I’m Visiting with Jan Sikes and Sandra Cox Today!

Today’s a big day. Please join me to visit two excellent writers as we discuss Jan’s newest book (Saddled Hearts) and mine, Natural Selection.

I am so excited to host Jan Sikes at the launch of her latest book, Saddled Hearts. I’ve read several of her books in the past (click for reviews of Mountain Laurel Christmas and Satin and Cinder). I always love the character development, the perfectly-paced plot, and the satisfying ending. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ll share the review when I’m done.

Spoiler: I have no doubt it will be great.

Today, I’ll turn my blog over to Jan to get the party started!

I am so excited to visit your blog site today, Jacqui, and talk about my new book with your followers. I deeply appreciate your generosity and support.

Whenever possible, I like to include humorous moments in my serious stories. When I wrote the following scene, I giggled out loud because I could see Sage’s instant fear.

I would have reacted the exact same way. Ranches have changed the way they take care of business in modern times. Even though they still rely on horses for a lot of the work, they also implement machines to help make their job easier.


“You know, I really can come back another time for a tour of the ranch. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now.”

Colt laid a hand on her shoulder. “Please don’t go. I would love to show you around.”

“If you’re sure.”

“I’m sure.” Colt gathered their glasses from the living room. “Come on. We’ll go out the back way.”

Sage followed him through an arched doorway into a tidy kitchen. He deposited the glasses in a large farmhouse sink. “This room is sparkling. When on earth do you find time to do housework?” Somehow she couldn’t picture Colt with a broom or mop.

Colt reached for a set of keys. “Oh, it’s not me. The wife of one of my ranch hands cleans for me. She’s worked for my grandfather for years. I kept her on when I took over. Marta is the best. Ready to go for a ride?”

Well, that explained it. “Ready.” Sage was glad she’d pulled her hair back into a low ponytail. At least it would be out of her face. And she had anguished over what to wear, finally settling on a pair of soft jeans and sweatshirt. Tennis shoes completed her outfit.

He reached for his hat and made a half-bow and flourish. “Your mule awaits, madame.”

Sage gasped. “Mule? I’m not sure I can ride a mule.” She allowed him to usher her outside.

Colt let out a chuckle. “Not that kind, sweetheart. I’ll show you.”

The two dogs jumped up and down, barking with excitement.

“They usually ride with me.” He whistled, then pointed for them to lie down on the porch. They both obeyed but never took their attention from their master.

“This place is like a setting out of a Norman Rockwell painting.” Sage inhaled deeply and pointed to the scenery. “It feels so peaceful, like nothing could ever go wrong here.”

“If only that were true.” Colt put a hand on Sage’s elbow and guided her toward a row of ATVs parked near the barn. Two of them had a bench seat and a large open area behind for hauling things.

“So this is what you call a mule?”

“Yep. This is it. It earned its name because of the amount of work it can help with. And it’s a damned sight more cooperative than a real mule.”

“Oh.” A heated flush crept up the back of her neck. She had lots to learn about running a ranch.


I’m curious. Would you have known what Colt was referring to? Let’s talk!


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.

And here’s Saddled Hearts’ amazing trailer:











#RomanticSuspense #HorseSanctuary #Rodeo #PsychicMedium #ContemporaryRomance #wrpbks #NewRelease

Join me at Sandra Cox’s blog to discuss my newest release, Natural Selection.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection Fall 2022.


64 thoughts on “I’m Visiting with Jan Sikes and Sandra Cox Today!

  1. @ Jacqui and Jan – I most certainly wouldn’t have guessed what a mule was – especially if I’d seen the trailer. Saddled sounds a great ‘thrilling’ read … all the best. Re Natural Selection – off to see you at Sandra’s now … cheers Hilary

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  2. This post feels like a two-fer! I didn’t know what a mule was either, Jan. I learned at the same time as Sage did. 🙂 That was a fun scene in a great book, my favorite of the series. Jacqui’s in for a treat. Now, to head over to Sandra’s! Happy Weekend, ladies.

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