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Monday, May 6, 2013

Character Confessions: Gage Powell (Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake) + giveaway

Tomorrow Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales #2) releases and I can't wait. Everyone knows how much I love dark urban fantasy and the first book Angel's Ink (review here) didn't disappoint. Great characters and Jocelynn's expert world building skills make this a series for any UF fan. Poor Gage, her hero, doesn't seem to be able to catch a break and he has a few things to say to his author...


By Gage Powell, the Asylum Tales series, and Jocelynn Drake

Gage Powell here, and I’m glad to be in the driver’s seat for once. Now it’s my turn to take control; even though my author and partner, Jocelynn Drake, has already started backseat driving. (Be polite, Gage. Watch your language, Gage. Don’t talk about your bodily functions, Gage.) Geez. It’s like going on a job interview with your mother.

Jocelynn and I have done a ton of interviews to promote Angel’s Ink and Dead Man’s Deal (books 1 and 2 of the Asylum Tales series), but she’s always been the one asking me the questions so I tell you about myself and the world I live in. Today’s I’ve been asked what it’s like working with Jocelynn.

Let me paint you a picture.

You know those little metal hooks a dentist uses to scrape your teeth and poke around in all the really sore spots in your mouth? Jocelynn like to pull open all my old and still-healing wounds, and then she digs in with that metal hook while asking, “How does that make you feel?”

[Jocelynn: Really? You’re going to make me out to be a sick and twisted sadist? I don’t get pleasure out of your pain and suffering. I’m just trying to give readers a complete understanding of how you feel and what’s happening in your world.]


And you think readers need to know so much detail about my sex life?

[Jocelynn: Well, I don’t think readers need to know the intimate details of your sex life, but I thought those scenes would add some needed levity to the book.]


Levity?!? You think my sex life is funny?

[Jocelynn: Actually, I find your social life funny.]


Oh. Ha. Ha. Ha. Like you’ve got any room to talk. Stopping at the grocery for milk is a big social event for you.


[Jocelynn: Gage, you’ve gotten off topic.]

Yeah, I noticed that. It’s amazing how that happens when the topic of sex comes up.

[Jocelynn: Focus, please.]


And that’s why I’d be completely lost without Jocelynn. Life in Low Town is always full of the unexpected. When I’m not dodging the Grim Reaper or running from the Ivory Towers, then I’m dealing with cranky vampires, angry werewolves, elves who want to steal my girlfriend, cereal-munching gargoyles, and incubi with relationship issues. And that’s just on a good day! Jocelynn is good at cutting through all the chaos to get at the heart of the matter.

[Jocelynn: Thanks, Gage. With any luck, we’ll get around to telling how you gave the Grim Reaper dating advice and how you almost became the head of a local vampire nest.]

Pfft… nah. People just want to hear about my sex life.

[Jocelynn: You’re ridiculous.]


That’s why you love me. Come on, Joce. Let’s go back to Asylum. I’ll give you a new tattoo.

The End



In a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price. . . .

Gage learned that lesson long ago, in ways he'd rather not remember. But the cruel and powerful wizards in the dreaded Ivory Towers he escaped aren't about to let him forget. Though Gage has managed to stay out of sight, he can't outrun the past forever. The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions.

Too bad if innocent humans and monsters—entire cities—get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him . . .



About the author:
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Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This Midwestern native spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cats, Harley and Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).

The Asylum Tales series


Dark Days series


***GIVEAWAY***
One print copy of Dead Man's Deal (US only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

42 comments:

  1. Hands down a fast reader :). I have so many books I want to read and can't get to.

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  2. not the book that I was looking for, but I like your review!

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  3. I would go with one for prosperity.

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  4. I don't really want any tattoos but if I had a magic one...hmmm...well I choose one that would give me the ability to help other with their needs and have the funds to do it.
    Thanks :)

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  5. I have approx. 25 tattoos. Great question! I am searcing for a good tattoo place here in Austin right now to get a 'luck' tattoo. I've been planning this for a while. :-)

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    1. O_O you have been a busy girl! That is a lot of tattoos :)

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  6. I would want a tattoo to lead me to those who need honest help! I'm tired of folks taking advantage of my goodwill and want to help those who are honest about it!
    Barrie

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  7. I don't have any tattoos, but as I get older I think one for good health and fast healing would be good. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Bonnie Hilligoss/bonhill@speakeasy.net

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  8. I read fast enough thank you. I'd want one to improve my memory and writing skills so I could get my reviews done in a timely manner. LOL

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I would like a beautiful multi-colored butterfly tattoo for love.

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  10. I would get a tat that gave me the power to heal others physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Beth H.

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  11. I would like a tattoo that would activate my magicical powers(I know they're in there somewhere!)and it would have to be intuitive since I seem to be clueless as to what my life needs at any given moment. (It could be in the shape of a moon pie or maybe a Kool-Aid pitcher if needed.) Thanks so much for the giveaway! I can't wait to read it!

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  12. I WOULD LIKE ONE FOR LUCK WHICH I COULD USE MORE OF! THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  13. I already have a tattoo for love, well its laugh, love, and live. I read pretty fast but if it could make me read faster than totally! :)
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  14. I'd have Gage give me a tattoo JUST to have him give me one--- BAHHAHAHA I would love to have one that let me know if people were telling the truth-- THAT would be cool. I already read fast:)

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    1. Lol, yeah I would t mind that either! A truth detector tattoo is a fabulous idea!

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  15. Maybe a fancy little clock face so I could stop time?

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  16. Good luck. I'm already a fast reader and I have enough to drown in. So yeah luck. Or maybe just a basic tattoo with no magic...

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  17. Barbara StephensonMay 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Really enjoyed Angel's Ink & looking forward to Dead Man's Deal!

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  18. Barbara StephensonMay 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Fast reader-there are so many more books than I have time to read! Plus I've already got true love. ;)

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  19. Hellooo Dead Man's Deal! What a great Cover. I'm going to love this series. I do not have a problem with reading slow but to much other thing I have to do instead. I'm not the luckyest person but not the unluckyest ether. I would like a "Love" tattoo. If it was that easy. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  20. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway! If I was a magical tattoo, I might be finally convinced to get one. As long as it granted wishes, like a genie, but in a good way, not the backfire/eventual bad karma stuff of the legends :)

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  21. OMG!!! I am soooo excited about the giveaway!!! I totally LOVE Jocelynn Drake's books!! She is freakin' AWESOME!! If I could have a magical tattoo I would want a magical power to be able to help people. Maybe something like making wishes come true. That would be pretty cool!! Thank you so much for an amazing and generous giveaway!!! I LOVE your books Jocelynn!! YOU ROCK!!!

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  22. I love this series! it's made of awesome! I'd say I'd want true love/happiness, but that's probably against some magical law right?

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  23. I could use a little luck. Thanks.

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  24. I would definitely get one for love.

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  25. I think I could use a bit more luck, so I'd go for that tattoo from Gage. :D

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  26. I absolutely loved the Dark Days series and Angels Ink was fantastic. I can't wait to read Dead Man's Deal. If I could have a magical tattoo I'd want the ability to heal. Thanks for the contest.

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  27. Fast reader for sure.

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  28. For love, although I'd probably get a bad batch of something mixed in and things would stay as they are v.v

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  29. I would ge the one for luck so I could use it to win this book

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  30. Okay the way I see it with magic anything is possible, so I want a magical tattoo that is going to lift, separate, and smooth out all those droops and draggies that occur and Playtex really does not take care of. Who needs plastic surgery when you can get a magical tattoo - hey I think I need to quickly patten this idea here ;=D Thank you Gage for taking the time to share with us today. I am so looking forward to reading about your life, recently downloaded all of Jocelyn's books to my Kindle when she had that yummy sale and what a happy girl am I. Now if we could just work on that magical tattoo - just sayin . . .

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  31. I honestly don't know if I'd ever have the courage to get a tattoo, but if I did I think I'd want a full moon. Looking at the full moon gives me strength and it makes me feel calm and comfortable, so if I could have a magical tattoo that allows me share that same strength and comfort with others, I think that would be kind of awesome!

    I also wouldn't mind having a tattoo for love or maybe just companionship for right now.

    Gabby J.

    fallschangingheart@hotmail.com

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  32. I'd have to say luck.. if you're lucky you'll find love so why do u need a love tat?

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  33. If I would get a tattoo it would be for LUCK! I have the worse luck than anybody I know. I'm not just saying that either. A long time ago my oldest brother told me that since I took the last name I have now, when I got married, I've had nothing but bad luck. He's right it all started then. I took the name 41 yrs ago, been divorce for 22 yrs, kept the last name because of the kids, now I want to change it, but don't have the money to do it. I could get married to the wonderful man I'm with, but it's not going to happen. I always say when God handed out bad luck I stood in line more than once.lol! Sorry for the short story. Donna Harris

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  34. At this point in life, I will take one for luck. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

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