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Mary Montigue Sikes

Mary Montague Sikes is a native Virginian who grew up in the historic city of Fredericksburg in the shadow of Civil War battlefields near the boyhood home of George Washington. Motivated by her surroundings, she started writing and painting at an early age. In high school she developed a fascination for the works of Edgar Allen Poe and was inspired to create short stories.  Always intrigued by far-away places, as an adult she began traveling and writing about her journeys to exotic locations. 

Her first novel, Hearts Across Forever, is set in Jamaica and relates to the legend of the white witch of Rose Hall.  Using both her writing and her artistic skills, Sikes next wrote and illustrated a coffee table book, Hotels to Remember, a snapshot in time that features unusual hotels she has visited and loved. 

 As the Passenger to Paradise, Sikes uses many of her travel destinations as settings for her books. Recently released, Jungle Jeopardy, the fifth novel in the series, is an adventure that begins in Costa Rica and leads to the Maya ruins of Central America.  This story is a sequel to Secrets by the Sea, continuing the escapades of Dana and Clifton. Located in Trinidad, Night Watch, another book in the series,is a story of peril and rediscovery. Set in beautiful and mysterious Sedona, Arizona, Eagle Rising begins with a tragic loss that leads to life changing events and a reawakening.

Dangerous Hearts, an e-book linked to the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, is a mystery story and romance with the gothic element of a foreboding old house. Her next book,A Rainbow at Christmas,which takes place in 1869 on a wagon train traveling from Missouri to Denver, is scheduled for release in October.

Sikes’s paintings, a poem, and an essay were selected for inclusion in the National League of American Pen Women’s anthology, Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln.  The book was the honored recipient of the George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA

A professional artist with a MFA in painting, Sikes teaches art to almost 400 students at West Point Elementary School.  Besides her interest in painting, she plays tennis, follows baseball, takes yoga and step aerobics classes, and enjoys her family of three adult daughters.  She and her husband reside West Point.

 

Current Releases
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 Lawre...
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Evening of the Dragonfly
When Kathleen learns she will be an angel in the class Christmas play, the seven-year-old plots a meeting between her attractive teacher and Kathleen's daddy, a lonely widower who blames himself for his wife’s death. Angie McAllister is dra...
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Daddy's Christmas Angel
Meg, her niece and brother set out on a wagon train headed for Denver where Meg's fiance in an arranged marriage awaits. When a senseless murder claims her brother's life, Meg determines to push on. However, when she meets handsome Cade...
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A Rainbow for Christmas
Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Harpers Ferry, WV hostelry, Hilltop House, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations including the latest pro...
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Hilltop House: A Snapshot in Time
Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Richmond, VA hostelry, The Hotel Jefferson, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which create the cla...
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The Jefferson Hotel: A Snapshot in Time
Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Hot Springs, VA hostelry, The Homestead, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which cr...
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The Homestead: A Snapshot in Time

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Jungle Jeopardy
 What has Lily "walked" into...? From the moment Lily's plane lands in tropical Trinidad, things go awry. She planned for rest, relaxation and photography, but instead faces mistaken identity, a gun running operation and danger. He...
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Night Watch
 Stunned to learn that her grandfather’s body had washed onto an Antigua beach, a victim of foul play, Dana Sinclair leaves immediately for the exotic place her grandmother had always called “Heartbreak Island.” She moves into ...
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Secrets By The Sea

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Eagle Rising
 Kathryn Calder is dedicated to her NY city career until an unexpected assisgnment to Jamaica changes the path of her life. From the moment she arrives on the exotic island, she is haunted by odd memories from a distant past. Is Flynt Kincade, t...
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Hearts Across Forever


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