The Fixer Upper
Maggie Mae Gallagher
(Echo Springs, #1)
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: September 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
An Interview with Abigail Callier, heroine of The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
My name is Abigail Marie Callier. My friends call me Abby.
2. Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
Well, I’ve just met Tessa and Cybil, but we’ve become fast friends. I had forgotten what it was like to have close girlfriends with work taking over my life the last few years. We like to go shopping, meet each other at the Emporium Diner for breakfast, or at Smitty’s Bar for drinks. Or we meet up at each other’s places, drink wine and gossip about men.
3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
I do have a family. And now that I’m living in Echo Springs, Colorado, they’re about two thousand miles away, which is close enough by my estimation. It’s not that we don’t get along, we do. But they tend to disapprove of my life choices because they don’t understand them. And I refuse to be someone I’m not, which seems to confound them on a daily basis. We’re on speaking terms, but we aren’t close.
4. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them?
Nope. No birthmarks or scars, at least of the external variety. Internally, well that’s another conversation entirely.
5. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
I drink wine and bake. It’s not good for my waistline, but it sure beats the heck out of being forced to wear an orange jumpsuit.
6. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?
As I have a tendency to panic when the fridge and pantry aren’t stocked, not to mention I have a deep freeze in the basement full of frozen slabs of meat, there would be plenty to choose from on a dime. But to whip up something quick probably grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Although if you’re willing to wait a little longer, I could fry up some bacon for some BLT sandwiches, toss together a salad, and even a dessert like fresh baked brownies. I love dessert or really anything of the baked goods variety.
7. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
The life I’ve been building for myself. It’s taken quite a bit of effort on my part, considering I bucked the conventional path laid out before me by my parents.
8. What makes you laugh out loud?
Campy horror flicks from the 70s and 80s. No really, they’re hilarious, especially when you see how antiquated their special effects are in this day and age.
9. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was s/he?
Yes, I think it’s more that life in general that has broken my heart. I’ve been in lust but never really had the deep, soul stirring love I’ve found described in the pages of the books I adore. But I’ve also not had that many long-lasting relationships because I tend to get lost in my work.
10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
I don’t think I can have a love relationship and a fulfilling career at the same time. Each one takes the right amount of work to make them succeed and finding the balance between the two, forget about it. It cannot be done, at least in my mind not successfully without having to sacrifice parts of yourself, your relationship, and your career.
About the author:
Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying 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. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
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