Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Losing and Loving it, and a Tattoo

Last year, the company I work for during the day moved into a new set of buildings and one of the rooms was turned into a gym. They outfitted it with everything you can imagine. Treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, circuit training, etc. They even hired a personal trainer that you can either attend the free classes that they pay her to have, or you can pay her for personalized classes. I managed to lose quite a bit, around 50 pounds. I spent most of the year having personalized classes, but ended up having to quit because I kept getting severe migraines. Terrible migraines. They got so bad, I lost all of my motivation and just stopped going to the gym all together, started eating terrible again, and just fell off the wagon. I gained some of the weight back, but thankfully not all of it.

After seeing a chiropractor, a pain management specialist, attending physical therapy, and eventually a neurologist, I finally started getting the migraines under control. Since May 31st of this year, I have been able to get back into the gym regularly. I go four to five times a week and walk on the treadmill. I started at thirty minutes and am now up to an hour a day.  I also watch what I eat. I do around 1200 calories a day for food and about 200 for Gatorade. I drink G2, not the regular which is loaded with sugar. Over the course of almost three months, I have lost 27 pounds, perhaps more, but I am only weighing myself once a month if I can help it. I know my mind and if I weigh myself every week and don't see a change, I'll lose the motivation, so once a month is all I am allowing myself. It's worked though. 27 pounds is a lot. 


If anyone asked me what I am using for motivation now, I'd have to answer several things. One, my body. I'm getting older and my knees and feet are hurting more often now. I am tired of always aching. Two, I know it's going to get harder to lose it the older I get. Three, I'm tired of being alone. I won't go into the sad story of my life the last eleven years, but I want someone special in my life. And I know I won't feel comfortable enough to seek that out with being the weight I am. So this is definitely a motivating factor, as well. 

During my trek to find a relief from the migraines, I ended up having to endure some very painful shots in my skull. They were extremely unpleasant, but they showed that I could sit through them. While they didn't last long and may be a different story from a tattoo, it gave me the motivation to want to sit through getting one. After thinking about it, I know what I want. I want one that I won't regret, something that means something to me, and I can wear with pride. Knowing that it's going to be something I will have on me for the rest of my life, I decided to make it something intimately connected to me and the one I came up with is the same as the one Kasey has in Chasing Seth. I have always had a love for wolves. Even when I was younger, I loved them. They're beautiful, majestic, magical creatures, and with Kasey being one of my own characters, it makes sense to have it be something connected to me in such a way. So I am going to have the image from Kasey's back done on my inner forearm/wrist. I intended to have it done in September when I went to visit a friend, but the trip fell through and it isn't going to happen now, but that's okay. I'll see about having it done here at home. A friend recommended a local shop that has some amazing artists and I have already seen some of their work. I have to contact him and see when I can make the appointment. 


Gotta run. Have more edits to finish on Love & Snowball Fights, a gym session to attend, and work to do! Hopefully more writing to do as well. Love to you all! 


Kisses, 
~J.R.~






Thursday, August 11, 2016

Chasing Seth e-Book on Sale for $1 over at Dreamspinner Press!




Chasing Seth eBook along with 11 other GREAT reads are on Sale over at Dreamspinner Press from August 8th until August 12th for $1.00! Hurry on over to take advantage of the sale! :) 






Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I swear I'm still alive! And I have good news...

Hey, all. So I know it's been a while, again, since I posted on here. For those who only follow me here, I'm not dead nor have I stopped writing. I have been working as much as I can on my projects in progress. I post a lot more on Facebook than on here which I am going to make an effort to change. I'm really sorry to have neglected my blog.

Well to give those an update for anyone who may be wondering, I have good news for my readers. I have two novellas slated for release in the upcoming months. I don't have definite dates yet nor covers, but I should have something for you soon. One is almost completely through the edit process and the other has just entered the editing process. I hope to have a completed blurbs to share with you as well. 

I have six WIPs in progress, including the next in the True Mates series, Protecting Kai. I also have the first book in a three book series almost finished, about twenty five thousand words left, though I don't intend on submitting that until all three books are finished. But I think you'll like it. I also have a vampire story in progress, another shifter novella, and a couple of others that have hit me over time. 



Lane Freeman (don't own the picture!)
 The first novella: Due out Nov/Dec this year is called Love and Snowball Fights. It's a story set around the holidays about a young man named Lane Freeman who has been kicked around through foster homes and has learned to rely on only himself to get by in life. Since his release from the foster care system, Lane's been a wanderer, moving from place to place, never setting down roots, until one day he ends up left behind by a trucker he was hitchhiking with in a place called Christmas Valley. Over the next six months, he begins to find himself believing he may have finally found a place to call home, taking up a job at Tal's Bar and Restaurant, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat named Chloe. Until Trey Jenkins comes home for the holidays, disturbing his peace and reminding him just why he's never stayed in one place longer than a few months.

Trey Jenkins (Don't own the picture!)
          Trey Jenkins, a Dallas firefighter home to visit his family for the holidays, immediately believes Lane is just like all the other drifters who've taken advantage of his brother Tal over the years and takes a disliking to him at first. When Trey finally acknowledges Lane's genuine kindness, their attraction to one another begins to grow, despite the many reasons it shouldn't. Trey wants nothing more than to give Lane a family again while Lane attempts to push him away, believing he's better off alone rather than relying on someone who is only going to end up hurting him again.



Scott (I don't own the pic)
The 2nd novella: Due out Feb/March of 2017 is called You Belong With Me.

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Craig (I don't own the pic)
Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott's heart, Craig opens his eyes--and his own heart--to the possibility of a future with Scott. Either way, he plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott that they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.




Obviously those photos are only an idea of what the characters look like in my head. The actual cover photos will look different, unless by some miracle the cover designer can get these specific models! I am excited to see the covers and hope that I get the cover artist I want since I never have any trouble working with her. She sees inside my head, lol. 

Anyway, I am going to leave some stuff for the next post, so with a see ya later, signing off! 

Kisses, 
~ J.R. ~






Monday, January 18, 2016

I know it's been a while since I posted, yet again... But I have...

I know it's been a while since I posted, yet again. But I have been eagerly working on writing since the new year started. I am over halfway through a new story that I am pretty sure I will successfully be able to have three books featuring the same main characters. :)

It is tentatively titled Ghosts of the Past: Book One. However, I may change that before I sub it to DSP. Still playing around with titles for this set. I will not be giving away much right now in regards to what it pertains to. I do however like how it's coming out myself and truly am enjoying the dynamic between the two main characters.

I also have finally(!) found a permanent (I think) new home for Swift's Temptation and Fragments of a Unicorn's Soul over at Torquere Press. The new cover so far is looking great for Swift's Temptation. I haven't seen what they intend on doing with Fragments, but I'm interested as I am really liking Swift's.

My headaches have decreased to about once a week now. I had an appointment scheduled for today, but it was cancelled because they didn't get approval for the new treatment yet. So keep your fingers crossed for me that the insurance company will approve the new shots. And that those shots will provide a lot more long term relief so I can continue on my writing path rather than my exhaustion, headache, exhaustion, rinse repeat path.

I have also been working on the next installment in the True Mates world, but had to take a break because I was hitting a wall. That will be my next target so to speak.

Well, that's all for now. Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Kisses,
J.R.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Halloween Blog Contest Winner - I know I"m late! So sorry!

Hi, all! Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween! I know I'm a little late. Unfortunately, migraines attacked again. So I am a little late on announcing the winner. I added everyone in the order they entered with the correct answers into a spreadsheet and did a random number generator to choose my winner. And the winner is....




Helaneh S.!!!

I will be emailing Ms. Helaneh to gather the details to send her the wonderful prize package!


Thank you to everyone who participated! I was happy to see the turnout at such a large number. :) I hope you'll continue to follow me as I would like to do this again in the very near future for the upcoming holidays. So please check back often! 

Kisses, 
~J.R.~

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Contest with Huge Prize Pack! Starts 10/15/15 Ends 10/31/15

Image borrowed from Blue Fire Broadband Blog


Happy Halloween, everyone! It's that time of year where the ghouls roam the streets and things go bump in the night! This is one of my favorite holidays. I love the costumes, the fun, and the trick-or-treaters. Parties are being planned, kids are excited about the candy, and houses are decorated with spiderwebs, skeletons, and tombstones. People are busting out the "Thriller" dance moves and zombies are hungry for brains!

Image borrowed from Wikipedia

To celebrate this festive, frightful season, I am hosting a contest starting today October 15th through the end of the month October 31st. All you have to do to enter to win is to provide me the correct answers to the following scary movie taglines! (PLEASE include a way to reach you, email or Facebook profile link would be preferable).  Each person to answer correctly will be entered into a spreadsheet and a random number generator will be used to choose the numbered row of the winner!



Grand Prize package includes, but is not limited to: a paperback copy of Forgiving Thayne, a paperback copy of Chasing Seth, swag from Rainbow Con 2015 which includes handmade scrabble tile earrings and a necklace or two, several randomly chosen paperbacks of other authors (all M/M romance of course!), a $25 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card, and more! I will try to gather everything this evening to get a picture of most of what I'll be including. It is of course possible for me to include a lot more items than what I'm mentioning or will be in the pictures.

Taglines:

  • 1)  Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
  • 2)  In space no one can hear you scream.
  • 3)  When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
  • 4)  Take the stairs. Take the stairs. For God’s sake, take the stairs!!!
  • 5)  Scream now, while there’s still room to breathe. Terror has no shape. 
  • 6)  Ding Dong, You’re Dead.  
  • 7)  Sometimes dead is better. 
  • 8)  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  
  • 9)  If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead!  
  • 10) Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.  
  • 11)  “He’ll tear your soul apart.” 
  • 12)  Evil loves to party.  
  • 13)  Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.  
  • 14)  They’re here.  
  • 15)  In space, no one can eat ice cream.  
  • 16)  Who will survive and what will be left of them? 
  • 17)  It started in May in a small town. And every month after that whenever the moon was full… it came back. 
  • 18)  Eight legs, two fangs, and an attitude.  
  • 19)  His story will touch you, even though he can't. 
  • 20)  Part mystery. Part thriller. Parts missing.  

I know this may seem like a lot BUT it's a very large prize pack and I wanted to give a little challenge to it! :)  Happy Halloween, everyone, and good luck to those who choose to accept the challenge! 

~ J.R. ~

Image borrowed from Playbuzz.com
 





Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Home & Update on Protecting Kai

Good Morning, everyone :)

I have been making great strides (for me anyway!) on my progress with Protecting Kai, the next True Mates novel I am working on. I am about 35% into it and trying to add at least a thousand words a day. I hope to finish it in the next couple of months and then submit it for publication to Dreamspinner. Hopefully have it out by the beginning of next year or so.

To give those wondering what Protecting Kai is about a sneak peek:

Cole Ferris, son of the Alpha of the Emerald Lake Hills pack in California, found and lost his mate all in the same day! He'll do anything to find him again, including following his trail all the way to Phoenix, AZ, where he finds more than he bargained for.

Kai Renard barely managed to escape the dangerous situation he'd been living in since he was thirteen years old. He's been on the run and sees no end in sight. Until the fateful day he bumps into Cole in Redwood City, CA. Two weeks later, during an altercation with strangers, Cole rescues him and offers him the one thing he's wanted for the last nine years, freedom. No more fear, no more pain. But is he strong enough to give Cole what he promises? Only time will tell.

Is that enough of a teaser? LOL. Hopefully, it gives you an idea of what the next True Mates novel is without revealing way more than I wanted. :P

So about a month ago or so I sent an email over to Torquere Press looking for a new home for my two stories that were previously published by the "Publisher Who Shall Not Be Named" and after a few weeks, I received an email with an acceptance from Torquere Press for Swift's Temptation and Fragments of a Unicorn's Soul! Finally! I can finally say I have a permanent home for them right now! I do not have a release date for either with Torquere Press, but I will give you the information as soon as I have it.

And to leave you with a bit of Happy Hump day eye candy!



~J.R.~