Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 and What is to Come....

Happy New Year, everyone! It's hopefully going to be a very exciting 2017! And let's hope that this mess going on with ARe is not going to take long to resolve for everyone. Every time I hear something new it's worse than the last update. :-(  All of my books were involved with a publishing company so I am leaving it in their capable hands to resolve those issues as I trust Dreamspinner Press implicitly and I know they have everyone's best interest at heart.

So for me, upcoming this year, I am going to be revealing a new website in the coming month or so and am working closely with a friend and co-worker to get that up and running. I am desperately excited about that and can hardly wait! It should be quite beautiful once completed! I also hope to have more advanced options available since I am not as savvy with the web development as my friend. It will also be kept more up to date than what my current website has been. LOL. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a slacker in that arena.

I also hope to provide you all with additional books this year as one of my intentions is to write, every day, no matter what. I am going to set aside at least two hours a day to write. Because that is the only way I am going to get to where I want to be, a full time writer and to bring you all the next in line for True Mates, the ADA Chronicles, and another series I have been working on, a trilogy that centers entirely around the same couple, which is a new one for me.

There has been some AMAZING reviews out there for Love and Snowball Fights and I couldn't be happier! It's been one of the better received books which shows me that my writing has improved since my first release, Touch Me Gently. While I know You Belong With Me released just this past November, it was written not long after Touch Me Gently and falls into the same time frame so I don't count it among the newest titles.

Rainbow Book Reviews - L&SF Review
Love Bytes Review of L&SF - 4.5 Stars!
Scattered Thoughts Review - 5 Stars!

And there were several others I saw as well. :) Definitely made my holidays brighter! Thank you to the reviewers and to those who took the time to review Love and Snowball Fights. I also want to thank those who followed my blog tour, those who participated, and to everyone who purchased/pre-ordered the novella. I truly hope it made your holiday brighter and gave you that little bit of extra warmth you were looking for.

I wish you all many wonderful things for the coming year and hoping you all have a great 2017!

~J.R.~

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Blissemas 2016 - Christmas Eve & All Through the House...



It's Christmas Eve and all through the house the smells of baked cookies and treats linger, only more will join them as the scent of roasting turkey and the traditional side dishes begin cooking tomorrow evening through Sunday morning. The anticipation grows as we await Christmas morning and the opening of presents, the sounds of paper tearing and the cries of joy as someone sees what they received for the first time. Nothing quite like being gathered together around the Christmas tree and hearing those noises of joy and seeing those smiles of pleasure.

Picture belongs to www.christmastreeassociation.org

I was blessed this year with so many wonderful things. Despite their return a handful of weeks ago, I managed to spend a blissful five months without migraines, and anyone who suffers from them, knows that is something to truly be thankful for. I also had two novellas published so close to the holidays this year. You Belong With Me, and the one I am here to celebrate with you all during the Blissemas 2016 event (http://blissemas.co.uk/), Love and Snowball Fights. Sometimes we find ourselves faced with adversity in our lives that we can choose to either rise up and face or turn tail and run. Which one would you choose if you were in Lane's shoes?

Cover artist © Bree Archer
Lane was set upon by many demons early on in his young life, from losing his parents at the tender age of 15, ending up in a harsh foster care system, to being bounced around from foster home to foster home. His experiences pushed him behind a wall, causing him to remain painfully shy and socially awkward, to the point where he moved around enough to remain friendless. Until he hits Christmas Valley and befriends Tal, the man who owns Tal's Bar and Grill, and the brother of the one man who force him from behind the carefully erected shields he'd built over the years. 

Trey is a loud, brash, yet protective alpha male who would do anything for his family, including intimidating someone smaller than him if he thought that person was out to hurt someone he loved. His first impression of Lane is tainted by the many drifters who have come through Tal's place, using and abusing his brother's good nature, but over time Trey comes to realize Lane is exactly who he appears to be. 

A snowstorm on Christmas Eve brings them into close quarters and the embers spark between them, smoldering slowly, but surely. 

To say thank you to all my readers for their support over the years and to those who have followed me along on my blog tour as I have released Love and Snowball Fights, I am giving away a $25 Dreamspinner Press Gift Card along with an eBook copy of any of my backlog. All you have to do to enter is comment and tell me what YOU are most thankful for this past year? What happened to you this year that you are grateful for? That's it! :) 


Blurb:
Lane Freeman supposed there were worse places to be dumped than a place named Christmas Valley. After being ejected from the foster care system, he spent the past five years hitchhiking and moving around. But six months of a steady job at Tal’s Bar and Grill, an apartment, and even a three-legged cat, have him almost ready to risk putting down a few roots when Tal’s brother comes home for the holidays.

Dallas firefighter Trey Jenkins reluctantly accepts that Lane isn’t like the other drifters who’ve come through his brother’s place. A fragile attraction begins to bloom between them, in spite of the many reasons they both have to fight it. Trey wants to give Lane a family, but experience has taught Lane to depend on no one but himself. Will winter love burn hot in a town called Christmas Valley, or will Lane return to his wandering ways? 

Excerpt:

Trey’s ankle felt much better that morning, if his desire to dig out the front sidewalk of his parents’ home was any indication. Lane warred with the urge to help and the side of himself demanding he remain as far away from Trey as possible. The kindness in him won out, and after he’d dressed in a pair of jeans two sizes too big for him, held up by a borrowed belt, and the long-sleeved shirt he wore the day they left his apartment, which Mrs. Jenkins had somehow washed without him knowing, he put on his boots and grabbed his hoodie and jacket.

When Trey came downstairs, he frowned at Lane. “You should stay inside where it’s warm.”

Lane ignored the bite of rejection and shook his head. “I want to help.”

Trey studied him for a long moment and then sighed. “Let’s at least see if Ma has an extra pair of gloves somewhere.”

Minutes later Lane had a snow shovel in his hand and was working beside Trey to clear out the walkway to the street and the driveway. They wouldn’t be able to drive until the snowplows came through, but this way it was already done. He saw others in the neighborhood doing the same thing, and the mindless activity soothed him as he dumped each shovelful away from the walk. Several times he bumped into Trey but merely apologized and continued to work. When they reached the end of the pathway, the muscles in Lane’s arms quivered and he couldn’t help his heavy breathing. Trey, of course, was barely winded. Lane made a face but started digging toward the cars.

“You can go inside and rest now if you want to. I can finish this up,” Trey said.

Lane shook his head. “I’m fine.”

He thought he heard Trey whisper, “Stubborn,” but ignored the comment and kept digging. The crunch of the snow giving way to the shovel gave him a deep sense of satisfaction.

It wasn’t more than a couple of feet into the mountain of snow between the walk and the driveway that he felt something hit his back. Lane jerked up and turned to stare wide-eyed at Trey, who smirked at him and casually tossed another snowball in the air, waiting to see what Lane would do.

“I can’t believe you just did that!” Lane exclaimed. He scooped up a handful of snow and threw it at Trey. Some of it hit his chest, but it scattered as it flew through the air, making little to no impact. Trey raised an eyebrow, but instead of saying anything, he lobbed the one he held at Lane. Lane attempted to sidestep, but it grazed his arm.

The gloves were off and they started lobbing snow at one another. Trey had the clear advantage, having had many snowball fights in his life. Lane guessed Trey was going easy on him, though. He couldn’t stop laughing, ducking behind mounds of snow to avoid whatever Trey threw his way. The longer they played, the more confident Lane became. He crafted each ball quick and sure, compressing it tighter as their fun continued, but it was the final snowball that hit Trey square in the face that ended their game.

Lane gasped in horror and rushed out from behind the barricade as Trey fell backward into a mound of white. “Trey!”

Lane almost slipped as he skidded to a stop next to where Trey lay. Trey’s eyes were closed and he wasn’t moving.

Lane dropped to his knees next to Trey. “Oh, my god, Trey. I’m sorry! Please be okay!” He leaned over and started brushing the snow from Trey’s face, wincing at how red Trey’s nose and forehead looked. “Trey,” Lane pleaded and shook Trey gently.

Suddenly Trey reached up and grabbed Lane around the waist, twisting them until Lane lay beneath him. Lane gave a sound of protest, but it was cut off when Trey held a snowball he hadn’t noticed before over him. “That wasn’t very nice,” Trey husked.

“I-I’m sorry,” Lane stuttered, very aware of Trey’s hard body on top of his. “I didn’t mean to. Are you okay?”

Trey’s eyes crinkled at the corner and one side of his mouth came up in a half smile. “All’s fair in love and snowball fights, Lane.”

He dangled the snowball closer to Lane’s face. “You wouldn’t,” Lane protested, ignoring the comment about love.

Chuckling, Trey shrugged. “Maybe, maybe not. I’ll make you a deal.”

Lane swallowed. “What is it?”

“Go back inside and rest while I finish clearing the driveway or….” Trey lowered the snowball a bit more.

For a half a second Lane considered it and then said, “No.”

Trey clucked his tongue a couple of times. “You really are a glutton for punishment.”

Lane glared up at him. “I’m not going to sit around and do nothing while you’re out here with an injured ankle.”

He saw a slight hesitance in Trey’s posturing, but it disappeared rapidly. Trey kept his word, but he didn’t shove it in Lane’s face as Lane expected, squeezing his eyes shut in preparation. Oh no. Trey chose to stuff it down the front of Lane’s shirt. Lane gasped at the icy chill, eyes flying open to stare in shock at Trey, who had a wide grin on his face. He remained still for several seconds, absorbing what Trey had done and feeling the ice melt against his skin, sliding down his chest.

Instead of getting mad, Lane chose to get even. He grabbed as much snow as he could from beside him and shoved it up the back of Trey’s leather jacket and under his shirt. Trey let out an exclamation of shock and sat up to fluff out his clothes in order to dislodge the ice. Seeing his chance, Lane squirmed out from under Trey and stood. He went to move around Trey but wasn’t fast enough. Trey tumbled him down in the snow once more. Lane let out an “oomph” as he hit the hard white surface.

“The last person who did something like that didn’t survive,” Trey growled, eyes twinkling to show Lane he wasn’t serious. Their faces were even closer to one another than before, and Lane noticed a small white scar at the corner of Trey’s mouth and the dark flecks of brown hidden in the steel of Trey’s irises.

“It was only fair,” Lane wheezed.

Trey grunted. “Maybe so, but I can’t let that trespass go.”

Lane wriggled under Trey, attempting to get free once more. His movements caused Trey’s eyes to darken to that liquid silver, and he halted, not really knowing what to do. He was tired of fighting it, but at the same time, knew he should hold strong against the only thing that lay in Trey’s direction: pain.
“Lane?” Trey queried.

“Y-yeah?”

“Can I kiss you?”


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J.R. Loveless is an avid fan, reader and writer of anything pertaining to male/male romance. She started out her adventure into the genre in 2004 when she discovered the anime Loveless, a softer side of Yaoi. The moment she saw Loveless, it sucked her in and hasn’t let go since.

After Loveless, she voraciously searched for anything she could find within the anime world pertaining to Yaoi and Shounen-Ai. She found Gravitation, Princess Princess, Gakuen Heaven, Junjou Romantica and so much more. As she searched for the different animes available, she stumbled across an amazing forum that to this day she is more than ever thankful she found.

J.R. currently has several works in progress and several more ideas on the slow cooker. Ideas come to her out of the blue, a lyric in a song, a line in a movie, or just out of nowhere while she’s standing in the shower. She loves to make up her own stories, to follow her heart, and to write things her way because she loves a happy ending.
She is always thankful for all of her followers on AarinFantasy and for all of the wonderful people who read her stories. Please feel free to send her an email or to drop her a note on Facebook. She will always try to respond, even if it isn’t right away.


Friday, November 11, 2016

You Belong With Me Guest Blog Tour - Dates & Blog Sites




Below is where you'll find the dates and the sites of my guest posts for my book release tour for You Belong With Me. Please stop by to read exclusive content, new excerpts, and some interesting facts about me that you didn't know. :)

November 4th - MM Good Book Reviews - Link
November 9th - Dreamspinner Press - Link
November 10th - Open Skye Book Reviews - Link
November 11th - Alpha Book Club - Link
November 12th - Love Bytes Reviews - Link
November 14th - Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words - Link


I will update the two that have no link with their links once they become available. :)

Thank you to All the Veterans and the Winner is....



First I want to say Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have served and are serving our country to this day! You put your lives at risk for the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 


Second, I am announcing the winner of my contest for my cover reveal. I know I'm a little behind schedule. I have been super swamped with a blog tour for the release this week as well as dealing with some headaches. Unfortunately, the headaches are back. I have to go see my neurologist. They were under control for about four months, which was sooooo nice. I loved it. Now they're back and making it hard for me to keep up with everything again. Anyway, the winner of my contest is..... 


Bronwyn at Beeheeley(@)gmail(.)com! Congratulations! I have already sent an email off to you! :) 


For those following my guest tour, there is another contest over at Dreamspinner Press as well if you're interested in participating again. :) 

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated on my blog and I appreciate each and every comment. I am sorry I wasn't able to personally respond to every comment. I tried, but didn't have the chance. Please know I read every comment and truly adore you all! *hugs* <3 nbsp="" span="">

~J.R.~

Friday, November 4, 2016

Oh My God Did You See That?!.... No Seriously, Did You???


Okay, now that I have your attention, over the next couple of weeks, I will be guest blogging on several sites, including Dreamspinner Press's blog, with a couple of new excerpts from my upcoming release You Belong With Me and chances to win e-book copies along with other great prizes along the way! I will be posting on here as well for those who are not on my Facebook page or those who do not follow me on Twitter so fear not, you will have the chance to enter to win!

Today's guest blogging adventure begins over on MM Good Book Reviews with a brand new never before seen excerpt so to start off your Friday with a smexy look into Scott's world along with your coffee head on over to MM Good Book Reviews!  Guest Post 

Don't forget, there's still TWO more days to enter to win here on my own blog for a FREE e-book copy of You Belong With Me right over here ------>  Enter the Contest to Win!!  You have until 11:59PM EST  on 11/06/2016 to comment on the post. Winner will be picked at random! 

That's all for today! Have a GREAT Friday, everyone! :) 

~J.R.~

Thursday, October 20, 2016

You Belong With Me Excerpt

Good Morning, lovely people! Hope you're all doing wonderful on this beautiful October morning! It's 7:21am EST here in Sunny Florida and I am getting ready for the EDJ that takes me away from the love of my life... writing. I wish I could stay home and write all day, every day. Some day, right? I think all writers dream of such a thing. Sadly, it is not a reality, but who knows what life will bring my way in the future. 

I realized yesterday in my haste to announce to the everyone that I had forgotten to give you a glimpse into what lies in store for you when you read it! I was literally standing at work, heating my lunch, and I was like *facepalm*! How could I forget to give you a taste of the story like that? Was that a noob thing to do or what? I think anyone watching me at work was like, what is she doing? LOL. So if you read on for a small teaser of You Belong With Me. And don't forget to head over to my earlier post yesterday to enter to win a FREE copy of this sweet, angsty novella, CLICK HERE!!!




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SCOTT

RUNNING HIS hand through his hair, mussing up the short strands, Scott sighed in frustration for his friend. Craig and Derek were going at it again. Scott watched them arguing from across the schoolyard and wondered what had set them off this time. Craig threw up his arms several times in aggravation as Derek rolled his eyes at Craig and Scott could only pick up a word or two as they shouted at each other. Something about Derek not answering Craig’s texts hit Scott’s ears and Scott wanted to be the one rolling his eyes. Just the night before Craig had been complaining to Scott about Derek ignoring him. Scott shook his head, unable to comprehend why Craig even put up with someone like Derek after all the things Derek put him through. 

Craig and Scott had been best friends for thirteen years. They always had each other’s back and felt one another’s joy and sorrow, and right now Scott ached inside with how unhappy Craig had been lately. They’d been going through this same routine for two years. The most recent argument was over the fact Derek was never around and had been avoiding Craig. Before that there was Derek’s drug use, and before that the fact Derek had disappeared for an entire month without telling Craig where he was going.

Scott’s distress over his friend’s situation wasn’t entirely selfless. Oh no. It wasn’t that simple. How he wished it were nothing more than friendly concern. The gods had decided to make his life a joke. It wasn’t that Scott was straight; if only it were that simple as well. Of course Scott was gay, but the fact of the matter was Scott was in love with Craig, and had been for a very long time. Only Craig never saw him as anything but a buddy, a friend, a shoulder to lean on when Derek hurt him time and again. Maybe Scott was born under the wrong star, or maybe it was just the way his life was meant to be. 

He’d never told Craig how he felt, but he had told someone else: his own twin sister, Karen. She was always telling him he should confess to Craig, that maybe Craig felt the same way but was too scared of hurting their friendship by saying anything. Scott always told her there was no way in hell he would ruin their lifelong friendship over something like this. At least this way he was in Craig’s life, even if it did feel like a fresh scar was added to his heart every day.

Scott and Craig had met because of their parents. Their fathers worked for the same company, and Scott’s mother invited Craig over for Scott’s fifth birthday party. That was the day the two of them became inseparable. Where one went the other followed. They knew each other inside and out. Scott knew Craig hated bananas and Craig knew Scott was allergic to corn syrup. He knew Craig was secretly afraid of spiders like he was of the dark. Their taste in music was similar and both of them loved to dance. There was nothing they didn’t share together. They had come out to their parents together, supporting one another, and had each other’s backs when the bullying and hazing at school started. Scott remembered the day he’d finally admitted his feelings for Craig went beyond friendship.

He’d been on his way to class, hall pass in hand after attending an early morning meeting at the school newspaper, only to suddenly find himself shoved up against a locker. The captain of the football team, a big teenager named Devon, had him pinned to it, calling him a faggot and threatening to beat the queer out of him. Just as Devon pulled his fist back to start waling on him, Craig had grabbed Devon’s wrist from behind and, despite their size difference, challenged Devon. Scott could barely contain his relief and joy at seeing his friend. Craig had been late to school that morning by chance, having overslept. Their shouting brought several teachers and students out into the hallway, effectively halting anything further. The only one Scott had eyes for was Craig. He’d effectively been hooked from that day forward. Despite Craig’s obliviousness.

Craig broke Scott’s heart the day he lost his virginity. He called Scott up the same night and told him every last excruciatingly painful detail. That was the day he knew Craig was never going to love him like he wanted. But try telling that to his heart.

Scott was startled from his thoughts when Craig slammed his book bag onto the ground next to him. “Damn him! Why does he keep doing this shit to me?”

Because you let him, Scott thought miserably. “What happened?”

Craig slumped against the cement wall next to Scott with his elbows on his knees and ran his hands through his hair in frustration. He was so close Scott could sense his body heat, and it sent a shaft of longing through him to think what it would be like to feel that heat flush with his, tangled in a mess of limbs as they made love to each other. “Bastard says he just needed some space. I don’t know why he sticks around if he doesn’t want to be in a relationship.”
 
“I don’t know why you put up with him,” Scott said quietly.

“Because he can be a great boyfriend. He just has his moments when he forgets,” Craig replied bitterly.

Scott knew it wasn’t because Derek was a great guy. Derek only used Craig when he wanted something. Craig didn’t seem to realize how beautiful he was and how he could have anyone he wanted. Standing at a towering six foot two, Craig had a lean and toned physique with the most amazing aquamarine eyes and silky black-as-pitch hair. There was a tiny beauty mark just above the corner of his mouth. When he smiled it was so gorgeous it literally stole Scott’s breath away. The signature wire-and-black-leather necklace Craig wore made him stand out even more. It made his strong neckline seem somehow more graceful.

He was the exact opposite of Scott. Scott stood at a mere five foot ten, with a lanky body and dirty-blond hair he kept closely shaved. His hazel eyes were the only redeeming feature in the babyish face he saw every time he looked in the mirror. He couldn’t even grow a mustache that didn’t look like peach fuzz. His mother always told him his father was the same when he was his age, and now his father had a full-grown beard. That wasn’t something he wanted, though. He just wanted a simple goatee and mustache. The only jewelry he wore was a sterling silver hoop in his left ear, and he only got that because Craig mentioned he’d look hot with an earring.

“Maybe he just isn’t ready for one,” Scott said after a long pause.

The bell rang before Craig could respond, and they both stood up to gather their books. “I’ll see ya at lunch, Scott,” Craig said with a careless wave.

They had very few classes together, so the only time they saw each other during the day was in the mornings, lunch, and chemistry. They were lab partners in chemistry. Scott dragged his feet as he trudged to class. As much as it hurt to be around Craig, he couldn’t imagine him not being in his life. He didn’t know how he would survive the day Craig revealed he was in love for the first time.

The moment Karen saw his face as he walked into calculus, she was up and heading his way. His sister was the mirror image of him, except her hair was longer and her features more feminine, and she had a softer, curvier body. “Another fight,” she guessed without needing to be told.

Scott nodded dejectedly. “Why can’t he see me, Karen?”

She hugged him tightly but didn’t say anything. Despite what people said about siblings always being at each other’s throats, Scott and Karen were the exception. They rarely argued, and if they did, it never lasted long. 

The teacher walked in a few seconds later, and they went to sit down before they got in trouble. Karen squeezed his arm before taking her seat.



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Remember, you have until 11:59 EST November 6th to enter to win a FREE e-book copy of You Belong With Me OVER HERE so enter now! :)

Kisses,
~JR~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cover Reveal for "You Belong With Me" & eBook Contest

Good Morning, everyone! Happy Hump Day! I have some great news to share and a chance for you guys to win a free e-book copy of one of my upcoming releases! Keep reading for how to enter!



Last night I received notification that my novella You Belong With Me is actually going to be released sooner than expected! I was originally given a tentative release of Feb/March of 2017 so I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find out it is already on the Coming Soon page over at Dreamspinner Press and will be released November 9th of this year! The novella is already available for pre-order over on Dreamspinner Press's website and will be available at the other sites DSP releases to the day of release.


You Belong With Me was a story inspired a few years back and is something that many of us have experienced. That deep down longing for a friend, someone we've known for years, but who has always been oblivious to that fierce love in our hearts, too blind to see what was right in front of them. Scott loves his best friend Craig with every bit of his heart, but Craig is unable to see it. The difference here is that the story is given from the perspective of not only Scott and Craig but also Scott's twin sister Karen, who has suffered right along with Scott. Hopefully you'll find this trio of perspectives interesting and will be rooting for Scott by the end of it. :)


The cover artist, Anne Cain, did an amazing job with the cover. It's different than my others and I love it. I think it captured not only the essence of the story, the sadness and the weight Scott carries with him, but also the blindness Craig has toward Scott's feelings with the way Craig and his current SO are shadowed. The whole feel of it encompasses the depth of what the story means to Scott, Craig, and Karen.

Cover Reveal

Cover Artist: Anne Cain



Blurb:

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.

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. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.

Dreamspinner Press Link 



NOW for Contest Entry - All you have to do to enter to win is comment. Yep. Easy as that. Just comment (with your email address please!). Winner will be selected randomly from all commentators. You have until 11:59PM EST November 6th to enter. Winner will be selected November 7th and I will email the winner to let you know you won along with your copy of the ebook. Simple as that! Easy peasy right? :)