Guest author Jillian Chantal offers a Giveaway! Back to Blog

Update: The winner of SEBASTIAN’S SALVATION is…Darlene! Congrats!

I love it when friends come to visit. Today, my friend Jillian Chantal wanted to come over (Hi, Jillian!) because she’s sharing the news of her release–her latest story, SEBASTIAN’S SALVATION, is out now (and she’s giving away a copy of this book to one commenter). Welcome, Jillian!

Thanks, Cynthia, for letting me do a quick drive by and chat a moment about my new release. It’s called Sebastian’s Salvation and is a romantic suspense. The hero in this story is a wounded war veteran. I’ve wanted to write a story with a hero like Sebastian for quite a while and I’m super happy with the way he turned out. He was an interesting character to write. My editor said I handled his issues with sensitivity and realistically and that meant a lot to me. I hope the folks who read his story feel the same way.

 

I made the trailer with some photos I took on a recent trip to London. I love that city and love to base stories there. It’s an awesome place.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-DIBWvGsoI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

I’m giving away an e-copy of Sebastian’s Salvation to one commenter who tells me either their favorite city to visit or about a favorite military person they know.

 

Thanks again for letting me pop in, Cynthia. It’s always a pleasure to hang out with you and your friends/readers.

 

Visit me on the web here: http://jillianchantal.com/news/

twitter: http://twitter.com/JillianChantal

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzMd4ttvmU

Buy link: http://www.bookstrand.com/sebastians-salvation

Blurb:

Three lives intertwine—a former Green Beret, now a painter of nude portraits tormented by the death of his comrade, an earl’s daughter, and a crazed stalker. Will the acts of the stalker force the soldier back into the life of violence which he sought to avoid?

Sebastian Hughes, wounded on a mission in Afghanistan, discovers a talent for painting nude portraits while in a rehabilitation center learning to walk again after losing part of his leg. He becomes the toast of London society and women clamor to be painted by him.

Lady Joanna Gresham, nursing a broken heart and used to getting what she wants, sets her sights on having her portrait painted by Sebastian. Once she meets him, she wants him for herself. She pursues him, intent on winning him. What she didn’t count on was a stalker who wants to harm everyone Sebastian holds dear.

 

Excerpt:

 

Joanna Gresham passed Margaret in the hallway of Bast’s building. Margaret carried a saddle under her arm.

Margaret stopped her and hitched the saddle to a more comfortable position. “You one of the many?”

“Many what?”

“Clients of Bast’s?”

Joanna shook her head. “No. But I’m thinking about it. I was at his show last night and am very impressed.”

“With the man or the artist?” The woman smiled coyly

“The artist of course.” Joanna stood tall and looked down her nose at the impertinent woman. The nerve to ask me such a thing. As if I’d be interested in a hoodlum.

“Don’t have to get huffy, Lady Joanna. All the women in town are swooning over the man. Some are even commissioning portraits just to tempt him with their bodies. No harm meant.”

Joanna ran her hands through her hair. “Sorry. Just moody, I guess.”

“No problem. Enjoy your session.”

“I don’t have a session. I’m just going to talk.”

“Good luck then. I think you’ll like Bast. I gotta go. Late for a practice run.”

“Good luck with practice. Ta, Margaret.” Joanna waved good-bye and approached the door to Bast’s atelier. Why am I so nervous? He’s just a man I want to hire. Why should I feel so skittish?

Joanna knocked lightly on the door.

The door burst open, and the man asked, “What did you for—”

He stopped short. “Uh. Sorry, I thought you were Margaret, come back for something she forgot. She always leaves something behind.”

“Is that why you were already at the door?”

He smiled. “Yeah. I give her about three minutes after she leaves to come dashing back. I thought I timed it right.” His smile got larger.

Why does his smile have to be so spectacular? He’s gorgeous even with that scar across his face. “Sorry, it’s just me. I’m not sure if you remember—”

“Of course, I do. You’re the lady in the alley, the one that needed no help with her aching feet. Come on in.” He opened the door wider to allow her access to the loft.

Once they were inside, he showed her over to a client chair. He took a seat behind the desk, leaned across the top, and asked, “What can I do for you?”

She put one hand on the desktop and scraped her nail across the surface. “I was at your show last night—”

“Yeah, I know. I saw you, remember?”

“I recall.” She frowned. Was the man determined to make her feel stupid?

“Sorry, ma’am. I didn’t mean to interrupt you. Go on.” Bast nodded his encouragement.

“I was thinking I might want a portrait of myself. Your work is impressive. Very tasteful. I know it seems like I’m just jumping on a trend, but I really am in awe of your abilities.”

“Thank you, ma’am. I appreciate it. I’m a little full right now. The show last night garnered me a lot of commissions, and I’m afraid I don’t have time to add one more person to my schedule. I’ll be glad to put you on the waiting list.” He pulled a pad out of his top drawer.

She stood, and the chair teetered and fell back against the wall. “I know what you’re doing. You jerk.”

He leaned back in his chair and looked at her. His face showed no emotion. “What’s your problem, Lady?”

Lady? You say it that way because you know who I am? You think you can be a sarcastic bastard to me?”

“Ma’am, you came in here, didn’t introduce yourself to me, and now you’re offended? I can’t figure that out. All I said was I have to put you on my waiting list. How you think that’s something offensive, I don’t know.” He sat forward in the chair.

She glared. “I’m Lady Joanna Gresham. I don’t do waiting lists.”

He stood up and walked around the desk to her. He got in her face and said, “I don’t do snobby Ladies. So, I suggest you get out of my studio.”

Joanna pushed his chest. “I just bet you don’t do ladies.” She looked around and took in the whole room and nodded toward the fainting couch under the window. “I bet you do the ladies right over there.”

Enraged, he grabbed her arms and shoved her against the wall. He pressed against her. “If I wanted to do a lady, I’d do her right here against this wall.” He lifted her off her feet as if she was no larger than a toy doll and pulled her over to the other client chair. He sat in it and pulled her on top of himself. “Or here in this chair.”

She jerked off his lap and stumbled backward. “How dare you touch me, you arrogant—”

“What? Black bastard? Is that what you want to call me, your white holiness? Lady Joanna Gresham that doesn’t do waiting lists? Huh? Huh? That what you want to say?” He stood up.

She continued to back up. “You’re crazy. You know that? You’re insane.”

He stalked toward her. “And you’re all alone here with me. A crazy, scar-faced, big black man who isn’t intimidated by a title. Now, what are you gonna do?”

“I’m leaving.” She flounced toward the door.

Just as she got to the door and opened it, he slammed his hand on it and shut it. His body leaned against hers. He pressed against her and whispered, “I bet you always leave. When the going gets tough and you don’t get your way, you leave. Right?”

He let go of the door and stepped back. “Thank you for coming by, ma’am. I’ll be sure to not add you to the waiting list.”

She jerked the door open and left.

 

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24 Responses to “Guest author Jillian Chantal offers a Giveaway!”

  1. Jillian says:

    Thanks for having me in today Cynthia. It’s always fun over here!!!

  2. Daisy Dunn says:

    My favorite military man is my father. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Master-Sargent for most of his life and taught me the importance of “Lest We Forget”. He has always been my hero up until his untimely death a couple years ago. I have so much respect for the military and those who serve in it.

    Your book sounds wonderful. I wish you great success with it. Anything with a military themed love story is high up on my list of reads!!

    All my best,

    Daisy Dunn

  3. Jillian says:

    Daisy- I love that your dad is your favorite military member. That’s super special. Sorry for your loss. I also have the ultimate respect for the folks in our military!

    Thanks for the good wishes.

  4. Liv Rancourt says:

    Wow! That’s a…that’s a…that’s an excerpt, that is. Fabulous work. Can’t wait to read the rest of it.
    ;)

  5. Cynthia Eden says:

    Congrats on your release, Jillian!

  6. Michelle McMichael says:

    Congrats on the new release!

    My stepdad was in the Navy, unfortunately he passed away before I was old enough to grasp what that meant. Looking back there is so much that I would loved to have asked him :)

  7. jeff salter says:

    Terrific excerpt!
    And what a busy lady … you’re also blogging at 4 F 1 H today.
    “I don’t do snobby ladies” — love it.

    • Jillian says:

      Thanks, Jeff! Sebastian is not impressed by titles! LOL! Yeah, I’m a blogging idiot today- I’m all over the place.

  8. Colleen says:

    Congrats on your release! I enjoyed reading your excerpt!

    Fav military person… I would say was my grandfather… he was everything Marines… loved him… he was the strong and silent type!

  9. Maria D. says:

    Hi Jillian – Congratulations on your latest release.

    My favorite city to visit would be Madison, Wisconsin- during the summer of course – because it’s cooler there, I can visit with family. I also love to visit Branson, Missouri though because I also have family there and there are a lot of shows and outlet shops I can hit there too.

    • Jillian says:

      Thanks Maria! I’m also all for visiting cooler climes in the summer since I live in Fla. Shows are also a plus. I’m a big theatre hound.

  10. Lavada Dee says:

    Love the cover. And, I should have waited to buy Sebastian’s Salvation but since I didn’t you can exclude me from the drawing. Can’t wait to start reading it.

  11. Darlene says:

    Favorite city to visit, Atlanta, The Varsity, Atlanta Motor Speedway, family, friends, I could go on and on. Favorite military person, My Dad he ROCKS.

    Love the pushing up against the wall part oh my can’t wait to read more. Thanks for a great interview.

  12. Heather says:

    Great excerpt! What don’t your write? I love your versatility.

    I admire so many members of the military. Almost every man in my family served. I do want to share my favorite military family member story. My Uncle Curtis lost his legs from the knees down during the Battle of the Bulge. He has had prosthetic legs ever since. About fifteen years ago, he was mowing the lawn and started screaming to my aunt, “Sally, Sally! Call an ambulance! I’ve run over my feet with the mower.” She drops everything, starts screaming and dials 911. A few minutes later, she finds Uncle Curtis rolling on the lawn, crying because he is laughing so hard. She’d totally forgotten about his prosthetic limbs. You have to love a man who finds humor in all situations.

  13. Jillian says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Heather.
    Means a lot.

    Love the story about your uncle. That’s awesome that he has such spirit. I had a great uncle who died at the Battle of the Bulge. Sacrificed himself saving some of his men. War is so tragic.

  14. Jillian says:

    Darlene is the winner of a copy of Sebastian’s Salvation. Send me your email address and I’ll send you a copy. Congrats and thanks to all for comments.

  15. Darlene says:

    Jillian,

    Thanks so much Sebastian has been on my can’t wait to read list since I first heard any buzz about him.