First off, thanks to The Novel Approach for hosting me today and I am pleased to announce the launch of my new contemporary series, 415 Ink and a cover reveal of the first of five books—Rebel. I am very please to announce 415 Ink: Rebel will be out in December 2017 and comes to you from Dreamspinner Press.
But wait, there’s more. Check out the Giveaway after the Cover Reveal and Blurb!
The series revolves around five men who have banded together to form their own family and now own a tattoo shop in San Francisco called 415 Ink. Survivors of the foster care system, these five brothers have carved out new lives, looking to one another for support and guidance as they struggle to find love and happiness in a world too quick to judge them by their pasts. Three of the brothers—Gus, Ivo and Bear—are talented and versatile tattoo artists while Mace has gone on to become a city firefighter and Luke is a child advocate, returning to fight for the children who cannot speak for themselves.
The first book, Rebel, belongs to Gus and a love he lost along the way. It was exciting, interesting and poignant to write Gus’s story and more importantly, allowed me the opportunity to bring a true romance to life. I’m looking forward to writing the rest of the stories in the series and introducing you to the rest of the 415 Ink family.
Oh…and one last thing, I have partnered with a few extraordinary, well-known tattoo artists to provide custom tattoos for each book in the 415 Ink series. Every cover will feature a tattoo the artist has exclusively designed for the book as well as be available on merchandise at the Rhys Ford CafePress Store. 415 Ink: Rebel’s tattoo was created by Micah Caudle of Flying Panther Tattoos in San Diego, and I am excited to work with the owner of Flying Panther Tattoos, Rob Benavides for another one of the series’ designs. Learn more about Micah Caudle and his art HERE.
And now for the Cover Reveal and Blurb!
The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.
Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.
Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.
For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved for, leaving Rey with a an aching chasm in his soul.
When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.
If you’ve been following the shenanigans at GRL, you might have seen a few people wearing exclusive early-release 415 Ink t-shirts featuring Micah Caudle’s custom design! Now is the chance for you to win one of FIVE early-release 415 Ink: Rebel shirts before the shop opens for general sales.
You can enter at each contest for a chance to win. Sizes range from XS to 5X and these contests are open to domestic AND international entrants.
How to Win
On The Novel Approach: Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below! ONE winner will be chosen from the Novel Approach entries.
On Dreamreaders of Dreamspinner: Find the 415 Ink post posted today (Oct 23) and comment with what’s your favourite Rhys Ford book cover. THREE winners will be chosen from Dreamreaders.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem and a 2017 Gold and Silver Medal winner in the Florida Authors and Publishers President’s Book Awards for her novels Ink and Shadows and Hanging the Stars. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.
She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal. Rhys shares the house with two cats, Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo and Tam, a diabetic black shorthair, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. She is also responsible for the care and feeding of a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.