Today we’re pleased to have Lex Chase here to talk about her latest novel, Checkmate Ever After, which is out December 15th!
Hello Internet! I’m Lex Chase and Erin and Racheline was kind enough to let me drop by! 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.
The story is about gay superheroes, and how we are all not what we seem on the outside. So today’s topic is “Why Superheroes?”
The facetious answer? Why not?
The serious answer? There’s a ton of reasons and I hope to get through a few of them.
I grew up reading comic books, and it was something that just clicked with me. X-Men, specifically Wolverine and Gambit, were my guys. Of course, this was back before it was Wolverine Guest Starring Those Other Guys.
Simon Bisley’s fantastic take!Wolverine back then was honestly interesting. Dealt a completely crappy deal in life, could have easily been one of the nastiest villains ever, but kept on trying to be a good guy in his own way. He’s lived, loved, lost, and kept on living for the better day. It’s admirable really. It’s admirable in a way of in-between these newsprint pages, even if you are having an utterly shitty day, it’s a promise that Wolverine is totally having a crappier day than you. He just sucks it up and keeps going.
I think for me, I needed that growing up. I think a lot of kids of my generation before it was safe to come out of the closet (or should I say safer) needed something they could hold onto.
They were holding out for a hero, as it were.
In the Marvel Universe, the mutants are reviled for what they are. They’re hated, hunted, spit upon, and shot at. Even if they are capable of saving the world, they are condemned. They do their jobs thanklessly. They’re seen as a menace. Still, they keep on going that tomorrow will be better. They keep going that with a secret identity they can fit in. But when wearing blue and yellow spandex, they are amazing, uncanny, even astonishing.
X-Men and Marvel in general were pretty much spearheading the It Gets Better campaign before there ever was an It’s Get Better campaign, the Laramie Project, the Trevor Project, or even You Will Rise. What’s even funnier is Marvel in those days suffered from severe homophobia in their ranks. While they had gay heroes in their roster, in the 80’s and 90’s they were marginalized, killed off, or not major players. But yet the heroes in general, even Wolverine, they were the saviors of many gay teens, and Marvel didn’t even know it. They were mine.
Alpha Flight’s Northstar who had been perpetually shat on by writers is finally married.
Astonishing X-Men #51 Variant Cover Art by Marko DjurdjevicX-Force’s Shatterstar and Rictor can now be an open couple after the storyline to out them in the 90’s was pulled soon as editors realized where it was going.
X-Factor #207, Writing by Peter David and Art by FiumaraAnd Wolverine continues to have a bad day.
So why superheroes? Because in a world filled with endless streams of bad news, we’re all holding out for a hero.
So, it’s time to think creatively! If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Drop your comment below and click the giveaway banner to enter for a chance to win a 25 USD Amazon Gift Card!
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.
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