I didn’t mean to stare
But there was something
About you that caught my eye,
My curiosity aroused, taking it all in
With cautious scrutiny and playful interest.
Author: Jaye Frances
They’re the treasures of summers past — picnics by the lake, family vacations, fireworks on the fourth, and cookouts on the beach. All staples of the season.
As I sift through these summer touchstones of my youth, I find most of my recollections have been tempered by time — the details faded with age. And yet there is one memory that always transcends the years with perfect clarity, still stirring emotions and warming the heart — my first summer love.
During a recent interview, I was asked a question about the essential differences between the sexes when it comes to concepts like priorities and values. The question went something like this: “It seems you are quite a shoe shopper — do you think this is an exclusively female trait or can men be just as bad when it comes to footwear?”Read More
A friend of mine recently confessed that she sleeps with her eReader under her pillow. She told me it gives her a sense of comfort, knowing at any time during the night — with a few taps — she can instantly connect with the characters in one of her favorite steamy novels. I didn’t think it unusual, until she added, “And I have to feel it in my hands just before I’m ready to fall asleep.”Read More
Occasionally, I’ll read a comment expressing how some of the stories turned out differently than expected, with questions asking why they didn’t have a HEA ending. For those unfamiliar with the acronym, HEA stands for “happily ever after,” and it is, apparently, the most desirable conclusion for a story. The expectations of those who read romance novels, watch chick-lit movies, and listen to heartbreaking country music are prime fodder for HEA novels.Read More
In this final chapter of “World Without Love,” Jewel is rescued from Bangkok’s evil flesh markets by a covert government agency. Haunted by her last memories of Annie, Jewel vows to do whatever it takes to find her friend—hopefully in time to save her from Gregory’s sadistic and murderous intentions.Read More
This past weekend I found myself on the floor of my closet surrounded by piles of shoes, purses, and other no-longer-treasured articles of clothing. I was in the sorting stage of gathering donations when I saw them — a pair of emerald green high heels I had snagged a few years ago at our local community’s “Clothes Closet” event.Read More
In “Reunion,” Jewel’s story continues as she finds herself stranded in a far-flung corner of the world. With the dream of rescue and returning home to San Diego even further from her reach, she begins planning her revenge on the men who have stolen her life—and her future.Read More
Enter a world of danger and intrigue, a place where trust, honor, and dignity are cloaked in a veil of lies and deceit . . . welcome to a “World Without Love.”Read More
One of my favorite sanctuaries lies on the west coast of the U.S. Located a few miles north of the California border, this restful and inspiring respite is one of the few locations where nature found a way to ward off humanity’s best efforts to leave its mark …Read More