Ghostly Interference

Book 1 of the White Rune Series

Romance - Paranormal
412 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2021
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Author Biography

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. Through fictitious characters, the entertaining true story comes to life in an intricately woven tale which encompasses four books.
A series of music CDs accompanies the books, while a beautiful and unique book of poetry and art brings 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 numerous award-winning short stories. She published her debut paranormal romance novel, Ghostly Interference, in 2020, as Book One of The White Rune Series. Jagged Feathers is set to release January 31, 2022 as Book Two of that series.

She is a member of the Authors Marketing Guild, The Writer’s League of Texas, Romance Writers of America, and the Paranormal Writer's Guild. She is an active blogger (both on her own blog and at Story Empire) an avid fan of Texas music and a grandmother of five. She resides in North Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

Within Ghostly Interference lies a powerful action-packed story of two vastly different worlds that collide, literally. It opens with Jag Peters driving his car with his mind on work and almost knocking Rena Jett off her motorbike. Jag comes from a comfortable, privileged background, and his driving force is to protect his karma. Rena is fiercely independent. Her only companions – nobody is her friend – are bikers. Rena herself rides a candy apple red Harley. Does she mean to be noticed? How could a girl who scrapes a living working in a diner afford a Harley? What are the secrets of her past? With the paranormal angle, Jan Sikes has taken Ghostly Interference: Book 1 of the White Rune Series a step beyond interesting to utterly captivating.

Jag Peters is the only son of a wealthy family. He is close to his widowed mother, a yoga teacher, and she is the one who takes him seriously when he describes his encounter with a gun-toting soldier in full combat camouflage gear. Jag does not believe in ghosts, but this one has unfinished business, and he’s determined to recruit Jag. Rena Jett, alone since her brother, Sam, was killed in Afghanistan, trusts nobody. She wears Sam’s dog tags and, eventually, a soldier friend brings her Sam’s last letter, and the envelope contains a stone. “The symbol on this white rune is called Wunjo and is the "happily-ever-after" symbol.” Is a happy ending possible for two people poles apart? Ghostly Interference by Jan Sikes holds the answer, but from start to finish it’s an electrifying ride.

Romuald Dzemo

Ghostly Interference is the first book in the White Rune Series by Jan Sikes, a perfect read for fans of romance and the paranormal. Preoccupied with thoughts about his work and the new project assigned to him, Jag Peters almost runs over a red Harley. “Watch where you’re goin’ you crazy bastard! You nearly killed me,” the rider tells him before speeding off. Filled with guilt, he tracks down the rider to offer an apology. At the bar, he almost collides with a dark-haired woman, and when he apologizes, he understands the rider he almost ran over a while ago was a woman. Rena Jett needs no apology, and she does not want Jag close to her. But the strange thing is that she is attracted to him. The twist involves her brother’s ghost and a magical gift that might just be the key to her happiness.

This is a beautiful, heart-warming story that follows the path to love traveled by two characters with opposite personalities. Jan Sikes did a wonderful job in writing strong characters, making them both genuinely flawed, each of them possessed by their fears, worries, and misgivings about the world they live in. The romance is not explosive, and I loved the fact that the attraction grows between the two characters in a natural way. The ghost appearing to Jag and Jag’s obsession with karma are elements that enrich character development and flesh out the plot. Ghostly Interference is written in gorgeous prose, featuring well-crafted dialogues that enhance the plot with strong themes of love, family, and humanity. While this is a hugely entertaining story with memorable characters, it is also one that invites readers to ponder realities beyond the physical, especially the fact that the dead are always close to us.

Vincent Dublado

Ghostly Interference is the first book in the White Runes Series by Jan Sikes. The story kick-starts with Jag Peters getting jolted from his thoughts as he braces for impact when his car veers to the opposite lane to avoid hitting a Harley. Jag lives a peaceful life and believes in the virtues of karma as inculcated by his mother, who has a penchant for yoga and spirituality. Determined to wipe his karma slate clean, he searches for the biker to apologize and is surprised to discover that the rider he almost got killed is a hot female biker. Rena Jett lives in the fast lane and has nothing in common with Jag. And it is because they are so different that they have so many things to share. When Jag claims to have visions of a phantom soldier that appears to be Rena’s brother who died on his Afghanistan tour, she will have to take a chance with her heart as her brother told her in a letter with a rune stone enclosed.

Sikes’ third-person point of view is incredibly effective. It allows the reader to get in and out of the minds of other characters as it is not limited to a single point of view. It reinforces a point of urgency, especially as the appearances of Sam, Rena’s deceased brother, foretells an important event. The narrative’s tension springs from Rena’s side as brought about by the company that she has known in living her life on the edge. The premise of a ghost guiding the living is not unique in literature and film, but there is an enjoyable thrill in finding out if Rena will find a happily ever after, as the story puts a new twist on the notion of opposites attract. Amidst the danger, jealousy, mysticism, and romantic ideals, Ghostly Interference conveys a clear message of what it feels like to find love in the most unexpected place.