In the following excerpt from “An American Valentine,” you’ll meet Joey, a high school freshman, and the first boy who stole my heart:
The fall turned to winter, the Christmas season came and went, and as the second semester started, the affection I had for Joey had grown even stronger. Yet his attention remained focused on grades and sports. By the first of February, I couldn’t stand it. I decided it was time to reveal my feelings, and there would be no better opportunity than on Valentine’s Day.
For the next two weeks, I compared hand-made cards to store-bought. I composed a dozen lines of prose, working on it for days until it became a pledge of passion, dedicating my heart and soul to the only boy I was sure I would ever love. Finally, I was ready.
On the morning of the fourteenth, I waited by Joey’s locker, trying to stay calm, occasionally shuffling back and forth to the drinking fountain and hoping I didn’t appear as obvious as I felt. When I saw him at the end of the hallway, I held my breath, struggling to keep my stomach from doing flip-flops. As he moved closer, he returned my awkward smile with a nod. I took it as an invitation.
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Joey.” I pushed the card out in front of me, as if I were jousting with a piece of paper.
I waited. Would he reach out, take my hand and hold it while he slipped the card he’d brought for me between my fingers? Or would he pause and lock his eyes with mine, telling me how special I was to think of him?
In a grabbing flash, Joey snatched the envelope from my hand and tossed it into the recesses of his locker. “Thanks.” It sounded like an afterthought, the kind of token appreciation offered by a faceless fast-food employee working the drive-through window. He turned and closed his locker, but not before I glanced inside and noticed the large stack of cards he’d already collected—and mine, now unceremoniously added to the growing pile. With a quick “See ya,” he was on his way to his first class.
I stood there, devastated. As embarrassment quickly replaced disappointment, I looked around, wondering how many of my friends had seen his reckless abandonment of my feelings.
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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.
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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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