Spotlight & Giveaway: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James

Posted August 13th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 72 comments

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

Hi Lorelei, Welcome to HJ! To get started, 5 things readers should know about you?

Lorelei-James1) I started writing westerns because so much of what I’d read was wrong about modern day life in the west.
2) I also started writing contemporary erotic westerns because what I was reading didn’t have as many intimate scenes as I wanted.
3) I’m not a cowgirl.
4) That I haven’t tried all the kinky things I write about in my books.
5) I don’t own a horse.

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

Strong women, hard men with a hidden soft side and a sense of place. It’s a huge compliment to hear from readers they feel like they’ve been to Wyoming after reading one of my books. I try to be as authentic as possible to what it’s really like to live in rural America—from the people to the attitudes to the landscape to the language.

5 best things about being a writer?

1) I work from home.
2) I get paid to have virtual hot sex with studly, built cowboys all day long.
3) I get to make up my own rules and build my own world.
4) I don’t have to leave my house and can work in sweats for days on end.
5) I have the best readers out there and they make sitting in my lonely room day after day worthwhile.

What romance book character you most identify with & Why?

I think all my characters have some little piece of me in them—the men and the women—so I identify with all of them, even when I have the urge to strangle them at certain points in the book.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished MacRieve by Kresley Cole.

If you had to summarize Turn and Burn for the readers here, what would you say?

TABDown on her luck feisty former world champion barrel racer meets her match in a sweet talking hard bodied veterinarian who wants more than a summer fling.

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Tanna Barker is a stubborn, sexy, mouthy, loyal, sweet Texas cowgirl. August “Fletch” Fletcher is a big guy with a big heart for animals and his hometown friends.

What scene did you have most fun writing?

The opening scene.

Who would you cast in the roles of Fletch and Tanna if your book was optioned for a movie?

No clue. I get that question a lot about all of my books and I honestly never think about it. but I am interested to hear who readers see in those roles after they finish one of my books.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 and early 2014?

I just finished BOUND the first book in the new Mastered Series, which is not a western/cowboy series. I’m working on UNWOUND, the second book in that series, both will be released in early 2014. I’m also finishing the synopsis for HILLBILLY ROCKSTAR book 6 in the Blacktop Cowboys series that will release in August 2014.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

Facebook, twitter, my website, email me…


Giveaway: Print copy of Turn & Burn

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About the book

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

About the Author:

When New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lorelei James is not squirreled away behind her laptop in the Black Hills of western South Dakota, she can be found reading, shootin’ her .22, watching the Professional Bull Riders tour, and running a kids’ taxi service, all in the guise of avoiding housework and rustlin’ up vittles.  Visit her online at Visit her online at,, and

72 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Turn and Burn by Lorelei James”

  1. Mary Preston

    I’ve only ever been to the one rodeo. I don’t recall any barrel racing. I think I’ll leave it all up to those more comfortable on a horse. I do remember it being very hot & dusty that day.

  2. Karina G.

    Being from Texas you would think I’ve been to a rodeo or two, but no I haven’t. But, i’m not sure if I would ever try it. The horses scare me a little bit, they are so strong and I’m sure could break me if I tried. I’ll be too nervous, and the horse would probably get skittish. It’ll be safer for everyone, if I just stayed on solid ground.

  3. Jen

    I have read all the in the Rough Rider series and loved each & every one of then. I can’t wait to start reading this series.

  4. orchid7

    I’ve only seen rodeos and barrel racing on tv. I definitely wouldn’t want to try it though. I’m more of a ride on a trail or gallop across a flat field kind of girl!

  5. Missy Morrison Goodsell

    I read the Rough Rider Series & they were great !! I can’t wait to read this series too !!

  6. Cate S

    Not been to one, but have had friends talk about going to the Calgalry Canada one! Sorry my spelling skills have left me!a!

  7. yvonnesimpkins

    I’ve never been to a rodeo or seen barrel racing in person, watched it on tv and love it. Thank you writing such wonderful books and for this giveaway.

  8. Jackie

    I’ve never been to a rodeo (or even ridden a horse!) but my Mom and I always used to watch it on TV together and swoon over the cowboys! 🙂

  9. Erica M

    I have never been to a rodeo, I don’t think I would try it, I am afraid of horses, and I have never ridden one before. I would love to go to a rodeo and cheer on some hot cowboys and beautiful cowgirls.

  10. Joanne B

    I’ve never been to a rodeo but I’ve seen them on TV. I like watching the barrel racing but I’m not coordinated enough to do it, besides, I’m afraid of horses. I like them from a distance( a loooong dstance)

  11. Marcy Meyer

    I’ve been to many rodeos and watched barrel racing. It is very exciting, and it is a favorite event at the rodeo. I would never try it. Going that fast on a horse and turning so quickly would scare me to death. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Michelle

    I haven’t been to a Rodeo in person but have watched on TV. Love it! Would definitely go if one ever came close by. I would probably try barrel racing but there is one small problem. I have never been on a horse. lol

  13. Lori P

    I’ve been to a rodeo before and really like watching all of the events. I’m not sure that it is something I would do, but watching is a lot of fun L(

  14. belindaegreen

    I have never been to a rodeo but have watch the event on TV. I think that is about as close as I want to be to one. Just saying. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to share.

    Belinda G
    belgre at Comcast dot net

  15. martha lawson

    Never been to a rodeo and saw barrel racing! That’s on my wish list though! I love watching on tv. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  16. ndluebke

    The closest thing to a rodeo I’ve seen besides on TV was a horse show at 4-H. Since my husband got bit on the face once, we sort of stay away from horses.It was interesting trying to tell the emergency room workers what happened before they treated him.

  17. Sharlene Wegner

    I have never been to a rodeo – I don’t think they have them on LI! I definitely would not try it. I am too much of a scaredy cat! I imagine it must be exciting to watch, though!

  18. veRONIca

    I’ve never been to a rodeo but it’s definitely on my bucket list. Watching hot men doing manly things and taming animals (fans myself) definitely need to go to one.

  19. Samantha 'Cole' Kurtz

    I’ve not been to an actual rodeo, but have watched barrel racing competitions at county fairs and such. I love how talented and in sync the horse and rider must be. I personally, have no interest in doing it myself though.

  20. Shirley Buchanan

    I went to a lot of rodeos when I was a child when the fair came to town. I loved all of it, but the barrel races seem to be the most exciting. The speed of the horse, the way the rider and horse were in tune with each other, and the talent to round all those barrels without turning them over. Grew up reading westerns, so the idea part of it came to town was exciting. Loved your interview and your books.

  21. Donna Durnell

    Yes, I’ve been to rodeos and watched the barrel races (& enjoyed it). The latest rodeo I attended was a Jr. Rodeo so all contestants were children / youth. One of the barrel racers was the granddaughter of one of our congregation members, and a granddaughter of a famous bull rider. She’s just beginning, but getting better all the time.
    And when I was in High School & College, one of my classmates was a barrel racer! But, no, I haven’t, nor will I ever, try it myself.

  22. Linda Thum

    I’ve never been to a rodeo before. I’ve never ridden a horse before; sure wouldn’t mind learning how to but it would be a long way before I’d be able to do anything remotely challenging as barrel racing!

  23. Ada

    I have been to a rodeo and seen barrel races. I’ve enjoyed watching them but I don’t think I would be any good at it.

  24. Anita H.

    I’ve never been to a rodeo live but I’ve seen them on TV. Looks fun but I’ve only ridden a horse once and not too well so I think I’d pass on trying it myself

  25. Pennie M

    Just a small local rodeo but would love to attend a big time rodeo. I love to ride or should say I used to, it has been years since I was on a horse but never barrel raced.

  26. Sue G.

    No I have never been to a rodeo and do not think I would try it. I’ve only ridden a horse a handful of times in my life.

  27. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I have never been to a rodeo in person, but I have watched it on TV. Thank you for the chance.

  28. Narda Seaberry

    I have been to a rodeo and saw barrel racing. Would I try it, no. I think barrel racing is an amazing sport.

  29. Leanna

    I have never been to a todeo but I want to go to one especially now that I live in Texas. I don’t think I would try barrel racinf I am not very coordinated and have been thrown off a horse twice.

  30. Rhonda Hefner

    I’ve never been to a rodeo but would love to! They don’t have many of those here in NC. hehe I’ve seen barrel racing on TV but I’m not sure I’d have the ‘guts’ to try it.

  31. Marcy Shuler

    I’ve never been to a rodeo but have watched barrel racing on TV. I wouldn’t do it because I’m afraid to get up on a horse. LOL

  32. ssmommie75

    Rodeo’s are okay, but I love bullriding!! The PBR! The excitement of the crowd, and the way that even if everyone has their own favorite, if a cowboy has a good ride, the entire crowd is on it’s feet cheering him on. And just being in the crowd you get a little adrenaline rush.

  33. Amy coontz

    I have been to a few rodeos in my time, but never competed. My coordination level does not lend itself to the fluid motion needed by rider & horse.

  34. Jess1

    I’ve never been to a rodeo and my TV stations don’t seen to carry any coverage unfortunately, which is too bad.


    I haven’t been to a rodeo since I was a kid living in Montana. I’ve only seen barrel racing on T.V. Would I give it a try? I guess I’d need to be able to ride a horse first. I’ve ridden a horse once. Major sore after. I think I will pass. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Chelsea B.

    Ha I haven’t, no. Never been to a rodeo at all, if you can believe it! I’ve been to dance competitions, mud bogs, Monsters Truck shows, Pageants, etc, but no rodeo!

  37. Krysten M

    I think I went to one when I was really young.. I’d be too afraid to try it for myself at anything other than a walk 😀

  38. Deanna Stevens

    I went to several when I was growing up! I have to admit to a teenage girl there was definitely the appeal of the cowboys and I always dreamed of being a barrel racer.

  39. Michelle Huang

    Never been to a rodeo and not quite sure if I want to try because I have not truly ridden a horse before and may take a lot of persuasion of getting me into a barrel racing.

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