Hey fearless readers! I’m Lex Chase, and Grace has kindly let me drop by over here on the Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour!
And guys, you gotta be pretty fearless so far. We’ve covered the domestic violence core of the story, and then we covered my take on vampires are definitely not fluffy, safe, or fucking sparkle, and now were caught up to the shifters and they’re very sexually liberated ways. You got all that? Let’s not forget the couple days Chasing Sunrise went viral. I’m still catching my breath about that!
On Chris T. Kat’s blog at the start of this tour I discussed the cover of our highly androgynous hero Sevon. Trapped in a horrific abusive relationship, he copes with wearing women’s clothing. As a king, he feels that if he projects an image of grace and nobility, no one will know his world is crumbling. Of course, everyone knows. It’s just what gets him through the day.
I should note a few details about him, Sevon definitely identifies as a man, he’s just highly sensitive and effeminate. He’s simply far more comfortable in women’s clothing. He does not consider himself transgender. Much as the same history as Eddie Izzard, which you can read about him here!
For Chasing Sunrise I had a huge deal of fun of looking up what gowns and dresses he could wear. One of my key words for him is he’s prim. And he is so prim it hurts so good.
Pinterest was my savior in all of this. Plus a few artistically minded friends that liked to pin pretty things. The only regret is my board for Sevon is populated by blond women wearing gowns. So just go with me on this. Pretend it’s a guy. *Jedi mind trick hand wave*
In the book I describe Sevon wearing a lot of jewel tone gowns. Navy blue, burgundy, and deep purple. My idea was first keep him from looking washed out with his blond hair and pale skin. Not that readers would actually see him, but go with it.
I also wanted him to wear more intense colors because I didn’t want him to appear completely innocent. He may have a good heart, but there is definitely blood on his hands.
This was the first gown I had found (modeled by actress January Jones!) that fit that image.
This absolutely stunning Chanel number definitely conjures the image that Sevon is definitely not innocent. I love the intricacy of the details of the back. Very much fitting of a sassy King that is pulling a moment of HBIC. (Head Bastard In Charge. ;D)
Despite Sevon being a vampire-like creature known as an aisa, I set out for him to never ever wear red. Vampires wearing red is a cliche in my head. The only red he wears are deeper like burgundy and ruby. I love the flow of this gown by Valentino, but the red is just…eeh. Too obviously vampy red.
And while not a jewel tone, he’d definitely wear something as frilly as this blush colored gown. This would definitely be a more “turn to innocence” type of dress that would show up in the series. It hasn’t yet! But it’s coming.
I definitely have a good time combing though Pinterest for pretty gowns and inspirations for Sevon’s look. I’m not the slightest bit feminine and I wouldn’t be caught dead in a dress, but I am hardcore addict of Vogue, and Elle, and international fashion magazines as well.
It’s not really that much of a bummer to me that the models predominantly women, but I know some people would be seriously uncomfortable with that. I don’t mind! But dammit guys. Start modeling wedding dresses. Make it happen!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the fashion show and if you want to follow me on Pinterest you can find me here! Sevon’s board in particular is called Sevon’s Boudoir because of course he’d have a boudoir. Of course! What dainty and prim self-respecting gentleman wouldn’t?
Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pre-order: Paperback or eBook
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
Sevon found a clothing box waiting on his bed. He paced around it, curious if he should touch it. The navy blue bow around the white box beckoned him forward. He picked up the card between two fingers and flipped it over. Sevon’s heart thumped against his ribs at the familiar flourished handwriting.
To Priagust. To the future.—D
Sevon’s knees quaked as he opened the box and ripped into the tissue paper. His heart fluttered at the gift. A luxurious navy brocade gown from one of the finest tailors in the kingdom. He pulled the garment from the box and pressed it against his nude frame. He turned to his full-length mirror to be sure of the size. Of course Dominic would know his size. He was observant, and Sevon was likewise aware that navy blue was Dominic’s favorite color.
Sevon hurried to ring for his maids to help him into the gown. He smiled and crushed the fabric in his fingers. “Things will be different now,” he said. Once dressed, Sevon hurried to the palace drive, where the carriage awaited. Dominic had planned for Sevon to make his decree at the stockyards. Sevon was uncertain about the turn of events in the wake of Mallory’s death. He knew Dominic was right: the stockyards had to be controlled by some party or there would be anarchy. Dominic had declared himself to be that man, and that was one of the things Sevon disagreed with him about. Sevon winced at the acute memory of the pain when Dominic had whipped him over it. He tried to push the memory down. Dominic gave him the dress. Clearly things were improving.
The rustling of Sevon’s gown announced his arrival to the palace drive.
“My liege,” the coachman greeted him.
“Good evening,” Sevon said with a kind smile as the coachman opened the carriage door for him.
Sevon stepped inside the white lacquered carriage and Dominic followed. It tilted under the weight of Dominic’s broad frame. Together, they settled onto cushioned seats opposite each other, and Sevon smoothed his skirts.
Dominic smiled at Sevon’s dainty actions. “I see you found my gift.”
Sevon’s eyes lit up at Dominic’s kindness.
“Do you like it? The tailor did such a wonderful job with the embroidery. I’m so happy that he doesn’t make a fuss over making a gown for a man.”
Dominic scratched at the corner of his eye. “I might have advised him about it.”
Sevon blushed and cast his gaze to his lap. “That really wasn’t necessary,” he muttered.
He knew very well what Dominic meant about advisement. Dominic’s sense of helpful advisement commonly involved intimidation and blatant threats that if others expressed disapproval of Sevon’s preference for men and his desire to dress in women’s finery, it would be met with outlandishly cruel punishment. It was always better that he pretended to ignore what was going on in Dominic’s mind. Sevon pasted a smile onto his face, trying to convince Dominic nothing was amiss. “It’s your favorite color,” he said sweetly.
“It is,” Dominic said, watching out the window and not paying Sevon any mind.
Sevon tried not to frown too much.
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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.
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