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.
One of Taylor’s pages.
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)
Published: October 19, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy: Paperback or eBook
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:
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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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….
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
10/10 – 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!