Tis the Season and a book giveaway

It’s been an unbelievably quick fall. Suddenly it’s dark by 5:00, and the ground is covered with snow. Wasn’t it just August a moment ago? I had to exchange my shorts for pants before December this year despite my best intentions (my personal best is December 2nd, and that’s pretty good for Minnesota) because there’s just something wrong with flirting with frostbite while walking the dogs in bare legs with a foot of snow on the ground.

This year I find I’m conflicted about winter as I have never been before. While I’ve come to dislike the white crap, the nostril-hair-freezing temps, and the fact that I have to turn the headlights on by 4:30 in the afternoon, there is something about the season I can’t deny. I’m not religious, but I love the holiday music. I love Christmas trees and the feeling the woodsy smell of pine evokes. I love the memories that flood me as we uncover each ornaments and hang them. I love how my wife Betty and I have made a tradition of blending Christmas and our version of Hanukkah to honor Betty’s childhood and her mom’s side of her family. I love the taste of warm, spiced apple cider and the play of cinnamon and nutmeg on the back of my tongue. I love getting together with my blood family and my chosen family. I have to admit there’s something to be said about snuggling down on the couch under a blanket and watching the Grinch, Rudolph, and Frosty.

Somehow I always seem to write more during the fall and winter than any other time of the year, as well. I’m so very close to getting my latest manuscript, Operation Stop Hate, finished up and to my editors. I was psyched to see the finalized cover, thanks Operation Stop Hate-FINAL

to Ann McMan and her mad skillz! Operation Stop Hate introduces National Investigation and Protection Unit (NPIU) Agent Cailin McKenna. Agent McKenna finds herself knee-deep in the investigation of a school shooting that leads to a hate group trying to recruit kids by distributing White Power music on school grounds. At the same time, Cailin has to deal with a crazy ex who’s turned into a stalker bent on destroying the new life Cailin’s creating with her new girlfriend, Alex. I’m hoping to release the book late December or early January, and as an early holiday present, I’ll give away unedited galley copies to TWO lucky commenters!

I’ll be very happy when I can call that project done and continue work on Shay 5, Blood Money Murder. This bad boy involves a deadly secret Shay’s mother-figure, Eddy, has kept for the last twenty-five years. If I can keep myself out of too many holiday shenanigans, the book will be out late spring. Check out the world-wide debut of the awesome cover right here, right now:

Blood Money Final

These books and the New Year will usher in a new era in my writing life. I’m a hybrid author, both traditionally published, and now indie pubbed as well. 2015 will really test the capabilities of Train Wreck XPress, the publishing company I’ve started. Coming out of the darkness into the light? We’ll see.

Maybe there is something to be said about winter after all. How do you feel about the change in seasons? Does it affect you in any way? Are you more productive? Less productive? What is your favorite season?

From my family to yours, be safe, be warm, and be happy.

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44 thoughts on “Tis the Season and a book giveaway

  1. I seem to get a rush of energy whenever the seasons change, regardless of which season. I even thought about picking up my abandoned story from 4 years ago! Fingers crossed on that one. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing an early copy… toss my name in the hat please!

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  2. Hi Jesse

    Good to see that you are still writing away as voraciously as ever and that a 5th Shay book will soon be out.

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  3. Hi Jessie!
    Love both covers!! Operation looks really good and of course Blood Money will be!

    TO answer your questions, I am most productive in the fall, getting ready to hibernate during the dreaded winter. I do not do well at all during this time of year. I am sluggish, tired, I hate leaving my house and will do whatever I have to do to avoid it as long as possible. I just want to curl up with my cats and let the world go by until spring.

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  4. Hi Jesse,

    I have to be honest, I haven’t read any of your books but if I win a free copy I’ll read it and give you my opinion . I LOVE to read !!! I think I’ll start with your Shay books.
    Thanks for giving your books away for the rest of us to win.

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  5. hey hey Jesse! Yeah, last week you were sizing me a ring in Portland, I remember! Oh well. Yesterday I turned 50 and that DEFINITELY means it’s December! But I had a big party because I’m looking forward to all the new things in a new decade and I must admit I haven’t read one of your books yet. So toss me into your drawing and perhaps I’ll win the first Jesse Chandler I read. Otherwise, I’ll ask my gf for it for Christmas! Hope your holiday season is full of light and warmth! Ona Marae

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  6. Jesse,
    Great cover on your new “Operation Stop Hate” book … I have been more depressed than usual this fall (NOT a fan of winter in northern Michigan – but, as we say here, it is so beautiful in the summer! Couldn’t live anywhere else!) with all of the racism and hatred and terrible situations in the news. I came of age during the 1960s with the civil rights battles, freedom riders, and marches, when Black people were being fire-hosed, gassed, and beaten … I was appalled then and even more appalled now that we seem not to have advanced one bit since then … when will we ever learn, make progress, erase the scars of the rotten legacy of slavery and racism? Very depressed and discouraged …
    As I say, unfortunately, not my best time of year. But, I a, old enough to know this and to recognize that I NEED to force myself to get into the decorating and surrounding oneself with signs and symbols of the holiday season and to appreciate the love and fun of gathering with friends and family …
    On the other hand, you don’t want to talk with me in January and February!!! 🙂
    Wishing you a great season of celebrations, writing, and success with your new press! Looking forward to both of your new titles!

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    1. Lynn, so very true. Sometimes it does feel like the entire world is about to implode. You don’t think a lot about it, but we are living on the edge of history. The only time it is very apparent is when things like what is going on in Ferguson and elsewhere happen. Adding that kind of thing to a dark and cold winter can make it very difficult. I wish you much peace and love as you get through the holidays and especially after.

      Jessie Chandler Award-winning author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series http://Www.jessiechandler.com

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  7. Jessie I love the change of seasons here in Wisconsin. I love the snow, however do not like driving in it. Its so nice to walk in and play with the kids.

    Great covers on your books.

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  8. I agree, this fall as flown by.
    Cool cover! Would love a chance to read your new book early, please enter me in the drawing.

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  9. Thank you Jessie! I always love reading Women and Words,, today was particularly inspiring for. Me. Guess I needed a good caper to get my holiday spirit going!

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    1. Joni,

      I’m glad that you’re enjoying women in words! It’s a terrific site with some terrific people involved!

      I’m glad today’s post was somehow inspiring, and if you can’t laugh your way through life, I don’t know how to get through it!

      Jessie Chandler Award-winning author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series http://Www.jessiechandler.com

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  10. Early winter is the hardest, especially when it is still technically fall. I don’t do well in bare spare season.
    Throw my name in the hat. Your new series sounds great and I love the book cover. 🙂

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  11. I feel better when the heat goes away, but I sure don’t want to live in snow & ick like y’all! Still looking for that place where it’s not too hot, and not too cold. Am pretty sure that when I find it, we won’t be the only ones there.

    You know I would be MORE than please to have any of your books for free. I will be buying them if I don’t win them, so I’m a winner either way! Thank you, and happy holidays to all your family, human & puppy.

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  12. This looks like a great read for the cold dark nights!! For some reason I have been getting into the holiday season this year as well and am really enjoying singing along with the tunes! Happy Holidays!

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  13. I have and like all your Shay books and would like to read this new one as well.
    Happy holidays to you and yours!

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  14. Not a big fan of winter myself, except for the excellent holidays to be shared with friends and family! Wonderful cover art! Happiest of the holiday season to you!

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  15. Love your comments about winter and the holiday seasons. I feel the same about it. Am looking forward to both the new books. Good luck with Train Wreak Express.

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  16. Man you are more of a northerner than me if you can hold on to those shorts until November or December! Thanks for the blog and the new books look good. Happy Holidays!

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  17. Winter has historically been my dark time, emotionally. This year, however, is already shaping up to be different. My writing has, quite literally, saved my life before, and this year, it brings light, hope, and promise into the darkness.

    So looking forward to your new titles!

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