Today’s guest is one that gave me a real “woohoo” moment when she agreed to guest blog on my bash. Yes, Lorelei James is another author I stalked because she’s one of my favorite Samhain authors.

Confession time. I’d never read any of Lorelei’s work until January of this year. And then I went out and bought everything she had at Samhain. Lorelei writes about cowboys. Sexy cowboys. Cowboys you would let tie you up and … oh, yeah, I’m supposed to be introducing her not fantasizing about her McKay brothers of her Rough Riders series.

But, really, how can you blame me for fantasizing when you read her warnings:

Warning: this romp features nekkidness the cowboy way—sex with boots on and with boots off, dirty sex against a dirty pickup truck, bare-assed sex on a bear skin rug, graphic language, unfortunate aim with a nail gun, and improvisational use of whips and whipped cream. Branded as Trouble.

Warning: this book contains: explicit sex nine ways ‘til Sunday – including ménage a trois, inventive use of ropes, naughty girls getting spanked, stubborn men getting hog-tied, graphic language and whoo-wee! hot nekkid cowboy action. Rode Hard Put Up Wet

and …Warning: This title contains the following: lots of explicit sex, going strong long after the cows come home, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage with bullropes, ménage a trois, and – yee-haw! – hot nekkid cowboy man-love. Long Hard Ride

Apparently writing all these steamy scenes isn’t as glamorous as you would think. Or hope. For her post, Lorelei shares her average writing day.


A Day in the life of a neurotic writer under deadline

5:30 a.m. – Wake up without the aid of an alarm clock. Wonder why in the hell I cannot sleep past five thirty in the morning. Ever. Grumble as I head downstairs to my office and smile because my husband started my coffee.

5:30 to 7:00 a.m. – Answer emails while drinking coffee. Check my website stats. Check book rankings. Check book rankings. Check book rankings. Check book rankings. Check book rankings (sensing a pattern here?) Recheck email accounts and answer emails I avoided the first go around. Check my favorite blogs and read the news while drinking coffee.

7:05 a.m. – Yell at middle daughter to get up and get ready for work. Drink more coffee. Screw around online.

7:30 a.m. – Realize daughter #2 is not up and yell again. Wonder why the coffee pot is empty and secretly suspect daughter #2 snuck upstairs and drank 1 of the 12 cups of coffee while I was screwing around online with various important “writer” stuff.

8:00 to 8:15 – Shut off computer in office and head upstairs to my crappy laptop (without internet access) to work.

8:15 to whenever daughter #3 decides to roll out of bed – Write, taking breaks every 30 minutes due to excessive coffee consumption.

Noon – Decide ice cream and taco chips are “brain food” that will help me write better/faster/cleaner and have a quick lunch while yelling at daughter #3 to get out of her pajamas. Text daughter #1 and ask if she’ll be home tonight. Text daughter #2 and ask what she’s having for lunch. Text daughter #3 (who is in the basement) and remind her IN ALL CAPS to get out of her pajamas. Call my husband and tell him to stop texting me because I’m working. Then text him back and say I was only kidding.

12:15 to 3:30 – Write. Wish I could nap. Wish I could read just one of the books on my TBR pile. Sigh and get back to work.

3:30 – Flip on main computer in office and check email again. Panic because I missed an email reminding me I agreed to guest blog for Leah. Spend an hour choosing and discarding these thought provoking topics:

a) Why I’m paranoid and feel my editor likes her “other” authors better than me

b) Why I dread the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally starting next week and the hundreds of thousands of bikers who descend on us (I wrote four paragraphs that sucked and canned the idea, but now as I’m rereading this, I’m considering checking the recycling bin on my desktop, because hello? This blog topic ain’t much better folks, sorry)

c) Lament being mostly computer illiterate

d) Rant about the evils of technology being 24/7, focusing on why normally rational adults are obsessed with their Crackberrys (Blackberrys) –and why checking your Facebook messages during sex is ALWAYS a bad idea

e) Talk about the kick ass “Days of 76 Rodeo” I attended in Deadwood Saturday night, focusing on the very excellent rough stock rides and the more excellent than usual Wrangler encased cowboy butts sauntering by me

f) Discuss menu planning ideas under duress (I laughed myself silly typing that…menu planning? And me? In the same sentence? Get out! My idea of menu planning is, “Honey, could we have steaks tonight?” Seriously. My husband is chief cook when I’m under deadline. Okay, that’s a total lie, he almost always cooks these days—due to my idea of appropriate “food” as referenced above)

g) Detail why helping daughter #1 chose household items for her new apartment when she goes back to college next month makes me cry

h) Decide a humorous take on my schedule when I’m under deadline would be the height of hilarity—and so unique!

4:30 to 6:00 – House stuff. Kid stuff. Think about drinking beer and catching up on episodes of Burn Notice and True Blood I have DVR’d, but watch Hannah Montana and That 70’s Show reruns with daughter #3 instead, while waiting for daughter #2 to get home from work. Wonder if daughter #1 still lives here, and contemplate the culinary delights my hubby will prepare for the evening meal when he comes home from work.

7:00 to 11:00 – Work on project due in ONE WEEK and feel guilty for everything under the sun I’m neglecting in order to hit my deadline

11:15 – Feel incredibly lucky as I’m drifting off that tomorrow morning I’ll get up and do it all over again 🙂

***Neuroses and time frame subject to change at any time. For any reason.


You can find out more about Lorelei over on her website, her blog (keep your towel handy to catch the drool when you spy her Man Candy), her MySpace page, or you can join her Yahoo group. (Ssssh, Lorelei also writes mysteries as Lori Armstrong.Two names, two blogs, two totally different genres? Maybe that double identity is what causes her neuroses.)


I’m giving away the winner’s choice of Lorelei’s books (e-format) to today’s lucky commenter.

Lorelei James: Neurotic Writer under Deadline

50 thoughts on “Lorelei James: Neurotic Writer under Deadline

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for having Lorelei on your blog. It was a fun witty romp of a day in the life of a writer.
    I loved the "Warnings"- they are full of awesome.
    Excellence all around.
    Love from Northern Ontario

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Thanks for letting us aspiring writers know what we're in for, kids and all! Great post! I just recently read Rough, Raw, and Ready and I have to say it was hot, hot, HOT!! Great story with smokin' hot sex! Gotta love those sexy cowboys!

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for having Lorelei on your blog today! She drinks almost as much coffee as I do, lol.
    (orchid_slayer on twitter)

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:29 am

    It was great reading about Lorelei and the day of a writer under deadline. I especially like all those warnings. 🙂
    Carol L.

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:43 am

    ….. will come back and comment coherently once I get my sensibilities back under control. 😉

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Great interview and glimpse of the days of a writer! Nothing like some hot, sexy cowboys!!

    Have a great day!
    Amy M

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Lorelei is the greatest and so are her warnings! Don't put me in the contest since I already have all her books. If you haven't read them, you need to get to it!!!!

    Proud James Gang member!

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Morning Lorelei, No one can say your day doesn't keep you busy..I almost needed a nap after reading all the things you do in such a short time. ha Are you sure your days don't have more than 24 hours in it? ha I hope to enter your drawing here as i really enjoy your books and don't have them all. I want to thank Leah for inviting you to her blog and to allow us to hear more about you and your books. susan L.

  • July 28, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Hi Lorelei,

    Loved your schedule, got a good laugh and LOVE your cowboys.

    Thanks for taking the time to blog today. 🙂


  • July 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Another James gang member here…thanks for having Lorelei on today Leah….now i see what her day is like and i'm like "ohhh now i understand"…..her books or the best and i would recommend to any1. Cheers

  • July 28, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for the peek into "a day in the life of a writer" No actual nekkid cowboys to be seen. Thank goodness, since I usually do this at work and a nekkid cowboy might prove to be a distraction of sorts.

  • July 28, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Great post. It is always interesting to get a view of 'a day in the life of a writer'.

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Fantastic post, loved getting to see what your day is like!!! 🙂

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Another PROUD James Gang Member…Thanks for having Lorelei as a guest blogger. She is the greatest author. She writes Hot cowboys like they really are. If you haven't read her books, your really missing out. They are like real, stories out of your own back yard, if your a cowgirl.
    Lorelei, thanks for a look into your daily world. It is hard to keep ahead of life, when your working and having kids to help and husband to cook would be great! You do so much. And drink way too much coffee. Thanks again Leah for giving us a "day in the life of a writer"

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Ha! Talk about coincidence! I was just recommended Lorelei James from my local bookstore. Can't wait to try her books…they look Awesome!

    rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

    What a fun post today! 🙂 So glad to see you and your books are fantastic. So much more than your standard western…and it's very appreciated!! 🙂

    lyoness2009 AT hot mail *dot* com

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:23 am

    I loved the blog. It kept me laughing all the way through it. I love Lorelei's books. The cowboys are to die for.

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Great post! Loved those warnings, too. I've heard a lot about Miss Firecracker. Count me in.

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:44 am

    love cowboy books. Just haven't gotten around to hers yet. Would love to try one as soon as time and budge allows lol.

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Another "Gang" member. I discovered L in late February and quickly snatched up as many for the Rough Riders series as I could. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Loved reading about your daily writing life. And for the record I'm a total crackberry lover but those suckers get turned off during 'adult play time'. ha!

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I am a big time Lorelei fan! Although it sounds like times are hectic now, I have no doubt that it will result in another fantastic book! I'll be in waiting in the virtual line on release day to purchase it 🙂

    Thanks to Leah for having LJ guest, and thanks LJ for taking the time out of your busy schedule to see the madness that results in the books that I love 🙂

    Please don't enter me, as I think I already own all of her ebooks.

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Thank you Lorelei for giving us the opportunity to get a glimpse of your life in writing land. It was neat. Have a great day.

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Lorelei is right about the hawt cowboys at the Days of 76 rodeo in Deadwood-we had great fun checking them out! Lorelei's a FANTASTIC author and all around great girl!! If you haven't read her books, get out there and buy them!

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Loved your post Lorelei! I love cowboys too. 🙂

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Great post I love your books cowboys are the best.

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

    With such a hectic life, I'm amazed you can get anything done. So thanks for taking the time to visit us and keep writing those wonderful cowboys. They're super sexy!

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for the great post! I'd love to win a cowboy…

  • July 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love cowboys. I haven't gotten a chance to read one of Lorelei's books yet but will soon. I have been eyeing them on Samhain for a while.
    lexeetoste at

  • July 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Can't imagine waking up at the same time everyday without an alarm clock. Can't wait to read your hot stories.

  • July 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I really enjoy Lorelei's books and can always count on her for an emotional and very sexy romance story. Just finished reading Branded as Trouble, and added it to my favorites list.

  • July 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Love lorelei's books. Read them all and can't wait for Shoulda Been A Cowboy. I would take that one if allowed. 😉 count me in.

  • July 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Well…I must confess then…I only started reading Lorelei…last week *hangs head*, I have read the first 2 in the Cowboy series…..DAMN! Those are yummy!!! So, I have some catching up to do!
    GREAT interview!

  • July 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Another happy James Gang member here.

    Thanks Lorelei, for that brief glimpse into your day. It sounds incredibly hectic, but fun. And you know we all love you and your books, and appreciate how hard you work to keep us in more hot nekkid cowboys.

    And thanks, Leah, for hosting Lorelei. Happy Birthday!


  • July 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Very enlightening. lol

  • July 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    That was a really fun post!! I enjoyed it a lot and could see myself in there…hehe!!!!


  • July 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Loved this post!!!!

  • July 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    You are one busy lady….I've read 2 of your cowboy books and loved both of them. I'd love to win one of your books. mitzihinkey at scbglobal dot net.

  • July 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Sorry you're not looking forward to bike week. Does that mean I can't look you up when I finally get there?

    You sound like you have a full work day with distractions….unfortuately no cowboys but distractions none the less. Thanks for keeping us entertained and for those of us that never see cowboys, a glimpse into a different world.

    Another member of the James Gang

  • July 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for visiting, I would love to try your books.

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Busy lady. I'm tired just reading your blog. I am lucky here, also. DH has cooked the last 4 of 6 days here. He cooks on his days off. It's just great to come home from work and not have to cook or clean.

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Leah and Lorelei, I do love cowboy stories and cowboys who know how to share are even better… LOL thanks for telling us about your day.. I live with five men ages 10- 46 so I do know the fun of gettin others moving as well as myself. I would love to win a copy of one of your back list… 🙂

  • July 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm


    Great post! I don't know how you do it all and stay sane, but am very glad that you do. 🙂 Don't think I could live without regular doses of the McKay men 🙂

    Proud James Gang Member

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks to Lorelei and all the visiting members of the "James gang."

    I don't have a crackberry, but my computer and internet is my addiction, so having come up here to the Laurentian mountains where my internet is severely limited has been a real test.

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Great post! Love the books!

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful birthday party bash and I hope you are having a spectacular birthday. I really enjoyed learning about Lorelei's writing…

  • July 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Take out the writing part and a lot of your day (the bugging the kids part) sounds a lot like my day! You're a very busy lady. I'm glad you find the time to write those yummy yummy cowboys!

  • July 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    That was a great post, Lorelei! Thanks for sharing today! And amazing how much you get done with all your personas/hats!

  • July 29, 2009 at 1:11 am

    LOL – I give thanks each day for my husband who likes to cook and does a really good job of it. I guess we're both blessed 🙂

  • July 29, 2009 at 1:41 am

    I read cowboy books because of Lorelei. Great interview.

  • July 29, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Love the books, Loved the blog. good to know sometimes that you are not the only one that thinks the way you do.


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