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About lynnchantale

Lynn Chantale resides in southeastern Michigan. Celebrating twenty plus years of marriage, she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction. She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.

Embracing New Things

Greetings from Southwest Florida. I’m so very excited to have left the cold for warmer climates. I’m already thinking of the homey touches I want to add to our new home. Later today I hope to grab coffee and doughnuts from my favorite place, Bennet’s. They have a maple bacon doughnut that’s divine. And the glazed is even better.

I accepted a contract from Loose Id for Because of You, a light-hearted erotic romantic short storyl. I’m still waiting on word from another submission, but in the meantime I’m thinking of sending off a proposal for a series to one of my other pubs.

Embracing change hasn’t always been easy and sometimes it’s downright painful, but the change can be extremely rewarding. In this case, I get to leave the cold winters of Michigan behind and enjoy sunshine all year round. Palm tree lined streets continue to give me the impression of a tropical paradise and I get to wake up to this everyday.

Yeah. I’m very blessed to be me right now. Even in hard times, it’s still a blessing to be me.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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It Has Begun…

My Master’s Program began in February. I’m already into my second class and let me tell you, it’s so worth it. Yes there’s a ton of work involved, but being able to catch some grammar mistakes has been priceless. In-between assignments, I’ve been able to write on my stories. It isn’t a lot, but a paragraph here and there keeps the story moving forward. While listening to a workshop today, I was able to get an entire page written.

Oh don’t  think I’ve only had time for classwork. I also managed to send off a couple of submissions. The nice thing about being so busy, I don’t stalk my inbox. LOL! And if that wasn’t enough, we’re moving to Florida. I’m so excited about the move. Of course it’s scary, but it’s something new and change is wonderful to embrace.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires.

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Flowers, Cards, and Candy

It’s nearly here. What is it you ask? Valentine’s Day. As a kid we world decorate paper bags and everyone in the class would get a list of names from the teacher so that every student could get a Valentine’s card and/or a little candy from one anothe, then we’d feast on sugar!
Middle school and high school we purchased candy grams to have delivered to various friends and maybe a special guy or three. 😊 as an adult, the gifts have gotten a little more expensive and elaborate, but the thought remains the same, share a little love.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires.

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A Good Thing

Is there a such thing as too much of a good thing? We’re moving to a different state and while this is a good thing for my family, some people have made it their mission to be mean about it. Moving is stressful enough without the haters.

Another good thing? I start my Master’s Program next week. Woot! That will take my mind off the impending move and occupy a few more hours of my day. And if that wasn’t enough, Love’s Submission is live.

Here’s the blurb:

Hearts and trust were never meant to be broken and Kalista wants to see BJ suffer; but she can’t deny that the attraction and love is still there. Maybe giving him another chance wouldn’t be so bad, if she didn’t have someone else.

From the moment BJ met Kalista, he knew she was the one for him, but too much alcohol and a bad decision left him on the outside looking in. Now, he’ll do anything to make up for the pain he’s caused her. All he needs is a chance to prove he’s worthy of her trust and love again.

And if that means challenging her current suitor…then let the best man win.


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Excitement in the Air

Excitement mingles with the frigidness of winter. I tell ya, this year has started better than I could’ve imagined. While I was preparing Love’s Submission for publishing I got the opportunity to take a knife defense class. Now in our current Karate club we don’t get knife training until we get to red belt. That’s at least a year or so away for me. However another club in another town about 40 miles away. Lemme tell you, it was definitely worth the drive.

The things I learned made me feel more confident if the situation presented itself. The instructor, Master Carlton, has over 20 years experience in knife defense as well as martial arts, and his first rule when presented with a knife was to run. Believe me I will follow that rule if it all possible. His second one, if you can’t run, negotiate. As in What do you want? My keys, wallet, cell phone, shoes? Whatever it is you can have. Now if the assailant demands your life, well then we have a fight on our hands.

If you have to fight, control the distance. Stay off the line of the knife. He had some sweet moves to show us how to defend against a thrusts and slashes. He did reiterate that in defending ourselves we would get cut, but how deep and where we determine, by presenting the backs and sides of our hands, keeping our arms in a guard position to protect the neck and torso.

And I’ve gone on long enough about my training class. Love’s Submission will be out later this month and as soon as I complete this Letter or Intent for my Master’s program I can get back to the fun stuff.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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As I Look Back…

As I look back over this year, I can say it hasn’t been half bad. I was able to publish a couple of books, started taking Karate. Lost over thirty pounds. Bought a house. Made some changes to my lifestyle and career as well as decided to take the plunge and go back to school. I’ve been dumped by a publisher who still has not paid me my final royalties. Got so stressed out about writing that I thought that part of my brain was broken. Started therapy. Stopped therapy. Started therapy again. Took over planning and preparing the community meal on Saturdays and now I’m ready to hand those reins to someone else.

My only regret this year has been not being able to write more. For 2015, I’ve got some projects planned. I just need to figure out how and when to roll them out. If that wasn’t enough there are a few major parties to be planned (youngest son is turning 16 and the middle one is graduating). Thank goodness my sister is a party planner at One Sweet Moment. (Check her out on Facebook)

All right 2015, I’m ready for what you got. Well…maybe.

Until next year, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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Oops…I Didn’t Mean to Do That

OMG! I had testing for the second stripe on my purple belt in Karate. Epic FAIL! Lemme tell you why. Two and a half hour car ride to Central Michigan University where we met five black belts for the very first time. One of them is the founder of the club. You know the person you read about in the handbook. Our group, there’s four of us, was called first to test.

I got so flustered at the beginning of the test I messed up a series of combinations blocks that I KNOW how to do. Then messed up on the fix for a turn. It was horrible. Our instructor, who also knows we know this stuff was totally confused and like WTF! After that total brain bomb and yes it was a collective screw up the rest of the testing went pretty good.

I gained some good feedback from the blackbelts. And all of them told my instructor to start working with me on how to use my cane as a weapon. How cool is that? So after results this past Monday. Yes. I passed. Whew! I truly believed I’d failed that test, but there’s a lot of work we need to do before the next test, which is a color change to green. I’m not afraid of putting in the work. I love Karate and after seeing what those green belts can do. I’m ready to kick some butt!

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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Let it Snow!

Oh the weather outside is frightful and the weather is predicting more cold, but drier weather. I survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Did anyone do any shopping yesterday? I didn’t. I did get out the house, but no real shopping. I’m not a big fan of forcing my way though crowds, shopping online is where it’s really at for me.

Aside from the weather, I’m very excited about my writing. I didn’t do NaNo this year, but I have been able to get lots of words on the page. The characters are talking again and when I do find the time to write the words just flow. Well I’m off to find some good deals.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desire.

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Monday Afterthoughts

After another long and busy weekend I’m just wore out. I didn’t get a chance to put any words on the page for NaNoWriMo. I’m hoping to get a few down today. It won’t make up for the time i was away, but writing a little bit everyday has been awesome. My oldest celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday and we had a good time watching his friends buy him shots. Even in the midst of his partying he made sure his friends had rides home from the bar and since I don’t drive he made sure he had a ride home from the bar as well. Can’t get anymore responsible than that. :-) Then he was up bright and early the following day playing video games. The rest of us were still hugging the sheets.

So back to this NaNo thing. I know you’ve seen posts and blogs about it. I need to go and sign up again. Of course it’s not too late to join. Little by little my mind has been focused on what I need to write next and that’s such a plus. I’m stuck at a love scene at the moment and hope to rectify that today. So have a great day. And to those doing NaNo…Happy Writing.

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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Where to Now?

Whenever I go out of town I always get some great ideas and usually have a chance to write. That didn’t happen this time. Which is okay, but I also took a day to recuperate and the voices started chattering in my head. I’ve had a lot to think about over the last several months concerning my writing career.

Disillusionment with some e-publishers has sparked a lot of dissatisfaction, and I really had to take a step back to find out what it was that I needed to do. There was only one visible or even viable answer for me; to step out on my own and do what so many others have done before me. Yes, self-publish my precious stories.

Being an indie author isn’t easy. The burden of the publishing process will fall entirely on my shoulders, but I know I’m up for the task. I know what to do and am anticipating a more regular production schedule. Now I just need to practice that discipline I used to have for keeping my butt in the chair. :-)

Until next time, Indulge Your Inner Desires

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