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Guest Post and Book Spotlight by Jayne Frost

 

Gone for You by Jayne Frost

Length: 172 pages|
Genre: Sexy contemporary romance
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

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As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em willing when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.
Until her…
Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.
So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.
Simple, right?


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While I was at a book event recently, I was asked a very simple question: “Why romance?”

For me, it’s a very easy question to answer. Because I’m a romantic. While I enjoy reading a good thriller, I’m always looking for the romance in the story. The scene where the boy meets the girl and the air crackles. In my mind, the rest of the story is usually secondary to what is going on between those two characters. If I’m reading a suspense novel, I want to see how the two lead characters are going to deal with whatever danger is lurking around every corner while they are fighting this mad attraction for each other.

That’s probably the reason I don’t read a lot of stories that are simply about solving a crime. The hard-boiled cop that has to get the bad guy at any cost. Because I’m always waiting around for the real action. The part where the cop meets the girl, even if it’s at a gruesome crime scene full of dismembered body parts, and he can’t stop thinking about her. He can’t eat. He can’t sleep. Not because there’s a homicidal maniac roaming the streets. Nope. He’s too worried about whether the girl is going to agree to meet for coffee.

If I’m reading about zombies that have taken over the planet, there I’d be, waiting for the lead zombie to find his zombie bride.

While I believe all stories have an element of romance, I prefer to cut to the chase. I write stories that are all about the romance. It’s not as easy as it sounds. In order for a story to remain interesting there has to be more depth, so I add the sub plot. Whatever the character is dealing with aside from the romance. But even then, the romance bleeds through. There is usually a choice that has to be made. An event that pushes the character to choose between love and everything else.

In my first book, I wrote a lighthearted story about a guy that had never truly experienced love. It was fun to see him evolve as a character. The granular shift that took place as he slowly but surely figured out the importance of love in his life.

I was very excited to write the next book in the series, but I took a different approach. The main character already knew love. He’d experienced it to the depths of his soul. And he lost it. It was too late when he realized the importance of love in his life. Surprisingly, that story was much harder to write. There were so many scenes where my heart just broke at the desperation he felt over losing the most important thing in his life, the love.

I realize that not everyone feels the same way I do about love and romance. It takes a backseat to other things in their lives. Their work. Their dreams. But, to me, it’s one in the same. There would be no dream worth living without love. And there’s no amount of success that I could find in my work that would fill the empty space if I didn’t have true love in my life.

Perhaps, that’s why I chose a rockstar theme for my first series. These are people that have everything. They’ve reached the pinnacle of success, but it means nothing until they find someone to share it with.

At the end of the day, I’m just an incurable romantic. I write stories that speak to the heart and I make no apologies for it. I want the fairy tale. The happily ever after. The hearts and the flowers, even if there are thorns.

Thankfully, I’ve found a whole group of people that feel the same way about romance that I do. Maybe not exactly the same. My characters tend to be a little coarse around the edges. They’re bad boys, with bad attitudes. Cocky guys that know how to have a good time. That makes the journey all that much more satisfying for me. To see these larger than life characters fall victim to the emotions that bring every one of us to our knees at some point or another. That’s the real story. No one is immune to love. There is no inoculation and there is no cure. We just have to ride it out, and hope that when it’s all said and done, there’s more beauty than pain. More laughter than tears. And more romance. Yeah, everyone could use a little more romance.

 

Jayne Frost

I guess I should start with the basics. The backstory. I was born and raised in California. At this point I’m usually asked what it was like to grow up near the beach, but sadly, I don’t know. I grew up in the “other” part of California. Perfect for an aspiring writer, if you ask me. You learn a lot about keeping yourself busy when the nearest house is a mile away…and it belongs to your grandparents.
I spent all my time with my nose in a book, living vicariously through the characters, until I wrote a book of my own. I was 10 at the time. It was a scintillating piece that cast the family pet as the protagonist.
By the time I went to high school, I moved on to romance. Why? Because I met my very own prince charming. I wrote love poems in my journal about the green eyed boy that stole my heart. He promised, the way all storybook hero’s do, to sweep me away and take me on a grand adventure. And he did.
We picked up and moved to the Lone Star State, and began the story of us. The best stories begin without a road map or a compass. Veering off course makes the journey so much more interesting.
True to form, just when I thought my life was set, we started the next adventure. I traded in my cowboy boots and followed my green eyed boy to Las Vegas. My home will always be in Texas, but my heart is anywhere that he is. Our beautiful daughter made the journey with us. Our son stayed in Texas, to write his own story.
Somehow, in the midst of the chaos that is our life, I find time to write. Writing is what I love. I might stray from the romance every now and then if that is what moves me…but I always come back. Some of the stories don’t seem romantic at all. They are gritty stories about flawed characters that find each other and hold on tight. Those are the stories that speak to me. Because that’s life. I believe that every story should have a happy ending- even the difficult ones.

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1 thought on “Guest Post and Book Spotlight by Jayne Frost

  1. Enjoyed the post, Jayne! The reason I write romance is similar. I love horror, action and adventure, but it’s always better for me if there’s romance included as well. Bad boys are my favorite type of hero. Like you said, it’s fun to watch them fall in love.

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