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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Will Rise from Ashes by Jean M. Grant - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jean M. Grant and her new book, “Will Rise from Ashes”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jean and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Will Rise from Ashes
by Jean M. Grant


GENRE: Women's Fiction



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.



A gray column of ash exploded on the screen. The plume darkened the sky.

“Mom, come look!” Will said, without turning from the TV.

She fidgeted with the mail on the kitchen counter. Then said a bad word. The metal trash lid clanged open, and she grumbled. He tapped a finger on his thigh as he listened to the newscaster.
A few minutes passed. “Mom…”

“One minute,” she called. He turned. She dragged the basket of dirty laundry from their vacation to Yellowstone down the basement steps. Thump, thump, thump.

“But it’s the volcano! On TV!” His pulse flickered. This was important. She needed to see.

“Hang on a sec, Will.”

The clock read 9:03 p.m. Eastern Time, but it still felt like Mountain Time and he wasn’t sleepy. He counted to one second. He knew she didn’t mean that. Her “a sec” or “a minute” could be way longer.

She returned from the basement and opened the window over the kitchen sink. The metallic, vibrating hum of the foghorn sounded in the distance. He rose and added a tally mark to the chart on his clipboard. Soon, he’d need to make his snow charts, too. But it was only August.

“Where are they?” Mom said.

She came through the doorway to the living room with her mug in one hand. It smelled like burnt stinky milk. He covered his nose.

“Mom, watch out!” She almost stepped on his eight red volcano cut-outs lined in a row in front of the TV. His heart kerthumped. He straightened one, so the bottom edge realigned with the rest. There, better.

“So, honey, what is it? Find an interesting documentary to watch?” she finally asked, drawing her gaze to the TV as she stumbled. “Will, the tape and scissors. I need you to pick them up, okay?” She yawned. “We need to go to bed soon.” She leaned over the coffee table and clicked her laptop shut with another curse. “I can’t even track their flight. Where are they?” she repeated to herself.

Her brown eyes were shiny, holding that sad look she got when she thought about Dad. Some expressions confused him, but Mom was easier to understand than others. She was sad a lot these days. Was she sad about his little brother Finn not returning home yet? He approached her and hugged her around the waist. He nudged the top of his head against her ribcage. “It’s okay, Mom. Finn and Uncle Brandon will be here. Maybe their flights were delayed again?”

She exhaled. Coffee breath. His stomach squeezed. Delays. Yuck, he didn’t like delays either.

She said in a whisper, a raspy grating sound, “They should’ve landed by now…the traffic north to Maine from Boston isn’t awful this time of day. Finn’s going to be so wired.”

But he’s not a robot, Will wanted to say, but he knew it was just one of Mom’s weird phrases. The commercials ended. He grabbed her hand. “Look, Mom. Yellowstone! Maybe Finn and Uncle Brandon saw it erupt since we were all just there! How lucky of them to see that, huh?” He pointed to the LIVE symbol in the bottom right corner.

Her mug slipped and fell in a crash, spilling all over his volcanoes.



My Favorite Scene in This Book…

…How about favorite location(s) in the book? And while we’re at it, let’s talk about using the setting as the villain!

Most of this book takes place on the road, in AJ Sinclair’s car, or at campgrounds. There are a few other setting locations for choice scenes but I won’t ruin those surprises. AJ’s a woman with a hard past, struggling through her present and unsure of her future. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts…and her brother and youngest son are missing in its aftermath. She’s already returned home to Maine from a vacation, ahead of them, and with her other son. What’s a mother to do when a volcano erupts and her child is potentially near the epicenter of chaos? Well, having already been widowed, and despite her anxiety with driving, AJ packs her car and hits the road with her other son, Will, who is autistic, as her sidekick.

She meets uncouth vagrants along the way who rob and assault her, feeding her distrust of her fellow man. But…another villain looms. The volcano rumbled and erupted, destroying vast areas of the west, killing tens of thousands, displacing others. And that ash in the air…is coming. Winds and rains blow the ash farther east. And all the side effects that come after an eruption…disruptions in power and cell phones, water contamination, price gouging, roadblocks/closures and downed airplanes…brings disorder to the country.

The villain is ominous and hovering over AJ each step of the way. Her car is her sanctuary. Their campground, a small bubble of safety. But what happens if she loses the car? Gets separated from her son? Or one of them falls ill?

This leads to my favorite scenes. What are they? I really enjoyed all the car scenes. It’s her oasis and shelter from the world around them. She and a companion, Reid, they pick up along the way have some deep talks in the car, around campfires, and in motels. Her journey culminates as they close in on ground zero. Another favorite scene is in a pizza shop in the Midwest.

And even though it’s only the backdrop, with the eruption as the inciting incident for the story, I love everything about Yellowstone National Park. So, I included some photos here of it! Hope everyone enjoys reading Will Rise from Ashes and finds favorite scenes of their own.



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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  1. Thanks for hosting me! I love talking about my "villain" err...the volcano!

  2. I absolutely loved the excerpt! Best on your book, Jean!

  3. You're really great in this genre.