Deadly Destinations: Jocelynn Drake & win THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX

August 3, 2012 Deadly Destinations 35

Today’s Deadly Destination  is from Jocelynn Drake‘s Gage on Low Town from THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX (Published by Harper Voyager  on July 3, 2012). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Jocelynn Drake’s Gage Powell on Low Town from THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX

I talked to that author I work with, Jocelynn Drake, recently and she mentioned that people were interested in visiting Low Town.  My first reaction was naturally, “You’re kidding, right?” but she was dead serious.    She suggested that I supply a quick guide to out-of-towners wanting a little adventure.

First, Low Town is in the Midwest, which means we get more snow than Florida and less snow than Montana  each winter (unless the Winter Court decides to come to town and then you’re just better off vacationing at the South Pole because there’ll be less snow there).  In the summer, it’s hot.  Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.  And no, it’s not a dry heat.

If you happen to be a shape-shifter, you’ll need to check in with the local packs to get approval to come into their territory.  Jackson Wagnalls is the alpha for the Low Town werewolf pack.  He’s an okay guy, but I wouldn’t mention my name since he’s not a fan of mine.  (I still think he’s blowing that whole Chihuahua thing out of proportion.)    Of course, if you’re a vampire, you’ll also need to swing by one of the local nests for approval as well.  We have two nests in town.  There are also several troll-friendly hotels in the area if you’re the type that’s extremely allergic to sunlight.

Low Town is like any medium-sized city.  We’ve got skyscrapers (the tallest being Lindner Tower).  We’ve got a zoo, theaters, and sports arenas, but you want the off-the-beaten path, 50-cent tour, right?

First, if you’re looking for something sweet, on the south side of town, there’s a little pastry and sweets shop called Brownie Delights.  I’ve been told that the things they do with chocolate are worth killing for (though they haven’t reported any deaths in over three years).  I don’t stop at the shop because I don’t trust the fey when it comes to food.

On the more adult end, there is a great tapas bar called Warm & Toasted.  The place has an excellent selection of wines, coffees, and empanadas.  Also, the place has become quite popular with vampires since they recently set up an agreement with local blood bank to keep in stock a few types of blood each night.  Just be sure to have your BBC (Blood Bank Card) on hand if you wish to order.  (Keep in mind this is the more slacks and collared shirt crowd.)

If you’re looking for more of the vintage rock T-shirt and jeans crowd, head over to Cock’s Crow.  The bar is wall-to-wall awesome with rock music blasted over the speakers when there isn’t a live band in the back.  The owner Dolan caters to all types.  He’s even set up some smaller tables on ledges near the ceiling for the pixies and faeries, but I wouldn’t advise sitting under them as they tend to spill their drinks as the night wears on.  The other nice thing is that since Dolan is a minotaur, the fights are kept to a minimum (except on Wednesday night – half-price shots and domestic beers for ogres and trolls).

If you’re a fan of good beer and German food, head over to Strauss Haus Restaurant and Bier Garten.  They have the best imported beer selection on tap in the city and Tuesday night is half-priced sauerkraut balls.  (But watch out for Fridays, there’s a wandering polka band.  Also, don’t mention my name to the seating hostess.  She’s a siren and doesn’t like me much at the moment either.)

For a real adventure, or maybe just a wild bachelor/bachelorette party, I suggest Miss Holly’s Hot House.  Hidden in a quiet neighborhood, the succubus-run brothel employs only succubi and incubi, and caters to nearly every fantasy. (Don’t worry, they are regulated by the health department.)

Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1)

And what visit to Low Town would be complete without a new tattoo to show your friends when you get home?  Asylum Tattoo Parlor is just down the street from Strauss Haus.  Get Trixie, Bronx, or me to give you some fresh ink.  Want to forget about this vacation completely?  I’ve got the right potion that can help with that too.

You’re going to have a great time in Low Town.  If not, I can help you forget!

Gage Powell, tattoo artist and owner of Asylum Tattoo Parlor

Low Town is a wild and strange place filled with the dangerous and unexpected.  Follow tattoo artist Gage Powell on his adventures through Low Town in the Asylum Tales with his friends Bronx and Trixie.  The novella THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX is now available on e-book, and THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE will be released as an e-book on September 4.  The first novel, ANGEL’S INK, will be available in on October 16.


Giveaway provided by Jocelynn Drake
3 ecopies of THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX by Jocelynn Drake


Published by Harper Voyager  on July 3, 2012


In Low Town, where humans walk and work side-by-side with elves, vampires, ogres, and all manner of creature, it’s understandable that people occasionally need a little help in their lives. Whether is love, work, or … other, tattoo artists are there to try to help turn the odds into your favor. When Gage’s friend Parker needs help with his love life, tattoo artists Gage and Bronx are only too happy to help. But the incubus ends up getting more than he bargained for with his new tattoo, and his friends are forced to scramble to fix the mess they’ve created before someone gets hurt.

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35 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Jocelynn Drake & win THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX”

  1. Rebe

    At first I thought, wow, the Strauss Haus Restaurant and Bier Garten hasgood beer and German food, sign me up!, but when I saw that there’s a wandering polka band on Fridays, I decided that I should stay away , lol!

  2. Victoria Zumbrum

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love the cover. I can’t wait to read this book. What inspired you to be a writer? Please enter me in contest. [email protected]

  3. Barb P

    This series sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  4. Jessica S.

    I know you’ve written from Danaus’s point of view before, but I was wondering, is it hard to write from the male p.o.v.? I feel like that would definitely be a little more challenging than writing from the female perspective. So, was this at all challenging? Or at least needing to switch into the different male p.o.v.?

  5. Jocelynn Drake

    Victoria, I started writing when I was 12 because I loved books and I have all these stories locked in my head. Writing seemed to be the only way to get all the stories out. Unfortunately, for every story I wrote, two more would appear in my head. I guess I just have to keep writing.

    Jessica S., Writing from a man’s POV can definitely be tricky. Men view things differently and deal with their emotions differently. Writing from Gage’s POV means keeping all that in mind. But at the same time, it has been a lot of fun because Gage doesn’t watch his mouth and he says the first thing that comes to mind. Letting his mouth get him in trouble can be so much fun!

  6. Laurie

    Sounds like a very nice place to vacation! I’m looking forward to see what adventures await there! Thanks for the giveway!

  7. STACI

    Jocelynn – who do you read when you have the time? Thanks for the contest!

    • Jocelynn Drake

      My reading typically depends on my mood. If I need something with a happy ending, I will usually read either some historical romances or maybe some light paranormal romance like Lynsay Sands or Kerrelyn Sparks. When I need something darker or grittier, I go for Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series or I’ve recently started on JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. My reading is mostly in urban fantasy or fantasy. I love Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Simon Green, Raymond Feist, Pamela Palmer, and many many more.

  8. rissatoo

    I was going to ask ‘how in the world did you come up with this world?’, but then I realized, I don’t really want to know that. I just want to read it! 🙂

  9. Melissa B

    Have this series on my list to read. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. Debbie

    I have been reading wonderful things about this series and can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Jocelynn Drake

      Yes! And you almost never see a bunch of guys trying to tackle this subject. It was fun to tackle this subject.

  11. Elizabeth

    I can’t wait to read this series! I am a huge fan of the Dark Days series!!

  12. Enigma75

    Man, I can not wait for this series to start!! It sounds fantastic!!

  13. Sariah

    I am loving the cover! Really eye catching. Thanks for the chance.

  14. whitewolfreads

    I loved the Dark Days series so I’m very exited to read this new series by Jocelynn drake. I’m also intrigued about the tattoo aspect of the story.

  15. Danielle B

    Thanks for the fantastic series! I’ll have to look out for it when I go book shopping.

  16. Jolene A

    I loved your Dark Day’s series and Mira is one of my all time Fav. characters! I can’t wait to dive into this new series!

  17. Keslynn

    Jocelynn, have you got any tattoos? Were you already familiar with tattoo shops or did you have to research?

  18. Christiane C.

    I love the covers of your books, what sort of things do you do before you start to write to help you get in the spirit and also to inspire you? Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Amanda Grinstead

    I haven’t read this series yet. What is wrong with me? Time for me to start and hopefully I can have one of them as a free ebook. 😀

  20. Jaime Anderson

    These books sound awesome, thanks for the giveaway!!! Is this your favorite genre to write?
    jaimela77 at gmail dot com