Hi everyone! Today I am so pleased to welcome Lex Chase back to the blog. She is here talking bout two of her recent releases, Checkmate Ever After, and Loving and Loathing Las Vegas! She is here talking holiday stories, and has brought a great giveaway. So please join me in giving Lex a big welcome!

Hello Internet! Iím Lex Chase and I’m here hanging with Jay today. I’m here to celebrate the holidays with the release day of Checkmate Ever After from DSP Publications and Loving and Loathing Vegasfrom Dreamspinner Press!

It’s kind of a crazy day for me, Checkmate Ever After is my first DSP Publications release, and on this very day those that bought the DSP Advent Calendar Package are getting Loving and Loathing Vegas in their inboxes this morning! It’s like†Christmas!

Checkmate Ever After is a superhero anthology collecting the first three novellas of the previously released Checkmate series, plus with an all new†fourth novella and a bonus short. Checkmate is the story of disgraced superhero Memphis Rook and his rise back to redemption alongside his sidekick/boyfriend Hogarth Dawson. It’s full of dizzying highs, terrifying lows, and the creamy middle! It’s basically the dark and angsty tale of Batman told from the POV of a hyper-active super perky chipmunk. There’s laughs, cheers, cries, and a boatload of feels. It’s my love letter to superheroes and all things pop culture. It’s even a fun treat to see if you can catch all of the references. (Hint: There’s well over a hundred.)

Now, Loving and Loathing Vegas is likewise a quirky little novella. It’s a Christmas story about two incubi, Jackson and Vegas, that have been lifelong best friends, roommates, and together they run a diner. Jackson is madly in love with Vegas but his pride gets in the way of saying anything. Because.†Demons. When they come across an abandoned baby, she teaches them about the miracle of Christmas. Crissy here at Joyfully Jay actually has a lovely review about it here!

But what more do you need. Sex demons, babies, and damned good pie.

If you’ve noticed a theme here, and if you’re new to the “Lex Chase Show” (Howdy, ya’ll!) it’s safe to say I write quirky. And that’s putting it mildly. I don’t say it like a bad thing. I actually embrace it. When I was newly minted author into the world back in 2013, I had this†dilemma of what kind of author did I want to be. Where did I go in “the market”? What shelf did I sit on?

I’m a product of Generation X, which in the ’90s it was all about “Don’t label me, man! I’m my own person! I’m not a sellout!

Weeeeelllll… There’s a thing between Individuality, Being A Cog In A Machine, and then Being Together And Not The Same as Android says in their ads.

I do write all kinds of things. Varying levels of spec-fic. Sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal and the lot. But I always look for ways to make it mine. Why do it the umpteen million ways other people have done it before me? Or if you’re going to do it the same way, how can you parody the fuck out of it?

The later came up with Checkmate Ever After. It’s a superhero series. Superhero stories have all kinds of particular tropes. They have:

  • The scruffy anti-hero in leatheróalways black leather by the way.
  • The dashing All-American heroóeither in a cape, or has a shield.
  • Plucky sidekicksóalways with a sunny disposition.
  • The Monster of the Day.
  • The Criminal Mastermind.
  • Explosions.
  • Crazy powers.
  • A bustling city with some kind of awe inspiring nameóGotham, Metropolis, Bludhaven, National City, etc.
  • Terrible names of people, places, and things.
  • And so much over the top cheese.

That’s the story in a nutshell. Those tropes are like ticks on a bingo card, and Checkmate Ever After meets all of those requirements. It’s just how those tropes are interpreted is where I make them my own. The anthology is†fun. It’s supposed to be. If you get too caught up in how it all works, it sucks the fun right out of it. Don’t get caught up in the physics, or the scientific explanations because†holy shit, superheroes, guys!†Anyone see Jurassic World? No one came for the proof of how the dinosaurs were made plausible. They came for†holy fuck, dinosaurs! Holy shit, the park is real!

Same goes for Loving and Loathing Vegas. I know many readers have taken one look at it out of the many Advent Calendar offerings and have said “Wait. What? Incubi? Christmas? Huh?” I’m saying give it a shot. Go outside of your comfort zone. It may not totally be your jam, but at least you gave it an honest effort. I’m not here to say “Omg this story is the best thing I’ve ever written” because that’s bullshit. I’m here to say I had†fun writing it. And that’s all that matters. And I hope you feel the fun too.

I like having fun with my writing. I like finding new ways to present old tired tropes. Be them from telling stories about loudmouthed male princesses, dainty cross-dressing cannibals, superheroes that are just average, and incubi learning about the meaning of Christmas, even ghosts that fall in love while haunting a home furnishings store that may or may not be IKEA.

I haven’t written My Greatest Work. I don’t think I ever will. I don’t think I’ll even aim for that. I’ll aim for books that are quirky, inventive, fun, and get you right in the feels. Stories about larger than life characters with real human issues we face day to day. I’ll continue to write books that people take one look at and say “A sword and sorcery about a baker that has to teach a dragon how to make cookies?….Alrighty. I’m on this boat.”

So where would you’d shelve my books? What would you label me as? I’d say “Fun with a touch of the bizarre.” or “IDEK what Lex is drinking but can I have some?” (By the way I don’t drink. Or smoke. This cocaine boat is all me.)


So let’s have a complicated question. Because I’m hosting a special complicated giveaway.

If you could label yourself, what would it be? You can’t say “I don’t know!” I don’t know isn’t an answer. You know who you are right now.

Tell me who you are and Santa will be bringing you something pretty damned cool. How about a Checkmate Ever After/Fairy Tales of the Open Road swag pack? Want to know what’s in it? No peeking until Christmas~ And not to leave out my international fans, how about some eBooks for your lovely little Kindles? Merry Christmas~


checkmate ever afterThe day disgraced superhero Memphis Rook literally fell into Hogarth Dawsonís lap, you could say it was fate. But the brawny Rook did nearly crush Garthís pancreas. What started as two ships passing in the night ended on the weirdest adventure of their lives. Together, Rook and Garth form Checkmate, a daring super duo that keeps Axis City safe from a rogueís gallery of nefarious villains, dastardly masterminds, and a coalition of calamity. Fighting evil wherever it appearsófrom reality shows to comic book conventionsóCheckmate serves up knuckle sandwiches of justice. But by day, theyíre a couple of broke losers who can barely afford a burger and navigating a weird thing called a relationship. Ainít true love grand? Rook and Garth may be in over their heads, and even super heroes fail sometimes, but theyíre ready to take a stand when no one else will. Donít hate the players, because Checkmate owns the game.

1st Edition of Pawn Takes Rook published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

1st Edition of Cashing the Reality Check published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

1st Edition of Conventional Love published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

And the all new fourth novella Miracle in Axis City and bonus short What The Water Gave Me, exclusive to the anthology!

Genre: Sci-Fi Superhero Comedy

Length: Novel Anthology
Published: December 15, 2015
Publisher: DSP Publications
ISBN: 978-1-63476-462-9

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loving and loathing

Jackson has loved Vegas since God created Man—literally. As a demonic incubi hailing from the Seventh Circle of Hell, Jackson and Vegas have never been anything more than roommates. Now living among humans, they run Eaven, a TripAdvisor-recommended detour-worthy diner famous for its devilishly decadent pies. Business is dead on the holidays, and Jackson will gleefully stab himself with a spatula if he has to clean spotless pots and pans one more time.

For fun—or torture—Vegas makes him a bet that should Jackson win, they take a much-needed vacation. Should he lose, he’s doomed to clean out grease traps for all eternity. When the challenge is to fall in love with other people by Christmas, it proves Vegas isn’t the least bit interested. But when they find an abandoned baby in the trash, she could be the Christmas miracle to warm Jackson’s cynical heart.

Genre:†Holiday / Urban Fantasy / Humor
Published:†December 1, 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

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lex chaseLex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, ìWeíre all going to die, Iím just trying to make it a little more interesting.î Now, sheís on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventureóand depending on how she feels that dayóLex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If youíre going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldnít last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.

She is grateful for and humbled by all the readers. She knows very well she wouldnít be here if it wasnít for them and welcomes feedback.

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So let’s have a complicated question. Because I’m hosting a special complicated giveaway.

If you could label yourself, what would it be? You can’t say “I don’t know!” I don’t know isn’t an answer. You know who you are right now.

Tell me who you are and Santa will be bringing you something pretty damned cool. How about a Checkmate Ever After/Fairy Tales of the Open Road swag pack? Want to know what’s in it? No peeking until Christmas~ And not to leave out my international fans, how about some eBooks for your lovely little Kindles? Merry Christmas~

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