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.)