Monday, November 16, 2015

Meet author Jan Sikes

I'm happy to share my blog with with fellow member authors of Rave Reviews Book Club as part of the RRBC's Pay It Forward Week. Initially introduced by author Bethany Turner, the concept of Pay It Forward is to profile, promote and propel another fellow club member to new audiences for the day.

This month I have the honor of hosting Jan Sikes.


Jan has authored four books about the journey of two people moving through adversity, growing and learning about life and love. Interestingly, though she uses fictitious names, the books chronicle her life and relationship with her husband, the late singer-songwriter, Rick Sikes.


This North Texan incorporates bits of wisdom and hard-learned lessons in her fiction stories and hopes to reach readers in a positive way.

Her titles include:


Flowers and Stone 
Nothing could have prepared Darlina Flowers for the reckless Texas rogue musician, Luke Stone, to come stampeding into her life like a team of wild horses. Their love ignited into an ever burning flame, enduring a cruel twist of fate and injustice. A compelling true story based on the lives of  Rick and Jan Sikes.


Rebel Texas musician, Luke Stone, loses everything in life that he treasures when he is arrested and convicted of a crime he did not commit. How does a man deal with that kind of devastation? Not only is he locked away in a cage, he's left behind the woman who holds his heart.

Broken and alone, Darlina Flowers struggles to go on living without the man she loves so completely.

Follow their journey through shackles and chains, drugs and gurus as they fight to find their way to freedom.





With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance.

Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him.
And the soon to be released, Till Death Do Us Part

Jan brings a special energy to her work. With each book, you can purchase a CD of original songs corresponding with the time period of each story! For information on book/CD packages, visit JanSikes.com.

In 2003, Jan and her husband Rick created RiJan Publishing, a publishing site for independent authors and musicians. Check in out at rijanpublishing.com.

Like Jan's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Teenage Poetry

Teenage expression via angst-ful poetry circa 1983
A little look back in time to my teenage years, my heartbreak and maybe a little bit of anger, too? Definitely a whole lot of drama!


This was typed with an old-fashioned electric typewriter. Notice the correction of 'd' in the word 'heard' in the third poem. Back in the day we used correction film. It was a gummy-like transferable Liquid Paper on a small rectangular slip of plastic called Ko Rec Type. Simply line the little square over your mistake, depress the erroneously struck key again, and voila, the space was whited out. It wasn't perfect, but word processors for personal use were still a few years away.