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Deadly Destinations: K. A. Stewart’s Axel on Kansas City

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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.

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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.

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About Kari:

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.

You can visit Kari around the web here: BlogFacebookTwitter

Want to read more from K. A. Stewart?

A Devil in the Details A Shot in the Dark

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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc

Three winners will each receive a copy of A Shot in the Dark by K. A. Stewart

Two winners will each receive a copy of A Devil in the Details and A Shot in the Dark

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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1. Leave a comment for Kari.

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4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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31 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: K. A. Stewart’s Axel on Kansas City

  1. Audra HoltwickNo Gravatar
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    Awesome post Kari—- I am from Joplin MO. but live in KS—moc.ssenrekciwnull@eidua

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  2. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    These are new books to me. They are going on the wish list.

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  3. ElizabethNo Gravatar
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    +1 Never heard of these books, they sound right up my alley!
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  4. DawnNo Gravatar
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    This sounds awesome! I need to read these! My TBR list is getting really long now!!

    I’m already following on facebook and twitter and I facebooked and tweeted about this contest!

    Thanks,

    Dawn
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  5. Heather McCorkleNo Gravatar
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    I love Axel’s take on Jesse’s hometown, too awesome! And the Seventh Sense sounds like somewhere I’d love to shop!

    +4, follower and tweeting!

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  6. Trey MusemecheNo Gravatar
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    Interesting post. I’ve been wondering how Axel sees things, specifically Jesse’s house. He’s always eyeing it over. Nice to see his point of view of it.

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  7. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    That was all kinds of awesome, Kari! I’ve long thought organized sports had to be the work of demons! I’m totally referring people to this as proof from now on! :lol:

    Smiles!
    Lori
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  8. Tina MossNo Gravatar
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    Love Axel. I’ve been looking forward to this sequel way too long now! So excited it’s finally here.

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  9. NaNo Gravatar
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    Powerful looking covers! Thank you for the tour on Jesse James Dawson’s territory, I really enjoyed it. Wishing you lots of success with these books.

    GFC follower.
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  10. SusanNo Gravatar
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    These books sound interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  11. SarahMNo Gravatar
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    I absolutely LOVED “A Devil in the Details” and can’t wait to read this one :-)

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  12. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Axel sounds like a really sexy demon. I’d love to read more about him!

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  13. Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)No Gravatar
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    What a great post. Yeah, how dare Jesse’s wife be upset over a talking cockroach? Where does she get off? LMAO! Man that was funny. I am definitely intrigued with this. Love the covers too, they could be movie posters. So nice. Stewart was really lucky for those. I am very interested in this *fingers crossed* Thank you guys again, can’t wait :)

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  14. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I love the covers of both books, and since I hadn’t heard that much about them, I had to check them out. Now I’ve added them to my wish list and I’m looking forward to reading them. The interview with Axel was interesting, he sounds like he gives Jesse a lot of trouble.

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  15. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway.

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  16. AndyNo Gravatar
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    Axel waxing poetic always makes me want to read more of K.A. Stewarts work. I cannot wait to read book 2 and looking forward to book 3.

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  17. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    The book sounds like a great read! I can’t wait to get started on this one! I’ve added it to my wishlist XD

    Following on GFC, Facebook, Twitter.

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  18. faefever25No Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway, good luck to everyone ^_^

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

    GFC follower as Karen Wapinski

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  19. Enigma75No Gravatar
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    I recently stumbled across Ms. Stewart’s books, and added them to the TBR list…and every blurb I read makes me put her books closer to the top of my list!! And winning one (or both) would be a thrill too!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    +1 for comment
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    These books sound absolutely amazing. Definitely ones being added to my TBR list. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    New author for me! WooHoo! love to discover newbies(to me

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    +1 I’m a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
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    These series looks like some serious fun. I love demon books.

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  23. A'linaNo Gravatar
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    I read the first book and really liked it, looking forward to reading A Shot in the Dark. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

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  24. Elizabeth H.No Gravatar
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    This sounds like a good series & I will add it to my huge TBR list.
    Follow on twitter (jopmav) and added to my FB likes!
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  25. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Oh yes! I really want to read this one. :)
    I’m a gfc follower
    twitter follower @BooksThings
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  26. WendyNo Gravatar
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    A part of me would rather hear a cockroach talk than hiss. Lol. These sound really good- adding to my must get list :)
    moc.liamgnull@nierndnew

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    I enjoyed the tour and am deeply curious about both Jesse James Dawson and his wife.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  28. Heather PowersNo Gravatar
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    another new series:)

    heather
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  29. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    Interesting post, I really want to read about Jesse the demon slayer, now.
    Follow all 3 places twitter (@mbreakfield)
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  30. Andrea INo Gravatar
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    The books sound interesting.
    +3 GFC follower — Andrea I
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  31. kelsey. dobbinsNo Gravatar
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    Omg this looks so good!

    moc.liamgnull@deryvinsioP

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