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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.
If I Could Live Anywhere…Maggie McGinnis
Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to be here!
Years ago when I trained physicians for a living, a group of them visited New England from Albuquerque. As we took them around to our adorable farm stands and apple orchards and really-quite-huge lake, they nodded and smiled and took it all in. When we got back to the office, one of them got out of the car and said, “It’s really pretty, but don’t you feel claustrophobic living here?”
I was mystified. How could I feel claustrophobic? Was she not smelling the fresh air? Not feeling the mountain breeze? Not seeing the lake that stretched for a whole mile? How could she feel claustrophobic?
The next month, I traveled to Albuquerque, and then I understood. There is nowhere in New England where you can see for that many miles, nowhere where the mountains that look so close are really a gazillion miles away, nowhere where you can predict the weather four hours ahead of time because you can see it coming.
Actually, in New England we’re fairly lousy at predicting the weather at all. Between the lakes and the mountains and that pesky ocean-effect, it’s a meteorologist’s nightmare to be recognized on the street around here.
When I was deciding where to set Accidental Cowgirl, I wanted my Boston-based characters to be blown away by the huge skies, towering mountains, and almost-indescribable beauty all around them. I wanted nature to heal them, to shove technology aside so they had to talk only to each other, face-to-face. I suppose I could have sent them to Albuquerque, but I’m a sucker for the stunning landscape that is Montana, so I created Whisper Creek just for them. I know! I’m nice like that!
I loved “living” in Montana as I wrote this book. And next time I’ve got free childcare and a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, I’m totally heading to the airport. Approximately three-and-a-half days and six plane changes later, I’ll be there!
How about you? If someone else took care of all of your daily responsibilities and you had a free ticket to anywhere in the country, where would you love to spend a week exploring?
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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.