Deadly Destinations: Ilona Andrews’s Ascanio on the Casino & win MAGIC RISES

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Today’s Deadly Destination is from Ilona Andrews‘s Ascanio on Casino from MAGIC RISES, Kate Daniels #6 (published on July 30, 2013 by Ace). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Ilona Andrews’s Ascanio on the Casino from MAGIC RISES

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6)Good morning, gentlemen and especially ladies. My name is Ascanio. Welcome to the New Atlanta tour. Please keep your hands and feet inside the cart. As you can see, we have a pair of lovely shire horses drawing us along; their names are Castor and Pollux, but have no fear, they will not be stealing and ravaging any pretty girl horses. They are steady and reliable, but they do occasionally have to take care of their business and we apologize for the smell in advance. With magic and technology switching on and off, horses are our best mode of transportation.

We’re going to visit Casino today, so let’s be off. Atlanta is about average as far as crime rates go, but it’s not good to linger after dark. When magic floods us, it spawns monsters and they happen to be always hungry. In the event of the monster attack, I may change shape. Please do not be alarmed. I’m a member of the shapeshifter Pack, Clan Bouda to be specific. My species is called Hyaena brunnea, or striped hyena for those of you not familiar with Latin. I may look a bit freaky, but I am a very good-natured beast. In fact, our clan is famous for our accommodating and adventurous nature especially when it come to the fine sport of intimate relationships. 

Thank you to the two beautiful blond ladies in the back. I appreciate the giggling.

My pal Mister McBroody-pants, who is giving me his evil stare over here on my left, is a werewolf. His name is Derek and you can be assured that between the two of us, no mythological beasts will get their claws on you. 

If I may draw your attention to the ruins of Downtown on your right. Magic hates anything technological. It especially hates tall buildings so it gnaws them to dust until they fall. That’s exactly what happened here. Our mentor calls this “graveyard of human ambition,” which is an accurate description, one I happen to agree with and not just because our mentor has a very sharp sword. Everything our fine technological civilization once aspired to now lies at our feet. All the labor, the materials, the ingenious design, all gone to waste, now sprawled here in heaps of gravel and dust. Kind of makes you reevaluate your life. 

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)If you look to your right, you can catch the first glimpse of our destination. It stand on the site of the Georgia Dome, which had kissed the dust many years ago. If it reminds you of Taj Mahal, that’s by design. It has once been described as “ethereal castle born from a mind of a sleeping wizard dreaming of Arabian Nights.” Beautiful, isn’t it? The white minarets look almost as if they are floating. See those gaunt skeletal looking things on the walls? Those are vampires. Once the Immortuus Pathogen kills its victim, it wipes the slate completely clean. Vampires have no consciousness; they do not think, they do not speak, they have no ability to reason. They exist only to devour. If let loose, they will slaughter anything with a heartbeat. They are like sharks of the supernatural world, except that they do not breed. 

In fact, the pathogen pretty much gets rid of any organs that are not essential to the undead’s survival, which includes intestines, kidneys, and surprise, genitals. Did you know that you can tell the age of the vampire by the shrinkage of his penis? Exactly, freaky, right?

I can tell by Derek’s Glare From Hell that I am not supposed to regale you with stories of vampire penises.

Okay, I’ll stop. But please don’t worry, all of the vampires at the Casino are safe. Their minds are controlled by navigators. We call them Masters of the Dead. The Masters telepathically grab a hold of the vampire and pilot them around like remote controlled cars of old. They hear what the undead hear and should a vampire speak to you, it’s not actually the undead having a conversation, it’s the navigator speaking to you from the vampire’s mouth. These particular vampires and the Casino itself are owned by the People. They call themselves that because they think they are the only true people of this new magic and technology age. Snobby bastards, aren’t they? They are all about research and corporate profits, so when you go inside, if you happen to encounter someone who looks like a high priced attorney or a stock broker, it’s probably one of the navigators.

We shall now let you off. Please proceed down this beautiful walkway between the fountains featuring Hindu gods. Don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose. We will be back to pick you up in the morning. Should any of you require rescuing before morning – especially if you are young and female – my number is on the back of the business card. Looking forward to hearing from you.

 Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children, and many dogs and cats. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

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1 copy of MAGIC RISES by Ilona Andrews


Available on 07/30/2013 by Ace


Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they’ll pay him in medicine. With the young people’s survival and the Pack’s future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they’re heading straight into a trap…

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132 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Ilona Andrews’s Ascanio on the Casino & win MAGIC RISES”

  1. Rebe

    Bwahahaha! A description “I happen to agree with and not just because our mentor has a very sharp sword” – too funny! I love Ascanio!

  2. Sarah

    Can Ascanio always call Derek: My pal Mister McBroody-pants? I love it!

  3. Christine McCann

    Good to see Ascanio making himself useful and not giving Derek too much trouble. Yet. 😉

  4. Ann Lazo

    Will Ascanio and Derek have a love triangle with Julie?

  5. Stephanie M

    I cannot wait to read this book! I love the dynamics of Derek’s and Ascanio’s relationship. I can’t wait to see how it may include Julie!

  6. Rachel

    Love the Kate Daniel’s books and all the short side stories that come along with them!

  7. Stephanie

    Love the interview. Such a great series, can’t wait to read Magic Rises. Any plans for another spin off book? Derek or Ascanio as main perhaps?

  8. Chelsea

    “I can tell by Derek’s Glare From Hell that I am not supposed to regale you with stories of vampire penises.”

    This has me laughing a little harder that I probably should. I love Ascanio 🙂

  9. Cerulean

    I love this idea! This is a great opportunity to hear the voices of some of the “minor” characters, pun semi-intended.

  10. kimberly

    Haha, loved Ascanio’s point of view. More, please? 😀

  11. Joani S

    I haven’t read any of these books but I’ve heard good things. I’m going to have to start them soon.

  12. Jennifer Smith

    Mr. McBroody-Pants should be how Ascanio ALWAYS refers to Derek. Snerk…

  13. Veronica

    My question would be to Ascanio, what do you think of your boss, Kate and her ward, Julie?

    I am soo excited for this latest upcoming book release. Can’t hardly wait to read it. 🙂

  14. Christine

    This is fantastic…I love the business cards at the end.

  15. Susan p

    Hmmm…question for Ilona and Gordon: Will Kate and Curran ever have kids? Will there be a love interest between Julie and Ascanio? Will Kate and Curran ever actually meet up with the evil Roland in person?

    P. S. LOVED the tour. Ascanio is great. Can’t wait to get to know him better.

  16. Kevin Barfield

    Sounds like Derek needs to have another chat with Ascanio

  17. Michele

    Will Julie and Derek ever get together? or is this just crush that will dissipate?

  18. Paula

    Charming Ascenio – loved the tour….if I ever need rescuing, I will be sure to give you a call.

  19. Make Kay

    Cant wait for this book!!

    “I can tell by Derek’s Glare From Hell that I am not supposed to regale you with stories of vampire penises.”

  20. Ruby

    My absolute favorite part of this guest post is Derek. Dude needs his own book.

  21. Sarah

    Well, that was an entertaining little snippet/story. Love this series, and I am super excited about the next book! Can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway~

  22. Heather

    I love this series. Can’t wait for Magic Rises release!

  23. Kimberly

    I love the interaction between characters. Always good for a laugh.

  24. draconismoi

    Ascansio – haven’t you learned not to screw with Derek yet? If memory serves he totally kicked your ass.

  25. Courtney

    Hilarious! I love Ascanio, particularly when he’s interacting with Derek (and Kate and Andrea.)

  26. Froggy

    I love this tour with Ascanio! Just another reason that you are my favorite writing duo. Thanks so much for all of your hard work.

  27. Alex Fedalizo

    Does Ascanio know how Julie feels about Darrek? Dies Darrek? Will any of them get a spin off series?

  28. Michelle

    Every little snippet… always makes me want more! Love Mr. McBroody-pants!

  29. Erica

    I would love to hear more from Derek. Maybe he could do a tour too!

  30. Leah

    Ascanio is such a riot! I can just picture Derek sitting there rolling his eyes. Can’t wait for Magic Rises!

  31. Isabel de City Bell

    I can’t wait till the release date! I LOVED Ascanio’s POV, he is so funny.

  32. Janie McGaugh

    I enjoyed Ascanio’s tour. Hope Mr. McBroody-pants doesn’t bite his head off!

  33. Sarah Dell

    I love Ascanio and Derek together! They can’t stand each other yet need to work together. I love the Kate Daniels books so much and I’m so glad another one is almost here!

  34. Kelly

    LOL!!! That was awesome ; ) Hopefully that tour was given pre-Andrea our Kate is going to need some more bail money.

  35. tammy

    that was great! I love this series; can’t wait to read the next book.

  36. De Lisa

    Lol I needed that pick me up. Thank you. Ascancio is hilarious, though I’d rather, Derek were my escort. Can’t wait for Magic Rises!

  37. Jennifer Seducedbybooks

    i can not wait for this book. i love kate and curran!!!

  38. Denise Z

    Oh man . . . what does it say about me that I wish I had my own remote control vamp to take care of a some things around the house o_O Thank you for sharing and making me smile. I love this series and am looking forwards to reading more.

  39. Jill

    I like how Derek is just giving out the evil eye and not saying anything. I like the strong and silent type. I am not into flashy. I cannot wait for the book to come out. Kate and Curran are great together and that makes everyone else around them just as special.

  40. Julaine

    One of these days Julie is going to kick the smart alek right out of Ansencio. Hopefully Derek will be there to watch.

  41. Sarah

    Perfect Ascanio moment. He manages to be both smarmy and charming, which is quite a feat — usually one cancels out the other. Perhaps when he grows up, he’ll manage to commit entirely to one or the other — oh, wait, bouda AND male — I’m not sure they ever really grow up.

  42. Jenn W

    This is my favorite series. I am fangirling out right now for Magic Rises. 😀

  43. Christina Callahan

    I totally loved this trip to the Casino. Hilarious!

  44. Cait

    The tour guide of Atlanta was pretty fantastic. Though why shapeshifters would be willingly taking people to the Casino I have no idea. Maybe they’re really annoying and want to lose money surrounded by vampires? Perhaps the Boudas just get a kick out of it?

  45. Bethany C.

    I wish I could have read this, but I have to admit I skimmed it because I’m reading Magic Slays right now and I was afraid to see any spoilers!

  46. Shelley

    I am really looking forward to the new book. Love this series.

  47. Rachel W.

    That was an awesome scene!!! My question would be for Derek. “Are you really going to take that from him? I would turn his rear-end over to Kate or Andrea.”

  48. Biki

    I love the series! I’m doing the Read-Along at the moment and loving every step! I’m counting down the days and already planned to lock myself away when it’s released.

  49. Jordin Rausch

    love Ascanio but now i want to hear Derek’s tour.

  50. Miriam

    This is sooo Ascanio. The comments about Derek really had me cracking up, and I could just see his face each time, it was sooo Derek. It is a lot of fun. I am trying to keep my thoughts away from the countdown….Thank you for the distraction!

  51. Angela C

    Love this series. Enjoy the world building and characters. Great “Deadly Destination” review. I’m so excited to read “Magic Rises” can’t wait for it to come out.

  52. Danielle

    I love the Kate Daniels series. I am so excited to read Magic Rises. I plan on re-reading the beginning of the series before I start on Magic Rises. I also really love Clean Sweeper, and I hope that it will be available digitally. Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. Rain Maiden

    Can’t wait to get my paws on a copy of this. I think I already pre-ordered it 🙂

  54. Barbara Elness

    I think Ascanio was a great tour guide and I can’t wait to read Magic Rises.

  55. Priya

    Looking forward to this a lot–and the snippet was great!

  56. Omar J.

    Only 2 weeks left, and I’m already slavering at the thought of my own copy.

  57. coyora

    I love Ascanio. so. much. I want more Julie stories too~ I love Julie!!

  58. Katrina T.

    Can’t wait to read the next book. I love Kate and Curran!

  59. Laura

    I love the little bit with Ascanio leaving his number on the back of the cards. Priceless!

  60. Darlene

    Love Ascanio!! What a fun tidbit! Can’t waint until Magic Rises is out!

  61. Katie

    I would love to see a story from Ascanio’s POV. The kid has a talent for… unique perspectives!

  62. nat ogu

    cant wait im so excited , their books are always awesome

  63. Jennifer Greenlees (@Jen_fromWA)

    This is too, too funny! I loved it! Thank you, Ascanio, for sharing your wit with us. Do you call Derek Mr. McBroody-Pants to his face? I would love to see his expression when/if you do!!

  64. Annabelle

    I love the tour, could we get one of the Keep next time?

  65. Neon612

    Thanks for the giveaway and can’t wait to read this series.

  66. Pamk

    This series is one of my absolute favorite and a must read. Thank for the giveaway

  67. Michelle

    For a second there I thought that McBroody-Pants was Jim. lol

  68. Penni

    I love this series! I found it by blog hopping actually 😀

    So how do you guys enjoy writing as a team? My husband and I have such very different ideas for books I don’t think we could do that! lol

  69. Julia

    This is awesome! I’m about to start crossing the days remaining until the release out of the calendar 🙂

  70. Josephine

    I went to Atlanta, GA two years ago for a business conference, and I have to tell you – I spent an inordinate amount of time just looking out my hotel window, trying to imagine what the Atlanta in Kate Daniels’ world looked like!

  71. Michele A

    I have heard lots of good things about this series. Can’t wait to read.

  72. Gidget

    Ascanio is great. I’ve been wondering if we’re going to start seeing more of him in future books? I love this series!

  73. LynneW

    Heehee – I love Ascanio! What a great tour guide he makes.

  74. Amy

    Hilarious! Derek was probably my favorite here; so serious, and he was probably only there to keep Ascanio in check.

  75. Nicole E

    This needs to go on my to-read shelf, immediately! Thanks for the opportunity to win it! =]

  76. KimG

    Love this series, and can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the contest!

  77. Meenu

    Heh, Ascanio XD I cant say if its his natural snark or if Kate is rubbing off on him

  78. Krista

    I’m only on the 2nd book, but I love the series so far. Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. Texas Book Lover

    This is yet another series I have GOT to read like yesterday! I have heard so many amazing things about it!

  80. Jolene A

    This sounds like a series I would love! Can’t wait to get started!

  81. Michelle Bledsoe

    Oh how I love the snarky humor of your characters. Ascanio has just captured my heart. I love his interactions with Derek. Thank you Gordon and Ilona for such a fantastic series.

  82. Caty R

    What a fantastic series! My favorite character keeps changing. Fantastic writers the both of you 🙂

  83. Lexi

    Amazing following you have, and great reviews for this book so far! I can’t wait for more Curran!