many great stories…..can’t wait for this book!
Sounds like a great set of stories and a great list of authors as well. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!
I don’t read many anthologies but this one is in my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!
Oh my gawd..this is fantastic! i’m really looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!
The book sounds amazing all my favourite authors in one book it must be a dream! I can’t wait to read it.
Such a perfect use of the word “fret.” I often get drunk on words; this anthology sounds like an open bar.
Looking forward to reading this one. And I’m sure I’ll love Rhys story. I always do.
I am so excited about this anthology! But, I am not surprised that you (Rhys Ford) were invited to join it. :-)
i desperately need this book…so many of the best authors all in one place!!!
“You are armed. I gave you salt and tea leaves.” Intriguing, funny & scary all in 2 sentences. Can’t wait to read the whole thing.
I can’t wait till release day, some familiar authors and some new. Yeah
I’m reading this right now… six stories down and four more to go. Pretty awesome!!
I love you for your Wookiee comment alone.
All of these sound great and potentially hilarious! I can’t wait for the 25th!
If I hadn’t already put this title on my wishlist, I know I surely would have done so after reading this blog post. Now I can hardly wait for the 25th.
Ohhhhh…I can’t wait for this anthology! What a fantastic collection of authors!
First time (to my knowledge) I’ve been compared to Wookie!
But it’s a NICE wookie.
This is like Christmas in August and a lovely gift before school starts.
This are some of my favourite writers together. I’ve already pre-ordered!!!
Ms Ford, my dear: You more than hold your own with this group of authors and are head of the list for me. Left side of weird suits me just fine. Your blog post should clue everyone in that you are remarkable as a writer and this group together is remarkable! Now, what’s for dinner????
A group of great authors. And I love the cover.
3 of my favorite authors participated so I know this book will be epic and beyond!
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity…one can never have enough book money srsly.
This is the next book on my “to-read” list. Can’t wait!
This kick-butt anthology is on my “OMG, gotta have it NOW” list. I’m dropping everything to read this puppy next week! You guys are gonna rock my world.
So excited for this anthology!
How much food do I need to have standing by to get through 100,000 words in a row? I don’t know, but I’m going to find out!
*insert all the excitement gifs here*
A lot of great authors featured in this anthology and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it.
I’d want it just for the author line-up, but when I saw that Nicole Kimberling’s story features Keith and Gunther from Irregulars? Ack! How can I wait for the 25th?
This is going to be a great read!
I am looking forward to All of these stories. Especially more of Keith and Gunther :D.
This is on my must-buy list, but winning it would be great!
Wow! Just…WOW!!!! All the authors have books coming out AND the anthology. All of you are my story heroes/heroines. Anthologies are a great way to step into a new author or an author you’ve always wanted to read, buuuuuut only had so much money, and it went to another author’s tome. Read and love all the authors (including the humble Rhy). Pre-ordered and (not so) patiently waiting for it to drop on to my kindle. I am prepared to be both charmed by the wonderfully ordered words and be dangerous from loss of sleep.
So crazy excited for this book!!
Oh I am so excited about this anthology! Which has nothing to do with the fact that I may have neglected my children during my our recent vacation while binge reading Rhys’ Sinners Series (and listening, oh Tristan James, that voice! I was piling up Audible badges like firewood). Well, maybe it has something to do with it…
I am looking forward to reading this anthology. Rhys is one of my most favorite authors as are quite a few of the the other contributors! Thank you for the opportunity!
Thanks for this post, i like anthology’s it is a great way to discover new authors, and read some more work of favorite authors, win-win :)
Also thanks for the giveaway chance.
To my TBR!!!
It’s on my wish list. I can’t wait to read these great stories
I hope by now you ALL have Charmed and Dangerous on your e-readers and are loving it!
Rhys’s giveaway is now closed and the winner’s been selected. The winner of the e-tailer gift card is
Congratulations to you! I’ve just emailed your contact information to Rhys, so expect to hear from her soon! :)