Hello, beautiful readers! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you the newest release by award-winning author, Jan Sikes! Saddled Hearts is book three in her White Rune series. Please join me in welcoming her to our space.
Thank you, Yvette, for offering up your blog space to let me talk about my new release, Saddled Hearts! I am deeply appreciative.
This story takes place on a large ranch turned horse sanctuary. I visited a local sanctuary and spent the day listening to all sorts of horror stories about these rescue horses. It gave me lots of story fodder.
My character, Colt Layne, has an uncanny connection with horses. He communicates with them on invisible wavelengths, and the animals understand. I’ll share his explanation about when he first discovered the gift and why he turned the inherited ranch into a rescue center.
Sage leaned forward. “Tell me about your gift and how you first realized it.”
“I was riding in a finals rodeo up in Cheyenne many years ago. I drew a bronc no cowboy had been able to stay on. When we were in the chute, I leaned down and whispered in his ear. I don’t even remember what I said. I just know he understood on some invisible wavelength. He let me ride him that night, and I won the gold buckle. That’s when it sank in.”
“What a great story.” Sage laid her fork beside her plate. “I have a feeling there’s more.”
“There is. I went the next day and tried to buy the horse. The owner wouldn’t sell.”
“Why did you want him?”
“I was going to take him up into the hills where wild horses still roam and release him. He didn’t deserve to be caged. He had such a powerful free spirit.”
“You have a big heart.”
He shrugged. “I suppose. I just wanted to set him free. I understood his anger at being captured. I guess some part of me could relate to it.”
Sage leaned forward. “And is that the reason you started the Layne Horse Sanctuary?”
“I wanted to honor my grandfather and his legacy. He often talked about the horrible reality of so many horses going to slaughter each year just because no one wanted them or couldn’t take care of them. It was something I knew he’d approve of, and from what you told me yesterday, he does.”
Sage nodded. “I’ve never been around horses, but I’d love a tour of the ranch.”
“It would be my honor to show you around the place. Horses are magical creatures. You know, they evolved from unicorns.” The corners of his eyes crinkled with a smile.
“Unicorns?” Sage laughed out loud. “Seriously? I can’t believe you just said that. You are a man of many contrasts.”
Have you ever felt as if you communicated with an animal? I’d love to hear your experiences.
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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The visit to the sanctuary sounds wonderful. Wishing you every success with your new book, Jan! Yvi, thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Harmony 💕🙂ReplyDelete
It was an amazing experience to visit the horse sanctuary. Thank you so much for stopping by, Harmony! I appreciate your support!Delete
Thanks for visiting and supporting Jan today, Harmony! :-)Delete
I'm reading Saddled Hearts now. I think it's my favorite of the series. Best of luck, Jan. thanks for hosting today, Yvette.ReplyDelete
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book, Joan! Thanks for supporting Jan! :-)Delete
Yay! I honestly have to say I think it's my favorite of the series, too, Joan. :) But that might just be because it brings it all to a close. Thank you for visiting today and for all of your support!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Yvette, for generously offering to host me on my book blog tour for Saddled Hearts! I deeply appreciate it!ReplyDelete
It's my absolute pleasure, Jan! I'm happy to be a part of your blog tour! :-)Delete
Great to see Jan here, Yvette. Congratulations to her and thanks to youReplyDelete
Thank you, John! I appreciate you taking the time to visit!Delete
Thank you, John! I'm glad you stopped by to support her. :-)Delete
Thank you, Kymber! I sincerely hope you enjoy it!ReplyDelete
I love this book. It was a great series, but this is my favorite of the three. There's something about a man wanting to take care of animals that melts my heart. (And while I don't have his abilities, I do think my dogs and I communicate pretty well.) Great post, Jan. Best wishes to you. Yvette, thanks for hosting today.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the kind words, Staci. I agree. There is something special about a man who genuinely cares for animals. I am sure you and your doggos communicate quite well. :) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I once heard someone say, "If I man don't love animals, he ain't worth loving." I do believe there is some truth in that. ;-) Thanks for stopping by, Staci! :-)Delete
Jan has created an amazing series. Thanks for stopping by, Kymber! :-)ReplyDelete
So lovely to see a new post from you, Yvette, and how fun that it's Jan's new book (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Colt and Sage were both great characters, and Colt's ability to communicate with horses was a touching aspect of his character. I try to have conversations with the jays and crows, but I don't know if it works or we're just cawing at each other. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the laugh this morning, Diana! I'm sure those bird are enjoying your attempt at conversation. ;-)Delete
Thank you, Diana, for the kind words. And a million thanks for reading the book. I laughed at your comment about talking with the jays and crows. :)Delete
A lovely book of Jan's and great promotion for it Yvette. One for romance and animal lovers. hugsReplyDelete
Thank you, Sally, for stopping by and sharing!Delete
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Jan's book, Sally! I appreciate you visiting. :-)Delete
Another great excerpt! I have to agree. Horses are such magical creatures. I've always felt drawn to them. Unfortunately, I'm highly allergic to them. But that usually doesn't stop me from petting them. lolReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your site with us, Yvette!
Horses have always been my favorite animal. I don't think I've ever met anyone allergic to them. I'm curious if you are allergic to all animal dander. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mar. :-)Delete
I agree with Colt when he says that horses are magical, Jan. Thanks for hosting, Yvette!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing that with us and for supporting Jan, Mark! :-)Delete