I love the 4th of July! by Lorelei James

Tuesday, June 30

***The winners have been chosen and posted. Thanks to everyone who entered!
Please check back next week for 3 new giveaways!!! ***

Today I have the great pleasure of having Lorelei James as our guest on Seductive Musings. Her Rough Rider series books were the first e-books that I purchased....and as the saying goes, the rest is history. She writes contemporary romances that are emotionally compelling that have some smokin' hot love scenes, and is one of my favorite authors.

Whether her books are novels, or short stories I have NEVER been disappointed, which if you've read any of my reviews you know that almost never happens. So without further ado, please welcome Lorelei James....

No, this is not some kind of Rah! Rah! promo for my recent release, MISS FIRECRACKER, although, if you really want to skip on over to My Bookstore and More and pick up a copy, I won’t stop you, in fact, I’ll even provide a handy-dandy link.

One of the reasons the 4th of July is my favorite holiday (yep, it beats out Christmas) is because we always had a family reunion at my grandparents farm in eastern South Dakota around that time of year. My aunts, uncles and cousins showed up from all over the country. At night we’d sit outside in the almost pure blackness and look at the stars, chasing fireflies in the cornfield, telling ghost stories, and trying to convince the little kids to go “snipe” hunting with us. During the day we’d build forts in the shelterbelt, climb trees and crawl on abandoned farm machinery, play “pioneers” in the granary, get in trouble with Grandpa for sneaking into barn, get yelled at by Grandpa for sneaking in to the pasture housing the bulls (Hey, we were city kids, how we were supposed to know the bulls were dangerous? They just stood there…until they started chasing you…talk about fast!) We had no curfew. Our parents let us run free, because really, how much trouble can kids get into out in the middle of nowhere South Dakota? (Lots, as they found out later, when we shared some of the stunts we pulled in our youth and finally explained why there always seemed to be beer and chokecherry wine missing from the cellar.) Grandma baked a billion kinds of frosted bars and cookies and treats. And if we asked real nice, she would play the piano and we’d all sing and dance and laugh—and we’d head outside into the sultry night air and play hide and seek until we were exhausted or until the bugs ate us alive. Some of my fondest memories are of that time of year, so is it any wonder when I became engaged, the day I picked for my wedding, was July 6th? The closest I could get to the perfect day, the 4th of July.

In addition to the family times, the food, and the summer heat, my other favorite thing about the 4th was the…fireworks. Oh man, do I love firecrackers. Still, to this day, I love to comb the aisles of the fireworks store for new items to blow up. I like fun ones and loud ones and colorful ones and I’ve been known to spend an entire week’s grocery budget on snakes, chickens, black cats, screaming monkeys, jumping frogs (what is up with the animal themed names?) bottle rockets, smoke bombs, whistling rockets, Roman candles, spinning flowers, sparklers…I think I’ve tried them all and it’s something I’ve never outgrown. I’ve even passed the love of pyrotechnics to my family. A few years back, my husband made a sparkler detonation device in a coffee can (I hesitate to use the “B” word because of Homeland Security issues) and talk about a loud boom! It was beautiful and scary and the perfect anniversary gift.

This year we won’t be heading to the farm to partake of the Independence Day festivities with my family. It’s hard for me, because although the farmhouse is still there (but not the barn) it’s not the same without my grandparents around. I know they’re there in spirit, but I do miss Grandpa yelling at us not to aim the bottle rockets at the hay field and my Grandma’s delicious lemon bars, mine never taste the same as hers even when I follow her recipe exactly. Instead, I’ll be at the rodeo, drinking beer, getting sunburned, cheering on the cowboys who aren’t afraid of climbing on bulls and broncs…and soaking up every minute of my favorite day of the year.

Lorelei James http://www.loreleijames.com/
Lori Armstrong www.loriarmstrong.com (her dark, gritty mystery series)
Lorelei James Gang, a yahoo group for news, cool contests, and exclusive prizes for members
my blog for a weekly offering of Man Candy
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Happy Anniversary!!!

My many thanks to Lorelei who graciously agreed to guest blog for me, and who also has generously offered to give away an e-book to two lucky commenters. She is giving away one copy of her newest novella in the Wild West Boys series, Miss Firecracker, and an e-book of the winners choice from her backlist. Here's what you could win:

Rough Riders series:

Wild West Boys series:

Other titles:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Leave a comment telling me that you would like to win (good for 1 entry)
    Read the review, in a separate post, and leave a comment there as well (good for 1 entry)

  • Become a follower of Seductive Musings, and/or mention that you are already a follower in your comment (good for 3 entries)

  • Blog about this contest on your blog (posts or sidebar counts) and leave a link with your comment (good for 5 entries)

  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)

  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)

How to enter:

  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment

  • Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible

Rules and disclaimers:

  • This contest is open to ANYONE

  • The contest will end Saturday July 4 at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be contacted via email

  • Winners will be selected using Random.org

  • All winners will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide your mailing address (when applicable). If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS

  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed

  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit

Good Luck!!



Anonymous,  June 30, 2009 at 10:21 PM  

Hi Lori!

I'd love to win a copy of 'Tied Up, Tied Down'. It was fun chatting with you at the Lori Foster Get Together. Thanks for all the insights.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

Well, durn, it didn't post my email addy: GrowlyCub@yahoo.com

Chris June 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Smokin' hot contemporaries - how can I resist?! And add man candy. *nom nom nom*

lastnerve June 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

You have the best covers and the best books! I can't wait to read them. I have heard so many good things about your books!


beth kery June 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM  


I loved that post. Thanks for making me think of fond, family summertime memories. Best of luck with Miss Firecracker...perfect title for you!

Rhonda July 1, 2009 at 12:57 AM  

Lorelei, Happy early anniversary! Don't enter me in the contest since I already have all of your books. Miss Firecracker is awesome like all the others.

Babyblue22 July 1, 2009 at 1:21 AM  

I Would Love to win any of Lorelei's books they all sound great. She's a new to me author and I look forward to reading her work.

I am now a follower of Seductive Musings.
You guys have some great authors!


Maggi July 1, 2009 at 3:02 AM  

I would like to win! Loved the blog!

Eva S July 1, 2009 at 5:17 AM  

I haven't yet read any of Lorelei's books but they sound great and I'd love to read one!

eva.silkka at gmail.com

Terri,  July 1, 2009 at 5:50 AM  

I'd love Running with the Devil as I already have all the Rough Riders/West books. You can't go wrong readying Lorelei!



Cheryl McInnis July 1, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

I find it fascinating that Lorelei is able to write both erotica, and mystery novels. Talk about two different genres!I've read a few of the Rough
Riders series and really enjoyed them, I'd love to win another~

I'm a follower!


Mary G July 1, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

Hi there
I loved Dirty Deeds. Can't wait to read more of hers. Don't have an ereader yet though. Good Luck everyone.

Ember July 1, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

What great memories! I hope you have a fantastic anniversary.

(I'm a follower here, but don't enter me - I already have everything you've written, and look forward to your next release!)

flchen1 July 1, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

Happy July 4th and happy anniversary, Lorelei! Loved your post--nothing makes time together more special than family! Hope you'll enjoy this year's celebrating, too!

Thanks for hosting Lorelei and the contest, Booklover!
I'm now a follower, and posted about this here (hope this works!):

flchen1 July 1, 2009 at 9:27 AM  

Oops, I'm at f dot chen at comcast dot net

Thank you!

CheekyGirl July 1, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

Great post!

I'm spreading the word over at Cheeky Reads and tweeted about it as well.

Have a great holiday weekend!


Anonymous,  July 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

I enjoyed Lorelei's description of her 4th of July family parties. Reminds me of the family gatherings in her novels.

Thank you for recognizing our genius writer.

Helen (one of her fans in the James Gang)

Jenn July 1, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

Hey Lorelei,

I have to say I love the Fourth of July as well. The Fireworks the bbq's and swimming at my SIL house. No pressure it's just sit backa nd enjoy unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving with all it cooking and cleaning up.

And A Big old HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you and your hubby.

Since I own all of your books including yesterday's release there is no need to enter me into the drawing. BTW Miss Firecracker was smoking hot, Can I have Blake, pretty pretty please?

Anonymous,  July 1, 2009 at 9:58 AM  

What great memories you have of the 4th of July. I think I enjoy the 4th more now that I am older than I did when I was a kid :). I already own all of your books so don't enter me in the drawing.


annfes July 1, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

Thank for featuring Lorelei James. Her books are not just hot but her characters are warm, appealing and have an extraordinary depth of personality that you seldom find in other novels of her genre.

Anonymous,  July 1, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

Wonderful interview!! Please enter me!

donna July 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

Hi Lorelei,
I've just loved your Lusty, Rough and Ready Cowboys and Cowgirls.
The books are great fun and really Hot Steamers and I love the way you make those hard worken and playen cowboys real.
I have great Memories of staying at my Grandparents Minnesota Dairy Farm summers and getting into lots of trouble and mischief. And we had a few encounters with the Bulls too.
It's my Birthday today. So July 1 through the July 4th have always been a Celebration for me. Lots of Bang for me too.
Happy Fourth of July and Anniversary.
I don't have e-reader.
I'd love "Rough Raw and Ready or "Branded as Trouble" if they're books.

Lea July 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

Hi Lorelei and booklover!

Wonderful post and contest, thank you.

I would love to win a copy of "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down".

Today is Canada Day here a celebration of our birth as a nation for us "Canucks". However, I lived in the USA a number of years ago and some of my fondest memories are of Independence Day in the USA! Wonderful celebratory events and holiday!

I already follow your blog, I've pimped your contest in a post this morning and on my sidebar.



Michele,  July 1, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

Lorelei, a wonderful story about a piece of your life - it's hard loosing the ones you love. On a brighter note I'm sure your husband had a blast making the fireworks in a can for you. Happy Anniversary for this coming Monday.

Just finished MF - loved it!!!!

Michele (msmaybelle08@yahoo.ca)

Keta Diablo July 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

Great post about the 4th of July! Brings lots of fond childhood memories.

Your backlist looks wonderful. Kudos for all your hard work.

I'm now following Seductive Musings Blog. Thanks for introducing me.

Keta Diablo

Jennifer July 1, 2009 at 4:26 PM  

I have never read any of your books, however when I read the Cheeky Reads look at your latest Miss Firecracker I have to say I can't wait to buy it. Winning would be great lol but either way I plan to buy it and all your previous ones. Good luck in all future writings.

The_Book_Queen July 1, 2009 at 4:41 PM  

Hi Lorelei--
I haven't had the chance to read any of your books yet, but they all look like they'd be just as spicy and yummy as they look! ;) Definitely going on my list! 'Rough, Raw, and Ready' looks really good! Love the cover... :D

Great giveaway-- and I love your blog. I'll admit I've only been by a few times (been so busy lately!), but I always enjoy what I find! ;)

I'm now a follower (hope it went through, my internet's been giving me problems today..), and I posted on my blog (www.tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com).


CrystalGB July 1, 2009 at 6:41 PM  

Hi Lorelei. Great post about 4th of July memories. Happy 4th of July and Happy Anniversary.

Anonymous,  July 1, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

Great post! I love hearing about how other people spend their holidays and family gatherings.

Teddyree July 1, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

Enjoyed the guest post :-)
I'm yet to read any of Lorelei's books but they sound great so please enter me in this one!

I'm a follower

Commented on review

I've posted contest in sidebar of my blog The Eclectic Reader


Anonymous,  July 1, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

For anyone who hasn't read Lorelei's books you are in for some very very good reading. Lorelei's cowboys are hot! I have Miss Firecracker and I think I'm one of the few on your list who hasn't managed to read it yet. I promise this weekend. :)

Estella July 1, 2009 at 8:18 PM  

I have not read any of your books yet, but they all look good.

kissinoak AT verizon DOT net

Amy S. July 1, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

Hi Lorelei! Love all your books. I have all the ebooks.

Caffey July 1, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

Hi Lorelei!
I so love your cowboys!!! I too have your new series! I wouldn't miss any of these!! So great to chat with you here too!

sarabelle July 1, 2009 at 11:42 PM  

I could have sworn that i had left a comment, maybe the cyber worm ate it. but anyways I absolutely adore Lorelei's books. Her cowboys are ultra sexy and the pages sizzle. I would love to win Rough Raw and Ready.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) July 2, 2009 at 2:59 AM  

Hi Lorelei!

I love contemporaries, so any of those would be great. Miss Firecracker sounds excellent, btw. (commented on previous post) Please enter me!

I posted this contest http://myblog2point0.blogstop.com/

I'm a follower

Thanks for the giveaway!

Dottie :)


Aliens July 2, 2009 at 3:19 AM  

Hello Lorelei!
Don't enter me in this giveaway. You are an automatic buy for me.
I just wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary!!!
Thanks for the great post.

Lorelei James July 2, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

Holy cow, I've been slaving away on my next Rough Riders book, trying to get ahead (HA! Like that'll ever happen) so I can spend some time with family next week...and I pop over here, and look at all the great comments - woot!

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read my guest blog, it's nice to see new faces as well as familiar faces :)

Thanks too for all the anniversary wishes. We haven't made any plans. I'd just like to finish a conversation with the man without a billion interruptions from kids, phones, and the like!

Carrie, darlin', you ROCK for hosting me, this is such a great site!

Have a safe 4th everyone!

Mitzi July 2, 2009 at 5:54 PM  

I'd love to win one of your books. And I'm adding this Blog Site to my Favs too.

Yvette Kelly July 3, 2009 at 5:59 AM  

I would love to win a copy pleeze
Hope Im not too late
am going to become a follower right now

Cathy M July 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

I've got Rough, Raw & Ready on my wish list and would love to read it.

I am a follower of Seductive Musings


Kytaira July 4, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

Please enter me. All of the books sound great and I'd love to give any a try! Gotta love cowboys!

I read the review of Strong, Silent Type and posted there. Sounds like a great book.

I am a follower via google reader.

lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

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