WELCOME: Lex Chase talking about her latest novel: CHASING SUNRISE


Hello Internet! I’m Lex Chase and I’m back on Lily Velden’s blog for the Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour! As always, it’s good to be back visiting my crazy Aussie buddy.

Today I’m talking about something that both resonates with Lily and I, and it’s the concept of surviving even the darkest events in our lives, and not losing ourselves to it.

Florence and The Machine have a song called “Shake it Out” and one of the lines goes: “And I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I’m going to cut it out and then restart. It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Sevon is the main character of Chasing Sunrise and he endures some horrific things since childhood onto adulthood. But he chooses to rise above it instead of perpetuating the cycle of abuse. It’s been a hot topic since the cover was released, but Sevon’s coping mechanism is women’s clothing. He does not consider himself a woman, he quite well identifies as a man, but in his mind, appearing prim and graceful is his sense of defiance that nothing can hurt him. His world isn’t crumbling when he’s being proper. He can put it out of his mind for a few hours.

One of my goals with Chasing Sunriseand the rest of The Darkmore Sagais to treat Sevon’s abuse and subsequent recovery with the respect and dignity it deserves. I want those that are survivors to understand someone gets it. And I want those that have never been a victim, to understand what it’s like. But I want all readers to understand that survivors all recover in their own ways.

Sevon is hesitant to trust, and likely will always be. He will always have issues with surrendering control. There will also be events in his life that will hit so close to home, he gets triggered.

But despite all this, he displays remarkable courage. He finds the will to fight back not only for himself, but for those he loves. He finds his way that those that would do him the most harm, truly have no power over him.

He’ll face many dangers, of the heart and of the mind. He’ll face many temptations if he should remain with his abuser or take a leap of faith. Come on this road with Sevon, as he finds his way to the light.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

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Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy

Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One

Length: Novel

Published: July 25, 2014

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 978-1-62798-776-9

Pre-order: Paperback or eBook

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.

100% of the presale royalties of this book will go to Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Domestic Violence Service.

Chasing Sunrise Excerpt

The chill of the metal bucket had long since numbed Sevon’s hands. He took another breath. He had to do this. He had no choice but to go through with it. He bit his lip and mentally repeated Jack was the enemy, Jack was just like any other man. Jack was a man who preyed upon men like him. Jack intended to kill him.

Jack was the enemy.

Jack was the enemy.

Jack was the enemy.

Sevon upended the bucket of ice water over Jack’s sleeping head.

Jack coughed and sputtered, consciousness returned to him in a hard-hitting rush. His shackles rattled and creaked. Sevon waited patiently as Jack fought the unrelenting wave of temperature shock. Jack turned his soggy head upward and looked at him. Sevon fought to keep his expression cold as Jack chuckled in a shuddering laugh. He croaked hoarsely, “Well, if it isn’t the little meadowlark….”

Sevon considered his set of tools on the small wooden table. They were well maintained in comparison to Dominic’s set. Dominic had them made just for Sevon’s boyish hands and gave them the royal touch with studs of diamonds, sapphires, and inlaid with filigree.

It’s just a game, Sevon reminded himself. The object of the game was for him to appear more intimidating than Jack. The intimidation part commonly worked. Sevon had never had to draw blood in exchange for the truth before. Dominic made it look easy. Easy but horrific. This time, it was different. This time, the creature had tried to kill him, and when he searched his mind, Sevon found only a foggy void where the incident would be—and a sense of desire.

The idea sickened him.

Sevon had to make himself the bigger monster. He had to be ready for what came next. He couldn’t make his heart stop racing. Sevon’s fingers glided over his instruments, trying to decide what to try first. The pliers? Maybe not. The razors and salt? Too soon for that. The flask of mercury? Oh, come now, he’s no good to the kingdom dead! Possibly the skewers are the best choice. Yes.

Sevon delicately rolled a metal skewer between his fingertips. “We’re going to have a little chat. The more you cooperate, the more you get into my good graces,” he purred.

Jack laughed against the rawness in his throat. “Your lover’s poor excuse for sadists already had a round on me. I think I made one of them cry…. I’d have to apologize about the nose of the other.”

Sevon regarded his prisoner coolly and gathered three skewers. “Broke his nose, did you?” he asked, as if they were discussing the weather. If he could keep his thoughts disassociated from what was unfolding, Sevon would get through this momentary unpleasantness.

Jack spat out a lock of greasy hair and grinned. He looked up at Sevon, the blackened blood of an aisa caked around his mouth. “More like bit it off,” he said, adding his observation, “You creatures taste like fermented clay. Thanks for the water. I needed a drink.”

Sevon maintained his aloof air, but his stomach lurched at the state of Jack’s appearance. Old bruises had faded and were overlaid with new ones that, despite the size of the marks, didn’t appear terribly severe. Old blood, sweat, and grime painted trailing fingers down his wiry body. They had done away with his clothing as well as his dignity in the dungeon. While bound in chains, he had no place to relive himself save where he stood. They had treated him like a beast. A mongrel that only deserved beatings.

Sevon knew that sensation all too well. He knew this cell intimately. Dominic was taunting him by putting Jack in the very cell where Sevon was sent to be taught obedience. Sevon blinked away his concern, despite the bile rising in his throat. He forced himself not to pay attention to the smell of filth.

Sevon considered where to apply the skewers first. The toenails seemed like a good idea. After all, Dominic had done it to him months ago as part of his training regimen. Dominic had wanted to teach him a better appreciation of the prisoner’s pain. As Sevon observed Jack’s roughly callused foot and thick toenails, his own toes flexed in his boot at the hazy memory of agony. Sevon wasn’t sure about shifter physiology; maybe it would get a reaction, maybe it wouldn’t. Losing a toenail was bound to ruin anyone’s year.

“What happened in Priagust, Jack?” Sevon asked the foot.

Jack feebly tried to jerk his foot out of Sevon’s reach. “By Diana, do we really have to be like this?” Jack whined as Sevon tapped the skewer into position.


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LXC_FlamesAbout 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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Find her blog at http://lexchase.com or drop her an e-mail at lex.a.chase@gmail.com.

Chasing Sunrise Tour Stops:

7/13 – Chris T. Kat – The Power of Androgyny

7/17 – Michael Rupured – Whispering for Help: Chasing Sunrise Goes Viral

7/19 – Lily Velden – Don’t Lose Your Way

7/20 – Jaime Samms – Screw Sparklepires! Meet the Aisa

7/22 – Aidee Ladnier – Were…what? Meet the Shifters!

7/24 – Grace Duncan – Walking the Runway with Sevon

7/26 – Shira Anthony – When Disaster Strikes: Natural Disasters in Fiction

7/25 – Chasing Sunrise Release Day!

7/29 – Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet

7/30 – Live Your Life, Buy The Book – “I loved you before Nazareth.” Meet Bianca and Chaney

8/2 – Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page

8/8 – Charlie Cochet – The Catharsis of Lovers Shirts

8/13 – Gay List Book Reviews – The Necessity of Brutality

8/16 – Tali Spencer – The Shape of Things to Come: Glass Moon

14 responses to “WELCOME: Lex Chase talking about her latest novel: CHASING SUNRISE

  1. Nice article Lily. I’d love to read this, but I come from a background of abuse and the excerpt from the book kinda put me off.

    • Hello Kirifox! 😀 Allow me to explain because reading over my own excerpt I was like OMG and can see how it can be misconstrued. The scene in question and there’s–a lot more to it–Sevon is being forced to torture Jack. If he doesn’t, he’s going to get just as brutalized or worse. Trust me, Sevon’s so not the abuser. Noooo! D: Holy crap. So sorry! But obviously that was my failing of choosing something so gut churning. 😦

      Also, I understand domestic violence quite well as I’m a survivor from 10 years at the hands of my girlfriend. Raising awareness for LGBT domestic violence is something deeply important to me. Many don’t believe it really exists from embarrassing questions at the ER to discrimination from the authorities because they don’t understand.

      I will say, Chasing Sunrise, and the following books are pretty violent. And I’m not talking from an abusive situation violent. I mean around a war between two species, and all that that entails. Bloodshed, mass casualties, land lay to waste. But definitely not what the typical romance reader expects. I can only imagine that I’m going to have many people divided over the book. Some expecting something happy and fluffy with beautiful vampires… but not expecting that they don’t sparkle and eat people.

      I do hope you give it a go! Or if you don’t that’s all right too!

      Just understand, oh no, yes, I get you. I sooooo get you. We’ll get there. Don’t give up reaching for the light.


      • Thanks for your response Lex. War and the blood and carnage that goes with it does not bother me, but one on one torture…that is another thing entirely. Something in me, however, would like to read your book. After I left my comment, I realized that I reacted on my first gut feeling, without looking deeper into what I read. As you know, we all have triggers, and we can’t always control when or how they affect our immediate feelings. I will give this more thought.

  2. Oh yes! We definitely all have our triggers. It’s a blog post coming up later, the story behind Chasing Sunrise is my therapist suggested I write a book about what I had gone through. He told me to fictionalize the people, but the situations of abuse had to be as they happened. The scenes between Sevon and Dominic are pretty much those scenes.

    My goal with this book is how many readers find 50 Shades so attractive to show people no, that’s not what it’s supposed to be like. At all. I’m trying to show controlling and manipulative relationships are not hot, they’re not desirable, and we deserve better. Jack of Chasing Sunrise is my icon of ‘Better.’ I hope to have him resonate with readers that when all are lost or don’t know how they can go on, they can think of Jack and all will be well.

    I was in that 50 Shades relationship. Only my Christian Grey was a woman. And to this day, hardly anyone can believe a woman can be capable of such things.

    On the fun side of things, I’m an action adventure gay romance writer and I just really super enjoy making things explode and writing over the top movie blockbuster fight scenes. It’s actually a running gag that my books can never ever have enough explosions. LOL

    But I’d love for you to check it out! 😀 And at first I was really nervous of saying anything because of the whole ‘Do Not Respond’ author thing. But I saw I had triggered you and I HAD to say something because I was like oh nonono. I wrote this book for people like us and I felt really bad that my target audience was upset. 😦

  3. Wow. Thanks for the excerpt and the responses above. I think that you are doing a wonderful and generous thing by donating the presale royalties. That is amazing.

    • Thanks Jen! 😀 Yeah. I’d say this blog tour is starting to go down as one of the most controversial ever. All I can do is laugh about it to keep myself from crying. LOL

      Reading the excerpt back with Kirifox’s gut reaction I realized it TOTALLY looked like Sevon was the abuser and he was basically rationalizing it out that Jack deserved it. I realize OMG there is a crapton of context I SHOULD have put in. D:

      Just wait until the excerpt included on Jaime Samms’ blog. Oh. Yeah. I explain my take on vampires and all that it entails. And the excerpt…oooooooh yeah. That’s going to raise more eyebrows.


    • Oh yes Trix. Oh yes. Considering I know you’re a PTR fan, this is waaaaaayyyyyy different than PTR. Like you might need to read with the lights on and a crate of tissues handy.

      I passed on an ARC to a diehard fan of PTR and she read it in a night. She had paged me in the morning that she hit chapter 28 started crying, and pretty much kept sobbing uncontrollably until the end. It does end on a high note! You just go through hell to get there. It just involves many many maaaaany explosions. ;D

      You know me and my explosions. 😀

  4. some intense responses on this thread…..I guess I’m lucky I’ve never had to deal with domestic abuse
    ((((hugs)))) to all of you that have had to endure this

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  7. Thanks for the great post. Stories of survival and recovery rank among my favorites, when they’re done well. I have a feeling you did well with this one, judging by popular response, and your own personal experiences. I’m really looking forward to reading it, but know I need to be in a good mindset to do so! I don’t mind reading abuse, or the violence with the war between species like you describe, but it’s best to do so when I’m in a good mood.

    I appreciate the comments above!

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