Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Journey, New Website, New Resolutions

Hey, all. It's the inconsistent poster. Never really sure what to post, honestly, aside from promoting new books or talking about things that are related to something to do with my books. But today I want to post some things related to me as an author and a person.

New Website

Last year I had briefly mentioned I would have a new website. The person I had building the site bailed on me and I didn't get the site I wanted. At the end of last year, beginning of this year, I decided to see if there was another way to make my site. I now have my new site up and running. It's a lot more dynamic, more options regarding layouts and the ability to make it look more like a site and less like a blog. I even updated it with all my recent releases, too. So stop by J.R. Loveless and let me know what you think. :) 

There are pages for about me, how to contact me, and also pages with links to my books and the latest information about them. I still have a lot more I want to add to it, make it even prettier and packed with more information. I'm also going to be migrating my blog over there over time, so if you're still reading these posts, you may want to start following me over there instead. I may maintain this just to say, NEW POST, or something, but I would like to get all of my stuff in one place to make it easier for everyone looking for information on me or my books.

New Journey

I started working out and eating healthy again, this time with the very real intention of remaining on that journey. My knees ache all the time, my ankles hurt from walking long periods of time, my lower back is always an issue, and I just overall feel so much better when I'm eating healthier and working out. I gained back a good portion of what I lost two years ago and I am deeply saddened with myself for doing that. But I've already lost 13 of those found pounds and steamrolling ahead to shed the last of what I have gained back and keep going. I would like to be down eighty pounds by the end of the year. 

Eating healthier isn't difficult, just time consuming, because you have to prep your own food in order to make sure it's healthy. I bought myself an Instant Pot last year and I LOVE it. Everything comes out tasty and done just right. I've used it so much lately. I'm always on the lookout for healthy, great tasting recipes, so if you have something you'd like to share, please post it in the comments or shoot me an email from my site. :) 

New Resolutions

I know I've slacked in the writing category the last couple of years and the only excuses I can offer is life. New house, previously a new relationship (that's over), and major migraines. But I also have to admit to being lazy and not taking the bull by the horns and just writing every day. Part of that was due to a foster dog we were caring for who didn't know the meaning of personal space when she wanted attention. We couldn't mix her with our dogs because our dogs didn't like her so we had to play a round robin game of who was out and running free in the house every couple of hours to make it okay on the furbabies. By the time our dogs were out for the night and she was in her crate for bedtime, I was exhausted and passing out on the couch. 

But she has since been adopted and after a few days break to catch up on some sleep, I am going to be writing every day until Protecting Kai is finished. My goal, and I can't say I swear by all that is holy it'll be met, is end of February. That's 34 days. There's only about 30 to 40k words left to be written. I can do it! Fifteen hundred words a day is easy! 

I know many of us make resolutions at the beginning of the year that don't stick. Weight loss, working out, pursuing whatever it is you think you want. We all end up making those resolutions, but this year I am determined to make them stick. I love to write, but age and work has affected my ability to sit up til all hours of the night and still go to work the next day. My best writing was always done that way. Now I just have to make it during the evening hours instead. I can do it! 

I guess that was a lot to read. 

TLDR: To sum it all up, I have a new website, on a new journey to finally lose the weight and keep it off, and my goal is to finish Protecting Kai by end of February! 


Monday, January 7, 2019

Always Forward! Never Straight by Charley Descoteaux

Good day, everyone! I have the privilege of hosting Charley Descoteaux on her blog tour for her newest release Always Forward! Never Straight. Sounds like an amazing read! Can't wait to pick it up and read it myself. :) Continue on with a blurb, excerpt and links where you can pick it up. 


Love isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Baxter Bryan is the nerdy half of BaxCo, a start-up in Portland’s Silicon Forest creating cutting-edge high-tech toys. He’s also a hermit. When BaxCo sponsors the Portland Rock and Roll Half Marathon, Bryan decides to break out of his comfort zone and do more than listen to the music with a beer in hand. The race has barely started when he bumps into a fit, handsome man, causing sparks to fly. But the long hours needed to make BaxCo a success aren’t the only reason Bryan spends most of his time alone in his apartment.

Cay Nissen runs every day to stay in shape. He would love to run away from his job in a Silicon Forest cube farm, but keeps returning to support his teenaged daughter. His true love is music. Cay writes songs for the band he helped form in high school but doesn’t see any way to turn music into a career. The half marathon seemed like a decent way to pass a Saturday, make his boss happy, and catch a performance of his old band all at the same time. When he meets a man who sparks his interest, the safety of his cubicle isn’t the only part of his life that’s in jeopardy of changing.

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After the serious runners passed me, I began to run. Okay, jog. I intended to make a real effort to participate in the race. I’d trained and psyched myself up for weeks—promotional opportunity aside. I casually scoped all the runners, not actually looking for anyone, content to do some people-watching. I snickered at myself because secretly I hoped to hook up with one of the men blowing past me, to have their slender, muscled bodies pressed against mine, their lung capacity put to good use—
I almost swallowed my tongue when a tall, striking man pulled up alongside me. His arm brushed against mine, and even though skin didn’t touch skin—he wore a long-sleeved shirt, no doubt a technologically advanced fiber meant to wick the sweat away from his skin, probably as it gave him a massage and helped combat climate change—I felt an electric shock at the contact. It actually crackled.
He turned, one eyebrow raised, and smiled. “Did you feel that?”
“Um, yeah.” I tried to keep up, even though men like him—svelte athletic types who can pull off trendy shaved-on-the-side-and-longer-on-top haircuts—didn’t usually notice plain, out-of-shape nerds like me.
His handsome face creasing in concern. “Sorry. If the spark came from me.”
Fuck, he’s hot.
“N-no problem. No harm done. It was probably me.”
I shocked myself all the time—literally, not figuratively. I led the most boring life imaginable and rarely left my apartment unless forced. Pavement doesn’t exactly possess the same properties that make carpet and wool socks generate static electricity, but it still could have been me. Just looking at this man gave me a charge.
He seemed like he wanted to say something else, but he smiled instead. His blue eyes held as much flash as the actual static that had passed between us.
“Cay.” He held out his hand, and we shook.
“Bryan.” The breathless quality of my voice had little to do with the running. Or at least that’s what it felt like. “Kay, as in Sir Kay, the knight?” I don’t know how I was able to grin at him, but I did.
“No.” He chuckled. The rich sound of his voice set something alight inside me I hadn’t heard from in years. “C-A-Y. As in Cayman. Like the islands.”
He gave me a look, and it took a moment to realize he was serious. Luckily, that happened before I tripped on anything or ran into anyone. “So, is your sister’s name Aruba?”
“No. That’s my brother.” He turned to face forward for a few paces and then shot me a wink.
That wink made me stumble. I’m in trouble.


Charley Descoteaux is the author of the Buchanan House Love Stories. Book One was a USA Today Must-Read Romance.

Charley has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through a single day without stories.

Rattle Charley’s cages:

Publisher: CeeTwo Publications
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Pages:  86

Cover Artist: Rainbow Danger Designs