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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Can’t Stand the Heat by Peggy Jaeger - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Peggy Jaeger and her new book, “Can’t Stand the Heat”!  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 $50 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!

Can’t Stand the Heat
by Peggy Jaeger


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



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.



When Dan Roth caught her eye and grinned widely behind his costar’s back, Stacy lowered her head and bit down on the inside of her lip. If she hadn’t been looking down she would have noticed Nikko stop. But she hadn’t been looking where she was going and, subsequently, barreled right into him.

She would have ricocheted back and fallen from connecting with the solid wall of his chest as she hit if he hadn’t thrust his hands forward and grabbed her upper arms to prevent it.

Like a blast from a stun gun—quick, sharp and penetrating—she felt the heat of his touch burn through her blouse and sear straight through her skin.

Numbed, she dropped her tablet, her hands incapable of holding onto it. They splayed, open palmed, and sought purchase by grasping his elbows and clutching.

“Steady,” he commanded.

Stacy felt anything but. Words wouldn’t form correctly in her mind. All logical, rational thought had flown the moment the warmth of his hands seeped through the fabric of her blouse. It was as if she’d walked into an oven, the temperature set to broil.

His long fingers squeezed once, twice, then tugged her in closer.

 Stacy couldn’t decide which was more intense: the heat in his eyes or the natural warmth radiating from his body.

“I’m—I’m sorry. I didn’t…I wasn’t…I—Sorry.” She tried to pull from his grasp, but he wouldn’t let go.

As earlier when she’d caught him staring at her, she once again felt the mesmerizing pull of his gaze and was powerless to look away.

And for some inexplicable reason found she didn’t want to.

The little shards of amber floating among the cognac color of his irises were lighter and brighter than she remembered. They looked like a wolf’s eyes, and, just like a wolf, their stare was predatory, alpha, and hypnotic.

 “Nikko? We’ll all set to start up again,” Todd called from the doorway of the production trailer.

Without looking away from her, he called back, “Be right in.” He still hadn’t let go of her arms.

From deep down, as deep as she could reach, Stacy grappled for calm. She watched him watch her while she took a solid, full breath in, then relaxed it out.

“I’m sorry,” she said when she trusted her voice wouldn’t betray her again. “I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

She shifted back, away from him, but he kept his hands around her.

This close she could read the exhaustion floating in his eyes and his determination to ignore it.

This close she could see the fine, subtle lines fanning out from the corners of his eyes as he narrowed them at her.

This close she could reach out and smooth the corrugations grooving down from his mouth to his rock solid jaw. That she wanted to do just that, to offer him any comfort she could, to soothe the pain he tried so valiantly to keep hidden, stunned her beyond all thought.

Nikko Stamp was not a man who would ever tolerate being comforted or coddled.

Why, then, did she think it was exactly what he needed?



Lessons I learned from my Heroine

When I first introduced my heroine in Can’t Stand The Heat, Stacy Peters, to the book reading world in Cooking With Kandy, she was a hardworking, problem solving and uber-calm personal assistant and television assistant producer. Now, several years later, she is still the hardest working person on any and all the shows she’s executive produced, and is described as being the calming influence in any storm or crisis that blows up. That makes her the ideal person to keep the network’s new food competition, Beef Battles, and it’s fiery tempered director Dominick (Nitro Nikko) Stamp on the straight and narrow. While Stacy’s rep is as a people pleasing, always professional executive producer, Nikko’s is just the opposite. His legendary temper and my-way-or-the-highway control are the perfect foils for Stacy’s demeanor and polish. And you know what they say about opposites attracting.

While I was fleshing Stacy’s backstory out, I realized I had to give her a reason to be the calm one in a family of dramatic overachievers. She’s a devoted yoga practitioner and meditates daily, the reason for both explained in the book. As I placed her in scenes with an overbearing, shouting, and sometimes out of control Nikko, keeping her calm and relying on all her meditative training had a positive influence on me as well as Nikko.

I am your typical knee-jerk reactor. When something happens that I don’t like, or that makes me mad/upset/scared, I react with a quick negative barb, a firm “no” if I am asked to do something, and then a petulant pout when I am called on the carpet about my attitude. When Nikko confronts Stacy in ways that would make me cringe or scream, she takes a breath – mentally and physically – and remains in control of her reactions. By doing this all the time, she begins to have a positive effect on Nikko’s attitude and temper as well. He even makes reference several times to how calm he always feels when she is in the vicinity, or if he knows she is taking caring of a technical problem that would routinely set him off on an angry tirade.

Taking both a literal and figurative breath before reacting to a situation is something I have never done before, and to write a scene where a character does that, prompted me to see what it would feel like if I did it. So I did. Several times. And you know what? It’s become a habit. Now, when confronted with a situation I would previously have responded to without thought or consideration, I too, take that moment, that physical and mental breath that Stacy does, to gather my thoughts and consider how I react.

My family, friends, even telemarketers, are all benefiting from that breath, too!



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. 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 :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

    1. Lisa - Happy Thursday! thanks for following the tour and enjoy your day.

    2. James - thanks for stopping by and for following the tour.

  3. Thanks for hosting me today and for introducing me to your readers and followers. #blessyou

  4. I enjoy reading the blurb and excerpt! Congrats on the tour and thank you for the chance to win.

    1. Carole - thank you and Good luck! thanks for stopping by

  5. Replies
    1. Rita - you're more than welcome. Thanks for being such a supportive tour participant.

  6. I like the excerpt!


    1. Trix - thanks, and thanks for stopping by today

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    1. Victoria - YW and thanks for stopping by today!

  8. Congratulations on your Tour may it be a great one for you. Your book looks great too.