Honorary Blogger Rhys Ford: Pestilence + Giveaway!



by Rhys Ford

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!


Ah, Mal. Pestilence is the newest Horseman and overwhelmed probably describes his situation the best. While none of the Manifestations know their origins or how they died, there are usually clues as to when they came from—personality traits and knowledge of the times. Mal is definitely a child of the current century, intrinsically aware of new technologies and shifting societies where the other Horsemen have had to adapt to the changes around them.

Unfortunately, Mal’s differences create conflict in the well-oiled Horsemen machine. War and Min are very judgmental of their new younger “brother” whereas Death is having to mentor Mal heavily on the concept of consequences. Mal’s heart is in the right place. He’s the most eager and earnest of the Horsemen but he does wield a lot of power and where humanity is concerned, a light touch is often best.

Licking his wounds from some spectacular failures, Mal is still eager to prove himself. He is probably the most human of the Horsemen, settling into a new existence with a whole bunch of knowledge but an opaque amnesia of how to be a person… or even what kind of person he wants to be.

With the others’ strong personalities, Mal struggles to find his place…and wonders what the world is like outside of the Veil, outside of their bubble. As the Veil begin to thin around them, wraiths begin to feed on their hapless victims and Mal is thrust into the fray. A skirmish brings him into contact with a human, a delectable, broken young man who sees him. Actually sees Mal through the Veil.

And that’s where Mal’s troubles truly begin.


About Ink and Shadows

o-ink-and-shadowsKismet 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.

Available at: DSP Publications & Amazon


About Rhys Ford

headshot_Rhys FordRhys 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.

Find out more about Rhys on her BlogFacebookTwitter or her books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press.


Rhys has graciously offered up a chance to win Mal’s iconic Dark Horse!!


The giveaway starts now and ends July 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Good luck!

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29 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger Rhys Ford: Pestilence + Giveaway!

  1. debby236

    I could not wait and ordered my copy.

  2. Mal is my second fav character. I can’t wait to see how much his life will change in the next installment.

  3. Al

    I’m about 2/3 of the way through it. I work in a call center and keep cursing at the phone every time it rings today because I’d really rather be reading.

  4. waxapplelover

    Thanks for another great blog post. I love this tour.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. Laurie P

    Greatest tour and prize ever.

  6. Hmm Mal is just so much…sweeter then I had envisioned! Not that that is a bad thing I quite like Cooties & look forward to seeing him grow into his own 😎

  7. Pingback: Last Post of the Ink and Shadows Tour: Blogger Girls! | Rhys Ford

  8. Amy Darling

    It’s been a fun tour. Can’t wait to get into this book. Beautiful cover!!

  9. younela

    Looking forward to reading this book. As always a different blog tour.

  10. Lissa

    Okaky I’m going to thrown my name in the hat. Already most of the way through this book. Enjoying it so far.

  11. already 2/3 through this book. 🙂

  12. susana

    I’ve really loved the blog tour. The book is already ordered and waiting in my ebook. Thank you for such an interesting and different vision on the Horsemen! 😉

  13. Carissa

    Mal is most definitely my favorite character. Though Ari is a close second.

  14. Have loved every word RF has published, and this book surpassed my admittedly high expectations. I don’t know how she does it, so I’ll just be a grateful fan and enjoy, and fall a little in love with every character along the way – though Cole still holds the prime spot. 😉

  15. Dee Ash

    This book was terrific, it was awesome to read and I’ve enjoyed following the blog tour around immensely.

  16. this sounds so good…not sure I’ve read anything much about the 4 Horsemen so this is an interesting spin!

  17. I love your series, Rhys! The Dirty boys, Sinner’s Gin, oh, how well you write them! I’m seriously jonesing for Quinn’s story. I’m all twitchy and everything. 😉 Thank you for giving us these wonderful men, and thanks to the blogs hosting this giveaway.


  18. Great post. Thank you for the giveaway chance =)

  19. Enjoyed the book. I love Mal and Kismet. Cannot wait to see what happens in book two.

  20. Ree Dee

    I love all Rhy’s books!

  21. Ree Dee

    Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  22. Pony!!! I loved the book but you never mentioned horses at all. Death doesn’t even drive a red Ferrari!! Mind you he does need a new car …..

  23. Carolyn

    Oooh, tantalizing bit there! Thank you for sharing with us, Rhys.

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  24. Laura

    Loving the info on the blog tour

  25. Brenda

    Enjoyed the tour but more importantly LOVED the book! Just finished and as always Rhys has crafted another amazing world for one to get lost in. Can’t wait to see what she will come up with next, thank you Rhys. 🙂

  26. Amanda

    Mal sounds like such a great character 🙂

  27. I adored the book and the characters. I definitely emphathized with Mal because I think of the four I am most like him, thinking with my emotions rather than my head too much. Talking too much because I trust easily (a little gullible that way). I’m getting better at it, and I’m sure Mal will too, but I think there’s a _reason_ he trusted Kismet so easily. I’m very big on reasons. 🙂 Plus, he wears glasses, and so do I, and I can’t see anything without mine either; I thought that was fitting for Pestilence. LOL. And the Dark Horse is just so darn cute! 🙂 Rhys is a great author, and I’m really looking forward to this series. Yay!

  28. Shirley Ann Speakman

    I enjoyed the post and it great to see new twist on the four horsemen.

  29. Loren

    Thank you for talking about your book, I’m very interested on reading this

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