Monday, December 7, 2015

Checkmate! Special Guest Lex Chase Wins Our Hearts With A New Anthology

My friend Lex Chase is back with a new anthology from Dreamspinner Press--Checkmate Ever After. Don't forget to check it out and the giveaway below!!

Hello Internet! I’m Lex Chase and Aidee was nice enough to let me drop by today! I'm here to share a bit about my upcoming anthology Checkmate Ever After from DSP Publications. It’s a story about the dizzying highs, the terrifying lows, and the creamy middle of disgraced superhero Memphis Rook and his rise to redemption alongside his sidekick/boyfriend Hogarth Dawson. Checkmate is a fun romp through the absurd world of superheroes. However, it has some hard-hitting subject matter such as death and disgrace. How on earth can you make something like death funny? Unless you’re Monty Python, you can’t really. But in the case of Checkmate? I can soften it a bit. We have Memphis Rook, a disgraced superhero, he’s brooding, he’s angry, and on an extremely short fuse. He sounds like a fun-loving guy right? Of course not. That’s why there’s his sidekick Hogarth Dawson. Through Hogarth’s hyperactive, over-excitable, too-much-caffeine-too-little-sleep ways, he is our guy telling Rook’s angst-ridden story. The way I describe it is imagine watching Dark Knight Rises narrated by a chipmunk. Funny, right? While I love tear-jerking movies as much as the next guy, there’s just a lot of that in the world. There’s too much bad news and not enough good news. We need to laugh, and laughter is truly the best cure for what ails us.

Think of the saddest movie ever made, besides every Disney movie in existence. (After the complete emotional destruction of Wall-E, I never saw Up. I just can’t do it to myself.) The saddest movie I’m talking about is Titanic. Where you go in knowing the boat is going to sink, and everyone is going to die, and the band is going to go down playing and at that moment you are done.

Now. Picture Titanic starring balloon animals. Imagine that sex scene where Rose overdramatically throws her hand against the foggy glass. Now imagine the squeaking and whistling of two balloon animals getting it on.

It’s fucking funny, am I right? There. I have cured you from crying at Titanic ever again. I’m sorry I have no cure for Celine Dion. So why comedy? Isn’t it obvious? Because we can walk through our lives in complete despair, or we can get a giggle at Grumpy Cat’s cantankerous antics.

I chose comedy for Checkmate specifically, because Rook’s story? Who honestly hasn’t heard it before the same freaking way six thousand times? It gets dull every time you see a rugged brooding hero in the darkened corner of a bar nursing his bottle of Jack, puffing on a cigarette and trying to be as incognito as possible. But we can’t help but stare at this guy because he’s our awesome brooding hero. Who hasn’t been there, done that? Now insert your new main character meeting the brooding guy in the bar and he’s dressed as a box of Valentine chocolates and gives a singing telegram court subpoena to broody guy. Now, you want to keep reading right? A wise man once said: Life is like a box of chocolates, and you always pick the nasty nougat ones first because the universe is laughing at you. Laugh with it.

We all love to laugh (or I hope you do!) tell me your favorite comedy, and why! Drop your comment below and click the giveaway banner to enter for a chance to win a 25 USD Amazon Gift Card!

Genre: Sci-Fi Superhero Comedy
Length: Novel Anthology
Published: December 15, 2015
Publisher: DSP Publications
ISBN: 978-1-63476-462-9
Buy: Paperback (and get the eBook for free!) or only the eBook
Blurb: 2nd Edition (Books One - Three) The day disgraced superhero Memphis Rook literally fell into Hogarth Dawson’s lap, you could say it was fate. But the brawny Rook did nearly crush Garth’s 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 rogue’s gallery of nefarious villains, dastardly masterminds, and a coalition of calamity. Fighting evil wherever it appears—from reality shows to comic book conventions—Checkmate serves up knuckle sandwiches of justice. But by day, they’re a couple of broke losers who can barely afford a burger and navigating a weird thing called a relationship. Ain’t true love grand? Rook and Garth may be in over their heads, and even super heroes fail sometimes, but they’re ready to take a stand when no one else will. Don’t 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!

  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.” 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. She is grateful for and humbled by all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback. You can find in the Intarwebz here:

One lucky winner will walk away with a $25 USD Amazon Gift Card!

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  1. I can only narrow it down to any recent animated movie (they may be aimed at kids but their sly adult humour has me on the floor at times), Robin Williams comedy movies (just because - it is Robin Williams!) and Aladdin (the first animated movie I realised had adult humour in it - AND IT HAD ROBIN WILLIAMS!).

    1. I will always love Robin Williams! One of my recent favorites was the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. It was SO inappropriate and hilarious. My can't miss show this season was Scream Queens on Fox. Oh my god. It was SO hilarious and trashy. I feel like a horrible person for loving it so. <3

  2. Burn After Reading is one of my favorite movies for humor. Thanks for the entertaining post - the balloon animal sex scene would definitely change Titanic.

    1. Burn After Reading is a good one! One of my favorites is Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd just make you grin from ear to ear. I want them to be my best friends. <3 <3 <3

      I'm telling you balloon animal sex would be hilarious. Like this condom ad:

  3. Thanks for having me Aidee! You're always the best! *mwah!*

    1. You are very welcome! Come back anytime!

  4. I like my comedies quite dark... I remember Pushing Up Daisies as one of my favourite ones...

  5. A Haunted House had me laughing all through the movie, I literally couldn't chest was hurting so hard. I also liked Idiocracy and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

  6. It's probably a tie between THE PRODUCERS (the original one with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, not the new one) and SCHOOL OF ROCK. And I remember laughing like a fool when I saw ORGAZMO in the theater--I need to watch that again!