Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Edge of Too Late ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Excerpt, Book Trailer, & Giveaway!

Harbor Pointe Series, #5
Jan Sikes

Ghost Suspense / Contemporary Short Stories / Action & Adventure Romance
Publisher: RiJan Publishing
Date of Publication: November 28, 2023
Number of Pages: 126 pages 

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Brandon Miller has his dream job, financial security, and he's madly in love. Only one thing is missing—a commitment.

Angela Cooper's ex-husband left her with deep scars, souring her on the concept of marriage. She's not interested in a do-over. Not with Brandon or anyone. Her heart is locked securely away behind a thick wall.

With a ring in his pocket and hope in his heart, Brandon arranges a romantic getaway to the historic Harbor Pointe Inn, where he plans to pop the question.

Before they reach the inn, Angela's got her camera in hand and ghosts on her mind. But they arrive to find a much more tangible horror.

Accident or foul play?

Someone is up to no good, and Angela is the next target. When suspects can be worldly or otherworldly, danger and secrets lurk everywhere.

Poised at the perilous edge of too late, Angela and Brandon face the fight of their lives.

Excerpt from The Edge of Too Late

by Jan Sikes


As they neared the docking area, the towering lighthouse came into view.

She pointed. “I love that they have it illuminated at night, even though it’s not really necessary anymore.”

“It’s visible from a long way off. I can only imagine how beneficial it was for ships back in its day to keep them from running aground on the rocks.” He removed his arm from her shoulders. 

“True.” She laced her fingers through his. “When I read up on the history of this area, I came across a story about a ship called the Zenobia that broke apart in 1876 during a rare hurricane and almost sank. It was miraculously recovered. Somehow, I have to think the lighthouse may have played a part in that disaster being averted.”

“I’m sure it did.” He stood and pulled her to her feet. “Let’s move to the bow for the approach.” He put a hand on the small of her back to steady her as the waves rocked the schooner. They joined two other couples already at the vantage point. He widened his stance and wrapped his arms around her. The light floral scent from her shampoo tickled his nostrils. God, how he loved this woman.

If she turned him down tomorrow…

His stomach clenched. He wouldn’t think about it.

When she stiffened against him, he followed her gaze to the top of the lighthouse. “What is it, Angi?”

“Did you see that?” she whispered.

“See what?”

“It’s that same woman I saw when we first arrived. She’s out on the widow’s walk.”

Brandon peered through the increasing darkness, not seeing any figure.

“Perhaps it’s only a shadow.”

“I don’t think so. There were no shadows in the daytime when I first saw her.” She rubbed her arms. “Look, I’ve got goosebumps. I think it’s a restless spirit.”

While he wanted to believe her, as hard as he stared, he saw nothing but soft illumination from the light piercing through the inky darkness.

She let out a soft gasp followed by a shriek. “Oh, my God! She jumped.”

Brandon’s skin prickled, and the hair on the back of his neck stood on end.


Angi shuddered as the figure plummeted toward the ocean. Why could no one else see it? The couples around them stared, then looked away as if embarrassed for her.

Brandon tightened his grip.

It stung that he didn’t believe her. For a brief instant, she thought about the woman in the dining room. Her husband didn’t believe her either. Did Bran think she was hallucinating? Was she?

Captain Duke poked his head out of the wheelhouse. “Everything okay out here?”

Angi pointed. “Sir, I just saw a woman jump from the lighthouse into the ocean.” She fought to stop trembling.

“Oh, matey. You’ve seen Viv.”

“Viv?” Angi turned out of Brandon’s arms to face the captain. “She’s real?”

“Well, she was a hundred years ago. Some say Vivian O’Shea committed suicide, but other accounts state she was swept off the widow’s walk by a ferocious gale while watching for the return of her lover’s ship during a massive storm.”

Angi gripped Brandon’s arm, so hard her nails dug into his flesh. But she couldn’t let go. “That’s one of the ghosts I read about. But I swear I saw her.”

“You and lots of others,” Captain Duke rubbed a hand across his forehead. 

“So, you don’t think I’m crazy?”

He laughed. “Not crazy at all.” He swept a dramatic arm around the group. “Anyone else see Viv?”

No one replied, but there were hushed whispers.

“Well, I’ve seen her lots of times, always around this same spot and especially close to a full moon.” He nodded toward Angi. “So, you’re not crazy at all. Maybe gifted, but not crazy.” He ducked back into the wheelhouse to navigate the boat toward the dock.

Brandon hugged her tight. “See. You’re not imagining things. The ghost is real. I wish I could see it.” He rubbed small circles on her back. “Like Captain Duke said, you have a gift.”

“Or curse,” she mumbled into his shirt. 

I really enjoyed having a peek into our main characters' relationship and the turning point in it. Author Jan Sikes quickly gave us a clear impression of both Brandon and Angi, and it made me want to know more! THE EDGE OF TOO LATE felt very much like it could have been pulled right out of the center of a full length novel. Readers get plenty to savor with romance, mystery, action, and a bit of the ghostly element.

I rarely listen to audiobooks at regular speed, but narrator Jessine Van Lopik's pacing was perfect, and from a technical standpoint, the recording was flawless. Van Lopik's voicing of Angi is distinct and fits, as was her voicing of the male characters. (I did giggle every time I hear the pet name Brandon used for Angi channeled a most awesome '70s song by the same name that Helen Reddy nailed. I also couldn't help but hear a voice from the Goonies with Angi's pet name for Brandon.) Unfortunately, there were several other characters and situations where the voicing was distracting and took me way out of the story. So audio gets 3 STARS from me. (The good news is that I listened to an early copy and am told they are working on re-doing some of those parts.)

For now, I'd definitely recommend reading with your eyes, but if you're like me and can't find the time for that, reading with your ears is still time well-spent. At just over 2 hours of listening, it's great quick hit entertainment.


Jan Sikes writes compelling and creative stories from the heart.

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. She brought the entertaining true story to life through fictitious characters in an intricately woven tale encompassing four books, accompanying music CDs, and a book of poetry and art.

And now, this author can’t find a way to put down the pen. She continues to write fiction and has published numerous award-winning short stories and novels.

Jan is an active blogger, an avid fan of Texas music, and a grandmother of five. She resides in North Texas. 

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  1. Thank you, Kristine, for sharing this excerpt from The Edge of Too Late!!! Much appreciated.

    1. It's an excellent scene -- and I loved having read it then hearing it when I listened to the audiobook.

  2. It's great to see Jan's new book showcased here.

  3. Love that scene, it's the perfect blend of eerie and mysterious :D Jan Sikes does such a fantastic job setting the mood every scene!

    1. Agreed, agreed, agreed! She's got a great short story in this one. I'm ready for more! (Read it with my ears yesterday!)