Jamie Richards – Latest and Greatest

One of my favorite things in life is listening to music. I also love writing CD reviews for new releases that tug at my heart strings.

Jamie Richards‘ newest CD release, Latest and Greatest, does just that!

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I first met Jamie Richards several years ago at a Texas music festival. The thing that impressed me about him then and now is his truth. If you listen to the lyrics to his songs, you’ll understand what I mean by that statement. Below is my review of Latest and Greatest.

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Jamie Richards stands a head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to true traditional country music. He walks his talk, and that is reflected perfectly with the release of his sixth album, Latest and Greatest.

Some of the songs on this album have been previously recorded and are fan favorites. But, five new releases are destined to keep Jamie Richards spinning on the radio. “Second Hand Smoke,” co-written with Mark Powell, was released as a single in September and debuted on radio in the top 100 at #60. It has now climbed to #8 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart. 

The words from Jamie’s song, “Real,” could be a biography from the man himself. “I live it/I breathe it/Like raising hell/ I like drinking/Like fishing/Living on a country road/Don’t believe what politicians say/Don’t think lyin’ is okay/That’s just how I feel/I like real.”

“When You Love Somebody” expresses the joy and hope life can bring when you love and are loved in return.

The message in “Sayin’ Goodbye” brought a lump to my throat. How many times have we lost someone in life and covered up the hurt and pain by staying so busy we never took the time to say goodbye?

“I’m not Drinkin’” is irony at its best. “No, I’m not drinkin’/I’m just thirsty…”

The other songs on the album have become classics for Jamie Richards.

“Last Call,” co-written with Wayd Battle, is a poignant look at a timeless lost love. Jamie puts his signature style on “Any Way You Want Me To,” co-written with Walt Wilkins.

You can hear “Never Gonna Hear it From Me,” “Whiskey Night,” and “Drive,” at most of Jamie’s live shows. The descriptive lyrics along with Jamie’s smooth voice bring the songs to life.

“She’s as Cold as the Beer She’s Drinkin’” is a ballad to the woman who has frozen her heart never to let anyone in.

“I’ll Have Another” is a shining example of Jamie’s songwriting ability and may just be the most well-written song in Texas country music today. It is nothing short of poetic genius and Jamie gives credit for the song idea to Shannon Carpenter.  “Easier by Now” speaks of lost love and Jamie ends this album with a bonus version of “Real” featuring Justin Frazell.

If you love REAL country music, this album needs to be on your playlist and under your Christmas tree!

I invite you to visit Jamie’s Website

Go to CDBaby and preview some of these songs.

Check his tour dates and catch a live show. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

 

#BookReview – To Love A Texas Ranger

TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER

THE MEN OF LEGEND SERIES

BY LINDA BRODAY

USA TODAY AND NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

BOOK REVIEW – 5 STARS!

When Texas Ranger, Sam Legend, is forced to return home to his father’s giant Texas ranch to recuperate from a brush with death, he has no idea who is shadowing him. Nor, does he know that a beautiful and desperate woman will fall into his lap on the train. Sierra Hunt is fleeing for her life when a sudden lurch of the train lands her on top of a stranger. But, the bloody hand print she leaves on Sam’s chest springs him into action.

The plot thickens when the man shadowing him turns out to be an outlaw brother whom he never knew existed. Luke Weston joins forces with Sam to help Sierra Hunt escape the grips of men who are convinced she holds the key to buried treasure.

Sam is forced to question everything he is sure he understands about life, from his career to the part where he’s vowed to never love again.  Sierra finds herself faced with a haunted past and must find forgiveness and redemption.

This introduction to the bigger-than-life Legend family is filled with mystery, suspense and of course a huge helping of romance. If you love the old West, love stories with suspense and plot twists, you’ll love the beginning of the Men of Legend Series by Linda Broday!

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Author, Linda Broday is not only a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, but she also happens to be my sister. I couldn’t be more proud of her for the way she has woven together this tale about men with personalities and grit as big as the state of Texas!

I can promise that you won’t be disappointed with any book by Linda Broday. She has established herself as a writing force in the world of Historical Romance.

For more about Linda, visit her Website

Check out ALL of her books on Amazon

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A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair

BOOK REVIEW

5 STARS!

Eve Parrish has no idea what she will find when she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Fifteen years earlier, as a young child, she’d experienced a tragedy that changed everyone’s lives forever. A bridge that connected Point Pleasant to the rest of the world collapsed, killing many of the town’s residents, including Eve’s father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn. To escape the nightmare of the tragedy, Eve’s mother moved the family away. Upon her return to Point Pleasant, she finds her aunt’s house ransacked. What was someone looking for?

Caden Flynn survived the bridge collapse, but with the help of who or what? He carries insurmountable guilt that he’d coerced his little sister to go out that day and  hadn’t been able to save her when she plunged into the icy water below.

The legend of a mythical creature, The Mothman, has haunted the little town for decades and occasional sightings has kept the tourists coming, although with the collapse of the bridge, fewer come hoping for a sighting. The town of Point Pleasant is only a shadow of what it had been in its prime.

But, a sinister undercurrent to this story involves an unlikely murderer in the small community who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

When Caden and Eve not only renew a friendship, but become romantically involved, they find themselves in the murderer’s cross hairs. Information provided by the ghosts of Eve’s aunt and her friend, Maggie, prove to be invaluable in solving the many mysteries surrounding Point Pleasant.

Mae Clair has done a superb job of weaving this tale of UFOs, the mythical Mothman, murder and romance together in the first book of her Point Pleasant series.

If you like a well-written book with tons of suspense and plot twists, you’ll love A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair!

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Author Mae Clair is a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!

You can order A Thousand Yesteryears TODAY for only 0.99 on AMAZON

For more information on Mae Clair, visit her WEBSITE

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Family – #Thanksgiving

As we head into the holiday season, I want to take a moment to introduce you to my family.

I have two daughters. They are both intelligent, loving and strong women. 

Deva is the oldest of the two. 

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She is not only a rock, but a caring and loving mother and wife. And, she has a voice like an angel.

She sings on the latest CD we released, “I’ll Be Home When The Roses Bloom Again.”

Click here to listen.

She has three boys. Ryan is 10, soon to be 11 and is my “tech” go-to guy. Joshua is 7 and loves sports of all kinds. Connor is 2 and without question, the most loving little boy ever born. I often say that he loves me more than the rest of the grandkids, but I know this isn’t true. He just expresses it stronger.

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My younger daughter, Crystal, is a mother, wife and attorney. She is the talker of the family. There is never a shortage of words when she is around. She is loving and caring and has an admirable thirst for adventure. Everyone says she looks like me, but I think she is much more beautiful than I’ll ever be.

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Crystal has two daughters, Sydney and Samantha. If you follow me on Facebook, you see pictures of them often. They are both beautiful girls. Sydney is 5 years old and a hot mess while Samantha, who is 22 months old, is more laid back. They are each equally awesome in their own way.

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Both of my daughters are married to fine men whom I am proud to call son-in-law.

I live within a two mile radius of both girls so get to see the grandkids often. However, it is most difficult to get a picture of me with them all. One or the other of them won’t sit still long enough to snap a picture.🙂

We recently spent a few days in a cabin in Oklahoma and these two little ones bonded in such a beautiful way.

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I am proud of my family and the love we share. Blessed doesn’t come close to a word  big enough to express how I feel.

So, now you’ve met my immediate family. And from my family to yours, I wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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#RRBC Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party!

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It’s a PARTY and you’re invited!!

Hi, and WELCOME to the Rave Reviews Book Club Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party at Writing and Music located in McKinney, Texas.

What I’m giving away:

1 set of 10 custom-made charms using your book cover or any design you choose from Dawn Judd Creations. (Shipping cost included on gift certificate.)

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1 – Ebook of Home At Last

1 – AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF “DISCOVERY – POETRY AND ART BY RICK AND JAN SIKES” (B&W EDITION) This book is hot off the press! 

NUMBER OF WINNERS – 3

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN, YOU MUST VISIT THE BOOK TRAILER VIA THE YOUTUBE LINK BELOW AND LEAVE A COMMENT. YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING FOR THESE COOL PRIZES!

HOME AT LAST

CLICK HERE TO VIEW BOOK TRAILER

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Released from federal prison after fifteen long years, Luke Stone boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas, for home and the woman who holds his heart. He happily hangs up his neon dreams for a paint brush and hammer. Darlina Flowers has waited her entire adult life to become Mrs. Luke Stone, but will the hardships of starting over with nothing be too much? Their love is tested to the core as the story unfolds.

 

As with the other books in this series, Home At Last is a true story based on the lives of Rick and Jan Sikes.

Order on Amazon

OR

Order through my website for an autographed copy and the music CD that accompanies this story!

http://www.jansikes.com

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Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – Discovery by Rick and Jan Sikes

Many thanks to Sally Cronin at the Smorgasboard – variety is the spice of life blog!!

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christmas-reading-3Today a book of verse and prose by a husband and wife writing team. Wrongly convicted, Rick Sikes found his escape through words and music and the love of his wife, award winning author Jan Sikes. The recently published Discovery is a celebration of their life together in poetry and art. As his widow, Jan Sikes wanted to share his story and has written four other novels that are based on his extraordinary life.

51mezg9nebl-_uy250_About the book.

Breaths of Life from within a prison cell… When life, as he knew it, was stripped away, left with NO freedom except in his mind, Rick Sikes journeyed deep inside seeking to discover his true self. It took time, but he eventually found the man he’d forgotten existed. Even though they confined his body in an iron cage, they couldn’t lock away his mind. He made a choice to channel all of…

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#RRBC Writer’s Conference and Book Expo! Coming SOON!

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A Writers’ Conference like none other!  OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! Participate from the comfort of your own home.

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This is a virtual conference. Because the membership of Rave Reviews Book Club is international, this is a innovative solution to bring members together for a conference.

From Thursday, December 1st until Saturday, December 3rd, some of the greatest writers, authors and avid readers from around the world will gather online!

This conference will consist of three days of fellowship (Gathering), having fun (Enjoying) and becoming enlightened! (Learning!).

You’ll find newbie authors, seasoned authors, and readers of all stages and interests, in one arena, teaching, learning and growing.

What an amazing opportunity to be a part of an event such as this!

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Just like at any conference, we will have Author Booths, Vendor Booths and Workshops.

And there will be GIVEAWAYS!!

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To find out more about this virtual conference, click here!

To register, Click Here!

Workshop sessions include such topics as:

*Building Your Author Platform

*Why Your Brand is Important and Why Protecting It Is Even More Important

*Why You Should Never Refuse LIVE Media Interviews

*Blogging for Success

*Literary Lingo 101

*Marketing 101

*Indie vs Traditional: Which One Wins?

*Social Media Dos & Don’ts

*Editors: Sniffing Out The Right One

*Formatting Made Easy

*Your Best Self Promotion Tool…

*Writing In The Senior Season

*Writing the Perfect Book Review

*Book Blurbs Do’s & Don’ts

*Cover Design (FREE bonus session!)

So, as you can clearly see, there is literally something for everyone!

Don’t miss out on EARLY BIRD pricing!

If you are not yet a member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, I invite you to check it out.  See if it is a perfect fit for you and if so and you join, please tell them Jan Sikes sent you over! 

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Book Cover Contest Finalist!

Wow!! I am elated. I had forgotten all about entering this book cover contest with Authorsdb. So, you can imagine my surprise when the email came.

Home At Last

Named Finalist in Authorsdb Book Cover Contest!

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Released from federal prison after fifteen long years, Luke Stone boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas, for home and the woman who holds his heart. He happily hangs up his neon dreams for a paint brush and hammer. Darlina Flowers has waited her entire adult life to become Mrs. Luke Stone, but will the hardships of starting over with nothing be too much? Their love is tested to the core as the story unfolds.

You can order Home At Last today on Amazon

Or for an autographed copy order through my Website

View the Book Trailer here!

 

Lions -Animal Wisdom

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I recently spent several hours in the dentist chair. While that is never a pleasant thing, I learned some fascinating information. A TV above my head ran a continuous loop of Trivia Facts. Did you know that Lobsters have green blood?? Neither did I.

But, the one trivia fact that captured my attention was this: Did you know that the male lion sleeps an average of 18 to 20 hours a day?

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That means he is only active between 4 to 6 hours in a twenty-four hour time period.

And, in that 4 to 6 hours per day, he managed to earn the title of King of the Jungle. While I mulled that over, it occurred to me. He is the ultimate example of time management. He obviously wastes not one minute of his awake time.

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The female lion only sleeps between 15 and 18 hours per day because it is her job to take care of the cubs.

I’ve always had an affinity to lions. I am a Leo sun sign, but this bit of information revealed while in the dentist chair changed my entire perspective of these regal animals.

We can learn from LION!

 

#RRBC Winners! Congratulations!

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A HUGE “Thank You!” to everyone who stopped by and commented on the new book trailer for DISCOVERY! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY WINNERS!

Nonnie Jules Won the set of 10 Charms!

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Mae Clair won an Ebook of HOME AT LAST!

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Linda Mims won an autographed copy of DISCOVERY (B&W Edition)

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This is such a fun thing to participate in. If you didn’t take a look at the trailer, it isn’t too late! I welcome your comments, shares and tweets.

When this block party started, DISCOVERY had 28 views. It now has 93! This is testament to the awesomeness of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!