Discover Jan Sikes and Saddled Hearts–and Scavenger Hunt!

Thank you, Mr. Geez, for letting me stop off at your place on my Saddled Hearts blog tour. Your support is much appreciated.

Because this story is set on a ranch in Texas, it’s not unusual to have critters around. Raccoons, opossums, armadillos, and snakes, just to name a few, roam the pastures.

In Saddled Hearts, Colt Layne gets bit by a rattlesnake inside his pickup. Needless to say, that’s not a place a snake would wander into on its own. Someone had to have put it there. But who? Take a look.


At a little after one, Colt headed to the ranch house for a quick lunch and to clean up before going to town.

The hairs rose on the back of his neck when he bounded down the steps to his pickup. He stopped and glanced around. Nothing appeared to be out of place.

“You’re gettin’ a little too paranoid, cowboy,” he muttered.

He opened the door and slid onto the seat the exact moment he heard it. To anyone raised in Texas, the sound of a rattling tail of a deadly rattlesnake was unmistakable.

“What the hell?” Colt glanced down at the floorboard at the same time the snake uncoiled to strike. He bolted out of the truck at lightning speed, but not before the snake bit into the fleshy part of his thigh.

“Goddammit!” He yelled as he grabbed the snake by the neck and flung him onto the ground. Before the viper could recoil, he ground a boot heel into its neck, crushing it.

A burning sensation spread across his upper thigh, and he stumbled.

I’ve never been bitten by a snake, thank goodness, and I hope none of you have. If you watch Yellowstone, you’ll remember the scene where Rip takes the igloo cooler down to the river with the snake inside and opens it in Roarke’s face. I still shiver when I think about it. Let’s talk about snakes!


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.













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!


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    • Noticed a highly venomous copperhead on the kitchen windowsill sunning itself, so I went out and caught it with my hands (I’m pretty good at handling reptiles and amphibians). My 85-year-old father was not thrilled with driving me a mile down the road as I gripped it firmly, but the snake is better off far away from houses. Spiders receive no similar courtesy from me. Eeeeee! Jan’s stories and posts are so immersive they make me imagine being in such circumstances, so kudos to some fine storytelling!

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  2. It’s great to see you here at Stephen’s, Jan. We have tons of snakes but all small, and none of them poisonous. I pick them up and show them to the grandson so he won’t be afraid of them. As long as they don’t come in the house, they’re welcome to hang around. 🙂 A wonderful tour, my friend, and it’s lots of fun to see your book getting such great press.

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