Hello everyone! I'm Lex Chase and I want to give a big thank you to Tali for hosting me today on the final stop on Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour! Chasing Sunrise paranormal urban fantasy featuring people eating vampires that definitely don't sparkle, Ancient Roman shifters, torture, war, genocide, and a love story that causes irrevocable consequences. It's definitely not your standard fluffy paranormal. It's dark, and leads readers to places that they never thought capable.
Now that Chasing Sunrise has been out for just about three weeks, I'd like to say over at Dreamspinner Press, it's #1 in Urban Fantasy and #1 in Vampires! WOOHOO! I'm pretty excited! But now... What's next? Well, first thing to tide you over in September, the first book in an all new series is launching called Americana Fairy Tale. The short version a modern day fairy tale princess guy who is a total fuckup of a human being, hooks up with a dirty, nasty Creole huntsman out of New Orleans, and they go on a road trip quest to defeat the witch. And there's the World's Largest Ball of Twine. I am just sayin'. It's the first in the Fairy Tales of the Open Road which will alternate in release with the Darkmore Saga. Now, the for the Darkmore Saga, the second book in that is called Glass Moon and is due out early 2015. I know. 2015! AUGH!
A little bit about it, we pick up five years after Chasing Sunrise, and Jack and Sevon are still mapping out their relationship. Without blowing the whole thing for a book that's only been out three weeks, I'll sum it up as, Sevon's still trying to figure himself out and who he is as a person. With all the secrets of his heritage revealed, he struggles to know where he stands in the world. Things weren't easy before, and they're now even more dangerous. Jack can only ride out Sevon's storms, and be there when he comes out of them.
Jack will never leave Sevon's side, and remain loyal until the wheels fall off. Together, they find themselves at the epicenter of a crisis brought on by Chasing Sunrise and it's uncertain they're going to make it. Before Jack and Sevon will ever know peace, they'll have to dive back into war once again. An ancient foe has come to finish off the lovers once and for all, but Jack and Sevon are up to the task. Even if they are in emotional shambles, their duty to the subjects of Darkmore and Priagust come first. They say the bravest man is actually not brave at all. He is just brave for five minutes longer. Want an excerpt? Here you go.
Glass Moon ExcerptSevon watched Mirabelle as she explained. “They protect shores via hellburners.”
“Hellburners?” Jack asked. Sevon gritted his teeth. “I know what those are. I read about them in my studies. An abandoned ship loaded with explosives and shrapnel. They sail into a harbor and armed with a timer to detonate.” Jack looked over his shoulder at the expanse of the Priagust lake. “And the lake is definitely deep enough to sail a boat in here.”
“The camp should be built further inland, just to be safe,” Mirabelle said and once again Sevon watched her strict sense of maintaining the discussion.
“Shouldn’t we wait?” Sevon asked. “We have no way of knowing they’ll use one now.”
He knitted his brows as he caught the sound of Mirabelle muttering in the back of her throat. “Do you want to wait to find out? They used one on Priagust proper two months ago.”
“What?” Jack asked, his face drawn into horror. “Why didn’t you come for us sooner?”
Mirabelle slapped her thigh, the rage burned in her gaze. “We were still figuring it out at the time! Do you think I wanted to open the Veil with the methods we used? Isnale and her makre spawn forced our hand!”
Sevon fell silent. His stomach clenched and his wound burned with the consuming sadness for the children that gave their lives. They bled into the very waters that made Priagust beautiful. Now only to be corrupted by the horrific events by a people driven to the brink. He traced his fingertips over the scar upon his sternum. He too knew what it was like to be the sacrifice to the Veil’s energies. Sevon was just a toddler, and his mind protected him from the trauma. Sevon now had no choice accept what was done was done and find solutions. They would bring peace to Priagust once again. He wouldn’t let another kingdom fall. Sevon vowed he would follow his father’s core values and make himself into just as great of a man. He would recover his own self-respect and the respect of his people.
“So, there’s no supplies we can barter for in Priagust?” Jack asked and snapped Sevon from his thoughts.
“Whatever can be scavenged.” Mirabelle’s tone bordered on frustration.
“We’ll organize a party to head out at dawn,” Sevon said, feeling the need to challenge Mirabelle’s shortness. She had been through much, but he couldn’t forgive her desire for allegiance only to deny it. He stood and masked his pain with a discreet breath. “Best to use the light of day to our advantage.”
Mirabelle slapped her hand over Sevon’s wrist, and he jerked with the uninvited contact. He stared at her, confused over how dare she lay a hand on him.
“That won’t stop them,” she said flatly.
Sevon snatched his hand away and held it close to his chest. “Don’t touch me again.” That was the only warning Mirabelle needed and Sevon glared at Jack, making sure he understood his point.
“Be. Careful,” Mirabelle said, her irritation bloomed to the surface.
Sevon pressed his lips together as he felt his face heat in indignation. He danced the dangerously close edge to explaining where she can go and who she could fuck starting with herself. But he held it down. They needed her. They also needed every able-bodied shifter in the workforce.
“The dead are still there,” she said and averted her eyes as if asking for forgiveness instead of verbally apologizing.
Jack explained for her. “The makre eat them.”
Glass Moon: The Darkmore Saga Book Two
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
Blurb: Chasing Sunrise 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. Sevon copes with the unrelenting abuse by dressing in women's finery and casting an image of graceful nobility. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, he 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.
Chasing Sunrise ExcerptThe United States of America called Hurricane Gert an act of a cruel and terrible God. The Kingdom of Darkmore called the storm divine retribution for the sins of their ancestors. The subjects of Darkmore had consulted the broadcasts of American humans.
The humans made preparations against the angry hurricane aiming for the Texas coast. They muttered to themselves in their common tongue that it was a shame about Port Isabel—the coastal city wouldn’t stand a chance.
A shame about Port Isabel? The declaration angered the Darkmore citizens. The furious wind and rain crippled their own capital city. At least the storm would hit in the daylight, the humans explained in their grating voices. Daylight was the worst possible time for Darkmore. When the citizens hunkered in their cellars and basements, any shaft of light that stabbed through the cracks would destroy them. The wind, hail, or rain wouldn’t eradicate them, but the sun waited behind the churning clouds for its moment to bleach Darkmore’s subjects from existence and out of America’s shadows. Deep in their bones, the citizens of Darkmore feared the sun from the moment they awakened into their new lives as aisa.
“A shame about Port Isabel,” the humans croaked like bullfrogs.
Anna Maria seethed. What about us, she wanted to snarl into the sweating fleshbag’s face. What about us! The answer crushed her. Humans didn’t know they existed.
A shame about Port Isabel. A travesty about Darkmore. The capital city would be gutted like a rabbit and the entrails plucked by her enemies.
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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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7/20 - Jaime Samms - Screw Sparklepires! Meet the Aisa
7/22 - Aidee Ladnier - Were...what? Meet the Shifters!
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7/25 - Chasing Sunrise Release Day!
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