Delighted to showcase the new book by award winning author Jan Sikes released at the end of June..A short story Jewel.
For almost eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessness and hunger. Barely existing in a ramshackle cabin, on the edge of a Louisiana swamp with her little sister and their mother, she sees no way to stop the downward spiral. When her mother falls gravely ill, Jewel learns that her life is about to take a drastic turn. But will it lead to joy or more devastation?
Take a heart-warming journey with Jewel as she struggles to rise from the clutches of poverty and shame.
A recent review for the book
This short story reminded me of the movie “Pretty Woman” though the setting, circumstances, and characters are quite different. Jewel is a sweet young woman from an impoverished family outside of New Orleans. Out of desperation, her mother arranges questionable work for her with a dream that she’ll escape poverty.
What I liked most about the story was the colloquial voice of Jewel’s narrative that included southern inflections and phrasing without being overbearing. The story is terribly bleak at the start and the happy ending is a relief despite the means to get there. And entertaining short read.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TKMXK5B/
And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewel-Jan-Sikes-ebook/dp/B07TKMXK5B
A selection of books by Jan Sikes.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Sikes/e/B00CS9K8DK
And find more reviews and follow Jan on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095856.Jan_Sikes
About Jan Sikes
Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, began her writing career as a young girl. Her first work was a gospel song. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That is her first memory of feeling the passion deep down to her toes for writing and for music.
When her husband passed away in 2009, she thought someone would come along and write the story of his unique and inspiring life. She awoke one morning to realize she was the only one who could write it, since she was the only one there with him through it all. So, she took several Creative Writing courses at local community colleges and went to work.
Her books are true stories about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart there is something worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love…True love that you read about in fiction stories and yet this is truth. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits these stories.
She also releases a music CD of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music.
Jan has also developed several writing workshops that you can get more information about on her website.
She is widowed, lives in North Texas, volunteers at music festivals, has five incredible grandchildren and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History, The North Texas Book Festival and the Texas Musicians Museum.
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I hope you have enjoyed discovering Jan’s new book and will add to your reading list.. thanks Sally.