By Maggie McGinnis
On Sale October 8, 2013
Published by 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-fiancé, 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.
Guest Post: Lost
Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to be here!
A few years ago I spent a week in New York City at the Romance Writers of America’s National conference. I’d been there once in high school, but the country-bumpkin that is me had never ventured back. To say I was awed would be an understatement. To say I was constantly lost would also be an understatement. I can track my way through a forest better than I could navigate Times Square, which is saying something, since I’m also pretty useless at tracking.
Feeling lost isn’t all that comfortable, even when you’re an adult. Is there a car made without GPS these days? I mean, who still relies on old-fashioned maps, or directions scrawled on take-out napkins from the glove compartment? Do gas station attendants even give directions anymore? Or do they just find the GPS coordinates for you?
My heroine, Kyla, is just about as lost as a gal can get. She’s lost her job, her fiancé-that-wasn’t, and her entire life savings. She’s tortured by memories and guilt, and she’s convinced her man-radar is completely defective. She needs to be turned inside-out and shaken so she can make a fresh start, and her best friends figure a dude ranch getaway will be just the thing.
They’re totally right, of course. Once they get her to Montana and she gets a peek at big skies, green meadows, and, well, hot hot cowboys, things start looking up. And when Decker starts cracking her shell, suddenly she’s not so lost anymore. In fact, she realizes she’s right where she needs to be.
How about you? Were you ever a “fish out of water?” Move to a new place and feel lost? What helped you through it? Leave a comment below!
I really enjoyed this book. Of course, having it set in my home state of Montana didn’t hurt! I was immediately drawn into the characters and was rooting for them. Years ago I was a city girl who moved to Montana, so I could relate to all of Kyla’s fears and mishaps. Maggie McGinnis captured the love of land that all Montanans have. I recommend this book as a light and emotionally satisfying read.
Maggie McGinnis is the author of Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.