Guest Author & Giveaways: Lorelei James featuring Chasin' Eight

Friday, July 1

Do you have favorite authors that you will drop anything that you are currently reading in order to feast on their very latest and greatest story?  I do, but not many.  Lorelei James is on that very short list, and it's not just because of the super smokin' hot sexin' in the books (though she is known for them and I love love love them).  It's everything about her stories that work for me, because they are just that first and foremost..stories about people who fall in love.  They are stories that are romances, that just so happen to contain explicit love scenes (sometimes quite a few of them). Even though they are categorized as Erotic Romances, all are written with humor, heart, honesty and heroism, with a plot that is more than just a vehicle to insert another love scene.  It's the perfect romance package, at least for me, and is the gold standard by which I judge all other erotic romances.

Though Chasin' Eight is the eleventh book in the Rough Riders series, and  the series revolves around one family, each book is unique.  The voice is the same, but the stories themselves are not cookie cutter, but distinctive to the characters and their individual paths to love.  I admire that so much because it would be very easy to use a tried and true formula in a well established series, and churn out book after book of basically the same plot just different names.  To rest on your laurels so to speak.  Let's face it, I think we all could name at least one author or series that we've read, or have read in the past who has done that, or is doing that.  I can.

RITA's are being awarded tonight for the best romances from 2010, and sadly digital books don't have a category, but if I could I would award Lorelei James with one because she deserves it for all of the reasons I've described and so many more.  Lorelei is my special guest today to have some fun and share a bit about Chasin' Eight which is her latest Rough Riders novel that was released earlier this week from Samhain Publishing.  Read, enjoy, and most importantly have fun on this Friday!


Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.

Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. She needs a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.

But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.

When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?

Warning: Strap in, another hot McKay is about to bust out of the gate and this bull rider knows a thing or two about riding hard…

Read an excerpt, and an additional one (because one is not enough...just like the McKays)

Now that you've read blurb and the excerpts, let's have some fun with a Chasin' Eight quiz (though it won't be as much fun as reading the story *grin*...


A.  Bull Riding (It's all about the buckle baby!  Bulls and Babes what more do you need?)

B.  Chase McKay (yeah, his sexy bad self has kind of a Napoleon complex, but if anyone can make 5'7" be more man than you can handle, it's him)

C.  Sex (despite his self imposed celibacy, for the fourth time this year :) Then again he's a McKay so I think it's safe to say that he'll cave in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...)  

D.  All of the above


A:  She's got a new look, now all she needs is an change of scenery, a new guy would be FANFUCKINGTASTIC...and maybe a new career (the circus is looking mighty fine right now)

B:  Who needs a Hollywood hero, when you can have a McKay cowboy that's wilder than any eight second ride

C:  Spanking benches and ceiling restraints may not be her usual decor, but hey....when in Rome :)  (especially when you're trying to prove you are more than enough woman to get the HAWT cowboy to give in and ditch the whole self imposed celibacy thing)

D:  All of the above


A.  “You do realize you are supposed to stay on the bull a full eight seconds and not hop off at six point nine.”

B.  “I thought you’d have me tied to the bed with your bull rope by now, making me scream your name as you rode me hard.”

C:  “Oh wow. Sorry. For a second I forgot that you are captain of USS Abstinence…"  

D.  All of the above


A.  Two counts of sexual molestation of a fried Twinkie (you'll have to read it to believe it)

B.  Smokin' HAWT cowboy lovin' 21 stories up looking down at New York City (gives a whole new meaning to a "million dollar view")

C.  Buck ass nekkid cowboy in chaps (picture it....'nuff said)

D.  All of the above

Congratulations Lorelei, and thank you for gifting us with another Rough Rider story!  I wish I could gift you with a RITA.  Instead I will continue to buy your books in hopes you make the NYT lists :)   All I can say is keep them coming, and I'll keep buying!  I don't think I can ever get enough of not only this series, but all of your romances.  To say that I am looking forward to Cowboy Casanova (Rough Riders #12, October 2011), Kissin' Tell (Rough Riders #13, 2012), and Wrangled and Tangled (Blacktop Cowboys #3, November 2011)  may very well be the biggest understatement I will make this year :)

If you've not had the pleasure of reading one of Lorelei's novels written as either Lorelei James, or Lori Armstrong, you can find more about her on her websites, or, Facebook, Twitter, as well as Myspace and her blog, or you can join her no holds barred Yahoo Group  where she will sometimes post special sneak peak excerpts and insight, not to mention all of the other wonderful members  :)

To celebrate the release of Chasin' Eight, the 11th book in the Rough Riders series,  Lorelei would like to giveaway either a print copy of Raising Kane, or your choice of an ebook from her backlist.  And because Lorelei is one of my favorite authors, I am also going to giveaway one digital copy of Chasin' Eight to a lucky Musings follower via an Amazon Kindle ebook gift, or through All Romance Ebooks gift option as a Musings reader reward!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the four questions in the quiz AND if you've read any of the books in the Rough Riders series, which one is your favorite, and/or if you haven't read any of the books in the Rough Riders series what is most tempting to you about Chasin' Eight? . (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post 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 25 entries, or 50 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 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on July 7th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
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Good Luck!

p.s. a BIG thank  you to Dawn G for helping me prepare the quiz today, your insight was invaluable!  I can't thank you enough.

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Na July 1, 2011 at 1:24 AM  

I enjoyed the excerpts, wickedly funny, especially the name-calling part. Ava is a fiesty woman and just what Chase needs. She handles him walking into the bedroom well-enough to call him names! The fact that they are bot hseeking a hiatus in Ginger and Kane's "love shack" is a good sign, instant sparks.

I did my best on the quiz...
4.a (fried Twinkie?!)

The Rough Riders series is all new to me but it sounds like a fun ride. What is most tempting is seeing the woman rein the man in. Seems Ava is getting a good start on hooking Chase in.

GFC follower

DiDi July 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

You are welcome!! I enjoyed helping out =) Have a great weekend!!

Anonymous,  July 1, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

The answers are all D- it's a great read and another A+++ for Lorelei

ClaudiaGC July 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

I can't wait to get my hands on Chase...ah I mean the book, of course. ;)
I did my best with the questions:
4.D (hopefully)
And I think AJ's and Cord's story is one of my favourite Rough Rider books but it's really hard to choose.

GFC follower
claudigc at msn dot com

THickey July 1, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

Quiz answers:
1. B
2. A
3. D
4. D, but especially A, B, and C

Chasin Eight was awesome. Definitely makes into my top 3 Rough Riders books...but then each one I read makes it up there, lol! My absolute favorite is Rough, Raw, and Ready.

I discovered the world of Rough Riders about a year ago and quickly devoured each book. I've read the series 3 times through, I think. Sometimes I just grab one and read it over for funsies. Now that I'm finished with Chase, I think I'll start over again....

Modokker July 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

1 D
2 D
3 D
4 D

I have only read the very first Rough Riders book with Colby in it. I just read it recently when a friend gave it to me and i look forward to reading the rest. The excerpts were both awesome!

Lisa B
modokker at yahoo dot com

Deb,  July 1, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

Love the excerpt and the book!

1- C
2- A
3- A
4- A

Sorry ladies but Keeley's story is my favorite.

June M. July 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

I'm going to go with all D's, just to guess. I have the first book downloaded but have not had time to read it yet. I must get this series read and get caught up cause they all sound great. Thank you for the giveaway, I would love to win a Kindle download of this.

GFC follower: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Soft Fuzzy Sweater July 1, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

The answers are all D (I hope!) I am a GFC freind and I will tweet this giveaway.


Jen B. July 1, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

I think it is D,A,D,D but #2 might be D. I only finished the book last night. Boy, how fast I forget things! Thanks for the giveaway! GFC follower.

Artemis July 1, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

Oh heck. I read them but I'm not sure. I'm going with "D" for all the questions. That's the answers I like anywho!

I picked up ROUGH, RAW, AND READY on a lark one day and read it. It was so good and the span of emotions it took me on - I was wiped. I have the first five of the series on the TBR and have yet to read them. (Anyone want to lend me more time? Anyone?)

I'm not a big fan of western romance, but Ms. James does it like no other. YUMMY!

scottsgal July 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM  

All D's. I haven't read any of her books but I'm going to definitely look into them - Hollywood and Cowboys - love that combo. Follow on gfc
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JenM July 2, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

I'm guessing the answers are all "D". I love the Rough Riders. I think my favorite book so far is #4, Tied Up, Tied Down, but I also loved Colt and India in Branded as Trouble. I've got a bit of catching up to do though, I think I'm about 3 books behind.

jen at delux dot com - GFC Follower

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