Posted by: Author | October 30, 2014

Jillian Chantal: Size of the Scandal


I’m over at Susana’s blog today!

Originally posted on Susana's Parlour:

Cotillion Christmas Feasts

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Message From Jillian

I’m Jillian Chantal and want to thank Susana for having me here to talk about my new release, a Christmas story from the Cotillion Collection at Ellora’s Cave.

AuthorPicI love Christmas stories and when I saw the call for this year’s stories based around the Regency Christmas feast, I had an idea for a young lady who never seemed to be able to behave quite properly. She skated on the edge of scandal her entire life and her father was concerned she would land in the middle of one before she could be married.

Since her first season was a failure, the heroine’s father betroths her to an old friend of her brother who she hasn’t seen in years. The heroine’s reaction to what she sees as her father’s betrayal is to run away. That’s when the story starts.

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Posted by: Author | October 30, 2014

Release Day! The Size of the Scandal

Today is release day of my first Regency era story. I wrote it when I saw a call for Christmas stories set in that era and under 20,000 words. My thoughts? 20,000 is totally doable and so I was off on this challenge to write an age I hadn’t tried before. I hope people like it. I had so much fun with this sassy heroine and sexy hero. The cover absolutely captures the essence of these characters. I adore it.

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Blush Sensuality Level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).

Charlotte Greystone can’t seem to stay out of trouble. When her father betroths her to a man she hasn’t seen in almost ten years, she runs away. Never mind that it’s days before Christmas and she has no survival skills.

When she’s almost crushed by hunters on horseback, a handsome man on a black stallion comes to her rescue. Not thinking of the scandal of being alone with a strange man, she allows him to assist her in returning to her home.

The next day, Charlotte is appalled when the butler announces her betrothed—the same man she shared a horse with the day before. Terrified he will tell her father of her behavior or cause an even bigger scandal by breaking off the engagement, Charlotte is knocked off-kilter—and stays that way as she spends the hours until Christmas trying to understand the man.

A Blush® Regency romance from Ellora’s Cave

Posted by: Author | October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

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Posted by: Author | October 27, 2014

Tuesday Tales- October 28, 2014- Ghostly

We’re continuing on the Rock star story and this may be the last week of it as I am close to finishing it. It still has no title. This week’s prompt is ghostly. Kind of a cool prompt for Halloween week, right?

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Paul looked around the room to see who was there. The one person he wanted to see was nowhere to be found. His gut clenched. Had she left in the night? Would she do such a thing knowing Craig was out there somewhere looking for her? “Where’s Kat?”

“Oh, she popped round to the shops. She said she needed something from the druggist.”

Fear grabbed onto Paul’s heart and wouldn’t let up. “Did she go alone?”

“No. I think a couple of the guys walked down with her. It’s just round the corner. Don’t fret, mate. She’ll be back right as rain, you’ll see.”

Paul was ready to head to the pharmacy himself to find her and had just slipped on his loafers to do so when Kat walked in the room with two of his crew. She had a ghostly sheen to her face. Unnaturally pale, she sat at the table and pulled what appeared to be three tabloid papers out of the plastic bag from the store.

“What’s that, love?” Paul asked as he joined her at the table. He stood behind her and read over her shoulder. Uh-oh. This was not good. All three of the magazines had his picture on the front holding the hand of a woman who was definitely Kat. Well, she was clearly identifiable as Kat to anyone who knew her. The headlines all screamed about Paul Baker’s mystery new lady but if Craig saw any of these, he’d recognize his former wife in an instant.

“I knew this was going to happen.” Kat looked up at Paul. “Now everyone knows where I am. I can’t hide with you any more.”

“Sure you can. We hire extra security for these last two shows. It can be handled.”

“I need to go home, Paul. If I’m home, he’ll come for me in a place I know how to defend. Being out here with you is only delaying the inevitable.”

“No. It’s not. We’re buying time for the authorities to grab him.” He placed his hand on her shoulder. “Stay. It’s only a few more days and then we’ll go back together.”

“Can’t you see I need to take control of my own life?” Her voice was almost a wail.

Posted by: Author | October 24, 2014

Friday Facts – October 24, 2014- This Day in History

EDITED TO ADD: I have no clue why the margins are wonky. I can’t fix it. sorry.

Today is my day over at the Romance Magicians blog (the blog for the Birmingham, Ala chapter of RWA) and I am copying and pasting that here since it was all about the facts, ma’am.

Today is October 24 and I thought I’d share some things that happened on this date in history:

1901 – the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel is Annie Taylor.

1911 – Orville Wright stays aloft in his gilder for 9 minutes.

1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance- takes place in Detroit.

1929 – “Black Thursday” stock market crash.

1931 – The George Washington Bridge in NYC opens.

1945 – founding of the United Nations and in 1949- the cornerstone of the building was laid.

1992 – the Toronto Blue Jays- the first non-USA team to win- wins the World Series.

2003 – The Concorde makes its last flight.

2005 – Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida killing 61 and doing billions in damage.

1957 – My husband was born and shares his birthday with some holidays such as United Nations Day, Suez Day and World Polio Day.

I love October for a lot of reasons. It’s finally cool and most of the time, we have less humidity. The leaves turning colors is amazing and ice cold apple cider is one of my favorite seasonal drinks. Halloween is coming and don’t we all adore that time of year? Such fun to dress up and pretend you’re someone else. I love this sign in my hometown. It cracks me up.

Whether you’re celebrating a family member’s birthday, trick or treating, gearing up for NaNoWriMo or just lazing around drinking cider and watching leaves fall, I hope you’re enjoying your October.1721

Posted by: Author | October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

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Posted by: Author | October 20, 2014

Tuesday Tales- October 21, 2014- Picture Prompt

This week for Tuesday Tales, we have a picture prompt week and this one is really pretty, I think.

Be sure to check out the other posts here. These are all under 300 words.

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10440691_930957846918325_5717125928912584850_nThe next day, she arrived at Amos’ place before it opened. Her car and Johnny’s were the only ones in the parking lot. She’d braided her hair again and tucked the plaits in her orange beret that matched the floral patterned knit shirt she paired with an old pair of jeans.

Amos was making burgers at the grill and Johnny was cutting onions. A bartender stood at the bar making a variety of martinis. Some were light colored and some were darker. They varied from light pink to purple. “Hey guys. Good to see you.” Kat breezed in and put on an act that everything was fine and normal. She nodded toward the bartender. “What’s up with the festive drinks?”

“We’re trying some new recipes for ladies night,” Amos said.

“Did you have a nice time on tour with Paul?” Johnny asked.

“It was cool, yeah. Interesting to see how it all works from the inside. It’s a lot more work than I ever imagined it would be for sure.”

Amos was silent but Johnny continued the conversation, “Did you get a chance to see any of the city or did you spend all the time with the crew?”

“We spent a lot of time either at the venue or at the hotel. It doesn’t seem as if a lot of sightseeing takes place. In fact, if we hadn’t gotten on his plane a couple of times, each place could’ve been the same city for all I could tell.”

“I’ve heard that from Paul before.” Johnny grabbed a tomato and starting slicing.

“I’m glad I went but I’m happy to be home.

Posted by: Author | October 19, 2014

New Review- Carver’s Fall- Five Stars!

CarversFall_MEDThis is my fall story I wrote last year about a small town fall festival in the 1920s. I based the story in the town where my parents grew up and named the main characters after my great-grandparents. I cheated a little on the dates since they would’ve been older in the 1920s than I have them in the story. Here’s the review:

“Carver’s Fall takes you back into the world of small town America in the 1920’s. I love the language and the atmosphere created by Ms. Chantal. But what I loved most of all were the sweet characters. Carver Fowler and Mallie Phillips were like real people to me. Perhaps because the author took the names of her distant relatives. I felt like I knew them and was drawn into their world.
The language is evocative and descriptive. I could see Mallie’s dresses. The mystery kept me turning the pages to find the culprit. My only complaint was that the story ended too soon. I was sucked in and put down other books to finish this one. Bravo, Ms. Chantal. You’ve created a delightful historical slice-of-life.”

oscarwildeOne of my absolute favorite writers ever was born October 16, 1854 and died much too soon (age 46) in November, 1900. Yesterday was the 160th anniversary of his death. Imagine what he could’ve done had he lived longer? He was so witty and his books and plays were delightful. I wish we had more. Everyone has heard of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest but have you read Lady Windermere’s Fan? It’s a super neat short story/play. I also love An Ideal Husband and recommend A Woman of No Importance.

I just adore his twists in his work as well as the repartee between the characters. He’s so amusing and his voice is fresh even compared to today’s writings. To me, that’s the mark of genius for sure.

If you’ve never read Oscar, you’re missing out.

I wanted to see his grave in Paris when we went but we never even found the cemetery, much less his gravesite.  – Oscar died in Paris of meningitis after ear surgery. Gone too soon.

Posted by: Author | October 16, 2014

Review of Tequila Mockingbird- 4.5 Stars

I just found this review of Tequila Mockingbird and I’m pretty chuffed about it. I especially love how the reviewer says I know the courtroom.  YAY!  AND that she liked the secondary characters. The best friend of the hero, Jimbo, is one of my favorite secondary characters I’ve ever created. He’s fun, quirky and yet deadly. Buy link

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Kestrel Falco — Kes to his friends — has left Los Angeles, his family and friends, and a flourishing career to work as an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Mexico. When he returns to testify in a case he is thrown back into the old crowd and into the sights of his ex-fiancé’s friend; Rachel Newsome. Rachel finds the new and improved Kes gorgeous in spite of her friend’s claims to his bad character. But when her sister is kidnapped, she can’t turn to the police and finds herself needing Kes’ help.

Chantal has developed unique and interesting characters with plenty of back-story without the fatal information dump. Important secondary characters even feel real. Twists and surprises keep the reader glued to the pages while enjoying the settings at a “safe” distance. The conflicts entwined are multidimensional – the tension and lack of communication of characters – and believable rather than limp. The same avoidance borders on frustrating for the reader though, knocking the rating down a half star. The novel is well written; Chantal obviously knows her courtroom and has a good grasp of the workings of the DEA, making this a credible and enjoyable read!

Shaunna Gonzales

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