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Deadly Destinations day six takes us to Kansas City, Missouri with a vicious pack of hell-spawned creatures. K. A. Stewart’s Axel is here to give us a tour of Jesse James Dawson’s stomping grounds. Thanks to Kari and the wonderful team over at Penguin/Roc, three of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book, and two additional winners will be selected to receive a copy of A Devil in the Details and A Shot in the Dark! See details below.
The World According to Axel
by K. A. Stewart
You would think, as a demon, that location really wouldn’t matter that much to me. I mean, I can pretty much turn up wherever I want, and it takes an act of someone higher (you know who I mean) to get me to go once I’m there. The world is spread before me, ripe for the taking. Insert other poetic waxing here.
But there are a few key places where I am not allowed to go, and of course, these are the most interesting places to me.
First, I want to clarify that just because they don’t want me there doesn’t really mean they can keep me out. Like I said, it takes a lot more than simple human irritation to limit my travels. However, there are a few places that are…we’ll say highly inconvenient for me to get to. And we’ll also use “highly inconvenient” to mean “too much hard work” and “excruciatingly painful.”
The first of these places, and the one I’d most like to go wandering around in, is the home of one Jesse James Dawson. He fancies himself a demon slayer, which is truly a misnomer since we can’t really be killed (as far as he knows, anyway).
Nice house, typical suburbanite domicile. Couldn’t care less about how many bathrooms it has or what kind of kitchen. But Jesse lives there, and how else am I going to truly exert influence on him if I can’t get close to him?
If it wasn’t for his wife, I’d have free run of the place. But show up as one talking cockroach, and the woman gets all upset about it. I mean really. The nerve. Could I get through her spells? Sure. But see above where I mention “too much hard work” and “excruciatingly painful.” Easier to catch Jesse at work if I need to have a chat.
Besides, his work is really more my style. Decent music, clothes that don’t make me want to gouge my eyes out, and occasionally I can pick up new gauges for my ears or something. Y’know, if I ever actually buy real jewelry.
It’s a public place, so Jesse couldn’t keep me out if he wanted to. Hard as hell (pardon the pun) to set up warding spells on a place where everyone and their brother’s cousin’s demon can just waltz in and out at will. But, in the interest of keeping up open negotiations between Jesse and I, I stay away. Mostly. It’s hard, though. The kids there… Well, if Jesse wasn’t so vigilant, I might whisper in a few ears when no one was looking. Angsty teenagers are perfect targets, and you can never have too many souls.
And if Jesse’s not at work, he generally turns up at a few standard haunts. The most popular being the local baseball stadium.
Again, public place, easy to saunter in and out of. But you incite one tiny riot and people get all touchy. So while yes, I could attend the ball games right alongside my favorite champion, I typically don’t. Still trying to foster good will and all that schlock. It’s amazing what I’ll go through to get a soul I truly want. And oh how I want his.
There are a few other places in the world I avoid. Churches, mostly, what few are still actually consecrated. Some old pagan sites that still have power. Some newer ones that are gaining power.
Jesse’s wife’s esoteric shop. She has things there. Things that hurt. Some of that stuff, she doesn’t even realize what she has. Things that were supposed to be lost centuries ago, and they turn up in someone’s new age love-fest market? If I ever figure out where she got her hands on it, I’m going to have to go rip someone’s entrails out. Of course I’m not going to tell you what those objects are. I didn’t get to be this old by being stupid. But, given my druthers, I’ll stay away from Seventh Sense. Or maybe burn it down someday.
So there you have it. The world according to me. I can be anywhere and everywhere if I want. Remember that.
K.A. Stewart has a BA in English with an emphasis in Literature from William Jewell College. She lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, one cat, and one small furry demon that thinks it’s a cat.
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Three winners will each receive a copy of A Shot in the Dark by K. A. Stewart
Available on July 5, 2011 from Penguin/Roc
About the Book:
Jesse James Dawson’s vacation is interrupted by a pack of hell-spawned creatures. To save friends, family and himself, Jesse will have to put his trust in his most dangerous enemy-his personal demon.
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