Monday, September 23, 2013

[Book Tour] Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis #Giveaway

By Maggie McGinnis
On Sale October 8, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-345-54875-7
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-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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Author Info
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.
Connect with Maggie: Facebook | Twitter | Website

What is your writing environment?
For Christmas last year, I got the ultimate gift: a room of my own. My sweet hubby cleared acres of electronics and tools and man-stuff out of his Man Cave and turned the space over to me. Now it’s comfy and cozy, with a soft carpet, peach walls, and an endless supply of chocolate. It’s also the only room in the house that’s remotely clean … except at deadline time!

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I always *think* I have my characters planned out before I start writing, but I’m pretty much always wrong. I think it’s the nature of the beast that you get to know your characters better as you write their story, so even my major characters never turn out quite as I’d planned. But it’s those secondary characters that get me every time, oftentimes appearing right out of the blue and taking over a scene. It’s obviously the pantser in me, but I love when that happens. J

One of your favorite quotes.
Oh, gosh. I have so many! But this one is tacked to my desk: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~~ Maya Angelou

What type of book have you always wanted to write?
Someday maybe I’ll feel inspired to try writing that gorgeous literary fiction novel that’s brimming at the edges of my brain, but for right now, I really am writing what I always wanted to write. My goal is to create characters and a story that make people laugh a little, maybe cry a little, and of course, swoon a lot. I feel really lucky that I get to sit down every day and try to make that happen.

What’s the last movie you watched and loved?
Okay, I think it says something quite frightening about my social life that I just had to google “2013 movies” to see what actually came out this year! It’s further pathetic that I had to scroll to the 74th most popular one to find one I’d actually gone to see. Clearly I need more movies in my life!

Flirting Questions

Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
Ryan Gosling sounds too clichĂ© to go with these days, even though I totally discovered him before everyone else did, so I’ll have to say Matt Damon on this one. I fell in love with him in Good Will Hunting, and would still marry him if he asked. Not only does he have the adorable smile, he’s super-smart. And bonus: I’d get to hang out with Ben & Jen … and George!

What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
Eyes. Definitely the eyes.

Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
My sign is Scorpio, which I actually find quite amusing, because I have no Scorpio tendencies. None. I’m almost convinced I was born prematurely, meant to be a Sagittarius.

How did you meet your significant other?
We were both teaching at the same school, and on the day after Halloween he let a class full of adolescent boys eat as much candy as they wanted to as long as they shared with him. Said boys then headed to my classroom for 90 minutes of pure, sugar-induced craziness. He says I yelled at him afterward. I say I calmly reminded him of the no-candy rule. Tomato-tomahto. J

If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
I’d book a long, long autumn weekend at an oceanfront B&B. We could curl up with books in front of the fireplace, walk the beach at low tide, and enjoy some down-time. Hmm. Now googling oceanfront B&Bs…

Flirting Quickies: 

Facial hair or clean shaven? 5 o’clock shadow

Planner or Pantser? Unabashed pantser

Coffee or tea? Pepsi!

Vanilla or chocolate? Vanilla with chocolate

Sweet or salty? Yes

Winter or summer? Autumn – sorry! J
Cat or dog? Cat
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Backpacking=bears. I’ll go with the hotel.
City or Country? Country gal all the way, except for the bear thing
Morning or night person? Morning, to the annoyance of my hubby
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas

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-GRAND PRIZE winner - $50 e-giftcard to and a NetGalley review copy of ACCIDENTAL COWGIRL
-3 First Prize winners - Loveswept Coffee Mug
-5 Second Prize winners - ACCIDENTAL COWGIRL NetGalley review copy


  1. Thanks so much for the fun interview!!!

    ~ Maggie

  2. What a great interview! Love the questions and I can't wait to read Kayla and Decker's story!