Hello everyone! I’m Lex Chase and Charlie Cochet has been kind enough have me here on the Purple Rose Tea House for Americana Fairy Tale Blog Tour!
Americana Fairy Tale is the story of a modern day fairy-tale princess guy who is a total fuckup of a human being, hooks up with a dirty, nasty Creole huntsman out of New Orleans, and they go on a road trip quest to defeat the witch. And there’s the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. I am just sayin’.
One of the things that was a definite to do on my list was getting the visuals right for the series. With the cast, I had seen Taylor in my head as a blue-eyed blond. Actually, I had Sevon stuck in my head from Chasing Sunrise. Who is indeed a blue-eyed blond. As seen here:
But Taylor wasn’t as effeminate as Sevon. (Let’s be serious. There probably isn’t nothing as effeminate as Sevon.) Taylor is cute and pretty in that scruffy boyish way. He’s a little rough around the edges, a professional slacker, lives on Red Bull and honeybuns, and I describe him as being somewhat feral. Also Taylor isn’t blond.
This is my ideal Taylor male model Daniel Tighe.
For Corentin, there’s a little bit of a twist to him. His picture on his driver’s license and who we see. It it elaborated upon from the get go.
First, the lovely specimen on his driver’s license: Bobak Ferdowsi aka Mowhawk Guy from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Here we have Henry Ian Cusick aka Desmond Hume in Lost.
And then we have Taylor’s beloved brother, Atticus Hatfield. I wanted Atticus and Taylor to look like they were related and semi-close in age. Atticus is two years younger than Taylor.
And came up with this, actor Gaspard Ulliel.
Charles on the other hand, for [REDACTED] is an unusual surprise:
O HAI Chris Evans! oh yeah that actor guy in those Marvel movies. Like NBD.
Uh, yeah. No wonder Atticus was um… distracted.
Because I covered everyone. Here’s Prince Phillipa Margarite Montclair. Pretentious Name is Pretentious! But Phillipa. Sweet Phillipa. She get’s a bad rap. I’m hoping to get into the extent of her curse in book two and three, but it is amazingly shitty.
I give you actress/singer/Disney Starlet Ashley Tisdale. She has that perfect stuck up sorority girl look. Sorority girl with a big case o’ knives.
And oh yeah. It’s making you crazy, isn’t it? Ringo and Honeysuckle. What do they look like…. well….
Ringo is about the size of a housecat with a marshmallow body. And he looks like actor Jeff Bridges during his time on the Big Lebowski.
And it is amazing.
For Honeysuckle, I needed an extra sturdy woman to keep her husband on the right path. Total battle axe type. None other than the Golden Girl to end all Golden Girls. Well, save Betty White. Yes Bea Arthur specifically her time on Maude. Just picture her with shimmery dragonfly wings and a sparkly dress with a star-tipped wand.
So what do you think of my casting choices? Who did you picture instead? Let me know in the comments down below! 😀
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.
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.” 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.
She is grateful and humbled for all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.
Americana Fairy Tale Tour Stops:
9/11 – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
9/19 – The Purple Rose Tea House
9/20 – Americana Fairy Tale Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page
9/22 – The Novel Approach Reviews
9/21 – Tali Spencer
9/23 – DSP Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet
9/26 – Gay List Book Reviews
9/30 – Sarah Madison
10/3 – The Hat Party