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Title: Mad Lizard Mambo
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: 09/10/2016
Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.
Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, and Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.
Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder’s—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.
The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.
Thank you for following the Mad Lizard Mambo tour. My name’s Rhys Ford and well, we’re going back to the first character I wrote for this genre, Kai Gracen.
When I first began to write seriously, I went with an urban fantasy featuring a bisexual elfin character named Kai Gracen. The first book was Black Dog Blues and to make a long story short, DSP Publications approached me about publishing it after I’d self-pubbed it following my publishing a few books with Dreamspinner. DSP Publications hadn’t started yet but it suited their catalog and well, it’s a Dreamspinner Imprint so of course I was on board.
Now, after a few years, I would like to introduce to you Kai’s second adventure, Mad Lizard Mambo. It takes place a little bit after Black Dog Blues and well, life’s just gotten more complicated for Kai. I hope you enjoy it as well as the three short pieces I’ve done for this tour.
The first, When Kai Fell in Love, is written a little bit after Dempsey took him in. He’s young in this section and while his Singlish isn’t great, he understands a lot of what he hears. This is two parts.
The second, When Kai Discovers He Does Not Bounce, is when he’s about in his early teens(ish) and he’s on a disaster of a hunt with Dempsey. This is in four parts.
The third, That Time Kai Rescued A Shoe, is a few months after Dempsey retired and he’s moved into his warehouse in San Diego. This is in three parts.
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When Kai Fell In Love (part 2)
“Jonas, leave him alone. You’re just going to get bitten,” the fat one grumbled. I knew that word—bitten. To sink my teeth into flesh and tear out a bit. It kept things away from me. Unless they were stronger then they would hurt me more. It was worth the risk. “Don’t give him anything. Kid needs some stew in him. Gets any skinnier and he’s not going to be useless. I’m not dragging around a bag of bones.”
Jonas. The sound was the dark one’s name, maybe? It was hard to tell. The fat one had many names. Dempsey. Asshole. Fucker. Mistah Dee. And Prick. That was the easiest to pronounce or so I thought. It was a spitting word and I couldn’t get the sound right.
“What are you giving him? God, are you serious?” The fat one exclaimed, scratching at the hair coming out of his tunic. There was so much hair. Lots of it. And it was everywhere. “You’re going to give him sugar?”
“No, I’m going to give him a treat,” the dark one said, pushing at the fat one’s side, knocking him away. “He’s had sugar before. You gave him a honey-pop or five the other day. This is different. He’ll like this.”
“It’s like you’re tying a pork chop around your neck so the dog will play with you,” he growled, a good deep sound that scared me and I pushed further into the bushes.
I couldn’t go far. I…hurt. All over and the fat, hairy one fed me.
He also caught me every time I ran away. My legs weren’t working right and I couldn’t see out of one of my eyes, not well. My nose worked and I heard everything, including the dark one coming closer.
“You get bit and it’s on you, Jonas. That’s one mean, fucking kid.” The fat one was taking out the things he put food in and my stomach growled. It’d been a long time since we’d eaten, since before the sun came up and I was hungry, hurting down in my guts. “I’m telling you, he goes nuts because of the candy and the little fucker is sleeping with you.”
“It’ll be fine,” the dark one—Jonas—said. “Trust me.”
It took something out of its tunic, a heavy thick piece like the one the fat, hairy man wore when it was cold. He’d tried to put one of me but I couldn’t move in it. It was too heavy and it felt like… I was tied down. The world went red for a moment and when I blinked, the heavy tunic was in pieces and there were feathers everywhere.
It was like I ate a bird but I didn’t feel full.
That was the last time the fat, hairy one tried to put any heavy thing on me.
The something in the dark human’s hand was shiny and smelled…wonderful. So wonderful. Better than any meat I’d ever smelled. Better than anything I’d ever had in my nose and I wanted it. Badly.
“Come on, Kai. I’m not going to hurt you.” It— if the lump on his leg was like the fat, hairy man’s and my pee-stick, then it was a he—he crouched down, making himself as small as he could.
I didn’t trust him. He could grab me. He could hurt me. He could tear me apart just to watch me form back together again…like my father… like my Master… but the thing—the gloriously smelling thing—was calling to me and I wanted it.
Then he tore a part of it off and the shiny was brown underneath, maybe as brown as his flesh but the smell got even better. A piece came off and he put it down on a rock in front of me then shuffled back, giving me room.
I grabbed it and sniffed it. Then shoved it into my mouth because my stomach knew it was food and the smell—it was worth being turned into liquid from poison just for the taste.
It tasted like freedom. Like no pain. Like a good long sleep and warm sun on my skin. It was smooth and creamy and something in me started to make a sound, then my mouth watered and I held it on my tongue, letting the liquid from my glands soothe the thing’s moistened soft flesh down my throat.
“That, little one, is chocolate,” the dark one—Jonas—said softly, putting another piece on the rock then leaning back to let me steal it away. “And it is one of my favourite things too.”
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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. 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
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