Once a Upon A Time Lex Chase wrote a fairy tale that certainly didn't conform to the norm and she journeyed to Sinfully Sexy to tell them all about it. The evil Macky got her to spill the beans on camera and waved her magic wand to make Lex read an excerpt for all the readers in the land of Sinful...and here's the result of the magic spell!
Americana Fairy Tale by Lex Chase
Title ~ Americana Fairy Tale
Author ~ Lex Chase
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 12th September 2014
Page Count ~ 340
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Fairy Story
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.
I am soooo tempted to start this with "Once Upon A Time" LOL...but this is is far from your conventional fairy tale! Yes there's a princess (or two) a prince, fairy godpeople, a huntsman, a curse, evil wizards, witches and a whole host of other fae folk you'll probably recognise from stories and fables you were brought up on...BUT... be prepared to throw those stereotypes right out of the window and definitely don't think of reading this one to the kiddywinks at bedtime!
It's set in contemporary America, where all the magical characters or Enchants as they're known collectively, live secretly among the Mundanes (humans) who have no idea they exist, and I've got to say it was a really fun ride, in the true sense of the word because the quest these guys end up going on turns out to be an Americana....ROAD TRIIIIIP! Think Thelma and Louise, but male...Oh, and throw in a pixie godfather too...Haha. The main cast are all unique characters in their own right, although this is really Princess Taylor Andrew Hatfields story... and yes your eyes aren't deceiving you, I said Princess Taylor, because our fairy royal in this version is actually a 'dude!' Nothing traditional about Lex's fairystory peeps at all, but that's what makes it such an entertaining read.
Taylor starts the story finding out he's been betrothed to Prince Phillipa Montclair (yep, Phillipa is a female Prince! LOL ) and as you can guess is not a happy bunny at all about the marriage because of course being gay, marrying Phillipa and trying to produce a son and heir, doesn't conform to his idea of 'Happy Ever After' at all. His homophobic parents, especially his dad, won't even go to the wedding and to top it all off, his way over the top wedding outfit is fifty shades of...PINK!!!
"I look like a misbegotten love child of Liberace and King Henry V111..."
...So...what's a distressed dude princess to do but ditch his Prince at the altar, jump in his battered 1993 Geo Metro hatchback, which just about manages to run on the pixie dust from his minuscule fairy godfather Ringo—and do a runner.
Ringo, whose sole purpose in life is to act as protector and guardian to his beloved ward, joins the runaway "bride" and the two of them embark on what turns out to be a real madcap adventure when they end up joining forces with Corentin Devereaux, the cursed huntsmen sent to kill them by the evil Idi The Witchking who in the meantime kidnaps Atticus, Taylor's younger brother. Atticus is also a princess, but in his case he's the reincarnation of Snow White; the princess of all princesses, making him the apple of their parents eyes; the absolute golden boy and Taylor even more of a fuck up disappointment to his family and his peers in general who, because he's seen to be curseless, a state unknown of in the world of Enchants, just treat him as if he's inconsequential and purposeless...something Idi uses to his own advantage when he has Atticus under his spell.
"...Taylor resented you. He resented all of this." He swept an arm to indicate the immaculate surroundings. "Magic, Princes, Princesses, Once Upon A Times, Happily Ever Afters. This is your world. You belong here. You are the princess who will reign supreme. Him?" Charles snorted a guffaw. "He's nothing. A speck of dirt. He's meaningless."
However let me just say, NO ONE or NOTHING is as it seems in this story as it twists and turns. Friends may actually be enemies, Phillipa might not be the Prince Charming she appears to be, Corentin has some agenda's and secrets of his own that he's keeping close to his chest, making it hard for a while to decide just who he's truly giving his allegiance too, Atticus's dilemma isn't quite as cut and dried as anyone thinks, there's deeply buried family secrets, curses that cause havoc and magic spells that place the three of them literally on a road to nowhere, as they set out to try and rescue Atticus and foil Idi's plans; which most definitely don't include Taylor making it to the end of the journey still breathing and intact. Along the way they encounter a cast of misfit characters who both aid and deter them from their quest and on their travels get to visit some of America's greatest roadside landmarks that at times become detrimental to their health and the normally oblivious human world, which ends up getting pulled into the evil machinations of the dreaded Idi.
Everything about this is quirky and off the wall but if you love a bit of eccentricity and wackiness in your books then you'll love this. It's funny and funky and as far as alternative fairy tales go, it's "enchanting" in more ways than one. I'll be honest there where times when I found myself questioning the odd thing because there's a lot of stuff to get your head around and digest in Taylor's world but at the end it did all come together...and what an ending it was!
Does Princess Taylor finally get his true loves kiss (well, true love sex in this case) and his happy ever after? You'll have to go on the road trip with them to find out, but if you do then I hope you have as much fun as I did with slightly bratty but loveable Taylor, strong, hunky, dangerously attractive Corentin and the adoreable wand waving, flying pixie, Ringo, who might be minuscule in stature but who has a heart as big as the moon...which probably is made of green cheese in this wacky world! Hahaha....
It's funny but I've suddenly got an urge to see the worlds largest ball of twine... I can't get that frickin' 'Bibitty Bobbitty Boo" song out of my head...and I'll never think of Tinkerbell in the same light ever again!!!!
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Author Interview with Lex Chase
Lex Chase reads a passage from American Fairy Tale
About Lex Chase
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 too. Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure and 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 now residing in the burbs of Northwest Florida, where it could be 80F and she’d still be a popsicle. 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. You can find in the Intarwebz here:
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