December 2017 Update

So I just realized today that it's been a long time since I've updated ANYTHING on this website, and that's really horrible of me. Since I last posted on here, "The Songs in Our Hearts" reached a TOP 100 List on Amazon, making it an Amazon Best Seller! (Exciting, right?) Also, with the success of "The Songs in Our Hearts," the sequel, "The Songs We Remember," was accepted by 48Fourteen Publishing and will be coming at some point in 2018-2019! That's DEFINITELY exciting. I finished Book 1 of my "Between the Sea and Stars" world. I'm not really sure how many books will be in this duology / trilogy ... so I'm leaving it a bit open ended at this time. For now, book 1 has been written and accepted by Parliament House Publishing. I'm definitely excited to be bringing this very new and original mermaid story to all of you! "Blinding Night," the rewritten version of "Seven Seeds of Summer," hasn'

Shelf Addiction Featurette!

Check out Episode 135 of Shelf Addiction! I was invited to speak about "Allerleirauh," and my Top 5 Fairy Tale Retellings! Listen to "Ep 135: Top 5 Retellings with Featured Author Chantal Gadoury | Book Chat" on Spreaker.

If My Characters in "Allerleirauh" were Lipcolors

With the Fall Season officially here. . . I thought it might be fun to include some "fall" makeup fashion into my "Book-Writing" world!  If you love makeup like I do, it's always fun to try to replicate a "look" that a character might have worn in a movie, or in a show. Being that books don't really show-case "makeup" looks, I thought it might be fun to describe my characters as LIPSTICK colors!  So without further ado, this is how I envisioned my characters from "Allerleirauh" in a lip color!  ******************************************* The King:  Perversion (Urban Decay)  Black for how cruel and evil the "Mad King" is in "Allerleirauh."  The Queen Fire Down Below (Nars) It's almost a perfect "red-lip" lip color. Royal Red. . .  Lord Haven Heat (Metallized)  (Urban Decay)  Lord Haven (the right hand of the Mad King) is nearly as crazy as his s

The Songs in Our Hearts - Chapter Two

  ~Chapter Two~           Everybody Talks - Neon Trees         SAM MUST HAVE WORKED HER magic quickly, because within the timeframe of two class periods, almost everyone in the eleventh grade knew about my alleged crush on Micah Jacobs... I wasn’t sure why it was such a big deal. But it was a small town, and everyone lived for gossip. Walking into science class, I began to hear Micah’s name whispered around me. Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover how I felt. I tried my best to ignore it as I pulled my textbook and spiral out of my backpack and waited not-so-patiently for our teacher to begin her lecture, but I couldn’t help feeling everyone’s stares on me. It was even more embarrassing when I walked into my last class of the day and everyone just stopped talking. As I grabbed a few books from my locker to go home, Jennifer came up beside me. “I’m really sorry about all the stupid rumors today.” She shifted the books in her arms. Jennifer was one of the few people who knew w

The Songs in Our Hearts: Chapter One

~ Chapter One ~ Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root THIRTY. THAT’S HOW MANY MINUTES eleventh graders had for lunch. Not much, but it was all the time we needed to eat, relax for a moment, and catch our breath until the next class period. “I can’t believe it’s chicken and waffles again,” Jennifer sighed as she picked up one of the semi-warm waffles from her plate and tossed it back down. All of us at the table noticed the way it bounced as it landed and grimaced. “ Here,” Rachel, my best friend, giggled as she snapped open her lunch box to reveal her ultimate home packed lunch. Tugging a Ziploc bag of potato chips free, she pulled it open and offered some to Jen. “Thanks,” Jennifer mumbled with a wrinkled nose as she shoved her hand into the bag and pulled out a few chips. Rachel offered me the snack bag next, but I shook my head. “I’m good. We’d better leave the rest for Jennifer or she might be feisty for the rest of the day.” Rachel left the bag beside Jennifer’s lunch

10 Things I Love About Allerleirauh

The story of "Allerleirauh" has haunted me for most of my life. When I was a child I had heard this story, and the magic (and the dresses) stuck with me for years. Perhaps it was a story that I was always meant to write. With inspiration, help from friends, and a boost of confidence, I set out to write my very own 'fairy tale'  retelling . . . with "Allerleirauh."  On the eve before the release of "Allerleirauh," I wanted to share the ten things I love about this story - and hopefully you - as the reader - will love it too. 1)  The Romance:  If there is one thing to know about me, it's that I love Love . I love Romance . I love reading it and watching it in all sorts of platforms: movies and books. One of my favorite things about "Allerleirauh" is the sweet romance between Prince Klaus and Aurelia. I wanted there to be a sweet romance in balance of the horrible relationship between her and her father. There's a beautiful

My Favorite Things: Top 10!

Welcome to "My Favorite Things: Top 10!" Post I'm here to talk about ten things that are my absolute favorite. I suppose you could consider this as a "getting-to-know-you" kinda post. I thought it would be fun to share a bit more about me on the eve of the "Allerleirauh" release! I hope this keeps you fully entertained, and that you're whistling along with Julie Andrews by the end. 1) Books. Yeah, I guess that's a given. What sort of author can you be if you don't just love  books? Preferably, I go for more of the YA novels with a mandatory pinch of romance. Some of my favorite books are: The Shiver series, Fangirl, To All the Boys I Loved series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, Sarah Dessen books (Just Listen, The Truth About Forever) The Ring, Zoya, Pride and Prejudice. . . you know, classics.                                            2) Musicals. I love musicals. My absol