Thursday, September 26, 2013

Accidental Cowgirl

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. 
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 ****Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept through Netgalley provided me with a copy for my honest review****
Kyla just wants to be alone so she can wallow in her guilt and deal with her broken heart, her friends are having none of that. As good friends do they have come up with the perfect place to get away and have some fun, a dude ranch with hot cowboys on staff. On the way there Kyla gets a less than stellar welcome and meets Decker. After his father dies Decker comes back to his families ranch to help out, he left a long time ago after a family tragedy now he is trying to pay back his fathers gambling debts or they will lose the ranch. The two of them have both have their share of hang ups, but they can't fight the physical attraction they feel. Can they get over their issues and take a chance on love? Accidental Cowgirl is a cute love story, the things that Kyla and her friends do and the situations they get themselves into add a bit of humor to the story. Kyla had a lot of emotional problems she was a bottle of nerves and hang ups, but in this story it worked. Decker was a good man, even though he bugged the ever lovin crap out of me at times because he was just plain mean to Kyla, I figured he was doing it because he cared about her and couldn't handle it. I did have a few problems with the wording and phrases in the book, a few of the times things would come across as awkward or to formal and I felt like it broke up the easy flow that was going. There aren't any explicit sex scenes, there is some heavy petting then it fades to black. Overall it's a good enjoyable read, I'd be interested in seeing other characters from this book get their own stories.

What’s in a Name? 
Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here! One of the best parts of writing a book is getting to name your characters. However, it can also be one of the worst parts of writing a book because you feel so much pressure to get it just right. The name has to suit the character, it’s gotta be pronounceable, and you have to be aware of pop culture and world events so you don’t inadvertently give your hero the same name as the guy who just had his mug shot on the national news. However, though it’s difficult, I’ll freely admit I’m quite skilled choosing the most perfect, absolutely flawless names for all of my characters before I start. They’re exquisite, actually. But then I change my mind. A lot. My hero and heroine usually own their names right from the start, but my poor secondary characters suffer through an endless search-and-replace game every single time. In Accidental Cowgirl, my heroine Kyla is named after a super-sweet gal who helped care for our twins (and my sanity!) when they were teeny. She’s smart, funny, and has a voice that could slay even Simon Cowell. Kyla’s friend Jess is named after a favorite former student (Yep, I said it. We do have them!), but the rest of the character names have no basis in my reality. Place names are another game entirely. I spent more hours than I should admit googling Montana town names, rivers, and mountains as I tried to name the town and ranch in Accidental Cowgirl. I even looked up flowers and trees native to Montana, hoping something would trigger the perfect name. Pages (and weeks!) of scrawled notes later, my daughter leaned over to her sister one day and whispered something that made her giggle. I loved the secrecy, the innocence, the smile engendered by that little whisper. And bingo! Whisper Creek was born. How about you? Do you have a favorite town name? One you’ve driven through that’s really unique or made you laugh?
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