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Saddled Hearts by @JanSikes3 is a Snuggle Up Event pick #romanticsuspense #romance #giveaway

Title: Saddled Hearts

Author: Jan Sikes

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

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.


Colt turned to Jag and raked a hand through his hair. “What in the hell just happened here?”

Jag shrugged. “I have no earthly idea. What are you going to do?”

Colt dropped into the chair the man had vacated. “I don’t think there’s anything to do. I wish I could talk to my grandfather. He’d clear this right up. Personally, I think the man’s a con artist. Or trying to be. I can’t believe Pa wouldn’t have told me something that important.”

“I have a suggestion.” Jag rolled his bottle between his hands. “This may sound a little crazy, but you could consult with a medium to talk to your grandfather. My mom’s friend who works at the New Age Life Center has that gift and does readings.”

“A medium? What the hell? You’re joking, right?” Colt reached for his beer.

“Just hear me out. A medium is someone who can communicate with souls who have passed over to the other side. She was able to communicate with Rena’s brother, Sam, and help me understand why I kept seeing a soldier in full combat gear in the strangest of places.”

“Oh, yeah. I remember that. That’s pretty far out there. You really think she could talk to Pa for me?”

“It’s worth a shot. I can tell you she’s the real deal. She has a gift.”

“Seems like a strange way to solve a problem. I’ll think about it.”

Jag drained his beer and stood. “I’ve got to get my gear loaded up, then head out. Let me know if you decide you want to see her, and I’ll set it up for you. Her name is Sage Coventry.”

Colt nodded, lost in thought. After helping Jag slide his keyboard into the cover, he carried out the metal stand for him.

After he closed the trunk of the car, Jag clapped a hand on Colt’s shoulder. “Try not to let that bullshit worry you. I personally think the man’s trying to pull a fast one.”

“Yeah, you and me both. But if Pa did gamble away any part of the land, at least I could offer to give the man money to cover it. I want to be fair.”

Jag grinned. “You’re a better man than me.” He climbed into his red convertible. With a wave, he eased down the long driveway.

Colt whistled for the dogs and jumped on a four-wheeler. “Let’s go check on the cows.” Both dogs let out a short bark.

The southernmost part of the ranch ended at Wolf Creek and provided excellent grazing for livestock. While his main operation involved rescuing and rehoming horses, he also maintained a herd of cattle.

He utilized every inch of the three-thousand-acre ranch in one way or another. Where no horses or cows grazed, he grew sweet alfalfa and oats.

The number of horses on the ranch varied from day to day, and giving them plenty of room to run and exercise was equally as important as food and shelter.

“Nope. I’ll not give away even one acre of this land,” Colt muttered to himself.

There’s no way his granddad wouldn’t have told him about a gambling debt. Especially over the last few years when they’d spent almost every day together.

He needed answers. Maybe Jag’s idea held some validity. After all, consulting a medium couldn’t be any stranger than communicating with animals or carrying a magic rune in his pocket.

Colt bounced along over the rough ground, the dogs running alongside him as he checked the fence.

He stopped and pulled out his cell phone. When Jag picked up, he made his request.

A session with a medium might bring some clarity.

It was worth a shot.

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November is a time to be thankful. What are you most thankful for this year?

I am most thankful for another book release, a fantastic publisher, a plethora of other authors, and friends across the globe who purchase and review my books. I am also thankful for a supportive and loving family who give unconditional love.

Why is your featured book worth snuggling up to?

One reviewer said it best:

From romance to family dynamics, friendships to rivalries, old grudges, and buried secrets, there are a plethora of threads twined throughout this engaging novel. I loved the strength of the character relationships, as well as the care and attention the author put into showing the daily operation of a horse sanctuary. I was enchanted with Ghost, an abused horse who arrives part way through the story, and was on pins and needles until that thread resolved itself. The overall arc of who framed Colt played out in a manner I did not suspect. A wonderful blend of romance, mystery, danger, and even music, Saddled Hearts is the perfect ending to a wonderful series. Highly recommended!” Mae Clair

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card.

You must have an active Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to be eligible. Open internationally.

Runs November 1 – 30

Drawing will be held on December 1.

Author Biography:

Jan Sikes writes compelling and creative stories from the heart.

She openly admits that she never set out in life to be an author. But she had a story to tell. Not just any story, but a true story that rivals any fiction creation. The entertaining true story comes to life through fictitious characters in an intricately woven tale that encompasses four books.

And now, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published numerous award-winning short stories. She published her debut paranormal romance novel, Ghostly Interference, Book 1 in The White Rune Series, in 2020, which won a bronze medal award from Reader’s Favorite. Jagged Feathers was released on January 31, 2022, as Book 2 of that series, which won an Honorable Mention from Reader’s Favorite and took 4th place in the North Texas Book Festival Book Awards Contest. Last but not least, Saddled Hearts, Book 3, released on October 19, 2022.

She is an active blogger, an avid fan of Texas music, and a grandmother of five. She resides in North Texas.

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