I'm excited to have author Jaye Frances returning for a visit today to talk about her new book, Love Travels Forever!!
Thank you, Wendy, for hosting me today with my new release Love Travels Forever, a collection of my favorite short stories and essays. The book is one of my most personal efforts, compiled from impromptu interviews, happenstance meetings, and childhood recollections. In “A Sister’s Promise,” you’ll meet Jimmy, an eleven-year-old boy whose high expectations are turned into disappointment by a bitter dose of reality, teaching him a few lessons about life, truth, and the value of an unspoken bond between a brother and sister.
Here’s a short excerpt from “A Sister’s Promise:”
For every brother who has a little sister, there is at least one secret that she keeps. Maybe it was something she saw or heard, or a story told in confidence. Regardless of its nature, she makes a promise, often silently, never to reveal it.
I was nine when I made my first promise. My brother, Jimmy, was eleven. And it involved a most unlikely subject—a toy submarine featured for sale on the back of a cereal box.
There were lots of choices—flakes, squares, or puffs, made from corn, rice, or wheat. But the variety of grain didn’t matter. The type of cereal paled in comparison to what was advertised on the back of the box. Every kid under the age of thirteen knew that’s where the current offer was illustrated in blazing four-color glory. Embellished with adjectives like “incredible,” “amazing,” and “astonishing,” the temptation was overwhelming. And yet, not all offers were the same. Of all the notable features that might prompt a young customer to buy, none was more important than the location from which the item shipped—Battle Creek, Michigan. The mere mention of that city was an unassailable testimonial, assuring the satisfaction of any pre-adolescent purchaser. It was such an important endorsement that when I overheard my brother and his friends talking about the place, I always detected a hint of reverence in their voices, as if Battle Creek were some kind of enchanted fantasyland, its lush green landscape dotted with small lakes and streams where boys sailed their boats and flew huge kites and launched rockets to the stars.
I don't remember all the promotions, just one—a working submarine. The picture on the box showed its full scale equivalent crash-diving in preparation for a decisive and heroic battle. The vivid colors and detail held my brother’s attention for nearly a week. By the time he’d emptied the box of its contents, he was convinced. He had to have it.
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Here’s a brief synopsis:
In Love Travels Forever, Jaye Frances captures the reader’s heart with an inspiring collection of seventeen stories filled with romance and passion, the hopeful innocence of youth, and a love so strong that it transcends the mortality of life. Here are just a few of the people you’ll meet:
Evan and Frankie, a loving couple traveling through life hand-in-hand, are unaware that the shadow of fate is about to tear them apart. Helpless to change their shortened future together, one of them makes a promise—a promise of devotion and courage, honoring a love that surpasses the boundaries of time.
Mark and Janice, the perfect couple with the perfect life, are on the threshold of finally seeing their dreams come true—until an unexpected circumstance changes their lives forever.
Danny, a young soldier fresh out of boot-camp, is desperate to find a way to travel home and marry his sweetheart before being shipped overseas. Stranded in a train station on a three day pass with no hope in sight, Danny meets Wanda, an incredible woman who vows to find a way to bring Danny and his fiance together.
Nora and Georgia are two eight-year-old best friends who share giggles, dolls, and secrets. But when one of them faces sudden danger, the other responds with an unconditional act of love and forges a lifelong bond between them unaffected by fear or prejudice.
So find a quiet spot, get comfy, and grab a box of Kleenex. You’re about to take an unforgettable journey of the heart, to a place where compassion and hope have no limits, and where love continues to travel forever.
Love Travels Forever is available now
in kindle eBook on Amazon for $1.99
Author Bio: Jaye Frances is the author of The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance novella, The Cruise-All That Glitters, a humorous adult satire about love on the high seas, The Beach, a sci-fi supernatural tale about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish, and Love Travels Forever, a collection of poignant short stories and essays. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com
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