#NewBook: Mountain Laurel Christmas by Jan Sikes @JanSikes3
Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author, friend, blogger, and Story Empire contributor, Jan Sikes, who wants to tell us about her new book. Take it away, Jan >>>
It has been said many times that you can never go home again. While I think the context of that saying is quite different from what my character has to do in Mountain Laurel Christmas, he faces a powerful urge to return to his roots. Maybe there he’ll find some answers and, if he is lucky, peace.
But the home he remembers is not the same.
Here’s an excerpt:
Three hours later, the moon is rising high in the inky sky over the mountain when I turn down the snow-covered rutted lane that leads to the familiar miner’s shack just over the Kentucky line.
Eventually, I slide to a stop in front of the cabin. The car’s headlights shine on the weathered boards.
A withering hand of death has swept across what was once a home filled with love, laughter, and music.
Thankful for the full moon, I make my way up the rickety steps. Boards are rotting and missing. My boot slips between a large gap I don’t see.
“Dammit.” The fact that I’m more than half-drunk doesn’t help, but I don’t stop.
Inside, I find decaying walls and holes in the wood floor. Varmints have taken up residence.
When a structure is abandoned for any length of time, it falls into disrepair and decay. And that is exactly what my character finds when he returns to the cabin he grew up in.
Have you ever visited an old family home that has been abandoned? The closest I’ve come to that experience is when I moved away from Coleman and left our home. It did fall into a horrible state and was even vandalized. Not a good experience.
Mountain Laurel Christmas Blurb:
Orphaned, his family torn apart by tragedy, Cole Knight has come a long way from a ramshackle miner’s cabin on the side of the Cumberland Mountain.
Daring to follow an impossible dream, he’s made it big in the music business. Now, he’s a country music sensation with a huge house, fancy cars, plenty of willing women, money, and adoring fans. He should be on top of the world. Instead, he’s drowning in a swirling pool of self-contempt and relentless guilt.
It’s easier to lose himself in a bottle than face the hard truth…he hasn’t delivered on a promise he made to his father.
It’s almost Christmas, and the sting of failure drives him back to that tiny cabin in the mountains. But has he waited too late to put the shattered pieces back together—to find himself and restore a lost family?
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