Blog Tour & Giveaway: Saddled Hearts by Jan Sikes #NewRelease #RomanticSuspense #HorseSanctuary #Rodeo @JanSikes3 @wildrosepress

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Hello, and happy November! I’ve got a great way for you to kick off the month—with a fabulous book that combines romantic suspense, horses, rodeo, music, and even a murder mystery! Jan Sikes is visiting today with her newest release, Saddled Hearts.

Jan is a dear friend, a sweetheart of a person, and a talented author. Saddled Hearts is the final novel in her White Rune series, but reads perfectly as a stand alone. Look for my five-star review at the end of this post. In the meantime, please welcome Jan!


I am thrilled to visit your blog today, Mae, to talk about my new book, Saddled Hearts. Thank you so much for allowing me to take it over. I deeply appreciate your generosity and support! 

When Colt Layne decided to visit the New Age Life Center and consult a medium for communication with his grandfather from beyond the grave, he was in for a shock. I loved writing this scene so much because I could easily recall the first time I stepped inside a New Age store. I’ll share a little bit of his first impression.

EXCERPT:
Inside a small metaphysical shop that led into the New Age Life Center, incense tickled Colt’s nostrils while flute music filtered through small wall-mounted speakers. Crystals and other gemstones lined one wall, while books, tarot and oracle cards, essential oils, and incense lined another. 

He twirled his Stetson and shifted from one booted foot to the other as he waited for Sage Coventry. 

Maybe this was a bad idea. He couldn’t be more out of place if he’d landed in the middle of a foreign country that spoke an entirely different language. 

A young girl with a long, tie-dyed scarf wrapped around her head perched behind the counter, munching on an apple. “You can have a seat if you want, Mr. Layne. Sage will be with you shortly.”

Colt glanced around the space and spied no chairs, only colorful cushions scattered on a rug in front of a bookcase. “I’ll just stand if that’s okay.” 

The girl shrugged. 

In the uncomfortable silence that followed, he meandered to the bookcase and perused the titles. Every subject, from learning to harness the energy of gemstones to reading tarot cards and something called akashic records, filled the shelves. He cleared his throat, put his hat under his arm, then slid out a book entitled Animal Speak by Ted Berner. Now there was something he could relate to.

How much longer? He glanced at his watch. It was already ten minutes past his appointment time. Even though Jag thought highly of the woman’s talents, Colt had his doubts. Sage Coventry was probably an old crone with a pointed witch’s hat and moles on her chin. One of those con artists that tricked desperate folks out of their money. 

Yes, this was a bad idea. He slid the book back onto the shelf and headed toward the door. 


Have you ever visited a metaphysical store? If so, what were your first impressions? The first one I walked into was in Austin, Texas, in the seventies. I remember being a little overwhelmed but oh, so very curious. Let’s chat.

BOOK BLURB:
Colt Layne owns the Layne Horse Sanctuary. He lives an idyllic life between caring for the animals and playing music with his band. That is until a stranger appears with unreasonable demands. When someone murders the man, Colt is arrested. He’s been framed, but by whom and why?  

He needs to talk with his deceased grandfather. But that’s impossible. Or is it?

Sage Coventry is gifted with the ability to communicate with the deceased. Skeptical but desperate, when Colt consults with her, he gets more than messages from beyond the grave as she breezes into his heart with sweet patchouli fragrance and tempting lips he longs to kiss. 

The race against time to clear his name and save the ranch launches them on a mission that brings shocking revelations.


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Awesome, right? If you’re not already intrigued by Jan’s excerpt, and the blurb, let me entice you further with . . .

MY REVIEW:
Saddled Hearts wraps up Jan Sikes White Rune series in spectacular fashion. Colt Layne, who had a small role in the previous novel, takes center stage along with Sage Coventry, a young widow who can communicate with the dead. When a stranger shows up on Colt’s ranch claiming to have won it in a card game from Colt’s uncle years ago, Colt contacts Sage to try to reach his uncle beyond the Veil. 

Although the novel has a supernatural thread woven throughout, it’s the mystery in the physical world I found most compelling. Colt is framed for murder, then freed on bail, but his troubles don’t end there. The ranch—which he uses to run a horse sanctuary—is plagued by a series of unexplained mishaps and accidents. If that’s not enough, his estranged father, an alcoholic who deserted Colt when he was a boy, shows up claiming to be a changed man thanks to his new wife.

From romance to family dynamics, friendships to rivalries, old grudges and buried secrets, there are a plethora of threads twined throughout this engaging novel. I loved the strength of the character relationships, as well as the care and attention the author put into showing the daily operation of a horse sanctuary. I was enchanted with Ghost, an abused horse who arrives part way through the story and was on pins and needles until that thread resolved itself. The overall arc of who framed Colt played out in a manner I did not suspect. A wonderful blend of romance, mystery, danger, and even music, Saddled Hearts is the perfect ending to a wonderful series. Highly recommended! 


Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget Jan has a scavenger hunt going on for extra fun (see block after the blurb for details). You can connect with Jan at all her social media sites.

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The Haunting of Chatham Hollow Blog Tour: Thank You Tour Hosts and Commenters!

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Happy Monday! I hope yours is an awesome one!

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who hosted me and Staci Troilo during our blog tour for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. I know I can speak for both of us when I say we had a blast making the rounds. If you missed any of the posts and would like to check them out, these links will get you to your destination:

Joan Hall
Jan Sikes
Harmony Kent
Gwen Plano
Craig Boyack
John Howell
Denise Finn
Sally Cronin

Thank you also to everyone who visited and commented. We hope you enjoyed following the tour and meeting our characters. It was so much fun introducing them.

Finally, thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of Chatham, and to those of you who have posted reviews. We’re thrilled by the positive reviews and are delighted you enjoyed our story.

With our utmost appreciation and gratitude—thank you, all!

Book Tour Day 9: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @sgc58 @stacitroilo

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I know it’s an extremely odd occurrence, but yes, I’m here on a Saturday. Today, is the final stop for the The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour. Sally Cronin was kind enough to provide a spotlight for the book I’ve co-authored with Staci Troilo.

Sally is a wonderfully supportive blogger who gives tirelessly of her time in promoting others. She is constantly showcasing someone on Smorgasboard Blog Magazine, her home in the blogosphere. As an author, she covers everything from fiction and non-fiction to short stories, and poetry. I’ve found her work to run the gamut from heartfelt to humorous, introspective to slice-of-life. Be sure to check out Sally’s work on her AMAZON PAGE, and find the book or books that speak to you.

Thank you for following Staci and me as we introduced our book baby to the world. I’ve closed comments on this post, but I hope to see you at Sally’s if you have a moment drop by. You can find the post HERE.

Book Tour Day 8: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @dlfinnauthor @stacitroilo

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Happy Thursday! It’s the next-to-last day of The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour for this week (you can find Staci and me at Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog on Saturday). Thank you to everyone who has stuck with the tour, left comments, and shared your thoughts. Staci and I both appreciate your awesome support!

For my final stop, I’ll be visiting D. L. Finn, a wonderful friend and Story Empire colleague with a perpetually sunny disposition and a whimsical outlook on life. I love that she has never lost her magical sense of childhood, an outlook reflected in her writing. She’s a diverse author with a collection that spans novels to short stories, poetry, and children’s books.

Her most recent release, A Voice in the Silence is both suspenseful and highly imaginative. I loved the characters—including the four-legged ones! You can find all of Denise’s releases on her Amazon Author Page.

When you’ve finished browsing, I hope you’ll join me on her blog where I’ll be introducing my final character, and lead protagonist, Victor Rowe. By this point—if you’ve been following along on the tour—you’ve heard a lot about him!

Comments are closed on this post, but I hope you’ll join me THERE.

Book Tour Day 7: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @HowellWave @stacitroilo

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Happy Hump Day! Thanks for joining Staci Troilo and me as we wind down our tour for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. After today, only one two stops remain, but Staci and I have saved two highly intriguing characters for last.

Staci is visiting John W. Howell, a highly supportive blogger, friend, and Story Empire colleague. John is a wonderful storyteller with a body of work that ranges from action thrillers—the John Cannon series—to paranormal suspense as evident in Eternal Road. I recommend them all and am eagerly awaiting the follow-up to Eternal Road. To browse John’s collection of novels, visit his Amazon Author Page.

After you’ve had a look-see, be sure to pop over to John’s blog where Staci will be introducing Rebekah Fetzinger, head of the Chamber of Commerce in Chatham Hollow. This is one lady you don’t want to miss—and should be very careful to cross paths with!

Comments are closed on this post, but you can join in the fun HERE.

Book Tour Day 6: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @Virgilante @stacitroilo

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Happy Thursday! Today is the last stop this week for The Haunting of Chatham Hollow blog tour. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a particularly chameleon-like character. If you’ve been following the tour, you’ve heard the name Benedict Fletcher creep up more than once.

Today, Benedict makes an appearance at Craig Boyack’s blog.

Craig is one of my oldest online friends. Story Empire initially grew from Craig and I discussing Halloween promo for our book releases way back in the day. We roped Staci Troilo and Harmony Kent into the discussion, and the rest, as they say, is history!

Craig keeps things imaginative and lively at SE, as well as in his work. He’s known for a vivid imagination with genres that cross speculative fiction, cyberpunk, science-fiction, fantasy and all things odd. He’s the author of the ongoing Lizzie and the Hat Series but you can discover all his work on his Amazon Author Page. Take some time and browse his release. I guarantee they’re colorful and entertaining (my favorite is Grinders).

When you’re through browsing, join me at Craig’s place, where my shifty spiritualist, Benedict Fletcher sits down to chat with another medium. Comments are closed on this post, but I hope to see you THERE.

Book Tour Day 5: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @gmplano @stacitroilo

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Hello, friends, and thank you for joining me on the short blog tour Staci Troilo and I are rolling out for our co-authored release, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow. We’ve been taking turns introducing various characters, and today I’m up!

I’ll be visiting Story Empire colleague and friend, Gwen Plano. I am so thankful to know Gwen, one of the kindest and most respectful people you’re likely to meet online. In addition to being a sweetheart of a person, she’s also a talented author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

I’ve been swept away by both her memoir (written as Gwendolyn M. Plano) and her fictional series, the latest entry being The Culmination which I found particularly strong. The entire series can be found on her Amazon Author Page.

After you’ve had a look-see at Gwen’s titles, hop over and join us on her blog where I’ll be introducing the second set of sisters who factor into my 1888 timeline in The Haunting of Chatham Hollow.

Comments are closed on this post, but I hope to see you THERE.

Book Tour Day 4: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @stacitroilo @harmony_kent

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It’s day four of The Haunting of Chatham Hollow book tour! Thank you for visiting with me and Staci during our short tour for our co-authored release. We’re highly chuffed (“chuffed” in honor of our Brit friend, Harmony Kent) about this book and excited that Harmony is hosting today.

Harmony is a brilliant multi-genre author, with a wonderful sense of humor. She’s also one of the founding members of Story Empire. Her most recent release, Life & Soul: Book 2 in the Soul Poetry Series is an exquisite and reflective collection that I highly recommend.

I’ve read numerous releases by Harmony, all of which you can find on her Amazon Author Page. Be sure to browse her many titles which span the gamut from fiction and non-fiction, to short stories, poetry, and novels. When you’re through, be sure to visit Staci and Harmony as Staci introduces her female protagonist Greer Faraday, editor of the Chatham Hollow Chronicle.

Comments are closed on this post, but you can join in the fun HERE.

Book Tour Day 3: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @BeemWeeks @stacitroilo

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Happy Monday! It’s a new week which promises to be a busy one for the short tour Staci Troilo and I are unrolling for our new release, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow.

Today, I’m visiting Story Empire colleague and amazingly talented author, Beem Weeks. If you’re unfamiliar with Beem’s work, I suggest correcting that oversight post-haste. Beem is a literary story-teller who excels at character voice and narrative. Whether writing short fiction or novel length, he’s guaranteed to keep you flipping pages. Having read all his short story collections, and his novel, Jazz Baby, I can easily vouch for that!

You can find all of Beem’s work on his Amazon Author Page. After you’ve had a good browse, hop over to join us on Beem’s blog, where I’ll be introducing a pair of sisters who don’t always see eye to eye.

Comments are closed on this post, but I hope to see you THERE.

Book Tour Day 2: The Haunting of Chatham Hollow #newrelease #ghoststory #spiritualism #mystery @JanSikes3 @stacitroilo

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Happy Thursday! Today is day two of the short blog tour Staci Troilo and I are unrolling for our new release, The Haunting of Chatham Hollow.

Today is my turn for visiting, and I’m kicking things off with a talented lady, friend, and Story Empire colleague—Jan Sikes.

Jan’s latest collection of books is her White Rune Series. I’ve already pre-ordered book three, Saddled Hearts, the final release in this romantic suspense trilogy, and can’t wait for it’s October 19th release.

You can see all of Jan’s books on her Amazon Author Page, including her Flowers and Stone series, a fictional retelling of her life with musician, Rick Sikes. Be sure to check out her work, then hop over to visit us on her blog, where I’ll be introducing Aaron Brock, a newspaper editor from the town of Chatham Hollow—in 1888!

Comments are closed on this post but I hope to see you THERE.

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