Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CHANTAL BOUDREAU - WOMAN IN HORROR!


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"I like to include a fair amount of emotion in my stories – some would say that’s a female writer thing. I prefer my characters to be multifaceted, flawed and deep. The problem is finding the balance between adding those things to a story in measured doses and pushing them to a point where you’re resorting to melodrama. You want your character’s plight to reach your readers, to touch them, to move them, but you don’t want the readers overburdened by it. It’s a precarious line for a writer to walk, and I’m not so sure I always get it right." Chantal Boudreau


Chantal Boudreau is my Woman In Horror today!She is such a fascinating lady that I have two bios from her. One from her website, and one from Amazon. Hey, I want to make certain I didn't miss anything. Speaking of not missing anything, go to http://www.writersownwords.com/chantal_boudreau/about/
and take a gander at all her writing accomplishments. Wow!

One of the books Chantal wishes me to mention is Shear Terror


Book Description

December 28, 2010
Carla is invited on a late spring outing to the Islands to help shear sheep with her friends Mandy and Sheryl. She expects a day of excitement and exertion, chasing down the animals to bring them in for their clipping. She is not expecting, however, to be shocked by gruesome shark tales along the way, or by the terrifying circumstances that they encounter once they make land.

Somehow, I don't think this is a fluffie lambie story. Way to go Chantal!




Orbs is a short story in Mistresses Of The Macabre and just came out.

Book Description

February 19, 2013
We are women. We are different. On the outside, we are warm, strong and nurturing. On the inside, however, we are relentless when holding a grudge and quick to use it to our advantage if the need calls. Though we may seem cheerful, our layers of anguish go far beyond those any man can begin to imagine. We are cursed but always fight back. We are fragile, but never weaker. We hold our own private hell internally and only let it unleash when we are wronged. And you better make sure you aren't the one in our path. Eighteen tantalizing tales of terror that are sure to ensnare you. Stories from Diane Arrelle, Alanna Belak, Chantal Boudreau, Nadia Boulberhane, Mandy DeGeit, Magnolia Erdelac, Erin Eveland, Lindsey Beth Goddard, Nikki Hopeman, Hollis Jay, Charlotte Jones, Suzie Lockhart, Dawn Napier, Amanda Nethers, Joanna Parypinski, Suzanne Robb, Kelli A. Wilkins, and Melissa Clare Wright. You will become tangled in our woven web of storytelling. We are different. We are women.

The statement on the bottom says it all. "We are different. We are women." That is the reason behind Women In Horror. Women are different, and I honestly believe many women horror authors are better than their male  counterparts. Plain and simple.




I was very intrigued with this super artwork and had to research the book. I have a description and, hold onto your hats, an excerpt from the book to show you how well Chantal writes. Ahah!

Book Description

September 5, 2012
When a seemingly harmless dispute between youths within the tribe ends in tragedy at their Rites of Passage, the Snowy Barrens Tribe finds themselves divided and without compromise. Three splinter groups result: the Tribe of the Wolf, the Tribe of the Bear, and the Tribe of the Owl. With the threat of possible monsters overshadowing them and the loss of their strength in numbers, how will they survive? The first in a three part/three generation tale, this YA tribal dark fantasy will whisk you away to a different world and a different time, where you get to be a part of the adventure that shaped a people and their ways. 
Excerpt From “The Blood Is Strong: The Snowy Barrens Trilogy #1:”
The wendigo moved out of sight, showing a zeal Fawn had never seen before, as the trees flew past her. She was afraid that she might lose it altogether and have to use the spirits to track it down later, when it drew her attention again with its wail. These were not the desperate howls from the previous day, plaintive and yearning, but rather a challenging sound accompanied by great interest. The monster had spotted its potential prey and saw opportunity for a fresh meal. Fawn realized that she would have to move even faster, if there was any hope of keeping the wendigo hungry.
Moments later, the south witch spotted the beast again. It hovered near the edge of a clearing, keening noisily as it waited for its anticipated victim to die. It repetitively licked at its needle-like teeth, its fierce little blood-coloured eyes gleaming with excitement. The spirits who followed Fawn began to mur-mur and moan with fear. They did not feel at all secure when the creature was this ravenous, even within the south witch’s proximity.
Several seconds and Fawn was upon the clearing as well, only a few yards away from the monster. At that point, she could see its possible target. A man dressed in greens and browns, with long dark hair and a series of frightening tattoos, lay at the centre of the clearing in a puddle of his own blood. While the man was no youth, he was not past his prime either, and his spirit would make a sumptuous repast for the wendigo.
Barely conscious, the stranger lifted his head to look at the south witch and, despite his enfeebled state, bared his teeth at her, making swiping gestures with the bone knife in his hand. She wanted to approach him, but hesitated despite this. She dared not get within range of his knife, as one lucky stab would prevent her from healing him or herself for that matter, and then they would both be easy prey to the spirit-devourer.
“Please, you must lay down your weapon. I am peaceful. I only wish to heal you, to spare you from the wendigo. Will you allow me to do this for you?” she asked him.
The man did not put down his knife, but instead continued to gesture with it menacingly. He spat at her and seemed to be cursing in some foreign tongue. It was a dialect with which Fawn was not familiar. Either he had not heard her, could not understand her, or was beyond the words of this world. In the mean time, the redness of his life essence continued to trickle from the slashes in his leg and his side.
“That is one of the Black Talon Tribe,” one of the south witch’s spirits told her. “He does not speak your language, but even if he did, he would not let you heal him. His tribe believes that the greatest honour is to die from injuries received in battle. He fought someone, and from the looks of things, he lost. He does not see the wendigo, and would not concede to its existence if you tried to explain. He believes that his death by this method will make his people stronger – that his spirit will survive to live amongst them.”
“Not if the wendigo gets to him first. Considering how it has starved lately, there is no chance it would allow his spirit to escape. If he will not let me heal him, it will feed today,” Fawn replied anxiously.
The wendigo wailed again, desperate to get at the man’s soul. The piercing sound made shivers run up the shamaness’s spine. She took a couple of small steps towards the bleeding warrior, but he continued to swing and curse at her, more weakly now than he had before. She noticed the string of darts that hung across his chest.
“What are those for?” she asked the same spirit who had spoken to her earlier, pointing towards the darts.
“His tribe prefers to capture able-bodied and non-aggressive opponents as prisoners, to serve as their slaves. They used drugged darts to do so, shooting at them with blowpipes,” the spirit explained. “Their men are not permitted to be shamans, craftspeople, fishers or gatherers. Their culture requires that they be either scouts, warriors or hunters. From his tattoos, I would judge him to be a warrior. That would make him twice as reluctant to yield to your healing.”
“If I could get close enough to grab one,” Fawn whispered, “I could drug him by his own methods. I could keep him from the wendigo without his submission.”
The south witch waited while the man’s struggles abated somewhat, and he lay weakly staring up at the forest ceiling. She could hear the monster whining in anticipation, its breath hot and foul. She circled the edge of the clearing slowly, until she was at the Black Talon’s back. Then she burst forward in a quick sprint and made a grab for the darts. She was forced to recoil evasively, however, before she was able to lay a finger on the bandolier. The man she had thought to be mostly in a faint, lurched back at her with the knife. He managed to nick her arm with the knife’s tip, drawing a few beads of blood. Fawn scrambled back to the cover of the trees, mad with panic. Since they had marked her, she had not been able to tolerate anyone drawing her blood except for herself.
The shamaness sat back in the bushes and watched, as the man’s breath slowed and his eyes closed. The spirits pleaded with her to try once more, watching the wendigo slowly creep closer to the fallen warrior, ever eager to feed. Fawn, however, had lost the will, staring at the blood that trickled from the slight penetration of her skin. She was locked in a state of self-preservation at the moment, her mind-set one of “better him than me.” Finally, as the man took one last shuddering breath, Fawn observed as his spirit pulled away from his body, rising freely into the air above the physical presence to which it no longer had any ties.
That was when the wendigo leapt upon it like a lion upon a gazelle. Its foot-long shimmering claws ripped into the ethereal manifestation like it was tearing through light-weave silk, piercing portions with their sharp tips so that the monster could shovel them into its mouth as quickly as it could manage. The south witch tried covering her ears to block out the shrieks from the Black Talon’s tainted soul, but she did not hear them with her ears. She heard them with her heart, and that she couldn’t proof from the cries.


With all of Chantal Boudreau's literary and artistic talents, I think it is really cool that she can interweave genres and sub-genres to form special tales. Nothing been-there, read-that from Chantal. She is her own woman. I am very honored to have Chantal Boudreau grace the pages of my blog.

Thank you, Chantal Boudreau! 

Blaze


 This is a bio taken from Chantal Boudreau's website:


Chantal Boudreau is an accountant and mother of 2 who lives with her family by the sea in beautiful Sambro, Nova Scotia.  She writes and illustrates fantasy, dark fantasy and horror during her "spare" time.  In addition to her CMA-MBA from Saint Mary’s University, she has an English degree from Dalhousie University.  Her novel, Fervor, debuted from May December Publications (MDP) in the spring of 2011, and its sequels, Elevation and Transcendence, followed later in 2011 and 2012.  She has written 17 other novels, in various stages of editing and submission, and has also completed many short stories. Magic University, the first of her Masters & Renegades fantasy series was released in September 2011, followed by Casualties of War in June 2012. She also self-published the first two novels in her YA tribal dark fantasy trilogy, The Snowy Barrens Trilogy.

Chantal sold her first short story on October 4, 2010, a horror story called "Palliative,"   which appeared in notreebooks e-book anthology Vampires, Zombies, and Ghosts – Oh My! Her short story, "Just Another Day," appears in MDP's zombie anthology, First Time Dead (February 2011 release) and she now has stories in a variety of MDP anthologies. Her novelette, "Shear Terror," has been added to MDP's e-lit catalogue.  Her latest horror shorts appeared in Rymfire's Undead Tales, Dark Moon Books's Slices of Flesh and Crowded Quarantine Press's Wake Up Dead and Ten Silver Bullets.

She appeared as a writer-guest at Hal-Con (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in November of 2011.





This bio is from Chantal's Amazon author page:

Chantal Boudreau is an accountant by day and an author/illustrator during evenings and weekends, who lives by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband and two children. In addition to being a CMA-MBA, she has a BA with a major in English from Dalhousie University. A member of the Horror Writers Association, she writes and illustrates predominantly horror, dark fantasy and fantasy and has had several of her short stories published in anthologies, as well as her novelette "Shear Terror", released in digital format. Fervor, her debut novel, a dystopian science fantasy tale, was released in March of 2011 by May December Publications (MDP) followed by sequels Elevation and Transcendence. Other releases include her novel, Magic University, the first in her fantasy series, Masters & Renegades, and its sequel, Casualties of War, as well as her Snowy Barrens Trilogy. She has 2 more novels and a collection of short stories with an anticipated 2013 release as well as several more shorts in anthologies.
Chantal is a member of the Horror Writers' Association, and has written more than 60 short stories and 20 novels. Be prepared to see much more from her in future!




Here are some of Chantal Boudreau's fantastic tales!


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Mistresses of the Macabre by Lori Michelle (Feb 19, 2013)

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First Time Dead vol 1 by Chantal Boudreau, David Minyard, Michael J. Evans and Todd Brown (Feb 13, 2011)


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Vampires Aren't Pretty by Chantal Boudreau, TW Brown, Gail McAbee and RB Clague (Nov 1, 2011)


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Zombie Writing! by Armand Rosamilia, Joe McKinney, Richard Lee Byers and Tim Waggoner (Jan 18, 2012)


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Zero by Chantal Boudreau, TW Brown, Bennie L. Newsome and Patrick Shand (Aug 31, 2011)


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Wake The Witch by TW Brown and C. W. LaSart (Jan 1, 2012)


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Midnight Movie Creature Feature by Bennie Newsome, Aaron Dries, R.k.Kombrinck and Ryan Hillis (Oct 26, 2011)


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Undead Tales by Armand Rosamilia, Joe McKinney, Carole Gill and Eric S. Brown (Apr 12, 2012)


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Zombie Buffet: An Undead Anthology by Suzanne Robb, Kelly M Hudson, Vincenzo Bilof and Anthony Giangregorio (Sep 16, 2011)


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Hell Hath no Fury... by Elsa Carruthers, TW Brown, Tonia Brown and Chantal Boudreau (Sep 5, 2012)


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Fervor by Chantal Boudreau and TW Brown (Feb 21, 2011)


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Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy by Aaron Garrison, John Lemut, Suzanne Robb and Holly Day (Jul 4, 2011)


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The Blood Is Strong: The Snowy Barrens Trilogy #1 by Chantal Boudreau and Dianne Gardner (Sep 5, 2012)

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Casualties of War by Chantal Boudreau, TW Brown and Shawn Conn (Jun 16, 2012)


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Elevation by Chantal Boudreau and TW Brown (Dec 1, 2011)


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Masters & Renegades: Magic University by Chantal Boudreau and TW Brown (Sep 12, 2011)


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Tales For The Toilet by Adam Millard, Chantal Boudreau and Stephen McQuiggan (Nov 5, 2012)


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Ten Silver Bullets by Brent Abell, Rebecca Besser and Adam Millard (Feb 7, 2012)


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Transcendence: Fervor Series book 3 (Volume 3) by Chantal Boudreau (Nov 1, 2012)

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Wake Up Dead by Suzanne Robb, Chantal Boudreau, Douglas Vance Castagna and Adam Millard (Dec 10, 2011)

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ZOMBIE: Lockdown by Chantal Boudreau, Lisa Ann Smith, Selene MacLeod and Heather Henry (Feb 18, 2013)

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Wake Up Dead - An Undead Anthology by Suzanne Robb, Chantal Boudreau, Guy James and Mia Darien (Dec 15, 2011)


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Shear Terror by Chantal Boudreau (Dec 28, 2010)


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The Blood Is Strong: The Snowy Barrens Trilogy #1 by Chantal Boudreau and Dianne Gardner (Sep 6, 2012)

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The Blood Runs Deep:The Snowy Barrens Trilogy #2 by Chantal Boudreau (Feb 7, 2013)

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Chantal Boudreau is truly a Woman In Horror!


Blaze








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