Saturday, August 15, 2015

Guest Post: Jayne Frost author of Gone For You

Jayne Frost is a rock romance author I ran across recently and fell instantly in love with her writing style and characters. Her debut novel,Gone For You, is a sweet and sexy rock-and-roll romance written from the male protagonist's point of view. I'm about halfway through it and let me tell you, it rocks! It's an honor to have Jayne as a guest on the blog today. Below Jayne's post is the blurb and link to Gone For You. A must add to your TBR list!

Please Welcome Jayne Frost Center Stage

 What I love about writing, and more specifically romance, is that almost any story has a romantic element. If you think about some of the greatest books or movies that you’ve enjoyed throughout the years, you will uncover the romance. I’m speaking in general, as I’m sure that there are many stories that do not include romance in terms of people. But even in solitary pursuits, the lead character usually waxes romantic about something. It could be a way life that he or she aspires to. Or a gentler time. But romance is always in the picture if you delve deep enough.
Rarely is there a story where there is not some kind of romantic tension. Since I’m a simple girl, I just cut to the chase. The boy girl stuff. I am a born romantic, and I make no bones about it.

When I started writing my Sixth Street Band series, I wanted to take the two things that I love most and combine them: romance and music. More specifically, bad boy rockstars and their quest to find “the one.” I decided to write my first and second novels from a male point of view. Why? It just turned out that way. It was their stories. Their music. And I wanted to explore the world through their eyes.

In all of my books, I believe that you will see the characters in the band have one overriding thing they love above all else—their music. To watch that granular shift when they realize there is more to life than music, and more to women than the shallow relationships that they’ve encountered in the past is the real crux of the story. And of course, the relationships that the band members have with each other. The “bro-mances,” if you will. If I can get that to resonate with the readers, I feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do.

Of course, it’s not always easy. First of all, I’m writing about a very specific world, and I’m then taking that world and reducing it to a specific area—Sixth Street in Austin, Texas. The love these bands have for their hometown borders on romantic. The are as devoted to the place they live as they are to the music they play. And I struggle sometimes in trying to weave in that little element to my story. I have readers from all over the United States and other countries as well.

It is apparent from my writing that I am very much a Texas girl at heart. The first time I ever sent my New York editor a scene where someone used the phrase: “Let me hug your neck,” she was sure it was a typo. To be fair, I thought that was a common turn of phrase—but, again, I’m from Texas.

Recently I’ve started fleshing out an idea for a new series of novels that don’t take place in my home state. And I can tell you, its hard. I’m leaving my comfort zone of rockstars and Sixth Street and taking on other challenges. As a writer, I truly can write about anything. But, it’s almost like falling in love again. I fell in love with the world that I built on Sixth Street, and I’m not abandoning by any means. But I almost feel like I’m cheating—in the good old romantic sense. Like I’m leaving my first love in order to broaden my horizons. One of those awkward scenes where one character says to another: “It’s no you. It’s me.” Because it’s not Sixth Street that I’m moving on from. Or my love of music.

So, I hope that as the next few books come out in my series and you get to know me as a writer, you’ll let me take you on a journey into another world. Another romance. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Thanks Jayne!

Here is the blurb and links to Gone For You

As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling 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 I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Gone for You: Sixth Street Band Contemporary Romance Series (Sixth Street Band Series Book 1)

Jayne's website is if you would like to read more about her and the Sixth Street Band series