Friday, August 26, 2011

Welcome Jillian Chantel & The Saints to the Football Blog Tour Stop

STEPH: Who's your favorite football team? How long have you been a fan?

JILLIAN: I’m a fan of the New Orleans Saints- The Who Dat Nation. I live only two and a half hours away from the city of New Orleans and it is a place I’ve loved to visit since I was a teenager. I am really more into college football and professional soccer and hockey than American football, but I do love me some Saints Come Marching In. I’ve been following them since I was in my teens.

STEPH: Who's your favorite player "playing" right now? Why?

JILLIAN: Drew Brees is the quarterback. I think it’s awesome that he and his wife have set up a foundation called the Brees Dream Foundation. They have already raised over $7,000,000.00 to go back into the local community. I think that is spectacular and a great way for him to use his celebrity. I have great admiration for him,

STEPH: Who's your favorite all time Saints player?

JILLIAN: Archie Manning was the quarterback when I got interested in them, so I guess I’d have to pick him although there have been many more great players on the team. And they all look amazing in those pants they wear, right?

STEPH: Who's the Saint's "evil" nemesis?

JILLIAN: Probably Tampa Bay Bucs. That’s kind of amusing to me since they are from my state but I actually live closer to New Orleans and Atlanta so I’d pick them over Tampa to root for. I like what I call “local” teams.

STEPH: Ever been to a football game? What's it like?

JILLIAN: I’ve not been to a pro game. Almost went once but got sick. Had tickets and everything. I’ve been to many college ones and if they are televised, it seems like more time is spent on commercial breaks than playing. I imagine it’s the same with a pro team.

Steph's boys wearing their Saints Jerseys

STEPH: Do you own a jersey?

JILLIAN: Nope. Not for the Saints. I do have a couple of hockey sweaters (jersey, in hockey-speak). I’m not much of a t-shirt or casual shirt wearer.

STEPH: What's your favorite food to eat during the game?

JILLIA: A special recipe I make in the crock pot called super bowl dip which has hamburger, tabasco, Mexican Velveeta, cheddar, old English cheese, and Rotel tomatoes. Served with tostada chips, of course. It’s hearty enough to be supper.

Jillian Chantal is the nom de plume of a lawyer moonlighting as a writer of romantic fiction. Most often she can be found either at her keyboard banging out words, working on a legal issue or just surfing the web and calling it research. Her other guilty pleasure is her one-sided love affair with the actor Alan Rickman. She owns all his movies and would probably give away her cat for a chance to meet him. She’d keep her children, though. It would be a sacrifice, but she would be brave.

Her latest release is Redemption for the Devil available at Desert Breeze Publishing.

Blurb:December, 1920: Mary Margaret Kincade, known as Peg, a devout Catholic, is the only child of an Irish adventurer presumed dead in an Arctic expedition gone awry. When her odious cousin comes to take over the family business and presumes to force Peg into marriage, she decides to make a new life in America by working her way across the ocean on a cruise liner.

Liam Cormac, a Protestant member of the Irish Republican Army, fighting for freedom from English rule, signs on to the same ship with the intention of blowing it up in the middle of the ocean.

Liam and Peg encounter each other in the first class passenger lounge and the attraction is mutual. When Peg is taken hostage by Liam’s partner, Liam has to make a decision about where his loyalties lie- with his country and his mission or with an Irish Catholic lass.

You can find Jillian on the web here:



  1. This is weird- I posted a comment about an hour ago and its gone. Thanks for having me here, Steph! It was fun

  2. Your book sounds very interesting. I love the time period and conflict. I will have to add it to my TBR list. Congrats on the release.

  3. Interesting book Jillian. My family is both Green and Orange.. Catholic and Prodestant. But we have never let this get in the way of family unity.
    I am going to be on the lookout for this book.

  4. Okay, Jillian--may I come live with you? Not for football or the Saints--Saints? Who are they? All I know is Cowboys. Anyway, if I lived with you, I could eat the dip, I would hope, every day! It has all the right stuff. I buy jalapenos by the gallon, and the Tabasco sauce?--the real kind from Avery Island--the biggest size. Once on a trip, we stopped for dinner at a Cracker Barrel and had a bowl of their wonderful chicken and dumplings. My husband asked for Tabasco sauce. The cute waitress raised her eyebrows and said--you can't put Tabasco on dumplings! He said--it goes on everything!
    Redemption for the Devil sounds great. I love to reform or redeem a stupid or wicked hero.
    See you around DB--Celia
    (Steph--yours boys are so adorable--but I see a little twinkle in their eyes.)

  5. Jillian, it's great to have you here on the blog. :)

    When I was stationed in Germany in 1986-88, then 92-95, I heard some rumbling about northern Ireland and the conflict and I always kept that in the back of my mind. Then I got out of the Army and settled in California and didn't really give any more thought. Then in 2007 two women from the Irish Police gave a presentation to the LAPD Women's Conference and they were talking about thought a lot of hard work in the mid 90's - to now that Ireland has really come together as a nation, and that struck a chord in me, as, honestly, I haven't heard of violence and terrorist acts in northern Ireland in ages. The ladies praised the policies adopted by Elizabeth II and British Parliament for the success of the peace they've had and it was heartwarming to hear.

    Georgie & Kathleen, I just finished reading Jillian's book and I LOVED it. It's a true, honest, vintage romance and she does a great job making you feel like you're in the moment with Peg & Liam.

    Celia, you are cracking me up with your Tabasco sauce! Agh! I can't do it. I can barely eat Jalapenos on my nachos. I'm a New England wuss!!

    Aw, the boys loved their Saints jerseys! I think their love of football comes from me. hehehe


  6. Who dat! lol I live in Mississippi, and I'm a big Saints fan. Can't wait for the season to start!

    Love to hear about your books. WTG!

  7. Celia. I'll happily share my recipe with you. It's a big hit and every time I have a party, it's in demand.

    Steph thanks for your kind words about my book I'm thrilled you liked it. I'm of partial Irish ancestry and love to study this period. So intriguing.

    Melanie. We need to get together. We're so close. Maybe a trip to New Orleans? Let's hope our boys can pull off another great season.

    Georgie and Kathleen. If you read it, i hope you'll let me know what you think, good or bad. Kathleen, I love that your family is both - tolerance is very important to me. That's awesome.