It’s officially *head meet desk* time for me and *palm slap forehead* time too. I must admit that I am a total failure at multitasking. While trying to smooth out a proposal for Carina, work on the WIP on the next in the Hauberk series for Samhain, Texas Tangle’s release and all the promo that entailed I have dismally and disgracefully dropped one of the most important balls I had in the air.

When I invited Lorelei James to return to my blog as my guest, I promised I’d send her some interview questions because a) I recognize that blogging takes a LOT of time out of anyone’s day and to ask someone else to write up a post for you is a serious imposition on them, b) Lorelei, who also writes as Lori Armstrong, was dealing with a child graduating from high school and preparing for college in addition to her writing work and she had a helluva lot more writing balls in the air–enough to make my few pale in comparison. Despite numerous reminders I sent myself through Google Calendar, and sticky notes both real and virtual on my monitor,  I never got around to writing up Lorelei’s questions and sending them to her. And I didn’t even realize it until yesterday afternoon. *sob* A totally classy lady, Lorelei has graciously agreed to come back later in the month.

Lorelei is one of those writers who I hold up as the type of writer I want to be when I grow up. Even though I’m probably significantly older than her. She writes steamy hot erotic romances with Samhain — yeehaw hot nekkid cowboys as Lorelei James and award winning mysteries as Lori Armstrong. I’m not kidding about those awards–this is straight off Lori’s bio page:

Her first mystery novel, BLOOD TIES, published in 2005, was nominated in 2006 for a Shamus Award for Best First Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America. The second book in the Julie Collins mystery series, HALLOWED GROUND, released Nov. 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original, a Daphne du Maurier Award and won the 2007 WILLA Cather Literary Award for Best Original Softcover Fiction. SHALLOW GRAVE, released in Nov. 2007, was nominated for a 2008 High Plains Book Award, a Daphne du Maurier Award and was a finalist for the 2008 WILLA Cather Literary Award. The fourth book, SNOW BLIND, released in Oct. 2008, won the 2009 Shamus Award, from the Private Eye Writers of America, for Best Paperback Original

But it was her cowboys over at Samhain that made me fall in love with Lorelei’s writing. The MacKays’ Rough Rider series and the Wild Wests Boys series. She’s set the bar high for the rest of us.

Now she’s got a brand new series out — the Blacktop Cowboy series from Signet Eclipse (they’re part of Penguin) The first book in the series, Corralled, released this week.

Sports therapist Lainie Capshaw has been rehabilitating injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn’t mean you fall for the man.

So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two different men: Hank Lawson, a bullfighter, and Kyle Gilchrist, a bull rider. Lainie feels guilty about her two-timing, but it doesn’t keep her from doubling her fun-that is until Hank catches her with Kyle.

She’s shocked that Hank isn’t mad. But she’s more shocked to learn Hank and Kyle are hometown buddies. But when the men offer to share her-in every way-she knows that she’s going to have to choose the one man who can give her the ride of her life.

I picked up Corralled intending to keep it for myself, but as penance I’m going to give it away today to a commenter. Tell me what books of Lorelei’s (or Lori’s) are on your keeper shelf or who your favorite Lorelei James cowboy is.  I’ll leave the contest open until next Monday (August 9th) at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. 

**edited** The contest is now closed and a winner chosen. Congratulations to “Soft Fuzzy Sweater”. SFS – please send an email to contest @leahbraemel .com with your snail mail address and real name so I can send you your copy of Corralled. (You have seven days to claim your prize.)

My Wayne’s World impression (and a contest)
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  • August 4, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I have to pick one? Seriously? You're killing me. Ok, Rough, Raw and Ready and Long Hard Ride. See, I can't pick one.
    I had no idea Corralled was coming out! This is awesome!!

  • August 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    One cowboy? You have to be kidding!
    I love them all.

  • August 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Um I'll be honest and raise my hand and say I haven't read any of Lorelei/Lori's books yet.
    Would love to have the chance though 🙂 I've always been partial to cowboys lol

  • August 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I have many of her books on my wishlist since my book budget is so tiny every month. The book I'm absolutely dying to read is Shoulda Been a Cowboy and hence its hero, Cameron McKay, is my fave. A scarred yet sexy man can't be beat. To overcome his disability speaks of great inner strength that exudes sexiness.

  • August 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I have not read any of Lorelei James' books…..but I do have a couple of the Rough Rider books.

  • August 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I'm going to have to go with Cowgirl Up & Ride and Cord McKay!

    Great giveaway! I can't wait to read another fantabulous Lorelei story.


  • August 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I've not read a book by this author. But by all the fabulous things always being said, I really need to!

  • August 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I love Lorelei's Rough Rider series. I am reading Raising Kane now. Cowgirl Up and Ride is my favorite in the series. Cord McKay is my favorite cowboy.


  • August 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

    All of Lorelei's book are on my keeper shelf. My favorite cowboy if I really have to choose is Kane!

    great giveaway

  • August 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Oh man, I love all of the Rough Riders. I think I read them all in about 4 days and then immediately read Kane's book when it came out. And I can't pick just one that is my favorite because they're all just so amazing. But if I had to choose, my favorite would be Keely, the lone cowgirl of the bunch 🙂

    maevee08 at hotmail dot com

  • August 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I love all her books in the Rough Riders series and they will always be on my shelf. I love them all!

    lilazncutie1215 @

  • August 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    All of her Rough Rider books are keepers!

    So hard to pick a favorite but I think I have a soft spot for Kade. However my favorite book was Trevor, Chassie and Ed's book.

  • August 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Cowgirl Up And Ride is my favorite so far, but All Jacked Up is right up there for me too. Favorite cowboy is a toss up btwn Cord & Quinn.

    Every LJ is a keeper for me. Thanks!

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

  • August 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Wow, it's really hard to put into words why I love Lorelei's books so much but I think it's because of the way she writes her characters. They are so dimensional which isn't always the case in erotic romance. They all have flaws, but they also have very redeeming qualities and then there's the whole love of family things to. I can honestly tell you that I have read the Rough Riders series (along with the West Boys books) five times in the past year. Every time a new release comes out, I start with the first one and go right on through just to get in the mind set for the next one. I swear the way she writes these characters I feel like I know them. Like I could drive to Wyoming and find them hanging out at the diner. Anyway, favorite cowboy is a tough one but it would have to be Kade. There is just something about him that is so good and so right. And I loved that book because it wasn't typical (I mean starting out a romance novel with a newborn, how often does that happen?) That being said, my favorite of all of her books is Cowboy Up and Ride. I think it's because I love how AJ just took control and made Cord see his life in a whole different way. I know you didn't want a book, but can you tell I really, really love Lorelei's writing?

  • August 7, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I currently have:

    Written as Lori Foster:
    Out of the Light into the Shadows
    Just a Hint
    Secret Life of Bryan
    Fallen Angels

    Written as: Lorelei James
    Rough, Raw, and Ready
    Tied Up, Tied Down

    I would love to have more of the James books. 🙂

  • August 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    All my Lorelei books are keepers except for the ebooks. And those I plan to add to my library when finance permits. My "favoritest" cowboy is Kade, with Cord in second place.

    Kade fainting when he meets his daughter has got to be the sweetest, most endearing, most completely loveable scenes I've read EVER (and I read a lot). I fell in love with Kade back in "CowGirl Up…." and loved him as a horny young man with a conscience, unwilling to f*ck without thought or care. And he falls hard for a woman with brains. Watching him seduce Skylarinto marriage to take on his fatherly role is the best, He steps to the plate and thats what makes him a man among men!

    Hey I found "Kade's picture" on "Teasing Tidbits" YUM!

  • August 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Oh I love Lorelei's books. I have all of them in eformat, and they are on my read over and over again list!! My favorite is the one with the last name McKay! *wink*

  • August 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    My favorite would have to be Cord… I just love him.

  • August 9, 2010 at 7:10 am

    To just have one is hard, as I love them all, but if I had to choose I would pick Cord.

  • August 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite cowboy would be Treavor from Rough Raw and Ready.

  • August 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Since it's now after 9 p.m. Eastern time, the contest is officially closed and a winner has been chosen.

    And thanks to the magic of's list randomizer, the winner is: Soft Fuzzy Sweater!

    SFS, please send an email to contests @leahbraemel .com (without the spaces) with your real name and your snail mail address so I can get your copy of Corralled in the mail. (You have seven (7) days to contact me, or the second person on the list, in this case Elaing8, will be declared the winner…)

    There were 21 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

    1. Soft Fuzzy Sweater
    2. Elaing8
    3. Gi
    4. MichellekCanada
    5. Aliens
    6. Sharon
    7. Lorene
    8. Mae
    9. Nicole
    10. Joder
    11. Estella
    12. S7anna
    13. Chelsea B
    14. Dino Rubio
    15. Emmad
    16. Natasha A
    17. CrystalGB
    18. Scorpio
    19. Jeanette
    20. Donna
    21. Smiles

    Timestamp: 2010-08-10 01:29:49 UTC

    Any comments after this will be welcomed but won't be eligible for the contest for Lorelei's book, but will still be eligible for my monthly Reader Appreciation Contest.

  • August 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Sorry — Soft Fuzzy Sweater, send an email to Contest @ leahbraemel .com (singular, I'd written it as a plural up above…which won't get you anywhere unfortunately.)

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