Friday, April 24, 2020

WILL RISE FROM ASHES by Jean Grant: Now in Audio!

Jean Grant visits today with a look at her contemporary women's fiction, WILL RISE FROM ASHES. Jean is excited because the book recently released in audio, and she's here to tell us a bit about her favorite parks in the U.S.since the story begins in Yellowstone. Welcome, Jean!

10 National Parks You Must Visit

I’m a nature lover and national park enthusiast. I’ve been to over 30 national parks and monuments (there are 62 national parks and over 350 monuments, memorials, historic sites, recreation areas and seashores, all referred to as “park units”). Since Will Rise from Ashes starts off with a bang—the supervolcano bubbling below Yellowstone National Park erupts, I thought why not share my favorite parks (that I’ve visited—there are definitely parks I’ve not visited that should also be on this list, such as parks in Hawaii and Alaska, and Glacier NP).

1. Yellowstone National Park – a geothermal wonderland

2. Yosemite National Park (and Sequoia National Park) – granite cliffs, mountains, waterfalls

3. Crater Lake National Park – deep volcanic, sapphire lake

4. Arches National Park – hundreds of arches of sandstone, petroglyphs

5. Bryce Canyon National Park – orange-red hoodoos, spires, and canyons

6. Grand Teton National Park – ragged mountains, alpine lakes, grizzly bears 

7. Olympic National Park – rainforests, large rock beaches, glaciers/mountains

8. Acadia National Park – Maine coastline, forests, dominating peaks

9. Capitol Reef National Park – colorful slot canyons, cliffs

10. Dinosaur National Monument – wall of dinosaur bones, rivers, and quietude


Living is more than mere survival.

Young widow AJ Sinclair has persevered through much heartache. Has she met her match when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, leaving her separated from her youngest son and her brother? Tens of thousands are dead or missing in a swath of massive destruction. She and her nine-year-old autistic son, Will, embark on a risky road trip from Maine to the epicenter to find her family. She can't lose another loved one.

Along the way, they meet Reid Gregory, who travels his own road to perdition looking for his sister. Drawn together by AJ's fear of driving and Reid's military and local expertise, their journey to Colorado is fraught with the chaotic aftermath of the eruption. AJ's anxiety and faith in humanity are put to the test as she heals her past, accepts her family's present, and embraces uncertainty as Will and Reid show her a world she had almost forgotten.


He slid closer and placed a hand on mine and squeezed. “I see a strong woman who has been hurt deeply. I see a resilient mother who would journey through hell for her children. I see somebody who has become jaded and has trouble trusting, unable to sort through friend and enemy. I see a woman with hope.” He held my gaze. “And I’d like to be your friend, Audrey Jane.” 

My jaw may have dropped. I wasn’t sure. I recovered quickly. Or at least I tried. “You’ve been talking with my therapist, haven’t you?” God, I was teasing him. I was joking. I was like Will. Will always got goofy with his peers in social situations when he didn’t know the expectations, or how to behave. 

Either way, Reid didn’t laugh. Thin lips pressed into a frown that I couldn’t decipher. 
I didn’t prod any further. I broke the gaze and released my hand from his, then stoked the fire for the tenth time, sleep luring me with sweet abandon. I tossed the stick into the fire. “I should turn in.” 

“I’ll stay awake,” he offered. “Until the fire goes.” 

“Okay.” I nodded, though the fire could have been quickly snuffed. 

I paused in my opening of the tent flap, turned around, and peered at him. My arms dropped to my side, my hands still. “I’m sorry about the hotel. I was sick and wasn’t thinking straight. Thank you for your help today.” A part of me couldn’t disclose the unvarnished truth. Part of it had been crazy withdrawal symptoms AJ. The other part—I’d been paranoid he’d been drinking. Harrison’s death remained a ghostly echo in my mind, perhaps clouding my judgment. The scent had been on his clothes though. I was sure of it. The more I pondered, I believed his story. Perhaps I had been triggered. Perhaps I really did have trauma or PTSD. I shook my head. I didn’t know. 

Firelight glistened off the growing beard hairs on Reid’s chin and spots of amber danced in his dark, round eyes. Speaking of soulful eyes… “You were looking out for Will. I understand. I had been gone far too long.” 

“You had a legitimate reason. Shit happens,” I countered. 

His lips curved into a resigned smile. “Yeah. Rest, Audrey Jane.” 

“You, too, Reid,” I whispered. I added in a deep exhalation, “And yes, yes, I’d like to be your friend.” 

As I stepped into my tent, I observed Reid’s normally straight shoulders slouch a hair. Perhaps he, like all of us, was on his own road of atonement. Searching for meaning, searching for answers…searching for absolution. 

I had treated him poorly. I didn’t know what the hell had just happened between us, but I tucked it away into a corner of my brain to contemplate upon another time when I was lucid. My remorse had lifted somewhat. 

Ignoring my exhaustion for at least a few minutes, I clicked on my headlamp and pulled out my journal. It was time to unburden my heart.

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Author Bio:

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 and websites. 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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  1. Thanks for hosting me! I'd love to hear about which parks are YOUR favorites!!

    1. To be honest, I've never been at a National Park in the US. I'm in Canada, so my experience is with Canadian National parks. I've probably been to four parks in western Canada. Riding Mountain National Park is located here in Manitoba. It's a beautiful park with great campsites and cabins to rent, and a great townsite with cute shops and restaurants. And Clear Lake is really clear. I've been to Prince Albert National Park several times because we used to live nearby. Whenever we visited this northerly Saskatchewan park, we always saw animals: moose, bear, foxes, elk. I haven't been in Banff and Jasper for a number of years, but these are probably the most loved Nationals parks in Canada. And no wonder. These Rocky Mountain parks are incredibly beautiful.

    2. I bet they are all beautiful! I've been only to Nova Scotia, and a few parks there, and was swept away by the beauty. Ahhhhh...

  2. We're hoping to head to Acadia this fall. Once we retire the sky's the limit. Great post D.V.

    1. Just avoid Labor Day weekend. It can be a crowded park during peak seasons and holiday weekends. You can still go, just plan well (for parking especially). And book ahead if you can (for RV/camping). Hit the western part of the island (less crowded). Message me if you want to know more. I'm actually working on some web content for national parks for an upcoming website... :)

  3. That's a great list and a wonderful excerpt! Arches and Bryce are definitely on my list to see. Dinosaur National Monument sounds amazing. This book would make a great movie too- just sayin'.

    1. If I only knew somebody in the industry. My dream cast is: Emily Blunt and I am torn on "Reid." I have three front runners. If only....

  4. All the parks sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Jean. I live in Canada, so I haven't had a chance to see your beautiful parks.