Sweet Little Short!
Author Jan Sikes uses the 1880s in Texas as the background to her western short story. The hardship that Jack McClean faced after the war kept him moving, unable to find the right place to settle down. When he spots smoke from a fire, he decides to check it out. He discovers an unconscious wounded woman, Savannah Logan.
Jack is not the sort of person to walk away if there is a chance help. Ms. Sikes creates a sincere man who cares for others. He is the hero of this story. Savannah has given up. The following excerpt, early on in this story, made me like this man and root for this woman. Their friendship begins with kindness.
“… Jack was pleased to see her eating the soup. Maybe she had every reason to want to die, but he wouldn’t be the one to help that along. He was done with having a hand in people dying. He remembered the locket in his pocket and fished it out. “Ms. Logan, I found this in the rubble and thought it might mean something to you.” When she touched the locket, she gasped. “Oh, thank you! My Henry gave it to me the day he asked me to marry him.” She opened it. “And look. The picture didn’t burn.” …”
Author Jan Sikes is a delightful storyteller. She uses her knowledge and love of Texas as a backdrop in many of her stories. I recommend this for fans of westerns who want to see into the real lives and hardships of people in that era. Odd however, that stories from these times are so relevant today.
About the Author
Jan Sikes is an award-winning Texas author who has been called a wordsmith by her peers. She openly admits that she never set out in life to be an author. But she had a story to tell. Not just any story, but a true story that rivals any fiction creation. You simply can’t make this stuff up. It all happened.
She chose to create fictitious characters to tell the story through, and they bring the intricately woven tale to life in an entertaining way. She released a series of music CDs to accompany the four biographical fiction books and then published a book of poetry and art to complete the story circle.
And now that the story is told, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published many short stories with a series of novels waiting in the wings. She is a member of Authors Marketing Guild, The Writer’s League of Texas, the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC), the RAVE WRITER’S INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHOR (RWISA), sits on the RWISA Executive Council and hosts a monthly RAVE WAVES blog talk radio show, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.