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A journey through words and music of a man's trials and triumph deep inside prison walls and the woman left behind who holds his heart.
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The Convict And The Rose is a true story of a man convicted of a crime he didn't commit and a woman who never stopped loving him..

Luke Stone, a veteran Texas musician, arrived at Leavenworth Penitentiary angry, bitter and rebellious. He'd lost everything he treasured in life. It took him several years and lots of time in solitary confinement to figure out that he wasn't going to change prison and prison wasn't going to change him. He searched his soul and decided that it was time to be and be something worthwhile. In an extremely negative place, he learned to think and act positive.

A young Darlina Flowers, left alone and broken without the man who held her heart struggled to find her way. She turned to drugs, followed a guru, tried relationships, all the while longing for Luke to be freed. Their constant love became their North Star.

Luke determinedly clawed his way up from the bottom a tiny step at at time. His saving grace was music and artistic expression. He wrote hundreds of songs and poems, learned to do oil painting, pen-and-ink drawings, leatherwork, American Indian beadwork and make ceramics. He stayed busy.

He advocated for and was finally granted permission. after many years, to build a recording studio inside the walls of prison. And that leads us to the CD part of this project.

Forty Foot High is a compilation of some of the music that was recorded inside the walls of Leavenworth. All except for the title song. I found the lyrics to Forty Foot High while doing research for the book and they really tugged at my heart. I'd never heard Rick Sikes sing the song and it wasn't recorded anywhere.

I asked Jamie Richards (a singer/songwriter) to put music to the lyrics and record it and he agreed. He totally captured the emotion of the song.

The book and CD together preserve a bit of history that might otherwise remain unknown.

Risks and challenges

At this point, the recording and mastering of the CD is already completed and ready to go to press.
The only delay I could foresee for that part of the project would be in the turnaround time from the manufacturer. However, since the completion date is still a couple of months out, I don't see that as an issue.

The book is complete and has been sent to my editor to spit-shined and polished.
I don't anticipate any delays with the book, but if there are, I will do everything in my power to stay with the May release date!

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    A personal e-mail of thanks and a poem written by Rick Sikes.

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    An E-Book of "The Convict And The Rose."

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    A personally autographed, dated copy of "The Convict And The Rose" plus a frameable pen-and-ink drawing and poem by Rick Sikes.

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    A personally autographed, dated copy of "The Convict And The Rose", a copy of the CD, "Forty Foot High" and two frameable pen and ink drawings and poems by Rick Sikes.

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    A personally autographed, dated copy of "The Convict And The Rose", as well as the CDs "Forty Foot High" and "Rick Sikes And The Rhythm Rebels - Early Recordings. ADDED BONUS: $10 credit toward the live auction of unique one-of-a-kind Rick Sikes Artwork.

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    All of the above, plus a unique one-of-a-kind piece of Rick Sikes Artwork (Item chosen will either be an oil painting or piece of uniquely carved and created ceramic or pottery).

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