Cover Reveal: Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford

Kai Gracen, Book Four’s Cover Reveal and All That Stuff

I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of the fourth book in the Kai Gracen series, Silk Dragon Salsa. It will be published by Dreamspinner Press on 14 July 2020 and once again, Chris McGrath graciously provided the cover art for the book and once I saw the comp I got very excited because it was dynamic and most of all, very much Kai. I liked how it captures the “hunter” aspect of Kai’s life and at the same time, shows San Diego’s understreets which do play an integral part in this book.

Silk Dragon Salsa is both a homecoming and a journey for Kai and can I say, it was one of the hardest writes I’ve ever done because I wanted it to hit just so. There was a lot of delicate balancing of relationships and events so I had to pack a lot into these pages but I’m happy with how it turns out and I hope you are too.

Oh! Be sure to explore more of Chris’ fantastic illustrations and book covers at:

There’s also an online shop he’s got on the site if you want to buy a print of something you like.


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Cover Reveal. Written by Rhys Ford, Cover Illustrated by Chris McGrath


Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford

SoCalGov Stalker Kai Gracen always knew Death walked in his shadow. Enough people told him that, including his human mentor, Dempsey. Problem was, the old man never told him what to do when Death eventually caught up.

Where Tanic, his elfin father and the Wild Hunt Master of the Unsidhe Court, brought Kai pain and suffering, Dempsey gave him focus and a will to live or at least until everything unraveled. Now caught in a web of old lies and half-truths, Kai is torn between the human and elfin world, unsure of who he is anymore. Left with a hollowness he can’t fill, Kai aches to find solace in the one elfin he trusts, a Sidhe Lord named Ryder but he has unfinished business with Dempsey’s estranged brother, a man who’d long ago swore off anything to do with the feral elfin child Dempsey dragged up from the gutter.

Reeling from past betrayals, Kai searches for Dempsey’s brother, hoping to do right by the man saved him while trying to keep one step ahead of the death haunting his every step. Kai never thought he’d find love or happiness as a Stalker but when Death comes knocking at his door, Kai discovers a fierce need to live life to the fullest — even if that means turning his back on people he calls family.

Preorder the Silk Dragon Salsa ebook at:

Paperback preorders coming soon. As always, if you purchase a paperback from DSP, you get the ebook for free.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and is a two-time LAMBDA finalist with her Murder and Mayhem novels. She is also 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 and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Harley, a grey tuxedo with a flower on her face, Badger, a disgruntled alley cat who isn’t sure living inside is a step up the social ladder 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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53 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: Silk Dragon Salsa by Rhys Ford

  1. I have been dying for this next book ever since I finished Jacked Cat Jive. So excited this is coming out soon!

  2. I’m screaming here (no, really, my cat is very annoyed). I love the way this series has unfolded, with the world building so very obviously solid behind the scenes but only getting revealed to us at the moment the past intersects with the current action. And Kai is the best kind of protagonist: just as uncertain of himself and his place in the world as any real person, and still trying to do his best by the people he loves – and even by himself. So glad I get to see more of him soon!

  3. I love the cover. This is my favorite series. When will it be out on audio? I like having both. Will you ever do a follow up to Dim Sum Asylum?

  4. I love that cover image and it’s exactly how I pictured Kai in my mind and I love the imagery of San Diego.
    I remember when I was lucky enough to get the first edition paperback of Black Dog Blues and thought to myself ‘this is going to be a great series’. How right I was and I am I remember when I was lucky enough to get the first edition paperback of the first book and thought to myself this is going to be a great series. How right I was and I am I remember when I was lucky enough to get the first edition paperback of the first book and thought to myself this is going to be a great series. How right I was and I am soooo eager for book 4.

  5. Love the cover, can’t wait for the book, and OMG I’m the cover quote! So chuffed to see it!

  6. Wow just wow on the cover it’s beautiful. I am so looking forward to Kai and Ryder’s story.

  7. I LOVE KAI! The new book cover is a vibrant and stunning snapshot of Kai and his world. He looks like he’s ready to leap up and take on whatever challenges are coming his way… I can hardly wait to read all about it!

  8. I’ve re-read all the books and listened to the audio. I’ve pre-ordered and can’t wait for this release.

  9. That cover would definitely catch my attention if I were walking past a display! I’ll be counting the days.

  10. Fabulous cover. Pre-ordered from DSP. While waiting for July, I’ll reread the series again.

    1. You are the winner, Judy. Please email Rhys at: rhysford @ vitaenoir dot com for your prize. Thanks for entering!

  11. Wow! I love the cover! All of Kai Gracen book covers are fantastic! The title is so cool! Pre-ordered it yesterday! Can’t wait!

  12. That’s a beautiful cover! I’ve only read the first book so far, though have got books 2 & 3 – looking forward to reading them (and rereading book 1)

  13. I’m excited! It’s hard right now to concentrate much, but I love this series and am excited to finally immerse myself in something.

  14. Gorgeous cover. This is pure Kai. I can’t wait for this book to be released – I had it pre-ordered the second I knew it was up

  15. Best cover for Kai yet. He looks much more how I envision him. I have it on preorder and can’t wait.

  16. Wow. You keep doing it, Rhys – awesome cover as always. I’m curious if you gave pointer to the designer what you pictured the cover would be.

    1. We definitely talk about it. But Chris knows what he’s doing and he’s got a really good idea on who Kai is now 😀

  17. I love Kai and I am eagerly counting down the days until it is available to read. Chris McGrath did an amazing job on the cover for Silk Dragon Salsa!

  18. Ooh I am so excited for this book! I think I have enough time to do a re-read. I can’t wait! ❤❤❤????????????

  19. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this! Kai series was the first ones, I’ve read from Ford and from that moment I love books by Rhys <3

  20. I love the covers of the Kai Gracen books and the stories to. I’m patiently waiting to read this. I know I’m going to love it.

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