Today I’d like you to meet
Jean M. Grant
She’s a fellow Rose with Wild Rose Press and a brilliant writer, as well as a fellow travel enthusiast! She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction and also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines.
A Hundred Kisses
is her first published novel,
and she has just released in audiobook format as well.
First, here’s a bit about A Hundred Kisses…
A broken past, a broken heart…and a broken curse.
Two wedding nights. Two dead husbands.
Deirdre MacCoinneach wishes to understand her unusual ability to sense others’ lifeblood energies…and vows to discover if her gift killed the men she married. Her father’s search for a new and unsuspecting suitor for Deirdre becomes complicated when rumors of witchcraft abound.
Under the façade of a trader, Alasdair Montgomerie travels to Uist with pivotal information for a Claimant seeking the Scottish throne. A ruthless baron hunts him and a dark past haunts him, leaving little room for alliances with a Highland laird or his tempting daughter.
Awestruck when she realizes that her unlikely travel companion is the man from her visions, a man whose thickly veiled emotions are buried beneath his burning lifeblood, Deirdre wonders if he, too, will die in her bed if she follows her father’s orders. Amidst magic, superstition, and ghosts of the past, Alasdair and Deirdre find themselves falling together in a web of secrets and the curse of a hundred kisses…
I am an avid fan of listening to audio books. When I worked out of the home, they were my pleasant company on the commute. When we take long road trips, the lyrical voices sweep us away and help the hours pass (btw, the Harry Potter series on audio – divine! Same goes with Outlander.). So, when I heard that my book’s publisher, The Wild Rose Press, added this opportunity, I jumped at it! After a few months and no bites from narrators, I took the next step: I researched several voice actors available with ACX, emailed them, and hoped for the best. If I learned anything in the past year of my first book’s release, it’s that the author must take initiative in marketing and promotion (and I am still learning and have a massive list of “to-do’s” to attack this fall for two more upcoming books). I was elated that Rosalind Ashford agreed to narrate the book. It was like Christmas each week for me when I received the audiobook chapters to listen to and review. She was pleasant to work with and I hope you enjoy her work with A Hundred Kisses as much as I do! Happy reading, err, listening!
p.s. Rosalind stopped by on my blog to tell me more about her background
and the recording process.
I absolutely LOVE audiobooks too and find myself listening more than reading these days, unfortunately. What’re your top five reasons for loving the audio format?
- The commute to work/road trips/travel
- I can multitask during exercise, cleaning…
- The lyrical and magical voices of the narrators
- My eyes get tired writing and editing all day
- To get lost in another world and daydream
p.s. and no, I’ve never crashed my car or gotten distracted while listening. In fact, I used to get to work, park, and not want to leave my car mid-scene.
I’ve caught myself belly laughing at times while wearing headphones and have received some of the strangest looks from people! Well, as I said before Jean is a travel enthusiast and like me has a love for Scotland, which is where A Hundred Kisses is set. Below she’s testing your knowledge of Scottish trivia, let’s see how you do? No Cheating!
- Which of these is not a name of a Scottish isle?
- A Hundred Kisses takes place at this famous castle.
- Eilean Donan
- It’s the year 1296. Who’s the king of England?
- Henry V
- Edward I
- Richard II
- Edward III
- Somebody with a number after their name. Pass the Whisky!
- All of the following are in Haggis except:
- Sheep liver
- Sheep heart
- It’s all encased in sheep stomach
- All of these are parts of haggis
- True or False – Men wore kilts in 13th century Scotland
- MacCoinneach is the precursor name of what Scottish clan name?
- Uhh, something that starts with Mac?
- Bannocks are:
- Decorations hanging on walls in castles
- Oat cakes
- A type of medieval drum
- Special pants that men wore in 13th century Scotland
- Sheep balls
- In A Hundred Kisses, Deirdre’s ability to sense lifebloods stems from which of the four elements?
Answers: 1 – c, 2 – b, 3 – b, 4 – f, 5 – false, 6 – b, 7 – b, 8 – d
It sounds intriguing, right? To give you a little bit more, here’s an excerpt.
She clambered to the shoreline. Numb and shaken, she began to dress. It wasn’t easy as she fumbled with slick fingers to put dry clothes over wet skin. She instantly regretted her naked swim. She pulled on her long-sleeved white chemise first.
She faced the forest, away from her rescuer. He quietly splashed to shore. His lifeblood burned into her back. He wasn’t far behind, but he stopped. She refused to look at him until she was fully clothed, not out of embarrassment of her nudity, but for what had just happened. He released a groan and mumbled under his breath about wet boots. His voice was not one of her father’s soldiers.
When she put the last garment on, her brown wool work kirtle, she squeezed out her sopping hair and swept her hands through the knotty mess. She fastened her belt and tied the lacings up the front of the kirtle. Blood returned to her fingertips, and she regained her composure. Belated awareness struck her, and she leaned down and searched through her bag for her dagger. She spun around.
She gasped as she saw the man sitting on the stone-covered shoreline, his wet boots off. Confusion and the hint of a scowl filled his strong-featured face. She staggered back, caught her heel on a stone, and fell, dropping the dagger. Dirt and pebbles stuck to her wet hands and feet, and she instinctively scrambled away from him.
His glower, iridescent dark blue eyes, and disheveled black hair were not unfamiliar. Staring at her was the man she had seen in her dream—it was the man from the wood.
iTunes: A Hundred Kisses (Unabridged)
Thanks, Jean for coming by for a visit! I wish you every success on A Hundred Kisses.
If you want to follow Jean’s success, learn more about her or her publications, click on one of her media links below!