09 April 2021

In Your Eyes | Guest Post + Giveaway


Crystal Davis got her wish for the Crew’s long-awaited post-graduation trip. Sun and fun before focusing on her new career as a pediatric RN at St. Francis’ Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was just what she needed. Bonus? She met Troy Bennett, and she realized she wanted less frivolity in her life and a little more serious.

Troy Bennett is a man fighting the demons who tell him he is worthless every day of his life. Demons his mother conjured. He quiets them with alcohol and casual relationships, never allowing any woman to get close enough to him so he will never have to disappoint one. Then on the spur of the moment trip to Panama City Beach with his Ranger buddies, he sees the future he’s always been afraid to pursue exit a Jeep Wrangler at a local donut shop.

Just as Troy and Crystal are finding their footing, she gets the call she never thought she would earn: Crystal Davis is going to Hollywood to be a contestant on America’s Next Chart Topper. What started as a way to honor her murdered friend has now become her dream. Chasing her dream means leaving Troy behind for a bit, and she wonders if her absence will cause what they’ve built so far to come crashing down.

Chasing her dream also means she’s put herself in a place where she’s vulnerable to the side of Hollywood that no one wants to acknowledge. A place where people only care about her and Troy’s story for the audience while behind the scenes, evil, selfish people work to tear them apart.

Release Date: January 5, 2021



When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I’ve always been a writer; it’s just that most of my books were in my head.

Do you have a favorite movie?

I have many. The top is reserved for Gone with the Wind, which I watched with my Nana once a year growing up. Scarlet O’Hara fascinates me. She was a woman who did what she had to do at a time when women were supposed to sit and look pretty. Her methods were questionable, no doubt. But she had gumption.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

All of them. I have this series to finish and two more series’ in the pipeline.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I’ve been to Bubba Gump for a meal and met Forrest Gump, and I’ve seen The Jenny at Universal Studios Orlando. Does that count?

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I’m a dragon. And I have all the reasons other than it sounds ‘cool,’ but the reasons are so intensely personal that sharing them would be too much. Maybe someday I’ll get there.


Jayne Townsley lives with her multi-generational family in Northeast Oklahoma's aptly named Green Country. A transplanted Okie from the Chicago suburbs, she has grown to love this state and its people with a passion, happily calling it home for the past 15 years.

Jayne shares her home with a rescued Shollie named Maui and two cats called Gamora and Nebula.

Jayne enjoys old-fashioned road trips and is in the process of planning one to tour Oklahoma's Route 66.

She is also something of a Disney World addict.


One winner will receive their choice of $15 in products from the Solid Rock Soap Company and a signed paperback copy of In Your Eyes (US only)

Ends April 14, 2021

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