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Author Q&A ft @JeanGrant05 | A HUNDRED BREATHS Book Tour and $20 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #HistoricalRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for A HUNDRED BREATHS by Jean M. Grant. The historical rom...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for A HUNDRED BREATHS by Jean M. Grant. The historical romance is available now from The Wild Rose Press.

Jean M. Grant will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.



A Hundred Breaths
by Jean M. Grant

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

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?

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AUTHOR Interview:


How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Oh, I love this question! My first book (the second in the series), A Hundred Kisses, got its name because of a mysterious curse upon the heroine. It’s the curse of a “hundred kisses.” Turns out there is much more to this curse as she explores a mystical ability she alone possesses. For the newest book, A Hundred Breaths, I had first given it a different title: “The Silver Veil.” This book probes deeper into an explanation of the mystical abilities of the Silver Folk, or Ancients, of the western Scottish isles. However, some critique partners suggested I keep with the “hundred” theme in my titles. Like any ability, there are also drawbacks to Gwyn’s healing…she loses breaths with each life saved and saving the man she loves might take many breaths from her. But will she do it for love? Hence, A Hundred Breaths was born. The third book also has a similar title (nope, I can’t share that one yet but I am writing that book as we speak!).

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image
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At The Wild Rose Press, we are assigned cover artists. I loved what Debbie Taylor created for my first book so I requested she continue with the series for me. She hit the mark with this one, too! I love my cover. I wanted to convey the dark theme of the story. Water is the conduit for Gwyn’s healing ability…and it represents both healing and death, as represented by the approaching Norse ship. I lean toward covers with symbolism and setting, leaving the representations of the characters up to the readers’ imaginations.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
The villain, Leidolf of Reindalr (Gwyn’s Norse betrothed who comes a-calling)! I never thought I could enjoy a villain as much as I do him. He is flawed, weak and strong, determined, troubled with emotional wounds and a hateful father, has some hints of mental illness, and I can’t help but feel sad for his situation. Of course, ultimately, he is the bad guy, and makes some really messed up decisions. I hope the readers enjoy him as much as me! I enjoyed making him a layered, complex character.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
A venereal disease. I’ll just leave it at that and we’ll see if you know what I’m talking about as you read the book. More fun things I researched: medieval sex before marriage (it did exist), locations, foods, clothes, herbs/plants, history of clans and land, clan boundaries and strife, English-Scottish-Norse wars (I watched a video on the Battle of Largs that was quite informative!), everything Viking/Norse under the sun, Gaelic words/sayings (edited by my Scottish-Gaelic editor), and Norse slang, to just name a few.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
I write by the 3 P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Putting in the Time. This career is a marathon. I’m in it for the long haul. It takes learning, rejection, growing, and resilience. Passion for words keeps us writing. In addition to the 3 P’s, I recommend honing the craft by workshops, conferences, and books (I have some great ones I recommend on my blog). I also suggest researching the publication process, joining writing groups, and establishing some core critique partners who do not sugarcoat.

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EXCERPT:

She breathed two deep life-giving breaths.
Pull breath from my body. Heal this man with my own breath.
A thermal life filled her fingertips as she clasped the Healer’s stone in her pocket. For something small, water was not necessary. However, if left unattended, it could and would kill.
The man faltered but didn’t move from her light grasp. Wind rustled her hair as Eir surrounded her. Unlike her mother, she never plaited it for healing. She liked to feel Eir’s fingers upon her and the fiery rush of healing as it flowed through her arms to the injured person, as the wind lifted her hair, announcing its presence.
“What the—?” He drew in a sharp breath.
She mouthed the rest of the chant, invoking the goddess’s power. She moved closer to him, their bodies an intimate—and stirring—distance apart. His nearness captured her breath, and not just from the healing.
“What are you doing?” His words said one thing while his body said another. He didn’t step away. His breathing hitched and then steadied.
“It’s not the devil’s works,” she clipped.
“Then what in the devil are you saying? That’s not Norse.”
She ignored him. He placed a gentle, nearly sedated hand on her free arm in protest, but he did nothing. Her healing had a way of stunning and spellbinding her charges. It was working.
A long moment passed. She opened her eyes and stepped back, releasing her hold. He let go of her other arm and immediately reached to touch the wound. Her stomach twisted as she broke from the enchantment. This was her father’s enemy, a murderer. Finished with her prayer, she stepped away, hit with coldness.

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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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GIVEAWAY:

Jean M. Grant will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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13 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this book with us. I think we all enjoy reading about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

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  2. Thanks for hosting!
    For everyone visiting: Villain or Hero? Who are your favorite characters in books?

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  3. This sounds amazing!! I love historical books!!

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    1. Good luck on your entry! I love books entrenched in history, with twists and adventure, and a slow-burn romance. So that's what I write! :)

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  4. I love reading about the heroes. There's always something so satisfactory in reading about their triumphs. This story sounds like one I would enjoy a lot! Thanks.

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    1. I do fall in love with each of the heroes I write!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. This sounds like a great historical romance!

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  6. This sounds like a great historical romance!

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  7. How long did it take you to write your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  8. I like anti-heroes who then end up being one of the gang, a regular hero. We get their backstory (origins) and then the current adventure, plus, usually a heroic side-kick.

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  9. I love the cover, sounds like an interesting book.

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