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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blog Tour: A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART by Crista McHugh An Interview & Giveaway

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART by Crista McHugh ! 

I have an interview with Crista to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART? Check it out!

Title: A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART (Rodeo Academy #1)
Author: Crista McHugh
Pub. Date: June 25, 2018
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 164
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD 
Pampered New York Socialite and dressage rider, Kensington Pope, has been exiled by her jet-setting parents to her aunt’s Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. She wants nothing to do with the rough and tumble students there, especially one particularly handsome cowboy, Javier. But she won’t be there for long. She has a plan in place to break out after her next international competition.

Javier Cruz takes one look at the spoiled city girl and instantly dismisses her. The school of tough knocks has already educated him on what the important things in life are, and he has bigger things on his plate. He’s counting down the days until his eighteenth birthday when he can pull his younger siblings from the foster care program and reunite his family. But as he gets to know Kensi, he sees a kindred spirit and discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye. 

Kensi begins to question her desire to flee the ranch as her relationship to Javier deepens and she learns the importance of family. But when he discovers her escape plan, will he be able to trust her again? And when tragedy comes to the ranch, will Kensi be able to step up and take her place in the family?

Now on to the interview!

Hey Crista! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m so happy you could stop by for a chat! A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART sounds absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you give us a little info about A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART and the characters?

A Cowboy’s Sweetheart is a classic fish out of water/opposites attract romance. Spoiled city girl, Kensington Pope, gets sent to her aunt’s rodeo academy in Wyoming for the summer and falls in love with a handsome young cowboy with a dark past, Javier. Despite their differences, they find they have more in common than they first realize, and their friendship blossoms into something more.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on YA Sci-Fi that’s about a group of female fighter pilots.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

I went to school with girls like Kensi, so it was easy for me to draw on their self-absorbed mask hiding neglectful parents. But mostly, I try to mix different people up when I create a character.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

I loved writing Javier because he’s so angsty. Sierra was a little harder to write because she’s so happy and bubbly.

What is your favorite passage/scene in A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART?

I really enjoyed the first kiss scene because it shows that Kensi cares about someone other than herself and that Javier is finally letting down his walls to let someone into his life.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I spent way too much time watching dressage videos on this book, but they were mesmerizing, and it helped me understand why Kensi would love it so much.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

That’s a tough question because I’ll have to admit that I fall in love with my heroes has I write them. But outside my books, I’d have to say Ash from the Iron Fey series.

What inspired you to write this series?

I knew several people who went to college on rodeo scholarships, and I wanted to write a series viewing the rodeo world through their eager young eyes rather than the busted up bronco rider or the weary bull rider that we see in adult western romances.

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I just finished Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova, and I LOVED it! Right now, I’m reading Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Gryffindor (or to be more precise, A Gryffin-Claw). At Ilvermorny -  Horned Serpent.

Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Carol Danvers (aka Capt. Marvel)

Favorite TV show?

I’m really enjoying Orville at the moment.

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Say Amen” by Panic! At the Disco

Summer Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Antman and the Wasp

Thanks so much Crista for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART! 

About Crista:
Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.
Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician on the occassional weekend.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

Find Crista online at:

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a Kindle Fire 7, US Only.
1 winner will win a $20 Amazon GC, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/25/2018- Bubbly BooksReview
6/25/2018- Sophie Reads YAReview

6/26/2018- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post
6/26/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview

6/27/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsExcerpt
6/27/2018- StoreyBook ReviewsSpotlight

6/28/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
6/28/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

6/29/2018- Demi ReadsReview
6/29/2018- The Cozy Reading CornerExcerpt

Week Two:
7/2/2018- Books & Other PursuitsReview
7/2/2018- The Phantom ParagrapherReview

7/3/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsSpotlight
7/3/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

7/4/2018- books are loveReview
7/4/2018- underneath the coversExcerpt

7/5/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

7/6/2018- The Reading LifeSpotlight
7/6/2018- Jaime's WorldSpotlight

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