Welcome back to UTC, Lorelei! We are happy to have you stop by today to share with us about the re-release of LONG HARD RIDE.
LJ: Thanks so much for having me back!
LONG HARD RIDE was our maiden voyage into the McKay family, was it your intention to create such a big family legacy when you started the series?
LJ: Not at all. I wanted to write one super hot contemporary western and push my own boundaries as a writer. LONG HARD RIDE was the first erotic book I’d written. Then I thought maybe I could write 2 more…the number just kept increasing until I realized I could turn the series into a Western saga spanning years and give every member of the McKay family a happily ever after.
You are self publishing this re-issue of the book. How exciting! But also, labor intensive I imagine. Other than the obvious new cover, did you have to do major editing in the book?
LJ: Self-publishing is a LOT of work. Fortunately I’ve got a great team that has really helped me rebrand the self-published editions of this series, and I’m so thrilled with the results! I did minor editing in LONG HARD RIDE, fixed a few typos and changed a couple of things that most readers won’t notice—okay hardcore readers *might* notice—but I had to do it to keep the timeline for the next 15+ books in the series.
As you look forward at re-issuing the rest of the series slowly, do you have any changes in mind that you want to do? Was there ever a scene you weren’t completely happy that went into a book?
LJ: It seems no matter how many pairs of eyes I’ve got on a manuscript before it publishes there’s always a couple of typos (or me using the wrong name in spots—groan) so those FINALLY can get fixed. Yes, it’s a timely question asking about scenes I didn’t want in a book. We just re-edited and reformatted the next book in the series and I ended up cutting almost a dozen pages out of RODE HARD, book 2 (which was previously titled RODE HARD, PUT UP WET) and I’m much happier with it.
Now that the Rough Riders series is over, do you find yourself missing it?
LJ: I do miss the characters and the world, but I am working on short pieces for each couple as time permits, so I’ll be able to give my readers, who miss them too, a peek into their lives 😉
I’m sure you’ve had to do a re-read with the re-issue. Did you find it nostalgic? What were some of your favorite moments?
LJ: I rarely go back and read my own work unless I need to double check or reference something pertinent to a new book. So it’d been a long time since I’d read every line in LONG HARD RIDE. But as I went through it, I remembered why I wanted to write more about the family. After finishing the last full length book in the series this past June, it was good for me to see where I’d started—and be very, very proud of where I ended up 7 years later with this 16+ book series. One of the things that amuses and annoys me, are some of the new meh, or not so flattering reviews with this re-issue (and my other re-issue DIRTY DEEDS), that compare LONG HARD RIDE to other books later in the series, or to my Blacktop Cowboys series, or even to my Mastered series (which is not even a Western series) and I’m thinking….I wrote LONG HARD RIDE 8 years ago, I’d hope that my writing has grown and changed over the course of 8 years! At 72,000 words, LONG HARD RIDE is one of the shortest novels I’ve ever written – average word count for my current novels in the last 3 years is between 125,000 and 155,000 words, so of course characters will be more fleshed out and the plots more complex when I have an additional 50,000 words or more to tell a story!
I was also very excited to see that the Rough Riders series is now available on audio! Have you listened to any of it, if so what did you think? Or do you find it hard to listen to your books?
LJ: I cannot listen to the audio versions of any of my books—I’m weird that way.
What are your favorite series or books that you like to sit back, kick your cowboy boots up and relax with?
LJ: New favorite author I discovered this year? Christina Lauren. I love everything that duo writes. Other autobuys for me are Kresley Cole, JD Robb, Tiffany Reisz…I know I’m forgetting some.
What is next for you?
LJ: Next book release for me, besides the re-releases of LONG HARD RIDE and RODE HARD, is on Dec. 2nd, SCHOOLED, a digital novella in the Mastered series featuring Amery and Ronin. UNRAVELED, book 3 in the Mastered series is in the edit stage at the publisher’s and it releases in March 2015. I’m currently writing CAGED, book 4 in the Mastered series that releases in May 2015. I hope to self-publish a couple of Rough Riders short pieces together in another anthology entitled SHORT RIDES 2. After Christmas I will be writing WRAPPED AND STRAPPED, book 7 in the Blacktop Cowboys series. Plenty of books to keep my readers happy in 2015 😉
And we can’t wait! Thanks so much for chatting with us today!
LJ: Awesome as always!
One lucky woman is in for the ride of her life with three sexy cowboys…
During summer break, wannabe wild woman Channing Kinkaid is offered the chance to shed her inhibitions and horse around on the road with a real chaps-and-spurs wearing rodeo cowboy.
From the moment Colby McKay—bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper—sets his lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows she’s up to the challenge of being his personal buckle bunny. But he also demands that his rodeo traveling partners, Trevor and Edgard are allowed to join in their no-holds-barred sexcapades.
Although Channing secretly longed to be the sole focus of more than one man’s passions, all is not as it seems with the sexy trio. Colby’s demand for her complete submission behind closed doors tests her willful nature, and his sweet-talking ways burrow into her heart.
Will Colby have to break out the bullropes and piggin’ string to convince this headstrong filly that the road to true love doesn’t have to be as elusive as that championship belt buckle?
Warning: this story has tons of explicit sex, graphic language that’d make your mama blush, light bondage, ménage a trois, and—yee-haw!—hot nekkid cowboy man-love
NEW EDITION … OUT NOW!
Workin’ up a hot, sticky sweat is pure pleasure with a hard-ridin’ cowboy….
Widowed, struggling stock contractor Gemma Jansen swallows her pride and tracks down former bull rider Cash Big Crow to offer him a job managing her ranch. Cash agrees on one condition: it won’t be a strictly working relationship. She’s the boss during the day, but once she’s corralled in the bedroom, Cash calls the shots.
Meanwhile, Carter McKay is spending his summer at the Bar 9 Ranch preparing for an art show. But he’s definitely not prepared for the immediate visceral connection he feels to Cash’s sexy and sassy daughter Macie Honeycutt. Lust flares between them and Macie proves she’s up for any dirty fun and games that sweet and wild Carter dreams up.
Gemma struggles with her feelings for Cash–except this time, Cash has grabbed the bull by the horns. He has to convince Gemma he’s playing for keeps.
The more time Macie spends with Carter the harder she falls for him. But will the brooding artist understand that trust is just as important as love?
It’s going to be a long, hot summer in Wyoming.
Warning: this book contains explicit sex nine ways ’til Sunday, inventive rope play, graphic language, ménage a trois, and all sorts of fun and kinky cowboy stuff.
*previously released from Samhain Publishing in 2007 as Rode Hard, Put Up Wet
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|Book 5||Book 6||Book 6.5||Book 7|
|Book 8||Book 9||Book 9.5||Book 10|
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Long Hard Ride: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Rode Hard: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Cowgirl Up and Ride: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Tied Up, Tied Down: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Rough, Raw and Ready: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Branded As Trouble: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Strong, Silent Type: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Shoulda Been A Cowboy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
All Jacked Up: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Raising Kane: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Slow Ride: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads
Cowgirls Don’t Cry: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Chasin’ Eight: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Cowboy Casanova: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Kissin’ Tell: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Gone Country: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Short Rides: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Redneck Rodeo: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Cowboy Take Me Away: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodReads | Our Review
Today we are happy to give away one winner an ebook copy of LONG HARD RIDE
and RODE HARD both, the new editions.
Whether you’re a long time fan and already have the books,
or you are just starting out, you can get a chance at owning these!
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