Publisher: Redstone Press
Publish Date: October 25, 2012
Order From: Amazon US / Amazon UK
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.
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
Guest Post: Thank you, Star, for hosting me today with my new release Love Travels Forever. This collection of my favorite short stories and essays is one of my most personal efforts, written as a tribute to those who have touched me with their stories of inspiration and courage. Admittedly, these are emotional journeys, but each one comes from the heart, delivered with honest and genuine compassion that I hope will be remembered long after the book is finished.
The following excerpt is from “A Love For Summer,” a story about young love and innocent expectations:
My first date was a very secretive affair, even to the point of arranging to meet him inside the movie theater to avoid the possibility of anyone seeing us walk in together. At thirteen, I wasn’t willing to risk the interrogation and lecture that was certain to result if my overly protective mother found out I would be spending several hours in the dark with a tempting boy-hunk one year my senior.
My mom was convinced that all 14-year-old boys were minions of the devil, hell-bent on coercing innocent little girls into engaging in all sorts of unspeakable acts, not the least vile of which included touch-dancing and—dare I say it—the goodnight kiss. (She would always grimace at this point, as if I should expect the taste of a boy’s lips to be as sour as a slice of lemon.)
My date—I’ll call him Nick—had arrived first and saved me a seat. We exchanged a quick “hello,” and then silence. While not awkward, it was obvious we didn’t have a lot to say to each other. Besides, we could always talk on the phone. And as far as I knew, dates weren’t for talking. Dates were supposed to be kisses and hugs and gentle touches, without having to wonder what you would say after your lips parted.
Previews of coming attractions filled the screen. It was official—our date had begun. As we sat there, shoulders apart, arms separated by the tiniest air gap on the armrest, I told myself I was ready.
The show droned on. We ate popcorn and drank soda. I stole an occasional glance, watching him, waiting for a cue.
By the end of the movie, I was aching to feel his arm around me. But as the yellow-orange sunset froze on the screen and the final theme music began to play, he turned toward me and said something about his brother waiting for him. Then without the slightest hesitation, he rose from his seat and left me in the dark, his exit punctuated by a quick, bobbing trace-shadow of his head as it momentarily intercepted the beam of light streaming from the projector.
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