Ciao, amici! I am so excited to have Jan Sikes visit again. Frequent followers here will immediately recognize her name. If you’re new to the site, you’re in for a treat. Jan is a talented author, a blogger who’s supportive of other writers, and a really sweet person. I’m also privileged to call her a colleague at Story Empire and a dear friend. Today, she’s going to tell us all about book two of her White Rune series, Jagged Feathers. Please help me give her a warm welcome.
Thank you, Staci, for helping me launch my blog tour for JAGGED FEATHERS!! It’s an honor to be here today.
The setting of any story is often the first impression a reader gets. The location helps create the overall tone of the story.
Vann Noble did two tours of duty overseas in the Army. He returned to the United States with a missing limb and PTSD.
He desperately needed solitude and nature to begin his recovery. So when he found a cabin on the banks of Wolf Creek, outside Cedar Springs, Texas, it was perfect. Going into town for supplies raised his anxiety level, so he chose to go early before most folks were up and moving around.
He hated going to town most of all. Too many curious people. Too many noises, and too many cars. But he’d have to do it.
A few minutes later, he leaned against the wooden railing on the long narrow porch that ran across the back of the cabin. The waxing moon reflected silver rays off the treetops. Many nights he’d stood on foreign soil and took comfort from the same moon that shimmered over the country for which he fought.
The coffee cup warmed his hands while the brown elixir settled his insides. His skin prickled as a cool fall breeze gusted around him, rustling the tree branches that shaded the cabin. He was alive. That made him one of the lucky ones. Or did it? At times he doubted. It was all a matter of perspective.
He shoved a hand through his shoulder-length brown hair. Nine months out of the military, and he hardly resembled the soldier he’d been.
The brush near the creek crackled, and Champion sprang to all fours, a growl leaving his throat.
A whitetail deer stepped out of the thicket, followed by two more.
Vann put a restraining hand on Champion’s back. “It’s okay, buddy.”
Man and dog didn’t move a muscle until the deer scampered back into the thicket.
The simplistic beauty of nature helped soothe his ragged, war-torn soul and body. Finding this cabin and the quiet solitude it provided had been nothing short of a godsend.
Wolf Creek ran deep a few hundred yards behind the log cabin. Cottonwood, cedar, and elm trees intermixed with thick underbrush lined the sloping grassy banks. Nothing could have been more suited for his much-needed recuperation.
I have had moments of that kind of blissful connection with nature, but living in a big city, they are few and far between these days. My most recent experience was a few years ago in Arkansas. I went with some friends to dig for crystals, and just being in the quiet solitude of nature was soothing and good for my soul. I want to go back!
Have you ever had a time in your life where you needed to escape into nature for rest and recuperation? Where did you go? Did you find what you were seeking? I’d love to hear from you.
Vann Noble did his duty. He served his country and returned a shell of a man, wounded inside and out. With a missing limb and battling PTSD, he seeks healing in an isolated cabin outside a small Texas town with a stray dog that sees beyond his master’s scars. If only the white rune’s magic can bring a happily ever after to a man as broken as Vann.
On the run from hired killers and struggling to make sense of her unexplained deadly mission, Nakina Bird seeks refuge in Vann’s cabin. She has secrets. Secrets that can get them all killed.
A ticking clock and long odds of living or dying, create jarring risks.
Will these two not only survive, but find an unexpected love along the way? Or, will evil forces win and destroy them both?
Well, that one checks all the boxes for me. War hero. Strong woman. Danger. Mystery. Ticking clock. Romance. What’s not to like? I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Ghostly Interference, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel. I’m so glad it’s finally here.
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