Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway – Bayou Fairy Tale by Lex Chase

Hello everyone! I’m Lex Chase and I want to thank Charlie for having me here today on the Bayou Fairy Tale Blog Tour! Bayou is the sequel to Americana Fairy Tale and tells the tale of fuck-up fairy tale princess dude Taylor Hatfield and his true love a jackass redneck huntsman by the name of Corentin Devereaux. After they saved the world once, their quiet retired life is interrupted when destiny comes knocking. Rude. It’s up to Taylor and Corentin to save Enchants and mundanes from the machinations of one apple turned rotten to the core.

Actually, let’s let Corentin catch us up…

We good? Awesome.

Let’s break it down about Corentin. We learn in Americana Fairy Tale he’s cursed to lose his memory every seven days. That’s pretty crappy for him, and awful for me, because the asshole is one huge math problem in the case of world building.

One of the things he does to cope with his curse is to write everything down in a monstrous journal. It’s ten composition notebooks duct taped together, color coded with sticky tabs, and stuffed to the gills with notes, pictures, post-its, receipts, maps, everything and more. We learn there’s also more than one of these crazy things. Each journal only keeps a record of the last four years of his life. Which in turn makes him a fucking headache for me.

And I decided to make one.

Like I had anything better to do! (Like write books!)

My inspiration for the journal came from two places. One of them is from being in art school for a handful of years, every semester students had to keep what was called a project log. It’s a hardcover 11X14 sketchbook. We had to fill it every semester and start a new one the following semester.

We had to fill every inch of the pages. Even the cover. I filled my journal with sketches, thumbnails, pictures, prints of projects, newspaper clippings, photos from magazines, even things like candy wrappers, gum wrappers, tags from clothing, scraps of yarn, even a paper towel. I kept mine and they still serve as a wellspring of inspiration.

The other thing was hypergraphia, or compulsive writing relating to epilepsy. I thought it was an interesting idea for a character to have to write down every detail about his life. However, in the case of hypergraphia, people just write the same phrase or same words again and again. They don’t even write complete sentences, or often it’s just a jumble. Even though there’s mention of things Corentin wrote down in his head that’s probably what they are. But in actuality, it’s just repeated key words and phrases.

Here’s a few examples of the various pages. It was actually very meditative to write the same words and phrases again and again.

 

Corentin’s famous “About You” page. It’s the only one that says anything.

One of Taylor’s pages.

Atticus’s page.

Idi’s page.

A close up of the text of Atticus’s page.

It’s said every seven days Corentin can start again and be someone entirely different. That’s probably not true, but you never know in a land of magic and fairy tales!

My question for you is if you had the chance to be whoever you wanted to be, who would you be and why? Leave your comment below with your name and don’t forget to record your entry in the giveaway widget!


Genre: Urban Fantasy Fairy Tale
Series: The Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy: Book Two (A Fairy Tales of the Open Road Novel)
Length: Novel
Published: October 19, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62798-499-7
Buy: Paperback or eBook

Blurb:
Modern day fairy tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One: he’s a guy. Two: he’s Sleeping Beauty, the most useless princess in existence. Throw in his true love, Corentin Devereaux, a huntsman descended from child-eating witches, and Taylor’s younger brother, Atticus—this generation’s Snow White—who tried to kill him. That didn’t go so hot.

For two years, Taylor and Corentin live their Happily Ever After. But Corentin’s cursed to lose his memory every seven days, including his life with Taylor—a painful reminder that he can’t provide for the man he loves. Taylor insists Corentin has the strength to succeed, and when Taylor discovers a way to break the curse, he is more than willing to pay the cost.

When an enchanted blizzard devastates Corentin’s hometown of New Orleans, Taylor is convinced Atticus is to blame and grows desperate to find him amidst the Big Easy turned frozen wasteland. Corentin believes Taylor is chasing a ghost while he chases the ghosts of his own past. Old tensions scratch open scars, leaving both to wonder if they have each other’s best interests at heart. The clock is ticking until Corentin loses his memory, and the rabbit hole goes so deep they may never come out.


About the Author:

madison_parker_MG_4269-WEBLex 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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I’m having a Down on the Bayou Giveaway where one lucky winner will walk away with a magical fairy tale prize pack! From Corentin’s mini journal, to a delicious bottle of Disney’s Snow White perfume, Lex Chase swag annnndddd….

This lovely necklace!

US residents only please, but for International residents, you’ll get a lovely 20 dollar Amazon Gift Card!

Don’t forget about the multiple ways to enter! Not only do you need to comment, you can tweet! Use the hashtag #BayouFairyTale! Or enter via Instagram!


Bayou Fairy Tale Tour Stops:

10/1 – Tali Spencer

10/3 – The Novel Approach

10/5 – Gay List Book Reviews

10/6 – Bru Baker

10/7 – Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Teahouse

10/8 – Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance

10/10 – Aidee Ladnier

10/13 – Prism Book Alliance

10/15 – C.S. Poe

10/16 – Joyfully Jay

10/17 – Bayou Fairy Tale Facebook Chat

10/19 – Bayou Fairy Tale Release Day!

Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, & Giveaway – Off World by Jonah Bergan

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Off-World-Full-Front-CoverTitle: Off World

Author: Jonah Bergan

Publisher: Booktrope Publishing

Cover Artist: Michelle Fairbanks

Length: 240 Pages

Release Date: August 22, 2015

Blurb: What really brought Taine to that backwater little world? Taine’s a hunter. He’s a red-skinned, black-eyed Lowman by nature, and a hunter by trade. Some hunters work in flesh, others in secrets, and some few work to set right what’s been set wrong. It’s a big galaxy and there’s always plenty of work for a hunter like Taine, so you got to wonder, what with all that at his feet, what really brought Taine to that backwater little world?

Off-World is a M/M science fiction action/adventure set in F/M dominated space. The story takes place in an arm of the galaxy where slavery (sexual and otherwise) is legal and commonplace. Strictly speaking, it is not a BDSM novel in that consent is not a matter of concern for the characters, but those with an interest in BDSM should enjoy the story. Due to explicit content, Off-World is not recommended to readers under eighteen years of age.

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From Chapter Three: A Transaction Fair and Square

Set-up: Simone, the woman who sold her twin sons into slavery, has explained that she wants Taine to take her eldest son Tanner as an apprentice. It’s clear that the world is not safe for males under Sisterhood rule and she’ll do what she must to get them off-world. They haggle over Tanner’s future while he is outside tending to Taine’s slave.

“I ain’t never had an apprentice,” Simone said. “But I heard of it, and studied up the ways of it some. I ain’t got much, but I got that twenty-five I just brought in, and a few more squirreled away. So as dowry, I’ll grant you thirty for your efforts, and you take from Tanner as pledge, his earnings or his service for the rest. That meet with your expectations?”

Taine looked her in the eye. Between the stars, thirty credits wasn’t really all that much—not in the scheme of things, but by his estimation, here on this world, a full thirty credits might last her three years. Longer, maybe four or even five, if she were frugal. He glanced around the cabin, his eyes settling on the bedrolls tucked up in the eaves. “I don’t need your money,” Taine said.

“This ain’t charity I’m askin’ for, Mister Devil,” she snapped. She pointed toward her daughter. “That one told me all I need to know about apprenticing and mastering a trade. I sent her three days to the library and three days back again to learn it too. I was going to apprentice the boy over to Bishop, but then you came along, and I figure you’re a better prospect for him. So you take what’s fair, and you take what you need from the boy against the balance, but don’t you look down on me, and don’t you shame me here in my own home.”

“Of course not,” Taine said. “I meant no disrespect. These are not easy times, and I can take the dowry in full as pledge, leaving the coin to you and yours here. Along with your invitation to return, and a promise of a fair price on the redhead and tow this autumn, that should balance the scales.”

She sat for a moment, just staring hard at Taine. He wasn’t sure if she was about to laugh or holler. Based on her look, it might have gone either way, but then that mix of emotions tipped over toward laughter, and she did, she had herself one good hard laugh, leaving Taine to wonder what he’d said that was so funny.

“Now that’s some smart bargaining right there, Mister Devil,” she said, once she’d settled down. “You teach my boy that kind of thinking, you train him up in that real good, and you teach him to use all them slick words you use to coo and cuddle and coax just that little bit more from the likes o’ me.”

Taine looked surprised at that, smiling slightly but she waved him off.

“Don’t be acting like you don’t know what I mean,” she said. “You teach him all that, so he can come on back, and sweep up his dear old mother, and whisk her off to some sunny paradise world where her old bones won’t ache none no more. You do that, and you got yourself a deal, Mister Devil.”

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Jonah Bergan is a freelance writer living in New England. His publishing credits include a ten part serial, multiple short stories, and a collection of anecdotal humor. He has also published MMORPG game reviews and content, hypnosis scripts, online user manuals, and advertising texts. Please visit jonahbergan.com to learn more about him.

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August 31:

Man2ManTastic

Multitasking Mommas Book Reviews

September 1:

World of Diversity Fiction

September 2:

Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews

September 3:

Gay.Guy.Reading And Friends

September 4:

The Purple Rose Tea House

September 7:

Prism Book Alliance

September 8:

Cia’s Stories

September 9:

Drops of Ink

September 10:

Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words

September 11:

Queer Sci-Fi

September 14:

MM Good Book Reviews

September 15:

Nautical Star Books

September 16:

Amanda C. Stone

September 17:

Love Bytes Reviews

September 18:

Sue Brown

September 21:

The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat

September 22:

Evelyn Shepherd

September 23:

Because Two Men Are Better Than One

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September 24:

Divine Magazine

September 25:

Bayou Book Junkie

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An Interview with Knight – Day and Knight by Dirk Greyson

Hello I’m Dirk Greyson and I’m so grateful to Charlie for hosting me today.  The first book in the Day and Knight series released on Monday and I thought it would be an interesting way to make an introduction by sitting down with Knight for an interview where we talked about Day.

Q:  Knight, we all want to know.  What were your first thoughts when you met Day?

A:  ***Sighs*** He’s going to kill me, but I thought I was getting stuck with a newbie who was going to get himself and possibly me killed before the assignment was over.   Day came from data analysis after all.  What did he know about field work?

Q:  I take it that wasn’t correct?

A:  Umm… no.  He can dig up information no one else can and he understands language like no one I’ve ever met.  He also demonstrated he can shoot and that cost me.  ***slight blush***

Q:  So there were hidden depths?

A:  To say the least.  *** Knight turns away for a few seconds*** Day turned out to have a lot of hidden depths.  *** Smiles*** He also has a sharp tongue and doesn’t let me get away with much.

Q:  So I hear he has definite opinions.

A:  Yes.  Day called me over and over on my assholeness.   I think it’s a gift.  We agree to disagree on that.

Q:  ***Leaning Forward*** So how did things work out on the cruise?  I heard your cover required you two attend a gay cruise.  Was that… inspirational?

A:  ***Expression darkens, lips purse slightly*** What happened between Day and I in our stateroom is between the two of us.  ***folds his arms over his chest***

Q:  All right.  ***swallows slightly*** In the end, did the two of you learn to get along?

A:  Eventually, he and I learned to work together.

Q:  Would you work with him again?

A:  Let me put it this way, he’d have made a good Marine.  He had my back the way my Marine brothers did and I can’t ask for more than that.

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2015NewAbout the Book

As former NSA, Dayton (Day) Ingram has national security chops and now works as a technical analyst for Scorpion. He longs for field work, and scuttling an attack gives his chance. He’s smart, multilingual, and a technological wizard. But his opportunity comes with a hitch—a partner, Knighton (Knight), who is a real mystery. Despite countless hours of research, Day can find nothing on the agent, including his first name!

Former Marine Knight crawled into a bottle after losing his family. After drying out, he’s offered one last chance: along with Day, stop a terrorist threat from the Yucatan. To get there without drawing suspicion, Day and Knight board a gay cruise, where the deeply closeted Day and equally closeted Knight must pose as a couple. Tensions run high as Knight communicates very little and Day bristles at Knight’s heavy-handed need for control.

But after drinking too much, Day and Knight wake up in bed. Together. As they near their destination, they must learn to trust and rely on each other to infiltrate the terrorist camp and neutralize the plot aimed at the US’s technological infrastructure, if they hope to have a life after the mission.  One that might include each other.

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“Yeah, I know that, but it’s been two years. Don’t you think it’s time you took off the black dress and veil and went to purple at least?” Mark always had these sayings that rarely made sense. “It’s time you rejoined the living and stopped mourning.” Mark lifted his glass to his lips and sighed after taking a sip. “Damn, that’s good.” He sighed and then let his gaze wander back to Knight. “Kid, you need to get back to life or you’ll end up a grumpy old man before you’re forty.”

“Shit,” Knight sighed and drank from his tea. “That’s what Dayton called me today.”

“Who’s Dayton? Your partner in this mission?” Mark barely stopped long enough for Knight to nod. “Then that kid pegged you fast.” Mark seemed pleased about that… too pleased.

“What?”

“At least this Dayton isn’t going to take any of your crap. You need that.” Mark grinned, the small scar at the corner of his mouth showing. It was a souvenir he had gotten from a bar fight in Mexico when he’d rescued Knight after he’d done something stupid as a newbie. “Any partner that will let you walk all over them isn’t the partner you need.”

“You walked all over me,” Knight said.

Mark paused with his glass halfway to his lips. “Did I?” He raised his eyebrow slightly to the left, catching Knight in a whine without saying a word. “You were fresh out of the Marines and as gung ho as they came. Damn, you were scary as shit, always raring to shoot or blow shit up.” Mark smiled. “Came in handy in Ecuador, though.” He sipped his whiskey again, still grinning. “You needed a firm hand. Still do. Now, sometimes we end up with the partner we need and sometimes we end up with the partner we get. It’s up to you to decide which this is.”

“He’s the partner I got….” Knight gulped from his glass, the liquid coating his suddenly dry throat. “Just like I was the partner you got, and you were the partner I needed.”

“Are you sure about that, kid?” Mark expression was unreadable. “You sure we didn’t both get what we needed?” He downed the rest of his whiskey and signaled the waitress for another. “Don’t be too hard on this Dayton, but don’t go easy on him either. Fieldwork is fucking hard. Everyone thinks it’s excitement and glamor, but it’s really days of waiting surrounded by moments when shit happens.”

“Tell me about it. He’s so gung ho he’s probably spending the evening reading files and reviewing intercept transmissions.”

Mark stared at him. “That sounds smart to me. The question I have for you is, why aren’t you doing the same thing? It sounds like the kid is getting himself ready and doing the preparation you’d want a partner to do.” He lifted his glass to his lips but then sat it back on the table without taking a drink. “He may be new, but maybe the one who isn’t ready for this mission is you.” Mark folded his hands. “You never shirked on any mission we had. You pulled your weight and then some. That’s what he’s trying to do.”

That hit Knight like a punch in the gut. “Shit.”

“I ain’t saying you need to be a newbie about this. It’s your job to act as the seasoned pro. Help him along but don’t be an ass about it… well, not all the time. Asking you not to be an ass is like asking you not to breathe. But at least keep your assness to a minimum.”

2015NewAbout the author

Dirk Greyson Caricature200Dirk is very much an outside kind of man.  He loves travel and seeing new things.  Dirk worked in corporate America for way too long and now spends his days writing, gardening, and taking care of the home he shares with his partner of more than two decades.  He has a Masters Degree and all the other accessories that go with a corporate job.  But he is most proud of the stories he tells and the life he’s built.  Dirk lives in Pennsylvania in a century old home and is blessed with an amazing circle of friends.

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