Hello, everyone! I’m Lex Chase, thank you for joining me on the Pawn Takes Rook: Conventional Love blog tour. I'm here with Chris T. Kat and her fluffy menagerie! Conventional Love brings the Checkmate trilogy to it's grand finale, where Rook and Garth face their ultimate challenge and their toughest choice. I'm doing a retrospective tour of the series. I’m sharing behind the scenes goodies, inspirations, and the pure insanity of my first year as an author. And like all super awesome superhero merch, I’m giving out trading cards drawn by yours truly. Make sure you check them all out in the tour! Confession Time: The world came very close to never meeting Rook and Garth. Axis City, and it's inhabitants, almost never saw the light of day. I'm not talking about it was nearly rejected or had been rejected previously. I'm talking about I came very close to never submitting it. I had been rejected by Dreamspinner twice before I made the cut. Pawn Takes Rook actually came about from the Men of Steel anthology. When I saw it posted, I was like I got this. Who doesn't know superheroes better than I do? (Seriously. I studied them academically at the Savannah College of Art and Design.) So Pawn Takes Rook got written. And the Men of Steel anthology came and went. And Pawn Takes Rook wasn't in it. I didn't send it until a year later. I didn't even look at it until a year after I wrote it. I didn't know what I had at the time. I was in this weird place of trying to figure out who I was as a writer, considering at the time all of my effort had been sunk into rewriting a version of my upcoming novel Chasing Sunrise. The novel is very dark, and very serious. Not at all light and fluffy of Pawn Takes Rook I was learning about Author Image, and Author Presentation, and all those fiddly promo bits. Even how to dress. I'm serious. There's stuff about that too. And I was so into rawr I write Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. RAWR. I have to be this way. And here I had this very odd little story about superheroes and pop culture and it was funny and RAWR Lex Chase isn't supposed to be funny! She's supposed to be aloof! Mysterious! Dangerous! RAWR!!!11111!!!!1!1! Guys. Can we be real? I don't have an aloof, mysterious, or dangerous bone in my body (but dude have you seen me cook. I can wield a chef knife like a serial killer.) There is so much of me in Checkmate it's astounding. I'm ubergeeky, sarcastic, can't get through every hour of the day without making some kind of pop culture reference. Once I had to explain that horrible song What Does The Fox Say to my Mom and my brother was laughing so hard he was pissing himself. Kinda had to be there. But it was a great moment. Don't click the YouTube link. Save yourself. It basically took a lot of 'Aw, fuck it. I'll figure this Author Image Thing out later. *clicks send*' and here we are. And here Rook, Garth and all of Axis City are. I'd be absolutely lying if there wasn't more to it than that. Like pep talks, kicks in the teeth, and fretting and freaking and a lot of it just accepting myself that this is all going to be okay. So, on that fateful day on November 4th, the contract for Pawn Takes Rook came. And it was a call to action of 'Saddle up, Bessie. Because here we go!' (And honestly I was looking for an excuse to use this song. Because. Really. Aaaaaahmakesmesohappy!)
Genre: M/M Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Sci-Fi, Humor Series: Checkmate, Book #3 Length: Novella 41,000 Published: Jan 1, 2014 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press ISBN: 9781627984218 Blurb: Sequel to Cashing the Reality Check Checkmate: Book Three Three years ago, superhero Memphis Rook saved Hogarth Dawson’s life, and now the two can’t imagine being apart. Sort of. By day, they’re a loving couple. By night, they’re the superhero duo Checkmate. Since that’s too much time in each other’s personal space, Rook and Garth decide they need friends outside of each other. Garth finds friendship with a D&D group comprised of the social misfits Chad—who has crammed himself so far in the closet he might never find the door again, Jackson—who’s so mysophobic he’s afraid of his own germs, and El Jefe—who has all the social grace of a brick. With an epic dose of peer pressure, the group urges Garth to go to Tolkicon, the biggest comic convention in Axis City. When the supervillain league the Coalition of Calamity appears and takes the convention hostage, as the only real superheroes around, it’s up to Garth and Rook to save the day. With Rook as one of the hostages, Garth knows it's time to nut up or shut up about being a hero.
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Pawn Takes Rook: Conventional Love ExcerptI feel like I know all there is to know about him… but everything I know about him, I Googled. I spied on my own boyfriend. I Internet-stalked him. He’s never told me a thing about himself. Like his supposed long line of conquests. His—how did Chad put it?—love ’em and leave ’em string of lovers. Rook doesn’t even have a little black book. When we met, he had the clothes on his back—and those were tattered rags. Where’s his harem now, if he couldn’t even go to them when the Power Alliance booted him out? Yeah. I’m kind of not buying this story of Rook the Lothario. As if right on cue, my phone buzzed on the dressing table and I shambled to get to it at a reasonable pace. I unlocked the screen and found a text from Chad. I know money is tight for you, so my girlfriend sprang for tickets for you and Rook. She really can’t wait to see you guys! it read. I smacked my forehead. “The con. Tolkicon. I forgot.” I pressed the corner of the phone between my eyes and willed the text to the screen. You can stop pretending it’s a girl. Thanks for the tix. Can’t wait to meat grind. My phone buzzed a second later. Meat grind! Chad texted. Whoa, Hogarth! One step at a time! I gawked at my phone, squinting at my previous message. Oh. My. God. I pressed the phone between my eyes again. Sorry! I texted. Not thinking clear enough for txts. Rook and I had a long night. The phone immediately buzzed and I grumbled. Why can’t anyone just call these days? Oh my stars and garters! Man, H! Chad texted, a little too excited from what I could tell. You’re a effin’ stud! I rolled the phone over in my wrist, casually reading the message. I snorted. “Yeah-huh.” And there it was. I was a bitter old bottom who just wanted these new up-and-coming man-loving punks off my lawn. My phone buzzed again. “Oh my God, what!” I growled and checked the text messages from Chad. Will forward you the email confirmation for the tix, the con gets going at 4. Meet us at the Spire. I blinked. Wait. The world is telling me I have to go somewhere? Now? In the next—I checked my phone—three hours. How did I sleep until one? I never sleep until one. Did I hit my head and get a concussion during our naked shenanigans? I willed the text onto the screen. Fine. Be there soon. What’s the lucky not-a-girl’s name? The phone buzzed Chad’s reply. Darren! He says he’s good friends with u guys! My heart stopped when I read the secret identity of Captain Chivalry. My ex-boyfriend. Rook’s former leader in the Power Alliance. Not to mention the man who tried to kill me. And he bought Rook and I tickets to Tolkicon. Ever get the feeling something is so horribly wrong that you just blindly look the other way because the truth is so completely preposterous? Yeah. Story of my life right there! But there’s no looking the other way where Captain Chivalry’s concerned. You want to believe the best about people. You want to see superheroes are above the influence. That they are the people every man, woman, and child aspires to be. You want to believe with every fiber of your being he’s the optimal role model for the next generation and is appropriate for every possible product placement from singing toothbrushes to Chia pets. Chivalry is none of those things. He’s not even chivalrous anymore. If anyone taught me anything about love and respect, that’s Rook, and right now we’re feeling each other out and each other up with deadly Checkmate sex. It can’t be so bad. It can’t possibly be so bad. It’s only Chivalry. Among a crowd of thousands. There’s security. There would be no way he’d pull something. No way! I texted Chad in reply. Can’t wait to meet him. Available from:
Did you ever have something you were told you couldn't do and did it anyway? Did you let it go? (Y'seewhatIdidthar? ;D)
About the Author: [caption id="attachment_718" align="alignleft" width="300"] Lex Chase[/caption] 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. You can find her on those Facebook and Twitter things at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LXChase Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lex_Chase Find her blog at http://lexchase.com or drop her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 winner will receive eBook copies of the full Checkmate trilogy
(Pawn Takes Rook, Cashing the Reality Check, and Conventional Love)
2 winners will receive an eBook copy of Conventional Love
Drawing is open to US and International readers.
Facebook Chat will have it's own prizes!
All 20 Checkmate printed trading cards! Including the 4 special mystery cards! Free books! Or a 25 USD Visa Gift Card!
Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. If you would still like to enter the contest but don't wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailing email@example.com.
Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Lex’s blog at Lex Chase on Wednesday, February 5th, and on Lex's Facebook page. Winners will then be notified via email.
Tuesday, February 4th at midnight, Eastern Time.
Pawn Takes Rook: Conventional Love Tour stops: 1/1 - Gay List Book Reviews[Collect Mystery Card #1] 1/3 - Lily Velden [Collect Trading Card #1] 1/5 - Release Party at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page [Collect Trading Card #2 and Win Bonus Goodies] 1/7 - Tali Spencer [Collect Trading Card #3] 1/8 - House Millar [Collect Trading Card #4] 1/9 - Tricia Kristufek [Collect Mystery Card #2] 1/10 - Tempeste O’ Riley [Collect Trading Card #5] 1/12 - Epically Romantic [Collect Trading Card #6] 1/15 - The Novel Approach [Collect Trading Card #7] 1/16 - Charlie Cochet [Collect Trading Card #8] 1/17 - Tara Lain [Collect Trading Card #9] 1/18 - CJ Elliott [Collect Trading Card #10] 1/20 - Jaime Samms [Collect Trading Card #11] 1/22 - Mrs. Condit Reads Books [Collect Mystery Card #3] 1/24 - Anne Barwell [Collect Trading Card #12] 1/26 - Dawn K. Johnson [Collect Trading Card #13] 1/28 - Chris T. Kat [Collect Trading Card #14] 1/30 - Skylar M. Cates [Collect Trading Card #15] 1/31 - Cate Ashwood [Collect Trading Card #16] 2/3 - Joyfully Jay [Collect Mystery Card #4]