Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Interview With Jillian Chantal and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Jillian Chantal!

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read? 
I love Katherine Bone’s pirate books, I also love Suzanne Johnson’s series with the Sentinels of New Orleans, Sally McKenzie’s Naked series is always good for a quick read. I love Heather Graham- especially her ghost stories and the Tudor era stories by Philippa Gregory.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again? 
Any of the Tudor books. I love that era even though I’d never want to live back then. I like my indoor plumbing and contact lenses too much for that.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why? 

I think it was Kathleen Woodiwiss. My sister and I devoured her books when we were teens and it made me love the historical-set fiction.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write. 
On the couch with my laptop on the arm with a blanket over me and the fan and a/c blowing.

Tells us a little about your current book? 

My newest story is called The Orphan and the Duke. It’s set in Regency England and has a cat named Archimedes who plays a pivotal role (and no, he doesn’t talk- like the acquiring editor asked me when she only had the first three chapters- lol). It’s a love story, of course, but it also has an element of a real historical event in there. A sort of “what if” scenario in my mind. The heroine is hired to assist him in getting his sisters ready for their first season as their mother has passed away and he is the only other member of the family.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.
This isn’t really the best scene but I can’t spoil the book, can I? This one is where the hero is discussing with the heroine the role he has hired her for- to get his sisters ready for their first season.

“Not to interfere in your family’s business, but why did your aunt allow you to help prepare Miss Jane Mandeville and now Miss Susan? Why not do so herself?”

“She’s much too busy with her own endeavors. My aunt will attend the balls and parties as well as the court presentation, but she’s much too involved in other pursuits to take care of the day-to-day issues. That falls straight on me.”

“I hope adding my sisters doesn’t become too much for you.”

“It won’t. If Susan and I were going to be at the dressmaker’s shop anyway, there’s no issue in bringing along Lady Saffron and Lady Jonquil as well. All the things she needs will be the same as theirs.”

“There are a few other things I’m not sure Saffron and Jonquil know.” Basil picked up his cup and took a sip of his tea.

“What’s that?”

“Dancing, for one. I know they had a dancing master who used to come to the house, but I’m not sure how much he taught them. They were still rather young when that occurred, and I believe they spent more time hiding from him than learning.”

Amelia laughed. “I’m surprised by that. Most young girls are more apt to flirt with a dance master than run from him. It’s usually their first introduction to the opposite sex, and they are likely to get the giggles around him. Or at least my cousins did.”

“Sadly, the one my mother hired had chronic flatulence and a huge mole on his cheek that made Jonquil nervous. She never explained why, but she was quite frightened of the mark on his face. Almost as if it had a life of its own.”

“I imagine the flatulence was bad enough to put them off dancing.” She took a sip of her tea.

“And did you receive dancing lessons as well?” Basil rather hoped she did and that she’d flirted with the master too. He wanted for her to have at least some happy childhood memories. Why do I care so much that she is happy?

“I was the other partner, so you see? I actually am better with the male part. While Jane danced with the master, I took the same position as he and danced with Susan. We would trade partners periodically. Especially when Susan complained too much.”

Knowing that Susan probably complained every chance she got, Basil was sure Amelia didn’t have much of a chance to enjoy the dance lessons.

What do you believe makes a man sexy? 
Being there for the woman in his life. Taking care of the tires, oil in the car, etc. Showing his love in many small ways. And if he’s got awesome forearms that look good in a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, what’s the harm in that??

Here's her short bio.
Jillian Chantal is multi-published in the romance genre. She’s a lawyer by day and writer, amateur photographer and history buff by night. Jillian lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Florida and loves her little slice of paradise. But not too much to enjoy world-wide travel every chance she gets. After all, a writer and photographer needs new and exciting places to go and capture in order to stay fresh, right? And there’s nothing quite like seeing historical places in person, is there?

Jillian loves to hear from readers.

Look for Jillian at the following places.

Today's giveaway is an e-book of Jillian's, The Orphan and The Duke.

Question: What's the title or/and author of the first ROMANCE you read?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.


Kelly Thompson said...

Danielle Steele, but I can't remember the title. Rogue, maybe? We won't discuss how many years ago that was!!

bn100 said...

can't remember
bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

Way too long ago to remember.


Jillian said...

Kelly- Danielle Steele was another author I used to loved. She had such a way with exotic locations!

Bn100 and Mary- I can relate to that

Ali Hubbard said...

It was definitely Julie Garwood from grandma's house. But I can't remember the title.

By the way, you are SPOT ON about what makes a man sexy!

Jennifer Klein said...

Danielle Steele that I "borrowed" while babysitting the neighbor kid.

Carla Swafford said...

Jennifer Klein! You're the winner of Jillian's e-book. Please email me at carla@carlaswafford.com and I'll notify Jillian.


Katherine Bone said...

I'm with Lady Jillian! Kathleen Woodiwiss's The Flame and the Flower was my first romance and that book introduced me to a world of epic heroism and wonderful escape that I'd never found in books before.

Congratulations, Lady Jennifer Klein! I'm reading The Orphan and The Duke now and I'm lovin' it!!!

Thank you for the sweet shout out for my books, Jillian! Wishing you the greatest success!!!