Today I am so pleased to welcome Lex Chase to Joyfully Jay. Lex has come to talk to us about her latest release, Chasing Sunrise. She has also brought along a great giveaway! Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Hello, Internet! I’m Lex Chase, and the super amazing Jay let me drop by for the grand finale of the Chasing Sunrise blog tour.
Chasing Sunrise is my second release with DSP Publications and is about King Sevon Marate, ruler of the cannibalistic aisa, as he struggles to escape domestic violence and save his crumbling kingdom. He’s manipulated into believing the only way out is by committing genocide against the shifters and claiming their land. But hope presents itself from an unlikely source, and Sevon is challenged when he must confront all he ever knew is wrong. It’s a dark story but also one of hope and escape is possible.
But make no mistake it asks much of the reader with challenging, sometimes disturbing questions with no easy answers and recognizing how love makes monsters of us all.
But let us conclude with something a little…gentle. And that is King Sevon Marate himself. Sevon is a fun character in several ways. He’s a study of beauty, grace, and ferocity. He’s highly, highly effeminate and a full time cross-dresser in elaborate gowns, corsets, and jewels. He identifies as male, but prefers women’s clothes, or as he calls them clothes. He draws strength from his femininity, his delicate sense for propriety is protects him when he’s internally crumbling. He is a man who is forced to keep going no matter how high the cost. He is forced to hold his head high, and be the face of his kingdom, when he is nothing more than a puppet.
It will take time, but Sevon will find it in him there are worse things to be afraid of, the worst of all is being a hero.
Once upon a lifetime ago, I used to draw for a living. It’s been years since I’ve put away my Wacom stylus, but I’m slowly coming out of hiding with my skills and providing art for other authors to use as swag. With Jay, she needs her own swag too! So presenting this Sevon piece, a Joyfully Jay exclusive that will be making the convention rounds between at the Joyfully Jay tables and myself. Come find either of us at GRL to get one! Or pick one up from Jay and I’ll sign it for you!
Thank you for joining me on the Chasing Sunrise blog tour! And now, one last question! Ready? When’s the last time you did something nice for yourself? Do it now!
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Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: DSP Publications
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The once glorious aisa kingdom of Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Sevon endures unrelenting abuse and is used as a scapegoat by Lord Dominic Ravensgrove, who rules Darkmore from the shadows. Coping by dressing in gowns and jewels, the effeminate king relishes the scraps of freedom he is given to be himself.
As a verkolai, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift provides a chance for escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. When Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous shifter land of Priagust, he manipulates Sevon’s desperation for his people’s survival. Out of options, Sevon has no choice but to cooperate.
On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men abduct a shifter named Jack. Despite being tortured for information, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s history unsettles Sevon, and a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame the beautiful king’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom.
As war looms, Sevon fears Jack’s kindness is another trap. Conflicted, Sevon wonders if he should risk chasing the sunrise or remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
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.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex 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 you’re 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 wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
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