All About The #RRBC Sponsors Blog Hop! Meet Jan Sikes @rijanjks “The Convict and the Rose.”


Hello and Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!  These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).  

We ask that you pick up a copy of the title listed and after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.  

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!
RRBC HOP The Convict and the Rose by Jan Sikes (2)

Award winning Biographical/Fiction sequel to Flowers and Stone. Luke and Darlina find their love severely tested as they struggle to overcome enormous odds.
When Texas veteran musician, Luke Stone, finds himself behind bars with a seventy-five-year sentence, he is filled with hate, anger, and rebelliousness. He’s lost everything that he treasures, including the woman who holds his heart.
How has it come down to this? He’s spent his entire life writing songs and making music, filling dance halls and bars from Texas to California. But, when he refuses to tell the FBI what he knows about certain bank robberies that he possesses knowledge of, they make sure he pays dearly.
Broken and alone, in a prison of her own, Darlina Flowers struggles to find a way to live without the man she loves so completely.
Over the next sixteen years, Luke and Darlina each search for ways to somehow survive the fate life has hurled them into.
In an effort to dull the pain of living with only half a heart, Darlina gets involved in drugs, then follows a guru and tries different relationships, but nothing fills the void.
Several years pass before Luke makes up his mind that prison will not break him. He crawls up from the bottom one tiny step at a time, determined to be and do something worthwhile and discovers artistic talents he never realized he had.
The Convict and the Rose inspires hope and shows how anyone can turn a negative dark situation into a positive one. But more importantly, the story portrays a love that goes beyond earthly confines and proves how persistence and faith come with their own sweet reward.
Join Luke and Darlina as they continue their epic journey with love as their constant North Star and freedom as the driving force.

My Review of “The Convict and the Rose”

MY REVIEW: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Some books reach in and take your soul into their keeping. This book is one of them.

I have read and reviewed Flowers and Stone and was delighted to do both. The book lingered in my memory long after I completed reading.

Some books reach in and take your soul into their keeping. Flowers and Stone was one … and The Convict and The Rose has captured me again.

This journey towards growth and a deeper understanding is one very special reading experience.

The anguished struggle of two-fallible, and all too human people as life hands out its own deranged sense of justice is at times painful to read.

This book provoked anger, sadness and a deep sense of empathy in me. It in turn delighted me, and made me cry, and then continued to invade my senses long after the ending.

There is a depth of love between these two damaged souls that defies the limitations of time.

The drug abuse is a road many of us have taken in times of the darkest despair, the struggle to overcome it and move clearly distant is an epic one, as is the final understanding of the violent reactions of Luke to his imprisonment.

Life knocked these valiant people to the ground again and again.  BUT they didn’t stay down for the count.

It takes guts to do that … and to keep right on doing it …

We are permitted to glimpse inside their darkness and anguish …and grow with them as the love and faith that they share takes them from that darkness and into the warmth and the light.

A wonderful, moving and intensely memorable story of love!

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This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing
 Thank you so much for joining me here today! Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated.


38 thoughts on “All About The #RRBC Sponsors Blog Hop! Meet Jan Sikes @rijanjks “The Convict and the Rose.”

  1. Hi Soooz! So nice to see Jan featured. “Broken and alone, in a prison of her own” is such an evocative description. And your intro to your review “Some books reach in and take your soul into their keeping. This book is one of them.” Wow! I need to hurry up and read this one. Hugs all around!

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  2. I loved Jan’s book and also rated it 5 stars. It was one of my midnight reads that kept me up all night to finish. Well worth the loss of sleep, Jan!

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  3. Good Morning, Ladies! I am a BIG fan of Jan Sikes! In addition to writing, it seems that she’s always at a book signing, a concert pushing her talented musician friends, or on the web encouraging all of us at RRBC! Thanks Soooz ❤️ for hosting Jan!

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    1. Good morning from Australia, Linda! Jan is such a talented author, and her support of #RRBC members is so much appreciated.Thanks for stopping by.🦋


      1. I hear you, my friend. I’m ADHD in hyperdrive! It gets noisy inside my brain, and the Internet is the biggest shiny thing I’ve ever been distracted by. lol …😀

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  4. Hi Jan and Congratulations on your 4WillsPublishing tour. And we appreciate you for being a sponsor of the 2017 Conference.

    Hi Suzanne and your support is very much appreciated as well.

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    1. 😀Thanks so much, Shirley. I do love being a part of this wonderful network of talented, caring, and sharing people. Jan is one of the most supportive folks I’ve encountered, and it’s a real pleasure to focus on her work.

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  5. With the holiday, I’m late in chiming in but had to send a huge congrats to Jan on a great review. I’ve read her entire series and loved every book. I’m still waiting for the movie 🙂

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    1. Hi, Yvette! Thanks so much for stopping by! The banner was fun to create (I’m trying out Picmonkey for these types of things, and I love the flexibility they offer.)😀

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  6. Jan, I have your series on my TBR list, and I’m worki g my way to them, slowly but surely. I’ve skimmed through the first parts of a couple of them, But I can’t wait to sit down and actually read them!
    Sooz, thanks so much for hosting Jan’s stop. 😀

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    1. Hi, Mar! I’m waving frantically from down under!🐨 It was my absolute pleasure to join in this great blog hop. Jan’s work and her constant support are both awesome. I was delighted to host her.😀

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