A big welcome to Jocelynn Drake who is here to telling us about Magic in the Mixture: Potions & Tattoos in the Asylum Tales and celebrating the release of DEAD MAN’S DEAL, The Asylum Tales (published on May 7, 2013 by Harper Voyager). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Magic in the Mixture: Potions & Tattoos in the Asylum Tales
The Asylum Tales is set in a world overflowing with magic. Some people are born with it while others come into it later in life. But magic potions are something anyone can do – though they typically are the domain of tattoo artists.
For big, flashy magic, the warlocks and witches are born with the ability to tap the energy that is the force behind magic. It’s sort of like a unique genetic marker, kind of like people who can curl their tongue. You either can or you can’t. There’s no in-between.
But for potions, the magic lies in the ingredients and not in the person. As a result, anyone can make a magic potion. You just need the right combination of ingredients mixed in the right way to get the desired results.
Now, there are naturally a few caveats to the previous statement. Otherwise, everyone would be whipping up potions to settle their problems.
Making a proper potion is more like surgery. Technically, anyone can perform brain surgery with the right training. Creating a proper potion is the same. Anyone can make a good love potion with the right training.
That is where your local tattoo artist comes along. When the tattoo artist is going through training to learn how to tattoo a person, they are also learning about potion ingredients, the necessary symbols for certain potions, and how the various potions need to be prepared. There’s a lot that goes into making a proper potion.
Another aspect is the danger that goes along with magic potions. If you don’t have the proper training, bad things can happen in brain surgery. The same goes for potions – and you really don’t want to see how badly things can go wrong if you screw up a potion.
(If you’d like to learn how badly things can go with a poorly conceived potion, check out the tattoo that Gage had trouble with in Angel’s Ink.)
Tattoo artists rose up as the gatekeepers for potions rather than a lot of other potential sources because of how most potions need to be introduced to the body. For short-term effects, the potions can be rubbed on the skin, smoked, or ingested in food or drink. However, for something that is going to last much longer, it needs to be added directly to the blood stream. The process of tattooing the potion on a person puts the potion in the person’s blood as well as in the skin so that it becomes a part of them for an extended period of time (ranging from a few years to a lifetime). When the potion is matched with certain symbols, then the effects have been known to be strengthened.
To protect both customers and tattoo artists, the Tattoo Artists and Potions Stirrers Society (TAPSS) was created. This regulatory body works to set standards for ingredients and their usage as well as certifying tattoo artists. When a tattoo artist has been certified through TAPSS, a customer can be assured that the artist completed all the necessary training, apprenticeship, and passed a series of tests.
So if you happen to stop in Asylum when you’re in Low Town next, you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that Gage, Trixie, and Bronx have all been properly trained and certified through TAPSS. Whether you want a pretty dove on your ankle, or maybe a little something more in your ink to help you through a tight spot, any of the Asylum tattoo artists can help you.
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).
1 signed copy of Dead Man’s Deal
Available on May 7, 2013 by Harper Voyager
Dead Man’s Deal by Jocelynn Drake continues the dark and dangerous adventures of a magical tattoo artist begun in Angel’s Ink.
In a gritty urban fantasy 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.
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.
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