New Release by Jan Sikes: SADDLED HEARTS

Ciao, amici! I am so excited to have Jan Sikes back at the blog today. I’m sure most of you know her from her other visits. If you don’t, this is a great time to become a fan. Jan is a talented author, a supportive blogger, and compassionate soul. She also happens to be a Story Empire colleague and a treasured friend. Today, she’s going to tell us all about the final installment of her White Rune series, Saddled Hearts. Please help me give her a warm welcome.

Grab a pony and saddle up. We're going on a trail ride! Horse banner for Jan Sikes's new release: Saddled Hearts, a paranormal romance.

I’m so excited to kick off this blog tour with you, Staci! I appreciate you offering up your blog so I can talk about my new book, Saddled Hearts!

The first thing I want to discuss is the setting. This story takes place on a horse ranch, but not a normal ranch, a horse sanctuary.

Colt Layne is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abused and neglected horses. It is a tribute to honor his grandfather, Buck Layne, from whom he inherited the ranch upon his death.

I have to admit my knowledge of a ranch or horse sanctuary was pretty much nil. So I spent a day at a horse rescue center nearby, then spent another day at the Gold Horse Ranch, where MarVeena Meek and her husband Mike graciously allowed me to accompany them for a day in the life on a ranch. This firsthand research paid off big for me.

Here’s a snippet of Sage Coventry’s first visit to the ranch and how she saw it.

Saddled Hearts


The two dogs stayed at her heels until she settled into a rocking chair on the porch, then licked her hand and demanded pets.

“Oh, you’re such pretty girls,” she crooned as she scratched behind their ears.

They rewarded her with whimpers and sloppy kisses.

She leaned back and took in the scenery around her. Large sprawling oaks, a winding driveway, early spring bluebonnets poking their heads through the rich dark soil, and cardinals flitting through the trees was like an organic scene frozen in time. Serene, peaceful, and alive.

While searching for Colt, she’d caught a glimpse of two big barns and another building that looked more like an oversized cabin. The Double L Ranch was no small operation.

In the distance, cows bellowed.

From the manicured lawn and flower beds to freshly painted buildings, everything spoke of the love Colt Layne put into this place.

Besides the research I did by visiting the two ranches, I took a lot of how I visualized the ranch from movies and shows like Yellowstone. Of course, Colt’s operation isn’t nearly as big as the Dutton Ranch, but still, it gave me some ideas.

What about you? Have you ever lived on a ranch or visited one? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Also, I’m doing something different and fun for this blog tour! See the details below. I can’t wait to see all the entries!


Let’s go on a scavenger hunt!
Hidden within the blog posts are clues you will need to look for.

The theme is “Things You’d Find On A Ranch.”

When you find these clues, email your answers to me at
in the subject line.

The person with the most correct entries will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
The runner-up will receive an eBook of Saddled Hearts!

It Pays To Play!



Saddled Hearts

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.



I was privileged to get a sneak peek as a beta reader, and I can honestly say I believe this is the best of a wonderful three-book series. The second the preorder went live, I clicked the link. This is a standalone novel, but I think readers will enjoy Easter eggs if they read the other novels in the series.
Book one, Ghostly Interference
Book two, Jagged Feathers
(And for your convenience, here’s a shortcut to the Amazon series page.)

Please use those links above, then join me in leaving Jan a congratulatory message. Grazie!

82 thoughts on “New Release by Jan Sikes: SADDLED HEARTS

  1. Congratulations on the kick off for your newest release, Jan! It was great that you were able to visit several ranches for research. I never lived on a ranch, but I grew up on a farm and we had a couple of horses. Thank you for hosting, Staci.

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  2. I’m late to the party but I’m here!! Staci, thank you for kicking things off for our sweet friend! Jan, I love seeing you promoted!! Congrats on the new release!
    I love that you were able to visit a rescue and a ranch to help with writing your story. Not only would that be a really cool experience, but it shows how much you care about your story.

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  4. Excellent post and wonderful excerpt, Staci! I have no experience in riding horses, but we have horse trails within walking distance. Many residents have horses around here. Even the crosswalks have buttons high enough for riders to press. We’re in a horse-friendly neighborhood here. I love the sights of horses when I drive or walk on the streets. The book sounds lovely. Congratulations to Jan on her new release.

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  7. Jan, I love that you took the time to visit ranches in order to do research. My cousin frequently visits a horse sanctuary in my area but I’ve never been to one (or a ranch). A wonderful idea for a book. I’ve got Saddled Hearts on my Kindle and it’s next in line as soon as I finish the book I’m reading now.

    Congratulations on your release. I’m wishing you a wonderful tour and many downloads.

    Thanks for hosting today, Staci. Classy job as always!

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    • Visiting the horse sanctuary and then the ranch gave me a realistic view of how much work is involved in maintaining these animals and the love the people who care for them show. I got lots of story fodder from both visits. I’m thrilled that Saddled Hearts is sitting on your Kindle. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by today to help me launch it!

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  8. Thank you, Staci, from the bottom of my heart for offering to kick off this blog tour! I can’t think of a better place to start. You did a beautiful job of formatting the blog! I appreciate your kind words and your support!

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  9. Congrats, Jan, on the new release. I’m totally wrapped up in this book right now; you’re closing the series with a hit. And I totally agree with you that there’s nothing quite like hands-on research. The details are well worth the time, and how fun to hang out on a ranch for a day. Loved the trailer too! ❤ ❤

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  10. Congratulations, Jan. Saddled Hearts sounds like a fabulous read. Thank you, Staci, for showcasing Jan and her newest release on your site. Hugs to both of you. 😊

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    • I don’t know if you get Yellowstone in the UK, Harmony, but it’s popular here. A very well done show that portrays ranch life brilliantly. I could see shades of it in Jan’s book. She brought the horse sanctuary to life. Thanks for dropping by.

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    • It truly was to me, Harmony. Being a city girl all my life, it was an eye-opening experience. And at the horse sanctuary, seeing the love and dedication the staff have for the horses touched my heart. Thank you for stopping by to help kick off the tour!

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