Monday, January 18, 2016

Enchanted Book Promotions Tour/ GIVEAWAY

Today I received the great news of my book tour, which actually started today! I'm doing a book tour with "Enchanted Book Promotions," and I'm really excited for what the month is going to bring. Be sure to check out each stop, and leave some love!

You can also enter to win a free E-Book / and I'll be giving away a 
Free SIGNED Copy of "Allerleirauh" 

Tour Schedule

January 18th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading
January 22nd: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing
January 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy
January 27th: Guest Post @ Dark Treasury
January 30th: Book Excerpt @ 5 Girls Book Reviews
February 3rd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog
February 5th: Promo Post @ Howling Turtle
February 7th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader
February 10th: Author Interview @ Boundless Minds
February 13th: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian
February 15th: Book Review @ Jessica E. Larsen’s Blog
February 15th: Book Review @ Grape Fruit Books
February 16th: Book Review @ Books and Tales
February 17th: Book Review @ Boyish Bookworm
February 18th: Author Interview @ SolaFide Publishing

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Author Interview: Mark Kasniak

I was lucky enough to host yet another great rising author today! His name is Mark Kasniak!
He's a fantastic writer, and has published three novels!

I was thrilled to read his novel "In the Forest of Light and Dark." I highly recommend it! It was thrilling and fascinating and it was really hard to pull myself away to do my daily norms. Check it out and the other novels!  You can find his novels HERE

"In the Forest of Light and Dark" has received 5.0 out of 5 stars! That's pretty fantastic!

Mark has stopped by to answer some questions! Without further ado . . . 

So Mark, what has inspired you to write? 
Well, I like every other writer out there have a deep love of books, and after reading many, many of them, I had read some great ones, a lot of good ones, and some very poor ones. So, like most people, after reading some of these bad books, I said to myself, “I can do better than this, how did this get published?” So, eventually, I had decided to give writing a shot and I haven’t looked back so far.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? Ha, this is a weird question for me because I’ve written several pieces from a female character’s perspective. But, yeah, I think every character you’ve created is a little piece of you in some way. CG: I totally agree, Mark. I think it's just one of those things we writers experience. 

How has the whole publishing process been for you so far? What advice would you give to new authors who are looking to publish? The publishing process has been a real learning experience for me. I didn’t know anything about it when I first started writing so it’s been a lot of trial and error. As for advice for someone looking to publish, I’d tell them that they should be prepared to put in an awful lot of hours of work for little to no results. This is definitely not a field you want to get into if you’re looking for instant gratification.  

What influences in your life did you use for "In the Forest of Light and Dark”? I like to do a lot of hiking so it was during a camping trip in Letchworth State Park that I came up with the idea for “In the Forest”. Other than that, my main character, Cera, kind of has a bite of sarcasm to her and I believe that’s a lot of my own personality coming out in her.

What is the wallpaper on your computer/cell phone? I hate cell phones! If, I could smash every last one with a hammer I would. But, on my computer I have up a picture of the Senora desert as my background. You know that scene in Vegas Vacation when Clark visits Cousin Eddie in the desert and Eddie comes out of his trailer with a six-pack in his hand acting like he’s a king? I am inspired to be just like that someday, living out in the desert, nobody around, no drama, just watching a tumble weed slowly work its way past me as I sit in a yard chair thinking about what kind of soda I’d like to have.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? Is there anything worse than motivational phrases? If, you want to do something, you do it. If, you don’t, you don’t. Nothing anybody could possibly say will ever trick me into doing their wishes. When people try giving me motivational speeches I just want to slap them.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years? In the desert thinking about what kind of soda I’d like. 

If you could have been told one thing that you weren't told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard or known? Not to sound too much like a downer, but there are two things I’ve learned from my time on this planet. 1.) People are lazy, they will always try to get out of work. And, 2.) Everybody is full of it. I don’t care if you’re the president or the pope, you’re full of crap! Everybody has a certain level of pretentiousness about them, it's human nature. So, with that, I’d tell my teenage self that most of life is all a big fat lie, so do what you really want to do, what you love to do, and don’t be pressured into doing what others expect of you. 

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? Hell, yes! I am absolutely amazed when people leave me a nice review. I sincerely expect every person who ever reads any of my writing to tell me that if I ever write again, they’re going to track me down and break my fingers to save the world from such garbage. I am truly blown away when I find out that someone has taken the time and has put forth the effort into reading something I’ve written. CG: I somehow expect the same thing about my writing too.

So, as this is the last question, what do you hope readers take away when they read your series? I don’t expect readers to take away anything, but if I could have one wish I’d like for people to finish my books and be able to say to themselves, “I’m glad I read this. This was a good story.”

Great! I know I ended your novel thinking "This was a great story," and I'm glad I had the chance to host you in an author interview! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! 


Poem: Sleeping Beautiful

Sleeping Beautiful

Soundlessly, she waits, in the thicket of green vines, and
pink roses, for the strangers who will
come on horse, or car, or jeep—to the encrusted
grave where she sleeps.

There might be a tree, where a
child might read and write new places,
never knowing her story underneath, nor
the lover beside her: hands reaching
for each other, through the mud, and dirt
and metal boxes.

No kiss. No touch.

Just sleeping beautiful.

Author Interview with Mercedes Fox!

I was honored to be hosted by Mercedes Fox in an interview about my newest novel "Allerleirauh." 

Here's a little clip of some of the questions and answers!

Tell me Chantal why do you write? I write because I was born to, simply. I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t. Writing became a fateful discovery in second grade, and seemed to always follow me in either a book or empty notebook. I’ve been writing ever since. I write became it brings me happiness, and it’s a way for me to express myself. I hope to someday inspire someone the way the authors before me inspired me. There were times in my life, my only friends were my books – I know how important great characters and great stories can be, and I’d love to follow in those footsteps! Writing is a very personal thing for me.What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? For “Allerleirauh,” it was after I had finished “Seven Seeds of Summer,” I really missed writing and I was facing this ‘now what?’ phase. I’ve always had this story stored away – kind of waiting for the right time to be told. I had been inspired by a friend, and by the fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers. I was telling her about the story, and we started talking about some experiences in her own life that seemed to relate. I instantly wanted to write a novel that would help survivors like her – to give hope to readers. As a writer, I’ve always had the dream to write a novel. I can remember making a bucket list at 14 – with simply, silly things. “Watch a Sunset and Sunrise.” “Get a Boyfriend,” “Write a novel and publish it.” (I’d say so far, I’ve succeeded in all of these.) But at Susquehanna University, I took a novel class and I started to write “Seven Seeds of Summer,” and continued on with it out of pure determination.Do you write full-time or part-time? Sadly, only part time. I’d love to someday make this a full time thing. I write whenever I can. If I can manage on a lunch break, or late into the night, I’ll do it. But not exactly everyday – or in a routine. It can sometimes be sporadic.

You can find the entire interview here:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Radio Show: Other Worlds of Romance with Linda Mooney

I have some exciting news! I'll be a returning guest to "Other Worlds of Romance," hosted by Linda Mooney. 
You can chime in on January 18th, 2016 at 11:00pm. I'll be reading an excerpt from the novel, and answering all of your questions! 

Stay Tuned!! 

You can find the show here: Other Worlds of Romance

Book Tour!

I had a great experience with my first book tour with "Bewitching Book Tours" - when I had just published "Seven Seeds of Summer." Now with "Allerleirauh," I felt it was even more important to do so with having no contacts, no sense of networking and really having no idea who to contact to get the book out to other readers and viewers.

So, without further ado,

You can find more information at Enchanted Book Promotions.

I'm so excited, and I hope this helps to get "Allerleirauh" out to everyone! Keep tabs on "Allerleirauh" and the book tour! I'll be sure to post about it all that I can!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Movie Cast: Something Fun

It's probably something that every writer kinda fantasies about. . . their novel becoming a movie.
I've actually been thinking about this, only because I did the same thing with "Seven Seeds of Summer," so - I thought, what fun! I can do this with "Allerleirauh" too!

Low and Behold - This is what I came up with!

Top Row:  Mrs. Benson, Lord Crestwood, and Prince Klaus
Middle Row: Aurelia
Bottom Row: Myriah, Lord Haven, and The King

To be honest, William Moseley was a huge inspiration (from Peter Pevensie in Narnia) for Prince Klaus. When actually putting faces together, I thought twice about this at first, but he'll always be the real Prince Klaus to me.
Mrs. Benson reminds me of Carlotta from "The Little Mermaid." Lord Crestwood is young and daring, and the Prince's closest friend.
Lily James was truly another inspiration for Aurelia.. so I thought it only best to use her as well.
Myriah is older than Aurelia, and more motherly -
Lord Haven is . . What can I say about him? He's smug, kind of cruel and a bit creepy.
The King has always had this face to me - He is "The King."

What do you think of my movie cast choice? 

Sunday, January 10, 2016


This is the one thing no one ever tells you about writing novel - how hard it is to advertise it! I guess most authors (or just me) think it's really up to the publishers, and while I can say I didn't have an experience like that with "Seven Seeds" - Publishing "Allerleirauh" myself has really made me even more determined to get it out - because it's really all ON me.

I've begun to edit photos to share, to boost on facebook, to advertise with . . It's just this on-going, every day, sometimes it's all I think about.
I've recently signed up for a Book Tour - so I'm hoping that'll help me as well.

This has been all consuming. All day- All night. I guess in the end, I hope I earn back all the money I invest in this novel - but I believe in it. And I think that's the most important thing a writer has - 
To believe in their work. 

Allerleirauh means that much to me - and more. <3 p="">