Hello everyone! I'm Lex Chase and a big thank you to RJ Scott for hosting me for the GRL Blog Tour o' Fun!
Last year was my first ever GRL, and I had snagged a Supporting Author slot, and so came the absolute panic. I'm the author of the Checkmate superhero series for Dreamspinner Press, and at the time, the first novella Pawn Takes Rook, and the second novellas Cashing the Reality Check were out. I had nothing in print. Nothing. I learned very quickly many readers prefer print. Some don't care one way or another, but a majority want Belle's library in Beast's Castle. Me? I don't have enough shelf space in my house. So I have Belle's library on my Nook!
But here I was with this print dilemma. So I had to think of something that would make me stand out. Enter dat swag!
I had asked everyone I could possibly know that had done conferences before. What were the things that people took away. What were the things that didn't hit the trash can? There was a resounding paper swag is a no but funky memorable swag is a yes. Considering my budget is made of moth balls, a paper clip, and a ball of lint, I managed to spring for pens and buttons back then. I also played the system at Bath and Body Works and scored 100 hand sanitizers throughout the year. I also had superhero Blowpops, where I assembled each one by hand with a cape and a mask while watching hours of The Newsroom on HBO. Considering in a former life I used to be a comics artist, I put my chops to work and drew a print of the MCs of Checkmate, Rook and Garth here:
And so off to GRL I went! My findings that despite my covers for Pawn Takes Rook, and Cashing the Reality Check, everyone wanted that print. I mentally filed this away for later. I also took notes on what other folks had, what went over well, and what was the must have items.
So. Enter GRL 2014! It's about a month and a half away! HOMG! FREAK OUT! Now? Now as they say in video games I've “leveled-up” I'm going as a Featured Author. Holy jesus. Pray for me.
Now with the Checkmate series over with the last novella Conventional Love came out New Years Day 2014, but I have two novels in print! Print! Paper stuff! Readers like paper stuff!
The two novels are in fact the start of two separate series. The first was released July 25th, Chasing Sunrise: Book One of The Darkmore Saga, an m/m gritty paranormal urban fantasy. Or as I call it: The Most Controversial Book Ever with a hyper effeminate hero that cross-dresses in elaborate gowns. That's him on the cover. Also the vampires in this series don't freaking sparkle and they farm humans like livestock. Oh yeah. And it's a romance.
And coming September 12th, Americana Fairy Tale: Book One of Fairy Tales of the Open Road, an m/m quirky fractured fairy tale urban fantasy. Maybe not the most controversial book ever, but definitely a weird one. We have a fuckup guy that's a fairy tale princess and his fairy godfather is a housecat-sized Jeff Bridges in Big Lebowski with big ol' pink butterfly wings and then a dude that's a dirty, nasty Creole huntsman out of New Orleans. And the World's Largest Ball of Twine. This is the book you never knew you needed.
See these covers? They couldn't be more different.
Now with all of my mental notes from last GRL, consider this a preview of the Lex Chase Swag o' Awesome!
Carry on Dancing – Lex Chase
The Black King – Lex Chase
Checkmate by Valeriane Duvivier
Chasing Sunrise by Valeriane Duvivier
Americana Fairy Tale by Aimee Duncanwidth
Americana Fairy Tale by Kei Everett
King and Consort by Lex Chase
Is that it? Oh no. There's more! Let's just say Americana Fairy Tale is going to have some pretty awesome swag coming at your face.
Did someone say mailing postcards?
And shower loofahs?
Just marinate on that.
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.
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