Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Asylum Tales

It has been a wild this year, with multiple stories hitting e-readers and on the shelves.  I'm hearing from lots of readers that they heard about some releases, but not everything.  Let me take this time to get you caught up on everything that is out there for you to read about Gage, Bronx, Trixie, and the strange happenings at the Asylum Tattoo Parlor.

If you're interested in reading everything (and in order), the best place to start are the prequel novellas.  The are only available as e-books.  But the nice thing is that they are only $1.99 per story.  For less than 4 bucks, you get close to 200 pages of stories.  These two stories happen years before the events of ANGEL'S INK, providing you with basic background on Bronx, Trixie, Gage, and the city of Low Town. 

The first prequel novella is THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX.  The reason it is called an interview is due to the fact that it tells the story of how Gage "interviewed" and came to hire Bronx at the tattoo parlor.

The second prequel novella is THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: TRIXIE.  The story tells how Gage met Trixie and with her help, saved Gage's ex-girlfriend Jo.

Now, if you finish the prequel novellas and are left thinking: "Gee, those were great, but I would still really like some more information before I did into a full length novel of this series."  I've got some help for you.  Gage and I have worked on several interviews and essays that provide great background information to the world of Low Town.

If you would like to learn about how the warlocks and witches came to dominate the world that Gage live in, please read his essay called "The Subjugation of the Races". (PDF)

If you would like a tour of Low Town, please read Gage's article called "Low Town Tour Guide". (PDF)

If you would like to read a story about Gage's life before being taken to the Towers, please read his story called "School Days." (PDF)

If you'd like to read my interview of the main characters of the two prequel novellas, please read my article called "Seeking Asylum." (PDF)

If you'd like to read about the time Gage met the Headless Horseman, please click this link.

Now you should be thinking that you're ready to read ANGEL'S INK.  (Of course, you don't have to read all of the above to understand the adventures of Gage and his pals in Low Town, but some people just like as many stories as they can get.)  ANGEL'S INK is the first full-length novel in the series.  It is available as both a trade paperback as well as an e-book.  What's more, the audio book will be available on November 13.

Here's a quick book description:
Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.

Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

 After you read this book, you may be interested in my interview with Sofie, a character that makes an important appearance in the first novel.  To read the interview, please click here.

And finally, I have one last story for the Asylum Tales series that is currently available.  Gage's Halloween short story appears in the anthology BLOOD BY MOONLIGHT, which came out last week.  The anthology is currently available as an e-book, but it looks like Amazon will also be offering print copies on November 13. 

Here's a quick book description:

Just in time for the scariest season of all, three popular paranormal authors come together to tell original tales of romance where Anything can happen under a Halloween moon . . .

Tempers flare and passions rise in Jocelynn Drake's Of Monsters and Men as the local werewolf pack clashes with the Winter Court's Wild Hunt . . .

In Terri Garey's The Ghoul Next Door, a witch and a warlock battle it out for possession of a haunted house, but the ghost may have her own agenda . . .

And, in Trick or Treathen by Caris Roane, a master vampire struggles to stay away from the mortal woman who enflames his very soul.

If you've read all of that ... well, you'll just have to wait until 2013 for my next Asylum Tales novel when DEAD MAN'S DEAL hits shelves.

Happy reading!

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