Interview and Giveaway with Lorelei James

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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



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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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longhardrideBook 1 RODEHARDBook 2 Cowgirl-Up and RideBook 3 Tied-Up, Tied-DownBook 4
Rough, Raw, and ReadyBook 5 Branded-asTroubleBook 6 Strong Silent TypeBook 6.5 Shoulda-Been-a-CowboyBook 7
All-Jacked-UpBook 8 Raising-KaneBook 9 Slow RideBook 9.5 Cowgirls-Don't-CryBook 10
Chasin'-EightBook 11 Cowboy-CasanovaBook 12 Kissin'-TellBook 13 Gone-CountryBook 14
short-ridesBook 14.5 redneck-romeoBook 15 COWBOYTAKEMEAWAYBook 16

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


About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.

Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.



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!
Open internationally.

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Have yet to read this series. Would love the chance to start!


I have not got into the Rough Riders series yet but have read every single one of the Blacktop Cowboys series! I am ready to start this series!!!!


Cord McKay is my fave, I love that he’s alpha, dominant and has a soft, sweet side.

Deanna S

I LOVED every single book in this series!!


It’s so hard to choose just one from all the great characters in the Rough Riders series! Kane is my favorite McKay man, with Colt, Kade, Chase and Brandt following closely behind him.


Cord McKay is my all time favorite of the McKay boys. I fell absolutely head over heels when I read his and AJ’s story. He may be stubborn and hard to read at times but deep down he’s the sweetest cowboy you will ever lay eyes on and boy does he know how to love his woman!


Loved this whole series and was planning on a reread after Christmas! Can’t wait to read the early books again!


Love all of Lorelei’s books but the Mckays are my favorites


Love this series! I was so sad to see it end, but what a wonderful story it ended with.

Angie Malone

I have several favorite McKay s! They are Cam, Kane, Kade & Brandt. The reason I can’t pick just one is because there is something about each of these men that touches me each time I read their books. I also adore the women whom they love.


My favorite series, love the McKays. Chase and Colt are my favorite McKays.

Mechelle Griffin

I started reading Lorelei James on a cruise July 2013, I got the book Chasin Eight from the library and tried it. I didn’t realize it was in a series, so when I returned I started downloading Rough Riders from book 1, thank GOD I read the series after all but the last book was published… because I read them back to back . I couldn’t get enough of her cowboys that I then read Blacktop Cowboys, all of her individual titles and now have read every single book including the ones under the pen name Lori Armstrong. Lorelei James… Read more »

Christine Houser

This is one SMOKING HOT series that I love and I keep going back to. I love all of the Mckay Brothers and Cousins. I think that the kids need a series and make them all grown up.

Donna Briody Buccella

of course book 1 started it all but my favorite is Rough Raw and Ready…Trevor loved him love the menege storyline…the 3 of them were perfect!!!!!

Ruth S

I like the new covers just as much as the original covers.

Cindy Werner

I haven’t read any of her books yet but I would love to. I love cowboys!!!


I haven’t started this series yet. But it has been on my wish list for a long while.

Jeanine Lesperance

Some of my all time favorite books

Stephanie F.

I haven’t yet started the series but it’s at the top of my TBR. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews on it and am eager to start it.

Ashleigh Downes

I haven’t read them yet but they sound great!!

Glittergirl-Lenna H

I’m just starting to collect this series but I found I liked her Blacktop cowboy series to I’m slowly getting these as I can afford and find on sale. Haven’t read them yet so I have no favorites yet 😉

robin the book nerd

I havent read about the McKay brothers yet but with the reissues coming out I’m sure to now.

Kate Sparks

Looking forward to meeting these guys!

Julie K

Great interview….haven’t read this series yet!


I haven’t read any of them, but I do like your new covers.

Jenny Dauksa Schaber

I’m not entering because I have nearly all of the McKays on my shelf already. I love them all, but one of my favorites is Chase. I actually cried reading that one – and that’s such a rarity. Thanks for the interview and the info.

Patty McKenn Van Hulle

I fell in love this Ms. James McKay clan & all their many quirky, kooky & outrageousNESS, but when I learned that she is from my state of South Dakota I loved her even more! So I say Howdy Hoe to my fellow South Dakotan, Ms. James!


A wonderful series. The underlying theme that drew me to the series was the importance of family. No matter what, you always have their back. Plus, the cowboys are hot and know how to please. Their women know how to handle them and love them even with all of their faults. I’m looking forward to future “Short Rides” to catch up on the family.


I have not read this series but the title of the first one is enough to make me want to go and get it immediately!

Barb Hill-Kidd

Long Hard Ride is the book that made me fall in love with Miss L. I went to my first Convention to meet her. I’ve now read everything more than once.

Sabrina P

My favorite author! If you haven’t read this series you are missing out!


Cord McKay, a real cowboy, strong yet has a sweet side. These books have to be some of my favorites to re-read.

Sasha R

My all time favorite author and series!! My introduction to erotic romance was Colby and Channing! I’m excited to see that there will be short pieces so I can visit my favorite family, and of course Colt, oh and Cam; those are my two favorite McKay’s. I love them all, but Colt and Indy are my go to when I’m in a reading rut; the tattooed bad boy of the family. Cam is just Cam, and the whole soldier thing; Army wife here, so I love me some men in uniform! 😉

jodi marinich

havent read this series yet


I have not yet read this series, but the books look exciting. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Mary Preston

No absolute favorite. Love seeing the covers all lined up.


congrats to Lorelei on the new release! i haven’t read this series yet but I really, really want too! Thanks for sharing!


I haven’t had the pleasure yet, but these sound so much fun!

Melissa Dianne

Great interview. Love all of Lorelei’s books. Favorite McKay-That’s hard but I would have to say Colt followed closely by Cord and Keely. I just love them all!

Mary C.

So hard to choose just one – love Carson’s and Carolyn’s story – such an emotional read.


I can’t pick my favorite McKay but will admit to a soft spot for Kane, Cord, Cam, Colby,Carson…. Let’s say all of them.

sherry bauer

Haven’t read this series yet. Would love to. Have read other books of hers and loved them!

Geraldine Pierson

I have not read any of her books yet but I did download two of them and my husband has already decided he wants to read them also. They are on our TBR list and we hope to get to read them soon.

Nicole O

Haven’t read any yet. Thanks for the chance.

Vanessa N.

Congrats on the new editions. I haven’t read the series yet but the first 2 in series sound hot. Definitely adding this series to my wishlist.

Filia Oktarina

Haven’t read this series yet, thanks for chanca.
Looking forward to read this series 🙂

Texas Book Lover

Picking a favorite McKay is like picking a favorite child…I just can’t do it. It has been YEARS since I read the first books so it would be so much fun to go back and read them all again!


Sorry, I have not read any of thembut I sure would love too.♥


This series is fantastic and every McKay is awesome so I can’t pick just one.

Jennifer O'C

I’ve read them all, it’s hard to pick a favorite but I really like Colt.