Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway – Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase

Hello Internet! I’m Lex Chase and Charlie was awesome to have me today to kick off the Checkmate Ever After blog tour! Checkmate Ever After is an anthology collecting the first three novellas from the Checkmate series originally published with Dreamspinner Press. But the anthology also has an all new fourth novella exclusive to the new edition! For those of you that completely missed the boat the first time around, Checkmate is a superhero comedy featuring the disgraced superhero Memphis Rook and his rise back to redemption alongside his perky, way too hyperactive sidekick, Hogarth Dawson.

Checkmate is a celebration superhero tropes, all things geeky, and oodles of pop culture. And that’s what I’m taking about today, the Decade of Decadence known as the ‘80s.

Rook, despite all of his brooding badass ways, is an utter nerd for all things ‘80s. From the outside looking in, if you were born in 1990 or later? The ‘80s appear to be the decade we were into the most ridiculous things. I was born in 1979, I’m a Generation X’er, and I had the entire ‘80s experience. It wasn’t until later in life I could appreciate just wtf happened to me.

The 1980s gave us Depeche Mode, Erasure, Bauhaus, and The Cure. British synth pop was big. Michael Jackson hit gold with Thriller. My Little Pony was just getting started. GI Joe hit a renaissance. And every kid was completely heartbroken when Optimus Prime died the Transformers movie and as adults they still choke up at hearing Stan Bush’s “The Touch.”

The Cure

The 1980s despite its complete wtfery because even looking back on it, a lot of it was pretty dumb, it was a decade of infectious optimism. Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly took us Back to the Future. Bruce Springsteen gave Americans an anthem with “Born in the USA.”

In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. I remember being 10, sitting there in front of the evening news, barely paying attention because I was 10 dammit. And there it was. The news broke that people were taking pickaxes to the Berlin Wall. It would be a year later, 1990, that America went to war with Saddam Hussein the first time.

My father has a joke that if you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there. But for me? If you remember the ‘80s? You remember just how weird, wondrous, and wild it was. We had Teddy Ruxpin, the hottest toy that all children were all terrified of. We had riots for Cabbage Patch dolls. I still actually have mine. We had My Buddy and Kid Sister. My Buddy would later inspire a horror movie icon of Chucky from Child’s Play fame.

Kids these days—and me at 36 and refusing to be a grownup I feel like a big ol’ hypocrite—but kids these days just don’t get it. They don’t get I’m older than the internet. They don’t get we had cellphones as big as your head that cost thousands. They can’t comprehend something as amazing as a floppy disk drive. They don’t understand what Weird Al is singing about when he references a Commodore 64 in one of his songs. My personal fave being his track “It’s All About the Pentiums.”

For Rook, relishing in the ‘80s nostalgia is about remembering what it’s like to happy. For me, it’s remembering my history, no matter how utterly bizarre it was. It was the decade that gave us the concept of Mom Jeans after all. I still can’t explain my way around Boy George.

But not matter your age, we all have one thing in common. Music. What’s the one song you loved as a kid that you always sang into your hairbrush? Drop your comment below and click the giveaway banner to enter for a chance to win a 25 USD Amazon Gift Card!


Genre: Sci-Fi Superhero Comedy
Length: Novel Anthology
Published: December 15, 2015
Publisher: DSP Publications
ISBN: 978-1-63476-462-9
Buy: Paperback (and get the eBook for free!) or only the eBook


2nd Edition (Books One – Three)

The day disgraced superhero Memphis Rook literally fell into Hogarth Dawson’s lap, you could say it was fate. But the brawny Rook did nearly crush Garth’s pancreas. What started as two ships passing in the night ended on the weirdest adventure of their lives. Together, Rook and Garth form Checkmate, a daring super duo that keeps Axis City safe from a rogue’s gallery of nefarious villains, dastardly masterminds, and a coalition of calamity. Fighting evil wherever it appears—from reality shows to comic book conventions—Checkmate serves up knuckle sandwiches of justice. But by day, they’re a couple of broke losers who can barely afford a burger and navigating a weird thing called a relationship. Ain’t true love grand? Rook and Garth may be in over their heads, and even super heroes fail sometimes, but they’re ready to take a stand when no one else will. Don’t hate the players, because Checkmate owns the game.

1st Edition of Pawn Takes Rook published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

1st Edition of Cashing the Reality Check published by Dreamspinner Press, 2013.

1st Edition of Conventional Love published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.

And the all new fourth novella Miracle in Axis City and bonus short What The Water Gave Me, exclusive to the anthology!


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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One lucky winner will walk away with a $25 USD Amazon Gift Card!


Follow the Checkmate Ever After Tour!

12/1 – Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House

12/3 – Tali Spencer

12/5 – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews

12/5 – Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

12/7 – Aidee Ladnier

12/9 – Genre Talk on The Novel Approach

12/12 – Gaylist Book Reviews

12/15 – Checkmate Ever After Release Day!


  1. I used to sing a lot of them… I guess I’m your man by Wham or Purple Rain by Prince would be two of the most representative ones…

    • Oh hell yes Susana! Purple Rain! I remember those days. Even when it cues on the 80s station I still sing along. Or Eurythmics! Sweet Dreams! Or the Bangles. Oh my god the Bangles. Walk Like An Egyptian. That was the best.

  2. I loved Boy George (a hint I might love mm fiction later in life), so of course Karma Chameleon!

  3. The couple that come to mind are People are People by Depeche Mode and Shout by Tears for Fears. Thanks for the entertaining post!

    • I still listen to Depeche Mode! My jam is John the Revelator and Personal Jesus. I’m particularly fond of Phantom Bride by Erasure! And yaaaasss Tears for Fears. I majorly have a thing for Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

  4. I love this series and can’t wait to read the new additions!

    • Thanks Lisa! <3 I can't wait to see what readers think! Book Four: Miracle in Axis City is particularly heartwarming. 😀 It was a fun one!

  5. Oh my gosh! I loooove your Decade of Decadence tribute! I saw the pic of Robert Smith and started screaming! You rock! Thank you for the memory flashback! Your book sounds like a blast! i can’t wait to read it 🙂 Thank for the chance!

    • Oh man I heart the Cure sooooo much. Love Cats is by far my favorite track but it’s so hard to pick a favorite! Also Siouxise and the Banshees. Oh man, the Killing Jar and Peepshow. Speaks to my old classic goth. <3 <3 I still listen to Nick Cave!

      I'm looking forward to what you think of the book! And let it be the first of many of your DSP Publications purchases! <3

  6. Thanks for having me Charlie! Always a pleasure! *mwah!*

  7. Like A Virgin by Madonna… I used to make my Barbies do whole concerts with the tape of this album as a soundtrack 😉
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I liked to sing Let’s Hear It For the Boy from the original Footloose soundtrack.

    • I still sing along to that one! Have you seen Kevin Bacon do the Footloose skit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? He still has the moves!

  9. When I was *really* little, it was probably something from Sesame Street. (I always loved Weird Al too, come to think of it…) The hairbrush thing makes me think of Tracey Ullman’s “Breakaway” video…

    • I have so many of Weird Al that I loved. Or watched UHF when I was probably waaaay too young to get it. And now seeing it as an adult I’m like…

  10. Well, this is gonna giveaway my age but it was “I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ by the Beatles!

    • HAH Ree Dee! We’re all friends here. 😀 Mine was Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven on Earth” LOL Man I loved Belinda Carlisle. <3

  11. Oh so many – The Cure, U2, Van Halen, Salt’n’Pepa Faith No More etc. I remember watching a family friend’s teenage daughter singing to Take on me’ by A-ha and my eyes (and ears) were opened to modern music.

    • Take on Me had and still has such a revolutionary music video! U2’s Joshua Tree will always be my favorite. Where the Streets have No Name is THE BEST song. I was recently at a concert for a group called Postmodern Jukebox that does current songs in the style of the classics. They had a tap dancer tap to an instrumental rendition of Salt’n’Pepa’s Push It. LOL Aaaaahhh Faith No More was sooooo great. Now I need to look up Epic on YouTube. <3

  12. When I was *really* young, probably something from Sesame Street (though I always loved Weird Al too, actually). I always think of Tracey Ullman’s “Breakaway” video when the singing-in-a-hairbrush thing comes up, since she does that there.

  13. As a kid I don’t think I was that into music. I was more all abut running around and playing with dolls/action figures.

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