Saddled Hearts

Welcome, cowboys and cowgirls! Today, I have the honor of holding space for the award-winning author, Jan Sikes! 

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I am so super excited to be here with you today, Annette! I was thrilled when you raised your hand to host me on the Saddled Hearts blog tour. Your support is deeply appreciated.  


On this stop, I want to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart, and that is songwriting. Long before I ever tackled writing a book, I wrote songs and was lucky enough to record some of them. So, because my character, Colt Layne, has a band, I also wanted him to have the sensitivity required to write songs. It’s always fun imagining what a character might write. Song lyrics are poems put to music. I also patterned him a little after my late husband where the whiskey is concerned. Let’s take a look.


Once inside the house, he poured two fingers of whiskey over ice before grabbing his guitar. The idea for a new song had been rolling around in his head since his visit with Sage.

Keys open locks. Keys solve mysteries. Keys write songs—albeit a different kind of keys.

He strummed a sequence of chords, stopping to sip the whiskey now and then. Finally, he reached for a tablet and pencil and wrote.

If I could hold the key to unlock all the mysteries on earth, the only key I’d want would be the one that could unlock your heart

By the time he finished the whiskey, he had a song. He played it through a couple of times, stopping to make a change here and there.


“I’ve got a special song I wrote that I want to do for you. You’ll know it when you hear it.”

“Thank you,” she whispered.

“For what?”

“For helping me to live again.”

“My pleasure, beautiful.”

With her heart in her throat, she glanced back at the tall cowboy who made it so easy to forget all her inhibitions, insecurities, and the vow she’d made to be alone―to need no one.

He strummed a quiet floating waltz. “This is a new one I wrote the other day. We go from E minor to C back to A. Follow my lead.”

As he crooned the lyrics, his eyes locked with hers, and it seemed they were alone in the room. “I’ve been a rodeo cowboy, a man with no home. I traveled many highways to wake up alone. But you came along and made me forget all the heartaches, broken promises, and all my regrets…”

It was the song he said was for her―that she’d recognize.


Rick always said a poem is a song. He wrote an entire book of poetry but often said if only one was turned into a song, it would bring a bigger return than the whole book. And he wasn’t wrong. I know Annette is an accomplished poet, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn she’s turned more than one into a song. What about you? Have you ever heard a melody when writing a poem? Or have you read a poem that you could hear a melody along with the words? 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.
















35 responses to “Saddled Hearts

  1. Pingback: Saddled Hearts #BlogTour #Giveaway #ScavengerHunt @wildrosepress – Writing and Music

  2. Your love of song writing shines through, Jan. Wishing you every success with this and your future endeavours! Thanks for sharing, Annette 💕🙂

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  3. I’d forgotten you had written songs, Jan. I loved how you weaved this into the story.

    Thanks for hosting today, Annette.

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  4. This is a lovely post. I wish Jan much success with her book. xxo

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  5. Good morning, Annette! I love how you introduced this blog post. Holding space is such a beautiful thing, and I thank you for it! Hugs!

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  6. “Write what you know” is evident in this series, Jan. Your love of music and the music world comes through beautifully. Another great tour post. Thanks for hosting, Annette. 🙂

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  7. Music has been my muse all my life, Jan. A simply melody can transport, heal, bring joy, or soothe an ache. Thank you for sharing. I could hear Colt on his guitar while reading your story.

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  8. I loved this series but wondered why this one stood out for me. Now I know it’s because of the music and how much of you and Rick you put into it. (Can’t believe I didn’t realize it sooner.) Brava, Jan. And best wishes.

    Thanks for hosting, Annette.

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    • It’s hard for me to write a story that doesn’t have some aspect of music to it, Staci. It seems to be ingrained in me. And I love drawing from my experience with Rick and his music to add to any story. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment today. And thank you for your added recommendation! Hugs!

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  9. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Yay for another day of Jan’s blog tour! ❤

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author

    I love how you bring your love of music into your stories. You make that world shine. I had a poetry teacher who used song lyrics to study poetry, so I have seen poetry there since. Thanks for hosting, Annette 🙂 xo

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    • What a smart teacher, Denise. I’m sure that kind of example made the study of poetry that much more exciting, especially to young folks. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment today! Much appreciated!

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  11. HI Annette, another fabulous stop on Jan’s book tour. Thanks for hosting her.

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  12. Wow, so romantic 😍 Wonderful that you hosted Jan too, Annette 😊

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  13. So nice to see Jan at your place, Annette. Congratulations to her and thanks to you.

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  14. I think the last time I wrote poetry was in high school – and I won’t even tell you how long ago that was. I never had a talent for it, but I can sure appreciate beautiful poems. Thanks for hosting, Annette!

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  15. How awesome of you to share Jan’s great post and music talent with us.
    A great tour and congrats Jan!! ❣️

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