#NewRelease – Mountain Laurel Christmas #Christmas #ShortStory @JanSikes3

I am honored to host award-winning author Jan Sikes on the Indie Spot today. Jan is a gifted writer and a wonderful storyteller.

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For a young aspiring musician, getting noticed in Nashville is equivalent to us as authors, trying to get readers to find our books.

Andy Roberts arrived in Nashville a starry-eyed teenager. He put his name on the waitlist at the famed Tootsies Orchid Lounge. I wanted to make this the Bluebird Cafe, but since it didn’t open until 1984, and my story is set in the seventies, that didn’t work.

Nevertheless, he finally got his chance.


Here’s the excerpt:

I have my name on the waitlist for months before a spot ever opens up. It was the biggest chance I’d get.  I showed up every night, hopeful. After all, it was common knowledge that’s where record executives went to discover new talent.

Nervous as a cat in a room full of rockers, when I finally get my fifteen minutes on the microphone, I sing and play my heart out. I never wanted anything as badly as I did that night. Just one person. That’s all it would take.

Corinna South approached me as I wiped down my guitar. My God, she was strikingly gorgeous. Pure confidence radiated from her as she flashed a thousand-watt smile.

“You’re damned good, kid,” she said. “Did you write those songs?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“How about you come to work for me? I’ll show you the ropes.”

I’d stuttered some stupid reply while her attention turned me various shades of red. Holy Hell! Corinna South was talking to me.


We often hear of artists who were discovered by playing open-mic nights at the Bluebird Cafe. Garth Brooks is one example. It’s a tough business. Have you ever personally known anyone who tried to break into the music business and either succeeded or failed?

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?

Mountain Laurel Coffee




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52 thoughts on “ #NewRelease – Mountain Laurel Christmas #Christmas #ShortStory @JanSikes3

  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    I have always found it interesting how people make it. Besides talent there seems to be a bit of luck mixed in. I did know someone who made it, and it was right place at right time. Another great post.
    Thanks for hosting, Beem 🙂

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  3. Staci Troilo

    I’ve actually got two friends who are in the music business. One has a small following. The other tours all over Europe (pre-pandemic) and has made a decent living out of her vocation. I find it admirable that they pursued their passions so ardently and have succeeded to the degree they have. (Neither of them has reached Cole’s status.) Another great post, Jan. Wishing you all the best with your release. You know I loved it.

    Thanks so much for hosting, Beem.

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    1. Jan Sikes

      Here in Texas, I have several friends who make a decent living playing music, but as you say, they haven’t reached the level that Cole did. Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate your recommendation of the story!

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  4. Joan Hall

    There is a popular country singer from my hometown. I think her success is both a combination of talent and luck. But the music business is a hard life. Not sure the success is always worth it.

    I enjoyed this novelette, Jan. Thanks for hosting today, Beem.

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    1. Jan Sikes

      I agree, Joan. Miranda is super talented, but luck had something to do with it as well. Thank you for stopping by and for your awesome recommendation! I want to come to Lindale sometime and browse through Miranda’s store. 🙂

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  5. Teri Polen

    I have a childhood friend who lives in Nashville and plays regularly at the Bluebird Cafe and several venues around town. We’ve seen him at the Bluebird once – it’s a very small venue and those tix sell out fast! Great to see Jan here – thanks for hosting, Beem!

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    1. Jan Sikes

      There are thousands out there who make a living playing music, but only a handful ever make the big time. It’s the same with authors. Thank you for your comment, Craig! I appreciate your support!

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