Fictional Friends

One of the reasons I write is that I love books. I have loved them for as long as I can remember. The characters in my favorite books have kept me company when I was lonely and been with me through both good times and bad. In short, they were friends.

This feeling of connection is even stronger with the characters I write, especially with the Summer Park Psychics series. Continue reading “Fictional Friends”

A Spectral Excerpt — “Wandering Soul”

For my final #SamhainShort, here’s an excerpt from the book that started it all, Wandering Soul.

This is a spectral short instead of a ghostly one because Elsa’s body is still alive—on another continent and over a century in the future. She’s using her psychic ability of astral projection for her soul to travel back in time. Dante is unaware of that, and thinks she’s an angel sent to take him to the afterlife. Instead, she’s planning to teleport him back with her to Florida in the year 2015.

Oh, and did I mention that in this story Dante is the man behind the legend of the Phantom of the Opera? 😀

Enjoy!

Wandering Soul by Cassandra Chandler

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Lingering Touch Backstory —The Limo

I have a tradition with The Summer Park Psychics. Whenever there’s a new release, I like to write a little backstory piece about that title. For Lingering Touch, I decided on a moment that takes place right before the action of that book.

We learn in Wandering Soul that Garrett was concerned enough about Elsa’s safety to hire a private investigator, Finn Connelly, to look into her new roommate, Dante Lucerne. Neither Finn nor Garrett know that Elsa is psychic and actually brought Dante forward through time to save his life.

Finn is Garrett’s best friend, and as we see very quickly in Lingering Touch, Finn is also Jazz’s ex. He and Jazz did not part on amicable terms.

While running down clues about Dante, Finn stumbles across more than he expected—a deeper threat to Elsa from a different suspect. The first vision that gives Finn a clue about the danger takes place in the limo Elsa hired to take her and Dante home the night she brought Dante forward through time.

WARNING: There is adult language and reference to adult content in this short piece. 18+ only, please.

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Wandering Soul has a Book Trailer!

Working with Samhain Publishing on my books has been amazing. I’ve been learning so much about the publishing process and everything involved in getting a book out there. My writing has improved, my understanding of cover art, and my general knowledge about the timelines (I’m starting to understand the whole “Hurry! Wait… Hurry! Wait…” thing). Some things, though, are completely new to me.

Like making book trailers.

This is the part where my editor and the Samhain marketing department put on their superhero capes. I asked if there was a chance they could make a book trailer for Wandering Soul. This is what they came back with.

So. Much. Love.

I am extremely grateful to be working with such a supportive publisher. The trailer is beautiful. Thank you, Samhain!

Haunted by the Phantom

I’ve read voraciously for as long as I can remember. Listening to the inner monologue of characters, seeing them work through challenges, and learning how different people relate to each other and their world fascinates me. In middle school, I discovered one of the stories that would haunt me for the rest of my life—Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.

I was obsessed with Poe and ghost stories at the time, but this book was something different. Continue reading “Haunted by the Phantom”