Just a little taste...

Hey y'all!

You’d think it would be easy to write a newsletter since words are my stock and trade. But it isn’t. When I started, I only had a few subscribers. I could name almost everyone on my list. Plus, I have my Facebook group where I share all my pictures and random thoughts. It’s a very interactive little hideaway, and if you’re not a member, you should check it out.

Okay, I’m stalling. I made a promise to the members of my group that went along with the announcement I’m about to make. Some details I promised to reveal. And that’s not always easy—sharing pieces of my life. Especially now that my newsletter has grown to about fifteen thousand. I’d like to believe everyone reads it, but truth be told, I’m terrible at “onboarding” new subscribers. And I don't send out many newsletters. 

First, let’s start with the announcement.

I've been telling y'all for a long time that the Sixth Street Bands Box Set is going to go away. But there is more to it.

I should mention, I get a lot of page reads and new readers from the box set. But recently I was approached to do an anthology with some other rock star writers including:

Michelle Mankin, Katie Ashley, Olivia Cunning, Jaine Diamond, Taryn Elliott, MJ Fields, RB Hilliard, Crystal Kaswell, Cari Quinn, Emily Snow, Michelle Valentine, and Athena Wright

Since I'm in the process of preparing for back-to-back signings (who's coming to Shameless and LoveNVegas?!) I decided Gone For You would be my contribution to the anthology. But in order to reach the most readers, I’d have to take the book off Kindle Unlimited and make it available on other platforms: iTunes, Kobo, B&N, and Google Play. So while the box set will be available, it will only include books 2-5 in KU. Gone For You will be available separately at a cost of .99¢, and I'm lowering the price of the box set by $1.00 to make up for it. 

Why, Jayne? Why would you do this? The simple answer: all proceeds for the anthology are going to the North Texas Food Bank.

It's a worthwhile charity, as most are, but I have personal reasons for offering my support. It’s not that I keep any of what I’m about to say a secret. But people don’t exactly walk around sharing bits and pieces of their lives with those they’ve never met. Especially the messy parts.

But here goes…

I was only fourteen when I met my husband. I’m not going to tell you my age, but we’ve been together a long time. Decades. My home life was not exactly what you’d call stable. My parents had…issues. Problems they visited on their children. By the time I was thirteen, I was basically on my own, taking care of my little brother. Yes, you read that right. Thirteen. Matthew is almost ten years my junior. And though my parents provided a roof over our head, that was about the extent of their involvement. As I said…issues.

When I was fifteen things went completely off the rails. Jeff, my boyfriend (now my husband), stepped up and moved us into an apartment. By us, I mean all three. Matthew and I were a package deal. I’ll spare you the details, but life was…hard. I’d already completed high school. A story for another time. So I was out in the work force at sixteen with my fake ID. Remember folks, this was a long time ago. Before background checks. Jeff had a job as well—a minimum wage gig. Between the two of us, we could barely afford to make ends meet. Paycheck to paycheck. Still, that didn’t stop us from getting married two years later.

If you’re doing the math, that put me at all of seventeen. The small agricultural town in California where we grew up provided zero opportunity. And a shit ton of bad memories. So a month after tying the knot we moved to Texas. And began the story of us. The us we would become.

By any stretch of the imagination, it turned out well. A Cinderella story, really. Jeff went on to work his way up to regional VP for a Fortune 500 company. I completed college and got a cushy job in finance.

But there was this space in between. Minimum wage jobs. A child to support (we took Matthew with us to Texas. Like I said, package deal). And a couple of times there just wasn’t enough. Food, or the money to buy it. Clothes, or the means to pay for them. That’s just the reality when two teenagers are trying to make it in the big world.

Which brings me to my connection to the North Texas Food Bank. Living from paycheck to paycheck, any bump in the road can throw you into a ditch. Like getting laid off from your job. Which happened to Jeff when the company he was working for closed down. He was twenty-one and I was nineteen.

We were barely making it as it was, so even though Jeff got another job almost immediately, it wasn’t soon enough. After paying our rent with his final check, we didn’t have any money for anything else, including food. After calling around, we were directed to the North Texas Food Bank. They gave us enough food to cover meals for a family of three for a couple of weeks. And with our voucher in hand, we went “shopping” in their store. Which was really just a warehouse with canned goods and staples (bread, milk, eggs) that were purchased with money people had donated or volunteers had collected from food drives.  

In the story of us, this little episode was just a blip. A low point for sure, but nothing earth shattering. Though, it seemed like it at the time. That being said, I never forgot it. The generosity I was shown. The kindness. And the fear I felt. Bone deep fear because I couldn’t feed my family. Looking back on it now, it seems unfathomable that we were ever in that position. But we were.

People often wonder why I am the way I am. Why I give so much away. Want to read one of my books? Here’s a copy. The guy collecting change on the corner with his dog? Here’s a few bucks. My yearly donation to Goodwill. And so many other things.

I’m not alone in this. Many people are just like me. Maybe for different reasons. But who knows? If you’ve never walked in someone’s shoes, you’ll never understand what drives then. As for me, I don’t judge people who need assistance. Because I was there once. And if you saw me today, you’d never believe it.

Maybe that’s why I find it easy to write angsty stories. Because my own path was one that included many twists and turns.

So that’s it. The reason the North Texas Food Bank is so near to my heart. And why I decided to take part in the Rock Star Ultimate Anthology. Even if you’ve read Gone For You, I hope you’ll pick up a copy when it releases on the October 22nd. With so many stellar authors, I’m sure you’ll love the other stories.

If you’d like to get notified when the book becomes available, sign up here and I’ll send you an email myself. No obligation to buy. https://forms.gle/NxgumY4a9sJHbm8X7

And you can add the book to your TBR here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48258301-rock-star-romance-ultimate

The Rock Star Ultimate Anthology will only be available for a limited time. Once we delist the anthology on January 1st, I'll put Gone For You back in KU and in the CAGED BOX SET once again.

Also, if you are a blogger interested in promoting the Rock Star Ultimate Anthology (and I hope you do), sign up at Candi Kane PR using the link below.

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On a lighter note, I’m busy working on a re-write of Fall With Me, the second book in the Sixth Street Bands series. After the success of the Gone For You audiobook, I commissioned my narrators, Jacob Morgan and Ava Erickson, to read the Fall With Me rewrite. Which will include Melody’s pov! I’m also busy working on Rivals, my New Adult Sports romance. Set in Austin, of course. Because…Texas. Always, Texas.

If I’m honest, it feels like I haven’t accomplished much this year. Another Sky took it out of me. But that book was so worth it.

Speaking of Another Sky, it’s now available on Audible. I hope you check it out. Jacob Morgan and Desiree Ketchum did a wonderful job bringing Miles and Gelsey’s story to life.  

Well, that’s it for now. If you happen to be coming to Shameless Book Con in Orlando next week or LoveNVegas the week after, stop by my table and let me hug your neck. That’s a Texas term. It’s not painful. I promise. Or, we could just shake hands.

Until next time.  

Much love, 

Jayne

 

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