Spotlight & Giveaway: Bound by Lorelei James

Posted January 30th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 69 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James to HJ!


Hi Lorelei, Welcome 🙂

What would you say is your motto or maxim as a writer?

Lorelei-JamesIt’s a combination of Nora Robert’s quote “I can fix a bad page but I can’t fix a blank page” and BICHOK-Butt In Chair Hands On Keyboard—meaning the only thing I can control in this crazy business is the amount of time I write, so I focus on that.

If you were stranded on a deserted island…

I would probably starve to death unless there was also a cattle ranch on said island because I do not eat fish. But I do love me some coconuts, so I’d be good with that.

Let’s talk about your newest release: BOUND

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here, what would you say?

I honestly think the tagline –“A woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her” really fits the whole book. Amery Hardwick wants to be sexually bold and Ronin Black takes her there.

Please tell us about the character in your book.

BOUAmery Hardwick is a graphic designer living life on her own terms. She doesn’t need a man, but that doesn’t keep her from wanting one. She’s got good friends, a little baggage, and a sense of adventure.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

With Amery I was surprised to find out she was from North Dakota. Strange how these things work—I had no control over that!

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I loved writing the opening scene because it really gives a sense of Amery’s personality. She’s a fierce protector of her friends—and she’s got a little bit of a mouth on her that can get her into trouble. Luckily it was the good kind of trouble with Sensei Black.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The last scene, the black moment scene, which I can’t share any of because it contains a spoiler. But it’s hard for me to hurt my characters, even when they’re fictional and I know they’ll come out stronger in the end.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

Ugh. This is the hardest question because the characters are voices in my head. I can describe what they look like but I never “see” them as anyone famous. I had someone ask me who Ronin Black looks like and I said, a cross between Keanu Reeves (who is an eighth Japanese like Ronin) Dylan McDermott, Chris Cornell from Soundgarden and he has hair like Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction. As for Amery Hardwick, she looks like a cross between Holland Roden from Teen Wolf, Amanda Righetti from The Mentalist, and she has hair like Danielle Panabar from Necessary Roughness. It’s easier for me to take individual physical characteristics from people than to see one singular person—hey, you asked!

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

For Amery? That walking into Black Arts dojo would change her life ☺

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I just finished Blacktop Cowboys book #6 HILLBILLY ROCKSTAR which releases in August. In addition to UNWOUND, the 2nd book in the Mastered Series releasing the end of March, I also have Rough Riders book 16 releasing in June and a Blacktop Cowboys novella ROPED IN releasing in September. I’m trying to get a few shorter pieces done between projects. I’ve got more ideas for new books than I’ve got time!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I’m on Facebook – twitter @loreleijames – my website has all the info and the sign-up places for my newsletter and my Facebook reader groups.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

GIVEAWAY: Trade paperback copy of BOUND

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About the author

Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family. Visit her online at,, and

About the book:

In the new Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her….

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….

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69 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Bound by Lorelei James”

  1. Joyce Jarrett-Gee

    Because my book budget is nonexistent for the foreseeable future and I Love, Love, Love Lorelei’s books….so I’m pretty much begging…..PLEASE pick me!!!!

  2. Linda Brennan

    Because Amery sounds like a bold and adventurous character, and I would love to read about her and Ronin! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  3. Krysten M

    Love her books! I’ll read anything and everything she writes! Can’t wait to read this one 🙂

  4. Leanna

    I love Lorrlri James. I follow her on Facebook. I have eagerly awaiting this book. I have had on my widhlist for a long time.

  5. Lorie Glowania

    I’m a huge fan of Lorelei’s books I love the hot steaminess of her strong characters

  6. Pennie M

    Because I’m a huge fan and read everything Lorelei writes even those written as Lori Armstrong.

  7. DJ Sakata

    I love love love Lorelei James – she could make a grocery list sound sexy and exciting 😉

  8. Steph F.

    Been a huge fan of hers since I picked up the first book in the Rough Riders series. It got me hooked on cowboys and erotica. I can’t wait to read this new series. She is such an amazingly talented writer.

  9. Kai W.

    I have read some of Lorelei James’ books. I love them because of the cowboys and those steamy love scenes.

  10. Susan T.

    Because Amery sounds like a kick ass heroine. Also am a Hugh fan of your blog and of Lorelei James’ books.

  11. Kathleen O

    I should win just because I love her books and while I am typing this I am listening to Garth Brooks sing That Summer… very sexy song..

  12. Sandra Wheeler

    I am just now beginning to read your other books. I have all of the “Rough Riders”, books on my nook. I think I would like to read your other books, although I do get a little embarrassed sometimes. I am 67 years old and rather innocent in the subject of sex.

  13. Sandie W

    I love to win this book so I can be introduced to the writing of Lorelei … it would be the first, of many, if the book is as good as the excerpt. 🙂

  14. Irish Pax

    I love your books, and for me they are hard to find. Books are my escape mechanism for the world. I love to read them and I actually have learned relatively recently I actually enjoy reviewing them as well so I’m always happy to do that to… besides that way I’m writing but it’s not a grad school paper driving me nuts 🙂 Thrilled to hear the new blacktop cowboy is coming as well! I was wondering about it

  15. Klindsay

    Is it bad if I say because the character’s last name is Hardwick and the king of all nerd’s name is Chris Hardwick? 😛

  16. April Pawleas

    Because I’ve read every book you have ever written and I’m always telling people you are my favorite author.

  17. Moran

    I should win a copy since Lorelei James is one of my fav authors and Bound is on my wish list but sadly it’s too expensive for me to buy it now so winning a copy will make me sooo happy!

  18. Samantha

    I love all of Lorelei James’ books and have been waiting patiently since she first mentioned this one. 🙂

  19. dania

    Well I guess I just really really would love to win this book…BENNETT and AINSLEYS book is by far my go to read when everything else in life ducks…

  20. Cheryl Sanders

    I should win this book because I am an avid reader of Lorelei James and I will post a review as soon as I’m done reading! Thank you so much for the awesome interview and giveaway 🙂

  21. Desiree Foster

    I would love a copy of the book because Lorelei is awesome and writes the best books!

  22. Alicia Jespersen

    I should win a copy because I’ve been a huge fan of Lorelei James ever since I started reading romance. And her latest release, Bound is one of my most anticipated reads of 2014!!!! I love a chance to get a copy of this book!!

  23. Gretchen

    I should win a copy because your books are like an addiction. As soon as you pick one up you can’t put it down until you’re finished. Then you’re searching for another one to get a fix. Sleep? Who needs sleep when you’re reading a Lorelei James book. I’ve got everyone reading Lorelei so we’re all dragging at work when the newest one is released. Plus my friend Sara and I met you at RAGT last year and are huge fans!!! The pic we took is on the shelf next to all the Lorelei books I have so far (There’s always room for more). You’ve already heard about my lack of sleep from reading the Rough Riders series. Awesome books!!!!! I would love to win:)

  24. odelia

    Because I read all her books from the other side of the world (Israel) and there’s nothing that would make happier than actually own a copy of her newest one.

  25. Christine L.

    Because, though this author is new to me, I know her first name’s provenance and its pronunciation (which apparently is a common question since it’s practically the first sentence on her website). My older sister shares the name “Lorelei”; she was born in Germany while our father was stationed there. Our dad, who for some bizarre reason was in charge of naming his offspring, decided to pay homage to the country of my sister’s birth and name her after the feminine water spirit associated with the famous murmuring rock in the Rhine River. So …. were I to win the book, I’d share it with my sister, who definitely would get a kick out of seeing her name on the cover!

  26. Linda

    Love her Rough Riders and Blacktop Cowboy series. This new book is something a little different so I am really looking forward to it.

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