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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Book Review - Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes

About The Book:

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. 

A passionate love story set in the rowdy raucous honky-tonks of Texas in 1970.

My Thoughts:

Author Jan Sikes brings readers a poignant story, filled with both romance and heartache, with her debut novel, "Flowers And Stone."

Through a fictional accounting, Jan brings the story of her life with Texas musician Rick Sikes to life, and it is a fascinating story of music, love, a man gone wrong, and a woman who loved him enough to stand by his side, and then brave enough to share their story.

Jan shows a mastery for descriptive storytelling as she captures the atmosphere of the Texas music scene of the 1970s, complete with the thick, smoky air of the honky-tonks and the wail of the electric guitars. Her characters are intriguing and full-bodied, and the story is quick-paced. I look forward to more intriguing stories from Jan as she intends to continue the story into a series.

About The Author:



Born in the New Mexico desert, Jan always had a sense of wanderlust and a penchant for adventure. She was raised in a strict religious home and the main sources of entertainment were reading books and listening to a small transistor radio. She and her sister, Linda, read avidly, exploring the world through the written words of others.

She began writing poetry at a young age which, through her passion for music, eventually lead to songwriting. She has penned many songs that have been recorded, some of which you will find on the Music page.

Jan's love for music and adventure lead her to marry Texas musician, Rick Sikes. Since his passing in 2009, she has written a full-length screenplay, "Time For Me To Go Home," and a novel, which is now published. "Flowers and Stone" is based on hers and Rick's lives together in 1970.

This is the first book of a series, and much more of the story is to come. "The Convict and The Rose" is the next book in the series, and one you won't want to miss.

Jan has three grandchildren who occupy her time when she is not writing, attending a music festival, or traveling. She currently makes her home in North Texas.

For more information on Jan, her books, and upcoming projects, check out her website at www.jansikes.com
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1 comment:

Linda Broday said...

Sharon, I loved seeing Jan put down her true story in print finally. Being her sister, I lived a big part of this with her. In the book I was Leann. No matter what ups and downs came during her relationship and marriage to Rick Sikes one truth always rose to the surface. They loved each other with every fiber of their being. It's the kind of love that comes along only once in a lifetime--maybe several lifetimes. Thank you so much for reading it and sharing your thoughts. I hope everyone will take a chance on Jan and give their story a shot.