This may be an unpopular opinion (especially among men), but I love stubborn women. Especially in fiction. This could be because I *ahem* am one. If you don't believe me, I'll give you an example.
I went on a retreat during college that started out with a game where we all had to be blindfolded and follow a string around the room until we found the end. There were a couple of spotters in the room who made sure we didn't bump into the walls, run into each other, or generally get in too much trouble. They were also there to help us if we asked for it. If you've played this before, then you know the trick. There is no end to the string. No matter how hard you try, there is no way to win. The point of the exercise is to learn to ask for help. Once you ask, you're escorted away and get to watch all the idiots who don't catch on as quickly as you do.
My blindfold wasn't quite tight enough and at one point I could look out one side and see what was going on. It became clear to me that I was wandering around in a circle. Even better, I could see that those who raised their hand and asked for help got to take off the blindfold and leave. If you think that the next thing I did was put up my arm and get to sit down and have a snack, well you guess wrong and didn't read the title of the post. No, I'm the idiot wandering around convinced there must be another way. Psychoanalyze me if you want, but clearly I can be quite stubborn when I want to be. If you aren't sold on that fact, ask my husband. He'll be more than happy to tell you about it.
Amber, the heroine in Getting Ahead, would certainly give me a run for the money in a contest to see who is the most stubborn. She knows she needs help to come back from a fall, but she's too scared and too damn stubborn to ask for it.
Are you stubborn? Do you like reading about stubborn women?
Getting Ahead Blurb:
Colton is exactly the kind of distraction Amber doesn't want, but he might be exactly what she needs to get back on track.
Recovering from a bad fall during competition, Amber McDonald decides to spend her last week of training before her next rodeo at a Colorado ranch, away from any and all distractions. It'd be the perfect arrangement—if only her fear wasn't stopping her from getting back on her horse.
Then Colt Riley steps in. He's sexy and seems to have incredible insight into her situation, but he's everything she's been trying to stay away from.
Colt knows exactly what Amber is going through...because he's been there before. Forced to give up his riding career after an accident, he sets his mind to helping her get back on track. All that's easier said than done, especially when she discovers his hidden past. Will his efforts be enough to help her get ahead?
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Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.
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