Today I am so pleased to welcome the fabulous Rhys Ford back to Joyfully Jay. Rhys has come to talk to us about her latest release, Ink and Shadows. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Rhys a big welcome!



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! Comment below and be entered to win Mal’s iconic Dark Horse.


Oh War. War goes by the name of Ari, short for Ares… or maybe Aramis. No one asked. The best part of being War is that you’ve got the reputation of being aggressive so people don’t necessarily ask you questions like, why’d you choose that name. Okay, Death could ask since War’s been in and out of Death’s bed for as long as both of them have been Horsemen but Death would never inquire. And chances are, War already told him…because Death is who War turns to when the darkness gets too black.

Of course not many of the other Immortal Manifestations really interact with the Horsemen. They are the Harbingers, the Destroyers of Humanity and all of that rot…even though their actions are meant to bring humanity obstacles to overcome and thus grow.

On the surface, Ari comes across as a giant, puppy-shark. A bit playful, a lot dangerous and perhaps a mite bit unpredictable. In reality, War knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s been War for a very long time and the simplistic personality masks a strategic mind. He is the one who creates conflicts—sometimes seemingly insurmountable ones—but those conflicts are the mountains humanity must climb and conquer.

War isn’t just responsible for the battlefield. He’s also the Puppetmaster of movements. He is the whisper in one person’s ear to sit down and refuse to go to the back of the bus. He’s the voice echoing in the emptiness of one person’s heart to reach across the divide and try to save one person from tyranny. War is often the straw that breaks the raging camel’s back but humanity does not grow with just the stick, there must also be the carrot…the spark in someone’s heart to be better. That spark means the expansion of the collective soul.

And it’s a burden War carries on his very broad shoulders.

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:


Ink and ShadowsInk and Shadows

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.

Purchase Ink and Shadows at DSP Publications:

Or Amazon:

As well as B&N and ARe.


headshot_Rhys-FordAbout 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.

And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.

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


Rhys has brought a special giveaway of Pestilence’s Horse! That’s right! A black pony of your very own! Comment below and be entered to win Mal’s iconic Dark Horse.  The contest ends on Monday, July 13th at 11:59 pm EST.

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