Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Christmas and Cannolis

Contemporary Romantic Comedy
This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $20  Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

Read an excerpt...

I spotted my customer in the seat my mother indicated. His back was toward me, but I could tell he was tall from how much of him shot up from the chair. Since I didn’t know how to address him, I simply said, “Excuse me?” when I finally arrived at the table. I was all set to introduce myself and ask how I could help him, but before the words could form in my throat I was struck mute. Truly. I stopped short, my mouth falling open like unfilled cannoli shells, and no sound came out.

He turned to me at the exact moment a slice of midday November sunlight streamed through the window, landing right on him and surrounding his head in a halo of bright, brilliant light. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a choir of angels started belting out celestial high notes because the guy could have been a charter member of the Messenger of God club.

Facially, he looked a little older than my thirty-two, but not over the forty-year mark yet. Where my hair is the color of wet ink, his was a shock of silver threaded with faint stripes of peppery black above his ears. It looked so thick and touch-worthy, the tips of my fingers were actually tingling to clutch the ends and grab on. Eyes the color of threatening storm clouds—gray and tinged with pale shards of blue—peered up at me, a question pulling at their corners. Eyelashes most women had to pay for framed his lids naturally. His jaw was square, his cheekbones carved from marble by a master sculptor.

But his mouth—Madre di Dio, his mouth. It was about as perfect as two lips meeting in the center of a face could be. Full and thick with that natural rimmed outline women were forced to create with a liner pencil, it was the most kissable mouth I’d ever seen. Tinted the color of aged Barolo—my father’s favorite wine—ripe and smooth, full-bodied and intense, it simply stopped me in my tracks.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:  

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.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

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


  1. Kathy - thank you so much for introducing me to your readers and followers and for the shout out for CHRISTMAS AND CANNOLI. our interview questions were some of my favorites so far on this tour! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  3. I really enjoyed reading your book!

    1. Lori - bless you! Dare I hope you reviewed it on goodreads or amazon?? Hee hee ( sorry for the shameless ask!!)

  4. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and your interview today. Have you ever considered writing stories in a totally different genre? Some authors have been very successful while others...not so much. I love historical romances best and 2 authors who have sucessfully made a transition are Christina Dodd and Lisa Kleypas going from historical romances to contemporary romance. So, what about you? Any chance you'll genre hop in the future?

    1. Karen - while i lovelovvelove regency romances, I could never write one. The true fans of historical are so RABID in getting all the details right. I'd feel really stupid if I got anything wrong - and I feel I would do a diservice to the genre. In a former life ( before publication!) I wrote grisly murder/suspense books. I had to stop, though, because they were so dark, they started effecting my every day life. Now I just live precariously through watching Criminal Minds. Hee hee. Great question, though!

    2. Criminal Minds...one of my favorite programs. When I'm not reading historical romances, I enjoy a good mystery-suspense-thriller. I also like this sub-genre set in the 19th century. Interesting how they attempted to solve crimes back when forensics was a new science.

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    1. thanks, Victoria and thanks for stopping by today!

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    1. Chelsey, you're welcome. Happy new Year and thanks for stopping by today

  7. Would you ever like to see your book turned into a television show? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980@hotmail.com

  8. I like the cover and the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Thank you for sharing, this sounds like a wonderful book


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