Hi everyone! I’m Lex Chase and I’m here on The Novel Approach today to celebrate the awesomeness of GRL! This time I’ll be going as a Featured Author and I’m excited to have snagged a spot. I have finally managed to step up to the “big kid table” as I call it.
I’m excited to meet old fans, and new ones alike as well as pick the brains of my peers. Hopefully, I could con a few folks into a game of Pandemic, Forbidden Island, or Kittens in a Blender (Yes. Kittens in a Blender is a real thing.) and maybe treat the winners into a giveaway!
I am the author of the superhero comedy Checkmate series which you can pick up here and now I’m kicking off the Darkmore Saga, starting with Chasing Sunrise. The series is a definite departure from the bright candy colors and whizz bang of Checkmate’s world of superheroes. Chasing Sunrise is darker, more visceral, and deals with the hard hitting topic of domestic violence in an gay relationship. Domestic violence in the LGBT community is little explored, and many don’t come forward for the complications of privacy, or revealing embarrassing or often misunderstood information.
Of course in Chasing Sunrise, it’s set against a backdrop of the lush world of vampires and shifters. The main character, Sevon, is not only highly androgynous, but a full-time transvestite. That is actually him on the cover there. To Sevon, his gowns, corsets, jewelry, and elaborate hairstyles are his armor and his comfort in the face of the abuse he suffers.
Like last year here on TNA, I did a YouTube reading of Cashing the Reality Check (Book Two of Checkmate) if you want to wander down memory lane, you can check that out here! Also check out how much heavier I was. Whoa!
So here today I’m presenting a reading of Chasing Sunrise. I’m hoping to do a reading of another scene from it at GRL, probably a naughty one~ Hoohoo~ ;D
Sit back, relax, and please put up with me for 11 minutes. (Who the hell watches a YouTube vid for more than 3 minutes. Unless it was a TedTalk.)
Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy: Paperback or eBook
The Darkmore Saga: Book One
On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.
On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.
100% of the presale royalties of this book will go to Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Domestic Violence Service.
About the Author:
Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure, epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending.
Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine residing in the ’burbs of Northwest Florida where it could be 80F and she’d be a popsicle.
She is grateful and humbled for all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.
Want to win an eBook copy of Chasing Sunrise? On the July 22nd I’ll name one lucky winner three days before the July 25th release!
What do you have to do? Go onto YouTube and cut and paste the link of your favorite video for me to check out! Could be a song, could be a movie trailer, could be anything you’d like! (Cat videos. Cat videos are always the best. ;D)