Monday, March 4, 2019

A Hundred Breaths by Jean M. Grant

If you were stranded on an island what 10 things/people would you most want with you?
First, let’s make sure this island is located off the coast of New Zealand somewhere. Speckled sand, teal oceans, golden beaches, no predators, soft breeze, perfect temperature with a mix of rain and sunshine. That’s my kind of island. I honeymooned in New Zealand and would gladly visit again in a heartbeat. Okay, so now that we have the island figured out…what would I bring?
1.     Lip balm, an unlimited supply.
2.     My family – the hubs and kids – and sibling arguments will be banned on this island. Lots of kumbaya and all that. Everyone contributes, and we all get along!
3.     Unlimited medicine for any ailment (You’ve seen Castaway, right?).
4.     While I am at it, food, fresh water, and all that. Or at least this island would have the ideal selection of fruits, veggies, meat/fish.
5.     Coffee (and a brewer, with all the fixings). This java-lover needs her daily buzz even while basking in the seaside haven.
6.     Did I mention that my island has a bungalow, too? Lovely living arrangements.
7.     Kayaks so we can paddle the sea and rivers.
8.     Laptop and books. Though my internet access will be limited to work only—no social media. It’s good to escape the grind, but an author still needs to get her writing on. Books – fiction, the works. A nice little library in that bungalow.
9.     The Rock, as in Dwayne Johnson. You never know when he might come in handy to help save the day or build something or fight off any encroachers to our pristine little island.
Random items to entertain. We’ll skip the electronics, but I’d rather have a building supply (rope, knives, etc.), board games, and the like to keep our minds and hands busy.

A Hundred Breaths
by Jean M. Grant

GENRE:   historical romance


1263, Scotland

Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.

Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.

As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle—and an end to the Nordmen—but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?


“I’m your wife, and still I am guarded?”

Simon shrugged though she couldn’t see. He’d given up on excuses. “What must I do to prove I won’t flee? I signed your marriage contract. I said my vows.” Her voice broke on those words.

Was she crying? He laid the tray of food on her table and approached. He didn’t touch her, as much as he wanted to link his arm within hers as they’d done during their walks. He reached inside his ganache and withdrew her small, simple dagger. Unadorned with jewels or carvings, it possessed a bone hilt and a blade worn from use. Likely from tree limbs, flowers, and household use. His smith had sharpened it and cleaned the hilt.

“Here,” he said, placing it in her lap. Gildy had retrieved the sheath from Gwyn’s laundered gown.

Gwyn stared at it, her fingertips dancing butterfly wings hovering over the hilt. After a moment, she drew her hand around it and pulled it from its leather sheath. She rose and whirled on him, the dagger pointed out before her, barely pressing into his chest.

He didn’t retreat as he met her fiery, misty gaze.

She made no move to remove the dagger’s tip.

“A smidge to the center, Gwyn, and you’ll be square over my blackened heart.” He held her glower. The heat blazed in her entrancing blue eyes like the devil. He fought a smile.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing or chasing children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Jean M. Grant said...

Thanks for hosting me! I'll be back during the day and week to answer any questions. :)

What would YOU bring (person, thing) with you to a deserted island?

Sandra Dailey said...

You're going to need a big island, hahaha. I agree with most of what you'd bring, but I think I'd like to take a break from people.
Good luck and great sales for your new release.

Joseph Wallace said...

What book would you like to see a sequel to? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Jean M. Grant said...

My favorite book is Outlander and it's already been made into a series. But that's a great question!

Joseph Wallace said...

What book or novel had the biggest impact on you? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com