Thank you, Kelsey, for hosting me today with Love Travels Forever, my new release of favorite short stories and essays. This collection is very personal in nature, reflecting the emotional journeys of those who have touched me with their stories of inspiration and courage. Stories that come straight from the heart . . .
“When Every Saturday Was Father’s Day,” captures a special time in a little girl’s life, when fathers and daughters shared the kind of moments that become treasured memories. Here’s a short excerpt:
I recently enjoyed lunch with an old high school friend—one of those rare individuals I’ve stayed in touch with throughout the thirty-year span of time that separates me from my adolescence. As Ronnie and I reminisced about growing up together in a small town, he asked me if there was one special memory from my youth that stood out from all the others—one that, given the opportunity to relive, I would choose without hesitation.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed with the challenge of selecting a single experience from an overabundance of possibilities, his question stirred a whisper from the past, a memory wrapped in a magical sense of wonder. It took me back to a time before dating and school dances, before peer pressure made friends the preferred companions over parents—a time when I was my daddy’s little girl.
My dad often held two jobs, taking on additional work to keep food on the table and make sure the mortgage was paid. It left him with few opportunities to spend time with me, and yet he still found a way—every Saturday morning.
Getting up early to eat breakfast out with my father had become a Saturday tradition. Waking up at six-thirty was definitely not my idea of the perfect way to start the weekend, but my father would always ask. And knowing how much it meant to him—to spend that hour together—I would go.
We always went to the same place, a popular little restaurant with cracked stucco walls and faded yellow paint. The unpaved parking lot added its own flavor to the culinary experience, generating a dust-cloud with each new arrival and departure.
Outside, the thick, sweet aroma of cooking grease laced the air, and although I was still half-asleep, it was hard to ignore the drifting hints of crispy home fries and fresh hot donuts.
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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.
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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