Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Meet Maggie Mae Gallagher and The Fixer Upper #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 1 comment

In her bio Maggie Mae Gallagher says her mom used to say if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. I am so glad she stuck with romance. Maggie Mae Gallegher writes all over the spectrum. Her latest book is a contemporary romance that seems designed for a geek like me who also loves humor. And she's giving away an eBook copy of The Fixer Upper to one lucky reader.
Maggie Mae, please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Maggie Mae Gallagher and I write steamy contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. I also write erotic romance under the name, Anya Summers. I’m a total geek. I love superheroes, vampires, demon slayers, the Force, and that everyone should Live long and prosper. Oh thank you, I am a fellow geek. I wanted to marry Spock. Not Leonard Nimoy. Spock. I already have my ticket for Star Wars at The Chinese. And I went to my first Comic Con two weeks ago. (I have to admit I sold more candy bars for my grandson's school that I did books. I was working at selling my time travels ones.)

I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
I will never forget that day. I sat at my computer reading their email over and over again and crying. Happy tears, of course, but it had been a long journey to getting published. To give you an idea, I wrote my first book in 2001. It was 2016 when I was offered my first contract.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
To be honest, it’s reading. I read every day. Even when I’m on deadline. My day pretty much goes like this. I get up, work out for 90 minutes each day. Do my shower and breakfast. Then I start my day at work by answering emails, writing blogs, doing any of the things that don’t require my creative brain. That can take sometimes upwards of two hours and by that time it’s close to noon, which is when my creative brain comes online. Then I write usually until 8 or 9 in the evening with a break in there for dinner. I watch one episode of a show. Right now, I’m hooked on the sitcom New Girl and watching my way through on Netflix. And then I end my day in bed with my kitties and my kindle, where I read until about midnight.

How do you motivate yourself when inspiration takes a vacation?
My publishing schedule is rather hefty. I’m contracted out the next few years with tight deadlines, so I don’t really have the time for my inspiration to take a hike. I tend to write anywhere from 3000 to 5000 words a day. However, there are days when I do need to nudge myself and find my motivation. As much as I love my job, it is still a job and there are days where the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer for hours on end. I tend to bargain with myself when those days arise. I tell myself just get a smaller amount of words written today than my averaage and we will call it an early day. And while I might struggle with the words that day, I still get them on the page. Often when I do this, I end up blowing past the smaller number, and it ends up being a great writing day.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Develop patience and perseverance. Don’t try to take the shortcuts just because they might seem easier. Be open to working on your craft, taking the time needed to truly learn how to create a book. Don’t be in such a hurry to call yourself a published author that you toss a book up on Amazon before you’ve honed your skills and neglect part of the journey. It’s a process. At times, it can be a frustrating one, but I know that looking back I am glad it took as long as it did to get that first contract, because it made me learn how to be a writer. Also get the book On Writing by Stephen King, read it cover to cover, and then pull out periodically to refresh.

Tell us about The Fixer Upper

THE FIXER UPPER, Echo Springs Series, Book 1
Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.
Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he discovers a journal hidden away by the previous tenant and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.
Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around—even though she should because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing—because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?
Praise for The Fixer Upper:
"Maggie Mae Gallagher writes with warmth and a wonderfully compelling voice - I loved The Fixer Upper!" NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR HEATHER GRAHAM

“Maggie Mae Gallagher makes the reader forget the actual words on the page so they can just enjoy the story as it unfolds.” Nancy Berland, NBPR, Inc. President
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Excerpt from THE FIXER UPPER
Abby spent the next hour cleaning her new room as best she could for the night. She’d work on the full house and give it a proper cleaning come morning, but she’d spent the better part of the day in her Rover and could feel the onset of fatigue settling in her bones. There was a semimodern bathroom across the hall, with one of those claw-foot tubs she’d take advantage of when she wasn’t dragging her feet and ready to go horizontal for eight hours. 
Settled in for the night, she made herself a small picnic of her wine and cheese offerings and added hitting up the local market for all the essentials to her to-do list for the morrow. Her parents would only shake their heads if they could see her in her thermal pajamas, drinking chardonnay directly from the bottle that hadn’t even sported a cork, but a lid that twisted off.
She was toasting her own brilliance when she heard the creak of the front door opening. Grabbing her trusty nine iron, a little gizmo she’d inherited from an ex-boyfriend some years back, Abby cursed at her phone’s low battery. 
“Figures,” she muttered under her breath. 
She left her room, tiptoeing down the stairs, her movements muffled by her thick socks. She rounded the corner, and a beam of light blinded her. 
“Gah!” Screaming, she swung the iron, ready to take on her intruder. All the self-defense classes her parents had scoffed at hadn’t been for naught. Who knew that in a sleepy little mountain town, burglars and vagabonds were a problem? The golf club whizzed over the intruder’s head.
“What the?” a deep baritone barked.
She swung again, determined to fend off whoever the hell thought he could invade her aunt’s place with mischief on his mind. The shadowed outline of a large man loomed behind the beam of light. When he didn’t back off, only kept advancing, her internal panic button hit overdrive. The nine-iron connected with flesh with a thudded whack. 
“Ow, fuck, cut it—”
“Get out or I’ll call the police!” she swore, her pulse hammering, her grip on the nine-iron so tight her hand was fusing into a claw formation. She reared back to strike again when his next words halted the forward progression of her swing.
“I am the police.” 
She blanched, almost dropping her weapon, but then thought better of it. What if he’d lied to disarm her and then would attack?
Nice try, buddy. She wasn’t falling for it. 
“Prove it.” She wasn’t the atypical heroine who idiotically descended into the darkened basement, despite the light mysteriously not working, to investigate the strange noise. She’d studied horror films and knew she was not the dumb bimbo, but the smart woman who survived. His indicating that he was the police was a sub-plot straight out of a B horror film and was precisely the type of thing the killer would say.
She raised the nine-iron into a defensive position as the man moved to her right, flipping on the overhead light while pulling a shiny silver badge from his belt. He held it toward her so that light reflected off the silver star. Blinking as her eyes adjusted, Abby wondered if she was dreaming. Cornflower-blue eyes studied her, dressed in her flannel pink pajama bottoms, tank top, and fluffy purple robe. He was larger than the darkness had suggested, probably a good six-three, and lean. His dark midnight hair fell in curly waves to his jawline, which was covered in dusky stubble. There was a ruggedness to him, indicating that somewhere in his make-up he preferred life outdoors, and it showed. He reminded her of the men gracing the covers of the romance novels she’d hidden from her parents growing up, and still hid from her colleagues. 
She’d always had a bit of a thing for men in uniform, but the only defining mark that even suggested he was an officer was his black jacket with an emblem embroidered into the right shoulder. Otherwise, he looked like a mountain man, in a button-up emerald flannel shirt and blue jeans that rode low over his muscular hips.
Then she focused on the badge. Oh, sweet heavens! The badge read: Sheriff, City of Echo Springs. Why did this have all the beginnings of a campy horror flick? Woman goes to the wilderness to find herself, makes acquaintance with the local law enforcement, and then the army of dolls stuffed inside the home come to life, possessed by a demon spawn from hell, to try to kill the heroine.

 I love the excerpt.What’s your current WIP?

I am currently neck deep in an Anya Summers title FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES and have edits for the next book in the Echo Springs Series, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, in my que once the Anya book has been submitted. Holy cow! You are one busy woman,

And finally, where can we find you?
 This weekend I will be signing on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Li’l Book Bug in Lancaster, California. And slated for 2020, I am attending both Coastal Magic Con and Book Lovers Con.
Thank you for visiting, Maggie Mae. I hope to meet you in person one day. And thank you for giving one lucky reader a free eBook copy of The Fixer Upper.You can read more about Maggie Mae on her website. The Rafflecopter is below Maggie Mae's social links:

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1 comment :

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Susan! I'm head over heels for Thorin Oakenshield so I understand.


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