Cover Reveal: Americana Fairy Tale + Giveaway!

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Americana Fairy Tale
by Lex Chase

Genre: M/M Fairy Tale Urban Fantasy
Length: Novel, 340 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Blurb

Modern fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: He’s a guy. Two: His perfect brother Atticus is the reincarnation of Snow White. Three: Taylor has no idea which princess he is supposed to be. Four: Taylor just left his prince (a girl) at the altar. Despite his enchanted lineage, Taylor is desperate to find his Happily Ever After away from magic, witches, and stuffy traditions. Regrettably, destiny has other plans for him. Dammit.

When word reaches Taylor that Idi the Witchking has captured Atticus, Taylor is determined to save his brother. He enlists the help of rakish and insufferable Corentin Devereaux, likewise of enchanted lineage. A malicious spell sends Taylor and Corentin on a road trip through the kitschy nostalgia of roadside Americana. To save Atticus, they must solve the puzzles put forth by Idi the Witchking. As they struggle, Taylor and Corentin’s volatile partnership sparks a flash of something more. But princesses have many enemies, and Taylor must keep his wits about him because there’s nothing worse than losing your heart… or your head.

 

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Excerpt

 

Still flustered and confused, with no time to contemplate what had just come over him, Corentin tossed out his hand and gestured to the open road. “Do you see signs for I-85 North anywhere, genius?”

“Man, you’re really bitchy,” Ringo said, crossing his arms. “Have enough water today? Hydration is important.”

“Why should I trust you anyway? You could be getting us lost on purpose,” Taylor said. There was a sneer in his tone, and he glared in the rearview. “I’m not counting out we nearly died three seconds ago.”

“I was avoiding a tire in the road,” Corentin lied. “And I am not getting us lost.” His irritation grew as he tried to puzzle through everything that had just transpired. “I’m keeping my promise. You’re useless to me, so we’re going to go save your brother and kill Idi instead.”

“Woooooah,” Ringo said, holding up his hands in surrender. “You didn’t tell me this was Idi we were up against.”

“Someone fill me in,” Taylor said in a demanding tone.

Corentin gritted his teeth. Just like all princesses, Taylor was a pretty spoiled brat. “Idi is the Witchking,” Corentin said simply. He braced himself for the oncoming flurry of questions. Which he wouldn’t know how to answer in the simplest of terms.

“Idi’s bad juju,” Ringo said. “The worst of all witches.”

“And we’re going to kill him?” Taylor asked.

Corentin caught him arching a brow and making a doubtful expression in the rearview. “That’s the plan.”

“And save Atticus,” Taylor said.

That’s the plan,” Corentin repeated tersely.

“What’s in it for you?” Taylor asked. Something in his tone suggested his mistrust had hit its limit.

Before Corentin could come up with an expert lie, he was unfortunately saved by the GPS popping with sizzles and showering sparks over the cabin of the truck. Ringo zipped behind the passenger seat, and Taylor yelped in a half squeal. The truck fishtailed over two lanes and came dangerously close to clipping a car. Corentin acted fast, ripping the melting device from its dash mount and chucking it out the window. Taylor turned to look out the back window, and Corentin caught the bright orange flame as the thing exploded like a grenade.

When the spots cleared from Corentin’s eyes, he muttered a curse under his breath as the truck passed from a clear division of daylight into the dead of night. He clicked the headlights on and waited for his eyes to adjust.

“What the hell is going on?” Taylor asked, leaning up to the back window.

“Idi’s fucking with us,” Corentin said. “It seems like he’s trying to delay us as much as possible.”

“He knows we’re onto him,” Taylor said. “Way to go for discussing the super-secret squirrel plan out loud.”

“You know…,” Corentin said, glaring in the rearview. “You are a lot more pleasant when you’re passed out, snoring.”

Taylor huffed. “I don’t snore.”

“You bleat like a dying hyena,” Ringo said, then spit a giggle.

Taylor’s attention snapped to the pixie. “What is this? Asshole day?”

Corentin caught his eerie pink glare in the rearview.

“Dude, just get off at the nearest exit. We should be near Birmingham by now.”

“All right, all right,” Corentin said, and it was a pleasant reprieve that Taylor kept his mouth shut for more than five minutes. It didn’t last.

“Hey, hey!” Taylor said and pointed at a green-and-white interstate exit sign in the distance. “Talladega! Turn here. I can get us to Atlanta from here. We’re not that far off.”

Corentin guided the truck up the exit ramp and frowned. Something was wrong—flat-topped mesas came into view.

“What the…?” Taylor whispered and watched the rolling dunes of the Painted Desert.

“Uuuh…,” Ringo added and pressed himself to the windshield. The occasional cactus whisked by. “Wow, Talladega’s having a hard time with the drought this season,” Ringo said through their awestruck silence.

“That’s not a drought,” Corentin said softly.

Taylor squinted into the distance. “Does ‘Welcome to Arizona, the Grand Canyon State’ answer your question?”

Ringo pasted his face to the windshield. “How do you even see—” Ringo squeaked when the state sign of Arizona blurred by. “Oh my Storyteller!”

Corentin remained tense, trying to get his thoughts together.

Taylor, however, seemed to not be able to resist blurting out his opinion. “It seems this Eddie guy is doing more than just fucking with us.”

Idi,” Corentin said and realized how terse he sounded. “I think he wants to do more than just delay us.”

Ringo peeled himself from the windshield. He slapped his hands to his cheeks in horror. “He wants us to die out here?” he croaked.

“Panicking is not going to help,” Corentin said firmly.

“Easy for you to say,” Taylor snapped. “We just need to stop somewhere and ask for directions. We’ll get back on the right road in no time.”

Corentin sighed. Taylor’s hope was admirable, but Ringo was only half right. They would die out here, but only one of them. This was Corentin’s first trial. Now he was here, in the middle of nowhere, with Taylor to do with what he will. As soon as that was over, Idi would release him and he’d be on his way, but only until the next time Idi summoned him to do his bidding.

They drove on, again in a long-hanging silence. The interstate lay barren, not a single car or scrap of civilization to be seen. The pavement bore veins of black tar from years of shoddy repair. Corentin caught Taylor’s pink gaze in the rearview, and his feral eyes seemed to gleam in the dark.

The princess shifted from one side of the backseat to the other. He seemed to look for anything that would help. He cupped his hands around the glass and peeked out into the night. “I can’t see anything out there. It’s just desert,” Taylor muttered.

Ringo turned to Corentin, “How are we on ga—”

Don’t say it!” Corentin and Taylor shouted in unison.

Ringo held up his hands and pursed his lips. “Got it…. Uh… why?”

“I assume Eddie is listening in to everything,” Taylor said.

Idi,” Corentin corrected Taylor again. “I think sir princess is right. It seems the second we’ve said anything, something’s gone wrong.”

Ringo fluttered over to the dash and rested his chin in his palm. “You know… it could be all a coincidence….”

Corentin and Taylor glared angrily at Ringo in silence while the hum of the pavement whooshed as Corentin drove.

Ringo waved his hands. “By Titania’s tatas, guys, I was just kidding!”

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Giveaway

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About the author

 

LXC_FlamesLex 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 too.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure and 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 now residing in the burbs of Northwest Florida, where it could be 80F and she’d still be a popsicle.

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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65 Comments Add yours

  1. Penumbra says:

    This is certainly and interesting premise for a book. Count me in please!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks! It’s definitely a fun one. 😀

  2. Ardent Ereader says:

    Hi Lex, Look forward to reading your latest book. Please count me in. Thanks

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks! Looking forward to what you think of it! 😀

  3. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Hi Lexi, It sounds like a really different kind of book I’m looking forward to reading it.

    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

    1. Lex says:

      If this series is anything, it’s definitely different. LOL I can’t wait to see what you think!

  4. This sounds like it will be so much fun. I can’t wait.

    1. Lex says:

      I had a lot of fun writing it! I want readers to laugh, cry, and cheer!

  5. Tammy says:

    What a great premise for a book! I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Tammy! 😀

  6. Denise says:

    So cool! I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Denise! You’ve put up with me so far all this time! LOL I hope you enjoy the crack that comes out of my head. LOL

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    That was a really fun excerpt. Might even have to buy it before I find out if I win!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Alexis! I have a hard time picking out excerpts! Some that are too way out of context or others that begin or end in the wrong place. Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Jen CW says:

    Sounds fantastic! Thank you for the great excerpt!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Jen! 😀 And for once, I’m glad this excerpt isn’t too much or too little!

  9. jodi marinich says:

    great excerpt

  10. Trix says:

    Beautiful cover, and I love the excerpt!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Trix! You and Denise both should get a medal for sticking with me from the beginning! I hope you dig this one too! It’s a little more Checkmate-ish kind of sort of. 😀

  11. Kristin Dutt says:

    Beautiful cover!

    1. Lex says:

      I love that cover! So hard! It’s so cheesy and silly and imagine all the swag options!

  12. kp says:

    Love the sound of this book!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks KP! I had a lot of fun with it!

  13. Erin K says:

    Love the cover! 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Erin! Out of all the covers I’ve had, it’s one of my favorites!

  14. dusty273 says:

    This sounds like a fantastic, fun read! Count me in, please?

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Dusty! 😀

  15. Deborah Favorito says:

    The book sounds super

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Deborah! 😀

  16. Suzanne Edwards says:

    Sounds very enchanting with , I hope, a HEA once he discovers who he is 🙂 I can’t wait to read it! Congrats on another new release

    1. Lex says:

      Is that a pun, Suzanne? ;D Good one! Readers will learn what princess Taylor is supposed to be. The grand reveal is actually one of my most favorite moments of the book!

  17. eherrera32 says:

    Thanks again for hosting such a generous giveaway! ^_^

  18. CRYSTAL GUIDROZ says:

    This book sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Crystal! I look forward to what you think of it! 😀

  19. kahcherub says:

    Thank you for the chance! I loved learning more about your books!

  20. Lee Todd says:

    this sounds different…can’t wait to read it 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      It’s definitely different! The whole series is a fun one and good mental floss in between writing Darkmore Saga. 😀

  21. dihuffer says:

    Oh wow! Cannot wait to read this one and I adore the cover! Reminds me of the old Ellery Queen mag covers… 😉

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks! 😀 I LOVE the cover. Just imagine all the hilariously hokey yet awesome swag I can make with it. Key chains! Magnets! Postcards! I am actually making a set of mailable postcards out of them. And the best most inappropriate one: Mini shower loofahs. Oh yes. ;D

      1. dihuffer says:

        Awesome! I can just imagine… them in my mailbox, that is… 😉

  22. DJ Sakata says:

    not my usual genre but it looks like it would be fun

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks DJ. 😀 I hope you check it out, I’d love to know what you think of it. 😀

  23. Cynthia Angheven says:

    Loosk Interesting!1 Cant Wait to get my hands on It

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Cynthia! Do check it out! 😀

  24. Mary Preston says:

    Certainly caught my attention.

    1. Lex says:

      I’m glad Mary! 😀 That cover is a definite attention getter!

  25. congratz for the new book 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks you kindly! 😀

  26. Zee says:

    I love Fairy Tale themed stories! I’m looking forward to reading this! 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Zee! 😀 One of my most favorite plays of all time was Into The Woods. And I am so PUMPED about the movie. I’ve been waiting for YEARS. <3

  27. Joelle Dockter says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!!!

  28. SHELLEY S says:

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  29. Wow this certainly sounds different 🙂 I look forward to reading it 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Hannah! It’s a fun one. I look forward to what you think! 😀

  30. Priscilla Thacker says:

    Sounds interesting and different than what I usually read 🙂 I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Priscilla! I definitely like to ‘color outside the lines’ as it were with writing. This is a fun one. 😀

  31. Antonia says:

    This book sounds fun. Loved the excerpt!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Antonia! 😀 I always such a hard time picking out excerpts that don’t sound too weird out of context, or give too much away, or are too long or too short. Glad you liked this one!

  32. Riina YT says:

    This sounds fun! I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Riina! Be sure to let me know what you think! 😀

  33. Loren says:

    It goes to my TBR, sounds good!!!

    1. Lex says:

      Thanks Loren! 😀

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