Friday, March 30, 2018

Can't Stand the Heat by Peggy Jaeger

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/ gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome to It's Raining Books! What group did you hang out with in high school?

The kids in Glee Club, only we called it Chorus back then. I was a first soprano and performed in the chorus in all the high school musicals.

What are you passionate about these days?

What a great question! We are a society that still doesn’t have gender equality with regard to pay scale. I despise the fact that female authors, actresses, office workers, even female managers aren’t paid the same as their male counterparts. This needs to end. Now. I am on a mission to find women who are running for office who vocally support pay equity along gender lines and do whatever I can to help support their elections.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

Start earlier. I was 55 when my first book was published. That’s a little older than the industry standards to be starting out. I think if given the chance I would have started pursuing publication somewhere in my 30’s when I first started writing romance for just myself to read. I had 25 manuscripts before I even submitted one.

Ebook or print? And why?

Both, for very different reasons. I read a lot. A LOT. My Goodreads reader challenge for 2018 is 175 books. I travel a great deal and carting print books around in luggage is difficult, esp. nowadays when if you go over the weight limit on a plane by 1 ounce, you’re penalized. SO I love the convenience of my Kindle when I travel.

But there is something about a print book…. I only read print when I am home. Curling up in a chair by the lit fireplace in winter with my favorite authors in print form is as close to Nirvana as I will probably ever come.

What is your favorite scene in this book?

The last three pages. I’m not going to tell you why…you need to read it for yourself!

With three successful TV series under her belt, including her cousin Kandy’s, executive producer Stacy Peters is ready to helm her own show. But to make that happen, she has to do her network boss one favor first—spend two months on a ranch in Montana wrangling the notoriously difficult director of Beef Battles. Apparently, he eats producers for breakfast. Yet all Stacy can think when she meets the lean, rugged man is how hungry he makes her . . .

Dominic Stamp—Nikko to his very few friends—has had enough interference from TV newbies. And when Stacy climbs out of the car in Montana, he’s not convinced she’s even old enough to drive, much less produce his show. But he can’t deny that the long-legged blonde with the stubborn will and the dazzling smile whets his appetite. And as Stacy proves her talent with the crew and the budget alike, Nikko vows to prove to her that love is on the menu for both of them.

Read an Excerpt:

“I wish you’d do that more often,” he said, his hand circling her upper arm as he turned her, slowly, back to face him.

“What? Leave?”

He stared at her a beat, the line between his brows deepening. “Smile.”

Flabbergasted, she stood, rooted.

“More specifically,” he added, “smile at me. You do at everyone else. From Dixon, to his son; the crew. Even Melora. Everyone, but me.”


His grip tightened a little as he pulled her in closer, their torsos almost touching.

“Why? Why can you show everyone else that little piece of yourself, but not me?”

“I…I don’t know how to answer that,” she said. “I know I was thrust on you without you wanting me here. I know you don’t like me, I—“

“That’s not true. I didn’t want to like you,” he admitted. “There’s a difference. You’re a producer. A bottom line watcher. An annoying necessity. Liking you goes against the grain.”

At that she did smile, because she knew it was true.

“See now,” he said, as he slid his other hand up her arm to settle on the back of her neck, fingers curling up into her hair to hold on. “When you do that? When you smile at me like that, so openly, so…freely? I can’t think about anything else.”

A gentle tug and he had her head pillowed in his spread palms as he bent his own down to hers.

Through her glasses she watched the fine whiskey in his eyes blend with the ink of his pupils as they dilated.

“I haven’t been able to think clearly about anything for the past few days.” His mouth was a whisper from hers. His gaze skimmed from her eyes to her mouth and back again in one slow string of heat. “Except for this.”

She thought she’d be prepared for the feel of his lips on hers again. After all, she’d done little else but reminisce about their texture and taste for days. But she was wrong.

So wrong.

Nothing could have ever prepared her for the way the slight pressure he placed on the back of her neck as he brought her closer sent a shiver of such carnal delight down her spine she almost hummed. Or the way his breath, warm and full, felt as it washed over her cheeks. And she certainly wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotions he released within her when he quite expertly parted her lips and deepened the kiss, pulling at her very soul.

No, nothing in her life had equipped her with how to deal with Nikko Stamp’s kiss.

So she simply let go of all thought, fear, and concern, and surrendered to it.

About the Author:
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

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  1. thank you for hosting me today and for introducing me to your readers and followers.

  2. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Lisa - you'r very welcome and thanks for being such a supportive tour follower!

  3. So we've reached the end of another fun week of touring with you. Looking forward to more good stuff in the weeks to come.

    1. Karen - it's been a joy, believe me! thanks for being such a supportive and fun tour follower! Enjoy the weekend and Happy Easter. ( see you for week 3! heehee)

  4. So excited to read your book!!😍
    Im a Chef & a Life Long Bookworm do this couldnt be more perfect!!😍
    Definitely 1-clicking😍📖💘
    Congrats on the release & the tour!!💋
    Thank you foe the incredibly generous chance in your Giveaway!!😍

    1. Kris - two things I love? Cooking and reading, so we're sisters from other misters! hahaha. You're more than welcome for the chance at the giveaway - good luck! Stay tuned for weeks 3 and 4 of the tour. I'm not quite done yet, heehee

  5. Really fun interview!


    1. Trix, thanks! I loved answering those questions. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend!

  6. Replies
    1. KIm - great question!!! sometimes I do. But in the 1980's and 90's nursing was going thru such an upheaval with the changes in practice laws that - because if my advanced education - I was being pulled more and more away from the bedside and the patient and forced into administrative work, that nursing lost some of it's appeal for me. I loved the hands-on. that's why i wanted to be a nurse - to make a difference in people's lives, not push paper! Thanks for stopping by and for asking such a great question.

  7. I enjoyed the interview. I also love print books. I have a kindle but rarely use it.

    1. Rita my kindle is for travel. Books are for holding!!! 'nuff said.

  8. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post :)

    1. Victoria - thanks! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by

  9. I am enjoying the tour thank you.


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