Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an advice columnist? I have! I love movies where the heroine is one-sometimes I agree with their advice and sometimes not. In the funny movie I watched recently, The Accidental Husband, Uma Thurman’s character did not give advice I believed was very good. It got her in a lot of trouble and is exactly the kind of worry that I would have about messing up someone’s life with the wrong advice! In the T.V. Movie, Dear Viola, Kellie Martin’s character I thought gave great advice and had me smiling!
Okay, so anyway, moving on to why I’m talking about advice columnist in the first place. I decided to write one. It was safer that way by letting me be one in my imagination! In BETTING ON HOPE I created Maggie Hope as the advice columnist of Gotta Have Hope her column in the Houston Tribune. It was fun to create this character who basically hides behind her desk as she gives out her advice only to have herself suddenly thrown into the limelight when she’s forced out from behind her desk to interview Champion horse trainer Tru Monahan which gets her into deep trouble.
The main blurb is below, but I have to say I enjoyed my short stint giving out advice-mostly because I enjoyed putting Maggie and Tru into hot water-so basically now that I think about it I did mess up their lives! Only this is a romance so you know in the end it all worked out. However, I think I’d better stick with writing romance and keep my advice to myself.
I hope you’ll check out BETTING ON HOPE, book 1 of my new Four of Hearts Romance series from Thomas Nelson.
BETTING ON HOPE
A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.
Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.
Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.
In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.
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