Tripped Out

(A Blacktop Cowboys® Novella)

by Lorelei James

Where there’s smoke…

Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s stuck working with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale cannabis operation. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.

Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the lights in the grow house. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.

Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

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An Exclusive Interview With Lorelei James:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

Oh how I loved Stirling and Liam! Their banter and relationship was fabulous! How did you choose them for this novella?

Thanks! I loved their back and forth bickering so much in last year’s Strung Up, that I decided they needed their own story told.

Speaking of these two characters, I love Stirling’s name. How do you find your character names?

With Stirling’s family, her mother’s name is Berlin and her father’s name is Charleston so they went with “city” themed names for their children: London, Stirling (after a place in Scotland) and Macon. I have fun with character’s names in a way I never got to do with my own children, lest I give them something weird 🙂

As for the story, it was certainly unlike anything I have ever read and I loved it. What made you decide to write about such an interesting and different topic?

It interested me and living so close to Colorado, I had the opportunity to do hands-on research. The cannabis industry is still in its infancy. To the general populace and states where it’s not available even for medicinal use, the old school mentality about weed, pot, marijuana continues to exist and that’s too bad. The cannabis available now ain’t nothin’ like the old school stuff—haha.

If you had to choose a theme song for yourself, what would it be?

Believe It Or Not by Christopher Cross. It’s a happy little sing-along-in-your-car ditty.

Can you tell us what you’re working on next?

Blacktop Cowboys book 9 🙂


Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”

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