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Author Spotlight: Barbara Ankrum’s Here with a New Christmas & a Giveaway!

What a treat to welcome fellow Tule author Barbara Ankrum to the blog today! Barbara has a thing for the 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 she raised two children in Southern California, which, in her mind, makes her a native Westerner. Find her at the links below and enjoy her story of writing The Christmas Fix Up. Be sure to scroll down and check out her fun and fabulous giveaway–answer her question in the comments for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card and a e-book copy of The Christmas Fix Up.

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Thanks so much, Nan, for inviting me to your blog. I’m so happy to get a chance to talk about my latest book from Tule Publishing, THE CHRISTMAS FIX UP. It’s the second book in my new series, The Guardian Angel Chronicles and if you’re one of my long-time readers, you’ll already know that this series is a little bit of a departure for me.

            If you don’t know me, I’ve written both historical and contemporary romance, some romantic suspense, and I’ve even had a book turned into a movie from Hallmark (HOLIDAY HEARTS.) And lots of my books do have touches of magic in them, because, let’s face it, there is something truly magical about finding love. But The Guardian Angel Chronicles is my first truly paranormal/fantasy series, where guardian angels play some of the leading roles.

            In The Christmas Fix Up we meet Elspeth Aloysius, an angel who has cloistered herself in the Eternal File Room doing Celestial clerical work for way too long to avoid confronting old wounds. When her mentor decides she’s had enough of Elle avoiding her destiny, she assigns her to be the guardian angel to Molly Wynter, a child who’s lost her mother and whose broken-hearted father seems lost as well. Sam Wynter has buried himself in his work and Elle finds herself judging his parenting skills while getting more and more attached to Molly.

            You see, heaven made a mistake taking Molly’s mom early and now, before Molly’s destiny becomes too out of whack, they want to fix it. Elle is sent down to Earth on a one-week ‘mingle’ with a mission to open Sam’s broken heart and find a new mother for Molly. Elle has one rule as she becomes almost human for a week: Don’t fall for Sam.

            Alas, best laid plans and all that, because as Sam and Elle work together to help Sam’s elderly friend, Iris, fix up her house/B&B where Elle is staying, Sam’s numb heart begins to heal, and he begins to imagine a future with the captivating Elle. But Elle’s one week clock is ticking toward Christmas Eve when she will have to say goodbye to him forever. Can these two mismatched soulmates ever find their happily ever after?

I hope you enjoy this magical Christmas story. I had so much fun writing it. Do I believe in angels? Yes. I do. But that, my friends, is another story. This book was definitely inspired by the last two years of struggle and isolation, and rediscovering and appreciating the essential connections that we humans all crave. What makes this book fun is the crooked path this angel takes to find her true happily ever after.

Thanks again for having me, Nan, and I have a sweet GIVEAWAY of a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook copy of The Christmas Fix Up to one lucky commenter. Just tell me if you believe in angels.  I’ll choose a winner in two days, to give everyone a chance to enter. Happy Reading!

The Christmas Fix Up

Heaven made a mistake. Can one clumsy, rebellious angel right a wrong by Christmas Eve without losing her heart?

Angel Elspeth Aloysious is hidden in celestial clerical work to avoid painful memories when her mentor sends her on her first earthly mingle. Her task—open the closed heart of the handsome and busy Sam Wynter so his daughter can have a new mother before she drifts too far from her destiny. Elle has one week and one rule—don’t fall for Sam.

Sam Wynter has no intention of remarrying. Instead, he’s focused on raising his daughter Molly and building his career. But when he meets a captivating and beautiful stranger in town for the holidays, he rediscovers joy and a sense of fun with Elle through donating his time and skills to those in need. Both Sam and Molly quickly bond with the sparkling Elle, and Sam starts to dream of a different future.

The clock is ticking down on Elle’s time on Earth. Can these two mismatched soulmates, who are worlds apart, find their happy ever after?

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