We have a winner! Congratulations Lori Plach, you are Barbara’s winner of a $10 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Calling All Angels! Barbara will be in touch!
I’m so very pleased to welcome fellow Tule Publishing author, Barbara Ankrum, back to the Spotlight today! She always brings fun and the best books with her! Barbara has a thing for the American West and has written both historical and contemporary romances, all set in that magical place. Twice nominated for RWA’s RITA Award, her bestselling books are emotional, sexy rides with a touch of humor. Barbara’s married and raised two children in Southern California, which, in her mind, makes her a native Westerner. And now it’s official, Barbara recently moved and currently lives in Dallas with her husband and a scruffy, adorable rescue dog.
Thanks so much to Nan for having me today to talk about my latest release, Calling All Angels. So happy to be back on your lovely site!
This is the third book in my Tule Publishing series, The Guardian Angels Chronicles and it’s possibly the last one. Who knows? Another story might come to me, but this story seemed like the exclamation point on the series for me and went a little farther into the fantasy element of the series than I’ve gone before.
But first, I thought I’d tell you a little about how this whole series came about for me. Those of you who are readers of mine might notice this series is a bit of a departure for me. I’ve rarely wandered into the paranormal/fantasy realm, but I suppose it’s because I’ve never been through a few years like we’ve all just been through before now. Writing during the pandemic, in real isolation, was tough and I know it was tough for a lot of authors. But it occurred to me as I was coming up with the first book, Every Time a Bell Rings, that what we were all longing for was connection. I missed the world and the people in it. I missed all the visceral things about the world, the smells and the sights. And I wondered if angels who spend their time watching over us ever felt that way, too. That simple idea sparked this series: How much we needed each other and how our better angels appeared in ways we couldn’t have expected. Whether you believe in angels or not isn’t critical to your loving these stories. They’re romances, just like my other books, with a little extra twist.
While the first two books had angels interceding on Earth (and naturally, all the best plans go awry!) book three was kind of a nod to mortality. (Pandemic inspired, for sure.) In Calling All Angels, Emma James is in a bad car accident and ends up in the “in-between”—her life hanging in the balance—where she meets a Scottish rogue of a man who claims to be her guardian angel. In a previous life, he was known as Connor Montrose and she…well, it’s complicated. But be advised, all is not as it would seem. There is a history between these two that will not be ignored and a mystery about Emma’s accident that must be solved before tragedy can strike again. As Connor and Emma work through their issues and unravel the mystery, the real question is, will she stay or will she go? And if she stays, how will it change her? And how about that sexy, Scottish brogue of Connor’s and all the feelings he makes her feel? But a future for an angel and a human is impossible. Isn’t it?
Hope you’ll check this one out and leave me a review and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I enjoyed writing it. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the first two books, Every Time a Bell Rings (which was optioned for film by MGM) and The Christmas Fix Up. All of these are standalone books, but also play nicely together.
I have a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Calling All Angels to give away! To enter, just tell me if you believe in angels or if you’ve ever felt them watching out for you! (Hey, maybe you’ll inspire another book!) I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday evening, 5/20. Good luck!
Calling All Angels
Emma James isn’t sure if she’s dead, dreaming, or somewhere in-between after a car accident leaves her hospitalized in a coma. And the gorgeous but grumpy Scot with a sexy brogue claiming to be her “guardian angel” seems to have her confused with someone named Violet. After discovering her “accident” was no accident at all, Emma fears her niece may be in danger. Enlisting her reluctant guardian’s help to solve the mystery takes all her persuasion skills. But alarmingly, she finds herself falling for this centuries-old, grudge-holding immortal.
Connor Montrose instantly recognizes Emma as the woman who betrayed him two centuries ago—Violet MacLeish. Though Emma has no memory of that life, or the love they shared, she’s Violet’s doppelgänger and a pain in his tortured soul. He needs to help her cross over so he can get a long-awaited celestial promotion, but this new version of Violet is even more beguiling and stubborn than before, drawing him deeper into the human world he’d rather forget.
Stuck between life and death, can these two lost souls find common ground?