Hello, everyone! I’m Lex Chase here to kick off a fabulous release day for Some Assembly Required with you guys. I co-wrote Some Assembly Required with Bru Baker, where in a stroke of madness wrote a meet-cute about two dead guys meeting in the afterlife wandering CASA, an affordable minimalist home furnishings store, also known as purgatory. You never knew you needed this book in your life.
In kicking things off, how about we set the mood? I’ve visited TNA before with my love of playlists. I always have music going when I write. In the case of co-writing, Bru and I put our heads together for a playlist that we felt signified the feel of Some Assembly Required the best.
We like to call this list Peppy with FEEEELS. Because that’s basically what this book is. Trust me, once you get past the “Wait, the’re haunting THAT store?” the book is so full of epic feels.
When writing the book, both of us listened to a lot of mainstream pop. I was also listening to a lot of classic rock and pretty much had the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix on constant loop.
One of the songs that inspired my feel for Patrick was “Come And Get Your Love” which was used in the opening credits of Guardians as Chris Pratt danced about in a cave with zero fucks given. Which in turn led Patrick to be based on Chris Pratt entirely. Because. Amirite? Not only is said scene included in the playlist as a bonus, but I’ve also added it down below so you can marvel at the hilarity.
So, I know you guys have some super embarrassing songs you like but would never admit to under penalty of death. Why don’t you tell us? We’re all friends here. I gotta say, I have a thing for Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”
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Blurb: Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.
Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cateven though hes allergicbecause his exs new place doesnt accept pets. Hes always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.
Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.
When Benji appears in the CASA cafi, Patrick considers the naove spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benjis relentless optimism chips away at Patricks sarcasm, making him question if theres something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furnituretheres always some assembly required.
About the Authors:
Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, Were all going to die, Im just trying to make it a little more interesting. Now shes on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.
Weaving tales of sweeping cinematic adventuredepending on how she feels that dayLex 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 youre 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 she unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldnt last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
Bru Baker got her first taste of life as a writer at the tender age of four when she started publishing a weekly newspaper for her family. What they called nosiness she called a nose for news, and no one was surprised when she ended up with degrees in journalism and political science and started a career in journalism.
Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now works in reference and readers’ advisory in a Midwestern library, though she still finds it hard to believe someone’s willing to pay her to talk about books all day. Most evenings you can find her curled up with a mug of tea, some fuzzy socks, and a book or her laptop. Whether its creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone elses, theres no denying that Bru is happiest when shes engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.
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