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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis Tour!! Review, Guest Post, & Giveaway!

Accidental Cowgirl (Whisper Creek #1) by Maggie McGinnis
Genre: Adult Fiction (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Loveswept

In her Loveswept debut, Maggie McGinnis tells the tale of a city girl who’s running on fumes—and the cowboy who shows her all the good things she’s been missing.

After being betrayed by her con man ex-fiancĂ©, Kyla Bennett nurses a broken heart. But Kyla's friends have other ideas and when they whisk her off to Whisper Creek, a dude ranch staffed by cowboys so hot they dim the Montana sunset, all Kyla wants to do is hide under a quilt. Then in rides Decker Driscoll. He’s hauling about as much emotional baggage as Kyla, but when he stands close by, both of them want to stay close—and begin to succumb to an undeniable attraction.

After experiencing personal tragedy, Decker never thought he’d see Big Sky country again. But now that his family's Whisper Creek property is in deep with a Vegas gambler, Decker’s back for the summer—and spending all his time running from “cowgirls” who come to the dude ranch to score some dudes. Then he meets Kyla, a kindred spirit who brings on a stampede of protective feelings . . . and a powerful hankering to sear her with a new brand of love.

Accidental Cowgirl is the debut novel by Maggie McGinnis. I completely escaped into this book over the weekend. It was perfect in that way. I felt like I was Kyla on this getaway into the mountains of Montana with the cowboys, horses, and wilderness. This place sounded like my kind of paradise! With her injuries that still caused her pain, I'm not sure why her friends forced Kyla to go a dude ranch of all places. That wasn't entirely thoughtful of them, but I love the dude ranch atmosphere so it made for a fun read for me. The plot kept your imagination busy. You had plotting exes, crazy cops, fires, storms, and more! Neither Kyla nor Decker were looking for a relationship of any kind, so watching their reactions to each other was funny sometimes, and sometimes they were down right mean to each other. I enjoyed both characters though. They were funny, and stubborn, and cute. I love romances like this. I'm not sure if this is the first of a series, but I'd love to learn Cole's story too.

The ARC of Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis was provided to me by Tasty Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of more books from this series!!

A Guest Post by Maggie McGinnis: Cooking Schmooking
Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here! I’m actually traveling to the New Jersey Romance Writers’ Conference today, so if my comments are delayed, it’s because we got lost somewhere in the Bronx. I’ll definitely check in as soon as I can!

When authors create fictional characters, we often imbue them with traits we wish we had (long, curly hair, anyone?), send them to places we wish we could live, or give them skills we’d love to say we actually have. I apparently fit that mold quite nicely. I’m a sucker for green eyes, my next plane ticket will be to Montana, and I give my characters lots of skills I’m nowhere close to mastering.
Take cooking, for instance. I’ve got a heroine who not only can make chocolate chip cookies; she can make them over a campfire. I, on the other hand, can barely make them out of a tube most days. If I ever choose to write a chef hero or heroine, it’s going to take boatloads of research to make it sound like I have half a clue.
My kitchen is not the problem. I have a fabulous country-ish kitchen with miles of countertops and lots of cool, quirky gadgets that my mother thought I should someday learn to use. They’re all very clean and pretty in their special holders because, well, they’ve never actually been out of said holders.
 I sometimes imagine my kitchen as a sort of Gadget Humane Society where tools fear to be relegated. Here I am holding onto perfectly-good stuff that just needs a family to love it (and, y’know, someone to identify what it actually does). I’m pretty sure, in fact, that last time my mother-in-law visited, my food processor thingie put on her best sad-eyes and hoped MIL would take her home. It’s sad, really. Anyone who calls something a thingie does not deserve to own it, right?
But it’s okay. Betty Crocker and I are very, very close, and have you seen the slow-cooker aisle lately? You just dump stuff into the big ole pot, add the special seasoning packet, stir, and off you go.
And … not that I’ve done this … but just be sure you turn it ON before you go…

How about you? What’s your currently-unrealistic dream job? What skill would you have if you could pick anything?

Maggie started writing when her twins were infants and she was desperately seeking sanity. The fact that she found it only with imaginary people makes her a bit concerned, but at least they do what she tells them to … usually.

She lives in New England, though she spends an inordinate amount of time on Arizona real estate sites in mid-January. While snow piles up to her windowsills, she cyber-stalks the blue skies and pink houses of the Southwest. It's cheaper than therapy …

She used to be an English teacher, a certified black belt, and a cool-car driver. Then ... twins. Now she swills caffeine while driving the one vehicle she swore she'd never own: a minivan. It sort of hurts even to admit it.

Her debut novel, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE, was a 2011 Golden Heart® finalist, and she'll never forget her princess-for-a-week stint in NYC with her Starcatcher sisters!

Maggie is thoroughly grateful to her wonderful agent and fabulous writer-gal friends for making this journey so much fun!

She's just hoping that one of these days, her family will understand ...

To learn more about Maggie McGinnis and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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