As he started to climb down, a twig snapped below them. They froze. Something’s being dragged through the underbrush.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jillian Chantal's Evil Wind Rising is at Talespinner Today

Please welcome my friend and a great author Jillian Chantal! She has a new release—Evil Wind Rising. She calls it a horror romance, which sounds a bit horrific, so I’ll call it a paranormal romance—with ghosts and voodoo. At any rate, she’s regaling us with a blurb and excerpt, and a bit of background. Also a giveaway. Take it away,  Jillian!

I’m Jillian Chantal and am thrilled to be invited to my friend M. S. Spencer’s blog. Thanks for having me. I’m here to talk about my latest release, Evil Wind Rising.

For many years, I’ve had a plan to write a story with all the female characters having names from Beatles songs, but never did it. When I decided to work on this tale, I decided to take it a step further and have all the characters reference either the band or their songs. The reason I finally decided to take on the task is because this book is part of a conglomeration of writers of different romance sub-genres, who formed a group to write stories with five common elements.

The elements are: (1) a haunted or reputedly haunted house; (2) a stack of books; (3) a lightning storm; (4) lost keys; and (5) a character named Max.

Since I love the song Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (such a sinister song), that was my motivation to expand the Beatles’ female names to the whole Beatles universe. I did give Max a slightly different name than he had in the song. I hope the readers enjoy the little Easter eggs hidden—or not so hidden—in this tale. 

This is also a way to welcome in the scary season as it has a bit of horror, a bit of romance, and some wit to lighten the atmosphere.

I’ll give away a copy for a random commenter who leaves me a comment regarding anything fun you know about any of the Beatles or what your favorite song is and why.

89 p.
Released Oct. 1, 2019

Rumor has it the Rigby Mansion is haunted. The last owner was brutally murdered and now the house is on the market. Dr. Max Edison, a surgeon who has no time for such nonsense, wants to tour the manor as he wants a home outside the city. The firm listing the property sends him out with their newest employee, Stella McNamara, who is convinced the rumors are true. She has a sixth sense about these things….

Excerpt: Voodoo

"I showed the Rigby estate to a buyer today and there's something evil there. I need to figure out what to do since I think he's intent on returning."
"You stay away from over there, missy. You got the gift like your grandma did. You don't wanna be attracting no spirit to follow you home and make trouble in your life." Her mother coughed. "You hearing me, Stella girl? No nonsense, ya hear?"
"Settle down, Mamma. I'm not planning to go back. I was wondering how I could help the man who wants to buy the place. He's a nonbeliever and I'm worried he's going to get himself hurt."
"You need to steer clear. Even setting up a ritual to pray for his protection could drag you down."
Stella sighed. She should've known her mother would flip, but she had some of her grandmother's candles and other items used in ritual that might be of use in assisting Stella in casting a protective net around Max Edison. She'd learned the work from her grandmother even though her mother feared it.
"If you're asking for Grandmother's box, no. You can't have it. You need to forget that idea right now."
When her mother got that tone of voice, Stella knew the pope himself could ask her for the box and she'd say no. Not that the pope believed in Voodoo. At least she didn't think he did.

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About the Author

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. She can be found at her sites:

Thanks again to M. S. for allowing me to pop in for a visit.


Jillian said...

Thanks for having me. It was fun!! Happy Halloween month!

M. S. Spencer said...

It's great having you on Talespinner. Best of luck with the book!

Kristal Harris said...

Some humor in there! Looks like a great read!

Jillian said...

Thanks for the good wishes, M. S.

Kristal: I love to laugh and always try to put humor in my stories. Life (especially for a fictional character) is short- we need more joy! And thanks for the compliment on it looking like a great read.