Periodically during 2017, I’m going feature authors from my home state, New Hampshire. We may be a small state, but we are BIG on talent. Please share and follow along with #GraniteStateAuthors, and join me in celebrating these wonderful…
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance author who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Her current titles, available now, include SKATER’S WALTZ and THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, and THE VOICES OF ANGELS, books 1,through 4 in her 5-book The MacQuire Women Series, published by The Wild Rose Press. Also from the Wild Rose Press is a Candy Hearts Romance titled 3 WISHES, and its sequel, A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.
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 for COOKING WITH KANDY. That book is scheduled for release on 4.4.17 from Kensington/Lyrical.
A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter. She lives in her dream home in the woods of New Hampshire, surrounded by the quiet beauty she longed for when she was a child growing up in New York City.
How long have you lived in New Hampshire?
I moved here in 1994 from Wisconsin, via NYC. When I got married in 1987, my husband was relocated to Superior, WI and I moved there the day after we got hitched. When my daughter turned 5, my husband and I wanted her to be closer to her family so we moved to New Hampshire. Only 4 hours to NYC instead of an all day plane ride from Wisconsin.
Does living here in NH provide inspiration for your writing?
I’ll say it does! I’m currently writing a new series of three sisters who are all in the wedding industry and who are based in a tiny town in NH. New England – New Hampshire especially – has such a rich background weather-wise, season-wise, and history-wise to cull from for stories.
Do you use New Hampshire and/or New England as a setting in any of your books?
The new series will be in New Hampshire, but my first series, THE MACQUIRE WOMEN, from Wild Rose press, was based in New England ( rural Connecticut, mostly) and NYC.
What is your favorite time of year in NH and why?
The obvious answer would be Autumn, because that’s when NH is at its best, beauty-wise. But since I’m not your normal kinda person ( hee hee!) I’d have to say Spring. I live in the woods and when I start to hear the birds returning to my treetops, see the crocuses pushing through the ground, and feel that subtle change in the temperature from butt-frozen to temperate, I get a happy sensation inside my body and brain. Some would argue and say Spring is really called Black Fly season in these parts, but I can stand a week of annoying bugs when I think of all the gorgeous beauty that goes along with the season.
Publisher: Kensington/Lyrical Shine Press
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Series: Will Cook for Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sugar and spice and everything sexy make the perfect recipe for romance in this brand-new series by Peggy Jaeger. Look for exclusive recipes in each book!
Kandy Laine built her wildly popular food empire the old-fashioned way—starting with the basic ingredients of her grandmother’s recipes and flavoring it all with her particular brand of sweet spice. From her cookbooks to her hit TV show, Kandy is a kitchen queen—and suddenly someone is determined to poison her cup. With odd accidents and threatening messages piling up, strong-willed Kandy can’t protest when her team hires someone to keep her safe—but she can’t deny that the man for the job looks delicious…
Josh Keane is a private investigator, not a bodyguard. But with one eyeful of Kandy’s ebony curls and dimpled smile, he’s signing on to uncover who’s cooking up trouble for the gorgeous chef. As the attraction between them starts to simmer, it’s not easy to keep his mind on the job, but when the strange distractions turn to true danger, he’ll stop at nothing to keep Kandy safe—and show her that a future together is on the menu…
“What can I do?”
For the next half hour, Josh helped sift, fold, and beat ingredients into what smelled like heaven laced with delicious sin.
Kandy was a good teacher, explaining and clarifying when he needed guidance, without any of the rancor or sarcasm he might have expected from a world-class chef.
And watching her cute butt sashay around the kitchen, bending, bowing, reaching, and stooping wasn’t a bad way to pass some time.
They mapped out an easy rhythm between them, coordinating all the effort it took to make the bread and the muffins Stacy had suggested to go along with the interview. When the kitchen began to fill with the incredible aroma of their efforts, Josh sighed.
With a laugh, Kandy said, “I know. That’s the best part of this. The aromas. I could live on just the scent of Grandma’s muffins if I had to.”
“I have to admit,” Josh said, taking a sip of the coffee she’d brewed while the bread rose, “this is more fun than I ever thought it would be.”
Kandy’s left eyebrow slanted upward and Josh’s stomach felt like it was dancing the hula when she looked at him.
“Never helped Mom in the kitchen?”
“God forbid. None of us—my brothers, father, or me—were allowed in it. It was strictly Mom’s domain. We were banned for life.”
“Why?” she asked, taking a seat at the breakfast bar across from him, her own brew in front of her. She rested her head in her hand, one elbow bent, supporting it, and stared right into his eyes.
For a moment Josh forgot what they were discussing. All he could think about was tugging on her arm and sitting her in his lap, covering that beautiful face with his mouth, caressing the flawless skin, and nibbling at the dimples nipping in her cheeks.
For the first time in his professional life, Josh wanted to say “To hell with the job.”
He saw the concern flit across her creased brow and gave himself a mental shake.
“I think it had something to do with the kitchen fire my younger brother Ian started,” he managed to say at last.
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