Mary Montague Sikes Promo

Evening of the dragon flyAuthor and artist Mary Montague Sikes has added a new twist to book promotion -- she has created a one-person exhibition for her main character. Since Farrah Ferand, the heroine of her new novel, Evening of the Dragonfly, is also an artist who is painting work for a one-person show, creating art to go with book signings sounded like a good idea.

For this project, Sikes has produced 19 new paintings. Most of them are watercolor on stretched canvas, using intense colors made by Robert Doak in his studio in Brooklyn NY. The other paintings are acrylic on canvas or a combination of acrylic and watercolor.

About Evening of the Dragonfly:

Threatening telephone calls and strange cars with dark-tinted windows plague artist/teacher Farrah Ferand. Recovering from the tragic loss of her mother, Farrah is trying to adapt to the life of a small-town art teacher when she encounters Dirk Lawrence. Her attraction to him is immediate and electric until Farrah discovers Dirk is part of an investment firm that led to her mother's downfall a few years earlier. Farrah's not too perfect dating relationship with Tom Douglas, the town favorite football coach, worsens. An unexpected encounter leads to dates with Dirk and his help with the construction of a dream art studio in her rented house. But trouble looms with Tom who believes he and Farrah are engaged, and the entire town appears to be drawn in. Haunting dreams and lost memories overwhelm Farrah as she creates paintings for a one-person art show.

Will shadows of the past ruin all hope for Farrah and Dirk?

Repressed memories haunt the life of artist/teacher Farrah Ferrand who is falling in love with a real-life hero while her small town attempts to link her with the high school football coach. Resolution to memories of her past are revealed in the paintings she creates for a one-person art show. All the while, danger surrounds her. Can Farrah survive?

About Mary Montague Sikes:

The power of words and their effect on others has always intrigued author, artist, and photographer Mary Montague Sikes. Since her early childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia, she has written about and painted the world around her. Her background includes writing award-winning freelance articles about people and travel for newspapers and magazines nationwide. She is author of eight novels, a coffee table book, hundreds of published newspaper articles and photographs, a "how-to-book, and more. Among her publishing awards is third place for Daddy's Christmas Angel in the 2013 National Federation of Press Women's Communication Contest. Her latest book, Evening of the Dragonfly, is a romance novel with psychological undertones. Her first novel, Hearts Across Forever, garnered a first place award in the National Federation of Press Women annual Communication Contest. It also won a coveted PRISM award.

Read the Review in the May, 2015 issue of Chesapeake Style Magazine