I am honored to once again participate in the Author Fan Letter Blog Crawl where we readers take a moment to post a fan letter to an author of our choice. Last year I struggled with my choice as there are so many wonderful authors that have entertained, and impressed me with their wonderful talent. This year I face the same struggle as I’ve added even more favorite authors to my reading list and if I could I’d spend hours sitting here writing letters to each and every one.
Yesterday, Tam over at Tam’s Reads shared her fan letter and tomorrow Happiness is Shy will be sharing a fan letter. You can see a list of all the blogs that are participating here, and I’d like to encourage you to write your own fan letter and join in the fun.
Today I’ve chosen to write a fan letter to an author that writes a series of books that I’ve come to think of as my comfort reads.
Dear Lorelei James,
Once upon a time you could not convince me that I would enjoy a western romance. Cowboys just held no appeal for me. Crazy I know. But eventually I caved to peer pressure like I always do, and I picked up a cowboy romance because the guy on the cover was hot. I quickly came to the conclusion that cowboys are in fact sexy and I needed to drop everything and make up for lost time.
So I asked Twitter, “Who writes the BEST cowboy romances on the planet?”. The response was overwhelmingly in your favor Ms. James, and if my friends are willing to risk breaking Twitter in their enthusiasm to respond to my query, how could I say no? I dove right into your Rough Riders series and I have never looked back. Ok I lie, I might have re-read a few scenes here and there…you know just to make sure I was following the story.
What I love about your Rough Riders series is you write romances that blow me away with their intensity and your characters appeal to me on a personal level. Admittedly, I have never spent any time on a ranch and to be honest, I’m fine with never having shoveled whatever you need to shovel out of a horse pen. But when reading one of your novels, I am in that world and fully invested in the lives of your cowboys and cowgirls and their families. I am loath to put one of your books down once I’ve started, and I rarely do unless real life absolutely demands my attention.
Speaking of family, I love that your stories incorporate families that love, fight, play and most importantly depend on each other. While each book delivers a satisfying romance, they also wrap the reader in the goodness and sometimes dysfunction that come with the complicated relationships of large families. Although your cowboys and cowgirls do their share of misbehaving, they are still, at the heart of it all, members of good wholesome families.
Now it’s funny that I say that since your books also have some of the dirtiest, fun sex I’ve ever read. No, this letter would not be complete if I did not mention the crazy hot sex scenes that have literally made me blush and look around the room to see if anyone noticed. How many times have I said out loud, “Oh no he did not just do that!” or “On a saddle? Really? OMG. Where did the tube of lube come from?” There is no shortage of steamy hot cowboy lovin’ in your books and darn it, I like it.
Ms. James, you write books that I can count on to make me smile every single time. Your stories take me away for a bit of time, and I can lose myself in the crazy, sexy, romantic world of your Wyoming cowboys. Thank you.