Guest Post: Chasing Sunrise by Lex Chase

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Hello, Internet! I’m Lex Chase and I want to thank the crew at It’s About The Book for letting me drop in today for the Chasing Sunrise Blog Tour!

Chasing Sunrise is a high fantasy horror about a King Sevon’s desperation to save his dying people—the cannibalistic aisa—but at the cost of destroying the shifter civilization. Set amidst war, genocide, and the frail shard of hope that there is the light of freedom and how love makes monsters of us all.

But what defines a monster when in the context of their world they’re just like you or me. Meet the shifters, who aren’t monsters at all. In fact, they’re a very peaceful people.

The shifter races are as varied as the species that populate our planet. You name it, it’s there. From avian races, to reptiles, to aquatic shifters, to insect shifters. My guilty pleasures are the shark shifters and the jellyfish shifters.

Yes. Jellyfish. Shifters. Trust me. You never knew you needed them in your life.

Rome courtesy of HBO

For Chasing Sunrise, we meet the windigo, a race of lupine and canine shifters, and we meet a type of feline called the ungati in the form of our hero Jack.

The windigo live in an alternate realm called Priagust, and has been modeled loosely around ancient Rome. They are definitely a pre-lightbulb culture. They are considered the backbone of the shifter races.

Quite possibly the most interesting aspect of the windigo is their very healthy view about sexual relationships. They are an omnisexual people, and are very open about gay, lesbian, bi, trans relationships and every other color of the flag. Gender fluid, asexual, intersexed? No worries! Come on in!

In fact, windigo boys and girls when they become sexually mature are expected to experiment with both other boys and girls. If boys discover they prefer men, and the girls prefer women? That is a-ok! If a man learns all about a man’s touch but marries a woman and has children and still likes men? Not a problem! Readers meet just such a windigo couple with Kaltag and his wife Mirabelle. They have a litter of children together (yes a litter!) and both husband and wife are bisexual.

They also stick to the highest rules of intimate relations. That means no means no under any moment and any circumstance. Something we’re still struggling with in our reality to this day.

Rome courtesy of HBO

It is the submissive (for lack of a better word) in a relationship that has all of the power. All of it. From daily lives, to intimacy. Their dominant (for another lack of a better word) respects their wishes at all times and it’s expected of them to do so. Even in the act of making love, they cannot begin until the submissive says so, and they agree they want to. If the submissive demands they stop in the middle of it? No questions asked. The dominant respects that, no harm no foul, no argument. Instead an apology and a discussion of what went wrong and how to correct the issue.

In fiction, it’s almost become expected that shifters are brutal and sexually charismatic people. Sure, keep the sexy part. But my goal was to put a more likeable face on them. What do you think of the kind natured and honorable shifter? Just because they’re an animal they’re not animals in the savage sense.

My question to you! Shifter tropes! We all love ’em. What’s your favorite and why? Is it the thought that went into the worldbuilding? Or are they just oh so sexy?

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Genre: Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Length: Novel
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: DSP Publications
ISBN: 978-1-63476-355-4
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Blurb:

The once glorious aisa kingdom of Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Sevon endures unrelenting abuse and is used as a scapegoat by Lord Dominic Ravensgrove, who rules Darkmore from the shadows. Coping by dressing in gowns and jewels, the effeminate king relishes the scraps of freedom he is given to be himself.

As a verkolai, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift provides a chance for escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. When Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous shifter land of Priagust, he manipulates Sevon’s desperation for his people’s survival. Out of options, Sevon has no choice but to cooperate.

On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men abduct a shifter named Jack. Despite being tortured for information, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s history unsettles Sevon, and a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame the beautiful king’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom.

As war looms, Sevon fears Jack’s kindness is another trap. Conflicted, Sevon wonders if he should risk chasing the sunrise or remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.


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My question to you! Shifter tropes! We all love ’em. What’s your favorite and why? Is it the thought that went into the worldbuilding? Or are they just oh so sexy?

Come follow me on Facebook and Twitter for Blog Tour Updates!


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.

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