New Release—Jagged Feathers by Jan Sikes! @jansikes3 #RomanticSuspense #WhiteRuneSeries #newrelease #whattoread #writingcommunity

I’m thrilled to have fellow Story Empire Author here today to share her good news—the release of Jagged Feathers. I just finished it, and LOVED it! Here’s my review on Amazon.

Thank you, Denise, for inviting me to your blog site today to talk about my new book, JAGGED FEATHERS! I appreciate your generosity.

I am a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway. He was such a brilliant writer, but he also possessed deep insight into certain aspects of life. I’ll never understand what drove him to commit suicide.

In Jagged Feathers, Nakina Bird keeps a Hemingway quote next to her computer, and it gives her hope for healing from her grief after losing her parents in a horrific accident.


She(Nakina) flashed on the Hemingway quote that was taped to the wall above her computer back home. The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Finding the quote shortly after her parent’s death, she knew she had broken in places that would, by force, eventually be stronger. She wondered if it was the same for the soldier who had rescued her and so unselfishly and tenderly nursed her back to health.


I’ve given Hemingway’s words a lot of thought and find it them to be true. When my husband passed away, there is no question some part of me was broken. But when I started writing our story, piece by piece, the broken places began to mend and are now stronger than before. So, from a personal perspective, this quote is significant. Does the quote resonate with you in any way? 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?












88 thoughts on “New Release—Jagged Feathers by Jan Sikes! @jansikes3 #RomanticSuspense #WhiteRuneSeries #newrelease #whattoread #writingcommunity”

  1. Hi Jan, Hi Denise,
    Oh yes, that quote resonates with me. Broken places are very tough rivers, mountains, paths that you have to cross. If you refuse to cross the spots never heal and you never move farther.
    My best wishes that the tour continues to be a success, Jan, and thank you Denise for hosting Jan.
    Wishing you both a lovely weekend.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. Hi Pat 🙂 I agree if you don’t cross through your broken places you will never heal. Thank you for coming by and supporting Jan! I hope you have a lovely weekend to xo

    2. That is so true, Pat. Hard times come to shake us up and help us grow. We have the choice as to how we react. It’s never pleasant, but f it was, we wouldn’t pay any attention. So there is a purpose for sure. Thank you for stopping by today and leaving a comment!

    1. Thanks for coming along on this blog tour Harmony! I’m glad the quote resonated with you. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment!

    2. It is a great quote and do relates to the story. Thank you for coming by, Harmony, and supporting Jan 🙂

    1. I am happy to help you spread the word on your

      your wonderful new book! Wishing you a ton of new readers 🙂

  2. I think at some point in our life, most of us will relate to that quote. I know I have.

    I started reading Jagged Feathers last night and am really enjoying it. I love your two leads in this one, Jan. Nakina and Vann are great characters, and Champion is adorable. Wishing you all the best with your tour.

    Thanks for hosting Jan today, Denise!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I am so glad you are enjoying the story so far. I loved creating Vann and Nakina. It was truly a work from my heart. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave a comment today!

    2. It is definitely a quote I can relate to. Nakina and Vann have become some of my favorite characters, including Champion of course! Happy reading and thank you for dropping by and supporting Jan..

  3. I was struck by that quote when I read your story, Jan. It’s a powerful one. I know it resonated with me.

    Loved your novel and wishing you all the best with it. Thanks for hosting, Denise.

    1. It was the perfect quote for this story, Staci and so powerful. Thank you for coming by and supporting, Jan!

  4. What a powerful quote, Jan. And touching how personal it was to you, as well as how you incorporated it into your book. I agree that these wounds, when healed, make us stronger, and often more compassionate. Congrats on another wonderful installment of your tour. Thanks for hosting, Denise. 🙂

    1. It is a powerful quote, Diana. We are stronger when those wounds heal and usually much more empathic. Thank you for stopping by and offering Jan your support! 🙂

    2. Thank you for your comment, Diana. I’m glad the quote resonated with you too! Once we heal from our wounds, we do become stronger. I hadn’t thought about it, but you are right, it does also make us more compassionate. I appreciate you!

    1. It is a excellent introduction to a great read, Jacqui 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and supporting, Jan!

  5. Ernest Hemingway. Such a treasure! The quote you’ve shared is a beautiful one. I love how it ties into your story. It’s so true. For me, my first thought on broken pieces come from my failed marriages, and I can definitely say that those parts of me are much stronger than they once were. Thank you for sharing this side of your story and yourself, Jan. Denise, thank you for being a wonderful host as always! <3

    1. It is a beautiful quote, Mar and can touch us in so many ways. I was thrilled to share in Jan’s good news. Thank you for dropping by and supporting her!

    2. I’m so glad the quote resonated with you on a personal level, Mar. And I love how in reflection, you can see how the broken places are now stronger. Thank you so much for stopping by today and adding to the conversation!

  6. The Hemingway quote is powerful, Jan. Like you it’s hard for me to understand why he committed suicide. I started reading Jagged Feathers yesterday and I’m loving it!

    Thanks for hosting today, Denise.

    1. It is a powerful quote, Joan. Yes, hard to understand what really goes on in someone’s mind. Happy reading and thanks for coming by and supporting Jan!

    2. Hemingway’s suicide is nothing I can understand, but what a brilliant writer! I’m dancing on sunshine that you are reading and enjoying the story!! Thank you for your awesome support!

    1. Thanks, Crag. I’m glad you enjoyed the quote. The tour is going great! I’ve got a long way to go, but so far so good! I’ve had wonderful hosts!

  7. Thank you for sharing the quote from Hemingway about broken places and how you become stronger from the experience. This was such a fitting quote for the story in “Jagged Feathers.”

    1. I agree,Linnea, it was a very fitting quote for this book! Thanks for coming by and supporting Jan 🙂

  8. The Japanese have turned the meaning of Hemingway’s quote into an art form. Kintsugi is fixing broken pottery with gold, making it not only more interesting and adding beauty, but making it more valuable. I believe it’s how God fixes us as life breaks us in many ways, making us stronger and more able to shed light to encourage others. It’s what you do, Jan, and so beautifully in your writing. I started reading the book last night and love it already. Denise, you’re another light-shedder. So glad you’re hosting Jan on this wonderful tour.

    1. Oh, I love that, Patty. Thank you for sharing that Japanese art technique. How beautiful! I’m thrilled that you are reading Jagged Feathers! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by today and leaving a comment! I appreciate your support!

    2. What a beautiful way to describe it, Patty 🙂 You are definitely light-shedder too Patty, thank you. You have a good read ahead. I loved these characters and story. Thanks for stopping by and giving Jan your support! Xo

  9. Powerful quote, Jan. When my dad died suddenly, I felt like my heart literally ripped in two. It took a long time to get over that pain and see through to the other side with healing memories that strengthened our bond- even though he’s at that great fishing spot in the sky.
    I’m glad you were able to find solace in telling your story, as well.

    1. I’m so sorry, Jacquie. A sudden death does rip your heart out and is hard to recover from. It’s nice to see stories where people are recoverying from powerful events. Thank you for supporting Jan. xoox

    2. I totally understand that pain, Jacquie. It feels like nothing in the world will ever be good or right again, but it always is and our loved ones would want us to go on and life to the fullest. Thank you for leaving a comment today. Sending warm hugs!

  10. What a powerful introduction Denise! I know that healing of wounds may take time but we emerge stronger. Pains and hurts ennoble us. This sounds like a lovely book. Wishing you great success Jan.

    1. It is a great read, Balroop. If we can heal it sure makes us stronger for sure. Thank you for supporting Jan!

  11. That’s a great quote, Jan, and while it has a ring of truth, I’ve learned that the words I choose to use carry weight within them, so I prefer to resonate with being bent, not broken. I’m looking forward to reading this story. 🙂

    1. That’s great you realize the power of your words, and I like you look at it as being bent not broken. How we come back does make us who we are or perhaps meant to be. Thank you for supporting Jan by stopping by 🙂

    2. Bent, not broken, is a powerful and inspiring visual, Yvette. And you are right about the weight of the words we carry. It pays to be present and aware. Thank you for stopping by today!

    1. It is a great quote and really applies to story! I was happy to host, Teri. Thank you for stopping by and supporting Jan 🙂

  12. What a great quote from Hemingway. I immediately thought of Charles Franklin’s statement, “No one gets out of this life alive.” I’m looking forward to reading Jagged Feathers. Congratulations, Jan, and thank you for hosting, Denise. 💗

    1. That is another great quote, Gwen. Thank you so much for sharing. No one gets out alive as far as the body is concerned, but I am convinced life doesn’t end with the body does. I appreciate your support so much!

    2. Another good quote and reminder that our time is limited here and we shouldn’t waste it. Happy to host and thank you for supporting Jan 🙂

  13. An exciting new release! Congratulations Jan! You also did a great job on the trailer. Thank you, Denise, for being the supportive person you are, 🙂

    1. Wasn’t that a great trailer? It really fits the book. Happy to support and Thank you for dropping by and offering your support, Mark 🙂

  14. I’m reading this incredible book now. Jan you are masterful in writing with your characters emotions jumping off the page into our hearts. This book is phenomenal.

    1. Hi, Tonya! Somehow, I missed your comment and for that apologize. Thank you for the incredibly kind words and I am so glad you are enjoying Vann and Nakina’s story!

  15. Hi Denise, what a great post. Jan has worked hard for her success, but her stories are worth every second. This one is no exception. It is outstanding.

    1. She sure does work hard and yes, her stories are worth it, Rox. Thanks for dropping by and supporting Jan!

  16. I’m sorry I missed this post. I love this story and was fully immersed in it on the first page. Jan was turned into a very gifted writer and has great instincts about what a story needs in order to bring out the emotion. Van and Nakina leaped off the page and into my heart. I’m very proud of her. She surpasses me in a lot of ways. 🙂

    1. I agree Jan is very gifted writer and comes from a talented family 🙂 These characters did jump into my heart too, Linda!

    2. Thank you, dear sister, for your wonderful comment. I am the writer I am today because of you. You’ve held my hand since day one, so every story I turn out, I owe to you and your teachings. I love you!

  17. That is a great quote by Hemingway. I think people who survive very difficult times are stronger for it. Sometimes, with myself though, I overreact to things and I know it is due to the trauma of the home invasion I experienced and my sons many hospitalisations and operations. It’s as if there are triggers for anxiety.

    1. That makes total sense, Robbie. Traumas don’t ever leave us and certain incidents can definitely trigger them. I’m glad you enjoyed the Hemingway quote and thank you for leaving a comment!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: