Welcome to Day 5 of the “JONAH” Blog Tour w/author, Jan Sikes @rijanjks #RRBC #RWISA #RRBC_Community @4WillsPub

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More than anything, Jonah wanted off this island and back to his turf in the city. He’d already tried to swim the distance more than once. But he was forced to turn around or drown.

Despite the hardships, he still wanted to live.

He was familiar with physical strength. It was what he prided himself on. He knew how to use his wits, and fists. Because of that, he was the king of his turf. Everyone who crossed him learned to fear the “Wrath of Jonah.”

Never did he imagine that his ticket off this godforsaken island had nothing to do with brutal strength or agility.

Inside the first care package that was dropped from an unseen source, Jonah found two books and a note.

Here’s the scene:

In the bottom of the bag lay two books and a pencil, along with a handwritten note. He unfolded the parchment paper.

There is only one way off this island. You must examine yourself, face your truths and make peace with your demons.

Jonah folded the note back and lay it next to the bag. Biting off another piece of jerky, then carefully resealing the package, he opened the first book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

“Be impeccable with your word,” he read aloud. He tossed the book into the far corner of the hut. He didn’t need any philosophy BS.

He opened the second book. Finding only blank pages, he tossed it into the corner, as well. 

He’d heard the psychological and philosophical jargon his entire life and none of it had helped him survive on the streets. None of it had helped when the leather strap landed repeatedly across his back, and none of it had put food in his belly when he was starving.

No. He’d made his way with his own strength, grit, and determination, and that wasn’t about to change now.

Running the brush through his hair, he pulled it back, then ducked out of the shelter into the early morning dawn. The most important thing he could do was keep his body strong and ready to fight. After all, it was what he did best. He stretched his taut muscles and began a series of Tai Chi maneuvers. Twirling and kicking, he landed in fighting stance. Yes, this was what worked for him, not religion, not psychobabble, and certainly not philosophy.

One thing is crystal clear ― Jonah has a lot to learn.   



Jonah by Jan Sikes

Fantasy meets reality when a young man is forced to choose his punishment for crimes committed. Jonah must decide between imprisonment in a concrete box beneath the earth or be exiled to a deserted, barren island. He chooses the island, but nothing can prepare him for the deadly creatures, and poisonous plants at every turn. Then there’s the maddening isolation that drives him to the brink of insanity. There is only one way off this island and it’s more difficult than anything he’s ever imagined. It’s much easier to face mortal danger than the demons within. Will Jonah find redemption, or another unexpected offer?



Jan Sikes 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 bring the story full 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 AUTHORS (RWISA), sits on the RWISA Executive Council and hosts a monthly RAVE WAVES blog talk radio show, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.


Connect with Jan via…

Twitter:  @rijanjks



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  1. What a tragic choice this poor man is forced to make. Jan’s books always have an impact, and that’s the sign of a great writer. Thank you, Nonnie, for hosting her and for all you do.

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    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, Mark!

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      • I’m looking forward to reading Jonah!


  2. Awesome, Jan! Have a great tour…

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  3. I’ve really enjoyed your excerpts, Jan. They definitely leave you wanting more. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!

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    • Thank you, Mar! I appreciate you stopping by on each leg of the tour!

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  4. Another lovely extract, thanks for sharing, Nonnie.

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  5. Great post, Jan. It sure whets my appetite to read this story! Thanks for hosting, Nonnie!

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    • Wonderful, John! If it whets your appetite, then this tour is a success!! Thanks for following along on each stop! I appreciate your support!

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  6. Gwen M. Plano

    Another great episode! Congratulations, Jan, and many thanks to Nonnie for hosting.

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    • Thank you, Gwen! I’m happy you stopped by!


  7. Hi, Jan. Another great post on an awesome tour. I haven’t started reading the book yet, but I plan to get into it the 1st of the week. I can’t wait to read it!
    Thanks for hosting, Nonnie.

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    • Thank you, Rhani. I have thoroughly enjoyed this tour and writing the blog posts for each stop. And, thank you for tagging along! Hugs!


  8. You write to put the reader right there in the scene. Love it! I can’t wait to read this story. 🙂

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    • Oh, how your comment made my heart happy, Yvette! Thank you SO much!

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  9. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    This sounds like a good read, so I picked up my copy couple of days ago.

    Congratulations Jan!

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    • Thank you, Shirley! I appreciate your support!


  10. D.L. Finn, Author

    Such a great tour of a story I loved:) Great place to end the excerpt, Jan. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie.

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    • Thank you, Denise. I have thoroughly enjoyed this tour and I appreciate you riding along!

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  11. Hi Jan, Jonah is rapidly rising to the top of my Kindle!

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    • Yay! That is music to my ears, Wendy!! Thank you for leaving a comment!


  12. I’m loving your tour, Jan. Even though I’ve read this book, I can still enjoy the little excerpts you chose to share. Thank you, Nonnie for hosting.

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    • What kind words, Joy! I am happy you are finding the blog posts interesting, even though you’ve read “Jonah!” Thank you!


  13. Insightful excerpt. Words do contain power. I think that’s a reason so many of us have taken up writing, hoping our words can bring about change.
    Rebecca Carter, writing as Ronesa Aveela

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    • Hi! Thanks for supporting Jan along her tour!


    • What a great point, Rebecca! I think you are absolutely right! I don’t possess the ability to just write words for the sake of writing words. They must have some meaning, and as you say, hope they can touch someone and bring about change. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment!


  14. peggyhattendorfcom

    Enjoy your time on tour today, Jan. Thanks for hosting, Nonnie.

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    • Hi, Peggy! Thanks for dropping in to support Jan on this fun tour!


    • Thank you so much for following along on this tour, Peggy!


  15. Great story, Jan. Congratulations on your tour. Thanks, Nonnie for hosting.

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    • Thank you, John! I’ve enjoyed having you along on this journey!

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  16. Enjoy, Jan! You deserve it!

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    • Thank you, Nonnie! I appreciate you more than words can say!


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