One for the Romance Readers: Ghostly Interference

Hi Everyone,

I don’t typically read books from the romance genre, but part of becoming a better writer is to be an open-minded reader.  It felt disingenuous to recommend a book that I hadn’t read, so I didn’t hesitate to give Jan Sikes’s latest novel a chance.  I’m three-fourths of the way done now, but I was hooked right from the start. 

Imagine growing up in an unstable foster care situation and losing your brother, the one person who has had your back throughout your life.  That’s the situation that fiery Rena Jett finds herself in when Jag Peters comes into her life.  What starts as an unlikely pair grows into a full romance, but not without many challenges along the way.  Rena and Jag learn their secrets can test the ability to trust each other and their loved ones.

It is my pleasure to introduce Jan Sikes and her new novel, Ghostly Interference, to my readers.

Thanks,

Pete

BUYING A CELL PHONE IN 2001

Ghostly Interference is set in 2001. Cell phones were around, but brands and styles were limited. My character, Rena Jett, had no reason to have a phone after her brother was deployed to Afghanistan. With no family or friends, she saw no need for one. That was until she found herself in a relationship with Jag Peters. 

So, she decided she needed to make a purchase. Thinking back to 2001, I remembered that Blackberry phones were the hottest thing going. Remember them? Big and awkward with tiny little keys to type on. 🙂

Excerpt:

Jag had said he’d meet her at 4:00 and that wasn’t far away. She had a mission that had been on her mind all day. She needed a phone. She’d asked various customers for their recommendations, and so far, everyone seemed to be sold on the new Blackberry. 

The thought of calling Jag every night before she turned out the lights made her heart race. Could this be what falling in love felt like? If so, she just might learn to like it. 

Life held promise. Something she hadn’t felt since Sam went away. Even then, the promise of his return had kept her going until…until he didn’t come back, except in a body bag. 

At four, she untied her apron and clocked out. She waved to Corky and the waitress coming in to relieve her and rushed out the door. 

“Where are you headed in such a hurry, Rena Jett?” Jag lazily leaned against his car parked next to Candy Kicker. 

Rena flashed a grin. “I’m headed to see my new boyfriend.”

“Oh? Do I know him?” Jag teased.

She stepped into his arms and lay her cheek on his chest. “You just might. If not, I’ll introduce you.” She raised her face to meet his waiting lips.

She sank into the kiss and struggled to find breath. Yes, if this is what falling in love is like, she could learn to like it. What if she got hurt? It wouldn’t be the first time.

Once she broke the kiss and pulled back, Jag said. “I don’t have anything planned. I just want to be with you. I’ve thought about you all day.”

“Well, I have a plan and you can come with me if you’d like.” 

“I’d like. Where to?”

“I don’t have a phone and I need one.”

Jag nodded. “Yes, you do, and it just so happens that I know a thing or two about them.”

“I had one until Sam left.”

“Then let’s go get you one.”

***

What about you? What was your first cell phone? The first one I had was a Trac Phone. I’m not sure they even still have those. My, how things have changed! 

BOOK BLURB:

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/NHaLVSe_flI

BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Interference-White-Rune-Sikes-ebook/dp/B08KW1KFMW/

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-interference-jan-sikes/1137871003?

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ghostly-interference

iTUNES: https://books.apple.com/us/book/ghostly-interference/id1535082886

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PCwNEAAAQBAJ

JAN SIKES

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

http://www.jansikes.com

https://jansikesblog.com/

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CS9K8DK  (Author Page)

77 thoughts on “One for the Romance Readers: Ghostly Interference

  1. Oh yes, blackberries were all the rage and I had one. I am going to get a new phone today – an iphone 10. I am weaving some romance into my novella, Pete, The Soldier and the Radium Girl. I am going to read this to get some tips on this genre [I would read it anyway, but the timing happens to be good].

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 9:08 am

      One of the best ways to improve my writing is to read lots of different writers, even if it’s not in my usual genre. I don’t know if I’ll ever write steamy love scenes, but Jan’s book has got plenty of those.

      Much luck to you with your latest project, Robbie.

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  2. Ghostly Interference is next on my reading list and I cannot wait to start reading it… My Christmas present was a rose gold iphone 7!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 9:09 am

      Now that’s a great present! Apparently, you were a good girl this year. Happy New Year!

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  3. thanks for reading and sharing your take on this book with us, it sounds like an interesting read, love to give all kinds of books a try –

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 9:14 am

      Reading anything is an opportunity for education, enlightenment, and knowledge. Literacy opens a million other doors—happy writing and reading in 2021, Beth.

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  4. A well-written introduction Pete! This sounds like an intriguing story.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 9:16 am

      Yes, I’ve been surprised how much I’ve enjoyed it because I don’t typically choose books like Jan’s. It’s always good to expand one’s horizons. Thanks for commenting, Brad.

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      1. That is so true, Pete. I normally don’t read dystopian stories, but one wound up on my Top Ten list this year. 🙂

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      2. My pleasure, Pete! I agree it is always good to expand you horizons!

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  5. Thank you for supporting Jan! She is an excellent author and extremely supportive to others.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 8:46 am

      My pleasure, Mark. I’ve been blogging for less than two years, but one of the things I like best about it is the supportive community. I’m happy to do my part.

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    2. Hi, Mark! Thank you for stopping by and sharing and for the kind words!

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      1. 🙂 You’re welcome.

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  6. Great review and excerpt! Jan’s an awesome writing. Must read this one too!

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    1. Thanks so much, Bette! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Happy New Year!

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    2. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 12:15 pm

      I think you’d enjoy it, Bette. Jan’s characters are so well-defined that I was invested right from the get-go.

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  7. I’m looking forward to reading Ghostly Interference, soon (especially with so many wonderful recommendations like yours, Pete!), it sounds right up my alley!
    My first cellphone was a flip phone, Nokia, I think? I loved that thing, lol. Now I use my phone as much for taking pictures as texting. They’re so versatile!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 12:26 pm

      Yes, we’ve come a long way in just a few decades. It’s mind-blowing how attached we’ve become to our phones. We have to take the good with the bad when it comes to technology. It’s nice to have all that information right at our fingertips, but I feel sad when I see families out for dinner all engaged with their phones instead of each other.

      Your book, The Player, is one of the first romance books I ever read, Jacquie.😊 You guys may turn me into a convert yet.

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      1. Lol, us romance writers love the sound of that, Pete 🙂

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    2. Lol, Jacquie. I still know some folks that still have flip phones, but they are definitely going by the wayside with such advances in technology. I truly hope you enjoy “Ghostly Interference” when you read it. I am honored that you are even considering it! Thank you for stopping by and Happy New Year!

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  8. My first cell phone was a Nokia of some sort with a little antenna.

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    1. Hi, Liz. It’s so funny, looking back, at just how far we’ve come in the world of technology. I’m happy you stopped by today and left a comment!

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    2. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 4:22 pm

      I remember, Liz. Can you imagine what the kids will think when they see those years from now? Have you seen some of those old videos of young people trying to figure out how a rotary phone works? 🤣

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  9. I never owned a Blackberry, but they were the range until Smart Phones came into play. My first cell phone was a bag phone. Mid-nineties. Remember those?

    Thanks, Pete for hosting today.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 4:56 pm

      I’m usually about a decade behind everyone—the guy in cartoons hanging onto the caboose as it goes speeding down the tracks. It makes for a tough spot for guys like me entrenched in their ways, yet not wanting the world to pass them by. Thanks for dropping in, Joan.

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    2. Hi, Joan. I don’t remember a bag phone. But I lived in a very small town that was always lagging a bit behind the rest of the world. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. wonderful review, Pete. Great point about reading a variety of genres to learn how to become a better writer. I wish Jan the best with her new book…

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    1. Thank you, Jim! I appreciate you stopping by!

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      1. you are welcome, Jan. Congrats, and best of luck!

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    2. petespringerauthor December 29, 2020 — 9:07 pm

      Jan’s target audience is old guys like you and me, Jim. 😎 We hopeless old romantics can’t help it.

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      1. Lol, Pete! I do love it when men read my books!

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      2. I never thought of romance novels targeting old guys. I’ll have to check it out!

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      3. petespringerauthor December 30, 2020 — 11:43 am

        I’m joking. Don’t think we’re in the normal demographics.

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      4. ouch; I got busted. I’m glad you told me! 🙂

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  11. Yvette M. Calleiro December 30, 2020 — 4:17 am

    I got my first phone while in college, if memory serves me correctly. It was a brick, and I believe the brand started with an M (Motorola, maybe???). It was a flip phone, and I was so happy to have it because it allowed me to stay out later without my mom worrying about me. Lol!

    I love how you captured the butterflies of a new relationship, Jan. 😊

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    1. petespringerauthor December 30, 2020 — 8:29 am

      LOL, Yvette! Anything that gave us a little more freedom was life-changing in those days. Then, life has a way of paying us back and gives us teenagers. 😎 It’s a little different when you’re on that end.

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    2. Lol, Yvette. Yes, cell phones definitely brought more freedom with them. No more hunting for pay phones and quarters. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I’m happy you enjoyed the excerpt! Happy New Year!

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  12. I am an avid reader but ugh haven’t picked up a book in ages.. No, I lie.. I have just haven’t been able to stay focused… Too much going on, so many distractions… Hope to be reading more in 2021! Also, I loved my first blackberry!

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    1. petespringerauthor December 30, 2020 — 8:41 pm

      I feel like this year shouldn’t even count as everything is different. For me, I have never walked so many damn miles in my life (It’s my way of coping). I don’t chart these things, but I’ll bet I’ve read more books this year than any previous year. Can you imagine what our phones will be able to do in ten years?

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      1. Yes back in March and April I was devouring books and even had a goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks but it makes me laugh now because I got to about 25 books and hit a wall, I call it the lockdown wall! Grr.. Yes I have done a lot of walking and home exercising… Feels good to be moving constantly! 🙂

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    2. I sincerely hope you read more in 2021, bossybabe! It’s such an awesome escape. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. This is an excellent review, Pete. The book sounds really good. Way to go for reading outside of your comfort zone. I need to do the same.

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    1. petespringerauthor December 31, 2020 — 6:20 pm

      I do think it’s helpful. I’m finally nearing the end of my first middle-grade novel. It’s a little long (60,000 words), but it gets a little better each time. The end still feels a bit rushed, and I’ll keep working on it until it’s tighter. The plan is to give it a year when I start putting it out there. I’ll probably self-publish after that if I can’t find any takers. The main thing is I’m still learning and having fun.

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      1. It sounds like you have a good plan and are on top of things. The book does sound long at 60,000 words. And, please follow your instincts; if the end feels rushed, it probably is. I was never happy with the opening paragraph of my book, even though others loved it. I had a lightbulb moment to scrap it altogether and jump to the chase. So much better!! I’m glad I followed my instincts. I imagine your writing group is helpful. Do you all meet on Zoom? Learning and having fun is what it’s all about. Happy New Year!

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      2. petespringerauthor January 1, 2021 — 9:22 am

        We’ve managed to keep meeting in person, though not as often. Everyone wears masks and sits far apart. I’ve even got used to my glasses fogging up.

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      3. I saw an ad for a cloth that keeps glasses from fogging. I need one!

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    2. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jennie. It’s great to read outside our comfort zones and experience new worlds from time to time. I appreciate your support!

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      1. You are welcome, Jan! Good to hear from you. Yes, it is certainly good to get outside the comfort zone. The more you read the better you can write.

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  14. You remind me, Pete, how since I have started blogging I am reading more diverse genres of books. I am often pleasantly surprised by these books. “Ghostly Interference” sounds intriguing. Now on my reading list. Thank you, Pete, for the review and the introduction.

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    1. petespringerauthor January 2, 2021 — 10:30 pm

      I think most of us have our sweet spots when it comes to what we like to read. I like mysteries with lots of layers, but lately, I’ve been reading more biographies. On the other hand, I’m always curious about what others are reading, and I like to try and be open-minded enough to try new things.

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    2. Hi, Erica/Erika! I am thrilled that “Ghostly Interference” captured your interest! I truly hope you enjoy it!

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  15. Great showcase for the book Pete and sounds like another fantastic book from Jan.. I only got rid of my flip phone last year as I only ever texted on it. Now I have got quite attached to my smart phone but still only make the odd call or send a text, but have branched out to take photos… x

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    1. petespringerauthor January 4, 2021 — 8:53 am

      I enjoyed Jan’s book very much. Here’s my review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2RJKJIXWLZL3P/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1509233997

      With all of the bells and whistles that come with phones these days, it’s no wonder that people spend so much time on them. My favorite use is still the most basic—to check in with others and see how they’re doing.

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      1. Thank you for the awesome review, Pete!!

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      2. petespringerauthor January 4, 2021 — 12:21 pm

        My pleasure, Jan. Are you working on another book or taking a bit of a break?

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      3. Hi, Pete. As they say, ‘no rest for the weary.’ I have already completed book two in the series and have submitted it to Wild Rose. Fingers crossed that they will take it. And I’ve started on book three. 🙂

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      4. Thanks for sharing your review Pete.. sounds like a great read… and like all the recent updates on WP and social media… I don’t need all the bells and whistles and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it….xx

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    2. Lol, Sally. Sometimes we get dragged kicking and screaming into new technology. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

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      1. the kicking and screaming would be right Jan..♥

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  16. Fantastic job featuring Jan and her new book Pete. Looking forward to your review when you finish. Congrats again to Jan! 🙂 Sorry, I can’t share to FB for a week, I’m in jail again. 🙂

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    1. petespringerauthor January 4, 2021 — 4:56 pm

      Yes, Jan’s book was great. I shared my review above (right below Sally’s first comment.) Sorry about Facebook jail. Maybe they should start offering you frequent flier miles.😊

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      1. Thanks Pete. I came back and took a double look. And LOL, no kidding. I should have a ton of FF points from FB. Usually 24 hours, but I must have been tragic to get a one week suspension! I’ll share why eventually in a blog when I return from my blog break 🙂

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      2. petespringerauthor January 5, 2021 — 8:53 am

        I’ll be looking forward to that. Enjoy your blogging break!

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    2. Oh no, Debby! Sorry to hear you are in FB jail. 🙂 That sucks. Thank you for stopping by today and leaving a comment. I appreciate your support!

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      1. My pleasure Jan. Ya, well, FB will be a tad quieter this week LOL 🙂

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