The Dream Team with Lex Chase

March 19, 2016

Checkmate: The Dream Team by Lex Chase

Hello, Internet! Lex Chase here with my final #dreamer column, where we look back on the Dream Team. Who are these guys? These are my boys that started my whole magical Dreamspinner Press journey, Memphis Rook and Hogarth Dawson of Checkmate.

Checkmate began with a little novella called Pawn Takes Rook released with DSP on March 13, 2013! It’s the story of disgraced superhero Memphis Rook and his rise back to redemption alongside his sidekick/boyfriend Hogarth Dawson. Told from Garth’s POV, it’s the dark and angsty tale of Batman from the POV of a hyperactive chipmunk. There’s action, adventure, explosions, snark, and oodles of pop-culture references. We’re talking hundreds of them.

In another life, I was once a comic artist. And Checkmate was my love letter to the comics I grew up with. Campy, fun, cheesy, and a little (okay a lot) tear-jerky. Over the span of three novellas, Pawn Takes Rook, Cashing the Reality Check, and Conventional Love, the story had taken Rook and Garth on as much of a journey to find their way as heroes, but to find themselves.

The series ended on New Years Day 2014, and what a way to ring in the New Year. But it was a year later, our very own Lynn West approached me about collecting the series in an anthology for the fledgling DSP Publications and with an all new fourth novella and bonus material. Thus… Checkmate Ever After came into the world December 15, 2015 with DSP Publications.

And check out this amazing new cover by Anne Cain!

Checkmate Ever After by Lex Chase

Gorgeous, right? Anne’s got immense talent. Immense. And she and I talked comics, and rattled on about anime we loved, and the battle between Marvel and DC. We clicked. And in a way, she as well as with many kicks to the head from my friends, inspired me to dust off my own 12 year old Wacom Tablet and give it a go again and see if yes, this dog can still hunt.

I didn’t expect my tablet to work at all with Windows 10. And surprise. It actually works better after 12 years. At GRL 2014, I created Checkmate trading cards to hand out. Twenty cards in all with four “special” full color cards, they were fun and fueled by many hours of Investigation Discovery shows. I’ve seen so many episodes of Wives with Knives. So many. Just how many ways can a woman kill her partner? Many. Many ways.

So, I leave this final dreamer column with glimpses of what I used to do for a living, and what I’m starting to get back into. Please enjoy. :D

Garth by Lex Chase

Rook by Lex Chase

Garth by Lex Chase

Rook by Lex Chase

Like what you see? You can see the rest over here!

Now time for one last giveaway! And it’s a good one. A really good one.

First, tell me if it were up to you to save the world, who would be your sidekick? Nothing is too outlandish! Can be someone real, or a character you love. Dean? Sam? Castiel? Daryl Dixon? Captain Mal? All of the above? No matter what! Sky’s the limit!

Second, what are you saving the world from? Give me something. Anything. The more bizarre the better. And “I don’t know!” isn’t an answer. Gimme something!

What are you playing for?

One lucky US winner will walk away with a signed copy of the Checkmate Ever After paperback and one lucky international winner will score themselves the eBook!

Comments open until April 1st!

Until then, stay sharp, hero! The night is young!


Photo courtesy of Madison Parker Photography.

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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12 Responses to “The Dream Team with Lex Chase”

  1. Susan says:

    My sidekick would be the best black cat ever – Dynamo! We would save the world from animal abusers – end them as creatively as Garth and Rook. We are playing for a world safe for non-homo sapiens.

  2. Lex Chase says:

    That’s a good one, Susan! Saving the day for our little fuzzy friends!

  3. My seventh grade English teacher Tom Sawyer (his parents thought it would be ironic, little did they know) would be my sidekick and we would spread the love of reading thus defeating ignorance and saving the world from hate.

  4. Stephanie says:

    My sidekick will be Nymeria (my dopey loveable husky mix). And we will save the world from evil ninjas and Nymeria will detain them by licking and being very excitable.

  5. Jen CW says:

    I would chose Kane from Karl Edward Wagner’s books. He was an amazing character. We would be saving the world from aliens that created evil flying spaghetti monsters to destroy the world.

  6. Lex Chase says:

    Aaaaaw. A noble endeavor, Amberly. :D

  7. Lex Chase says:

    GASP Stephanie! Nymeria is very brave against those evil ninjas!

  8. Lex Chase says:

    Just because no one talks about aliens, doesn’t mean they’re not real, Jen! It’s time to kick ET’s butt!

  9. Lira says:

    My sidekick would be Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and we would be saving the world from boredom! Because really, how can you be bored with Captain Jack Harkness around? :D

  10. Jbst says:

    I’ve read all three of the books, so it’s exciting to me about the fourth one. I love the drawings of Garth and Rook. My sidekick would be a grown-up Hermione from the Harry Potter series. She was always so smart, loyal and knowledgeable. It used to bug me that Harry had someone trying to kill him and take over his world, but didn’t bother to try to learn his lessons better.

  11. Jbst says:

    Oops forgot the second part – hmmm, maybe the evil mastermind using drones for mind control over his victims.

  12. Trix says:

    I’d pick Super Grover and Yoda (who’d probably have amusing freakouts at their similar voices) as my sidekicks. We’d fight famine, disease, intolerance, and (once those problems were vanquished) any teams that stand in the way of my Sharks FINALLY winning a Stanley Cup…

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