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Friday, October 6, 2017

A Shot at Love by Peggy Jaeger - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Peggy Jaeger and her new book, “A Shot at Love”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Peggy and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


A Shot at Love
by Peggy Jaeger

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance…

Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms…

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love…

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EXCERPT TWO:

Dressed in similar sweats to what he’d worn the morning before, his body bathed in gleaming sweat, Ky pummeled one of the suspended bags. His hands were wrapped with white gauze, his arms toned and taunt as he executed each strike with perfect precision and technique.

Gemma stopped on the final riser and watched him batter the bag, fists moving with swift, defined actions, the jabs fast and hard, the recoils even faster.

Shoulders raised, elbows tight, hands balled and up blocking his cheeks and jaw line, he threw a right jab, left, then two rights, all aimed high, and a final forward thrust left, lower on the bag, his knees bending to give him balance.

Gemma wanted to race back to her room, grab her camera and capture the scene before her.

Kyros Pappandreos was the epitome, the very definition of a natural born fighter. Distinctly male, uniquely the warrior, his body moved with the grace of a panther, the stealth of a tiger stalking its prey, and the accuracy of a cobra striking. There was something so sensual, so primal, so animalistic about him, she knew she had to photograph him just this way.

She’d capture him in slow motion first, his tight fist connecting with his target, the sweat of exertion flying from his forehead. Then, she’d move to rapid fire, the image blurring with the speed of his hits. A pugilist, enigmatic, tough, and hard bodied, the bulging muscles and corded sinew in his arms distended with his action, outlined and bathed in the shiny moisture pouring from him.

Ky repeated the moves in the same series of strikes three more times before dropping his hands to his thighs.

He swiped at his forehead with the back of his hand, his breathing hard, but not labored, and turned.

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GUEST POST:

Who Inspired Your Love for Books?

So, in the 1960’s when I was a kid I was what was referred to back then as a latch key kid. My parents both worked full time and after school, from the time I turned 8, I was on my own until they came home after 730 each night. As a parent now I can envision so many horrifying things happening to an eight year old left alone for 5 hours every afternoon, and I would never, ever leave my daughter alone like that.  But back then there was nothing out of the ordinary about this. Parents worked. Kids were left alone. I could have gone to the dark side and some terrible event could have befallen me and no one would have known for hours and hours.

But….I went towards the light instead. Dramatic, much, you ask? Yeah, a little. But let me explain.

Half way between my school and my apartment stood the local library. I had to pass it to get home. The first day I had to fend for myself after school, I walked into that building. And from that first day I felt as if I’d come home.

The librarians, all women in their fifties and sixties, came to recognize me pretty quickly. I was taller than other kids my age and very…shall we say… plump? It sounds so much nicer than the word I was originally going to describe myself as!

Those lovely, mothering, smart, and savvy women took me under their book reading wings and encouraged my love of reading. By Christmas vacation I’d read every book in the kids’ section in my age group. With the New Year, they introduced to me middle grade fiction. Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, Sherlock Holmes all became my new besties.

At ten they started my introduction to great literature with Dickens. At 11 I found Jane Austen. And I never looked back. Once I’d read Pride and Prejudice through twice ( they gave me the original version, written in proper English – so not what this little Staten Island girl was used to reading and hearing! ) I was hooked forever more on romantic fiction. Of course, at 11 I didn’t know that’s what the book really was – a romance. What I did realize though, was this kind of story – where people end in a happy state – was something I wanted to read more of.

Now, around this same time, I found that I had a flare for writing. I’d won several in-school fiction writing awards and contests. Rereading some of those pages today I realize the beginnings of my present snarky, take no prisoners writing style was in its infancy.  Coupled now with my love of romantic fiction and my budding “writing career” I started writing typical pre-teen angst love stories. You know: 13 year old Jett has a secret crush on Johnny but he only has eyes for Patty Sue. What will Jett do so Johnny notices her?
       
Dorky? Yes. Poorly plotted? Definitely. Angsty? You betcha.

When I showed my stories to my Book Mamas (because that’s what I’d taken to calling my Librarians), they built me up with such encouragement and pushed me to write and read even more varied things (all age appropriate, you should know. No smutty stuff!)

Those lovely, heartwarming, ego-boosting women propelled me on a path that came to full fruition with the publication on my first romantic novel at 55. Along the way I wrote for magazines, trade publications, Parenting newspapers and magazines, and even a few anthologies. I never forget their supportive words and the way they opened a new world to me at a tender, impressive age. They took a lonely, overweight, myopic and shy kid and gave her a gift that has lasted a lifetime and will continue to into the future.

It’s no wonder I am such a big supporter of Public Libraries. Without the safe haven of my own at age 8, without the care, encouragement, and support of the wonderful Librarians who came to regard me as a daughter, I sincerely don’t know where I would be today.

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AUTHOR BIO:


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 is 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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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Peggy will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

32 comments:

  1. Peggy ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

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    1. Ally #BlessYou for having me today and introducing me to your readers and fans. You have a great blogsite!!

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  2. Congrats on your new release and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  3. James, you're welcome. Good luck and thanks for stopping by today

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  4. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

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    1. Nikolina - I'm glad you liked it! good luck and thanks for stopping by today

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  5. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Lisa - thanks and good luck! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  6. What an amazing guest post today Peggy. I can so relate as I too, was a bit of a latch-key kid before that term was even known. I did have older brothers to sort of fill in the space between school and when Mom got home from work. They weren't babysitters...just check in on me to be sure I was home and OK. Too bad I didn't have a library between my school and my house. I would have been in reading heaven, but my time spent alone, without TV in the house yet, set my love of reading in stone for me for the rest of my life. Without books, I don't know where I would be today.

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    1. Karen- truly, without my Library Mamas, I don't know where I'd be today, either! It was great you didn't have a tv in the house 0 because reading is so much better as an entertainment. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. What an inspiring post! I also have fond memories of libraries, especially the bookmobile that came to my section of my town twice a month. At one point, I contemplated a career in librarianship. Cheers to all librarians!!

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    1. Joanne - I lovelovelove Librarians!!! they are truly unsung heroes for many kids. When I lived in Wisconsin we had a bookmobile go out to the really rural areas and I though it was so great that anybody could take advantage of it, no matter where they lived. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  8. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

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  9. Slehan - you're welcome and good luck. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  10. Do you listen to music when you write?

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    1. Slehan - no I don't. I need total quiet. If I have music on in the background I tend to sing along and then my concentration goes the way of the dinosaur!

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  11. Congrats on your new release and thank you for the excerpt and the chance to win!

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    1. Carole- you are more than welcome. Good luck and thanks for stopping by

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  12. What is the best book that you had to read in school? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  13. Do you write on the computer or by hand?

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  14. How many hours a day do you write?

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  15. Slehan - 7-8 hours 5 days per week. ON the weekend I update my website/blog at Peggyjaeger.com

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  16. Love your explanation for who inspired you to read. I just love libraries!

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  17. What is the most overrated book that you have ever read? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  18. What's the first book you can remember reading?

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