Welcome to the #RRBC “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG AND TRAILER Block Party! @jansikes3 #Giveaways

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the “Rockin 2020 Away” Book, Blog & Trailer Block Party presented by the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY WINNERS! PTL Perrin, Flossie Benton Rogers, Balroop Singh, Karen Black, Sam Polakoff  & Bette Stevens

WHAT I’M GIVING AWAY!

TWO $10 AMAZON GIFT CARDS

TWO COPIES OF MY NEW SHORT STORY “BRAZOS WIND”

TWO COPIES OF MY NEW SHORT STORY AND THE 2020 GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE #RRBC 90-DAY ALPHA/OMEGA BEGINNING TO END SHORT STORY CONTEST

“BROTHER’S KEEPER”

NUMBER OF WINNERS AT THIS STOP – SIX (6)

At the end of the tour, there will also be GRAND PRIZES awarded, as well!

*1st/Grand Prize:  $50 Amazon Gift Card 

*2nd/Grand Prize:  3-day Blog Tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing

*3rd/Grand Prize:  Book Bundle {10 books of your choice from the Kathryn C. Treat Book Giveaway Treasure Chest}

*4th/Grand Prize:  A *LIVE* interview on an upcoming segment of a RAVE WAVES “EYES ON THE BOOK” or a BOOK OF THE MONTH slot.

Today, I want to talk about my two new short stories, “Brazos Wind” and “Brother’s Keeper.”

I am so honored that “Brother’s Keeper” won #RRBC 90-Day Alpha/Omega Beginning to End Short Story Contest! And, because I have won the Grand Prize three years running, Nonnie has given the contest my name! Wow!

Story inspirations can come from anywhere and “Brother’s Keeper” came from a conversation with a family member. And while the circumstances depicted in this story are pure fiction, the seed was planted by a simple statement. I truly think that is what makes writers and artists different. My late husband used to talk about painting and how you don’t just see an object that you’re painting, you look into and beyond it. That never made any sense to me until I started writing my stories. Now, all these years later, I understand.

The main character, Quentin Marks, really came alive for me. He made an ultimate sacrifice for his younger brother.

Here’s the blurb:

Quentin Marks’ mother can only love one son, and from the day Rowdy was born, she makes Quentin, his little brother’s keeper. She demands that Quentin fix every problem for Rowdy and that he also protect him. The truth is, after a deadly snakebite, Quentin owes his very life to his little brother, a debt that will never be paid in full. Only now a man is dead, and once again, their mother calls on Quentin to make the problem go away and save Rowdy from prison. When is enough enough, and how much of his own life will Quentin Marks have to sacrifice?

AND, you guys get the premier viewing of the brand new book trailer for “Brother’s Keeper!” This was so much fun to make and my first time to experiment with video clips. Honest feedback welcome and appreciated!

The inspiration for “Brazos Wind” came from a song by the same title written by Texas singer/songer, Phil Hamilton. I had never attempted to write a western, but found that it came easily. I had no trouble putting myself back in the 1800s time period to write about Jack McClean and Savannah Logan.

Here is the blurb:

War-torn drifter, Jack McClean is left with nothing but bad memories, scars, and a restless soul. When he stumbles upon a burning homestead, and an unconscious woman, beside the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, he stops to render aid. Grieving widow, Savannah Logan, sees no reason to live, and only wants to join her husband and children in their graves. But, Jack refuses to let her die. In saving her, he might somehow find redemption for himself and hope for a new tomorrow. Is it possible that both Jack and Savannah can find a new destiny in the changeable flow of the Brazos wind?

I hope that this has piqued your interest enough to head over to Amazon and grab your copies! Click on the book titles anywhere in this blog and it will take you to Amazon! Or you can go to my Amazon Author Page.

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And, in case you don’t already know, here are all of my published books so far. 🙂

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A Virtual Book Festival

COVID-19 changed the way we interact with the world around us. And, one of the biggest ways it has affected me, as an author, is the cancellation of ALL physical book festivals. I absolutely love spending a day visiting with potential readers, talking about my stories and learning about them and their interests.

So, as a way to try and continue having this experience and opportunity, we are experimenting with virtual book festivals.

How is it going to look? To be honest, I’m not quite sure. But I’m willing to take a chance and participate just in case anyone wants to pop in and chat.

I have a Zoom session scheduled to begin at 9:30 am Central time, on Saturday, October 3rd. It will run until Zoom kicks me off. 🙂 From what I understand, that will be 40 minutes.

So, if you are free on Saturday morning and want to stop by, I would absolutely LOVE to chat with you about any and everything!

Here is the invitation:

Jan Sikes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 3rd Virtual Book Festival AMG
Time: Oct 3, 2020 09:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77057926887?pwd=N3h0OVBTNEFnWVROSk5IR3AzUGU2UT09

Meeting ID: 770 5792 6887
Passcode: 4a2wct

I’d love to see you there! Here is a lineup of all the participating authors.

3rd VBF Zoom Room (10 min)

B Alan Bourgeois VBF Zoom9:00 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Barb Geiger VBF Zoom9:10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Denise Montgomery VBFZoom9:25 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Sandra Rhea VBF Zoom9:40 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Julie Connor VBF Zoom9:55 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Julia Hayden VBF Zoom10:05 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Roxanne Hodge VBF Zoom10:20 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 Diann Floyd Boehm VBF Zoom10:40 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  Steve Freidman VBF Zoom10:55 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09  VBF Zoom11:10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88248056069?pwd=MTEvT0V2SkxMY1dzWXJvbC9Wam1Rdz09 

Their Own Zoom Rooms:

Greg KelsoZoom9:30 – 1010 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9461221585?pwd=KzBGV2tjQURweFdVbUp0REc1NGNEZz09

Jan SikesZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77057926887?pwd=N3h0OVBTNEFnWVROSk5IR3AzUGU2UT09

Marsha WestZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88392322507?pwd=V3o1SW1zV0ZqV2hWVG0xbm5lKzlVQT09

Rachel BoehmZoom9:30 – 10 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89147548284?pwd=bXJmbmY3Tm9TTzdyOVN2OG9iOEk0UT09

Ann NobleZoom9:20 – 10 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7638188238?pwd=M1lPU2hHa0o0V29EVHZlbUxKYU0xZz09 

Shelly Lee (Lady Lee)Zoom10:30 – 11 AM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74382538668?pwd=QTJxbEhqTDFNMzhKYWU0OUdIRXV5QT09

Michael NewmanZoom10 – 10:30 AM https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84576011322?pwd=TDJPaWJGT0JmN2IvN2Ird0VaNlVzZz09

Diane Windsor (Motina Books)Zoom12:30 PM https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77153608841?pwd=VUdmbTJnbmJZc2xIYXBRd3ZZbncwUT09

My Author Booth – 2020 WC&BE #RRBC

This has been such an incredible week attending the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB 2020 Writers’ Conference and Book Expo. The way it is presented this year, truly FEELS like a physical conference. Of course, it’s all virtual, which is beautiful in and of itself. I can go on with daily responsibilities and still participate fully in educational informative workshops, play Bingo, guess the answers on the Fact or Fiction game, and go on a scavenger hunt! We even have a chat lounge this year where we can gather and share our thoughts with other authors over a glass of wine or cup of coffee.

But, one of the highlights of the conference are the many author booths.

The author booths are open to the public.

I’d be thrilled if you’d stop by my booth and take a look at the books, book trailers and everything else it has!

Please do me a favor, if you visit, and tweet it out or share it to Facebook!

Of course, you’re welcome to leave a comment! So, what are you waiting for? Head on over!

https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo20.wordpress.com/author-jan-sikes/