Hello, beautiful readers! I am excited to share with you an award-winning indie author, Jan Sikes. I have read several of her stories and have loved them all. Today, she will share with you her newest release. Take it away, Jan!
First, I want to thank Yvette for allowing me to take over her blog space to talk about my new book, Ghostly Interference!
CAN READING LEAD TO WRITING?
I can answer that question with an absolute and resounding YES! Reading can and very often does lead to writing. I’ve never met an author that didn’t love to read a good story.
Thinking back and trying to remember the first time I read a book, I realize it's been well over sixty years that I've been an avid reader.
In elementary school, I loved losing myself in stories, especially fairy tales. I checked the Grimms Book of Fairy Tales out of the school library so many times they had to make a new card. Oh, how I loved getting lost in those fairy tales where everyone lived happily ever after.
Not only did I read the words in books, I lived the words. In my mind’s eye, I could clearly visualize the characters as the words brought them to life. I could see the setting where the story took place and literally put myself there.
Through the written word, I've traveled all over the world. I've seen Paris, Rome, Venice, Ireland, England, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and every state in the United States. I learned about sex by reading Harold Robbin’s novels. I learned about survival from John Steinbeck and Erskine Caldwell. I got lost in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, where I first learned about abuse and social criticism. I learned about the inner-workings of politics by reading Captains and The Kings by Taylor Caldwell. I could go on and on, but you catch my drift. If I listed all the great books I’ve read, this blog would go on for pages.
Needless to say, I LOVE to read.
As a child growing up, my parents adhered to a strict holy-roller religion, which meant we had no TV in our home because it was considered to be of the devil. My older sister and I literally received our worldly education through reading. Many nights after Mama called for lights out, we would huddle under our covers with a flashlight and continue reading until we fell asleep. As a result, both she and I are authors today.
I always have one goal when I write a story, and that is to entertain. However, I find that I cannot write a story without a message contained somewhere in the pages. My passion is writing stories that encourage people to reach for their dreams, to believe in something greater.
In Ghostly Interference, Jag Peters confesses to Rena that he’s always dreamed of playing music on big stages around the world. He doesn’t know where the desire comes from. It’s always been there.
“I told you a little about me. Now it’s your turn.”
Jag turned toward her. “Not much to tell. You already know where I work. I write computer programs, make decent money, live in an apartment behind my mom’s house, and drive a Toyota.”
“Aw, come on. Tell me something personal. That’s just stuff.”
“Okay.” Jag pulled his feet out of the water and faced her. “You have to promise you won’t laugh.”
She grinned. “I promise.”
“When I was a kid, I dreamed of being a rock star. I play the keyboard, and I thought that would be the best life in the world; to be on stage and have adoring fans, women clamoring for me and men wanting to be me.”
Rena whispered, “That was a little boy’s dream. What does the man want?”
Jag lowered his head. “I don’t think about it anymore.”
“What you mean is that you settled. You chose a life that’s safe with no risks.”
Jag nodded. “My dad died my first year in college. He never approved of me playing music.”
I’d love to know what inspires you to reach for your dreams.
Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn't a "he", it's a "she", a dark-haired beauty.
Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag's apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother's final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for "happily ever after" have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?
BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/NHaLVSe_flI
BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-interference-jan-sikes/1137871003?
GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PCwNEAAAQBAJ
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CS9K8DK (Author Page)
Thank you so much for hosting me here today, Yvette! I am super grateful for your generosity and support!ReplyDelete
It's my pleasure and honor to share you with my readers. :-)Delete
Another great post, Jan. I've loved your tour! Thank you, Yvette, for hosting. Happy New Year to both of you! 💗ReplyDelete
Thank you, Gwen. As the tour winds down, I can say I am tired, but content. "Ghostly Interference" is being well-received and I am grateful. I am also grateful for wonderful supporters like you who have followed along for the journey! Hugs!Delete
Thanks for stopping by to support Jan, Gwen! :-)Delete
Hi Yvette, Hi Jan,ReplyDelete
Jan, I too believe a Wordsmith is someone that not only writes, he or she reads voraciously. In fact, reading is the first step. You learn from others when you read and you increase your own handling of words.
Yvette, thank you so much for hosting Jan.
Wishing you both a Happy New Year and a great 2021.
The more we read, the more we learn. You are so right, Pat. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :-)Delete
I totally agree, Pat. When an author says to me that they don't read, I'm not interested in their books. I believe the two go hand in hand. Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!ReplyDelete
Another super excerpt, Jan. Thank yo Yvette for hosting Jan today.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, John, my cheerleader! I appreciate you so much!Delete
I appreciate you stopping by, John. :-)Delete
Thanks for hosting Jan, Yvette! I've never had children, but if I had, I probably would have pulled the plug on TV too. Reading rocks!ReplyDelete
Looking back, I can see that it was a blessing not having a TV, although we didn't think so at the time, Jill. Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and supporting Jan, Jill. :-)Delete
I enjoyed reading about Jan's love of reading, Yvette. Reading certainly does seem to bind all authors. I am currently reading this book.ReplyDelete
Yes, it does, Robbie! Thanks for stopping by!Delete
Thanks for supporting Jan, Robbie. :-)Delete
I really enjoyed this post, Jan. I've had that same love of reading since I was a kid. My parents used to take me to the library every week. That natural love of books made me begin penning my own stories at age six.ReplyDelete
Loved the excerpt, too. It has such natural flow.
Have a great tour day. Many thanks Yvette, for hosting Jan today!
I'm with you, Mae. I absolutely love to read. It's one of my happy places. Thanks for stopping by. :-)Delete
My sister and I lived at the Hobbs Public Library during the summer months. It was our sanctuary. :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Writing at age six! Wow! No wonder you are able to craft such compelling stories! Thank you for your comment, Mae!ReplyDelete
Great point Jan about authors being readers. When I hear a writer doesn't read, I'm not likely to want to read their work. I'm lost when I don't read and learn so much to improve. I wish I could read more. Great excerpt and a reminder not to give up on our dreams.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting, Yvette!
I agree, Denise. I definitely read more than I write. Thanks for stopping by. :-)Delete
We certainly agree about authors who say they don't read, Denise. I don't see how it is possible to write without having a passion for reading. We certainly can grow as writers through reading. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and thank you so much for stopping by!ReplyDelete
Another great tour stop, Jan.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Craig!Delete
Thanks for supporting Jan, Craig. :-)Delete
What a lovely wrap-up to your tour, Jan. I also became an avid reader as a child. I would sometimes "act out" the stories. Despite having an almost irrational fear of spiders, Charlotte's Web was a favorite childhood book and I would pretend to be Charlotte. And like you, books have taken me places that I've never been in real life.ReplyDelete
Once again, congrats on the new release and a special thanks to Yvette for hosting today.
I have lost myself in books so many times. I can't imagine any author not ever wanting to do that. Thanks for supporting Jan, Joan. :-)Delete
I love your comment, Joan! And it made me smile. The spiders in books couldn't hurt us. :) Thank you for stopping by!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jan, for commenting on the importance of reading to become a writer. Reading books, either fiction or nonfiction, opens up a new world and new possibilities. The only way to become a better author is widely read.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting the blog tour, Yvette.
I appreciate you stopping by, Linnea! I agree with you completely. :-)Delete
Hi, Linnea! Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the post! Reading opens up worlds we could only dream of!Delete
I'm enjoying following you around on tour, Jan. Another great post and excerpt.ReplyDelete
I believe that every writer needs to read. A wonderful post to wrap up your fun tour.
Best of luck with everything :)
Yvi, it's lovely to see Jan here today :)
Thank you, Harmony! I appreciate riding along on this tour. Only a few more stops then I rest. :)Delete
Thanks for stopping by, Harmony! :-)Delete
Great turn-out for your book, Jan. It is beautiful to see! Congrats, again! Thank you, Yvette, for promoting Jan’s book.ReplyDelete
Thank you for supporting her, Joy! :-)Delete
Thank you, Joy! Yes, it has been an amazing tour! Thank you for coming over to Yvette's place!ReplyDelete