I’m Jillian Chantal and I want to thank Alexis for inviting me over to chat a little bit today. I’m kind of an eclectic writer in that I write whatever speaks to me at the moment. I have some super sensual stories and some that are sweet (in that there is no open-door sex but not sweet in tone since my characters all tend to have a bit of sarcasm and wit).
The two stories I’m going to talk about today are very different from each other in a couple of ways but are alike in the basics of having hot heroes who treat women as they should be treated :-) They are both sweet romances.
I wrote The Size of the Scandal during my lunch hours at work and wrote it longhand in a notebook. The reason I did this was it helped me keep the characters true to themselves as I was also working on a contemporary story at the same time. Using the computer for the contemporary and pen and ink for the historical exercised a different part of my brain (a totally unscientific opinion) and it worked to keep me on track- and more importantly, my characters happy.
The Size of the Scandal is a Regency-set Christmas story from Ellora’s Cave. http://www.ellorascave.com/the-size-of-the-scandal.html
The heroine in this one is sassy and fun. She’s a bit of a wild card and her father wants to marry her off before she unwittingly causes a scandal. Charlotte is always getting herself into situations where she could be shunned for life by the haut ton and this Christmas season is no different.
I also have a new release from Sweet Cravings Publishing that came out yesterday called Thanks for Giving. It’s a Thanksgiving story where the heroine is asked to consider being tested as a bone marrow donor. I am on the donor list myself and the cause is near and dear to my heart. I’ve used this as a starting point for a sweet romance. http://www.sweetcravingspublishing.com
I love to hear from readers. My website is www.JillianChantal.com and my email is JillianChantal@gmail.com
There will be two lucky winners for this post because I am giving away one copy of The Size of the Scandal and one copy of Thanks for Giving. Just leave a comment telling me about a holiday tradition you like...or don’t :-)
thanks for inviting me over, Lexi. It's always a treat to be here.ReplyDelete
We are so happy to have you on our blog, Jillian. I can't believe you wrote a book longhand. I can't even read my own writing any more :-}Delete
I have that same issue sometimes, Lexi!Delete
I love the custom of hanging mistletoe and kissing the one you love beneath it. The plant is so rich in mythology, history, and culture. Even the ancient Greeks kissed under the mistletoe. I love carrying on a tradition from thousands of years ago. Kudos to you for writing one book by hand. That's really remarkable and clever too.ReplyDelete
I love the mistletoe tradition, too Flossie and in fact, the heroine in The Size of the Scandal talks about mistletoe to the hero. Thanks re: hand writing. I do like to do that on occasion.Delete
I especially love the cover of Thanks for Giving and the message in that book is a tremendous reminder of organ donation.
Our tradition revolves around our three foot Christmas tree that sits on a table in our kitchen. Every year we decorate it to a theme. Election year we did an American theme. Last year was a travel the world theme. This year might be a dog year as we just got a new puppy last month. We'll probably decorate in bones, chew toys and little dog coats, lol.
Thanks Lyndee. I'm on the donor list and I think it's a wonderful thing they do. I haven't been called to share but I stand ready if needed.Delete
I love your themed tree - what a cool idea.
I am always amazed at how prolific a writer you are, especially given that yo have a full life and a demanding other career, but also the variety and quality of your stories.Plus, they always leave the reader happy.ReplyDelete
Godspeed in all you do.
thanks Tonette. That's why I love romance, Leaving the reader happy!Delete
You are a perfect example of a romance writer at the holidays! Do you always write two stories at once and each in a different "form?" What a neat procedure!!ReplyDelete
thanks Dawn. I have done this twice in my career but haven't made a habit of it. I think that might send me off a cliff. LOL !Delete