Thursday, September 20, 2012
Guest post and GIVEAWAY! with author Jaye Frances
Thank you, Lisa, for hosting me today on Modokker Book Picks. I really appreciate the opportunity to visit with your readers and explore a topic that’s a bit different for a female writer.
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is why my books are typically written from the male point of view. Maybe it was a dormant gene from a rebel ancestor, but for some reason I’ve always had a seemingly natural ability to switch gender perspective—from the often complicated, sometimes analytical, and frequently emotional female mindset to the comfort-oriented, convenience-seeking, sexually-focused male. No offense intended to either gender, of course. There are days when I don’t like myself in either personae.
I was raised in a rather conservative part of the country, and looking back, I’m reminded how intrigued I was with the obvious and radically divergent behaviors between the sexes. While gals seemed to have their thoughts squarely centered on love, children, and white picket fences, guys were absolutely fascinated to be the proud possessor of a penis. Even more confusing to my 15-year-old mind was their constant readiness to display it. At first, I thought it was symptomatic of gender identity, as much an example of “male” behavior as driving over the speed limit, illegal drinking, and punching a best friend in the arm until they were black and blue.
I had to know more. For example, was their preoccupation with sex the result of genetic evolution or social conditioning? After my girlfriends and I exhausted the subject through countless hours of discussion, I decided it was time to go directly to the source. I sought out the assistance of some pretty cool guys who, feeling neither threatened nor stalked, took me into their confidence, encouraging my sometimes unorthodox explorations as I jumped headlong into the shadowy yet fascinating netherworld of the male psyche.
I’ve never regretted my decision.
Bottom line, being able to transition between gender mindset has given me a whole new perspective in my writing, providing me with a wide range of unexplored territory and lots of fantasies to fulfill.
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 searching for love at sea, and The Beach, a sci-fi fantasy about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish and lives to regret it. Her next book, scheduled for a November release, is titled 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 www.blog.jayefrances.com
Books by Jaye Frances:
John Tyler, a young man in his early twenties, awakens to find a ghastly affliction taking over his body. When the village doctor offers the conventional, and potentially disfiguring, treatment as the only cure, John tenaciously convinces the doctor to reveal an alternative remedy—a forbidden ritual contained within an ancient manuscript called the Kure.
Although initially rejecting the vile and sinister rite, John realizes, too late, that the ritual is more than a faded promise scrawled on a page of crumbling paper. And as cure quickly becomes curse, the demonic text unleashes a dark power that drives him to consider the unthinkable—a depraved and wicked act requiring the corruption of an innocent soul.
Ultimately, John must choose between his desperate need to arrest the plague that is destroying his body, and the virtue of the woman he loves, knowing the wrong decision could cost him his life.
Amazon links for The Kure
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/The-Kure-ebook
Amazon UK www.amazon.co.uk/The-Kure-ebook
Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him. But spring has given way to summer, and soon, the annual invasion of vacationers and tourists will subdivide the beach with blankets, umbrellas, and chairs, depriving Alan of his privacy and seclusion—the fundamental touchstones of his life.
Resigned to endure another seasonal onslaught of beach-goers, Alan believes there is nothing he can do but prepare for the worst.
But fate has other plans.
Delivered to him on the crest of a rogue wave, the strange object appears to have no purpose, no practical use—until Alan accidentally discovers what waits inside. Now he must attempt to unravel an ageless mystery, unaware that the final outcome will change his life, and the beach, forever.
In the companion novella Short Time, you’ll meet a respectable but bored middle-class executive, who exchanges his future for six months of excess and extravagance, only to find out the price he must pay for his hedonistic indulgence is beyond anything he could have imagined.
Amazon links for The Beach
The Possibilities of Amy
Amy is the ultimate trophy girl—gorgeous face, killer body, and a vivacious personality. But there’s something else about her, something that makes her even more special. Amy is new. A transfer student from out of state, she’s starting her senior year without knowing a soul. And that means she’s up for grabs, available.
Infatuated from the moment he sees her, David is determined to meet Amy, and if the fates are willing, to spend the rest of his life with her. But his shyness prevents him from approaching her—until his friends devise a contest to determine who will be the first to prove their manhood by seducing her.
Amazon links for The Possibilities of Amy
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/The-Possibilities-of-Amy-ebook
The Cruise-All That Glitters
It’s love on the high seas for Dean, a thirty-something bachelor taking his first cruise, hoping for a shipboard romance. On the prowl for the elusive hard-body, he quickly becomes disillusioned, wondering if his expectation of a boatload of beautiful sea nymphs is something found only in travel brochures.
Until he meets Angel.
She is the girl of his dreams, brought to life as a bewitching goddess, ready to engage in every sensual delight. Quickly lured into submission by Angel’s seductive charms, Dean is ready to surrender his heart and soul to this provocative beauty.
Until he meets Marcie . . .
Amazon links for The Cruise – All That Glitters:
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/The-Cruise-That-Glitters-ebook
Jaye Francis can be found at the following places online.
Her website and blog
Amazon Author Page www.amazon.com/Jaye-Frances
Goodreads author page www.goodreads.com/JayeFrancis
Jaye Frances has generously offered up a Kindle Ebook version of The Possibilities of Amy to one lucky commenter.
To enter please leave a comment for Jaye along with your email address. This is how she will send you the book should you win. To receive extra extries you can tweet about this giveaway on twitter and leave the links here to show me that you did it and you can share it on Facebook also and leave a link so i can find it as well. That 3 chances to enter. Ends Monday September 24th
Thanks as always for stopping by. Thank you Jaye for the giveaway!