Guest Author & Giveaway: Lorelei James featuring Kissin' Tell

Tuesday, June 26

What do I say that I haven't said many many times before about my guest author today? She's completely awesome and writes some of the best romances...ever!  That pretty much sums it up and keeps it short and sweet :)

New York Times Bestselling author Lorelei James is my special guest today to share with us her newest Rough Riders novel, Kissin' Tell, which just so happens to have this week's Muse on the cover.   Is there such a thing as too much goodness?  I don't think so :))  Enjoy!


Welcome back to Seductive Musings Lorelei!

Thanks for having me back :)

You’re a fan favorite at Seductive Musings, and with good reason :)  Your newest addition to the Rough Riders series is Kissin’ Tell.  For someone who hasn’t been introduced to the McKay’s yet, can you tell us a little bit about the family, and where you see the series going from here?

That's always a hard question to answer, now that I'm 13 books into the series. The McKay's are Wyoming ranchers -- most of them anyway -- which makes them cowboys. Since they work the family ranch together, there is some tension, but at the end of the day, these guys always have each other's backs. They work hard, play hard, fall in love hard. I think one thing readers enjoy is that sneak peek into what previous characters have been up to since their happily ever after ended. And speaking of ending...the series will end with book 16.

Tell us about your hero,  Tell McKay.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Georgia, fall in love with him this time around?  And can you tell us a little bit about their story in Kissin’ Tell?

Readers have seen snippets of him interacting with his brother Brandt (COWGIRLS DON'T CRY) and playing poker with his McKay cousins, and getting into it with his cousins Chase McKay and Ben McKay, but Tell is a bit of a mystery. And unlike other books in the series, I didn't have much of a lead up to his story as far as giving teases and snippets of who I planned to pair him with. His heroine, Georgia Hotchkiss, is a high school classmate Tell always had the hots for, but she was already taken. So ten years have passed, and Georgia is back in town, right before the class reunion. Tell is more than willing to prove to Georgia he's got the McKay mojo he lacked in high school. As far as falling in love with Tell...sigh. He's just such a good guy. Sounds simple, but I don't know how else to put it :)

What were some of your most challenging scenes to write for Kissin’ Tell, and why?

Hmm...Since both Georgia and Tell have lost a sibling, the scenes where they were talking about loss and what changes those deaths have had on their family dynamics and their lives were hard to write. But then I got to temper the story with lots of fun things, because Tell is a fun loving guy.

What are five fun & sexy facts about this book, or the characters in the book that readers would love to know?
  1. I considered having Tell play the ukelele just because that's a quirky thing he'd do - but changed my mind.
  2. I contacted two separate rodeo promotion companies for research for Georgia's job and one company provided the stock for the movie PURE COUNTRY 2 so the owner was very interesting to talk to.
  3. I've never been to my class reunion, by choice, but I love reading reunion stories and hadn't had the chance to write one yet.
  4. For some reason a lot of readers thought I was going to pair Tell with Doc Monroe, which was never a possibility.
  5. There are a LOT of appearances by various McKay family members in this book :)
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

I have book 4 in the Blacktop Cowboys series, ONE NIGHT RODEO, releasing on August 7th. In October, I'm in a follow up anthology to THREE'S COMPANY, entitled TWO TO TANGO, with Jayne Rylon and Jess Dee. And Rough Riders book 14, GONE COUNTRY will release in December.

For fans of the series, are their any characters that you hope to revisit again in a continuation of their story?

Like I mentioned above, there are a quite a few cameos by assorted family members and some surprises in KISSIN' TELL. Right now, I'm too swamped with getting contracted work finished to consider doing a snippet of previous characters' lives after their HEA - but never say never :) I did write a short story featuring Cam McKay in the GUNS AND ROSES Anthology, which was a challenge, but I really enjoyed writing it.

She once led him around by a string. Now he's the one holding the reins.

Rough Riders, Book 13

Georgia Hotchkiss swore wild horses couldn’t drag her back to Sundance, Wyoming. So it’s ironic she’s forced to take a rodeo PR job in her former hometown—right before her ten-year class reunion. The only thing worse than facing her cheating ex-husband and his pregnant wife? Showing up to the reunion without a date. Fate smiles on her when she runs into her former classmate and current cowboy hottie Tell McKay. With his infectious smile and fun-loving ways—not to mention his banging body—he’s the perfect solution to her problem.

Tell McKay had it so bad for Hot Lips Hotchkiss during high school that he let her run roughshod over him. But he is no longer that easily manipulated boy—these days he’s earned a reputation with the ladies that lives up to the McKay last name. He agrees to escort her to the reunion with one stipulation; that Georgia proves she has left behind the goody-goody cheerleader of the past—by sharing his bed.

Their sexual chemistry flashes so bright, they barely notice that the reunion has come and gone, and now they’re tangled up in another dreaded “R” word—relationship. But if Tell wants to get the girl this go-around, he’ll have to come up with a whole new set of knots to tie up her heartstrings.

Product Warnings
Contains a sweet talkin’ wild cowboy with a wagon load of crazy-hot sex fantasies and the mad bedroom skills to back up his claims.

Many many thanks Lorelei for taking the time to be our guest today!  I love me some McKays, and I can't wait to read Kissin' Tell :)  I just recently had a high school reunion of my own, which I also didn't attend, but now after reading a little bit about this book, it kind of makes me wonder what I might have missed out on, LOL.  Though realistically, someone like Tell probably didn't go to my high school :)

If you'd like to learn more about New York Times Bestselling author Lorelei James, one of my favorite authors (who always delivers), you can find her at her website, her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her Yahoo group (which I will warn you now is quite active, but also a great and very supportive group).  And if you're not already a subscriber to her newsletter, then that's just a cryin' shame because you missed out on an exclusive excerpt from Kissin' Tell which you couldn't get anywhere else (believe me I tried, LOL).

To celebrate the release of Kissin Tell, Lorelei has offered to giveaway a very cool Lorelei James keychain!  Here's how you can enter to win the keychain...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question: How do you feel about long-running series?  Do you have a cutoff if you haven't started reading a series, or after following a series for a while do you get tired of it after book X?  (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 & Canadian addresses only
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  • The contest will end on June 26th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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Kathleen O June 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

Great interview ladies.. I am fairly new to Lorelei's books. I am only up to book 5 in the Rough Rider sereis and I have book 6 on my kindle... I love these McKay men. They are so darn hot and sexy, one cannot get enough of them.. I look forward to reading more of your books..

I am GFC memeber..

Maria pronounced Mariah June 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

Great interview!

I don't have a set number of book that set me off a series. If the series is still going strong I will keep reading. If the series gets dull, unbelievable and seems forced then I am a firm believer in retiring it. I prefer the author end it before I do. I am always sad to see them it go's like losing part of the family.

GFC- Maria pronounced Mariah


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June M. June 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM  

I love series books. I have never really stopped following a series unless I just get burnt out on the genre (then I will take a break and try later). If I find a series that has a lot of books and somehow start into it, if I really enjoyed the book I will go back and start at the beginning.
GFC follower: June M.
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Bethie June 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM  

I really like a long running series. I usually finish it to the end. There are quite a number of series that I am reading. Some are so good that I cannot wait for the next one to come out.

I follow on GFC

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Tore June 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM  

It depends on the series. Some I like long running and some I don't. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

The Brunette Librarian June 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM  

I love long running series that keep "the magic" Some series, (Like the Stephanie Plum books) are just rewriting the same things over and over. Lorelei definitely isn't, I just love how she makes each book fresh and new, while keeping the feel of the McKay family. :)

Happy follower!

I LOVE LORELEI, very excited to start Tell's story. It's on my nook, just waiting for me :)

brunettelibrarian AT gmail *d8t* c-m

scottsgal June 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM  

Big fan of Lorelei. gfc follower

I like series as long as the characters stay interesting and are carried through each book vs adding so many characters you forget who's done what.
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lorimeehan June 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM  

I love series. I've read many series on by Lora Leigh that has about 20 or so and I've loved all of them. When to stop reading a series is when they get repetitive.

lorimeehan June 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM  

Sorry i forgot my email,

flchen1 June 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

I love a long-running series as long as the author's still keeping it fun and fresh :) When the author's run out of steam, it does show and then it isn't so fun to read. And typically I adore a good series and will read on and on and on!

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